this book is a mine of information re the settlement of my hometown area. Combine this with all the information regarding my ancestors – who came when and from where – I’ve got a lot of mixing and matching to do. Bonanza!
Knitting News: Yarn is Not for the Birds May 8, 2018
Heads up, fiber artists! Interweave.com, one of my go-to yarnie sites, posted an article warning readers that yarn scraps and other man made fibers can harm or even kill birds. I don’t put out scrap yarn myself, but it’s likely that many others do. Here’s the upshot of the article:
Yarn is bad for birds because:
- The fibers can get tangled in the bird’s legs, neck, or wings, cutting off blood or air flow, possibly leading to loss of limbs or death.
- Birds can choke or develop internal obstructions from ingesting it.
- It can tether them to the nest, which will probably lead to starvation or attack by predators.
- The many chemicals that go into yarn production can be deadly to birds, which are tiny and can’t tolerate them.
The article’s author, Sarah Rothberg, comments that birds are master builders who have constructed their own homes for millenia without human…
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We’ve all heard about rationing but with GP’s help, we’ll now know quite a bit more about it. Enjoy.
The Second World War was fought on two fronts and as we’ve seen in previous posts, the home front rarely received the credit it deserved for its efforts. The generation that endured the Great Depression, worked long, hard hours and were often forced to use the barter system to survive now, for the war effort, had shortages for most everything. If you can name it – there was probably a ration book for it and a black market to get it; if you dared. The children also pitched in by giving, what money they could earn, back into the family.
Rationing started just weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor and sugar was the first product to be rationed when sales ended 27 April 1942 and commercial manufacturers received…
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Soon after Sofia’s birth over one year back, MB agreed with Lebanese parents R&E that he would chronicle Sofia’s life in the years ahead. She is the firstborn to R&E, and to date is not joined by additional siblings. On 10 February 2018, she was one year old. Already Sofia has been the subject of three of MB’s past blog posts, the most recent being a post on her Christian baptism.
R&E, continue to work in peaceful and prosperous Doha, Qatar, and are building a new house back in their Koura/north Lebanon home region where they and Sofia will one day return. The shell of the house is now complete and the more expensive internal finishings will soon start. Architect mom R will spend her 2-week August vacation painting arty pictures on the internal walls, as she informed MB in recent days.
The Middle East continues to provide a crazy backdrop to…
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