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January 2016

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The Little Things

January 29, 2016

The more you get to know someone, the more you notice the little things about them…the trivia that make them unique. These details are like the little facets on the gems of their personality. When sparkling they catch your eye, you admire them – (or if you don’t, at least you find them interesting enough to notice and remember). And you “compare and contrast” those little details to traits of others you have met, or to your own self. And…

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Learning As I Go

January 19, 2016

Last week we had a friend coming for dinner and I thought it’d be fun to make a gift box of cookies for him to take home afterward. I decided to try this “Refrigerator Cookies” recipe from Great Grandma Mary Etta’s cookbook. At first when I saw the recipe I thought maybe refrigerator cookies were like a “no-bake” cookie recipe, but I wasn’t sure, so I thought to research them a little online. As I quickly found, refrigerator cookies are…

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Born With a Silver Spoon

January 15, 2016

I have a confession to make…I’m 39 years old and sometimes I still eat with my baby spoon. (Not very often, but sometimes I use it to eat ice cream or yogurt…and I’ve also used it to feed my own 3 daughters when they were babies.)  It’s such a pretty little silver spoon (gifted to me by the hospital where I was born in August, 1976). It has my date of birth and first name engraved on the handle. So…

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Things That Aren’t True

January 13, 2016

Several years ago, when I first began selling some of my crochet patterns on e-Patterns Central, I had to fill out a “designer-bio”. When the list of 9 questions and answers were posted, everything was correct except for the answer to this question:I never had them change it, but I did irk me a little…that had not been my answer…that was so not me! The correct answer is that my husband and I we enjoy being outdoors and being active…

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Tomorrow’s Way – Yours Today

January 11, 2016

“In the United States, even though three companies had introduced electric stoves in 1908…an electric stove was still considered a novelty in the 1920s. By the 1930s, decreased cost of electric power and modernized styling of electric stoves had greatly increased their acceptance. “Electric stoves and other household appliances were marketed by electrical utilities to build demand for electric power. During the expansion of rural electrification, demonstrations of cooking on an electric stove were popular.” The recipe (below) for a…

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Up Early – To Bed Late

January 6, 2016

Great Grandma Mary Etta’s Journal Entry for June 8, 1936: “Monday 55° clear, getting dry – Up early got work cleaned up – Cut out Roberta’s dress + sewed on it – Jack still here – Fred home early – Went to Goldblatts – Got Jack a white pair of shoes + also Sonny Boy – Stopped at market – Joe got watermelon (first of year), radishes, onions, beets, strawberries – Home – Cleaned beets + cooked them – Cleaned…

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Meeting Mary Elizabeth

January 4, 2016

In getting to know my Great Grandma Mary Etta, I’ve paused a moment to realize…I actually have 3 other great grandmas. They are (1) my Mother’s Father’s Mother: Hulda Maria Freij Edstrom (1867-1915); (2) my Father’s Father’s Mother: Louisa Graebel Falk (1876-1918); and (3) my Father’s Mother’s Mother: Mary Elizabeth Hughes Appleman (1870-1942). It is a fact, even if not fully realized…each of us has eight great grandparents…and 16 great-great grandparents. Each one of them was necessary to make us…

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