Thursday, October 29, 2009

Its "that" time of year....

I thought that I was done posting pictures of the local wildlife, the fawns have lost their spots and I'm sure that by now you're thinking, " A white turkey is a white turkey and the only good turkey is on the dinner table." But I couldn't resist!Every fall the bucks get really dumb! It's only beginning... and Al just happened to be strolling by.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A real gem....

Yesterday, I wrote about my mother's maternal grandmother. I thought I'd add a memory of my mother's paternal grandmother. Emily Caroline Plowman married Gilead Cheney. Both were from Illinois. They were married in 1861 at her father's home in Sangamon County, Illinois. Gilead farmed in Virden Ilinois, and I heard once that they moved to St. Louis for a time and he was a storekeeper (unconfirmed). They then moved their family, including four children, to Denver Colorado. The family owned/or ran/ or worked at a quarry.

My mother remembered being told by her mother that Emily was a delicate little lady that had been brought up as a "gentile lady". My grandmother spent many hours waiting on her as well as starching and ironing the many pieces of lace that she wore. Emily died in 1917 before my mother was born.

I have this tortoise shell comb that she used in her hair.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Keeping warm under the "Keeping Quilt"

It's so sweet that daughter Sarah posted the following pictures:

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Keeping Quilt

My third graders read a story every year called The Keeping Quilt. It is about a family that immigrates to the United States from Russia. As most people of past generations, this family was very frugal and when their clothes wore out they still found uses for the remaining sturdy bits and pieces. The family in the story makes a quilt from the old clothing, and the quilt is passed down from one generation to the next.

I love this story, it allows me to bring and share the baby quilt that my Great-grandmother made for my mother when she was born. This quilt was made from pieces of clothes that I'm sure had seen better days. I like to believe that some were from my Great-grandfather's "Sunday go to meeting shirt" or my Great-grandmother's dress, and maybe even her mother's dress.

My Great-grandmother and Great-grandfather, Catherine Hedges Jamison and Alfred Jamison, were pioneers who settled in Kansas and later in Estes Park Colorado. They raised a large family by today's standards, one of these children was my Grandmother, Sarah - also known as Sadie. Sadie grew up and married Johnathan C.. My mother, Catherine, was the third of three children. She was born in 1923 and it is in that year that my Great-grandmother Catherine made the blanket for her that is now our "Keeping Quilt". My mother used this quilt when I was born, and when I was a young girl, I kept my dolls warm with the quilt.
It was then tucked away in the cedar chest until I was about to become a Grandmother. At that time my mother pulled it out and gave it to me saying that I should mend it and pass it down to my grandchild, but it wasn't until my latest grandson was born that I finally got around to doing just that. I took the quilt apart and using the front and the back, one quilt became two. As I mended many of the hand sewn seams, I thought of my Great-grandmother Catherine and marveled at the tiny stitches she used on this quilt. My mother remembered having the general feeling that she was a kind and gentle woman whenever she was near her, but the only specific thing she could remember was a time that she "had an accident in her pants when she was to old to be having accidents", and Great-grandmother Catherine had cleaned her up and never told anyone.

I love showing the students the family tree of this quilt:
Sarah Atwell Jamison mother-in-law to: Catherine Jamison > Sadie/"Sarah" C. > Catherine (my mother) > me > Sarah and Katherine > Sadie
As you can see, we are passing on the tradition of names as well as the quilts.

One "Keeping Quilt" went to daughter Sarah and one "Keeping Quilt" to daughter Katherine.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Griz country!

Introducing Little Mo!
Monte and Mo had a great time at the game Saturday. It was an outstanding game from start to finish!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Homecoming 2009

Hubby and I started out for the Homecoming game on Friday. Weather was bad, roads icy and snowy, so we wanted to take our time, AND by the way, Gamer's closes at 2:00. We needed to make it to Butte in time for a PASTY! Hubby and I had a great lunch and visited with a local historian. I found out that the home we always called "The Castle" was originally the home of William Clarke's son.I also found out that this photo is indeed the famous "Blood Alley" where my brothers got the tar beat out of them on a regular basis. (They always have been lovers not fighters!)
I loved Butte and the time we lived there, but no so the rest of the family! When my father was transferred to Butte, he was told we would live there no more that two years. At the three year mark Mom and Dad became desperate to get out. So much so that Dad's boss called him at home one evening and asked if he wanted a transfer. He hung up the phone and told the family we were moving. They started to dance, I started to cry. Mom asked him where we were going to be moving, and Dad got a shocked look on his face and said he didn't know! (It ended up a great move. We went to Missoula, I met Hubby and many good friends.)

Back on the road......After lunch, and a short car ride, we arrived in Missoula and stopped at the new yarn store, Loopy, (thanks Hubby!). I enjoyed my visit and bought some beautiful sock yarn:
Then on to Rockin' Rudy's! I had tons of fun buying gifts for all sorts of occasions!

The next day was Homecoming, it was so cold that when we were at the parade they gave ME candy because I'm sure they thought that no parent would let their kid out in the cold. It was just like Halloween, tons of candy -the last thing I need! During the 45 minute parade we realized that we needed to make some adjustments in our clothing, Hubby went to Army Navy Surplus and bought a wool scarf and I went to the car and added sweats and nylon pants to my long underwear and jeans. We were good to go, hand warmers in the mittens, toe warmers, hand warmers on the feet and the hip pockets!
Another great Griz game!

I have been forbidden to speak of what occurred next. Let me just say that between Deer Lodge and Anaconda the Hubby lost $20 and the legend continues!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Our visitor is back!

After seeing the Albino turkey, I researched and according to the Fish and Game an albino turkey occurs in 1 in 100,000 hatchings. This Saturday and Sunday the Albino Turkey was back, it has been suggested that our white turkey "AL" is just a domestic turkey that got side tracked!

Saturday, October 3, 2009


When we lived in Butte my mother would give me a list of items to go buy. I would put my brother Scott in the stroller and walk the six blocks or so to Penney's, Mode O'Day, and Woolworth's to do my shopping. I remember taking my brother to Penney's for his first professional photo, and later taught him to sip form a straw at the soda fountain in Woolworth's. I bought the yarn at Woolworth's for my first major knitting project, it was a royal blue cardigan sweater with white Scottie dogs on it, made for my baby brother. (we had a West Highland Terrier named Willie at the time, double meaning!)

Happy Birthday Isaac!

Love and Kisses,
Gramma and Grandpa