Location: Rush Ranch, Eastern Oregon
Wx: Summer (85F)
Listening to: Purring cat
The smoke from distant forest fires fills our skies here in Eastern Oregon. The Substation Fire was a difficult one for firefighters to control. Fields of wheat fed the fury. Wheat, dry and ready for harvest, was no match for the flames. Farmers lost their crops, their homes, their farming equipment. One kind gentleman died – he was trying to save the neighbors crops because that’s what neighbors do for each other. It’s hard to see these multi-generational farmers standing there watching the wall of flames take their world and turn it into smoking ash. And although most had insurance, insurance never covers the financial part of losing it all. The emotional toll is heartbreaking. There are weather tragedies happening all over the world, so let’s keep them all in my thoughts and prayers.
The last few weeks of July were difficult for my precious husband – His “Most Bestest” buddy passed away on July 15th, after a difficult struggle with cancer. The friend was a good man, with a good and kind heart. He will be missed greatly. I am making sure to be EXTRA kind and gentle to my husband this week, as he adjusts. Sometimes, the only thing you can do is just sit quietly and hold their hands………
I love to work on my family’s Genealogy. I find interesting stories or blank holes that interest me. For example, this week I found out that the first black man to ever hold the Priesthood in the Mormon Church, Elijah Able, born in 1810, was a distant ancestor. We descend from the same set of Grandparents (x6). I descend from the son of these GGGGGG-Parents, and he descends from the daughter. The daughter married and had a son named Andrew Curtis. They had a son named Andrew Curtis, Jr. THAT son is Elijah’s father. Apparently, he impregnated a servant named Delilah and was promptly sent off to join the Army at the age of 18. Military records indicate that Andrew deserted the military shortly thereafter. What a scallywag! Anyway, the family’s records indicate that Andrew died at the tender age of 18 – but…….. I think that Andrew deserted the Army, and never returned home! I believe that he knew that he would disgrace his family further by coming home a deserter – so he set out to establish a new life for himself in a distant area. I wonder if Andrew ever regretted leaving his family, or if he knew that Elijah had attained a priesthood……Just supposition on my part. I don’t belong to the Mormon church, but my sister does, so she was interested to hear the latest. I had my DNA tested several years ago, and it has been an interesting source of connections!
I have two blog trains and two other kits for you this week, The first one is for the Pixelscrapper Blog Train, and the theme is “Kids Ahead”. Please visit the Pixelscrapper Blog Train Forum for access to all the offerings in the train.
I also participated in the Pixelscrapper Designer Challenge “Brought to you by the Letter M” – a Masculine themed kit. I enjoyed learning how to make marbled papers, so I was happy with the papers that I made – I can’t always say that because there are times that I just don’t come up with papers that I am satisfied with enough to post! I have posted this kit link before at the Scraptwist Freebies Facebook Page, but just in case you missed it, here it is:
The Theme for August for the Scraptwist Free4All Blog Train is “Garden of Your Mind”. I had so much fun making the seed saver packets for you! I checked to ensure that the images from Beatrix Potter were in the public domain. And, as usual, I couldn’t help throw in a few pieces of jewelry images, too! There is just something elegant about a jewelry piece when you place it with a cluster.
Please visit the blog role below. The designers work hard to bring you their best designs, so show them some love, please.
I am also the “Designer Of The Month” over at Scraptwist Free4All, and I have a free kit for you to download: