Friday, December 5, 2008

Train Ride Northbound Part 1

One photo each hour, after leaving the station at Winter Park, FL. Again, train was moving so shots are blurry (we left the station, late, so engineer was making up time) - Yes, Ian, I know there are settings for the camera to alleviate that blur.... sigh. With regard to captions, when you ride on a train there are no signs to tell you where you are, so there are no captions, although you might recognize Washington D.C.

Train Ride Northbound Part 2

Train Ride Northbound Part 3

Monday, October 27, 2008

From the Window of a Train-Going South Part 1

On October 19th The Old Man and I boarded the train in our fair town and headed for New York City. After leaving Pennsylvania Station in NY, I took a photo out of my window, one per hour - this is what I saw (of course, when night fell, I did not take photographs) 3 parts.

From the Window of a Train-Going South Part 2

From the Window of a Train-Going South Part 3

Friday, August 1, 2008

Knitted Star Pincushion Pattern

I saw Linda, today (08/23/08), at the Dutchess County Fair (we taught at the Hands on Knitting in the Wool Room) and she had this great idea for this pattern:
Knit it in a cotton (like Lily's Sugar and Cream yarn) and make dishcloths.
Groovy idea, Linda. Thanks!

Knitted Star Pincushion

This pattern is in Garter Stitch
Cast on an even number of stitches – for the purposes of this pattern:
CO 12
Knit the next row (1 ridge made)

Row 1(Right Side) – K1, M1, knit to the last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1
Row 2 (Wrong Side) – Knit

Repeat these 2 rows until there are 12 ridges, total (if you have cast on a different number of stitches – you will work the same number of ridges as the number of stitches you cast on.)
Bind Off – first motif made.
Next Motif and all following motifs:

With RS facing, pick up 12 stitches – one stitch in each of the 12 ridges –
Knit the next row then repeat the 2 Pattern rows (above), again until the 12 ridges have been made. Bind off Continue in this manner until there are 6 motifs, forming a star. Join the final motif to the first motif by sewing a seam. To make the pincushion (or a small pillow) - Make two stars, sew together, leave an opening for stuffing and stuff. Draw the centers together by stitching a button on each side.
Bible verse for this afternoon:
"When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him, the son of man that You care for him?" Psalm 8:3, 4 (NIV)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Treadle On Pincushion Exchange

A couple of months ago, I exchanged homemade pincushions with Kelly in PA as a participant in the Treadle On Pincushion Exchange..... here's the one I sent to her!

Instructions forthcoming......

Bible Verse for today:

"He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit." Psalm 147:4,5

Monday, July 28, 2008

Quandt Family Research

Just added to the genealogy.......

1870 US Census
7th Ward Chicago, Cook Co. IL; Pg. 35
June 13, 1870
Quant, Frederick, age 30, Day Laborer
--------, Mary, age 32, Keeping House
--------, Rosa, age 3
--------, John, age 23, Laborer

1880 US Census
Marion County, IL, Iuka Twp
John Quant, 35, M, farmer, Prussia, Prussia, Prussia
Annie, 26, F, wife, Prussia, Prussia, Prussia
Emma, 4, F, daughter, IL, Prussia, Prussia
Otto, 3, M, son, IL, Prussia, Prussia
Steffen, Reca, 51, F, mother-in-law, Prussia, Prussia, Prussia

1900 US Census
date June 19 & 20th, 1900
Name: John Quandt
Home in 1900: Iuka, Marion, Illinois
Age: 55
Estimated birth year: March 1845
Birthplace: Germany
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Race: White
Occupation: farmer
Immigration Year: 1865
John Quandt 55, widowed
Max Quandt 15, 9/84, ILL
Anna Quandt 14, 1/86 ILL
Clara Quandt 11, 7/88 ILL

Quandt Listings in the Chicago City Directory 1868
Quandt, Ferdinand - lab r, 48 W. 22d
Quandt, Frederick - stonecutter, Henry Furst, r 10 Luke
Quandt, Julia - wid. saloon 159 Well r same

Quandt Listing in Chicago City Directory 1875
Quandt, Christine - 249 S. Jefferson

Quandt Listings in the Chicago City Directory, 1878
Quandt, Charles - lab, house 1988 Butterfield
Quandt, Christina, Miss - boarding 297 S. Clinton
Quandt, Frederick - lab house 21 Oakley Ave
Quandt, William - carp. house 1986 Butterfield
Quandt, William - driller, house W. Harrison nr S. Desplaines
Quandt, William - lab, house rear 50 Foster

Today's Bible verse:
"Ask the former generations and find out what their fathers learned, for we were born only yesterday and know nothing, and our days on earth are but a shadow." Job 8:8,9

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tea Cozy Birthday Party

Knitting night seems to be turning into knitting morning and yesterday we gathered to have a wee birthday party for Linda, having a beautiful lunch to eat and a beautiful porch to sit on and enjoy (thank you, Marsha). Cindy Crandell-Frazier - author of Single Crochet for Beginners will soon be putting forth a new book, titled Contemplative Crochet (SkyLight Paths Publishing) and our Linda will be writing the forward to that book. She brought us a pattern for a tea cozy from Cindy's upcoming book and taking Cindy's suggestion, the birthday party turned into a tea cozy party -
How cute!

Ooops, I ran out of yarn so Fuschia Strip it is. Linda was testing the "dynamic" of our group. She said it will help her write the forward.

Bible verse for this evening:

"For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men." Romans 14:17,18 (NIV)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Jessica's Dad Thinks He's Funny

Okay, it is kinda funny!
Just a little wisdom from the Dad O'Jessica in New Mexico - I'm sure this didn't originate with him, though -

(Disclaimer: Obviously, the following is a joke. If it is not obvious to you...let me explain. The following is a joke. Do not swallow boiling water, etc., etc., etc,. nor push someone down the stairs)

1. If you're choking on an ice cube simply pour a cup of boiling water down your throat. Presto! The blockage will instantly remove itself.

2. Avoid cutting yourself when slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold while you chop.

3. Avoid arguments with the Mrs. about lifting the toilet seat by using the sink.

4. For high blood pressure sufferers: simply cut yourself and bleed for a few minutes, thus reducing the pressure in your veins. Remember to use a timer..

5. A mouse trap, placed on top of your alarm clock, will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button..

6. If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives, then you'll be afraid to cough.

7. You only need two tools in life - WD-40 and Duct Tape. If it doesn't move and should, use the WD-40. If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape.

8. Remember: Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.

9. If you can't fix it with a hammer, you've got an electrical problem.

Daily Thought: Some people are like slinkies. Not really good for anything but they bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs.

Bible verse about True Wisdom :
Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gets understanding. Proverbs 3:13

Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Porch Is Very Inviting

Just right for ice tea sippin'!

It's pretty hot in the sun!

Patio tomatoes will soon be tasty!
Today's Bible Verse:
" Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight."
I Peter 3:3,4 (NIV)

Friday, June 20, 2008

Wanda's Vest

Wanda works with The Old Man and, after admiring a sweater that he wore one day, she asked if I would make a vest for her. Sure...why not? So here is the vest (waiting for the zipper to come). She wants a matching one for her husband. Does this work for a man?
This afternoon's Bible Verse:
"Praise the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty. " Psalm 104:1

Monday, May 12, 2008

Cyclones, Earthquakes, Twisters, Floods and Fires

Bible Verse for Our Times:

".......the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what [shall be] the sign of Thy coming, and of the end of the world?

And Jesus answered and said unto them, 'Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all [these things] must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these [are] the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.' " Matthew 24:3-14 (KJV)

Friday, May 9, 2008

I Got My iPod

I, finally, caught up with the rest of my family and got my own iPod.... Oh My Goodness, I love it! It is an amazing little machine. Mine can do video and I've learned how to download vids from YouTube and I'm having so much fun loading it up with music and cover art and I'll be putting on audiobooks and podcasts. I feel so 21st century. WAY Cool! My only limitation is the fact that my desktop PC doesn't even have half the "gig" space as the iPod. Sigh.

Bible verse for today:

"The memory of the righteous will be a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot." Proverbs 10:7

Friday, March 28, 2008

Is Spring Ever Coming?

Still waiting for the full bloom of Spring! There ARE buds on the lilac bush outside my window and the morning birdsongs are sweet and prolific but.... enough with the cold and the wind and dreariness, already.

Today's Bible Verse:
"For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
And as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up,
So the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise
To spring up before all the nations. "
Isaiah 61:11 (NASB)