Linda on March 11th, 2012

My first book printed at Paper Kiwi arrived on Saturday!  I am impressed by the quality of the printing and the book finishing. I was  using  the
8 1/2″ x 11″  format for the first time for this project and was very pleased with this size  for the book.

It is going to be a gift to my nephew and includes photographs of wedding couples and scans of wedding invitations of his ancestors along with maps and images of relevant locations in their lives.


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Linda on May 5th, 2010

We’re experiencing a lovely, early spring  which has pushed our blooming  flowers into production 3-4 weeks ahead of their usual schedule. The flowers from this bush are  a favorite since they are so fragrant, and enjoying them before Mother’s Day is a real treat!


Linda on April 28th, 2010

Aunt FernOur great aunt Fern passed away last night at the age of 101. She was the daughter of Missouri pioneers and had 17 siblings.

She was a wonderful story teller, and we will miss her humor, her folksiness, and her wisdom.

Her service will be tomorrow, and she will be buried in Oakland Cemetery, Moberly.

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Linda on April 6th, 2010

This is quite a big deal for those of us who are not used to seeing our spring flowers until early May–and here it is April and the crocus and daffodils are in bloom!

Linda on March 26th, 2010

Today would be mom’s 88th birthday! In this 1942 photo, she is living in Detroit  and probably planning her June 1943 wedding. She is wearing the working girl’s fashion of the day–a tailored suit and blouse, which she most likely sewed herself.

Like so many moms, she made a bigger deal out of our birthdays than her own. I think we all remember her 70th birthday, though, when we surprised her by all showing up in Florida. It was a memorable–mostly all girls (sorry, Michael!)–weekend complete with family slides and lots of laughter. I’m glad that we have that special time to remember.

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Linda on February 2nd, 2010

Look at those curls! Hope you’re having a great day!

Linda on January 1st, 2010

1girlpinkwhite001Happy 2010 to all of you–and on to the second decade of this century!

The first has been full of many happy moments and a few sad ones as well–we experienced two beautiful weddings, added two delightful daughter-in-laws to our family, and share the joy of four engaging grandchildren. We lost a sister (in-law) and mother (in-law) during this decade. We have visited the countries of our ancestors and in the process deepened relationships with cousins and made new friends who will always be a part of our lives and our hearts.

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Linda on December 26th, 2009

Product ImageThe gift I received for Christmas for genealogical purposes is a copy of  Fashionable Folks Hairstyles 1840-1900 by Maureen Alice Taylor. I found Maureen’s earlier book, Uncovering Your Ancestry through Family Photographs, very helpful–and I expect this one will be, too.

Linda on December 25th, 2009

Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones. May you be enjoying a wonderful day!
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Linda on December 17th, 2009

1919BlyK3moThere are several notable December dates in my family, including birthdays, an engagement, and deaths. Time permitting, I’ll try to get all of them posted this month. This December 17, my dad, Kenneth Bly, would have been 90 years old.

Dad was a Missouri native, born in Kansas City and a graduate of the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy. He met my mother while he was working in Detroit, and they lived in several Midwestern states.

Dad had a curious mind and loved to discover how things worked. One of his childhood experiments involved setting his mother’s silverware end to end to have it act as a conductor while it was attached to the front doorbell–its success was measured by the shock one of the neighborhood girls got when pressing the doorbell. He would be so taken with the today’s technology–he’d have loved the internet, iPhones, digital cameras, and GPS systems;  and I think he would have been tickled to find himself  featured on a blog.

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