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Lola’s Pocket Dictionary (by guest writer Anthony Ramil)

23 Oct

Miscellaneous Notes in Lola’s Pocket Dictionary (by guest writer Anthony Ramil)

As the apparent “writer of the family,” I was given my grandmother’s pocket dictionary.  While its utility may be outdated and unnecessary, the gift is a treasure trove.  Its gems?  Miscellaneous notes by Lola.  Apparently, a tub full of journals wasn’t enough to chronicle the important memories of her life.

Inside cover:

June 3, 1994 – Gloria buy rice cooker + pot.

May 24, 1995 – rice-cooker begins working for dinner 1 year guarantee

June 3, 1995 – Send to Ben Ramil check of $50.00 help for funeral of his wife – adress to Norma’s address inHawaii

He recieved it.             Tia Fausta

answer me (in different color ink, as an addendum to “He recived it”)

Glorias ph work – ###-8138

Judy Dumpit ph – ###-9808


House – ###-5482


Cover page:

Aug. 23, 1988



Bought it in Old Sacramento Store



Hearing Aid at Leonardo’s catalog, + batteries

Low price

Page 14 (I checked page 14 but saw nothing related.  The words “antibiotic,” “antibody,” “anxiety,” and “anxious” are circled.)


Bottom of last page:

Parenting succeed

Be alert – watchfull

Be appreciative – showing appreciation


Back cover:

March 1996

They place a new roofing of the house


ignore – means refuce, dont like

focus – adjustment – right


Apart from these notes at the beginning and end of the dictionary, almost every single page has a word circled, most have several.  It’s entertaining and enlightening to imagine what Lola was experiencing that made her pick up the dictionary and look up words.  What was going on that prompted certain words to be circled?  Here’s an example of circled words from page 157: “immoral,” “immortal,” “immovable,” “immune,” “impassable,” “impasse,” and “impeach.”

The whole family’s birthdays

10 Oct

(This was written in the back of a small, brown journal containing entries from 1978 to 1979.  It is one of the many notes she writes throughout her journals listing birthdays, anniversaries and dates of significant moments in her life.)

December 2, 1934

Mr. + Mrs. Quintin A. Ramil and the whole family’s birthdays

Married in Tondo, Manila, P.I. IEMELIF

1. Quintin A. Ramil – Oct. 31. 1908

2. Fausta R. Ramil – Dec. 19, 1910

3. Quintin R. Ramil Jr. – Apr. 12, 1938

4. Norma R. Matro – July 10, 1942

5. Mario R. Ramil – June 21, 1946

6. Al R. Ramil – July 2, 1948

7. Gloria R. Omania – Nov. 10, 1949

8. Cesar R. Ramil – Sept. 26, 1951

9. Michael R. Ramil – May 29, 1957

10. Carlos C. Matro – June 18, 1933

11. Teresita R. Ramil – Sept. 13, 1938

12. Luis Omania – June 19, 1946

13. Dean R. Matro – April 29, 1963

14. Norlynn Matro – Jan. 25, 1965

15. Quintin Ramil III – Nov. 21, 1963

16. Ramon Ramil – Jan. 17, 1965

17. Joycelyn Omania – Oct. 17, 1969

18. Jayson Omania – Sept. 20, 1971

19. Jude W. Ramil – Feb. 18, 1950

20. Filipina F. Ramil – June 12, 1949

21. Tressy R. Ramil – Aug. 15, 1973

22. Crystal Ramil – Oct. 27, 1973

23. Jeniffer R. Omania – May 1, 1974

24. Roxanne R. Ramil – Jan. 5, 1975

25. Leslee Dawn Ramil – Jan. 13, 1975

26. Michelle R. Matro – April 22, 1976

27. Jonathan W. Ramil – March 23, 1982

28. Melanie V. Ramil – June 7, 1982

29. Anthony Ramil – Feb. 12, 1987

30. Anita V. Ramil –

Dad + Mom married in Tondo, Manila, P.I.

Dec. 2, 1934

Carlos + Norma married in Reno, Nevada

Aug. 18, 1962

Jr. + Tessie married in Paniqui, Tarlac

Philippines Oct. 14, 1962

Luie + Gloria married in Reno, Nevada

May 3, 1969

Mario + Jude married in Reno, Nevada

Nov. 6, 1971

Al + Fil married in San Francisco

Calif. Dec. 9, 1972

Cesar + Anita – Nov. 9, 1980

Mike + Sandy – Aug. 29, 81

Dec. 24. Tuesday – 1991

18 Sep

Wake up 6:30 a.m. exercise take a bath, dress up.  7:00 a.m. make potatoes salad, make jello with peaches.  Bake ham with sweet potatoes + pineapple 4:00 Al, Fil, Crystal + Leslee arrived 4:30 p.m. Cesar, Anita, Melanie + Anthony Fil bring puto bumbong, cookies Anita bring pies, I cook ginataan with bilo. bilo, camote + gabe.  7:00 p.m. we al eat dinner, open gifts to everybody lots of food on the table, men play poker.  I went to sleep at 9:00 p.m.

Sunday December 22, 1991

18 Sep

3:30 p.m. Cesar + Anthony pick me to go to Livermore to attend a Christmas program for kids by Livermore Filipino Club, they had songs for kids + the officers of the club, they had pot luck from all members bring different kinds of food with – letchon – eat at 7:00 p.m.  Went home to Cesar’s house at 10:0 p.m. + sleep.  Louie, Gloria, Mike + Sandy arrived at 1:30 p.m.  2:00 p.m. we all went to Honey’s grave I placed some flowers + flag on his grave. 3:00 p.m. we went home, passed by Japanese restaurant to eat dinner. come here + sleep.

July 31, 2000 – Monday

18 Sep

at 10:00 a.m. to Hawaii.  Cesar will drive them to San Francisco airport, come back home 10:00 so with Al, Fil, Leslee, Cesar, Anita, Mel + Anthony, go home.  Arrive home 11:00 p.m. go to sleep.  Jude went home, we use her car.  Louie drive it, wake up 7:30 a.m. wash face

(continue July 31, Monday)

clean teeth, arrange my clothing, wash my laundry dry, hang + fold put in places. eat crackers hot chocolate for breakfast, watch TV take pills 9:00 exercise, take 2 tums 11:00 take a nap, up 12:00 Gloria left 8:30 a.m. go to work, eat rice + ham for lunch. water boil beef make it stew for dinner to night 4:00 p.m. – cake stew beef, I eat grapes cut ingredients for stew. watch TV roll pain killer on my both knees, receive 25 birthday cards + pain killer tube from Star Crest of Calif., waiting for Tagalog English Dictionary. + P.I. magazine, finish cooking 5:00 p.m. ready to eat, will eat at 6:00 p.m. wash dishes put in dishwasher tomorrow on, clean kitchen 8:00 p.m. go to bed + sleep

August 28, 1999 – Saturday

18 Sep

Wake up 6:00 a.m. exercise, wash face, brush teeth, watch TV I cook champarado, I eat champardo 1 pandesal for breakfast, drink milk, water Kylee + Kristen eat cereal.  I can’t throw I throw today.  go to Jen’s house for Joy’s Bridal Shower, about 25 ladies attend, with their gift.  I give Joy $100.00 to buy something for her.  Lots of food Ken cook it, we brought tomatoe salad, fried rice, fruits crackers, girls decorate the house club people eating, I eat dinner, potatoe salad ham, pandeleche, cake + seven us for drinks 10:00 all drive hoe, We in Jasons van Judy the driver, Gloria, me, Kylee + Cristen arrived home 11:15, so Louie + Don arrived too same time, Mike, Sandy + Jordan in their car.  Cesars van driver, Anita, Al, Fil, Anthony they all went home.  Clean the club house Jen + Ken house across club house.  Forgot the rice cooker to bring home.  Jen would bring it

August 18, 2001 – Saturday

18 Sep

Wake up 7:00 a.m. dress up, wash face, brush teeth, eat crackers, hot chocolate, Gloria washes dishes, cook for breakfast, here. Anthony, Jordan, Mario, Judy, Brad, Jon, me, Louie, Gloria, Jen.  We will go to birthday party, Venus child of Stephanie her daughter, after go to Jeff + Joy’s house, take pills, Gloria cook rice, sausage, eggs for breakfast everybody eat 10:00 a.m.  Judy Dumpit come here + eat too.  They all go to Joy’s house, first we three Gloria, me + Joy go to birthday (Venus grandchild) party of Venus grandchild at 11:30 a.m. then from there go to Joy’s house. sleep there, watch TV. beep play very much. they enjoy the place, In the morning we eat donuts + milk for breakfast we all left 11:00 a.m. passed by store, they shop, buy shoes. passed by Out + In, hamburger + french fries. We eat there at Stephanie’s house for her 1 year old daughter.  I gave cash $20.00 for her birthday gift.  We eat dinner at Joy’s house, barbecue chicken leg + beef watermelon.  8:00 p.m. I sleep in the same room, we want there before.