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My grandfather on my fathers side was quite mature when I was born. Im sure he must have been almost seventy. I dont think that I got to know him very well before he passed on. He wasnt the type to bounce you on his knee and play games on the floor with kids. However, he did let me drive his car once in a while when I was far too young to legally drive, so he was okay in my book.

Family rumor has it that Grandpa was not particularly mechanical. He farmed with horses for most of his life and evidently had some problems adapting to engine-powered machinery. My uncle told me of the time when several loads of baled straw had to be moved across a small ravine to a shed. Grandpa insisted on driving the pickup and every time he came to the bottom of the ravine, the truck stalled. With everyone watching, he had to get it going again. Inevitably, the pickup moved with a roaring engine and a clutch-popping jerk. Bales of straw jumped off the back of the truck like cowboys getting thrown from bucking broncos. The disgruntled audience had to help reload and keep their suggestions to themselves. I suspect that it was a long day for Grandpa as he struggled to keep his dignity intact and his foot on the gas pedal.

Although he had his problems with machinery, Grandpa was an easy mark for new cars. He was widowed during all the time I knew him and had no hobbies or expensive tastes that I ever knew of. He didnt travel much farther than the ten miles from his house in town to the farm or the few blocks to church. It seemed like almost every year, he would show up at the farm and park a new vehicle under the big maple tree in our yard.

His favorite was the Buick line. Big Buicks were best. I thought their bright paint and windshield visors made them look like huge bugs. Heavy chrome shone all over the outside and veneered the interior. Mystical red, white, blue and silver shields adorned the hood and the trunk lid. The trademark Buick holes along the front fenders always fascinated me. I knew they were not necessary to make the car run, but they were always there on every new Buick that made its way to our yard. Grandpa took good care of his beauties. During the summer, he washed his car by the windmill using a five-gallon bucket and a broom with a gunnysack tied over the bristles with baling twine.

Grandpas last car was a gray 1964 Buick Special. Unfortunately, there was nothing special about it. I would .....
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A farmer friend of mine, who has been milking cows for the past 30 years, was recently lamenting the fact that all of his immediate neighbors no longer milk cows for a living.

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What I do when I cant find anything to do

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It helps if I make a list of things to do when I have the time. I think of all the nice things that I might be able to do for the people less fortunate than I am; such as giving advice to those in need of it and time to the timeless.

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Journal Profile # 77

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Name: Pat Hudella
Home: Carimona
Age: 56
Profession: Retired Medical Secretary
Family: Husband Roger; 2 daughters, Laurie & Bonnie; 6 grandchildren
Hobby/Interests: Reading, watching the many b ..... 
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Apple Walnut Squares

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1 1/2cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2cup packed brown sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
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