Wednesday, March 21, 2012

So Blessed to Live Now - William Miller 1775 - 1840

I have been going thru all the papers concerning the history of my ancestors (my mother was really into geneology) and came across a document called "Inventory of the Estate of William Miller" which was filed on 27 August 1840.  William lived in South Whitehall Township, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania from 1775 until 1840.  His father, Adam Miller, actually bought his land from the Indians sometime around 1769.  Amazing heritage.  He had nine or ten children. Anyway, as I was typing up a transcript of all of his early goods, I got an overwhelming feeling of being so blessed to have been born in this day and age.  Here is a list of his worldly goods, and according to history books, he was quite wealthy.  Neighbors owed him close to $1,000 pounds or was it dollars by then...hum? His records look like a mini loan statement from a bank.

1 - Stove and pipe



2 - Iron Ports


Gunsmith tools and box


2 - Smoothern Irons


Sundrys


Dunk and tools


Basket and Sundrys


1 - Saddle Bag


1 - Gradel


2 - Kettels


1 - Rifel and Sundrys


2 - Pairs of Boots


1 - Wearing Apparel


1 - Bed and bedding


1 - Table


1 - Small table and one Waiter


1 - Looking glass


6 - Chairs


1 - Coverlid and one blanket


5 - Books and one map


1 - Trunk and Sundrys


1 - Clock or cloack (not sure which)


1 - Tea pot and sugar bowl, pitcher


1 - Dozen knives and forks


2 - Bottles and 5 glasses


1 - Waiter and Sundrys


1 - Prayer book and Sundrys


Bedding and Sundrys


Dishes, Plates, Cuts and saucers


1 - Drawer


3 - Pictures


2 - Hats

How long do you think it would take you to make a list of all of our worldly possessions?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

1960's Fabrics

My mother loved buying fabric...when she passed away quite a few years ago, she had collected a whole store's worth of fabric. Each of the granddaughters got to pick out a piece & these are the ones my girls wanted.

I've vowed that by the end of this year I would get my craft closet cleaned & my way of cleaning is to be creative with what I've got. So, my next projects will be to make these gems into quilts.  I'm having fun...are you?

Friday, March 2, 2012

You're my favorite...

When Sue and her boys were staying with us for a few days, we were talking about funny memories and I was telling them about Erin and how Mike would make her say the same thing about how she was so glad he came to visit because he was her favorite uncle...one time she made a sign because she refused to say it to his face (I think she was around 10 or 11). 
I knew I made a copy of that sign. 
Yes, boys - here it is. 
When I found this last night, it made me laugh. 
Oh Erin, how we love you!

Isn't that what good memories are for - to make us laugh or smile? 
What's your favorite funny memory?