Monday, July 21, 2014

Mish Mosh Monday #4: The Great Mosquito Contest

Camping is a great love of mine. I haven’t camped out enough, but there were a couple of years that I went with my kids.
The kids and I always had fun. We played card games, swam in the river, told stories at night in the tent, and ate food you would only eat while camping.
R: Our overloaded car for camping, Middle: Noel Heart cooking, L: Noel Heart & I riding in our boat
When school was out and summer school was over, the kids and I would pack up in the summer and go camping. The first year, we met my Sisty Ugler and her daughter at Chetco River campground, just over the border in Oregon. 
Playing in the sand & water at Chetco River, We weren't much good at pole tents!
The campground was ideal. It had a beautiful, clear river flowing right next to it, there was beach to play on and plenty of space to ride bikes.
Another reason the campground was idyllic was the lack of other campers. The big attraction in camp-grounds in the area was down in Brookings on the coast.
 The Chetco River campground was just used as overflow when the coast campground filled up. Consequently, the river campground was only full on Fridays and Saturdays.
Salamanders! TGS playing Solitaire
The second year, the kids and I went alone. We 
brought our two man boat and would sail, two at a time, on the river. The water was so clear you could see all the way to the bottom, 8-10 feet down, and see salamanders walking on the sandy river bottom. There were wonderful places to swim too.
Nancy Drew in a tree, TGS & Nancy Drew building a fire, Noel Heart
We were getting our fair share of mosquito bites too. Every night, I would be awakened two or three times by someone need me to put Campho Phenique on their itchy bites.
 For fun, I announced a contest. During the week we 
were there, we would see who could get the most mosquito bites.
The rules were: As soon as the mosquitoes came out in the evening, everyone had to put on long-sleeved shirts and pants, then put mosquito repellent on all exposed skin. At the end of the week, the one with the most bites would be declared winner.
 The week we spent camping was the best vacation I've ever been on. I had worked my first year as instructional aide at Montgomery High. Being on vacation with the kids restored my spirits and I found the perspective I needed to continue on.
The end of the week came too soon, but we were anxious to count bites and find our Great Mosquito Contest Winner. 
The turnout was funny: 
1st place: Nancy Drew had over 70 bites
2nd place: TGS had 30. 
3rd place: I had 20 bites. 
4th place: Noel Heart had less than 15
No one even came close to Miss Drew!

We knew then that Nancy Drew must have some
mighty sweet blood to make mosquitoes risk that yucky tasting repellent!

TGS wading in river, Noel Heart & Nancy Drew eating berries they picked, TGS ready for the river
We still talk about that week and laugh about The Great Mosquito Bite Contest and how Nancy Drew won. She always won…even when winning wasn’t good!

Quilter Without A Brain Tries to Make Quilt Block

Ah the beauty, the magnificence of a Lone Star. All those amazing little diamonds joining hands and becoming big diamonds. What a tribute to team work.

It’s a true pleasure to work on this UFO.

you go to sew in the last backgound triangle…

Pay Close Attention to Right Lower Corner of Picture

Oh yes, dear friends, it’s all fun and games until the seam isn’t long enough!

I’ve been measuring things this way and that…and I haven’t quite decided what I am going to do. Oh well. Like Scarlett O’Hara said, “I won’t think of it now. I’ll think of it later when I can stand it.”

Meanwhile, I was auditioning blocks for the borders of the ghastly beautiful Lone Star. I found some on Quilter’s Cache that were rated easy. I needed easy, I had a lot to make and I didn’t want something with 57 pieces. I’ve already done that with the Farmer’s Wife!

My first was Railroad Crossing. 4 hourglass blocks, on point. 4 16-patch. Yes, I think this is easy.

Yes, but did you consider the number of pieces?  (102) Yeah, but the 16 patches are string pieced!

When I Should Have Had This

So I Started Out With This

Pull out white fabric from drawer, unfold all 2 yards of it and cut another strip, sub-cut to squares, sew to short strips.

Onto the next step! Whistling with lighter spirits, I moved on to the half-square triangles. I had a speedy method to make them. Off I glided to my sewing machine...

The 7.5" Behemouth

Everything was just fine until I realized that there were four HSTs in each corner...not just one. And not only that, they were 2", not the 7.5" I had just done!

I cut down one 2" HST from each of the 7" ones. Still had to make more blue and white...drag out the white fabric again. Spent 15 minutes trying to find where I put away the blue fabric! Finally:

Ah, That's More Like It!
As I made a mock-up of the block, I realized that the corners of the 16 patches were made with 2 white/white HST.

Drag out white fabric, unfold, cut, refold.   

All I had left was to sew together the 16-patches and put it together. Yup, that's all.

Hmmm, do you know how many times I've taken out the white fabric?

And what about all those stitches I've ripped out?

Nope, I'm remembering Scarlett O'Hara.

"Fiddle de dee, tomorrow is another day!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pass The Peanuts Please! #5

Santa Rosa has the Warm Puppy Cafe!

Kuala Lumpur has the Charlie Brown Café!

I've eaten in the Warm Puppy. It is located inside Snoopy’s Home Ice, an ice rink. It serves Peppermint Patty hot chocolate, of course, to warm up shivering skaters. There’s a real fireplace and you can look out through the glass to see the ice rink. 

From “Snoopy’s Grill” you can get a Beagle Burger. The “Young Pups” menu has a pbj called “Snoop-wich”! You can get a Snoopy’s Special, hot dog, fries and soda, served in Snoopy’s Own Dog Dish! There are also Joe ‘Cool’ Beverages, Snacks & Tweets, salads and soups.

CB Jaclyn I discovered the Charlie Brown Café while doing research on Peanuts. Somewhere in Google, I found a listing for Charlie Brown Café in a blog called JACLYN Life.” She is a 20-something woman travels around Asia who blogs about different places to eat and rates hotel rooms she stays in.

I subsequently found that there are Charlie Brown Cafes in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Kowloon. Two of them have closed, but I couldn’t find out about the third.

The café is adorable with Charlie Brown waiting to greet you.

The wall art is so sweet. 

Most of the food, desserts and cookies have a Peanuts motif. 

Cakes too!

I must say the menu is original!

Hey, does anyone want to take a trip to Hong Kong with me??

And lest I forget, the answer to last week's question: Name the less-known Peanuts characters is:
Patty,  Shermy, Violet Gray, Sally Brown, Frieda, Franklin, Marcie, Rerun VanPelt, Eudora, Peggy Jean, Roy, Charlotte Braun, Oliver  More about these characters to come in another blog post!

This week's question: Name the members of Snoopy's family! Leave your answers in the comments below.

Photo credits:
Jaclyn Life blog:

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mish-Mosh Monday #3: Pictures, Families, Ancestors, and More

That's my Dad in the middle, but who are the other people? Mom talked
a lot about favorite friends Lou & Schoonie. Is that who it is? Or is it
Jim & Arlyss, or Donna & Ray?
I was labeling family photos today. Really labeling them. Like storing information inside each photos properties so it can’t be lost. And you may breathe…… now. That’s it for techy.

That's my Uncle Elbert on the left, my grandpa, Francis James Christensen,
at the end on the right. Who are the two in the middle? Is the young boy
my Uncle Francie? Who is the other man?
There are lots of people in the same predicament as I am. I have family photos. A few have a date written on the back, very few tell who the people are in the picture. Ugh! I hate it. I have pictures of my ancestors and have no idea who they are.

1920 Unknown Child
This is someone in my Mom's family. It could be her. It could be one of her
five brothers or sisters. I might never know.
And that is why I am tackling this behemoth project, so my children, grandchildren and beyond will know the who, when, & where of our photos.

1959-09 Jan 1st grade
My sister, Jan
1959-09 Jan 1st grade 2
What was written on the back.
So sweet.

I have also written 3 “books” for my children and their descendants. Two of them are stories about when they were young. The third one is stories about myself up until I was eight. I’ve also made digitized copies of journals that I kept at different periods of my life.

gpas hats1 crop
These are two hats that belonged to my grandpa, Joseph Eldred Christensen.
I have written about my memories surrounding these hats.

 I would love to find this type of information on my ancestors. I may. The amazing amount of information coming through the internet is increasing.

There are probably some of you who are interested in genealogy, or family history. It’s become a huge interest in the last 5-10 years. We don’t have to go to libraries and search through musty books and papers, strain our eyes on microfilm and microfiche. The internet has opened up research to an unbelievable level.

family tree
Not my family tree...but nice picture of one!

I have lots of my branches, and twigs filled in on my family tree. I’m actually starting on my husband’s side and also my Uncle Elbert’s wife, Marie’s side. (The Marie of Marvelous Marie!) is a huge site and has lots of ads on TV, lots of subscribers and huge amounts of data for people to learn about their family.

The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah

Another extensive site is It is a family history/record/picture/family memory site run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They are doing an amazing amount of work to digitize old records: census, Parish records, ship manifests, etc.

You don’t have to be a member of their Church to access the records. The records are non-denominational. It costs nothing. Just go to the site, enter and name and start finding information.

This digitizing work, called “indexing” is done by-and-large by volunteers. Pages of old records from all over the world are photocopied and then made available for volunteers to go through them and enter the information into a computerized form. After the volunteer is done, it is saved for an “arbitrator” to check the form for accuracy.

You’re probably thinking of some little old ladies sitting down at their computers and peering at records on computers. Maybe 100 in every state, maybe. 

Here’s the stats! Since it began in 14 years ago, 1,188,905,640 records have been completed. In this year, already 85,299,504 records have been completed! And they’ve just are hitting their stride! Not just 100 little old ladies.

indexing record
This is what a census from looks like. Indexers
get a copy of the record on their computer.

And now, why am I devoting Mish-Mosh Monday to Family History? Let me tell you!

In 2012, the Family Search site held a Worldwide Indexing Event. In 24 hours, 49,025 individual contributors went online and indexed records.

This year, on July 20, Family Search is doing another Worldwide Indexing Event. They are trying to break the record for the most indexers and arbitrators in a 24 hour period.

Think of all the new people that can be added to the digital records! Wonderful! So many relatives of people living today!

I’ve done indexing and it is great! I love doing it. I’ve done mostly census records and it draws you in as you read a record on a family at one period of time. I keep wanting to do more and more.

Since lots of my family records and genealogy has been done, I like to index. I think of a person who might have been searching and search for just this individual I'm indexing for their family tree. Every name I enter is a relative of someone. And someone must be looking for them!

Want to do a good deed?

Next Sunday, July 20th, sit down at your computer and do 1 batch of indexing. You will be helping someone in the world to find a relative that they’ve been looking for. A batch is usually 20-25 records from your source.

During the week go to the Indexing Site and take a little time to learn how to do it. Very easy, very little time. Click on Test Drive. After that, click on Get Started.

Then this Sunday, DO IT! Start time is 6:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. It closes 24 hours later at 5:59 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time

You can choose any of 100 current indexing project available, such as:

Brasil, Recife—Registro Civil 1900-1920
Colombia, Bucaramanga—Registros Parroquiales, 1649-1959

Norge-Tinglysningskort, 1640-1903

UK, Essex,—Parish Registers 1538-1900

Osterreich, Oberosterreich, Steyr—Kirchenbucher, 1601-1906

plus U.S. Obituaries 1980-2014, U.S. Passport Applications 1795-1925, U.S. New Orleans Passenger Lists, 1820-1902, UK Manchester Parish Registers, 1787-1999.

If you speak a foreign language, there are records that need to be indexed in other languages.

“Everyone deserves to be remembered and you can help make this possible. No special skills or time commitments are required. Together, we can help people from around the world find and trace their ancestry for free.”
quote from Family Search Indexing site

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Seeing Red: RSC 14

I’ve found something quiet I can do!

I’ve been up since 3:00 a.m. Of course I went to bed at 8:00 p.m. because of a migraine…ouch! Sleeping did its magical work, along with migraine meds and I’m a functioning person again!

And now I am here in the quilting room trying to find something quiet to do so I won’t wake up hubby. He’s a very light sleeper. The last time I tried to be quiet in here I ended up having boxes fall out of both my quilt closets. I don’t do quiet very well.

It’s Saturday and Rainbow Scrap Challenge! This month the color is red and I’ve been able to pick out some great fabrics from my stash!

Some stripes. Isn't that second fabric cool? And of course plaid!
I wrote a post on what fabrics I want in each color for RSC.

The first fabric has gold glitter. My novelty fabric, thanks to friend! I love the dishes in the fourth one.
See my post about my recent fabric finds, including the little red hen!

What am I to do? My cat, Kaiju, is so darn cute, even when she's helping in the quilting room!
The second fabric reminds me of spools. The third fabric: duck's feet or leaves. And for informational purposes,
the fourth fabric really isn't plaid, it's checked. Who wants to be that picky?

 You can see lots of creative ways that other quilters are making their RSC red blocks by clicking on the badge on the left bar.

And to leave you with some insight into how much I love reading...

See my Reading List (from Goodreads) below!