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.
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.
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.
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 tree in the picture above so I did a quick Google search and found stuffed polar bear at AliExpress.com. (Ali Express sells in small quantities what Alibaba sells in bulk units. I had been wanting to give this service a try.)
They came packaged in one bag and were delivered by the U.S. Postal Service.
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.
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.
While we were at the Statue of Liberty we bought some postcards.
We sprang for the cheapest ones they sell — 35 cents each.
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.)
Anyway when the card was delivered to our house it had been postmarked with the Liberty Island seal and zip code.
Now that’s a souvenir.
Other places in the world which have very limited postal service (and for which I have postmarked cards) are:
The task I’m referring to is putting in some more baseboard. The plan last Saturday was to get something finished.
Of course we didn’t finish it and totally whittle down the pile of trim but the hallway in the master suite is completed.
The first area Sug and I worked on intersected with the lower cabinet of the linen closet.
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.
So instead of coping we just trimmed the cabinet trim and ran the baseboard all the way back to the cabinet.
We cut 1 by 4 for all areas then topped it with ogee.
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.
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.