Saturday, June 18, 2016

Jasper and Pounce

We usually share our lives up and downs on our blogs.
One I did not share because my heart was broken was my Boots passed away in November.
I was devastated, how could I not be.....
He slept with me every night on my pillow holding my hand and always greeted me when I came home from work with a kiss. 15 wonderful years.

But then I saw this on my friends blog

a little homeless kitten brought to her to bottle feed.
I adopted him the minute I saw the picture.
He was still too young for me to get so I had to wait.
The same time Tete got him one of her foster cats had kittens.

About 2 weeks ago she posted this picture.
She asked on FB if away was interested in adopting him.
He was the last from the takers.
How could you not fall in love with THAT face!?
Yep, I said he can come home with Jasper.
If you have followed me, you may remember I had 2 cats, Boots and Pinky.

So last Saturday I got the privilege of finally meeting Tete in person, her family, her furry family and touring her beautiful yard.
Jasper and Pounce came back to 1515 with me.
They were so good.

used the liter box and ate right away.

they played and explored

then much to my happiness they both jumped in my lap and took a nap.
True bliss for me.

I can see Jasper is going to help with my blog posts!

never heard a peep out of the all night.
But finally it was Pounce getting me up, Come on Mom!

Jasper pretty much hangs out where every I am

Only with me 24 hrs but seem happy,,,,and relaxed!

Then it was time to load up to take them home
They slept the entire 2 hours, not saying a word.
We showed them to Greta who barked, and Jasper growled and Pounce was shaking.
Oh no! It is going to take time, Greta is much bigger than Tete's puppy.
Greta and Boots were great buddies and these guys will at some point to.

So for now they are in the guest room

playing and exploring

My neighbor and dog sitter has been checking on them while I am at work.
She is a cat person and her last cat just died, I thought maybe she would want Pounce but now I am glad she wasn't  ready.

they are just adorable.
Pounce I think has the perfect name, he is always Pouncing.
I let them out today and he was so funny going down the stairs, but brave.
He is going to be the Alpha I think, we shall see
Jasper I think is my lap cat.
Tete did such a good job with them You can even hold them and tell them to go to sleep and they will.
I was just holding Jasper and Pounce got jealous.
Oh how I love it.

Welcome home to Jasper and Pounce!!!!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Watering Can Collection

I have been addicted to watering cans for years. You can tell by the line up on my bench 
on my header.
I even brought one back from Paris a few years ago in my luggage!
Some I use others are for looks
Here are a few from cottage. 

2 of my favorites, a German one with long neck and the green chippy paint one.

I have never seen one again like this one, makes me think of morning glories.

my cousin is building a "she shed" and I thought she was going to remove this little kitty cat from mine to hers!

Many are children's, love the gardening theme on them.

some are a little rusty, but I don't care

some are small

many probably watered African violets or houseplants on a wide windowsill

love the lines on this one
Many of the ones with the lithograph pictures are made by Chein

I don't think this one was ever used

I think I paid more than 59 cents!

they sit among my flower pots by McCoy, USA I have collected over the years.

Some were meant for gardening, like the Han-D Sprinkle Can

Time to head out to the garden.
It is a beautiful day here today.
Hope your Sunday is beautiful too.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen
Share your cup

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Returning a Piece of History

This a genealogy post.
Our family cemetery where my 3rd GGrandfather who was in the Revolutionary War is buried has somehow changed names of the years.

Someone slapped up this sign
Patsy Mitchell Golladay Cemetery many years ago?

The cemetery has always been Mitchell Cemetery, named after my other 3rd GGrandfather who owned the land it was on, the first burial being in 1834.

The gentleman at the local monument company and I came to the same conclusion,
in the 1970's many cemeteries were read in preparation for the Bicentennial.
If a cemetery did not have a formal sign out front, who ever was reading it just gave it a name.
Patsy Mitchell was my GG Uncle's wife? There is only one Golladay buried in the entire cemetery?

Cousin Fred and I have been on a mission to get it back to the original name.
We started at the Courthouse, the name there was still Mitchell.
Then we spoke to the Cemetery board members, that was fine with them as well.
So cousin Fred couldn't wait to rip that sign down and proudly bring it to me!
There it sits in my laundry room at 1515
It is a piece of history.

Well here is what our family did
A new official marker!
I had the put the established date on the front with my 3rd Great Grandfathers name on it who came to Coles County IL in 1828.

We have it up 4 feet so you can see it when the beans and corn come up.

On the back I had them put the information about my 4th GGrandparents who are buried in the field just south of the cemetery. He was in the Revolutionary War and she is the Aunt of Sam Houston of the Alamo.

I even got the Find a Grave people to change the name on the website.

It is a sense of accomplishment Fred and I are so proud of.
My 4th 3rd 2nd and Great Grandparents are all buried there and I want to make sure it is recognized for that, for future generations of our family.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Vintage Advertising Plates

While walking through antique stores have you seen those
floral plates with advertising on them?
Did your family have any?

When we bought 1515 my cousin Donna brought this one back to 1515.

a pretty little floral plate

my sweet Aunt Mary wrote on the back that it belonged to her mother my Grandmother.

I even found a picture of the shop.
Made my imagination go wild. Look at the hats in the window
What had did Grandmother buy?
They were open from the 1880s'-1930's on the town square.

was it the fur hat?

or her other fur had with her muff or the one she had in Nursing School in Chicago.

or this ornate one coming out of her parents house.

this is a picture of the Charleston student nurses arriving in Charleston.
They all have hats on, did they come from Kenoyers?
Grandmother is on the left

That is not the only one I have

Looks like this one was given out at Christmas

They were in business until the 1950's

I found this at a antique store. At the turn of last century just going over a County or 2 to visit someone was a trip and worthy of a Souvenir.

Did your Grandmother have any advertising plates or cups?
I need to carefully read my Aunt Annie's diaries and see if she tells about Grandmother going to Kenoyers and buying a hat.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A Auction Find Highlights Family Heirlooms and Ladies

A few years ago at the Tuesday night auction I go to with my friend when I am 1515 I saw a great little shelf 

It was walnut and the scroll work on the side reminded me of something?

My Mom's treasured walnut end tables.
One of the first things my Mom and Dad got when setting up housekeeping in 1947

After my Mother died I could not part with them and one I used in my spare bedroom as a side table.
But when I bought 1515 I thought perfect!

One on each side of the couch at 1515 and you can see the shelf

Recently I was scanning old slides

1957 my sweet Daddy and to his left one of the tables.
This was in their apartment

Moving on to the 1970's
Myself and my beloved dog
Cumberland Queen Ann
and there is the end table
Dad taking goofy pictures of Mom and I with the end table there again

There are so many things I look back at and see something from my parents or Grandparents I use to this day.

So back to the shelf
It is there to honor the women who came before me along with my collection of Remember Me cups

all Grandmothers with the exception of Aunt Annie on the rt

My 2nd Great Grandmother Martha Houston Mitchell Galbreath
she was a true pioneer woman. She raised 13 children, learning herbs healing effects from the local Indians in Illinois in the 1820's, her father survived the Revolutionary War Battle of Guilford Courthouse fought on his parents plantation.
So yes I Remember you 

Martha's son James Adam Galbreath with his bride Catherine Fitzhue Wilson on their wedding in 1886. She is the little girl in the tin type about the time she lost her mother.
I think of them as Mama and Papa because of my Aunt Annie's diaries.
They lived at 1515 with my Grandparents during the depression 
after they had to sell their farm and house in town.

Catherine's Mother  and Grandmother
Mary Hickman Wilson died in childbirth, this is the only picture I have of her. 
The nurse in me wonders why did she have a droop mouth, 
did she have something that contributed to her death in childbirth at the age of 34 such as a stoke?

Her mother Catherine Sherer Hickman is on the rt and that is a card celebrating her 90th birthday.
I had a post once about her birthday part where her Grandaughters baked a 90 layer cake.
My Grandmother thought of her as her Grandmother even though she was her Great Grandmother.
Through my Aunt Annie's diaries I know so much about her even with her being my 3rd Great Grandmother. 

I do Think of Them
My Paternal Grandmothers were wonderful examples for me to live by.
We all have hardships and happiness they make us who we are today.
I truly believe our ancestors made us who we are even if we never knew them.
So blessed to know them from Aunt Annie's diaries and to have their pictures to reflect on at 1515.

Have a great day.
And take time to think of those who came before you.

Remember Me