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In Younger Days April 18, 2017

Filed under: Family photographs,Family Photos,Memories,Nantucket Island — Janet @ 4:16 pm

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Here they are – my sisters Ruth and Nan – carefree as can be

They were working in the summer of 1949 as waitresses at the Grey Gull on the Island of Nantucket.

Nan is on the right – today is her 90th birthday – April 18, 2017

Ruth on the left celebrated her 91st birthday not so long ago – January 6, 2017

Happy Days.  Happy Memories.

 

Getting To Know My Paternal Grandmother April 8, 2017

Filed under: Family,Family history,Family photographs,Family Photos — Janet @ 9:56 pm

     Mary Elizabeth Murdock=Mary Murdock Miller    1863-1954

This photo shows her in her Red Cross Nurse Uniform.  Late Flowers is a book of poems which she wrote in her later tears when she was a member of a Poetry Circle in Florida.  The book is self-published.

This is not the photo I was looking for and saw earlier today.  (Very annoying that.)  The image I am searching for was taken in 1948 when my sister Ruth and I visited her in Raleigh North Carolina.  I’ll find it in due course.

Meanwhile,     My father with his mother in 1943

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And here’s the missing photo

IMG  My grandmother and me, 1948

 

A New Angle April 5, 2017

   My grandmother’s self-published book of her poems

What does my paternal grandmother’s family tree look like.  My paternal grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Murdoch, was born in 1863.  The Civil War was raging.  She lived to experience 4 more wars in her lifetime, the Spanish American War, World Wars I and II, and the Korean War.  She married a Civil War veteran and bore 5 children.  She became a widow while the children were still young and at home.  She was an educated woman, she loved reading.  She wrote poetry.  I propose to explore her life in as much as I can from the genealogical records and what few scraps I have of her personal letters and family memories.

Dad's childhood home Buena Vista Hill Newark Ohio  My grandmother’s home in Newark Ohio where she raised her children

  My grandmother and my father, 1943

IMG  My grandmother and me, 1948, in Raleigh North Carolina

IMG_0014  My grandmother as a young woman

 

I Could Write A Book…….. March 28, 2017

Beachmere Inn   1930’s postcard from Ogunquit Maine

I could write a long book about the memories stirring in me as I view this postcard from Ogunquit Maine.

 

Shona La Fheile Padraig March 17, 2017

Filed under: Family photographs,Friendship,Holidays — Janet @ 5:40 pm

IMG_2632 Happy St Patrick’s Day to all.

 

Party Time December 9, 2016

birthday-baby  1936

80th-birthday   2016

birthday-80   December 7, 2016

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That lanyard around my neck isn’t for a panic button!  It’s for my mailbox key!

The sweater I’m wearing is one of my hand knits.  The blue wool yarn was purchased in the Aran Islands Ireland.  I knit the sweater from the top down following an idea in a knitting book published in Norway in 1975.  That was one of the first knitting books I ever purchased.  How I found it I do not know but somehow I did when we first moved to Dublin  in the late 1960’s.

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                         IMG  Here am I age 11 with my father’s mother (Grandma Miller) when she was 85.  How will I look at that age – assuming I get there.

 

 

Late In The Season On The Connecticut River November 1, 2016

setting out from Essex and taking the boat up to Portland to be stored for the winter

img_1551Andrew and David are on the lookout for the navigational buoys and any stray obstructions in the water

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leaving the Essex Marina – it was a nice day but COLD.

img_1559going under one bridge and beside another – the swinging railway bridge – quite a landmark (or rivermark) – at Middletown

img_1560arrival at Portland – Andrew getting ready to help in the docking process