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Seattle Blogs in 2016 December 31, 2016

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Wedgwood in Seattle History

Throughout the year 2016 I have enjoyed reading Seattle bloggers’ perspectives of life in the city as portrayed through photos, sketches and writings.

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More Leaves December 30, 2016

Filed under: Ancestor Count,Ancestors,Genealogy,Witches — Janet @ 6:54 pm

More leaves have been added to the family tree.  The ancestor count stands at 4,538 as of December 30, 2016.  Research continues.

Featured Image -- 16586  witch of Gloucester – not one of the leaves yet

 

Peg Wesson, the Gloucester witch

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Historic Ipswich

An old legend about the Gloucester witch Peg Wesson is often mentioned, but never was it told in such detail as in this story, written by Sarah G. Daley and published in the Boston  Evening Transcript, October 14, 1892. It was carried in papers throughout the country.
It was March, 1745, and the company raised in Gloucester to join the expedition against Louisburg was to leave the town with the rising of the morrow’s sun. In the spring twilight, three young men made their way, with noisy jest and song toward a wretched cottage that stood in the outskirts of the town.They rapped loudly for admittance, and the door was opened by a withered old crone. A candle, burning on a small table, dimly revealed the blackened walls of the interior, the bunches of herbs hanging from the ceiling, a scant supply of battered pewter plates and coarse earthenware on some shelves in a corner…

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Looking back – and forward

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Making memories

I always pay attention to what Chinese Lunar Calendar says in general: year of Rooster – check. Fire, gold and red – check. As to the details, they are sometimes contradicting each other, so they have to be approached critically. Like, in some sources I have read that the year of Rooster is always the worst of all the years of the Cycle, with which I totally disagree.

(I thought about roosters and cycles when walking the streets of Waterford during Winterval festival)

Lets go back and see what the years of Rooster were like. I will start from 1957, for a particular reason 😉

1957

The Treaty of Rome was signed by six countries establishing European Economic Community – the future EU.  Yay for that. Soviet Union sent a dog Laika into Space. Federal Troops were sent to Arkansas to enforce anti-segregation laws. Yearly Inflation Rate USA 3.34%; UK 3.3%

1969

Richard Nixon…

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Cat On The Prowl December 29, 2016

Filed under: Cats,Katerina — Janet @ 11:47 pm

img_2088 looking for prey

img_2076  on watch

img_2090  maybe in the neighbor’s garden

 

 

Wicked Puritans

Filed under: American History,History,Puritans — Janet @ 9:57 pm

img_2095    How to pass time – I read this book to the end, not realizing noon came and went and it is now 1:30       Wicked Puritans  of Essex County

I had planned to spend the morning writing  Christmas cards.  I wrote one before I took a break and picked up this book.

 

“The Orchard” by Adele Crocket “Kitty” Robertson

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The Laces of Ipswich

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Le bonheur est une drogue dure December 28, 2016

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For cat lovers

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Christmas has been and gone, and we have made it to those weird in-between days when nobody quite knows what to do with themselves.

December has been a trying month: we have had to cope with stubborn colds, Cat Daddy’s scary Christmas lights set to “epilepsy mode”, and seeing the vet more often than we have seen all our friends and family put together … and, through it all, Louis Catorze is still chasing his tail.

The Zylkene calming supplement – or “Louis Catorze’s party powder”, as Cat Daddy naughtily calls it, and which can be seen decorating the edges of Le Cône – has made some difference; the little sod has been going for his tail slightly less often, and with slightly less ferocity. But, unfortunately, this difference isn’t significant enough to allow us to permanently dispense with Le Cône.

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We went back to the vet today, and she…

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1530 Woman December 27, 2016

1530-woman  Found when I was searching for an image of my 10th Great Grandmother Lady Johanna Stephen 1547-1629

I wonder if it’s a portrait from the National Portrait Gallery in London.  (A favorite destination whenever I visit London)

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