Wednesday, July 22, 2015

9 Things to do on Weekend to Reset for Week

Getting ready for the workweek has become satisfying weekend ritual. A few things I do to make sure upcoming week goes smoothly.

What are nine things you should do to help you prep and prepare for the week ahead? Only you can decide, but here are my nine.

1. Plan work clothes for week

When I plan my clothes for the week, I avoid the early morning stare at closet pondering the eternal question, “what will I wear?” Only to cease on an outfit and discover that there is a stain on the top. If I check over the weekend, I still have time to throw the offending piece into the washer. 


2. Saturday Chores

I always have something that needs doing. Because I really dislike doing heavy housework on the weeknights, I usually reserve Saturday morning as “chore time.” This can include anything from mopping floors, to cleaning baths, to cutting grass – just whatever needs doing. The chore list changes every week. And, once it is done, I reward myself with a flop on the sofa with a book.

3. Change sheets

I love fresh, clean sheets. I usually change my sheets on Sunday so my Sunday night sleep is fresh and relaxed. Helps me better prepare for the week ahead.


4. Catch up on Laundry

For many women, laundry can be a daunting task.  I knew a woman once who said she was doing laundry, but did nothing else while the washer and dryer did their thing. She was also the biggest complainer about never having enough time. I am a firm believer in intermittent laundering.  Start on Friday night or first thing Saturday morning and as you think about it, run into the laundry room and switch the clothes from the washer to the dryer and so on. Be sure and fold/hang up clothes before clothes leave the laundry room. You never have huge loads of folding to do.


5. Take a Nap

Sunday afternoons are the perfect times for a quick snoozette. I often combine my weekend snoozes with reading. It goes like this, read, nap, read, nap, read, nap.

6. Fix table for week

Since we use place mats and cloth napkins, the weekend is a good time to freshen the table with a new look for the week. And, I always try to have some sort of flowers on my table. They make me happy.

7. Wind the clock 

I love my clocks. The sound of chimes fills the house and makes me feel content.

8. Sunday Night Tidy up

Not a big clean, but go around and pick up the weekend mess. Clean the weekend’s accumulation off the kitchen counter – you know the one. It is where everyone in the house dumps. Pick up the shoes/socks/towels/glasses etc that can get left. 

9. Reflect and Give Thanks



Thursday, July 16, 2015

Just a little Vacay - with some Genealogy Thrown In

Over the 4th weekend, we had just a little vacation. But for someone interested in Family History, adding some genealogy into the mix makes the perfect vacation.

First stop, Cross Creek Cemetery to see the grave of my 5th great grandfather, Lewis Barge. He owned a tavern called Barge's Tavern and he and several of his buddies would meet there to "discuss the British problem." Out of that came the Liberty Point Resolves. A fore runner to the Declaration of Independence.

Barge's Tavern

Lewis Barge - Cross Creek Cemetery

Closer with DAR marker

Can barely read, but inscription is still there

Monument to the signers of the Liberty Point Resolves

Me checking out my ancestor's signature on facimile document

From the website:

The Liberty Point Resolves, formally called the Cumberland Association, was a document signed by 55 Cumberland County patriots on June 20, 1775 in Fayetteville, N.C.

The men had formed themselves into a group, known simply as The Association and met at Lewis Barge’s tavern in the village of Cross Creek, now part of Fayetteville. The document they signed was the same pledge made earlier that year by patriots in Wilmington to protest the British actions that precipitated the battles of Lexington and Concord. It also followed a similar resolution passed by Mecklenburg patriots, The Charlotte Town Resolves.

Although a monument that stands in Fayetteville commemorating the signing calls it a declaration of independence it was not; the signers expressed the hope that Great Britain and the colonies would be reconciled, but vowed that, if necessary, they would “go forth and be ready to sacrifice our lives and fortunes to secure her freedom and safety.”

Text of The Liberty Point Resolves

Resolved, That the following Association stand as the Association of this Committee, and that it be recommended to the inhabitants of this District to sign the same as speedily as possible.


The actual commencement of hostilities against the Continent by the British Troops, in the bloody scene on the nineteenth of April last, near Boston; the increase of arbitrary impositions, from a wicked and despotick Ministry; and the dread of instigated insurrections in the Colonies, are causes sufficient to drive an oppressed People to the use of arms: We, therefore, the subscribers of Cumberland County, holding ourselves bound by that most sacred of all obligations, the duty of good citizens towards an injured Country, and thoroughly convinced that under our distressed circumstances we shall be justified before you in resisting force by force; do unite ourselves under every tie of religion and honour, and associate as a band in her defence against every foe; hereby solemnly engaging, that whenever our Continental or Provincial Councils shall decree it necessary, we will go forth and be ready to sacrifice our lives and fortunes to secure her freedom and safety. This obligation to continue in full force until, a reconciliation shall take place between Great Britain and America, upon constitutional principles, an event we most ardently desire. And we will hold all those persons inimical to the liberty of the Colonies who shall refuse to subscribe to this Association; and we will in all things follow the advice of our General Committee, respecting the purposes aforesaid, the preservation of peace and good order, and the safety of individual and private property.

Robert Rowan, who apparently organized the group, signed first. The names of other signers include those of families who made a deep imprint on the Cape Fear region, from colonial times onward: Barge, Powell, Evans, Elwell, Green, Carver, Council, Gee, Blocker, Hollingsworth.

I am proud of all my Revolutionary War Patriots and visiting Lewis Barge was the perfect thing to do on the weekend of the 4th of July.


Saturday, June 6, 2015

After 37 Years...

I am just thrilled. After 37 years of watching the Derby, Preakness and Belmont, I finally see a Triple Crown winner!

American Pharoah.

The perfect Secretariat got me hooked in 1973. 

in 1977, the dark Seattle Slew captured everyone's hearts. He was the only horse to win the Triple Crown undefeated. And he was fast.

Then the very next year,  1978, Affirmed won. 

It was almost unbelievable -- three Triple Crown Winners in one decade.

And then the dry spell. and it was very dry. 

My all time favorite, Big Brown, was hyped in the news and media more than any other horse. Even UPS, jumped in. 

He was going to be the one to break the Triple Crown drought.

Happily retired now, his easygoing nature allows Big Brown to travel. He spends his summers in Australia for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season, where he’s extremely popular.

Of course, that’s not to say he isn’t beloved in Kentucky — fans from all over the country visit Three Chimneys to see Big Brown, who’s featured on daily tours of the farm. He’ll stand patiently for photos and videos, proving that the champ has settled into his new life as a living legend.

But back American Pharoah.

He made history today.
He is the new Triple Crown Winner. 


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Grave Hunting in Monticello, GA

Saturday was absolutely a perfect day, filled with activities I love: meeting other people interested in family history, searching for a missing graveyard, a cute little Southern Town, and big houses.

It all started when a family member of the Maddux family reached out to me to help her "straighten out" an old family graveyard's documentation on Find a Grave. The documentation and the information found on Internet was incorrect. Through our conversation it was decided finding the cemetery was the best way to confirm dates. So a day was planned and off I went.

I arrived early, so I ran over to the nearby Methodist Cemetery.

Established in 1805, it has some of the oldest graves in Jasper Co. I was looking for my 3rd great grand uncle: Jeremiah Pearson.  As soon as I entered the cemetery and gave a scan across, I saw what I knew in my heart was Jeremiah's grave -- above ground tombs under a huge cedar tree.

Up close with the help of cheap foil, I was able to make out his name and dates: 1777-1855. I was very thrilled. The church is empty, the congregation having built a bigger church in 1964 up the road, has charm. 

Time was running out to meet the others, so off I went to the Dairy Queen, the gathering place. 

Armed with rake, shovel, nippers, gloves, etc. I joined the group and we went out of Monticello to the field where graveyard was located in the center in a clump of trees. A small 1/2 mile hike through a plowed field, a quick tour through a wooded area, we found the cemetery and set to work.

After some digging a very old stone was uncovered.

This is John Maddux (1785-1872). 

Below is John Maddux' home built in 1840, it is empty but appears in good condition.

Photo Brian Brown

We cleaned and cleared and documented. Afterward, I was itching to get back to Monticello to check out the old houses. Here are some I found.

And this lovely -- totally obscured from the street by a huge hedge, I had to crawl through the hedge to get to it. Looks haunted.

It fascinated me so much, I did a little digging. Built at the turn of the century for J.H. Kelly, who was president of the Bank of Monticello, it is definitely in decline. The lot takes up a whole block and in the back are the remains of what was once a formal garden.

By this time I was tired, and needed to get back home.

I want to go back, I am sure there are many more old, interesting houses in this town, just checked full of history, I just didn't have time to see.

But the best part, was seeing the joy in the family members' faces when we confirmed the information in their family Bible and made corrections on the Internet so future Maddux family members will have the right information.  It makes it all worth while.


Friday, May 1, 2015

Kentucky Oaks

It is Spring.
It is horse racing season.
And today, it is the Kentucky Oaks.

This is my favorite race. The Kentucky Oaks is the running of the fillies. 
The girls go first.

The Longines Kentucky Oaks is considered by some to be among the most popular horse races in American horse-racing society due to its high attendance. 
It attracts about 100,000 people in attendance a year.

So why is the Kentucky Oaks so fun? 
It is very pink.

The Survivors Parade is a march of breast cancer survivors. 

And everyone wears pink.

Andrew Kung

Churchill Downs

Including the fillies.

The Hats are Pink!!

Hats from

The parties are pink.
I love this one called "Fillies and Lillies."

The drinks are pink.

Even the winners get pink.
History was made in the 138th running when a long shot Believe You Can, ridden by Rosie Napravnik, the first female jockey to win the $1 million race.

People dream of going to the Kentucky Derby.
Me? I dream about the Kentucky Oaks.

See ya at 5:49


Sunday, April 5, 2015

Dolls I Have Loved

It is Easter Sunday evening and I am searching for old Easter pictures. I couldn't find any Easter Pictures but found a few of me and my dolls.  The pictures brought back such sweet, sweet memories, I had to blog about my dolls. As a little girl, I loved my dolls. I spent hours, dressing, feeding, tending to their make believe needs.

The first doll I fell in love with was Tiny Tears. You would feed her water and she cried. She had a really hard head and was quite heavy, but I would spend hours nursing her. Tiny Tears was never short of childish attention.

After nursing, if you squeezed her stomach she would cry.  Manufactured by American Character Doll Company, she was offered in a variety of sizes and became one of the most popular dolls in the 1950 and early 60's.

Here is a picture of me with Tiny Tears.

Dec 1959

My second favorite doll was Chatty Cathy.


Chatty Cathy was born in 1959 by Mattel. She was a huge hit. She looked like a little girl. She had slightly bucked teeth and freckles. And SHE TALKED. I would that string over and over listening to her talk. And I have to admit, I talked back.


And here is my favorite picture of all time. Chatty Cathy and me. 

Dec 1960

One year Santa brought me Casper; also a pull doll that talked. I loved my Casper to death and he became as dirty as this one. 


And of course, there is Barbie. Aunt Pauline gave me an original Barbie. She had a black & white bathing suit, tiny high healed shoes, and sun glasses. Over the years, mother made all sorts of Barbie clothes that I would get for birthday and Christmas Presents.

I don't know what happened to all my dolls. Somehow they disappeared one by one. 
But long ago, in a sweet galaxy far away, a little girl cherishes the memories of her companions.