I know we shouldn't eat so much ice cream...but it is a favorite outing that we (my husband and I), take.
We drive to a local ice cream store, and get just a single scoop. I am a vanilla girl...Tom has an obsession with cookie dough. It is vanilla ice cream, but has chunks of things that taste like chocolate chip cookie dough.
Then we take the long way home.(enjoying our cones),..through pretty neighborhoods. We are having perfect weather this weekend.
In my latest endeavor into genealogy, I have been on the trail of one of my GG Grandfathers. I think I have found the right family, in a small Indiana Town, although it is still a mystery as to what happened to him. If I have the correct family, this is a photo of his niece Nellie, and her husband.(1892)
Nellie's father (my gg-uncle), is the one who built the large house that I showed you in a previous blog, "Before and After".Nellie's father was a merchant in this small town....
I guess you are wondering how I came across this photo? Well, I have been reading any, and everything, I could find on this small town....and came across a blog. That's right folks.. blogging is helping me with genealogy :) Anyway, this blogger had his email address listed. We are now emailing back and forth. Guess what! This blogger is the great grandson of the partner of Nellie's father. I am sure I have lost you here. Nellie's father had a Mercantile Store and his partner's great grandson is a blogger.
I am still hot on the trail, which can be very time consuming....but rewarding .
Instead, I have been out shopping. You see, next weekend, not one, but both of my granddaughters will be here at the same time! Stacy is flying in from North Carolina, with five month old Abigail, and Katy is driving up from Austin, with almost three year old Hannah. We will have the whole family over for a cookout. Wouldn't do unless, I could dress my little dolls alike! I got the little pants in case it is a bit chilly....but it looks like the weather will be great; fingers crossed!
I was bitten by the genealogy bug several years ago, and didn't surface for a breath for like three years. I am not sure why it fascinates me so? I have gone back on several sides of the family, almost to Adam and Eve...which we all know is an exaggeration!
Recently I have been taking classes at our local University (yes, those ones for seniors). One of the classes was Genealogy.
I took this of one of my classes
I realized that I had not researched my maternal grandfather's side.
His grandmother sent her children to Texas with family in 1873, and stayed behind in Indiana, to get a divorce. I have no further mention of that GG-Grandfather. So, that was my goal.
I did find his marriage licenses, and listing on two census reports, prior to the marriage The above picture is not him, but of his father, which would be my ggg-grandfather. I am still looking for those divorce papers and what became of him.
*believe it or not, this photo was on Ebay...I probably should buy it?
We are fairly new to Ft. Worth, TX, and I have enjoyed scouring the town for historic places, and learning about past leaders. It seems almost every beautiful old place that I discover here, whether it be a home, building or church...the same architectural firm keeps popping up. Yes, even the Flat Iron building that I featured here several blogs ago. The Sanguinet Staats Architectural Firm. Who were these guys? I researched first Sanguinet, only to learn I could walk to his home.
Marshall R.Sanguinet moved here from St. Louis in 1893, and built this home one year later. Parts of it burned, but he repaired it, added on to it...and even later added a dining room.
He lived out his life here, dying in 1935. He was wildly successful, designing all of the tallest buildings in this town, as well as Houston, Midland and many others before 1930.
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His home was declared a Texas Historical site in 1981
I was surprised to see the old carriage block at the end of the walk. Placed here so that ladies could step up, and get into a carriage.
What is this tree?This is not a contest....because I do not know the answer
I just saw this on my morning walk...and really liked it. We are trying to find a tree to plant in our front yard, between the street and the sidewalk. I am looking for a colorful tree, but not one that drops things all over the yard other times of the year (except leaves, which I expect.)
I was so thrilled to find out that some of my Houston girlfriends wanted to come see me! Tom hearing this, thought it was the perfect time to head in the opposite direction, to talk to our CPA about our taxes. Oh my goodness, did we have fun.
Left to right Brenda, Peggy Jo and Sandra...all from Houston. Betty lives here. I invited her because Sandra and Betty also have homes in the little mountain town where we spend half the year.......and besides I like her.....I enjoyed showing off my new place, and then we went to a little neighborhood bistro for a fun dinner. Pictured above, they are posing in front of the Kimbell Museum where we viewed the Bass Collection the next morning.
We then met my sister Nancy (she's camera shy), who had a great idea that we have lunch and tour the Fort Worth Woman's Club and Junior Woman's Club.
We did a lot of posing for pictures
Looks like we were the first ones in the dining room.
Then we went from room to room counting chandeliers. The two houses are both elegant.
We actually lost count after a while.When we left the club, you wouldn't believe where we went! Yep, they wanted to go the our famous Stockyards....but I won't bore you, because you have all already been.
Can you tell I had a wonderful couple of days? They are now headed south to Houston, and I hope my hubby is headed north to Ft. Worth. I think we all need girlfriends. I sure do miss mine...Janey
How could one persons life be so different from winter to summer? Well stick around and see. I live in a cosmopolitan city half of the year and then head to a tiny town in the mountains the other half.....a place full of interesting people, beautiful scenery, wild animals......and great adventures!