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I look at my grandmother’s photo and wonder what she’s reading 


On Sunday, my family drive through Durand IL (pop. 1500). It’s the place my family drive me every summer of childhood. 

My son took a photo of his four kids in front of my grandparents house. He asked for an old photo of the house to compare. I rediscovered this picture of my maternal grandmother. 

I wonder what she’s reading.


Grandmother whose China went to Laura post 

Then I went and googled her and a her name comes up. The people I want to call and ask, are passed.  

Charlotte Baker Rowley 1888-1980

Born Jun 1888 in Winnebago, Illinois, USAmap

Daughter of Eugene Baker Rowley and Mary S Smith

Sister of Clair S Rowley, May Rowley, Edna Rowley and Cecile Rowley

Wife of Judd DeWitt Vansickle — married 16 Nov 1908 in Winnebago, Illinois, USAmap

[children unknown]

Died Jun 1980 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois, United States of Americamap. But her children are known. My mother was Marian.And no mention of Charlotte’s middle  name Elizabeth.  

I must ask my older cousin, John.  Maybe he’ll know 

I’ll list their children 

John Rowley Van Sickle b 1910

Marian Van Sickle  b 1912 

Robert Eugene b 1914


Eleven Years Old Today

Everyone loves Michael. 

Happy 11th birthday, August 21st.


(Top left-at your baptism by your namesake Fr. Michael Joseph Zeps, S.J.  Then your Godfather Joe, Dad, FF Marlene, Uncle Joey again, Aunt Lala-August bday club and your Mom holding you on the bottom)
He is one loveable young man. (Last year I might have said boy)


Concentrating on his yo-yo skills in Pittsburgh. Summer 2016


Language camp last week -photo by parents 

After your swim meet-June 26, 2015 with new cousin Charlie at the hospital

Teasing  old Grandma, making me think your head was stuck!

Michael if you want to see how quickly you are growing up, here are some blog posts documenting your growth! 

Seems as if you just turned 10- tenth birthday post 

Florida Rainbow appeared when you were born. 9 years old 

*Seems you were 8 not so long ago 8th birthday post

* Here’s your 7th birthday

Laura made you an Alvin and the Chipmunks cake when you were Five – Chipmunks Cake

Don’t know what happened to six but you were my first photo on the blog with Murphy the Airedale

And here you are with Henry the Airedale

Love you lots

Happy 11th Birthday to you Michael Joseph

Love, 

FF Ruthie

P.S.  I need a photo of me with you, please.  Birthday mail on the way. 


Happy Birthday Lala


You were one not so long ago.


Now you’re mom to a one year old!

Happy Happy Birthday to you Laura. 

You make life nice. 

Love,

Your Mom

P.S. Refer to last year’s birthday post to see how time flies. 

(It’s something old people say to younger people and then suddenly you experience it.)


Summer Bouquets

IMG_3331Love to all, near and far.


Notice -“Booming Stats” on Abandoned Blog Today

Five years ago I tried to create a recipe blog from my grandmother’s wooden recipe box and my mother’s recipe cards. I’d forgotten all about it until today when I got a notice from WordPress. Try this link to the blog   A friend wrote she had trouble

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Throwback Recipes Blog

I didn’t stick with this blog for very long.

There were SIX followers. Throwback seemed as if the recipes weren’t really relevant nowadays.

It stopped seeming like such a cool idea.

But today I got a notice “Your stats are BOOMING!”  On the Throwback Recipes blog.  Rhubarb Cake recipe and the home page

And 65 hits (that’s booming after zero) are from El Salvador, 2 are from United States and 1 from Australia. And in just ONE hour.

So thought I would share about my abandoned blog that got rediscovered today.

Did you ever start a blog and abandon it?

It’s always nice to receive those notices from WordPress.

Here is the Chocolate Pound Cake recipe my mother made

 

 

 

 


Balls in the Air

Taking a break from the cherry on top challenge although I was considering another shoot.

When the family visited we went to the Children’s Museum a couple of times.  One of the favorite rooms is called The Garage. The kids tried to catch the balls that were held up by air blowing out of the table.

IMG_3265Laura held Charles as he reached for the ball.

It was easier for Maura to catch the balls.

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One more try

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Potholder Loop Wreath 

My daughter Laura sorted the giant bag of colorful potholder loops on the dining room table. I photographed it with the iPhone. 

 We’re in crafty production this week!

Maura brought them with her from Columbus for her visit to Grandma’s house. 


When the potholder is all woven, I slip 4 unsharpened pencils through the loops on all sides.  So much easier to finish up with a crochet hook, a loop at a time. 

 Taking the woven piece off the loom keeps it together instead of it trying to pop off the metal loom as you bind off. 


Charlie’s UNO Birthday Party

IMG_0699                                                                 Happy Parents Laura and James holding the birthday boy!

 

 

 

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Cousin Maura helped Charlie blow out his candle.

 

Cousins and friend Oliver help Charles Celebrate   Grandma and Grandpa Weaver    Aunt Brenda holds the mini UNO cards

 

IMG_0872Playing UNO

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A new litttle piggy to hold

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IMG_5110Playing outside after a walk, enjoying the beautiful summer day. iPhone shot  Happy First Birthday.


McKeesport Library -Knit in Public

World Wide Knit in Public DayBetter living through stitching together!

McKeesport Library hosted a Knitting in Public event Saturday June 18th and I drove over the Monongahela River and back to attend.  I’m so glad I did. Everyone was so welcoming. It was a perfect summer day though sitting under the tree in the shade was just right.

I was invited to join the group for a picnic lunch, which was delicious and generous of them to include me.

IMG_0484Jody, visiting family in McKeesport but now living in  Gainesville FL, reads the history of World Wide Knit in Public Day telling the group  how it was started in 2005 by Danielle Landes with just 25 events and now it’s over 850 around the world.”

Jody’s daughter Ellie, going into Fifth grade, was the youngest member of the Knit in Public Event.

IMG_0485Many of the women knit hats, blankets and or shawls for Chemotherapy patients and donate them to several hospitals including Magee and Veterans.They get together throughout the year on Thursdays.

Another Ruth just started knitting but she has crocheted beautiful Butterfly shawls and blankets. Some of the women knit at the  Magee Hospital group which hosted a KIP event today, too. There were events at Mt. Lebanon Library and Steel City Fiber, too.  And if you go to the site, you will see there was KIP in the Arctic Circle, too.

IMG_0504Kim’s two color knitted hat matched both her shirt and pants!

 

Weaving by Judith G, hostessing the KIP event. The weaving is for a class she’s going to be teaching this summer.IMG_0487

Picnic Lunch- BBQ chipped ham is a Pittsburgh specialty

The library was built in 1902

Architect was William J. East and is a National Historic Landmark

 

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IMG_0521from the front- what a lawn to mow!

One of the women, Pat, mentioned she was on her way to the McKeesport Heritage Center for another event.

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Wedding China Curves

Anyone who knows me, knows I like dishes.  Different patterns for different occasions. I used to want twelve different patterns, a place setting of each, for a mix and match dinner party.

These  two photos were taken the weekend of April 8, 2016, Anna and Aric’s Austin, Texas wedding.

(You might remember Champ the ring bearer)

This week’s photo challenge from Cheri Lucas Rowlands is CURVE

My friend Joanne,  mother of the bride, was showing me the fine China she brought to the wedding.  Wrapped up carefully and boxed in the back of her car. She had moved it from Omaha to Florida.

Here is the story of the plates-  The pink and gold Lenox fine China plates were from Carolin, a dear friend and neighbor where they used to live in Omaha.  She has since passed but years ago,  Carolin was moving, she gave Joanne the plates to save for her daughter, Anna. Anna had worked for her in high school.

“Antoinette Pink pattern #M356/262, introduced in 1937 and discontinued in 1974”

 

The smaller plate is made by Rosenthal  but we don’t have the name of the pattern.  Joanne bought those at an estate sale in Nebraska.

When I got married (42 years ago) people still selected a China pattern, service for twelve, I already had my grandmother’s silver flatware but I think people were selecting silver patterns, too. Nowadays it is mostly stainless steel flatware.

 

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curved fine china plate

Just this week, my sister sent me an article Oh, for keepsakes! What to do with Grandma’s China by Carolyn Hax of the Washington Post about how children of today’s world don’t care to inherit Grandmother’s dishes.

My own daughter houses my grandmother’s delicate Haviland china.  I doubt she’s used them.  I love to set a table with pretty china and yes, we know that the gold can’t go into a microwave. In fact,  fine china can’t go into a microwave either but there’s something lovely about a pretty plate set on a tablecloth that makes the meal a celebration. I even like washing and handling china, thinking of the good time everyone had at a special dinner.  Clearly I am old fashioned. Clearly old.

Joanne served an ice cream dessert in a China tea cup to a young visitor. The little girl was delighted.  Joanne’s mother said I never would have thought to use it for anything except a cup of tea. Joanne said a first course of soup in a cup and saucer with a side of cheesestraws is lovely, too.

 


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