My hometown as seen from the Bay

My hometown as seen from the Bay

Friday, October 24, 2014

GET OUTTA' MY HAIR!

I didn't think I had many chores to attend to today but once I got moving, I discovered quite a few little things to keep me busy.....
changed sheets on the bed
cleaned out a bathroom drawer and lined it with paper
prepared vegetables for dinner (they're in a bowl of water in the fridge now)
made new hummingbird nectar (and they showed up right away)
baked a bread pudding
cleaned two toilets
played with my toys in one bathroom(this was yesterday actually)

brought in both trash bins at separate times and walked through a cobweb BOTH TIMES!


Is this gross or what?!  The huge web was from the fence over to my house and the first time I walked through it, I went in and  took a shower 'cause I felt so violated.  ha ha
Later, when I went to pull in the recycle bin, I forgot all about the web and walked through it again. This time I went to get my camera so I could take a picture of his house, which he (or she) made his way back to under the fence railing.  After I got my photos, I grabbed the broom and walked around the house looking for other cobwebs and such.

I also balanced my checkbook, paid a couple bills, wrote two letters, wrote a few emails, and did my exercises.  Tomorrow I may sign up for ancestry.com for a month and lose myself in family trees.

Watched Ruth Kvinsland's grandson, Robert, on Root Sports TV last night in a football game where Gig Harbor beat Auburn 42-0.  Robert is the star quarterback and will play basketball next. They even interviewed him after the game. I'm sure Ruth is busting her buttons with pride.  He sure is a cute kid.  And tall!

I tried to find something worthwhile to watch on Netflix since Big Love is over with.  I began with Kevin Bacon's show 'The Following' as it's gotten some press.  I may get back to it but I only watched for maybe 15 minutes and decided it was a tad too bloody and gory to watch that late at night.  I settled instead for a movie I'd never heard of called 'The Trail.'  It only had two stars but sometimes I like two stars.  Anyhow, this was about a pioneer woman who had to survive in the woods (and snow) after her husband was killed by Indians.  Throughout all the snow scenes, she had nothing on but a simple house dress.  Even slept on the ground with snow falling on her.  I knew right away this movie was lame but I do love snow stories about people surviving so I hung on until the end.

Then I watched a cooking show (The Pioneer Woman with Ree Drummond).  She's a bit sugary sweet but I still enjoy sitting there watching her cook with all these ingredients and cookware I can't afford.  Not to mention the energy she puts out that I couldn't work up.

Here's three more pictures of pets that discover they're at the vets..


And here's a fun video...


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Three errands today

I stayed up till midnight to finish watching the final season of Big Love.  Good ending cause it made me cry.  Now I have to look around and see what other gem is out there waiting for me.

I made a Walmart run 'cause I had to take my car in on that side of town for a free oil change.  Had a little time to kill so I browsed around just lookin' at stuff.  I don't usually do that as my back or hip start to hurt but I got a reprieve of sorts today so I took advantage of it.  Brought home a few groceries and one roll of Christmas wrap.  I've started to accumulate a few odds and ends in the back bedroom and plan to wrap a little over time from now until Christmas.  Cutting way back this year as we all have too much already.  Well, sorta.  The big things we'd all like to have are out of pocket range for most of us -- which is why I buy lotto tickets now and again.

Got a complimentary carwash and when I left to come back into Port Angeles, I didn't realize there was a new way to get on the highway.  I ended up turning towards Sequim and then making a U-turn.
Picked up Hunter at the high school 'cause Jenni had to take Maddie to a special dentist in Silverdale to see about getting her wisdom teeth removed.

I think I'm gonna' fix hot dogs and grilled beans for supper. Wanted something simple.  I already have a bit of a tummy ache so that meal ought to put me over the top and remind me yet again, that it's a good thing I live a solitary life.

Commercial just came on for Dr. Oz's next show about Tori Spelling trying to raise four kids and needing help in her marriage.  Ho hum...I guess that's one program I won't worry about missing.  I've noticed that Dr. Phil has changed his program a bit now and is becoming more Sally Jessie Raphael, Oprah, and Jerry Springer.

Watched a few innings of the World Series last night before switching to Big Love.  Was interesting to see the St. Louis fans all in blue.

Tomorrow is another physical therapy appt but not until 4:20.  I've set up another jigsaw puzzle at the kitchen table so I may play around with that off and on.  Mostly, though, I think I'll continue searching for Holt clues.

Here's a cute Hugh Jackman spot on an old Jay Leno show.  He's so talented.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Still surfing

Am continuing to cut and paste my various Holt notes to get them in some kind of order that I understand and so I can find who I'm looking for when I'm looking.  Decided the easiest way was to list all the children of each great grandfather and then to list all the children of each of those people.

My grandpa Lew Gene Blankenship had these siblings and I listed their children after their names. I've been working on these names off and on longer than any other families so I'm a little more familiar with who belongs to who.

Georgianna- Lola, John Lindsay, Inez, Ailene
Elizabeth –Chester Clay, Ora Blowers, Ray Summer
John – Juanita,Feral,Hallie, Ivan, John E.
Henrietta- Waible, James Eugene
Martha- Grethel, Thelma, Arthur
James- never married
Thomas - died young
Zadock -never married

Charlie? - whoever he is?
(Lewis Gene: Velna, Arthur, Elva, George, John, James)

My grandma Viola Mae Holt Blankenship had these siblings and I listed their spouses after their names so I could give each family their own folder listing children. (the only way I could figure to keep everyone straight until I get as familiar with the names as I am with my grandpa's side of the family.)

Alva Smith Holt                 1876-1934   m. Cassie, Laura Belle Kindig
William Alfred Holt           1878-1937   m. Bertha Fotland
Arlie Vernon Holt              1880-1943   m. Cecilia
Mary Maude                      1881-1905   m. Skaggs
Viola Mae                           1883-1938   m. Blankenship
George Albert “Bert”       1887- 1923   m. Bessie Holman
James Robert Holt             1889-1918  drowned in Chehalis River at age 19

Alva Smith:  children
Margaret
James Robert b 2 Aug 1918 in Centralia                                      
Carroll Melvin b 25 Jan 1919   d 14 Jun 1995 in Washougal
Jesse James  b 1915, d 1981
Robert Franklin b 1920 d 1988

William Alfred:  children
Robert William                 1878-1937
Mildred Verna                  1902-1979
Edith Vernita                      1904-1978
Gladys Lucille                     1907-1997
Gertrude Christina            1909-1998
Thelma Matilda                1912-1998
Arlie Alfred                         1915-1979
Leland Stanford               1919-2010

Arlie Vernon Holt:  children
Kenneth, b. 1908              
William b 1911
Dorothy b 1913
Ellen  b 1920
Delbert b

Mary Maude Holt: children
Evelyn b 5 May 1901  d. 11 Nov
Inez  b 17 Sept 1904   de 1956
Norman b 15 Apr 1906  d 2 Jun 1981

Viola Mae Holt: children: Velna, Arthur, Elva, George, John, James

George Albert Holt (Bert) children:
George, b. 1915   may have died in 1970
Glen b 8 Mar 1917  d Jan 1977 in Raymond
Orin Glen b 22 May 1918   d. 25 Dec 1978 in San Diego

These children listed above were my dad's first cousins and this is the area of genealogy I want to research. I've met four of these cousins (all deceased now) so I do have some data to get me started. I'm hoping that I'll eventually connect with the children or grandchildren of these children, and find one who is into genealogy so we can compare notes.  Facebook has already brought me one who lives in Albany. She's the  great granddaughter of  Mary Maude Holt listed above.

And yes, I know this is all very boring but typing it up helps me get it straight in my head and gives me a reference to come back to.  AND.... if anybody starts researching these people and do a Google search, my blog will be in their hits and hopefully, they'll contact me.

Everntually, I'll probably sign up for ancestry.com again but for now, I'm going to utilize the free sites first.

Other news:  Went to physical therapy today.  It hurt, as usual, but I am getting some movement I wasn't getting before.  I'm hoping I'l finish up around Thanksgiving but it remains to be seen.  Did a little shopping afterwards...Big Lots, the bread store, and the Dollar Tree.  Also picked up a burger at Wendy's for lunch.

Tomorrow I'm getting my oil changed (no charge) and then I'll stop my Walmart to see if I can find some eyedrops besides Visine.  Got a super cute halloween gift in the mail today from Ann Robson in Issaquah.  I've got three whole objects for halloween decorations now.  Ann's cute pumpkin (which she made) has a weighted bottom. I love it. You can't really see how cute it is from this picture, though.
I'm into the final season of Big Love now.  Gonna have to find something else to watch pretty soon. I may get into Sons of Anarchy again. I've seen the beginning episodes but not the last couple of seasons.  I also might rewatch Weeds and Breaking Bad.

The only two new shows I've given any time to so far this season are Madam Secretary and How to get away with murder.  Madam is starting to wear thin with me already and Murder lost me with the last episode when they had two guys going at it hot and heavy.  I don't need to see that crap when all I want is to see a murder solved.  I'm no prude about sex scenes but I am tired of the soft porn.  I prefer the days of old when cigarette smoke wafted up from an ashtray, music played, a scarf fell on the floor, and you got to see what the weather looked like out the window.  Sex was better then.  ha ha

Got some cute animal pics in an email from Sandra Hartzell a while back so if I can remember, I'll post a couple each time I blog.  These are "how your pet reacts when they find out they're at the vets."


And here's a song I'm gonna sing when my physical therapy is done.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Working on the Holt side of the family now

I’ve been browsing around on genealogy websites to find more data on my grandmother’s side of the family, the Holts. I just looked up and discovered that lunch time was an hour ago and I missed it.  Hmmm…maybe this is my new weight loss program.  Ha!  I wish.

I’ve got quite a bit here and there on the Holts but I need to get my notes organized into a better reader-friendly mode.  I also need to see if I can’t locate some Holt relatives who might be able to help me identify old photos I’ve hung on to for several years.  My dad had them in a shoebox and said they belonged to his mother.  She died when he was 15 so I know I’m lucky these survived.

The surname of HOLT was a locational name meaning 'the dweller at the holt' from residence near a wood or grove.  I found Littleberry Holt’s bio kind of interesting because of his name. Never heard of someone called Littleberry before.  I’ll have to research and see where that comes from.

Littleberry Holt married Susanna Driskill.  Her mother (Lodusky Cobb) was a full blooded Cherokee. One of their sons, Larkin Holt, was killed by a Sioux Indian attack led by White Bull, brother of Sitting Bull, in an attack on US Army wagon supply train, Sept 1865, at the Powder River, MT.

Another son, James R. Holt, worked as a blacksmith and married Martha Stark. Her folks gave them 80 acres in MO but they eventually sold out and moved to TX to be by her brother, Isaac. James worked as a blacksmith but also raised cattle and traded in livestock. He moved back to MO again to be by relatives. He was in the Masons and was elected a county judge. He bought a hotel in Purdy, MO and while working on a ladder, a rung broke. He fell and punctured a lung and never fully recovered.

One of James and Martha’s sons was George Washington Vernon Holt. He was born in Missouri, and married Mary Ellen Weatherly, who was born in Nashville. Mary Ellen’s folks were Yancy Weatherly and Emily Jane Brannock. 

G.W.V. Holt and Mary Ellen had a daughter named Viola Mae who married Lew Gene Blankenship. They, in turn, had twins, John and James…and here I am! 

Attached is a picture of the farmhouse where my grandmother grew up in Oak Harbor.


And for those of you who don’t do Facebook, here’s a friend of mine at her retirement party in Port Townsend last Friday….Judi Robbins, beautician.



And of course, the latest on Jacob, who loved the pumpkin patch.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

A relaxing Saturday ahead

Just cleaned up a huge tangle of wires here in my office/sewing room and it gave me a lot of satisfaction to know what I was doing.
I think I'll make a quick library run to see if they'll accept my Town Kid book on their shelves.  I reposted it on Ebay.  Check it out by searching for Port Townsend.

Got a cute morning picture from Mary ...... miss him so much.  This one is titled: What's for breakfast?


Into Season Four of Big Love on Amazon Prime.  Wish I had a tape of all the music they play at the end.  I'll have to work on that. I bet I could cut myself a CD if I studied and researched long enough.

Friday, October 17, 2014

A puttering kind of day

Some days just end up being that kind of day where you're rearranging, sorting, trashing, and cleaning out "stuff."  Yesterday I pulled my two large trash bins (on wheels thank goodness) down the yard, through the gate and out to the alley.  I have pick-up every two weeks but my bins are so large, sometimes I can go four weeks without setting them outside.  I keep my trash days marked on my calendar and even make a reminder note to myself on Wednesdays to remember my Thursday chore. (they come early on Fridays)  I went down to retrieve the bins about a hour ago and was surprised that neither one was empty.  This chore is a little difficult for me right now because of my shoulders so it was annoying to find them still full of garbage.  I came back inside to recheck my calendar and there it was....telling me NEXT Friday is trash day.  Hate it when I do that.  Now I have to decide if I want to leave them there all week or pull them back closer to the house.  I have a set up where I can just stand on the deck and open the lids right there.  Maybe I'll pull them back inside the yard.  I don't really like my trash so accessible to the wind or passing snoops.

I brought in a couple of junk boxes from the garage and sat down in the back room to go through four boxes total of odds and ends that needed to be sorted.  My throwaway sack wasn't as big as I thought it would be but I find it real hard to throw stuff out that I might need someday.  I filled an even smaller box for Goodwill and gave Hunter a small plastic bag of  things I thought might interest him. (a pocket knife, a padlock with key, and old foreign coins)

I also moved around a few things and sorted like stuff together.  All the masking and scotch tapes and glues, for example, are now in one basket. The batteries are stored in another little bin, and several things are bagged up so I can find them in the box. (sandpaper, shoestrings, craft items, nails, screws, electrical outlets, etc.)

After I got all that cleaned up and put away, I decided to go through cookbooks and see what cut-out recipes I still wanted to keep and which ones can make their way to the trash.  I looked over the ingredients and any recipe that had something I never ever buy or don't even know what it is, got discarded.

I've been sleeping in this room on the memory foam but decided I wanted to go back to my larger bedroom tonight so I pulled the foam mattress through the house, changed the blankets, moved my bedside items, etc. and set myself up in there.  Because I have a touch of OCD, I also changed knickknack spots, and switched places between one recliner and the loveseat.  Also took a large puzzle picture off the wall and set it against the wall on the floor where I can see it better.

I took a short nap before I went up to the high school to pick up Hunter. (Maddie has a cross country meet in Gig Harbor today).  For dinner I'm going to play around with leftovers and see what kind of a mess I can make.  I have brown rice which I intend to fry up a bit and add leftover cut-up roast and carrots and peas.  May scramble in an egg too with a little onion and green pepper.  Not sure how it's going to taste but at least I'm getting the  leftovers used.

I may make a little cake in a mug too as I came across a recipe for it when I was cleaning out.  I tried making one a couple of days ago that I saw online but both the chocolate and the vanillla cakes turned out horrible.  You know they're a flop when I toss cake in the trash.

Looking over my calendar for the rest of October, I see my only notations for activities are four physical therapy sessions.  I've been going twice a week and while it hurts plenty to have her working me over, she does feel I'm making progress as she can move my arm a whole lot further than when I started.  I assume she's going to have me come for sessions in November too but we'll see.  Sometime after the first of the year, I'm going to have to get my left shoulder into the MRI tube and see what's going on there.

Sun, Nov. 9th, I'm picking up Lew Morello in Sequim so we can ride together to Linda Wilson's memorial at Fort Worden Beach in Port Townsend.  Mary, Andy, Jake, and Catie are all going to Hawaii for Thanksgiving so maybe I'll see if Jenni wants to come here or have me at her place. She's at her annual scrapbooking camp this weekend.

Have started work on my genealogy searches for my dad's mom, Viola Mae Holt.  I already have a lot of data but I need to get it in better reading order and see what else I can find.  I'll eventually head back to working on Blankenships too as I haven't found Charlie yet.

I also might delve into my mother's adoptive family and her biological family.  A ton of history to keep me occupied, that's for sure.  Here's some family pictures...

                                        Les coming by the halloween party in Hadlock last Sunday
                                    My cousin, Linda, in KY and her daughter, Holly
 An oldie of my dad, Aunt Elva, Aunt Velna, Uncle George, and Uncle Arthur
                                                            Andy playing with Jake
 Dana in Rhody Run a few years ago (on the right). Dr. Scheyer on left, Jan Boutilier, 2nd from right
                                          Lill finishing her Rhody Run race a few years ago.

And here's a video that might make you feel a little sad.  Shows yet another disease we live with in our world today...

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pictures I took while out and about....

Been busy all day with housework and computer stuff but thought I'd better post some photos before I forget.  Some will be repeats I put on Facebook but I know not everyone visits that site.
Second stop was at Janie's to unload a few things and to pick up stuff she was giving me.

First stop was at Ruth's as I wanted to see her new ramp and railings.
 I really like the looks of this ramp. Ruth said her nephew, Richie, is going to build her a sidewalk coming from the driveway over to this ramp so the wheelchair will move easier. That's great!
 Her brother and son and nephew made changes to the house with these railings going down the hallway.
 The mater bathroom door was removed and the wall taken out so she can have better access.
I'm not actually smoking here but I thought it would be a good photo op to show how we USED to spend our visiting hours.  Ha!

Shari Glessing throws a halloween party every year and they decorate pumpkins and cookies while the guys watch football.  So much good food!  My favorites were Shari's frosted pumpkin cookies, Jenny Erickson's Cesar salad, TJ's cornbread, deviled eggs, and pigs in a blanket.  My brother stopped in as I had a book to lend him and a tv remote to give him for the tv he got from Jenni a few weeks back.











I was looking through some of the old cookbooks I made years ago as gifts. Man, were they lame!  ha ha  Anyhow, I'm thinking of updating recipes and wanted to look over what I should keep and what I need to discard.  In my 1998 book, I came across some "folk beliefs" that I thought worthy of adding. Like I said....lame!

Before you go to bed on New Year's Eve, place a piece of silver outside.  Next morning, without speaking to anyone first, bring the silver back inside and you'll be financially set for the entire year.

If someone falls UP the stairs, there will be a wedding in the house.

If you unknowingly wear an article of clothing inside out, it will be a lucky day.

Dropped silverware means company is coming. A knife means a man; a fork means a woman; a spoon means a child.

Eat a few pecans when you're looking for a job and your search should be successful.

If you're single and a ladybug lands on you, pay attention where it flies away. Your future mate will arrive from that direction.

While sitting at the kitchen table having lunch and working my crossword puzzle, I noticed one of the neighbor's cats coming over to use my bird bath. Will be nice when the coming rains turn my lawn back to the color seen in the far left corner.  Stupid grass!