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  •  I've not been here for awhile I hope all of you are doing well. I've been busily researching and that continues. I've also spoken to two different state archivists, a genealogist, a distant cousin and a couple of other librarians. Every avenue attempted to locate a second great grandfather somewhere in time prior to 1900 has been a dead end so I am now searching similar names since his is often misspelled.

    Another great grandfather of the same vintage has been a joy to read about. He differs from the loads of southern farmers, drunks and the few immigrants I've discovered because he was born and raised on a farm in New York in a largely Quaker community full of tight-knit and often related families and raised his children there. A researcher now living in that area has been enlisted to obtain more information about this line. He was a reader, active in his communities in both Florida and New York and left journals which a cousin had the presence of mind to save and donate to a research library near his New York farm.

    Quaker history is interesting and Quakers have done a lot toward founding this country, from schools and colleges to farms and communities nationwide. I have not just one but an entire line of them.

    In yet another line, I've found eleven times great grandparents in Yorkshire whose descendants came first to the Virginia Colony, then branched into parts of North Carolina. There are a few Quakers among them as well.

    On a personal note, thanks for all of the very kind comments on my last post. I am limiting my time on all forms of social media these days but will get to blogs as I can.

    Be well.

    Posted 3 weeks ago by e


    OCT Hello...

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    My great aunt, who has always been a great aunt, is celebrating her birthday. She is 101. I sent flowers and friends have baked a cake. I hope, despite advanced Parkinson's, that she will be able to enjoy them.

    She is the last of my grandfather's siblings, an elegant, thoughtful, kind soul who loved her family, worked hard, gave back to her community and helped me learn to love books and reading.

    Through her generosity, I fell in love with Stuart Little, a wise spider named Charlotte, and many other characters, who, like my family, inspired a range of feelings, ignited imagination and often set me safely free to roam in my head when life beyond the page was chaotic, uncertain or less than wonderful.

    My earliest memories of her, like Charlotte's gossamer threads, reveal a woman who was as warm and caring as she was gorgeous and independent. Born during the last pandemic, she was the youngest sister. Book-ended by two brothers, whom she adored, she was also part of an awesome trio of sisters. Self-supporting since her high school graduation, she enjoyed her friends, spent time with parents, used her vacation time to shepherd nieces and nephews about when they came to visit, and loved to go places when she could.

    Well into her thirties when her tenure in the Spinster Club came to an end, she was introduced to a handsome press photographer twelve years her senior by her best friend. Thus began a romance which led to a happy thirty-five-year marriage. With the birth of a daughter, her small family was complete and when I showed up less than a year later in very inauspicious circumstances, she was among the first of my maternal extended family to welcome me. She has always been the essence of kindness.

    Posted 22nd August by e


    AUG 101 Today

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    It is both trash collection and election day in these parts and before you chuckle at that peculiar juxtaposition, please remember where I live. Voting was handled weeks ago by mail and my ballot was left for a trusted friend rather than our postal carrier. It reached its destination well before today which meant no worries for me. My postal carrier is still strutting his stuff, but I prefer not to have contact with someone who will not distance or wear a mask. I do know that one of the prospective judges on the ballot has COVID. I hope she recovers.

    Other than that, I listened to a brief presentation on the role of women here in suffrage and apart from a few of which I was already aware, there really was no new information. This area was a last bastion of conservatism, just as I suspected. I was taken aback when the speaker noted a subtopic about which she desired more research but was unable to obtain it due to the library being closed. Had I been the librarian moderating this program, I would speak to this History Center docent afterward and extend a hand in getting further information. The docent, an older woman, did promise to complete her research at a later time.

    Overcast and rainy for most of the afternoon, we finally have slivers of azure, just before sunset.

    How was your day?

    Posted 18th August by e


    AUG Tuesday

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    That may seem an odd title, but Sunday is generally my day to prepare whatever food I have for the week. Today I've made yellow rice, black beans, pasta and mashed potatoes and veggie cutlet with gravy and a Jackfruit curry with the remaining rice. None of this is from scratch and I've only ever seen Jackfruit in a can despite growing up in the tropics.

    After almost six months of nothing but my own limited repertoire, I am more than ready to try some new things. The summer heat finds me eating a lot of fruit, yogurt. cheese, sandwiches, carrots. hummus and salad, along with pitchers of tea. I don't dare ask for watermelon on my grocery order. A friend did so and ended up with enough to feed her neighborhood.

    I found six packets of Alessi soup mix in my cupboard and decided to make one for dinner last week. I added dried herbs, pasta, beans as it was a bean and pasta soup and some fresh greens, and fed myself for two nights. I've also re-discovered the joy of good quality peanut butter and jam without added sugar in a sandwich or on toast in the mornings.

    What about you?

    Posted 16th August by e


    AUG Kitchen Heresies

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    I am sixty-one today and glad to be alive and well, even in isolation. I will attend a couple of virtual activities and carry on as I have since March. We were fortunate that the recent hurricane had rather minimal effect. My heart goes out to folks along our eastern seaboard, especially in the Carolinas where I have newly-found extended family.

    Wishing you all a safe and wonderful week. Below are some photos from birthdays past.

    ul week.

    Posted 4th August by e


    AUG Pandemic Birthday...

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    With a hurricane bearing down on my state's east coast and expected to impact the entire eastern seaboard, the pandemic and its continual rise here has taken a backseat in our news. It is now a waiting game to see when and where it strikes and how much clean up there will be. At present there are no evacuation orders in place for my area. The governor has declared a state of emergency in east coast counties so I would expect an increase in traffic as people move to other areas or attempt to leave the state. and all of this during an uncontrolled pandemic for which Florida has become an epicenter.

    Lukas and I are at home and staying put for the duration.

    Stay safe and be well.

    Posted 1st August by e


    AUG A Hurricane and a Pandemic...

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    Those involved in the sexually explicit bombing of my recent Zoom meeting were definitely adults, not teens or younger adults and they had obtained the password from a public page on social media. This was not a kid prank but attention-seeking adults. Apparently, as more of us interact on Zoom, this and other bombings occur with greater frequency. The meeting host has the option of locking the meeting so late arrivals and potential bombers are excluded.

    I spent time today researching the primary candidates for judge and school board in my area, got some bills paid, fed himself and put away laundry. While the weather is clear, it looks like a potential weather event is shaping up. I'm hoping it will dissipate or veer away, but only the coming days will tell,


    Posted 27th July by e


    JUL Just So You Know...

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    That is hardly a great name for a post, but here I am. My grocery delivery did not go smoothly. I am supposed to have contact-free delivery. This means that the bags get left outside and the delivery person leaves after either ringing the doorbell or sending a text. I normally watch from either a kitchen window or a peephole.

    My instructions to them are to notify me regarding any substitutions which need to be made to my order if the store is out of an item and to leave my purchases beside my ramp outside the front door.

    What would appear to be fairly straight forward, however, has been anything but simple the last three times packages or groceries have been delivered.

    Saturday's drop off included a text to me saying an Amazon driver needed help with delivery, so masked and after hearing noise on the metal ramp outside, I cracked the front door open to discover that my storm door which is normally locked, was wide open and the guy was in my face, without a mask, and placing the bags at the top of and on the ramp.

    Normally locked, the storm door is clear glass and would enable me to show the person where to place deliveries, but having someone that close who was also blocking my ability to roll outside and who opened a door without permission infuriated me.

    I texted Amazon because it is now impossible to reach anyone by phone, and it took three individuals before I got someone who seemed to know what he was doing. He focused on the mask issue, so perhaps something will be done, My delivery instructions are now in ALL CAPS, which likely means nothing, if recent behavior is any indication.

    This might easily be seen as a first world problem were it not for the health threat involved.

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