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Saturday, December 04, 2010

A Family Collage

A family collage. A lot of these photos are not good quality scans and have to be kept small to keep the details at all.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Katie Trying On Wedding Gowns

Our niece, Katie, tried on many wedding dresses. She and her parents finally went to New York and picked her dress. But there are some of the dresses she tried on before they went to New York.

Trying on wedding gowns.

Craft and Hobby Rooms

With our lifestyles today, most of us have time for some hobbies and leisure activities. For some this is sports but for others, it's more sedentary activities like scrapbooking, sewing, knitting, playing music, singing, photography, etc. Our hobbies require some organization and a place for everything whether it's camping supplies, sports equipment, sewing machine and fabric, etc. Sometimes the organization of our hobby equipment get away from us. We can end up with a mess. If this is you then there are some things to think about.

If you don't have room in your home to organize and store your equipment then maybe this hobby isn't for you. There are hobbies that take less room. For instance, if you thought you would love kayaking and you bought the kayak and all the trimmings but now it's taken up 1/2 of your garage and you only use it once or twice a year... then maybe you should think again about kayaking as a hobby. You could sell that big kayak, roof rack and oars and give yourself back the garage. Maybe it's snow skiing with all the skis, snow boards, boots, ski poles, winter wear but you only use this stuff once or twice a year, maybe it's time to re-think your hobby. If you have a small apartment, you might consider a hobby like reading (buy an ereader and keep your library on it and it won't even take up shelf space), hiking (which only takes good hiking shoes), going to the gym (which only takes good shoes and workout clothes), etc. Choose your hobbies according to your likes and dislikes but also according to your budget and the ability to store the accoutrements.

Here are some nice craft rooms.

This one is the craft room in Heaven! Just kidding, but it's heavenly to me!

Notice the closet behind the desk that hides the musical instruments. The closet doors, when closed, would look like a wood panelled wall! Pretty smart!

To see my post about creating a scrapbook room go HERE.

To see my post about sewing rooms go HERE.

To see my post on organizing a garage go HERE.

Some of My Christmas Decorations

I bought the center piece at a thrift store for $2.50 (batteries and all). It plays different tunes and has light bulbes inside the houses. I painted the 2 separate houses myself and bought a couple of extra trees.

Another yard sale purchase was this complete white ceramic creche. I got all the pieces for $20!

I got all the pieces of this little creche at a yard sale for $1.00.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pommies Decorate the Christmas Tree

My sister's Christmas video with all her little Pomeranians helping to decorate the Christmas tree.

Christmas Decorating

I got online this morning and looked for Christmas decorating ideas. I just love what people come up with. You'll notice that people aren't just sticking with the traditional red and green and, yet, it's definitely Christmas decorating. Really cool!

I love this person used old silver pieces to hold pine cone trees. I still have my silver baby cups!

Thanks to all those who share their ideas and photos on the Internet for the rest of us! You stimulate our creativity!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Mystery Monday - Murder Mystery

Mystery Monday is a daily blogging theme used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites. Mystery Monday is where you can post about mystery ancestors or mystery records – anything in your genealogy and family history research which is currently unsolved. This is a great way to get your fellow genealogy bloggers to lend their eyes to what you’ve found so far and possibly help solve the mystery.

There is a family story that I would love to corroborate. It seems my Great Great Grandfather was nearly hanged for a murder he didn't commit.

William McCoy Conner, aka Mack Conner, Mack Coy Conner and Coy Conner, was born 7/24/1861 in Henderson County, NC to Erwin McCoy Conner and Mary A. Rhodes. He had a sister and brother. His father died in The Civil War. His mother met another man and they planned to marry but he was also killed in The Civil War leaving her pregnant with Mack's half-brother.

Mack married Margaret Alice Ensley on 8/3/1885 in Madison County, NC. They had a total of 10 children.

This story begins about 1888-1889. Mack and Alice had thier first child, Lillian Vianna Conner (my Great Grandmother) and maybe their second child, William S. Conner.

The story goes that there was a political rally going on in town (that would have to be the county seat, Marshall, or the next largest town which is Hot Springs, Madison County, NC). According to the family story, there was a pontificating politician being introduced. Mack snuck up to the crowd to listen. When the introduction got to "You'll find no finer man than ______________!", Mack hollered, "Here's one!"

According to the family story, this simple joke made a major uproar and Mack felt compelled to leave the area. He and Alice took their children to Cincinnati, Ohio. If you know anything about this part of the Western NC mountains, you would wonder how Mack ever thought of moving to a big city so far away! Did they just go as far as their money lasted? Was there jobs he had heard about? I know he did move because their 3rd child, Minnie Conner, was born in Cincinnati, OH on 5/19/1889. All the rest of their children were born in Madison County, NC.

It is said that while they were in Ohio, a woman was found murdered. An eyewitness described the murderer and Mack was fingered by the police as matching the description. He was a stranger in town so it would have been a quick and easy solution to pin it on him. But when they brought the eyewitness in to verify that Mack was the murderer, the eyewitness said it wasn't him because the murderer had a scar and Mack didn't. Then the police called the Madison County, NC Sheriff who vouched for Mack Conner saying he was a fine man and "tell him to come on home, nobody's mad at him any more."

Mack and Alice moved back to Madison County, NC and never left again.

This has been passed down so I don't know if this really happened. And if it did, are the details, as I have them, all correct? How do I verify it? I would think there would be newspaper articles about it either in Madison County or in Cincinnati but how do you search them from SC or without knowing the name of the murder victim. If you have any suggestions on how I could research this story, please contact me at Mom25dogs@gmail.com

Scrapbook Pages of Brett During Our Recent Trip To Illinois

Stan had a business trip to Chicago and we decided to make it into a vacation as well. Mom, Dad and I rode with him up to Jenny's house and picked her and Brett up. Then we went on to Chicago. We stayed a few days there and then went back to her house and stayed the rest of the week. Here are some scrapbook pages I did tonight of Brett during that visit.

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