Recycled Book

Recycled Book
4 3/8 x 3 1/2 inches
7 signatures of 4 pages each
boards and pages from recycled cat food packaging
Coptic bound with waxed linen thread

Happy Earth Day! I celebrated by making a little book from recycled materials.

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Spring Has Been Cancelled

Spring
2015

Late Spring, No Leaves
2018

This is the same tree, same day, three years apart. I don’t think we are ever going to get a Spring this year.

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Cooking

Cabbage

Oats Upma

Oats Upma

I made oats upma last night. The cabbage was so pretty I didn’t want to chop it up.

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Chain Migration

Chain Migration
from the introduction to Covered Wagon Women, volume 5

If you think chain migration is a new thing, or that it’s a bad thing, you’re mistaken. It’s how people have moved the world over, forever and ever.

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Best Biscuit Pan

Square Skillet

I think my mom found this pan at Goodwill, then gave it to me. It’s absolutely the best biscuit pan ever.

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Squishy Foot Warmer

Squishy Foot Warmer

There are times when Thomas frustrates the hell out of me, with his constant puppy energy, but he also is the very best nap enabler, so I can’t really complain. And he keeps my feet warm, too.

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WHAAAAAAT?

Cleaning His Knives

WHAAAAAAT?

When your staff interrupts you while you’re cleaning your knives.

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Adventures in Genealogy

A few years ago, I photographed a cemetery in rural Owen County, Indiana (a bunch of them, actually).  I uploaded the photos to Flickr and to Findagrave, and for the headstones that didn’t already have Findagrave memorials, I created them.

Easy peasy, if a bit time consuming.

So I occasionally get messages from people to correct information (mistakes happen!), add information, or to link spouses or children and parents, or even to transfer memorial ownership to them if they’re descendants. It can be a little time consuming, but it’s time well spent. And most people are really nice, which helps.

Every once in a while, you’re contacted by someone who is rude as hell, which can be disheartening. Or you get a request that seems reasonable on the face of it, but when you think for two seconds, you realize it’s totally bonkers.

Today was a totally bonkers day. I checked my mail to find the following request:

The picture connected to this is NOT Catherine McNaught. That is a picture of Martha (Wooden) McNaught (1765-1835), wife of George McNaught (1761-1789). I have the original picture with both of them in the picture. George and Martha came to America from Ireland.

Seems legit, right? Only no, not so much. My response:

You messaged me about an incorrect photo on the Catharine McNaught memorial I created (memorial number 50363862). I did not add that photo, and I cannot delete it. You will need to contact the person who added the photo, to ask them to remove it.

That said, if the person you say the photo is actually of died in 1835, there is no way this is a photograph of her, as the first photograph depicting a human wasn’t made until 1838. The first known portrait photo was in 1839.

I don’t know who the photo is of, and I don’t care. I didn’t add it, so it’s not my circus and not my monkeys. As it stands, it seems to me that it’s more likely that the person who added it knows what they’re doing than the person who contacted me to remove it.

The memorial in question is here.

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Time to Build an Ark

I mentioned that it’s been raining and raining and raining? This is what the falls near the covered bridge normally looks like.

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A Little Credit, Please?

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I took this photo of my great great aunt Margaret’s grave marker in 2010. I uploaded it to Flickr, like ya’ do, with a CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 license. I also have given blanket permission for people to use my cemetery photos for their own family trees, family histories, and to even upload them to their family trees on commercial sites like Ancestry. But that CC license requires crediting the creator.

So then this happened.

Margaret DeSales Basquille

I don’t know the person who added the photo. I know they are not a descendant of Margaret, though, because Margaret did not have any children. So why this person is editing Margaret’s info is a mystery to me. It’s possible she’s related to Margaret’s husband, since she also added a photo of his grave marker to his FamilySearch tree entry (again, taken by someone else and uncredited).

Don’t do that. Even if you have permission to use someone else’s photo, you still need to credit them.

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