Scraptwist -January 2019

Design Team:  Scraptwist Free4All
Theme:  Celebrate Good Times
Designer:  The Rush Ranch
Date:  January 2019

As most of you know, I live on the slopes of Mt. Fannie, a small mountain that is 7,152 feet high. It’s named after the first woman to reach the summit.   This mountain stood in majestic silence as the pioneers crossed the Oregon Trail and settled at her feet.  It was not an easy feat.

I was reading some historical papers at the library about the early settlers, including Fannie.  I had to laugh out loud when I noticed that the old document had been annotated in pencil, with the word “wild”.  Mrs Frances Jane “Fannie” Cowles Paline, a “WILD” widow.  Who, from the late 1800’s, would have added the word “Wild” to Fannie’s description?  A prude that did not approve?  We will never know.

Life was hard for Fannie.  Her mother died in childbirth, and she lost her father and husband in the war.  She sold everything they had, and along with her brother and her uncle, headed for California.  As they neared the Rocky Mountains, they were attacked by Umatilla Indians and lost everything, including 17 horses. At least they didn’t lose their lives, as was often the case.   A short time later, Fannie’s brother died of Rocky Mountain Fever.

They spent two months in eastern Oregon trying to earn enough funds to restock their supplies so that they could continue on the journey to California.  But it was just too difficult and unrealistic.  They decided to settle in Cove.

They arrived in the winter of 1862 and set up their camp in a grove of fir trees at the base of the mountain. During that first winter, they dismantled their wagon, using the canvas cover as a tent.  They also used the wood planks of the wagon bed to make a floor for the tent.  The ground was quite muddy and cold at times.

Fannie filed for and received Homestead Rights and property. She was the first woman in the area to do so.  (Such a wild woman.)   She, along with her uncle, started raising cattle, farming, and planting an orchard.

On July 4th, 1865, Fannie married Enos Pascal McDaniel, casually known as “EP”.

It was in honor of Mrs. McDaniel that the mountain behind Cove was named “Mount Fannie”.  She was the first woman to have climbed it. The ascent was made in June of 1863.  Such a wild woman!  I imagine, but I don’t know for sure, that there must have been days that she even wore pants, instead of dresses.  Not many women of that era would have approved.

Mr. McDaniel and her uncle formed a partnership which continued for many years, and the two men engaged in stock raising, operating a flour mill and a general merchandise store. They also planted extensive orchards.

During this time EP also built a beautiful residence for Fannie and their family, which was surrounded with lovely ornamental trees and flowering shrubs.  Fannie took great delight in her flower garden, filling it with rare flowers.  She would make fancy flower arrangements and place them throughout the house.   They went on to have six children, and were very prosperous.  I would like to think that they lived happily ever after, that wild woman and her husband, EP.

The Theme for this month’s Blog Train is “Celebrate Good Times”. Many of the designer’s focused on New Year’s Celebration, and I just designed a more general kit.  I don’t go out on New Year’s.  Guess I am an old Fuddy Duddy, but I just feel safer and more comfortable at home.  We watch the ball drop on the TV, and have snacks.  That’s about the limit of the excitement in our home.  Truth is, we spend most of our time calming our dogs who are terrified of the fireworks happening in the neighborhood.  Murphy has a “Thunder Shirt”, but it doesn’t really help all that much.  My Husband usually has all those big dogs surrounding him on the sofa, as he keeps them snuggled up and calm.  A big lab, a big german shorthair, and a fat pitbull.




Marniejo’s House of Scraps
Nellie Bell
Songbird Scraps Designs
Dancing Tiger Designs
The Brown Owl
LEA Art Designs

And, if your come and participate in the forum challenges at Scraptwist Free4All, you will receive these small kits, for free.  Nothing to buy.  You won’t be directed to another page, you won’t be asked to buy anything, you don’t have to buy a membership –  just finish the challenge (usually a layout), and then you will be sent a private message with the download link for the bonus kit for that challenge.  I’d love to see you in one of my challenges that I host.  No automatic alt text available.

Have a very special start to the new year!


24 thoughts on “Scraptwist -January 2019

  1. I intentionally made a point of seeing your site on the first day of a new year because I knew it would be a great way to start this year on a great note. Your stories I look forward to that are not only informative but always have a touch of laughter, a grin or an occasional tear. Thank you for being you! Of course your kits are always fabulous and I thank you so much for them…may God bless your New Year with Health, Happiness and Prosperity…Cynthia Stringer

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  2. Maybe I can reply here.i love what you wrote.i am also asking prayers as I was rushed for brain surgery on Christmas Eve.what a shock.more will come for other operations.i will be back on my feet as my plans are going to beautiful Ireland in 2019.excuse my mistakes.i love reading you so much.oops Happy New year and thanks for goodies I will work with when back home.lucile

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    • Holy Smokes, Brain surgery on Xmas Eve?! I’ll be praying for a quick recovery, as few surgeries as possible, and a wonderful trip to Ireland. I’ve never been there, but I imagine that it must be beautiful. You, my dear, are an awesome WILD WOMAN!


  3. Thanks so much for your kit — it’s beautiful! I hope you had a Merry Christmas there. We did; our daughter was home for 10 days after completing her last term at college, and it was a really good family time. She flew out this morning, headed back to Utah and her first post-college job, which begins tomorrow! I miss her already!

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  4. Your posts are always a bright and calming spot on busy, crazy days. I enjoy your stories so much and you almost make me want to move to your neck of the woods. (Almost because I’m intent on retiring to a warmer climate, not a colder one–I’m a cold wimp.) Thank you for all the wonderful kits in the last year and I look forward to more as beautiful as this one. You have a true talent for design, I always love your new kits. I pray for you and your household a loving and peaceful new year! Thanks for all you do for our scrapping world.

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