The theme for the 6th edition of Smile for the Camera is “Funny Bone”. Show us that picture that never fails to bring a smile to your face! An amusing incident, a funny face, an unusual situation. Share! Choose a photograph of an ancestor, relative, yourself, or an orphan photograph that tickles your Funny Bone and bring it to the carnival. Admission is free with every photograph! Your submission may include as many or as few words as you feel are necessary to describe your treasured photograph. Those words may be in the form of an expressive comment, a quote, a journal entry, a poem (your own or a favorite), a scrapbook page, or a heartfelt article. The choice is yours!
So the following picture is my submission – and it is timely as this photo was taken at Halloween almost 10 years ago.
Explaining why this picture tickles my “funny bone” also shows what a sick family we are! The little fella next to the “Scream” monster was made by my kids. They took a pilllow case and made a face on it, then took my son’s clothes and stuffed them with rags and newspapers to “fill it out”. Then they placed it in a lawn chair in our front yard the evening of Halloween. The “Scream” monster sits next to the little fella.
So as kids are trick or treating that night, they have to walk by these two things sitting in lawn chairs. Most of them give the characters a sideways glance and keep going. A few kids had to be cajoled to pass by. One mom was bound and determined to prove to her daughter that the “Scream” monster was not real. She came closer and studied it. She waited too long – my son jumped at her. Yes, he was the “Scream” monster. The lady screamed & they raced down the sidewalk. Needless to say our family had a good belly laugh.
I know that we shouldn’t laugh at other’s expense – but it was Halloween & our family does that holiday in a big way! So the moral of the story is – if you think something isn’t real – you might be wrong and if you can’t take the scare – don’t get too close!
(On a sidenote: My son wouldn’t have done that to a small child!)
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This little fella came to visit recently! He’s the Genea-Blogger Gnome! You’ll probably see lots of his clones on other genea-blogs! We are celebrating our “Getting to Know You” Round-up that will be posted VERY soon! If you would like to see who participated in this challenge, please visit Hill Country of Monroe County and give a round of applause to Terry Thornton who organized this wonderful opportunity for all of YOU to get to know all of US and for all of US to get to know one another! Perhaps we’ll be seeing you and your blog in a round-up, challenge, meme, or Carnival real soon!
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In Searching for Buried Treasure I listed my course of action to find some “buried treasure” in my genealogy files/ephemera.
My search took me a little off course – which is nothing unusual for me. Before I actually pulled out the box of letters that I was going to look through, I noticed a box on my vanity that I’d only looked inside of one time. That was a few years ago when my dad first gave it to me. So I decided to open it back up to see exactly what was inside of it.
Upon opening the clasp and lifting a lid, there was an envelope on the top of the stack. It was addressed to my grandmother, Ella Amore, and was from the US Army Recruiting Office at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio. Apparently it was sent upon my dad’s enlistment in the Army Air Corps and wanted to make sure that all of his statements were true.
Behind that were other envelopes containing pictures I had actually sent to my dad many years ago as the kids were growing up. He returned the pictures to me.
Next were two handkerchiefs. One was sent from my dad to his mother when he was stationed in Iceland and the other was one that he had given to her when he was a young boy.
Underneath the hankies was a Webster notebook. My dad had used it in 6th grade. Apparently it was for History as he had pasted a photo from a magazine, book or newspaper on one page and opposite that wrote a brief explanation that related to history.
On the right hand side next to the books and documents were a horseshoe, a film canister filled with sand that was labeled White Sands, New Mexico 1933, a tiny lapel or tie pin that was labeled with my Uncle Paul’s name, a small lock, a watch without the wristband, a mother of pearl handled pocket-knife, a ceramic ashtray and a football with something inside. My dad told me that he hasn’t opened that football in over 50 years. He thinks there is a pecan or a nut inside the football.
Underneath the notebook was a book on Agriculture. I think my father either had an Ag course in high school or he bought it to read.
This gave me just a small glimpse into my dad’s younger life. Items that he thought were important – or at least important to him. And if they were important enough for him to keep in a trinket box, then they are important enough for me to hang on to in order to always have a part of my dad with me in the years to come.
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After reading Leslie Albrecht Huber’s article in the October 2008 edition of Family Chronicle, I began to wonder how many of us have a favorite ancestor (or two)! As Leslie writes, “There can be no favorite children or even grandchildren. But, the rule doesn’t apply to our ancestors.”
As I ponder this question, I’ll give you a chance to think of who your favorite ancestor might be. Is it an ancestor who you know quite a bit about? Or someone who is a complete mystery? How did you learn of this person? Post to your site and send me an email at email@example.com or a message on Facebook with a link to your post. Deadline will be October 12th and I’ll post a round-up on October 15th.
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Denise at The Family Curator has posted a Treasure Hunt Challege for Genea-Bloggers. The course of action is simple:
- Select Your Destination
- Make a plan (treasure map)
- Post the plan on the blog before September 30 with an email to Denise that includes a link
- Tackle the project
- Post an article about finding the treasure
- Send Denise an email with a link to the final post by October 20
As I began to think about all the ephemera and research notes in my file, on the computer, and elsewhere, I wondered where I could begin looking. My plan of “attack” is this:
- Go through the big box of letters I have
- Locate papers on land transactions (I’ve seen them but haven’t paid that close attention to them)
- Look for the names of property owners/sellers and the dates and research them
- Gather information about the property – where it’s located, if I can get a satellite (or any) image of land
- Post my findings
Hopefully I’ll learn some fascinating new information!
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Since my day to day life has become quite a bit busier lately, I am only going to be running the Freaky Friday posts on the 1st Friday of the month. I’m also hoping this way they won’t get stale or I run out of ideas – whichever comes first!
So the 6th Edition of Freaky Friday will be posted on Oct. 3rd. I may also do a Special Freaky Friday post to celebrate Halloween!
Don’t forget – anyone can get in on this! Just let me know so I can provide a link!
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The Smile For the Camera 5th Edition is Crowning Glory. “Show us those wonderful photographs of hairdos and maybe even a few don’ts. Don’t limit yourself to just hair fashion through the ages, got a great photograph of a hat, helmet, bonnet, or some other interesting headgear? Share!”
So to respond to that call here are some photographs. I look at these and ask myself, “What were we thinking?” I am even including some of my horrible hairstyles through the years (boy, my kids will get a big kick out of these!) and to show that even though they are humiliating, I am willing to Share! (How ’bout the rest of you out there?)
The picture on the left is my Aunt Marie back in the late 60’s at our home in Ohio. Since we had a backyard pool, it was the rule that all girls and women had to wear a bathing cap so the hair wouldn’t accumulate in the filter and clog it up. Aunt Marie liked her flowery bathing cap!
The picture to the right is one of my Dad back when he was either still in highschool or right after he graduated (1939). It had to be before he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Look at that hair! I guess I’m pretty biased – I think my dad is a good looking guy!
Ok – this is your’s truly in 2nd grade about 1968)! I HATE this picture because my hair was cut a day or so before school pictures were taken. This was one of the very last times I let my hair get cut this short! Some people thought I looked like a boy!
The picture below is one of my favorite school pictures (especially the color version). I was in Junior Highschool – I think 9th grade. I’m wearing make-up and since I wasn’t allowed to wear make-up until I was a Freshman, I tend to think it was my last year at the Jr. High. Notice the curls – that wasn’t easy to achieve with my naturally curly hair. No matter how long I used the curling iron, my hair wants to curl the opposite way! I also liked this picture because at 13, I looked much older (at least that’s what I was told) and back then I loved it when I looked older than I was (not so much anymore!).
To the left is a picture of my brother in the mid-50s in Japan. Not sure what the sailor cap was all about (since my dad was Army Air Corps)!
The little girl with the huge bow in her hair is my great-grandfather’s sister, Eva. This was probably taken about 1920 when she was about 10.
Below is a picture of my maternal grandparents, Glen and Vesta (Wilt) Johnson. I’m not sure if they were “courting” or already married at this point. I just love the hats they are wearing!
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