Leaves on this Family Tree

Monday, December 11, 2017

Oh What Fun

Man, it sure has been a long time since I have posted. All of you seem to have such interesting things to post and all I have seemed to have to say is "this is what I have been crocheting." BUT, that changed this past Saturday, Dec 9, 2017.

I finally got to meet my cross stitching friend, Denise, from Ohio. I live in Indiana so, I hope, I picked somewhere about halfway between our houses to meet.

I found out from Denise's blog (Riverside Stitching) that she was collecting Fostoria. 
Denise and I finally meeting.
I, of course, had to wear
my favorite red, white and blue sweater.


"Hum," I said to myself. "I wonder what pattern she is collecting?"

When I found out she was collecting the same pattern Mom had collected I said to the husband, "I have an idea. You know those two boxes of Fostoria I  have that were Moms? I have never used them, yet couldn't part with these last two boxes, and would LOVE to give them to someone who would love them as much as Mom did. How about I give them to Denise?" 

He thought this was one of the BEST idea I have ever had :)

We left home at 8:00 am to be at our final destination (Steak and Shake . .
This is Mom's Fostoria Pattern.
I believe t is called the American Pattern.
we love them and there are none here in town)
by 12:00 pm with two boxes (the sizes that holds a case of copy paper). Now the drive should take only 3 (+/-) hours but we had snow in the weather forecast and I didn't want to run into something that would make us late. So alarm set at 6:00 am so we could be on the road by 8:00 am, which we were . . . YEAH!

Roads between here and there were not to bad. Yes, there was some snow on the road going, but normal snow for an Indiana/Ohio winter. I drove most of the way there (the husband had a 270 degree detachment of his right retina, this makes driving in bad weather hard for him) and all of the way home.

Coming home we came a different way . . . it was PERFECT until we got to about 30 minutes from home. THEN it became the snow you HATE to drive in . . . east to west side of the highway had not been touched by a snow plow or sand/salt; white out conditions kept showing up which made me pray that the other drivers hadn't lost their winter driving skills (this was our 1st Winter Snow of the year); I fishtailed twice which sure got my blood pressure going; when we were about 1/2 hour from home the road became the worst of the whole day AND I lost the signage for the road we were on.

I stopped at a mini-mart and found out all I needed to do was to stay on the same street we were on and we wold end up where we wanted to be. I think losing the marked road was a good thing. We ended up closer to home this way had if we had followed the signs.

It had taken us 3 hour going and closer to 4 hours coming back home.But, all in all, I would do it again in the same conditions. The time we spent with Denise and her husband, and the looks on both their faces when they saw what we had brought to them was well worth the white knuckles I had when we got home.

See you when I have more to say :)  Carry on . . . . 

Monday, September 25, 2017

We Adopted

Gene, Indy, Marcus and Matthew are proud to announce that we have adopted a new fur-child. Her name is Willa.


She was a stray, picked up about 10 blocks west of where we live. On Thursday, Sept 21, I saw her picture on the local Humane Society Facebook page. I shared it with Gene and said I'd like to check her out.

We went over Friday morning and she was a sweetie. I fell in love the instant I held her. She is so tiny. We took Indy back for a Meet and Greet in the afternoon. Inside the building Willa wasn't real receptive. Outside, Willa was perfect. Guess she was guarding her kennel there. 

When we left with her we went by our Vet and made an appointment for her. Connie, receptionist/vet tech/wife of owner, asked what she was. I laughed because they had said she was part poodle. Connie and I thought he looked more Schnauzer. Now that we have really looked at her, and watched her mannerism, I think hr muzzle, her head from the front and the fur on her head, neck and upper back look like a mini-Dachshund, the hair on  her legs looks like a Schnauzer, the hair on her body is pretty wiry and her tail . . . lots of hair that curls like Pollyanna's Banana Curls.


Indy has been great with her. She assumed the playing position and poor Willa thought she was going to pounce.

 You can see she is a lap dog.

And also a "chest" dog.


She knows:
  1. outside is where she goes to the bathroom.
  2. sit means butt on the floor.
  3. kitchens are where the excitement happens.
Today she went outside and when he was done with her business she decided she was going to run by the two dogs behind the fence behind us. Her old tail was flying. Indy decided to get in on it: he chased Willa and Willa ran in front of Butter and Tampa, across the deck and back around to pass them. They did this for 5 or more rotations. Indy could have over taken her at any time, but she didn't o I know she likes her and wanted to play also.


Never been a 2 dog household so this should be fun!