August 22, 2008

Katelin turns one!

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:21 am by bethmillett

My niece Katelin turned one yesterday — it’s hard to believe. Here’s one video shot August 21, 2007:

and one shot August 21, 2008 — what a difference!

August 13, 2008

How to get three on a motorcycle

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:12 am by bethmillett

I don’t think the photo will do it justice (it’s with my iPhone, through my windshield), but the other day there was a motorcycle with a guy and a girl on it. The girl was wearing a backpack that contained a small dog, the kind I call “yappy type.” It must have been harnessed in there, since it was trying like the dickens to get out of the backpack. Wouldn’t you?

And, it was wearing the tiniest pair of motorcycle goggles. I think I’ve seem them at pet stores, called “Doggles.” I cannot believe that enough dogs travel this way that there is a market for this! Regardless, it was cute!

August 11, 2008

Paying my respects

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:50 pm by bethmillett

My aunt’s (by marriage) mom died last week. She was a great lady who I didn’t get to see enough of, since I wasn’t really related to her, but I know that she had a great laugh and passion for life. So, here’s you, Ginny — you will be missed and loved by all!

M. Virginia Power

August 08, 2008 6:00 AM

HAMPTON — M. Virginia “Ginny” Power, 88, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008, after a brief illness.

She was born Aug. 21, 1919, in Worcester, Mass., the only child of Peter and Alice (Brennan) Larkin.

Mrs. Power was the mother of a large Irish family, and after her children were grown, she was a social worker for Catholic Charities of N.H. in Manchester for many years, retiring in 1987 when she moved to Hampton.
The widow of Thomas A. Power, who died in 1986, she is survived by three daughters and two sons-in-law, Mary F. Peterson, Moira E. and Brian Stuart, with whom she resided, and Paula A. and William Munch, all of Hampton; four sons and their wives, Thomas B. and Susan Power of Hampton, Michael B. Power and Jan Salas of Portsmouth, Dennis J. and Jane Power of Exeter, and William P. and Brenda Nye of Lee; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by an infant daughter, Patricia, in 1950.

WE REMEMBER: She is also survived by the family dog, Maple.

She attended Whitinsville and Worcester schools and graduated from Emmanuel College in 1938. On Oct. 31, 1941, she married her next door neighbor, Thomas A. Power, whom she fell in love with at age 13. When he returned home from Italy having served in World War II, they moved to Manchester, where they raised all seven children.

Mrs. Power was a longtime communicant of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church in Hampton and a former communicant of St. Catherine Church in Manchester. She held a special love with Sister Doris Ouellette, C.S.C. and Sister Theresa Malouin, C.S.C.

She was a fabulous cook and loved feeding anyone who came through the door. She was an avid reader all of her life, even after getting macular degeneration. She loved to laugh, loved to shop, loved everyone’s birthdays and especially she loved Christmas and the Red Sox.

A devout Democrat, she abhorred the Vietnam and Iraq wars.

August 1, 2008

So this is where electricity comes from!

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:31 am by bethmillett

One of my clients, Indianapolis Power & Light Company, has updated their logo and it’s my job to put it on everything that had the new logo (and some new things!) This includes their fleet of heavy-duty vehicles (I didn’t know what a digger derrick was until recently); all their signage; employee badges, parking passes and uniforms; and all kinds of paperwork. My client Don and I have been touring the IPL facilities, looking for things that need to be updated. A couple of weeks ago, we toured the Harding Street Station, on the south side of Indy and on Tuesday we drove to Petersburg, Indiana (about two hours away) to tour the massive Petersburg plant.

For safety reasons, we have to wear jeans, boots, hardhats, safety glasses and earplugs. Not exactly fetching, and not exactly lightweight. We’ve had two 90-degree days so far this summer, and they were the days we toured plants. Can you believe it?

I can’t say that the concept of burning coal, creating steam and rotating a turbine to generate something invisible that travels through wire to power all our appliances makes any more sense than it did before, but it’s been kinda cool to see all the stuff that goes into it. And I’m more vigilant than ever about turning off unused lights!

The turbines at Harding Street Station

The turbines at Harding Street Station

This almost makes me look petite, doesn't it?

This almost makes me look petite, doesn't it?

When you need to move a lot of coal...

When you need to move a lot of coal...

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