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Special People Supplement to the Cheney Free Press August 19, 1982 National Grandparents Day September 12 ardening, craftskeep Wrenns super busy By Tom Thrun If growing old gracefully sitting around the and taking an occas- drive in the country, Cheney couple must about it all wrong. and Eleanor have lived in their home at 1417 Fourth St. years, but a close of the work that the property make one tend to think had been decades in aking. You see, both and Eleanor have that they only have uch time during their that they should ) busy. really have time to he commented, hinting that he have slowed just a little 77. "But, I'm up at six morning." came to Che- years ago from where both at had been employed Food, Machine & (FMC) Company. out, the move to ton State to be their daughters and also turned out good for their health. COoler, dryer air here, noted, is better for her and his asthma-- they say they both while working at Wrenns have two both of whom are nurses. Barbara s with her husband, Kiver, and their Rt. 3, rural Cheney. a professor of Geology Eastern Washington and was featured Free Press one the eruption of Mt. The Kivers also Very active in the Frog 4-H Club. other daughter, lives with her hus- Robert Lutchendorf, in Auborn, Wash., be is with They, Ire hopeful of moving to 12 acres of property the Cheney/Spangle Road in a couple years. The Wrenns have a total of seven grandchildren, includ- ing only one granddaughter, Becky Kiver. Photos of the family can be found throughout the Wrenn house, as well as oil paintings by Earnest and Barbara. Earnest noted that he started |gNgMnMUllU ||IIIm|II||INIIIH ||IU||HmI|I "1 never really have time to sit down..." BBIIBIBBIIIIIlUlBnHIIIHIIIIIIHUl painting "20 years ago", but since has given it up because neither he nor Eleanor can stand the fumes from the linseed oil and other chemi- cals. But not painting doesn't leave Earnest for a lack of things to do. A large hooked rug hangs on the living room wall, much of which was done, he said, early on morn- ings when he couldn't sleep. Woodburning, string art and models of historic trains, wagons and ships also can be found on shelves throughout the home. "We (Eleanor and her daughters' families) find things for him to do," put in Eleanor. Recently, Earnest finished building three food dehydra- tors--one for themselves and one each for his daughters. "Everything I make, I make three of," he quipped. Now, cans of various de- hydrated foods are put up on shelves already full of other home preserves, in addition to all of the frozen foods. Earnest added that plan for the dehydrator came from the University of Oregon, but also can be obtained from the Spokane County Extension, N. 222 Havana, Spokane. "I like my, I mean 'our' garden," said Eleanor, calling it a "melody of vege- tables". Going out the back door, one steps out into a small, fenced yard. Except for the rock garden in the center with a small birdbath, the rest of the yard is devoted to a very- carefully planned garden. "We enjoy our birds," she continued, noting they regularly watch the robins in the bath or hummingbirds that fly right up to them. Earnest recounted finding the house and yard totally unlandscaped. So, dirt was hauled in, shrubs were planted, the house was painted and the interior was Xemndeed:-all. by. himself, except for the wiring and some of the ceiling work, he admitted. "It (the back yard) was just a big dirthole," he said, explaining how water use to sit outside the back door because the yard was 17 inches lower tln the alley. Recentlyl Earnest sawed Con't. on back Earnest Wrsnn shows one of three food dehydrators he made this summer at age 77. Crafts Eleanor and Earnest Wrsnn keep themselves busy with many crafts and hobbles. Above is a quilt with two.Inch patches. Earnest also put the ship together on the wall behind them.