Saturday, May 25, 2013


Help!  My blog has been hijacked!  Ok, not all of it but something weird has happened.  Do any of you remember a blog written by Kris Watson called Simply Living?  She also started a blog called Heritage Skills.  Well, the Heritage blog has been taken over by something called "Special Offers" and it's a marketing thing, AND I CAN'T GET RID OF IT.  I tried hiding the blog in my dashboard but I still get the feed right at the top of my list.  Why don't I just ignore it?  Because this is MY blog and I don't want their advertisements in my reading list.  I'm ticked.  Is anyone else being affected by this?  Does anyone know how to stop getting a feed that you no longer want?  Blogger says to go to the blog and "unfollow" the same way you sign up to follow.  Problem is, there is no way to do that on that site.

Any suggestions?????


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Chances Are

If you recognize anyone in this photograph, we are related. . .

My Grandfather is the dashing gentleman that is being framed by the pink draperies.  My Grandmother is sitting next to him, on his right, but her face is almost completely hidden by the flowers in the center of the table.  You can see her large white earring and black hair. My Mother is the third person to the right of my Grandmother.  I'm sure she had her long red hair pulled back in a pony tail. The lady in the center-front of the picture, with the hat and purple dress was my Great Grandmother. This was her dining room.  She had 12 children and lived in a mansion. (I never saw it although I have pictures of it and there are some on the Internet at the Historical Society). The rest of the people are my Great Aunts and Uncles and their spouses.  Most of them are gone now, but I remember them well.

As you know, I recently brought home two POD-like storage containers filled with furniture and boxes from my Mom's.  Among the heirlooms that will soon be in my living room is the beautiful camel-back sofa that came from my Great-Grandmother's mansion.  I even have a photograph of her sitting on it with my Great-Grandfather. I am humbled to be the next in line to own that piece. I will take good care of it.

I've never told anyone before that my Great-Grandparents were wealthy and lived in a mansion.  He died before I was born, and she died when I was nine.  (But she had been in a nursing home for a long time and we had moved away, so I didn't really know her.) I never even had dinner at a mansion, much less lived in one! My Mom tells me stories about playing on the servants staircase that was in the back of the kitchen.  She remembers all of it like it was yesterday.  I love the stories.  I will need to record them to pass on with the sofa someday.

So, I confess, I'm a Redneck by choice :)  I grew up with candlelight and crystal chandeliers, and have one hanging in my dining room to this very day. (Only because my Mother insisted on buying it when we saw it at a thrift store). I live a simple life in a small town and never seem to have enough money to even do proper maintenance on the house.  But I still appreciate sterling silver and fine china. I can celebrate my roots and still dig in the dirt.

I often wonder how many others are, like me, descendants of the people in this room.  There must be a lot of us.  We moved to Colorado when I was nine years old and that was the end of our family get-togethers on that side of the family.  We were still close to my Grandparents, but we didn't go back to see any of the extended relatives.  I asked my Mom why and she kind of gave me the run-around.  I think she may have been treated poorly when she ended up being divorced after only a few years of marriage.  Back then it was a pretty scandalous thing.  And even if it wasn't the fault of the wife, she was forever the black sheep of the family.  Mom has never said that, but I think that's what happened.  I'll probably never really know.  And after all these years it doesn't matter anyway.  I would still like to know who my relatives are. 

So, if you know anyone in this picture, let's talk family!



Tuesday, May 21, 2013

We Are Not Alone

This is happening all over the world.  Wow. Just wow....
I pray it makes a difference.  
Our lives and the lives of our grandchildren depend on it.