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Nov. 26th, 2013

[Semi] Daily Photo

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My grandfather's old deer blind. My dad built it for him after his heart bypass surgery so he could still deer hunt. Now, my dad plans to use it himself. Oct 2013

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Aug. 24th, 2013

Caturday- Shadow

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This is Shadow, my MiL's cat. She's roughly 8-9 yrs old and was adopted from a local shelter. She's a fussy old lady who won't let anyone but the MiL and FiL pet her. Until we went up in May. I actually was able to not only pet her, but get her to purr.

She's actually a really sweet kitteh. May 2013

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Jul. 9th, 2013

Update of sorts

Grandma's doing fine. She'll be there for much of the rest of the week, working her way back up to semi solid foods. She has to poop before they'll discharge her.}:P

Dad's heart is still out of sync. They still don't know why. His (kidney?) doc hasn't signed off on the Coumadin yet, so they've been giving him shots of something else that he can have right now, to thin the blood.

They want to check his defibullator tomorrow, make sure nothing's going on there (it's happened before). So he's still there.

And that's where we are.

Tomorrow(today) we may know more.

May. 29th, 2013

New yarns!

So last week we went on vacation up to New Jersey to see Mark's parents. Before hand, I had done some researching and found several local shops in the areas we would be, to visit and hopefully pick up some either handspun and hand dyed yarns, or at the least, hand dyed yarns.

I think I succeeded quite well.

First up is Hooked in Haddonfield, NJ. I will admit, I went a bit overboard. But in my defense, Mark kept telling me to get the yarn, and 3 skeins HE liked all together, colorwise, so those I'll blame on him.}:P

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Blue Heron Yarns Rayon Metallic in Blue Violet. Silky soft and absolutely wonderful to work with as kumihimo. I actually started and finished a 16 strand cord in 3 days while in New Jersey. It'll be listed in cuff form by next week- needed to get some beads that color coordinated.

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Shalimar Breathless, hand dyed. Gorgeous and soft, the color varies from rich butter yellow to a softer, pale yellow.

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Plucky Knitter, also hand dyed. Also very soft. Are you sensing a theme? Most of the yarns I got are silk blends or cashmere/merino blends, or straight alpaca in the case of at least one.

The next three are Mark's picks. All are raw silk blends, Shibui Heichi- Spore(green), Column(cream) and Hydrant(red-orange)-

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Cascade Eco Alpaca, all natural, 100% alpaca. I needed some browns and this on definitely fit the bill perfectly. And it's squishy.

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Both are Manos del Uruguay Silk blends. Hand spun and kettle dyed in Uruguay. Lovely, lovely yarn. The darker one I have a cord nearly finished with, 12 strand and it's quite lovely.

And that was just at Hooked!

More! )

Apr. 17th, 2013

My grandmother died today.

This was my paternal grandmother, the last grandparent on my dad's side. Seems the dementia had gotten really bad the last few months, and it was to the point where she'd forgotten how to even swallow.

She didn't know anyone anymore- didn't remember me 2 years ago when I last saw her in fact.

They had her on morphine towards the last few hours and called my cousin Kimberly in to be with her. Around noon/1pm, she just slipped away.

They brought her back to Battle Creek from Grand Rapids (in Michigan), to the funeral home where her arrangements had been made awhile ago, and had a small family service. She's likely being cremated as I type this.

I have a lot of fun memories growing up and spending summers at their cabin. And that's the best way to remember her.

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Jul. 22nd, 2012

Dear So and So-

When I say that this particular branch is not my main family, I mean it.

When I say that the information I have comes from research other family members directly related to that line and what I could find in a casual search, I mean it.

When I say that I'll do more research into that line when I get the time, I especially mean it.

Sending me links and the like, demanding to know where I got my info- on people that aren't even directly related to you, no less, that you even admit you haven't been able to connect in your tree, as well as things I've already seen and filed away for future research and even told you as much- is extremely annoying after the 6th email.

Take a hint- that family name is NOT my direct lineage. Nor is it even a secondary lineage. In fact, other than by marriage, that line isn't even related to me. Therefor, it's not a priority to do the research on at this time. That line gets added to when I hit roadblocks in my main family lines.

And if you're trying to use my research to figure out where this particular person fits in your tree, instead of trying to do that yourself- being lazy, in other words- well, that just pisses me off. I don't mind sharing information, but you really need to make some sort of effort on your own as well.

In the mean time, your emails will go unanswered for now, because I do not have the time to do the research into that family name right now.

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Apr. 9th, 2012

The 1940 Census

Has been basically absorbing all my attention in the last week since it went live for searching. Well, it and Skyrim. But mostly the 1940 Census.

I need to finish up The Kitchen Project posts, need to edit photos and blog about the gardens, need to edit and plot out my Daring Cooks Challenge post- and it's going to be a long one, so I better get started soon- and work on things for my shops. (Actually have 2 kumihimo cuffs in varying stages of completion, one will be hand dyed by me from bamboo cotton, the other should be finished by tomorrow for listing on Weds.)

In the week since the Census went live for searching by enumeration district, I've found Mark's maternal grandmother, his paternal grandfather, his paternal grandmother, my grandmother, my grandfather, my great grandparents on Bonnie's side, Bonnie's mother, my dad's adoptive parents, his birth grandparents... yeah.

Last night at 946pm, I found my dad.

And the problem is, finding him and where he was has raised more questions. Some of which may never be answered.

He wasn't living with his birth parents- I've yet to find them. He was with his birth mother's parents. Which means sometime between May of 1939 and April of 1940, he and his birth mother left his birth father and he was left with his grandparents. Why? Where did she go after that? Where was his father?

The problem with finding those answers is that the people who would know the reasons why, are no longer living. So they may never be answered.

But I'll be darned if I don't try.

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