Story of the Quilt Bears:

teddy_bearGo back … go all the way back to the 1950s:  In the 1950s Mom & Dad built a new house. During the building process our family lived in the detached 2-car garage–all except Great Aunt Ollie.  Because of her age, Aunt Ollie stayed with Mother’s brother and his wife.

When the new house was far enough along to live in the basement, Aunt Ollie came back to the farm. She brought with her two new quilts.

The quilts were a pale pink on one side and a pale blue on the other. Aunt Ollie was ever practical and created quilts which could be used for either a girl’s room or a boy’s room.

Skip forward to the late 1970s/early 1980s: Whenever we would visit “Grandma & Grandpa”, Mother would always pull out one of those two quilts, fold it and put it on the floor for my son to sleep/play on.

Skip forward to 2015/2016: When my husband fractured his shoulder and was ordered to sleep in a chair until it healed, one of those quilts is what he chose to use for his cover.

And now in 2017, in the tradition of the ‘Giving Tree’ and the ‘Velveteen Rabbit’, one of those quilts (faded almost white, with a few holes in it, loved/used off and on for over 60 years) will continue its life as two bears (one pictured above): collecting love/memories from yet another generation.



Tombstone Humor

TombstoneAlthough in my genealogical research I’ve only ever seen one on an actual tombstone (the last one on this list–but w/o the response). There are some fascinating things on old grave markers!


 Harry Edsel Smith of Albany, New York: Born 1903–Died 1942. Looked up the elevator shaft to see if the car was on the way down. It was.  ===============

In a Thurmont, Maryland, cemetery: Here lies an Atheist, all  dressed up and  no  place to go. ===============

On the grave of Ezekial Aikle in East Dalhousie Cemetery, Nova  Scotia: Here lies Ezekial Aikle, Age 102. Only the good die young.  ===============

In a London, England cemetery: Here lies Ann Mann, who lived an old maid but died an old Mann. Dec. 8, 1767 ===============

In a Ribbesford, England, cemetery: Anna  Wallace  The children of Israel wanted  bread, and  the Lord sent them manna. Clark Wallace wanted a wife, and the Devil sent him Anna. ===============

In a Ruidoso, New Mexico, cemetery:  Here lies Johnny Yeast. Pardon him for not rising. ===============

In a Uniontown, Pennsylvania, cemetery:  Here lies the body of  Jonathan Blake, stepped on the gas instead of the brake. ===============

In a Silver City, Nevada, cemetery:  Here lays The Kid, we planted him raw. He was quick on the trigger, but slow on the draw. ===============

A lawyer’s epitaph in England:  Sir John Strange. Here lies an honest lawyer, and that is Strange. ===============

John Penny’s epitaph in  the Wimborne, England, cemetery:  Reader, if cash thou art in want of any, dig 6 feet deep and thou wilt find a Penny. ===============

In a cemetery in  Hartscombe, England:  On the 22nd of June, Jonathan Fiddle went  out of tune. ===============

Anna Hopewell’s grave in Enosburg Falls, Vermont:  Here lies the body of our Anna, done to death by a banana. It wasn’t the fruit that laid her low, but the skin of the thing that made her go.  ===============

On a grave from the 1880s  in Nantucket, Massachusetts:  Under the sod and under the trees, Lies the body of Jonathan Pease. He is not here, there’s only the pod, Pease shelled out and went to God. ===============

In a cemetery in England:  Remember man, as you walk by, as you are now, so once was I. As I am now, so shall you be, remember this and follow me.

To which someone replied by writing on the  tombstone:

To follow you I’ll not consent, until I know which way you went.



Imperial & Metric System (a bit of fun)

A couple of interesting points of view on the relative merits of the Imperial and Metric forms of measurement. (Parenthetically, did you know that the “USA is the only industrialized nation that does not mainly use the metric system?)  Do watch both – but the 2nd really had me laughing!