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AMBER ‘S SPACY GRANDMA

By Jackie Deal They have to be related! Amber and Felicette! Their markings are identical: symmetrically marked black and white tuxedo cats. Felicette just has to be Amber’s great-great-great grandmother. Grandma Felicette was a stray cat from the Paris streets … Continue reading

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A Good Time Was Had by All

Memorial Day Weekend saw the awakening of Timber Valley social events. And while we were happy to be “sociable” again we recognized that this weekend memorializes those who have fought and died for us to make such celebrations possible.  We … Continue reading

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Amber Attacks the Aliens

by Jackie Deal I am Amber.  The Attack Cat. Hear me roar!  I am alert.  Ready for battle. Ready to protect my home and family.  I lie flat to the floor to escape detection by the enemy.  My paws are … Continue reading

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Do Cats Swear?

“MMWRO-WOW!! FSSST!”  “Amber! Were those cuss words?” “Mrowww!  Fssst!”  “Amber!  I do believe you’re swearing!”  “wrrrorrrw-wow.”  “Amber, lovely little lady kitties don’t swear!”  “rrorwrr-rr.”  “Hmm, my mistake, I guess they do!”

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MORNING ROUTINE

BC: before cat (Amber is her name). Flop out of bed, stagger to kitchen. Make coffee. Open blinds. Sit with coffee and enjoy view. Stagger back to bedroom, get dressed. Search refrig’ for breakfast items. Time elapsed: 20 minutes.

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IN MEMORIAM, CONNIE LANKFORD

Life is fleeting.  And oh, so fragile.  Connie Lankford passed away in her sleep April 24, 2021.  Friday I talked with her on the phone for 30 minutes: she sounded fine, happy, looking forward to being “home” to Timber Valley.  … Continue reading

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IN MEMORIAM, JERDIS LARSON

“He will be missed”. Jerdis Ray Larson will be missed not only by family but by his many friends in Timber Valley R.V.  Park.  Jerdis and Joan moved into Timber Valley in 1991 after retiring and beginning to travel full-time … Continue reading

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Ailurophile

by Jackie Deal Yep, I’m an “ailurophile.  Don’t call 911 and it’s okay, I’m not contagious.  An ailurophile is a cat lover.  I’m unemotional, pragmatic, blah, blah, blah; no way could I fall in love with a cat. But there … Continue reading

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Into Each Life

By Jackie Deal I’ve been had! Shiny black hair, beautiful golden eyes.  And a sparkling white tuxedo.  Love and spunk in one adorable package.  Yes, I have a cat…no, wait a minute.  The cat has me!  Amber, that’s her name, … Continue reading

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In Memoriam, Gene Fisher

IN MEMORIAM, GENE FISHER When Timber Valley RV Park’s flag dipped in honor of Gene Fisher’s passing on March 2, 2021, it signified the loss of an important, vital member of our community. Gene was an integral part of many … Continue reading

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Carol Rigdon; Lot 124

IN MEMORIAM,  Carol Rigdon Timber Valley SKP’s flag flew at half-mast for Carol Rigdon who passed away February 25, 2021.  She is survived by her husband, LeeRoy, 6 children, 20 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Carol and LeeRoy became residents … Continue reading

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In Memoriam, Frank Occhiuto

It is rather a strange name and when Timber Valley neighbors had trouble pronouncing Frank and Marion’s last name, one of them would say, “It’s easy! Just think of cute toes.” And the other would add, “Oh, cute toes!” Frank … Continue reading

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BLAME IT ON THE ALGORITHM

Get the Covid vaccination?  Where?  When?  How?  Questions and no answers.  Well, you can blame it on the algorithm says “The New York Times”.  I admit I had to look up algorithm to be sure I knew what it meant:  … Continue reading

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FEBRUARY HOLIDAYS

February is sort of a blah month.  Winter excitement has grown old and spring isn’t about to spring and so here we are.  Bur did you know?  There are some really neat holidays in February?   Come on, let’s take a … Continue reading

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DOUGLAS COUNTY COVID VACCINATIONS

“Still waiting in the wings for their shots are the county’s seniors, “says the Roseburg News Review. (Tell us something we didn’t know!) The first group of seniors, those 80 and older, don’t become eligible until Feb. 7. Douglas County … Continue reading

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A Scientific Quarantine Project

A SCIENTIFIC QUARANTINE PROJECT  By Jackie Deal Quarantining does strange things to the brain. Especially if you’re a well-organized, scientifically- oriented, analytical thinker.  (Not anybody I know!) My brain was turning to mush; I needed something “scientific” to occupy it.  … Continue reading

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Just Another Shot in the Arm

Whoopee! I got my corona virus vaccination! NO pain. NO bad symptoms: i.e. headache, nausea, weakness, lethargy. None of ‘em. I’m scheduled for my second shot in February. Now those of you who wish you could get the shot; let … Continue reading

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BARBARA’S LEAVING US

Who?  Where?  When?  How??  I dunno.  “Ask Barbara.” For 16 ½ years Barbara has been the go-to for all information, the glue that holds Timber Valley SKP Park together.  And now she’s leaving us! By the way, did you know … Continue reading

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Christmas Thoughts

by Jackie Deal While a few Christmas lights still twinkle and the Christmas dinner pounds abound, let’s think of Christmas Past. I remember three kinds of Christmases; perhaps you’ll remember them too.  There’s the Minnesota Christmas:  COLD,Cold cold.  The Oregon … Continue reading

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IN MEMORIUM, JAYNE HICKMAN

Jayne Hickman passed away Dec. 18, 2020 after a 17 month illness. Jayne and Les moved into the park in 2017 and Les says that he met “wonderful people” here in Timber Valley who helped him care for Jayne in … Continue reading

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