Monday, July 25, 2016

Have the Bro's caught the genealogy bug?

Bro' Mike and wife came into town this last week. He'd shown and interest in my family research and wanted to sit down and take a look at what I'd found.

My father never knew much about his father's family, not because Dad wasn't interested but my grandfather died when he was twelve and my grandmother just wouldn't talk about family to anyone. Dad's older sister told me a few things she thought were the dynamics of their family but she certainly didn't state them as factual.

Dad often asked me to search for information about his family and to help him learn about his father. At the time I just didn't have any facts to hinge a valid search on. I promised Dad I would continue to look for that tiny bit of information needed to "break the case wide open" and so, from time to time over the years I have searched on internet trying to find anything that might get me started on a solid search of Dad's family. And in the fall of 2015 I found my first solid lead:
The WWI Draft registration filled out and signed by my redheaded grandfather, Joseph Henry Murphy.  And so the search began!

I feel confident with the information I found on my grandfather, his parents, and siblings. I will continue to search the next generation back who I have lined out and think are family but not quite confident enough to totally embrace as my own.

The Bro's enjoyed their evening looking through their notebooks and being introduced the family who had been such a mystery.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

“Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

I almost can't believe it.....
The Down The Rabbit Hole Blanket is complete!!!
This blanket weighed 1,700 grams and there are 400 meters of yarn is each 100 grams so I knit 6,800 meters of yarn which is 6.8 kilometers. (Think I've aced the 5k Stash Dash!)

I started this blanket three years ago and have been working on it ever since. It took approximately 4,230 hours to knit the 721 squares (Not counting weaving in ends or knitting the i-cord) at $10 per hour this is a $42,300 blanket.

Am I crazy to be thinking about starting another? Hmmm, I still have leftover scrap yarn...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

It's cherry picking season again!

Jo is on vacation and left me with the key to the cherry orchard. I've only been slowed down by the mail. Unfortunately, there is an ingredient in the pie filling recipe which is worth its weight in gold in our town - Clear Gel. Both Jo and I checked and no one in town has this valuable ingredient. They could order it - but so can we and while waiting for this item to arrive I made some outstanding Amaretto Cherry Jam.

Amaretto Cherry Jam

1 quart pitted cherries
1/4 cup Amaretto
1 t almond extract
2T bottled lemon juice
1 box pectin
Several drops red food coloring
Bring to a rolling boil and add:
4 1/3 cups sugar
Stirring, bring to a full boil and cook for 2 minutes more. Pour into sterilized jars and place in a water bath for 15 minutes

I had 12 pints of jam, and a gallon of pitted cherries marinating in Everclear in the refrigerator for ice cream sauce when the Clear Gel arrived. I went right to work and now have added 14 quarts of pie filling to the list.
It would be nice to have 7 more quarts of pie filling but I'm back to waiting for the Clear Gel. Next year I will be more prepared!

Monday, July 18, 2016

A Wyoming Wedding

Last Saturday I drove south to Cowley, Wyoming for "a family wedding -  well almost." The Wyoming Cowgurl and I have been friends for 38 years. Thru thick and thin we've stuck together and now we just introduce each other as "This is my sister - well almost."

It was a perfect day for a Wyoming backyard wedding, not to hot, not to cold, but just right. The ceremony began at 7pm and as sunset approached the twinkle lights began to sparkle everywhere in the yard, beautiful.
 Beautiful bride, beautiful MOB, beautiful Kynlee!

Meet Zoey!

I'm a proud new kitty grandma....
Yesterday The Chick drove to Bozeman to adopt her new kitten. She is nine and a half weeks old (born May 11, 2016?) and a very playful feline I'm told!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Kayaking on the Big Horn Reservoir

Sharon, a teacher friend of mine, and I have done some really cool things over the years. We've been to Washington DC for the Mickelson Academy, Fort Peck to dinosaur dig with U of M grad students, and last weekend we went kayaking on the Big Horn Canyon Reservoir.
Montana Fish and Game was offering free day trips so Sharon, always up for an adventure, signed us up. I've been kayaking before with Hubby in Hawaii but it wasn't until this trip I realized I've been working much to hard at paddling. I think I'd been trying to over achieve with Hubby on board and didn't want him to think I was whimping out, so I really "put my back into it."  On this trip I realized kayaking means skimming the surface of the water not digging into it!

It took us a while to coordinate but in the end Sharon and I were a pretty good team.