Working on Genealogy

From time to time I work on my family tree.

My great-great-grandmother is Sarah Reeside in the 1870 census before she was married.

Recently I found an entry in the 1870 census for Baltimore which contains 3 generations of my family: great-great-grandmother, great-great-great-grandmother, and great-great-great-great-grandfather on my mother’s side.

My great-great-grandmother Rusha Morgan Donnelly born 1864.

Every little step backward helps me find another generation.  In another line on my mother’s side I can also go back to the 1800s.

I have a copy of this hardcover book which notes my ancestor was dismissed from the Quakers for marrying “out-of-meeting”.

My father’s family is detailed in The Parrish family: Including the allied families of Belt, Boyd, Cole and Malone, Clokey, Garrett, Merryman, Parsons, Price, Tipton. 

Have you had your DNA tested?


Another Game Night

Thanks to the men and women who serve to protect our freedom.  We’re proud to be Americans. 

The last time we organized a game night at The Glade was over a year ago. We have scheduled another one for next weekend.

Skewered food was easy to eat at a game night.

The menu for that party was skewered food.  The favorite of us all was skewered mozzarella cheese, chicken sausage, and sun-dried tomatoes.

Easy, funny games.

This time the plan is to play some combination of Pictionary, MadGabs, or Boxers and Briefs.

Chopped almonds, craisins, and celery are added to chicken in equal parts to make chicken salad then held together with mayonnaise.

I also have planned an easy to execute menu with some tried and true food and a few heart-healthy snacks.

  • Chicken salad sliders
  • Crudités with hummus
  • Fruit plate
  • Walnuts, sunflower seeds, and dark chocolate
  • Iced tea, Glade fizz, coffee and tea
We started cleaning last night by bringing the olive trees into the conservatory in response to a cold snap forecast.

My plan for today is to clean up the first floor of the house so everything will be ready for the party. And we’ll have plenty of time next weekend to prepare food.

Do you have a favorite board game?

Adopting Polar Bears

I’ve decided to enhance my Christmas theme by adding more polar bears.  Last year my research led me to report that a group of polar bears is called a celebration.  This year I find that an aurora is the preferred moniker.

I am inspired by the white-painted branches stuck into the Christmas tree.

I am inspired by the tree in the picture above so I did a quick Google search and found stuffed polar bear at (Ali Express sells in small quantities what Alibaba sells in bulk units. I had been wanting to give this service a try.)

The little bears traveled together all the way from China.

They came packaged in one bag and were delivered by the U.S. Postal Service.

I celebrated the arrival of the bears.

It takes longer to get the items than buying from something based in the US but the price was reasonable enough that I could buy 10.  The cost was $3.28 each times 10 plus $1.46 shipping so $34.26 for 10 adorable 7.8-inch polar bears.

An aurora of polar bears.

While we’re waiting to decorate for Christmas our bear Casper is keeping an eye on the little ones. I might have to make little scarves for them.

Do you ever get sidetracked by a strange subject?

Recycling in Our County

Our county in Maryland has a recycling program.

My new under-counter bin.

Recently the county sent out an informational postcard  saying we could take a short quiz online and then get a coupon for an indoor under-counter recycling bin.

The blue recycling can is a gift from the county and stays with the house when the owner moves.

We have been recycling in our house for quite a long time.

Good reasons why we should recycle our debris.

However I think everyone at work is confused about how and what to recycle.

This recycling container at the county office of recycling gives a good look at what can be included.

We can mix recyclables in the same container but certain items are forbidden.  I’m going to have to print the list and post it at work as well as explain the process to my fellow employees.

Do you recycle?

The Benefit of Carrying Postage Stamps

While we were at the Statue of Liberty we bought some postcards.

We bought a number of the same postcard.

We sprang for the cheapest ones they sell — 35 cents each.

Liberty Island has its own postmark.

I was carrying postcard postage with me which is now 34 cents per card. (At least I thought I was carrying postcard postage — actually I think I put on an “additional ounce” stamp which might explain the delay in delivery.)

The areas bordered with red are in the Liberty Island zip code: 10004.

Anyway when the card was delivered to our house it had been postmarked with the Liberty Island seal and zip code.

I’m glad we took the time to send cards.

Now that’s a souvenir.

In 2003 I received a postcard from the South Pole.

Other places in the world which have very limited postal service (and for which I have postmarked cards) are:

  • Antarctica
  • United Nations (just a building in New York City)
  • Vatican

Have you received a letter from a far off place?

One Task Ticked Off the List

The task I’m referring to is putting in some more baseboard. The plan last Saturday was to get something finished.

This pile has been dispersed.

Of course we didn’t finish it and totally whittle down the pile of trim but the hallway in the master suite is completed.

Baseboard really finishes the look in the hallway.

The first area Sug and I worked on intersected with the lower cabinet of the linen closet.

The base of the linen cabinet.
This is the shape we tried to cut out with a coping saw.












Our baseboard is formed by a piece of 1 by 4 topped with ogee molding and finished with a piece of shoe molding in the front.  We tried to cope the 1 by 4 so it would fit into the bottom trim on the cabinet but we really couldn’t make it work that way.

We started with 1 by 4s cut to fit which slid behind the cabinet’s trim.

So instead of coping we just trimmed the cabinet trim and ran the baseboard all the way back to the cabinet.

It looked very complicated when all the pieces were fit together.

We cut 1 by 4 for all areas then topped it with ogee.

The shoe molding is coped and the corners will come together better when the trim is fastened to the wall.

We tried again to cope the joints of the shoe molding and were successful.  Using a coping saw we cut out the shape of the shoe molding in the adjoining piece.

We drilled a hole then screwed in a brass door stop.

The hallway is trimmed. And we put a door stop behind the bedroom door so the door knob doesn’t make a hole in the wall.

This section of baseboard in the bedroom needs shoe molding.

Next task: finish trimming the bedroom.

What carpentry skill can you brag about?

Really Cleaning the Outdoor Rug

The rug on our master suite deck has become grungy over the past 2 years that it has been outside both summer and winter.

The indoor/outdoor rug from the master deck.

I tried cleaning it in the spring but was only partially successful. This was one of the tasks planned for last weekend.

Sug scrubbed the rug with a scrub brush.

Sug suggested that her rug cleaning fluid and she would do a better job.

The top half is clean.

It is difficult to refuse an offer like that so she set to scrubbing the rug on a base of plastic sheeting in the backyard.

The dried on sawhorses.

After cleaning the rug and rinsing it with the garden hose she hoisted it onto sawhorses to let it dry overnight and most of the next day.

There’s room for storing the 9′ by 12′ rug in the Cottage attic — up the stairs and through the hatch.

Then we carried over to the Cottage where it will spend the winter in the attic.  Thanks, Sug.

What do you bring in during the winter?