Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

It's been 7 years since my first Thanksgiving in Kentucky.  This time I took a LONG week and have enjoyed beautiful weather and a much needed rest.  We had some great adventures as well. 

Our letter boxing journey took us to Indiana and a delightful candy store that makes their own candy AND they even had a smashed penny machine. 

Schimpff's has been in business for generations. 

You can see on the back wall the old molds they use. 

 They have a marvelous and extensive collection of candy containers; tins, cartons, wrappers. 

One of the candies they are famous for.  Red Hots……

Here they are making a batch of red hots. You can see them cooling along the edge. 

Christmas window and vintage typewriter

 We'll be sure to make this an annual stop.

Then it was off to Bass Pro for some Christmas fun. 

 Making a snowman wall hanging.

And finally, searching for a letter box.  No, it wasn't up the tree, but it sure was hard to find. 

 Tuesday night we went to Cub Scouts and Tyler received an award.  
Pretty cool. Plus he got up and did a cheer that he made up himself. 

 One of the places we always visit is Cave Hill Cemetery, a national cemetery that is immense.

Many of the grave site areas are quite unique.  I was so taken by this grouping of Jesus welcoming the children.  

and of course we always visit Col. Sanders. 

 Wednesday night we journeyed to the Mega Caverns just south of the zoo.  This place was AMAZING.  Underground Christmas light show that started with Keep Christ in Christmas and ended with a beautiful nativity scene. There were themes throughout and music as well.  Lasting a half hour it was well worth the $25.00.  Tyler agrees. 

 What would Thanksgiving be without the decorating of the Christmas tree. 
Tyler did a great job. 

 ON Thanksgiving Day we tried for that elusive family photo. 

Where did he go. 

Oh Oh !

 Token Bond Christmas photo - She's had lots of practice. 

 While Kate and Bob and Tyler went to Bob's mother's house, 
I decided it was a good time to back the pies.  Akron thought it was a good time too. 

What better way to end the day but with a puzzle. 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Not just hats and soakers

I've been knitting vests as of late.  It's been with Tyler in my mind.  BUT it is hard to knit a vest with out the wearer present, esp. one who is tall and lean.

knititnow - gets the size right. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

It's a battle cry

It is a battle cry and it needs to be heard through out not just the USA but the world.  I have always loved reading about the revolutionary war years.  Perhaps that rebellion within me accounts for my understanding of why my ancestors did what they did.  And I've always believed that one day we, believers, will need to take the same stand that they did. They fought for what they believed in.

My husband has been talking a lot lately about the great awakenings and this appeal to heaven.  I think he is on to something.  Nothing original but God is making it real to us.  

It really all started back before we were even a nation.  Back to a time when my ancestors and Doug's too came here to settle.  Germans and Englishmen.  What drove them? - The Klocks were driven from Germany after severe freezing weather killed many trees making it hard to survive

In 1600, the Huaynaputina in Peru erupted. Tree ring studies show that 1601 was cold. Russia had its worst famine in 1601-1603. From 1600 to 1602,SwitzerlandLatvia and Estonia had exceptionally cold winters. The wine harvest was late in 1601 in France, and in Peru and Germany, wine production collapsed. Peach trees bloomed late in China, and Lake Suwa in Japan froze early.[Wikipedia]
In fact, there were many famines caused by extreme weather during the 1600's .

 NASA defines the term as a cold period between AD 1550 and 1850 and notes three particularly cold intervals: one beginning about 1650, another about 1770, and the last in 1850, each separated by intervals of slight warming.  It is of interest to me that in 1850 both the Benson and the Heinrich families journeyed to America.  

But I am wandering here, as I listen to the fireworks in the distance.  And I got lost in the Klock genealogy. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

If there's blackberries it must be cobbler time.

THE BLACKBERRIES ARE READY and Tyler and I just made an awesome cobbler - so simple, quick and easy (follow the link) and already Tyler says it's delicious.

We are blessed, because we don't cut down the weeds, to have several varieties of black berry plants around the farm.  We have :

Rubus fruticosus

Rubus occidentals also called  wild black raspberryblack capsblack cap raspberrythimbleberry, and scotch cap

 And one that we only have a few of scattered around. 

Rubus chamamorus (possibly)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Waterfalls of Oneida County

July 4, 2015 we visit Little Black Creek Falls.  After driving over back roads where I wished I could live we came to a small bridge spanning a wonderful flow of water falls.  With all the rain we've been having lately, the water was running swiftly.  Tyler, who had been wanting to swim all day,  took his shoes off and waded until he slipped on the algae covered rocks. It was such a beautiful spot and we'd like to come back and plant a letterbox some time soon. And of course explored some more.


Alder Pond FallsAlder Pond OutletForestport

Cady Brook FallsCady BrookTrenton
Cincinnati Creek FallsCincinnati Creek FallsTrenton

Crandall FallsBlack RiverRemsen/Forestport

Fall Brook FallsFall BrookAnnsville
Forestport Dam FallsBlack RiverForestport/Boonville
Graves Cemetery FallsLittle RiverFlorence

High Falls at Trenton FallsWest Canada CreekTrenton/Russia

Hydro Dam/ Falls at Trenton FallsWest Canada CreekTrenton/Russia
*Little Black Creek FallsLittle RiverRemsen

Little River FallsLittle RiverFlorence
Lower High Falls at Trenton FallsWest Canada CreekTrenton/Russia

Mill Dam Falls at Trenton FallsWest Canada CreekTrenton/Russia
Morgan Dam at Trenton FallsWest Canada CreekTrenton/Russia
Pixley FallsLansing KillBoonville

Prospect FallsWest Canada CreekTrenton/Russia

Prospect Road FallsCincinnati CreekTrenton
Remsen FallsCincinnati CreekRemsen
Sherman Falls at Trenton FallsWest Canada CreekTrenton/Russia

Slater Road FallsFlorence CreekAnnsville
Trenton Falls

West Canada Creek



I grew up at the bottom of a hill just two blocks from "Specks" development (yes it was Levittown cape cods) in the town of Deerfield.  And in the center of the development was barn (now a playground) where my great great grandparents James Irving and Lucinda Klock Roberts lived.  Of course, as a child I had no interest in genealogy or history, so this little bit of my ancestry was overlooked.  Oh how I wish I had explored and taken photos of the area.  Interesting tidbit while looking at old maps.  Buchanan Road was named for the family that lived there in the late 1800's

located on the north west corner of Ashland Ave and Riverside Drive in what is now North Utica

In 1773,  George J. Weaver, Captain Mark Damuth, and Christian Reall and their families settled into an area now known as Deerfield Corners. In 1776, these same families, with the forewarning of a friendly Native American "Blue Back," escaped a pending attack by the Brittish on their settlement.  Their escape brought them to Little Stone Arabia, a small fort located in the present day Town of Schuyler.  Subsequently, Captain Damuth lived in Herkimer over the next few years.  George J. Weaver was taken prisoner near Herkimer by the Brittish and Indians and was removed to Canada and then England.  He was later released and returned to the area.

In 1784, all three settlers and their families moved back to the area of their original settlement.  Christian Reall built a log cabin on the bank of what is now know as Reall's Creek.  Soon after the original settlers returned, they were followed by Peter, Nicholas, and Geoge Weaver, distant relatives of the original Weaver family.  George Damoth and the Harter families also settled in the area.

In 1798, both the Town of Deer"s"field and the County of Oneida were formed by an act of the State Legislature.  It boundaries were from the West Canada Creek in the north to the Mohawk River in the south (present day location of the railroad tracks north of Union Station), the Town of Schuyler and Herkimer County were to the east, and the area near the current State Route 12 to the west.  The land within the town consisted of two primary tracts of land known as "Gage's Patent" and "Cosby's Manor."  The former, consisting of about 18,000 acres of land, was granted by King George III of England to General Thomas Gage.  The latter was 22,000 acres of land aquired by Governor William Cosby.  The first town meeting was held at the home of Ezra Payne.

The hamlet of Mechanicsville (Brown's Gulf) was a thriving community on the edge of the Deerfield ravine in the first half of the 19th century, but later diminished due to the growth of a new city called "Utica."  The area later served as a Boy Scout camp.  North Gage was a bustling community on the northern edge of town, and Deerfield Corners remained a center for commerce. The Town of Deerfield also was home to many churches including the North Gage Presbyterian Church (North Gage), Church of the Holy Cross (Bell Hill Road), St. Peter's Church (Deerfield Corners), Deerfield Baptist Church (First Baptist Church, Herkimer Road) and many others.  Deerfield once hosted two Post Offices located at North Gage and Deerfield Corners.
(taken from town of Deerfield's web site)

Sunday, June 28, 2015

it's in the greens

We bought the magic bullet and have been enjoying the fruity blended drinks.  But wanting more in the way of nutrition I got the bright idea of adding "weeds" to them.  I've know about the benefits of "weeds" since I was a child.  But the idea of digging dandelions, as mom put it, is too much work for such a small output.  Dandelions are great for our health.  Besides being rich in Calcium and anti-oxidants they are packed with all kinds of nutrients that might benefit liver issues, diabetes, cancers, gall bladder problems.

Anyway, I ventured out doors for some homegrown goodness calld "our lawn" (it's mostly made of a everything but grass) and came away with a leaf of dandelion, plantain, oxalis, lambs quarter, and a small smidge of burdock.  To that little handful I added some fresh blueberries, black grapes, pineapple, apple juice, and frozen strawberries.