Monday, February 8, 2016


It's an unassuming little photo album. There are no notations of any letting future family family members know who these people are nor the places they inhabit nor the animals they photograph. 

Here's the key. Him I recognize, even though he passed away while his daughter, my mother, was still a teenager. His name was John Parker. He was an engineer on the CPR, which is how he happened to live in Maine though he worked for a Canadian railroad.

 Here he is with a man I am assuming is his father. I know his father's name was Herbert. I know how he died and how difficult it was for his family. He had a number of daughters; my grandfather was his only son.

Nice asymmetrical coat, though I have no idea who is wearing it. Perhaps one of my grandfather's sisters, perhaps a friend, perhaps even his first wife who died young in the great flu pandemic of 1918. (Notice that smear of glue.) I am highly tempted to try lifting a photo or two from its dark black paper page just to see if there could be any writing on the backs. He sure glued the photos down good and tight.

There's a colt, a collie, and even a fox. My mother might have been pleased about the collie as she loved collies. I don't recall her ever saying that her father had one, though. My parents raised collies for a few years when my sister and I were children. 

This is my true great-grandmother (I think), not the mystery woman in the kitchen. I think so because this is the same man I believe to be my great-grandfather. He is holding a daughter and the way the woman standing has her arm draped casually over his shoulder makes me think that they are a pair. I am interested in the wallpaper...a clock motif, I believe. 

Oddly enough, the old Sessions clock I have is theirs. I know this because my grandfather took all the furnishings from his mother's home to the camp. The clock lived there for many years until it was given to me.

I would have been thrilled to see it in their parlor!

Here is the mystery woman again. No, she could not be the same woman seen above. Perhaps she is an aunt or a friend. I may never know. Her entire kitchen wall, cupboards, and ceiling are all done in beadboard. Everything looks in need of paint. There is some sort of lace or shelf paper on every shelf in her cupboards and on the wall above her sink. I notice a receipt (recipe) on a nail by the door and a calendar on the door. How I have tried to make it out! I should make a detailed list and thereby get to know this early 20th Century Kitchen better. 

Wonder if she could have made a meal to make Mr. Carson happy. Doubtful!

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Life is Short

The oddest thing happened this week. I saw something for the first time. You may remember my thought about Downton Abbey last Monday when I included the comment Mr. Carson made after Lord Grantham's sudden and violent episode. 

Life is Short 
Death is Sure

Nothing too odd about that unless one is using it to comfort the staff below stairs. ☺

Then I received an email from John's pastor and he uses a closing tagline...always has...had never paid it any mind. Here it is...

Life is Short
Death is Sure
Sin the Cause
Christ the Cure

Amen to that! 

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:54-57

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Friday, February 5, 2016

My Favorite Knife

I found this photo in my maternal grandfather's photo album. It was taken in Salisbury, New Brunswick, Canada. I am wondering if I am looking at my great-grandmother. She is working in a rustic kitchen. She wears a cap and an apron. On her lap she has a roasting pan loaded with potatoes. In her right hand she holds a knife. I like the contented look on her face and she seems perfectly at home in her old kitchen. I believe that the year must be between 1905 and 1912 based on her age and her clothing and the fact that my grandfather was born in 1892. This photo has been cropped, but one day I will revisit to share what the rest of the kitchen looks like. It holds some surprises. 

The star of this post is usually found in the drainer as I use it many times a day. It really belongs on the magnetic bar on the side of the refrigerator at the ready.

My apologies for the
quality of the screen cap here, but this proves that this knife is a great price. Only $8.76 at your local Wal*Mart. I found the first one I purchased in a special display of Pioneer Woman products. The rose-handled knife was something I could afford and, needing a new knife, I purchased it. I was in for a very pleasant surprise. It became my favorite knife. Later, when I wanted to purchase more as gifts, I found them located in Housewares.

 It slices cheese uniformly

And chops veggies with ease

And it chops craisins to add to my yummy slaw.

Have you purchased any of Pioneer Woman's products?  Have you shared them? I want to visit if you have!

 I was not paid nor did I receive any product for this recommendation. I really love this knife!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Ultimate Cloth™

Sure. Bend my rubber elbow because I'd love to tell you about the cleaning cloth that is on its way right now to Deanna, and thank you for asking. ☺ I love having post suggestions. True. I'm getting desperate after all these years of blogging. 

This past November, I wrote a post where Lovella mentioned a cleaning cloth that she uses. Very shortly after that, I received one in the mail all the way from British Columbia.  Apparently, Lovella has shared her cleaning secret with quite a few as Judy just commented in my last post that Lovella had given her one as well. (I would link to a post where Lovella discusses this item, but I don't know that she has. She is sharing a wonderful vacation to Hawaii with gorgeous photos, though.) I gave my sister and John's sisters one for Christmas. I'm the last of the big-time spenders. Ha! Anyway, my sister has reported back that she really likes hers a lot.

And here it is...

What a little blessing this item is. It makes short work of cleaning mirrors, windows, refrigerator fronts, appliances, apothecary jars, eyeglasses, computer screens, and lots of things!

They cost around $5 and are available at *Amazon,* among other places. In just these few short months, I have saved a lot in cleaning product because this cloth works without a cleaning agent, no window wash or spray cleaner needed. 
for my Canadian friends thanks to Judy

Thanks a million, Lovella! It truly has changed my life...given me more hours in the day...cut the task in half. 

Next time, let's chat about those fantastic Pioneer Woman knives, okay?

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Disclaimer: Ultimate Cloth has never heard of me and I was not paid for this recommendation. I just love this cloth!