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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Linda on December 15th, 2009

JensenBerit_dod1909Tombstone002I’m rapidly running out of tombstone photos, but I remembered this one in an album of my husband’s mother. It is the tombstone of her grandmother, Berit (Bertha) Anania Jensen Nelson. Berit was the daughter of  Erik Jensen and Gjertrud Gulliksdatter, both born in Valdres, Oppland, Norway. Berit was born in Manitwoc County, Wisconsin.

Berit married Knut Nelson 21 May 1877, and she is listed as “Berit Erikson” in the marriage registry. She and Knut were parents to ten children, nine sons and one daughter and farmed in Franklin Township, Kewaunee County, Wisconsin. In the photo of her tombstone, there are farm buildings evident in the background. It may be the Nelson farm, as Knut donated property adjacent to their farm to the Franklin Norwegian Cemetery, which is the location of Berit’s tombstone in the photo. Berit and Knut’s son is also listed on the tombstone.

The inscription reads:
Bertha Nelson
Mar 13, 1859 –  June 26, 1909
wife of
Knut Nelson
Nov 14, 1848
Edward Nelson
Jan 29, 1879 – Feb 27, 1904

I believe that my Redeemer liveth.

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Linda on December 9th, 2009

2009Nov9SnowManIndiana1960Bedford, Indiana
Abt. 1960

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Linda on December 8th, 2009

Today’s content is a bit of a departure from my usual Tuesday fare in that I’m posting information on two unrelated topics. The first I thought was important enough to post a link to it:
10 Must Read Copyright Articles for Photographers


I was drawn to these textures when they were posted today. It may have something to do with the whopper winter storm bearing down on us– hopefully, I’ll get some photos up tomorrow.

BittBox has posted this beautiful winter texture and more on his site  today:  get Grunge Frost

Linda on December 5th, 2009

2009NovGingerbreadHouse 2009 Gingerbread House Decorating

The little grands all did a wonderful job of creating their houses this year. They certainly have different approaches and decorating styles–the girls were very meticulous in the placement of their candies, while the boy-o found that flinging them at the frosted roof worked quite well. Everybody got sticky and gooey, but that’s half the fun.

It’s been a nice activity to engage in after the Thanksgiving meal when the table is being cleared and there’s still more football to watch. We’ve done this for the past four years, and I like to think that it’s now a tradition that all of the kids look forward to.

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Linda on December 3rd, 2009

steinI don’t know whether this stein came from Germany-Poland or not. It was last in the possession of my great aunt, so at one time it belonged to her parents and grandparents who immigrated to the US in the 1880s.  But these ancestors were also in the saloon business in Detroit before and after prohibition. Okay–and during–have you ever found a “confectionary shop” for a place of work in the 1930 census?

So, perhaps the stein was something they brought when the family immigrated to the United States. Or might it be some sort of barware left from the saloons? I’l love to hear from anyone who has any clues.

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Linda on December 2nd, 2009

annie_oscar_75Unknown photo from Missouri.

Marked Annie, Oscar, & Frankie on the back.

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Linda on December 1st, 2009

2jensensyverrandiMy husband’s Norwegian roots include his gg-grandfather, Erik Jensen, from Østre Slidre, Oppland County, Norway.  The tombstone shown is that of Erik’s half-brother, Syver, and his wife, Randi Evensdatter. Both men immigrated together to the United States in 1854 and settled in or near Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. Syver and Randi are buried at Gjerpen cemetery in Manitowoc County. In “A History of Manitowoc County” by Ralph G. Plumb, Gjerpen is identified as one of the oldest Norwegian settlements in the state.

Syver Jensen
20 Jan 1822
27 Feb 1903

Randi Jensen
2 Nov 1821
25 Sep 1909

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Linda on November 26th, 2009

BankPigAliceThis is a bank that my mother had for as long as I can remember. I don’t know when or how she acquired it, but it was a permanent resident in our kitchen. I always loved the cream and pink colors as well as the adage for The Wise Pig:
“Save a penny yesterday
Another save today
Tomorrow save another
To keep the wolf away.”

I found a nearly identical one in black many years ago; and recently saw imitations of the cream/pink at a local hobby store.

It’s a bit battered from loving wear, but I like its simple message and also knowing that it was one of my mother’s favorite items.