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My mother’s younger brother, Ronald Dean Barmes, would have turned 56 years this past May. Sadly, he took his own life in June 1987.

Uncle Ron had married, and had two daughters, Alicia and Amanda. Both girls are married and had daughters of their own. Alicia just gave birth to her third daughter this past Tuesday, August 19th (which happens to be National Aviation day in honor of Orville Wright’s birthday).

Alicia is about 31 years old, and I believe Amanda is approximately 26. Alicia and her family still reside in Virginia Beach, and Amanda, once a military brat and now a military wife, lives in Texas with her two daughters.

On the Barmes side, all my first cousins are a good deal younger than me. My uncle, Tom, has two sons who are the age of mine – teenagers. Of course, all my first cousins’ daughters are the ages of my nephews. This is what happens when you and your mother are the eldest by several years.

Here are some photos of the newest first cousin…

Ron’s eldest daughter, Alicia.

Aunt Betty and Jordan.

Alicia’s eldest daughter, Jamie, and Jordan.

Alicia’s second daughter, Jennifer.

And the new baby, Jordan Deann.

Friday night was a home football game – the first of the season against Fairmont’s biggest rival, Alter High School. I skipped it. The heat and humidity were unbearable, and although I was not feeling great pain with my finger, I decided to not attend the game.

Jose returned home with a friend from the percussion pit, Matt. Matt just moved here from Vandalia Butler High School, and is also a sophomore. Matt has spent some time with us, and seems to enjoy our zany humor. The three of us went to Wal-Mart (yes, at 11:30pm) to look at computers. Windows crashed on mine, and there was little to do to salvage it. So, I took the time on Thursday, and Friday night to price computers.

At home the boys settled into the basement with snacks and games.

Saturday morning I woke at 7:00am, started my day. The boys had Donation Day with the band at 9:00am, so I hurried off to Wal-Mart to buy the computer – a HP with a 20″ wide monitor. I did not need the monitor, but now, seeing how much bigger it is than my old one – I love it. I spent the rest of the afternoon setting up the computer, and then started in on rearranging/organizing my work space.

By 11:00pm, it was spotless and organized, and looking much like an area where neat stuff happens!

I turned in around midnight with THE WEST WING, season four set… ahhh… what a wonderful series. I miss it. I miss the characters. I also miss the false sense of security thinking someone like Josiah Bartlett (played by Martin Sheen) is running our country!

Sunday morning I woke rather late – 8:00am! Ugh! My day was wasting away. After nibbling on some fruit and yogurt, watering the flowers and veggies, I settled down to call Mother. No answer. Several more tries… no answer. Strange for Mother to be gone on a Sunday morning.

Jeff Carter called and we had a great chat for an hour or so.

I went out on the deck to check on squirrels… they are getting smarter! They now run when I walk on to the deck. Perhaps I should make a scarecrow with my face.

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