Sunday, May 30, 2010

Maya's new toilet seat!

Ran into Maya at Babies R Us yesterday.
This was NOT posed!
She was just having a great time!

This was Grandpa Don's first, and probably only trip to Babies R Us ever.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I'm officially related to someone who was on the Mayflower!

Just got information that reveals that I'm directly related to George Soule
born : 1563
in Eckington, Worcestershire, , England
died: 22 Jan 1679 in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts,

George Soule is my 9th great grandfather! He was on the Mayflower!

To quote William Bradford --

"The names of those which came over first, in the year 1620, and were by the blessing of God the first beginners and in a sort the foundation of all the Plantations and Colonies in New England; and their families ... Mr. Edward Winslow, Elizabeth his wife and two men-servants called George Soule and Elias Story; also a little girl was put to him called Ellen, the sister of Richard More."
William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647.

Click here to see the genealogy back to my great great grandfather Henry Cadmus Olney whose 1886 diary I posted last year in blog format - Here.

Kim - he is your 9th great grandfather too!

Maeve and Wyatt - he is your 10th great grandfather!

I love the fact that 3 great (whatever) grandmothers are included in the line!

Much thanks to cousin Dave Olney for sending along the above information!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Nice reflection on me?

That's me - just below center - reflected in a skylight at a friend/customer's house while delivering some of our work. Picture of the piece will appear later? Previous reflection!

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Petrocosmea begoniifolia

Related to African Violets, Gesneriads are very interesting. Most of them are not high on my list of favorites, but at the African Violet show recently, I sort of fell in love with the Pestrocosmeas. The Violet Barn web site describes them as follows --- "Nearly all have very well behaved foliage that grows in a perfect rosette. Most have soft, velvety, leaves. All will bloom easily. Same care as for violets. Try to avoid extreme heat (they love it cool)--though they'e tough, tolerant plants." Another variety below ---- I bought three of them, so I may be in trouble?

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sign in Mom's Dentist office the other day!

(click picture to embiggen and read last line!)

With the help of my niece Maeve, I have figured out how to get the pictures out of my cell phone and onto my computer so I can use them.... still working on the videos - I got them onto my computer, but I'm not sure if I can upload them to the blog - so I'll try below.

Video of Maya spinning - Note that she says "I am OK" at the end!

That's CJ unhappy about his nap in the background!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Maya & CJ Tuesday

Cheryl and CJ - below ---------- Maya and Ginger - above

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Saturday, May 08, 2010


When we bought our two houses in 2000 -- one for Mom and Dad, and one for us - one of the first things Dad and I did the next spring was to plant rhubarb. Rhubarb is one of those signs of spring things.... maybe not the best tasting thing out of the garden, but always the first one of spring. Before it is even warm enough to plant anything but maybe some peas, the rhubarb is up and going, and available to harvest. Just cut up the stems into short lengths, add quite a bit of sugar, and cook it down. (actual recipe - 1/4 cup of sugar per cup of cut up rhubarb stems) That slightly odd taste and feeling in the mouth - sort of like concentrated spinach feeling - is from oxalic acid. You should not eat the leaves because there is enough oxalic acid in the leaves to be toxic, but the stems are a harbinger of spring - free food, and a great feeling. I skipped the rhubarb last year since it is on the list of things that help build kidney stones , and I was just recovering from one! I'm not sure what variety of rhubarb we planted back in the spring of 2001, but every year we get the reddest and tastiest rhubarb imaginable! And as you can see from the picture above, the stems are huge!

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Maya takes the slow way home!

Fortunately she got distracted after about 50 yards, and walked the rest of the way home!

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Monday, May 03, 2010

Some flowers from Dad's yard!

Pigsqueak / Bergenia - - the name comes from the sound made when you rub the leaves together!
Two varieties of Tulips!
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