Jan 22

IIIrd Tyme Out in Royal Oak

Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme out is appearing in Royal Oak (Michigan), at Oakland Community College tomorrow. You can follow this link to get tickets on-line. Russell and the boys have appeared in this series for many years, they are a favorite around here.

We saw the group at Jekyll Island, and loved every minute. Well almost every one. Somehow, Steve Dilling got on the subject of sad and sorry football teams (and fans). After a little commiserating with the crowd, he said, “Anyone out there from Michigan?” Of course, Papa hollered. “Is that you Bill?” Just another laugh at the expense of the Lions. I later thanked Steve for not mentioning my name in connection with the Lions; he said it was just because he couldn’t see me… (Thank Goodness!)

Anyway, you should make this show if you can, Russell is singing wonderfully now.

Be there, and say hi.

Jan 22

Belle’s Box – 115

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.

Christmas Wishes


Postmark Otia Mich Dec 24, 1912
Addressed to:

Mrs Belle Fellows


Dec 24 1912
Dear Aunt Belle
Merry Christmas
Happy New Year.
many thanks for Xmas
Rec. Your neice (sic).

There are mnay cards in the collection from Murray family. Eliza was often the writer of the communicaes. As the oldest daughter, she may have been doing most of the housekeeping and taking care of the family after her mother’s death in 1899. Eliza’s mother, Mary Ann Lamunion married John H. Murray about 1874, and there were 6 children.

Jan 21

Eight Things About Granny

I found a tag on Apple’s tree. Somehow I missed it when she tagged me. Here are the Tag Rules:

1. Each player starts with eight random fact/habits about themselves.
2. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
3. A the end of your blog post, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their name.
4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged and to read your blog.

Since I’m months late, I’ll just post the eight things, forget about tagging anyone and get on with my day.

  1. My hair is red, not strawberry blonde, or blonde. At least it was when I was born.
  2. Little girls who had red hair in my hometown in the ’50s were scarce, there were 2 in my school. They got teased a lot.
  3. The hair color thing becomes a large part of who that little girl is.
  4. In spite of what the headline photo on my blogs looks like, my hair has faded to a gray-like strawberry blonde look, more like this.
  5. Colored red hair looks fake. All of it, including mine in that photo. So I don’t color it anymore.
  6. Of my three daughters, two have red hair, D2’s is light colored and curly, D3’s is auburn and straight. All of my daughters have blue eyes.
  7. Of my five grandchildren, 3 have red hair. GD’s 1 & 2 have rather straight light strawberry blond hair, but GS3’s hair is a copper color and curly. All five have blue eyes.
  8. The red colored hair thing wouldn’t have been such a big deal if I hadn’t heard some remark nearly every day of my childhood from someone about, “Beautiful, curly, red hair.” It was meant as a complement, but I it had a much farther reaching effect on who I was. Strange.

Have a good one!

Jan 21


I spent much of yesterday watching the inauguration and other proceedings on the TV yesterday. I suprised at myself, I’m not a TV person. For whatever reason, I was drawn like a bee to honey. It took me about 5 minutes to switch from the local NBC affiliate to CSPAN. The jabber, jabber, jabber on NBC was killing me. I didn’t want to hear what the commentators thought happened, or what they thought it meant, I wanted to see for myself. CSPAN served that purpose very well, I was able to see and was not distracted. I wonder how long TV coverage like that which I found on NBC will hold up; it seemed quaint and dated to me.

So, after spending much of a day watching the inauguration and the parade, what do I think? President Obama is a good communicator; and he has vision. He and his wife appeared to be very much a couple, and in love. Their daughters are chips off the old block, so to speak. I public situations Papa and I often see children and their parents; and one of us often says to the other, “Funny how the little ones sure look like the big ones.” In the case of the Obamas, it is a fact. Oh yes, and I like classic clothing styles. It was nice to see little girls dressed like little girls, not carbon copies of teens or adults.

I was interested when I heard that the President’s website had been changed, so I jumped over there and looked around. The lone post on the new blog said, in part:

“One of the first changes is the White House’s new website, which will serve as a place for the President and his administration to connect with the rest of the nation and the world.”

I’m interested in the use of the internet to communicate, although I acknowledge that it can be a one-sided type of communication. I’ll be adding that blog to my reader and watching how this effort develops.

The stakes are high, the problems many, and the solutions complicated. I’m hoping for positive actions which improve the ecomonic outlook for all Americans.

Jan 21

Belle’s Box – 114

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.

With All Good Wishes for a Happy Christmas


Postmarked, Manton Mich, December, perhaps 1908 or 1909.
Addressed to:
Mrs Belle Fellows
R.F.D. 1


As ever
your daughter

Eunice married Hiram H. Smith on 20 April 1909, and they lived for a time near Fife Lake, Grand Traverse County, Michigan. The card was sent from Manton, indicating it may have been sent before Eunice’s marriage. Since it was not unusual for girls in this family to “work out”, perhaps in 1908 Eunice was living with and working for a family in Manton. She would have been 17 on December 4, 1908.

Jan 20

But Wait—–

I know you’ve seen the commercials for home products, or personal enhancement products which flood the airwaves. I assume the advertisements are placed after careful consideration of the target audience of the program itself, but sometimes I wonder. These ads feature satisfied users, yelling at the top of their lungs about the advantages and must have features of the item being advertised. We often wonder if they know how loud they are yelling.

For years, most of the ads targeted housewives with products and gadgets which would make everything go better. The house clean, the windows sparkling, little or no effort required, and a smiling homemaker dressed in church or evening out style. Folks, no one vacuums in high heels, or cleans house in a dress.

I almost got the feeling of being deprived, here in the suburbs without all that amazing stuff. I got a good cure the first time I entered an “As Seen On TV” store. There were rows and rows of amazing products, piled from floor to ceiling, accompanied by small televisions, running the ad appropriate to the product. I could have taken hope any or all, assuming I had a large enough sack of money, and a large enough truck. That’s when I noticed that most of the items were pretty chintzy, cheap looking. One might wonder if they could even address their stated purpose without falling apart. I think we bought some micro fiber dust cloths, and I even found those thin and small compared to some I had purchased somewhere else.

I find most of today’s super direct commercial messages for feminine, incontinence or other personal products offensive, and I don’t even know why. I guess it is that I was taught from a young age that certain subjects were private, we don’t talk about them. You would think after watching a few of these commercials that we were all in pretty bad shape, with performance problems, incontinence, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, low calcium, aches and pains, and so on. It the commercials are reflective of the general population, I wonder how anyone gets the lights on at the offices and factories in this country. It would appear that everyone should be, or is, rubbing something on, taking something, or talking to their doctor about some remedy they need NOW.

The ad that’s bothering me right now is running on Versus during hockey, and most any other evening sporting event. For a long time the face of the commercials was a strange guy with a big fake smile. His wife also sported a huge fake smile, and everything is great at their home due to the effects of this OTC medication which solved all their problems. If things are as great as they purported them to be, there should be a hockey team of little smiling faces somewhere around there, but I didn’t see even one.

Recently, some of the advertisements have things switched things around a little. A serious woman in more professional clothing now extols the virtues of the product. She seem seriously happy, the product just gave her a little more, “to see,” … I guess I don’t want to type out the commercial, I have enough spam to delete now, and I know the wording would attract even more.


This would all be pretty funny, except for something I heard from D1. One of D1’s old friends is a pharmacist. Apparently, people come into pharmacy every day, asking about some product they heard about on the TV. Most of the people don’t have any idea what the remedy is supposed to cure, never mind who the target audience for it is.

I suppose there have been plenty of surveys, studies, and analysis concerning the effectiveness of the commercials. I guess, as a group, we’re buying. If we weren’t, the advertisements would vanish. I’m not buying — most of the time the postage and handling seems to be pretty high in comparison with the size and weight of the product. It must cost a bunch to make those commercials.

Jan 20

Belle’s Box – 110

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.

A new Years Wish
Is Friends : are : sure:
Is ties : endure.


This card doesn’t appear to have been mailed, it seems more like a note left on the table.


i will be
home when(?)

It may be signed with a “C”, which just touches the th of the final word. I any of my readers can interpret this, I’d be happy for a comment.

Jan 19


Around my house, when a person says, “That (insert a person, place thing, event or idea) is driving me crazy”, Papa quickly says, “Short trip!:” I am beginning to think he has a little something there. Not much, but something.

I am busy doing a variety of things, none of which amount to much, but as a group, they are overwhelming me. It’s driving me crazy, or perhaps I’m already there. So, a quick round-up:

After our vacation, we returned home and I realized that this spring is the spring that I need to repaint the bathroom, living room and dining room. The kitchen probably needs it too. Just washing the walls won’t do it, but I do need to declutter, scrub, pick paint and get ready. This stuff takes me a lot longer than it used to. We are also hoping to put laminate flooring in the living room and possibly our downstairs bedroom to match what we put in the dining room a couple of years ago. My motto, always bite off more than you can chew.

My genealogy projects are treading water, and in danger of sinking. I’m doing fine with the genealogy blog, but my resolution to get on top of my lagging data entry is on the way down, and I need to revive it.

The every-day tasks, vacuuming, dusting, laundry, meals, dishes and so on are taking me longer than they used to. I just don’t move as fast, or get as much done as quickly.

I have to get the taxes together, sooner, not later. I also have year end bookkeeping and forms for on-profit of which I am treasurer to get done.

There are a few loose ends on S-Dad’s old place. This is really nothing, but has to be accomplished.

I think I’m giving up on the computerized to-do list, and going back to pen and paper. At least I see the paper list every time I sit down. It keeps me going better that something I have to access on the computer.

So, for today, I’m going to pack a couple of momentos S-Dad left with me, which belong to one of my brothers, along with a separate photo CD that Papa sold, and get them in the mail. While on that trip I will check S-Dad’s mail and forward if necessary, and get the utilities turned off. I will do some minor bookwork for the Genealogy Society and get ready for the month end reports. I will shovel the drive, near the doors first. Papa blew the snow out of the end of the drive, but I didn’t go our yesterday, so the cars are sitting in 8 inches of snow. They have to be moved, and the snow removed. Again.

When all that is done, I will spend at least an hour entering genealogy data. Hopefully, there will be time to make dinner, too!

I hope all of you have a great Monday, too!

Jan 19

Belle’s Box – 111

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.


With all good wishes
for a
Happy Christmas

Mr and Mrs. Reardon

This is the third card from the box signed by Mr and Mrs. Reardon. They were faithful about their Christmas greetings!

Jan 18

Belle’s Box – 112

Read about this series of posts, regarding items in a box originally owned by Belle (Lamunion) Fellows Tinker here. The cast of characters is located here. And, there is an accounting of people about whom I have little information here.

Rock Island Depot, Topeka, Kans.


ROCK ISLAND DEPOT, TOPEKA, KAN–Topeka is one of the large railway centers of the southwest, being entered by four of the principal western railroads. There are also large railway shops in the capital city of Kansas.

Addressed to:
Mrs. Charley Tinker
The date postmark is illegible, except I can make out, “MICH”


Dear mother
Hie got your
grass seed to
it rains every
day we got in
your corn

There are photos of a bridge among the items in the box. One of Papa’s uncles remembers that Charlie worked on the bridge, which was north of Manton. I’m not sure if it was a far north as Walton, but it seems that Belle and Charlie were at Walton for some reason, and Hiram and Eunice were doing some work on Belle’s land in Charlie’s absence.

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