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Mary Morand

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All About Me

Long Ago... I was born in Coos Bay, Oregon...Say It! *Ory-Gun*

I was the 5th child (1st girl) in a family with 10 children. When I was about 2 years old my folks moved from Coos Bay, Oregon to Enterprise, Oregon. I grew up in Enterprise, a very small community located in North Eastern Oregon. Often called "God's Country" or "Little Switzerland", Enterprise is set in the heart of Wallowa County, & commands a beautiful view of the surrounding Wallowa Mountains. It is only a few miles to Joseph, Oregon and Wallowa Lake. Each week, on Thursday - the local newspaper - The Wallowa County Chieftain is published and via the internet is read all over the world.

In 1966 I graduated Enterprise High & moved to Corvallis, Oregon to attend Oregon State University. I graduated with a BS in Elementary Education and after graduation I continued to live in Corvallis until mid June of 1999 at which time I moved to Hartland, Michigan to live with my new husband Paul.

Paul & I met *on-line* in November 1998, and face to face Valentines weekend in 1999 when he flew to Portland to meet me. Our Wedding was June 18, 1999 and was delightful. We are a living proof that God still works miracles!

Paul is dad to a son named Scott and three lovely daughters named Jenni, Julie and Jaci. Scott was married for a few years but is now a bachelor. Julie married Drew in 1999. They have 3 children; Clayton, Carter and Evie.   In 2000, Jenni married Ken and they now have 2 cute boys,  Henry & Daniel.  Paul's youngest, Jaci married Ryan in 2010. They have one little boy named Wyatt Paul and another baby on they way. Paul himself comes from a great family with three brothers and one sister. We lost his wonderful mother Blanche this year.   She was 97 years old.

I am *mom* to two wonderful children. My daughter Melissa Rose, graduated from Oregon State University June 1997 and in July 1997, she married Mat. In May of 1999, Mat graduated Western Oregon University in Law Enforcement and is now a Police Officer in Oregon. Melissa & Mat have blessed me with 2 lovely grandchildren, Mason & Madeleine Rose. They make being a Grandma such a joy and they're cute to boot!

My son is called 'Will'. Will married Renea in August of 2007. They now have 3 children; Mason Riley, & Mackenzie Renea, Hayden Michael, with "Landon Paul" due to arrive in march of 2013.  When they come to *Grandma's* they get to wash dishes & bake stuff. They are well loved around here.

Over the years, I was involved in different business ventures with my first husband. These included Commercial Fishing and manufacturing Steel Products & fighting Wildland fires. I sold Tupperware as both a Dealer and Manager. I was a professional crafter for 12 years and had my own home-based business. I sold lovely dust catchers and marketed my own line of Specialty Fragrance Oils at many juried craft shows in Oregon.

I also designed my own line of Web Graphics Gif Sets, and sold tons of them to Zoom.com when it was first starting out. These color co-ordinated graphics can be used for creating lovely, fast loading, web pages. Many of the sets contain animated gifs. Graphics similar to those used on this page are available for free on the Gif Sets page.

    Sofine's Free Gif Sets    

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I love to write. You can read a *Humorous Story* about a
totally insane calf we once raised on our small parcel.

Tippy - Demon Calf Story

Some of my Poems can now be sent as Free Cards.

Sofine's Poems & Prose To Touch The Heart

I also love to sing. If you want, you can listen to my song "A Rose". It's a rather sweet *folksy* song I composed with the aid of my trusty old classical guitar. A few years ago, someone found this song on my web by accident and wrote to me about it. Please take a moment to read Nana's Rose Story. If I never make a dime from this song, it will still be worth the sharing because of Nana's letter and how it touched her life.

Listen & download A Rose.zip    Nana's Rose Story

I love to read and learn new skills. I collect OLD *things & stuff*. I Re-Cycle, as all good people should, but I confess I do not enjoy it! I also like to collect Quotes & Words to Live By. My most prized ones I have put here on a special page with links to some Inspirationals & a few poems by of one of my favorite poets, Edgar Guest.

Sofine's Favorite  Quotes     Sofine's Edgar Guest Poems

I am self-taught on the Computer and enjoy trying my hand at many things. I have constructed a nice collection of animated gifs that are free to use on Personal Web Pages. I only ask that they be downloaded first and that no one links to them.

Sofine's Free  Animated Gifs

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Sofine's Free Touch A Heart Cards
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Things That Touch Me Deeply

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(A collection of vignettes best read with a *tissue* close by.)

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Local Laughter Links

Sofine's Humor Pages
*PMS - What I Want In A Man - Etc*

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