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That she should be remembered:
Dorothy Seiver


Memorial services for Dorothy L. Seiver, 85, of Aledo, are 2:30 pm Monday at Aledo United Methodist Chruch, where she was a member. Visitation and fellowship will be after the services.

Dorothy died on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2007 at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

Memorials may be made to Aledo United Methodist Church or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Speer Funeral Home, Aledo, is assisting the family.

Dorothy was born in rural Aledo, on Feb. 23, 1922, the daughter of Charles and Pauline Waters Butcher. She graduated from Aledo High School in 1939. She married Robert Seiver on Oct. 19, 1941. She accompanied Bob during his pilot's training in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

Dorothy loved boating, camping, square dancing and following Aledo Green Dragons football.

She was a two-time president of Aledo Chapter H of P.E.O. International. Dorothy had worked for the Mercer Carnegie Public Library District, as well as the law offices of Gene McWhorter in Aledo. She taught Sunday school and vacation Bible school at her church, and in retirement, volunteered at the Harlingen, Texas grade school HOSTS tutoring program.

Dorothy is survived by her husband, Bob, Aledo; two sons, Bob (Barbara-Kay) Seiver, Zachary, La., and Steve (Kathee), Rock Island; three brothers, Lee Ward (Barb) Butcher, Alexis, Don (Joyce) Butcher, Aledo, and Kenny (Shirley) Butcher, Tucson, Ariz.; grandchildren, Alex Seiver, Jacqueline Davis, Laura Gallagher, and Robyn Guillory; sever great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents.

At the moment, I'm not going to add anything to this. I have a lot of thinky thoughts going on about her, and the family, and so many other things. I hope to get the trip written up in detail, and write about it all. But not tonight, tonight I'm taking care of a sick child. But I wanted this up.
celticdragonfly: (Alanna 6-19-07)
Alanna is currently wearing a white waffleweave one-piece baby outfit, long legs and sleeves. It snaps down the front.

This is significant, because she's the fourth baby to wear it. You see, [livejournal.com profile] selenite gave me several of them at my baby shower before Brendan was born.

There were fancier presents there. But it was the best one. Practical, useful, an absolute baby staple. The man clearly had good taste and sense about children. And he's proved it lots more since then.

Visit pics

Oct. 11th, 2007 01:32 pm
celticdragonfly: (Alanna 6-19-07)
Here's some pictures from one day during Grandma Maggie's recent visit, with Maggie and Alanna

http://pics.livejournal.com/celticdragonfly/gallery/00031e5d?page=1
celticdragonfly: (Alanna 6-19-07)
Alanna's been fascinated by looking at interesting things, and seemed to want more interesting stuff. So we'd dug out the old play gym thing we had, red/black/white mat with two arches over it that you can hang toys from - except we could only find the keys, and we don't have the links to hang them with anymore. So tonight I went by Babies R Us to look for a new set of links and things to hang.

Didn't find any. Apparently you can't get just that anymore. I hadn't been able to find them online either. (And if you know where, don't bother telling me, too late now, and I'm happier with what we got.)

So we ended up getting her a rainforest music and lights playgym. I just put it together for her and we set her up on/under it. She was FASCINATED. Staring at the little monkey. (As [livejournal.com profile] selenite pointed out, it was staring at her.) We put it on the setting where any movement of the butterfly mobile or jiggling of the arches turns the music and lights on, and she did manage to start it on her own once. You can also set it to nature sounds - she's clearly not sure about THAT yet. One of the little toys, a toucan rattle on a plastic ring, I handed to her instead of hanging from the arches, and she was hanging onto it and chewing on it. That's the first toy she's held on to.

You could have filmed her as an advertisement for this thing, it was so clearly getting her attention and interest.

Right now she's in my lap, having nursed to sleep, and the Karina-cat is *under* the playmat, investigating.

We also got her a tummy time mini-boppy with some toys that attach to it, and a little lilypad leaf mat. We'll play with that tomorrow.

After the shopping the family had a nice dinner out at Mimi's. Alanna was asleep in her carseat at the start, off to the back side of the table - when the waitress came back to find her in my arms, she was rather startled - "where did the baby come from?" I suppressed a desire to say "well, when a Mama and a Daddy love each other very much..." She was also commenting on how alert and aware Alanna was - we hear that a lot. I guess not all babies are. She was also impressed with how alert and talkative Maggie was, and said maybe it runs in the family. (We'll pass over how Jamie was mostly asleep next to [livejournal.com profile] selenite) Nice dinner, nice split dessert. (Although ooh, I wanna go back soon again for the chocolate pecan pie. [livejournal.com profile] fordprfct, you're usually my best source for someone who'll split something with nuts.)
celticdragonfly: (Knitting patterns - Dumbledore)
It's amazing how many entries I mentally compose, but then never get to put up because I have my hands full with the kids, especially the baby. But I want to get this one in.

I got a package Thursday. [livejournal.com profile] phoenixsinger sent a puppet for Maggie and Jamie. Maggie immediately wanted to call and thank her. She wasn't at home, she got her Uncle Patrick, but she'll try again later.

[livejournal.com profile] bkseiver sent me a book ([livejournal.com profile] selenite, I forgot to show it to you, remind me when you get home!), a cool knitting row marker she made - purple and blue pony beads on a purple cord, yeah, she knows me - and cotton sock yarn, in celebration of my new shoes. And hey, this yarn really looks good up against those shoes, too.

Since I can't work on Alanna's stocking until the needles get here, I was eager to start something new, so I've cast on a sock. I also have a nifty little knitting yarn jar - plastic thingy with a clear jar, and a lid with a hole in it, and a handle, so you can carry your yarn around and it doesn't get tangled or dirty or run away from you. I'm making the socks with a corded rib pattern, I haven't tried that before.

Knitting makes me feel much better. And the row counter thing is just COOL.

Rosacea

Aug. 6th, 2007 08:12 pm
celticdragonfly: (Laura - blue dress)
Paging [livejournal.com profile] bkseiver!

Experts uncover clue in rosacea progress

The most relevant part:
Researchers now believe they have found a key mechanism that drives rosacea, [...]

Overproduction of two inflammatory proteins results in excessive levels of a third protein that leads to rosacea symptoms, a research team reported in Sunday's online edition of the journal Nature Medicine.

The team found that small proteins called anti-microbial peptides caused the same skin symptoms that are seen in rosacea. The peptides are part of the body's immune system.

"When we then looked at patients with the disease, every one of them had far more peptides than normal," Dr. Richard L. Gallo, chief of the division of dermatology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, said in a statement.
It's another autoimmune disease!

My family are the poster children of autoimmune disease. Darn it, is there ANY medical condition that we have that ISN'T an autoimmune disease?

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