Monday, November 28, 2011

Henry Weaver

In October I wrote about the Weavers, a family in my husband's ancestry. (Were my inlaws outlaws?) Last Friday I was excited to see that I had received a comment to this post:

C. Wilson said...
This blog is very interesting to come across. Henry Weaver was the first husband of my great-great grandfather's older sister, Lucretia McCutchan. I have a photo of Henry, Lucretia and Adelbert (their son that was named after who is being called Adel and Dell in a lot of the articles). That photo was taken probably just a few months before the vigilante attack took place, 
Henry, Lucretia and Adelbert Weaver
and I have a picture of just Henry Weaver as well. Henry had a daughter that was born not long before he was killed - her name was Henrietta. Let me know if you'd like to see the photos. 
PS- They'll eventually be posted in my genealogy and history blog.  (journey back in time genealogy)
This was such an exciting post, internet is so great! This information causes me to wonder:
*People name their children after people they respect and trust. If Henry and Lucretia named their son after the very man that cost Henry his life, there must be even more to the story than missing a party where you were to play the fiddle or a family out to grab land. 
(C. Wilson, 
We need to figure out a way to correspond privately. I will immediately take this photo off the blog if you wish, just leave a comment! If you have no problem with it's posting, THANK YOU! I would love to continue to piece this story together. The True West story has a third and different rendition.)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

My first hand spun projects

Roving turned into yarn right before my eyes! It was a bit of a surprise not to begin spinning perfect yarn. All the years I've been knitting allows me to know exactly the yarn I want to use. Shouldn't I be able to spin it instantly? For a while I thought the yarn would only be used for a pillow for Nikko!
When Rosalinda arrived at the house, I vowed all yarn produced would be knit into items. Quickly I learned to order 8 ounces of roving or braid. It isn't easy to find something to knit when you have less than 200 yards of yarn! Thanks to Ravelry, I found two patterns for the new spun yarn.
Monkey Mitts
Fingerless Mitts by Alisa Bluesunflower
Needle size: US 6
MY handspun yarn: 80 yards of Marl, just a bit of Ivory and Red

Miss Sadie's Scarflette by Sara Kay
MY handspun yarn: less than 130 yards
Needle Size: 13

I thought this garter stitch cowl pattern would "cover up the yarn's flaws" but I think the stockinette stitch in the mitts made a better finished project.

I'm a long way from a perfect skein of yarn but each time I sit down the yarn gets finer and finer! I already have another 4 ounces on the spinning wheel!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Just hanging out

At the beginning of their visit the grandkiddos went into town to get snowboots for the North Dakota winter that is sure to be arriving. While driving home they made their parents promise that was the only time they would have to leave Gramma and Grandpa's house. (Tiger calls it "Montana")

You might wonder what they did for the next 5 days out in the country but they were very happy, busy children. One afternoon was warm enough for lunch in the playhouse resulting in a "Store Sale" (Turkey feathers $1), another afternoon was spent doing Melty Beads, Sadie made the Christmas napkin holders we will be using in a few weeks.
Tiger loves the Legos,
hot chocolate was a hit,
the DS was often hidden away...
tooling leather with Grandpa...
sometimes a little reluctantly!

And Grandma's favorite...decorating the house for Christmas!! Thank you so much for your help Sadie Lou Who and Tiger!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Tiger's new stripes

The NorDak family arrived and The Tiger loves his new stripes...
Look, turkeys!

PLEASE, Gramma can I chase the turkeys?
Does The Tiger think he has to bring home the Thanksgiving dinner?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A true Multnomah

I haven't been able to get enough of these little shawlettes. They are an easy knit that you can multi task while creating. The first two were a combination of several different patterns but this one was a true Multnomah.

Yarn: Bits of sockyarn, and Red Heart Heart & Sole 2 skeins (75% wool 25% nylon)
Needle size: US 5

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Last week's knitting

When I find a fun knit I seem to just keep knitting it agan and again! The kerchief is just one of those knits. The second shawlette is complete and I have a third just about done, then I need to get back to the last Christmas sweater of the year!
Pattern: A little of this and little of that - Multnomah, Silk Kerchief, Milk Run Shawl
Yarn: leftover sock yarn, and Red Heart Heart and Sole, Ivory
Needles: US 5

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

See's Fudge Recipe

Fundraisers are in full swing. Kids and parents are frantically trying to sell wrapping pager, popcorn and candy including See's toffee. Seeing the See's label, I shared with the other teachers that I had an award winning recipe for See's Fudge. My Aunt Betty gave it to us years ago. She had been visiting California, See's corporate headquarters, when there had been a contest for the best knock off recipe for the fudge. Here it is gals, and really, it's the best!
See's Fudge
Put into large bowl:
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cube butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 6 ounce package chocolate chips

Boil in a heavy pan for 6 minutes:
2 cups sugar
2/3 cups canned evaporated milk
10 marshmallows

Pour over the contents in the bowl and beat. Spread into a greased 9x13 pan, cool.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Verna Mae Nichol

Last week the last of my Dad's generation was laid to rest.  Aunt Verna is a part of my earliest memories. Before I'd entered school she came for a visit. One afternoon as we passed a roadside fruit stand she asked if I liked cantaloupe. I'd never had such a thing and she told me that is was the best thing ever. It melted in your mouth and was quite possibly better than ice cream. On the way back home we stopped and bought several of these wonderful fruits. I became suspicious when the melons were cut and I caught wind of the musty smell but after a bite I knew I'd been sold a bill of goods!

I just received a package filled with family things. One was an old autograph album of Aunt Verna's from 1938-1945. In it were many heartfelt messages to: "Irish" "Itty Bit" and "Little one". I learned that she had gone to Greeley and Steamboat Springs to signal school in the hopes of becoming a W.A.A.C. and serve in WWII.

The following speaks of the Young Aunt Verna that my dad talked aboout and I saw when she came to visit as a young woman:

Dear "Little One"
What more could the world ask for on this St. Patrick's Day than a lovely little colleen by the name of Murphy. I'll always remember those twinkling eyes, the red hair and that pretty smile.
Ruth, Gerald, Aunt Emma holding Verna
Margaret holding Verna, Gerald, Ruth and Joseph Murphy
Gerald, Ruth and Verna Murphy
Verna and Brice Nichol
Verna Mae Nichol 
November 6, 1924 ~  October 27, 2011 
Hometown: Clearfield, UT

CLEARFIELD – Verna Mae Nichol, 86, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on October 27, 2011.

She was born on November 6, 1924 to Joseph and Margrette Duis Murphy in Mt. Harris, Colorado. Verna met the love of her life, Calvin Bryce Nichol and they were married on November 8, 1946 in Ogden, Utah.

She was a member of the American Legion Women’s Association and the Federal Women’s Association. She especially loved spending time with her adopted family and friends. Verna enjoyed bowling, camping, and fishing.

Verna is survived by her caregiving family and dear friends, Beverly (George) Fearn of Morgan; Brandi Fearn of Clearfield; and Angila, Alisha, and Trever Piper of Clearfield; and Brandee Jo and Kaydee May, who of Verna thought of as her own great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin B. Nichol, son, Larry Nichol, and a brother Gerald and a sister Ruth.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Lindquist’s Washington Heights Memorial Park, 4500 Washington Blvd.

Services entrusted to Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd.

Many thanks go out to Hearts for Hospice care team.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My Bucket List

This is my entry in the Just Ask Bucket List Getaway Giveaway. Just Ask offers a breast and ovarian cancer screening and is encouraging people to share 15 things that I want to enjoy in my lifetime as a reminder to be aware of my health. Want to enter? Head over to to get the details

I have been lucky enough to lead a very fulfilling and happy life. I enjoy what I have and am grateful for surprises along the way.  A couple of items have just snuck up on me just recently. I unknowingly accomplished two of my bucket list items without even knowing I wanted to do them until they'd been accomplished:
1. I walked across the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge.
2. I bought a spinning wheel.

I'd love to have these things come my way and would never turn them down!

1. Learn to spin yarn worthy of sock knitting
2. Go on a knitting retreat
3. Hike across the heel of Italy like Shirley Mclaine
4. Be a housewife once again, cleaning and cooking to my heart's content
5. Take the grandchildren to Disneyland
6. Take a "girls only" cruise
7. Go "up north" to see the polar bears
8. Write a small historical novel
9. Go to Addison, Vermont, to research my family's roots
10. Visit Iceland - stranded knitting and loopi yarn
11. Write a top down aran sweater pattern that is pubished and gets rave reviews
12. Work one summer at the plimoth plantation as a spinning pilgrim!
13. See my granddaughters get married
14. Spend one night in my Great-great-great grandfather's house
15. Float the Missouri River

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Fall 2011 is rapidly coming to an end

It has been a beautiful sunny and warm fall, but winter is lurking and the lovely sweater weather will soon be coming to an end.
Yellowstone River 2011

Woodpecker on the deck      
 No more Griz games, just snowy gray days ahead.
 After the game Saturday we stopped by 'The Chick Who Flew the Coop's' hen house and picked up Babycakes for a visit. She wasn't very happy but settled down for the last hour or so in the car.

The now snowy Yellowstone River

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Ghosts and Goblins were out....

I'm a little sad some of my Grandchildren are already thinking they are to old to dress up for Halloween but I do have photos of the younger ones:
and then there are the young at heart and VERY scary goblins:
My former teaching buddy, Kathy, was here visiting and I knew we could catch up on what's been going on in our lives if we were at my house because WE HAVE NEVER HAD A TRICK OR TREATER! (That's what happens when you live at the end of the road.)