Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
Thursday, August 23, 2012
School starts today and I'm AFRAID, very AFRAID! I hardly slept AT ALL last night~ I'm as nervous as the kids! Isn't that silly after all these years? The son, girlfriend, and grandson came to my classroom yesterday for a visit. The grandson, who is 3 1/2, loved my 3D wooden blocks. I gave him one of the whiteboards and a marker and then he went to town drawing. Then he discovered Grandma's cupboards and had fun going through them! He really enjoyed his afternoon with Grandma! And, Claudia helped me clean desks and get them ready for today! He'll be starting preschool soon, so it was a good experience for him!
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
I guess I'll have to spend $8.99 to get the photos of it~
http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/list/175_sal1.html, the John Osborn house and the Benjamin Sturges house. They are both what's known as a "saltbox" house because of the slooping roof. The Osborn house was built in 1674 or 1673. My original male ancestor fought in the Pequot War and was awarded 80 acres of land for his service and this house apparently sits on part of that 80 acres. Originally most authorities pegged it 1783, but recent findings have pushed it back to around 1673. It is still lived in by a family, leaving our family in the 1960's. My father used to talk about the old Osborn house, but I've never seen it. This was in my direct male line. My father's family settled in Connecticut in the 1600's and he was actually the first to come "out West" when he left to join the Army in WWII. The Sturges family married into my Osborn line, so I need to research that house as well. Here are some pics I've saved of the Osborn house. It is now on the National Registry of Historic Houses .I'm going to have to find photos of the interior, especially the cooking hearth, but I'll have to post those tomorrow!
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Friday, August 17, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=509 Here are a few of my pics from yesterday ... we only stayed for one hour because it was too hot and we didn't plan on going there, so we didn't have WATER... (duh)... That's the cemetery in the top photo. It is across town and VERY hot and dry!!!! We've never actually toured it. That's on our "to do" list. So, enjoy your tour of Bodie! ***NOTE*** I took the last 2 photos which are photos of Bodie at the Bridgeport museum. The first one shows the town on fire in 1932. The bottom one shows Bodie during the winter months and all the snow there!
We actually had decent weather yesterday, so we drove over to Bodie. Bodie is a state park, high up on a plateau, which is an abandoned mining town. It burned a couple of times, the most recent fire being the one in 1932 which finally led to the town being abandoned. It's an interesting study of life in the late 1800's and early 1900's and there's even a school house there. This was the first time we'd been to Bodie when it had clouds. Unfortunately, it was also 90 degrees, so we only stayed for one hour (it was midday and HOT!)...We drove back to our cabin and enjoyed the squirrel and blue jays outside on the porch.