Category Archives: Family

What’s in Your Wallet?

Another Mom post. These are mostly for me, helping me sort through some things belonging to my mother that I just can’t throw away. I won’t throw them away, but will send them to my brother — he’s better at throwing things away than I am.

Today’s post features several of Mom’s IDs — things she carried in her wallet at some point — except for the school badge — that would probably have been on a lanyard around her neck.

Jewel-Osco Preferred Customer Card

Jewel-Osco card

Here’s her Jewel-Osco card. Jewel was her grocery store of choice. (Osco is the pharmacy within Jewel stores, at least the stores I am familiar with). In the Jewel-Osco on the west side of Elgin, half the store (left as you look at it) is Osco and the other half (right side) is Jewel. The Osco side has a few aisles dedicated to booze.

Women of the Moose Membership Card

Mom (and her mother before her) belonged to the Women of the Moose. Women could not (and still can’t as far as I know) be actual members of the Moose but they could belong to the Women of the Moose. From what I recall, the women did the cooking and, according to their official web page:

The Women of the Moose provides social, educational and community service opportunities to its members, as well as sporting events and activities geared toward the entire family. Our members are enthusiastic; they bring a special passion and commitment to the Moose fraternity. But don’t think the Women of the Moose are all work and no play – they also bring a unique brand of fun and energy to their meetings and functions.

Women of the Moose Web Page

I don’t remember much about her involvement with the organization — I remember my Grandma Green’s more — but I do know that when my mom was in her decline the next door neighbor (another member) said that the members paid for Mom’s membership.

Metra Reduced Fare Permit Card

Reduced rate for transit card

It’s highly likely that Mom never used this card. I don’t remember he using public transportation ever, except with someone else (like me). I guess this card could get her on the train to Chicago and local buses at a reduced rate. It expired a little less than 2 years after her death.

Club Victoria Card

Club Victoria Card

I’m sure Mom used her Club Victoria card. The Grand Victoria is a casino on a boat in the Fox River in Elgin. I don’t know that Mom gambled, but she definitely used her senior discount at a buffet at the casino. I never accompanied her — although I think she asked once or twice if I wanted to go. I hated the casino and she knew it.

This card is probably very old — it has no scanner, but does have those punch outs instead. There does not seem to be a Club Victoria any more, but there is a Grand Victoria Club that seems to be only for gambling.

Larkin High School Work ID

U46 ID

From sometime in the 1970s through at least 1995 Mom worked for the Elgin school district’s lunch program. For most of the time she worked at Larkin High School.


Looking back at this post I probably should have put the cards in chronological order, but I cannot be bothered to change it.

Some Delights in Olympia

On Sunday we arrived in Olympia after a 6 hour flight, 1 hour wait for a rental car, and 45 minute drive. While not exactly not delightful, also not at all dreadful. Everyone was kind, no one was nasty, even in the rental car line.

The first delight was when we arrived at our delightful Airbnb. The host left me a long note and two gift cards for local food vendors because, she said, she was happy we were returning and because the house next door is going through a remodel starting this week. Isn’t that delightfully thoughtful of her?

Our next delight was a 3-hour sailboat trip on the Schooner Pterodactyl that started at 4. Clare mentioned that she wanted to do it and we booked what turned out to be the last sail of the season. Clare invited three friends and we all brought goodies. It was beautiful, peaceful (except for when I was almost tossed overboard), and the food and conversation were delightful.

Yesterday we had a delightful walk through a mini rainforest a 4 minute drive from our Airbnb. This was my second or third time there and it was as lovely as I remembered. I brought Rupert and Chum along and near the end of the walk a little girl exclaimed in delight to her mother “Look, she has a bear!” Of course I stopped and introduced her to Rupert and Chum. The little girl said she had a friend in her mother’s backpack and begged her mother to get out the friend. It turned out to be a small Orca whale named (I think) Stash. Stash, Rupert and Chum chatted for a bit, posed for a group photo and then we all parted ways after assuring the little girl that we’d chat again next time we met up at the park.

I finally met Clare’s cat, Milk (or Ghost depending on the day). It was delightful to meet him but I am not sure he found me delightful. I scolded him for scratching on the sofa and must have hurt his feelings because he didn’t warm up to me while we were there visiting yesterday. I’m here for two weeks, so perhaps I can win him over.

Last night Dean grilled chicken, pork, eggplant, mushrooms and tofu for a delightful Labor Day feast for Clare, Pete and me.