Friday, September 24, 2021

The Friday Five Good Things


 Five good things that happened this week.

1. Had a nice long chat about dealing with Weebles (elderly parents) with my cousin on the heart from Portland, OR

2. The new clock with the moon phases arrived.

3. Had a nice long chat with my friend, Red

4.  Finished the Celebration of Life invitation

5. After Himself's doctor's visit we stopped at Uno's for deep dish pizza.

How was your week?

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Effects of the Full Moon

 

I got a new clock that is supposed to synchronize with the atomic clock, Tick, in Fort Collins, Colorado.  I guess I'm too far away as I had to set the clock manually. I did find an app that will supposedly boost the signal, but will have to try that at a later time.

I was trying to explain to Mr. Spock how a full moon just brings all the crazies out of the woodwork. Yesterday, two cars one right after the other, changed lanes in front of us without looking to see who was coming up behind. Trucks were driving in the passing lane where they are not supposed to be driving. The parking garage at the hospital was so full Himself couldn't park in the handicap spot and could barely find a regular parking space. 

The effects of the full moon are with us for 9 days. Like a cold virus. 3 days coming, 3 days with you, 3 days leaving. We're also effected by a new moon which is just a full moon we can't see. I learned about and experienced this phenomenon when I worked in a hospital laboratory. Mr. Spock failed to see the logic. Dr. McCoy would.

So we still have a few more days of the full moon. Stay safe out there!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Whatcha Doin?

 

I'll be leaving Mr. Spock and Ink in command. (Okay, Spock is really holding Isis from the episode, Assignment Earth, but it could be Ink, and we really know who would be in charge.) 

Himself has a doctor's appointment today. I'll be tagging along, but only because there was the promise of going out to lunch and no cooking today, and maybe stopping to pick up some more mums.

Whatcha doin?

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

T Stands for Godzilla Chicken

 

This was the chicken breast I was preparing for Sunday dinner. Look at the size of the thing! This is one chicken breast. One! Weighing in at a whopping 25 ozs.  That's enough meat to feed 4 people. This isn't even a whole chicken! Can you imagine what this creature must have looked like walking around? What are they feeding chickens these days? 

There's my ice tea and lemon I was sipping while preparing the meal, and my tea kettle at the back of the stove. I dumped some bottled Italian salad dressing on the chicken. A quick and favorite recipe given to me by a friend at my bridal shower a million years ago.

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Happy Mail

 

Happy mail from Nan to brighten the boring Saturday mail of flyers and store circulars.  Nan wrote my name in the style of the Mystery Message letters. And look the stamp didn't get cancelled and no one dragged an ugly Sharpie marker through the stamp.


On the back of the envelope, a pretty butterfly stamp to seal the envelope close and on the back a light orange mark from the cancellator.


Inside an intricately folded note


The back


Opened up to find another


Folded note

Hello, Friend
May good things unfold for you


And not to forget the blue envelope with pretty blue Washi tape


Another note

Thee point of a 
maze is to find it's 
center. The point of a labyrinth is
to find your
center. As you
start to walk
out on the way
the way
appears
Begin
Breathe
Be

Nan, thank you so much for this delightful surprise. It was so fun to keep opening up the folds to find another surprise. 

Sunday, September 19, 2021

How Does Your Garden Grow?

 

Little, yellow mums for the rail boxes. When I can make the time to transplant them.


A large, red mum to replace the sorry looking petunias


A little harvest of grape tomatoes and a funny looking cucumber


Sad looking garden in the fog


A foggy start to the weekend.

How does your garden grow?



Saturday, September 18, 2021

Saturday Morning at the Library


by Diana Gabaldon

When I was 5 years old, I was forced to take dancing lessons while the Brother was forced to take accordion lessons. I hated dancing class. The Knights of Columbus Hall where the classes were given had no heat or it wasn't turned on. I hated wearing the pink beginner tights. I liked clacking around in the tap shoes, but Ma wouldn't let me practice inside the house on the wood floors. I spent most of my time in class being miserable and crying. Eventually, I was taken out of class.

While the Brother still had to endure accordion lessons, Dad took me to the library. He would leave me upstairs in the children's library where I could look at the books and choose to take some books home with my own library card. As I got older, I would go downstairs to the adult library and wander among the stacks enjoying the scent of the books before going to find Dad in the reference area consulting the law books and catching up on his work.

So for the next several weeks, a list of my favorite books, some I have read as a child, others as an adult and some  I have read more than once.

This week, the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Currently, there are 8 books in the series with the 9th book expected to be released November 2021

The genre of the books are hard to describe but fall in the category of historical fiction romance science fiction. Visit author Diana Gabaldon's website for her explanation of the novels.

Outlander
Dragonfly in Amber
Voyager
Drums of Autumn
The Fiery Cross
A Breath of Snow and Ashes
An Echo in the Bone
Written in My Own Heart's Blood
Go Tell the Bees that I Am Gone

and there looks like there will be a 10th novel, too.

If you haven't read these books, you can find them at your public library or favorite bookstore. If you're not into reading, you can watch the series on Starz

Friday, September 17, 2021

The Friday Five Good Things


 Five good things that happened this week.

1. Sunday was such a nice day, I spent the entire day in the sun room.

2. Grateful to Kristen insurance company online chat rep. who helped sort out the car insurance so I could make the payment as the policy was due the next day, but I didn't receive a bill. 

3. An ordered item arrived early

4. The errors logging into the BPL were caused by their system going down. Logged in later and no problems.

5. Stopped for fried clams and a raspberry lime rickey from Harry's.

How was your week?

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Throwback Thursday - Searching for Scrimas

 

Pasquale's son, Generoso (Joe)


My friend, Teague, first got me hooked on genealogy in 2011.  Researching one's family tree is a lot like doing a large picture  puzzle. Usually when you work on a puzzle, you have a picture from the box of what it will look like. That part is missing when piecing together a family tree.

One of the first puzzles I encountered was looking for a Pasquale (Patsey) Scrima. Somehow related to my mother's side of the family. I didn't know whether he was related to her mother or her father as I knew very little about my mother's side of the family. I came across a passenger list with my grandfather listed and the person he would be staying with in the US was listed as his brother-in-law, Pasquale Scrima.

I had recent confirmation from my cousin that the Scrimas were cousins related to us. Not just close friends that Italians absorb into a family, but he didn't know how they were related.

A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled on town records for residents of Ariano di Puglia in Italy where both my mother's parents were from. Poking around looking for my great-grandparents, I found my grandmother and her siblings. Then siblings of my great-grandmother. Then a spouse for one of her sisters, Generosa Scrima and then their oldest child, Pasquale later known as Patsey.

Patsey is my first cousin twice removed and related through my grandmother's maternal side of the family. 

So the earlier clue that I had about my grandfather staying with his brother-in-law, Patsey was wrong. Patsey and Grandma were first cousins. I can see how talking to immigration authorities a white lie might have been told or information misunderstood. Since one had to have a sponsor, it would be better if blood ties were close. Easier to say you were staying with the husband of your sister rather than a cousin of your future bride, or a friend.

I've also found Patsey's children including his eldest son, Joe pictured above. The photo looks like it was taken during during WWII. Maybe during Joe's basic training.

My next step was to search through the Boston Globe to find obituaries and to find out where Patsey and Generoso are buried. for a future cemetery sighting. Except for some reason my electronic library card at the Boston Public Library isn't being recognized to search the newspaper. I'll have to wait until the library opens to see about accessing the library.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Whatcha Doin?

Vincent has been overseeing my work on a Celebration of Life invitation. Today, he will supervise as I letter and illuminate the guest of honor's name.

Whatcha doin?


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

T Stands For Dunny

I can blame the idea for this post on Iris. Last week, Iris had posted about Loos and her trip to Perth, Australia and some Aussie expressions like loo for bathroom, chippie for carpenter, sparky for an electrician.

I mentioned to Iris, that a good friend of mine from OZ (Australia) had sent me a book about Dunnies (outhouses) and a souvenir spoon with a Dunny on it.

Since I didn't have a T Day post for this week, I thought it would be as good as any. Blame, Iris. 😉


So Iris, you asked and I delivered. Here are the books Kaz sent to me along with the souvenir spoons.

Galvo Country is about the clever and unusual use of galvanized iron as a cheap source of building material

Dunnies, Dykes, and Longdrops is a pictorial collection of unusual outhouses.

Let Stalk Strine is a humorous look at the Aussie accent.


Here are the souvenir spoons. The outhouse on the left says Dinkum Dunny. Dinkum means true or genuine or excellent. The dunny door is open, but before you make yourself comfortable, you might want to check around to make sure there are no huntsmen hiding under the seat. 😱

The spoon on the right is from the Ettamogah Pub which was  a restaurant chain based on a cartoon.


And my ever handy cuppa as I compose the T Day blogpost. 'Ooroo, cobbers! (Good bye, friends!)

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.

Monday, September 13, 2021

Dandelion Puffs

 

I watched a bunch of how to draw and paint dandelion puffs with acrylics. I used Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolors and added some calligraphy. On blue cardstock.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

How Does Your Garden Grow?

 

Himself's twig is now over 20 feet tall and has enormous leaves. We thought this tree was a black birch but Plant Net has identified it as a white ash.


Jewel weed stretches up to the woods.


Heath aster making a pretty border


While the petunias out front are spent, by the greenhouse they are still going strong.


Audrey II and Audrey IIa have filled the entire greenhouse


Somebody has been tasting the zucchini with a nibble from each.


More Jalapeño peppers for the Niece


A yellow pepper ripening


eggplant


Lots of Midnight Snacking tomatoes


Last hurrah from the morning glories


Fruit on the Lily of the Valley


An abundance of giant goldenrod


Signs of Fall


The September garden flag


Dedo and his hydrangea looking good


A last hurrah


No more


Bring out your dead


Bring out your dead


I'm not dead yet.


You will be
But, I'm feeling better.
Bring out your dead.

How does your garden grow?

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Saturday Morning at the Library

 

When I was 5 years old, I was forced to take dancing lessons while the Brother was forced to take accordion lessons. I hated dancing class. The Knights of Columbus Hall where the classes were given had no heat or it wasn't turned on. I hated wearing the pink beginner tights. I liked clacking around in the tap shoes, but Ma wouldn't let me practice inside the house on the wood floors. I spent most of my time in class being miserable and crying. Eventually, I was taken out of class.

While the Brother still had to endure accordion lessons, Dad took me to the library. He would leave me upstairs in the children's library where I could look at the books and choose to take some books home with my own library card. As I got older, I would go downstairs to the adult library and wander among the stacks enjoying the scent of the books before going to find Dad in the reference area consulting the law books and catching up on his work.

So for the next several weeks, a list of my favorite books, some I have read as a child, others as an adult and some  I have read more than once.

This week, Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey was a favorite of Himself when he was a little kid, and it quickly became a favorite with the girlies. The story goes a family of ducks makes its way through Boston traffic to try to find a new home.

If you haven't read this book, you can find it at your public library or favorite bookstore.


The Eldest and Mrs. Mallard


The Young One and Mrs. Mallard

At four year old, each girl got a trip into Boston to visit Mrs. Mallard and her family at the Boston Public Gardens and to take a ride on the swan boats.