Wow, two famous birthday celebrations today, November 18!!
First we have Mickey Mouse, who turns 80 today. That's pretty darn old for a rodent!
Second, and most important, today is my youngest sister's birthday. I won't tell everyone how old she is, but I will say she's still in her 40's,,,and that I remember the day she was born!
I wasn't very old, but old enough to remember a few things. We (my other sisters) knew that Mom was getting fat and that she and Dad were going to go to the hospital and get us a new sister or brother soon. I wasn't old enough to make the connection at the time, though.
I remember our Grandmother from Ohio came down to visit us, which was odd. I remember it was our Brownie troop meeting day; Grandma picked us up instead of Mom. Grandmother was fixing baked beans for our supper and instead of pouring ketchup in them she poured in coke from a bottle she was drinking; actually didn't affect the taste of the beans one way or another!
I remember Dad coming home and telling us that he had taken Mom to the hospital to pick out a new baby and we would have another little sister; now there were a total of 5 girls (plus Mom) in our house.
Funny, the small things that we remember from important days of our lives.
Happy birthday, Mary Beth. Even though Grandma and Mom are both gone, your big sisters are still here for ya!
My sister in Arkansas, Teresa, piqued my interest in working on our family tree at ancestory.com and I've been messing with it all week. I'm telling ya, it can be addicting!
Thirty years ago I had started working on tracing my roots, but only had word of mouth accounts from ancestors who were then alive, along with trips to cemeterys and dusty court house record rooms. I still remember those accounts and they have helped in narrowing down just who is and isn't a branch on the tree.
Of course back then I didn't have the internet at my disposal! Wow, what a difference that makes. So far I've been able to trace back just one ancestor, William and Agnes White, who immigrated to America from Scotland in the early 1700's.
There are quite a few sites to use to find information. If you know of any good ones, leave me a link! (Please and thank you.)
James Whitcomb Riley wrote about 'the frost on the punkin' and I bet a lot of people these days would be hard pressed to understand half of what he is saying.
Oh sure, most of us could 'Google' the words and find out their meanings, but how many of us have seen (other than in pictures) 'fodder in the shock', or heard the 'clackin' of the guineys, and the cluckin' of the hens'?
How many of you 'leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock'?
Have you 'gathered all your apples' and made your 'mince and apple butter'?
I think hard times are a-comin, peeps! What some consider hard times, others may consider 'the good ole days'. We've become used to getting our apples and apple butter at the store; that's not a bad thing! We may need to refresh our memories, talk to some older folk or do whatever it takes so we know how to get ready for 'the frost on the punkin'!!