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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Brigham Young and Vintage Salt Lake City Postcards:

This week's Sepia Saturday theme has to do with singing and old songs.  In my monster post of this week,  "An Account of the Fletcher's Crossing the Plains",  I did include some pictures of a songbook containing pioneer songs.  This particular post finishes up the sets of vintage postcards that Uncle John and Aunt Signa bought on their honeymoon.

 "Brigham Young and Vintage Salt Lake City Postcards"

"Brigham Young was born June 1, 1801 in Whittingham, Vt.  He succeeded Joseph Smith as President of the "Mormon" Church when the latter was martyred in Carthage, Ill. in 1844.  He led a small band of pioneers into the great unknown West in 1847 and established Salt Lake City where he proved himself to be the greatest colonizer of his time.  He died in Salt Lake City, Aug. 29, 1877."

Unable to afford larger wagons or mules and horses, many Mormon followers migrated to Salt Lake City using "Mormon Handcarts" from 1856 to 1860.

From those humble beginnings, Salt Lake City looked like this around the 1940's, when my Uncle John Hedrick and Aunt Signa Woods Hedrick visited there on their honeymoon in November 1945.  To see the postcards that they purchased of Reno, Nevada on their way to Salt Lake City, please check out last week's posts: "Uncle John and Aunt Signa Go to Reno" and  "Vintage Reno and Vicinity Postcards".

The newlyweds bought this postcard packet, distributed by the Deseret Book Co. of Salt Lake City, which has been in business since 1866.

 The following photo postcards were inside:

So, there you are, my friends.  If you enjoyed this story, please visit my Sepia Saturday friends by "CLICKING HERE" to find other neat photos and stories.  To read more about my family and other stories featuring old photos, memories and more, please look for this picture of me and my dad on the left-hand sidebar and read whatever else catches your fancy.  Thanks so much for visiting!

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Through The Lense: Living Room Shadows

Being easily entertained and a bit lazy, last night and the night before I took some pictures of the shadows on the living room walls, from my viewpoint on the loveseat.  These turned out kind of neat, I think:

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

GMMMF: Google Shenangins, Rita's Movie and More

Good Monday Morning, My Friends!

This little post is going to be a bit eclectic, but duh, that isn't unusual for around this joint, is it?

Blog Costs Have Increased!

First, I was given 3 days notice from Google that my renewal for extra picture rent space on my blog would need to be paid by today.  I need to give them my cell phone number and use it as a pocket bank or something, giving them my credit card number so that they can take out between $5.99 and $19.00 per month.  I used to pay them $20.00 per year, for going over the free memory allotment, so costs have risen.  It must have something to do with the rise in fuel prices.  I'll have to get this figured out this morning.

I don't want to give them my cell phone number!  I don't want telemarketers calling me on my cell phone.  So far, I've avoided that by giving them Cary's cell phone to get my secret text code in order to keep access to my account.  I don't know if it was Google or something else, but his spam calls increased after that.  (Good thing that he doesn't read my blog very often, or he would be saying, what did she do to me now?)  

Google gave me a trial run yesterday, showing me for a few minutes what my blog would look like with missing pictures.  It actually looked like my blog posts appear that no longer have the slideshows that I so carefully made and inserted into them.  A little white box appears where photos and slideshows used to be.  NICE.  For those of you who are long time readers, you know that I am not thrilled that Google bought up and then closed down, where I had 82 slideshows of trips and events made up and inserted into blog posts.  Heck, I had a separate blog for my slideshows.  Oh, well, except for Tyler's football events; I worked really hard on those babies.


I will probably get hate comments for this one, but during the next few days, I am going to have to do something that I really feel badly about. That stray cat, Peggy, who we have been feeding since last fall?  She's going to have to go.  She is being very, very weird and is getting really mean.  She never has had the best of manners, but Peggy has been hissing at all of us lately.  It is scary.  Then, on Saturday, we had company and my friend's little boy reached down to pet her and she flipped out and attacked him.  Bit and clawed his hand up.  I felt so badly for him.  I think that his feelings were hurt as much as his hand was.  

This morning, I woke up to find that she pooped in front of the porch, where I feed her.  She's mad at ME???  I don't need the hassle.  I was just being nice to her in the first place, and now she is turning on us.  Perhaps the Humane Society can figure out what to do with Miss Peggy, but I can't have a bad cat around here. 
Rita's Movie

My friend Lynn, from over at "Present Letters", has a very talented family.  That group from Missouri is always up to something cool.  Lynn's daughter, Rita, from over at "egabrag crafts", is a crafter who now makes movies to boot.  Rita's short film came in with an honorable mention in the local film festival called City Garden.  Way to go, Rita!

Crazy Cozy Blogfest is Almost Here!

June 5th will be here before we know it.  Please check out the details of Hart Johnson and Elizabeth Spann Craig's Crazy Cozy Blogfest by "clicking here".   Both ladies are celebrating the release of their new books!  Hart is also known as Alyse Carlson, and she is a busy, busy lady and my friend, from over at  "Confessions of a Watery Tart".

This is your chance to write a 250 word cozy mystery and join in on the fun.  To tell you the truth, I am a bit worried about joining in on this one.  I know that many of the participants will be published authors, and I have only written book blurbs and my silly A-Z stories.  We'll see.  I feel as if I am out of practice since Lisa has been taking a blog break (I miss you!), and we aren't doing Book Blurb Friday right now.  Still, if I chicken out on actual writing, I will be reading the entries and do some blog hopping to see what others have written.

Well, I guess that I will wrap this up for now.  Thanks so much for stopping by to visit, and I hope that you have a wonderful, wonderful week.  Now I need to go and pay my Google bill.

Hugs to you,

Kathy M. 

P.S. ~ I am happy that I waited ... I just went and checked my email, and Google automatically renewed my plan for $20.00.  Yay, safe for another year!

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Monday, May 28, 2012

"Surveillance" and "Cary with Clarence Sasser":

Yesterday, we went back up to the drilling sites to make sure that everything was copacetic.  Cary unlocked the gate.  He unlocks and re-locks it on our way in and I do it on our way out.  After two days now, we have a system.  We make a good team, as always.  The snow had melted away since the day before.

Uh-oh.  Somebody had been inside that gate besides us!  They cut cookies on their 4-wheelers at several locations.  Wonder how they got in there, anyway?  We soon became detectives and took photos of their tire tracks.  Our tracking senses kicked into gear, but really we didn't find any trouble.  I was mostly worried that they would come screaming around a blind corner and smash into us head-on.  I mentally prepared myself to avoid air-bag damage and a broken nose.  I warned Cary to drive defensively. All's well that ends well, and we never even saw the perps.

Remember on yesterday's post, when I said that I would sure like to see what what behind all of those dark clouds when we were at the top of the landing?  It turns out that on a clear day, you can easily see Mt. Bachelor, the Three Sisters and the Cascade mountain range.

On the way back down toward the gate, I took these pictures of young trees and some lava beds.  I am struck by how, compared to the rocks near Summer Lake, these don't seem so old after all.  I just liked how they looked.

Today is the last day that we will need to drive up there and monitor activity (or the lack of). 

I think that I will finish up packing and cleaning the 5th wheel so that we can take it up to Paulina Lake in a few days for our trial run.  It is supposed to get into the 70's this week, and I am ready to go camping!   (If you can really call it camping, sitting in front of a gas fireplace and watching a movie.) 

Hope you are all having a great long weekend, and I want to thank all of you who have served in our military, past and present.  We appreciate you very, very much. 

~ Kathy M.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy ~ Kathy Matthews

Cary is shown here with this brave soldier, Clarence Sasser, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, at the 2010 Army All-American Game in San Antonio.  Mr. Sasser was the first African-American to receive this medal.  Cary served in the Air Force during the Viet Nam war.  

Dang, those are two handsome guys!


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