Do you have a birdwatcher in your ancestors? A bird feeder would be a great way to share that joy of birdwatching along with stories about that family member. Some of the ideas use old plates or saucers as part of the bird feeder. I can imagine spending a quiet morning watching the birds and sharing family stories. If you have some old plates to use that could make another connection to the past. Here are a few tutorials on how to make bird feeders from jars:
Yesterday I spent some time chatting with my Dad about his memories from the Underwater Swimmers School. As he was explaining how different parts of the SCUBA equipment work he came up with and idea that is both exciting and scary. He wants me to take a SCUBA class. That is not something that I’ve ever thought of having on my bucket list. While the thought is kind of scary and invokes claustrophobic images in my head, I think it would really give me some insight into this history and even other volumes of my Dad’s Navy experience. So I’ve add finding a class to my to do list for the week.
I’ve been working on writing at least 500 words on this project everyday. It is rather haphazard now but I’m doing it and that is a very good thing. My parents are heading back to Idaho tomorrow. I’d hoped they would stay down until the end of next week so I could get with my Dad some more but my Mom really want to get back home. They will be back in a couple of weeks.
I had no idea where this story project was going to take me when I started. It is stretching me in so many ways I never imagined. It is good to learn and do new things especially as I get older. I don’t want to get so old that I’m not willing to try to do new things. What ways have your family story projects helped you to learn new things?
When I think of my Grandma Jenson I often think of flowers too. We had a family reunion recently and when Grandma Jenson came up the conversation also included memories of her lilac bushes and hollyhocks. She was also very proud of her Amaryllis and other houseplants. I great way to share memories of Irene would be to put some lilacs in one of these great hanging jar vases and give them to a family member along with a story about Grandma either verbal or written or both. Tell the story and include a written copy along with the vase. Chances are every time that family member say that vase they would think of Irene. Do you have an ancestor or living relative who loves flowers? Here are several different ideas for hanging vase jars.
I haven’t posted anything on the Candy Window project all year. It is about time I did. So first thing to do is catch you up on what has happened so far. In January we picked the theme “Hearts All a Glow”. Then not much happened for several months. I thought about window ideas but didn’t settle on anything because I didn’t know where my window was going to be and some ideas just aren’t very conducive to some spaces. Things have been up in the air on funding. Last year the developer of the shopping area gave us some money but the property was sold to a new developer and we still don’t know if they are going to come through with money. The back up plan is the South Jordan Arts Council.
I had hoped to work with the Bingham High School Art Club (they helped a little last year). But the adviser for the club has too much going on to do the club again and no other teachers came forward to help. Then in the spring there were some rumblings about having the South Jordan Youth Council help on the project. About that same time I found out that my window was going to go between the main front doors of South Jordan City Hall. I went to see the space and it was about 4 feet by 8 feet, so generously sized. My big concern was getting power to the space. It is in the entry way between the sets of doors. Not an area that normal has electrical outlets.
About that time I got the news that the Youth Council wanted to help. So I got together with the kids and their leaders to brainstorm ideas. I didn’t want to pick an idea and then tell them what we were doing. I wanted them to feel like they were part of the project from the beginning. There are two things I’d like to accomplish by using a youth group. First is just hands to help get it done. There is lots of gluing to be done and my hands are starting to show the wear and tear of the repetitive motion. The second and in the long run the more important, teach them how to do a candy window and hopefully over the years a few of them will catch the vision and want to do windows of their own. I’d like to move into a more advisory role with the windows but to do that we need more artists.
On the day of my meeting with the Youth Council, in July, the power for the window got worked out. The city is installing outlets in the back wall above the window. I asked them to put outlets in the two side areas too. It would be super fun to have a three-part window the could be walked between. I can image it would be like walking through candyland.
After some brainstorming with the Youth Council we came up with a really fun idea. A big project for sure that I wouldn’t tackle without their help and couldn’t pull off without Bill’s help too. We are building a Ferris wheel with more than a dozen different Christmas characters on and around the wheel. The plan is to have lights on it and to have it rotate. I’ve been meeting with the Youth Council a couple of times a week to work on getting things going. They start school this week so hopefully they will still have time to come regularly to help. Their leaders are great and easy to work with.
Last week we got miniature dried marshmallow glued down on half of the snow for the base. We have 5 polycarbonate Christmas trees that will have light inside them. All the plastic is cut out but only one is assembled and ready for gummy bears. Bill has the steel to build the Ferris wheel but has only done a little bit of the cutting. There are lots of technical details to work out on the Ferris wheel. We have the plywood for the seats on the Ferris wheel and the pattern printed and ready to go for cutting them out. The original goal was to have the structure done by the end of August. That wasn’t realistic but I hope we can have most of it done by the time the new puppy comes on September 11th.
It is kind of funny because Bill and I were busy working on the very first candy window we ever did when the World Trade Center collapsed all those years ago. Interesting the connections we make to different events in our lives.
Just 20 days until our new “F” puppy comes. Here is the current list of names from the naming contest. It is an impressive list of names. But there is still time to add your suggestions. Additions don’t have to be unique. This is also about guessing what her name will be, so you can “vote” for a name already on the list. If I’ve failed to credit you for a suggestion let me know and I’ll add your name to a suggestion. I see a couple that I don’t have anyone down for suggesting (oops).
- Faberge Karen (Lisbon)
- Fabia Minh
- Fabian Jan
- Fabiana Karen (Lisbon)
- Fabianna Karen (Lisbon)
- Fabianne Karen (Lisbon)
- Fabrica Kellie
- Fabiola Minh
- Fable Karen (Lisbon)
- Fabray Karen (Lisbon)
- Fabrice Karen (Lisbon)
- Fabulous Karen (Lisbon)
- Facet Tina
- Fáelán Karen (Lisbon)
- Fahari Janine
- Fahrenheit Tara
- Fairfax Karen (Lisbon)
- Fairlane Kellie
- Fairy Karen (Lisbon), Minh
- Fairytale Kellie
- Faith Jo Ann, Louise, Kellie
- Fajita Martha, Tara
- Fala Karen (Lisbon), Janine
- Falafel Karen (Lisbon)
- Falcon Janine, Louise
- Falina Karen (Lisbon)
- Faline Kellie
- Falkland Karen (Lisbon)
- Falla Tina
- Fame Martha
- Famous Karen (Lisbon)
- Fancine Laurel
- Fancy Holly, Randy, Karen (Lisbon), Brianne, Tara
- Fandango Jan
- Fanfare Janine
- Fanny Karen (Lisbon), Laurel, Kellie
- Fanta Karen (Lisbon)
- Fantastic Karen (Lisbon)
- Fantasy Karen (Lisbon), Tara, Kellie
- Fantine Karen (Lisbon), Minh
- Fanya Karen (Lisbon)
- Fantasia Donna, Holly, Laurel
- Fantine Kellie
- Fara Karen (Lisbon)
- Farckle Tara
- Faren Karen (Lisbon)
- Farewell Karen (Lisbon)
- Fargo Toni
- Farhana Laurel
- Farica Janine
- Farida Laurel
- Farina Karen (Lisbon)
- Farissa Karen (Lisbon)
- Farley Minh
- Faro Tina
- Farrah Jo Ann, Tara, Karen (Lisbon), Toni
- Farsi MInh, Linsay
- Fascia Tina
- Fashion Karen (Lisbon), Laurel
- Fate Karen (Lisbon)
- Fatima Karen (Lisbon)
- Faun Tina
- Fauna Karen (Lisbon), Minh
- Fausta Karen (Lisbon)
- Faustine Karen (Lisbon)
- Fava Karen (Lisbon)
- Favor Karen (Lisbon)
- Fawn Donna, Kellie, Karen (Lisbon), Janine
- Fawna Kellie
- Fax Karen (Lisbon), Jan
- Fayda Karen (Lisbon)
- Faydra Kellie
- Faye Louise, Karen (Lisbon), Minh
- Fayette Karen (Lisbon), Laurel
- Fayla Karen (Lisbon)
- Falin Kellie
- Fayna Janine
- Feather Jo Ann, Karen (Lisbon)
- Febe MinhFebruary LouiseFedEx JanFedora Karen (Lisbon), Jo AnnFeisty Karen (Lisbon)Felda Karen (Lisbon)Felena Karen (Lisbon)Felice Karen (Lisbon), Laurel, JanineFelicia Kellie, Karen (Lisbon)Felicidad Karen (Lisbon)Felicity Karen (Lisbon), Minh, KellieFelipa Karen (Lisbon)Felisha Karen (Lisbon)Felita Karen (Lisbon)Felix Minh, JanFeliz LaurelFema MinhFender MarilynFennel Karen (Lisbon)Ferdinand MinhFergie Karen (Lisbon), ToniFerguson ToniFermata JanFern Kellie, Bill, Karen (Lisbon), JanineFernanda Karen (Lisbon)Ferrah KellieFerrari RoxanneFerris KellieFestal JanFestival Tara, Karen (Lisbon), Laurel, JanFestive Donna, Karen (Lisbon), LaurelFeta MarthaFez LaurelFianna Karen (Lisbon), KatieFiat Karen (Lisbon)Fiddle Karen (Lisbon), Laurel, Janine, TaraFiddler Tara, KellieFidel TaraFidela JanineFiera Karen (Lisbon)Fiero MinhFiery Karen (Lisbon)Fiesta Tara, Karen (Lisbon). LaurelFifa MinhFife TinaFifer KellieFifi Karen (Lisbon), LaurelFig Karen (Lisbon)Figaro JanFiji TaraFilamena BrianneFilene Karen (Lisbon), Minh, TinaFiligree Karen (Lisbon)Filipa Karen (Lisbon)Filippa DonnaFilly Karen (Lisbon)Film TaraFilomena MinhFina Karen (Lisbon), MeaganFinaky LouiseFinale Janine, JanFinbar TaraFinder Karen (Lisbon)Finesse Donna, Karen (Lisbon)Finish LouiseFink TaraFinley MinhFinn MinhFinnian JanFinola Karen (Lisbon), Lindsay, Tara, Katie, Jo AnnFiona Jo Ann, Donna, Karen (Lisbon). KellieFionna Karen (Lisbon)Fir Karen (Lisbon)Fireball TaraFirebird Karen (Lisbon)Firecracker TaraFirefly Karen (Lisbon), Laurel, KellieFirelight LaurelFirework TaraFirenze Karen (Lisbon)Fisher MinhFisk JanFix TaraFizz Tara, LaurelFjord LaurelFlag JanFlagler JanFlake KellieFlair Jo Ann, Karen (Lisbon)Flamingo Karen (Lisbon)Flan Randy, Karen (Lisbon)Flame Lindsay, Laurel, TaraFlannel Karen (Lisbon)Flare Randy, TinaFlash Randy, Lindsay, MinhFlavia Karen (Lisbon)Flavor LaurelFlax TinaFleece Laurel, TaraFleur Karen (Lisbon), MinhFletch KellieFletcher MinhFlick KellieFlicka Karen (Lisbon), Marilyn, Katie, KellieFlicker MinhFlickr KellieFlight Karen (Lisbon)Flirt Jo Ann, Karen (Lisbon)Flit KellieFlo Karen (Lisbon), ToniFloat JanFlora Jo Ann, Kellie. currentdescendent, Karen (Lisbon), MarilynFloral Jo AnnFlorella Karen (Lisbon)Florence Karen (Lisbon)Florencia Karen (Lisbon). LaurelFlorentina Karen (Lisbon)Florette LaurelFlorianne Karen (Lisbon)Florida Karen (Viansa & Ballad), Donna, Karen (Lisbon), Laurel, KellieFloriah MarilynFlorie Karen (Lisbon)Florinda Karen (Lisbon)Florine KellieFlossie KellieFlouta LaurelFlower Jo Ann, Louise, Karen (Lisbon)Fluffy Karen (Lisbon), LaurelFlurry Jo Ann, Kellie, Karen (Lisbon), LaurelFlute Karen (Lisbon), Marilyn, Jo AnnFlutter Karen (Lisbon)Flyer Jan, LoiuseFoggy Karen (Lisbon)Folly Karen (Lisbon)Fonda Karen (Lisbon), Janine, TinaFondant Jo AnnFondue Jo Ann, Karen (Lisbon), LindsayFont JanFontina JanFontaine LaurelFontainot LaurelFontana Jo Ann, Karen (Lisbon)Fontina Jo Ann, KellieFordham MinhForest Karen (Lisbon), JanFormosa Karen (Lisbon)Forsythia Karen (Lisbon)Forte JanFortitude MinhFortissima Karen (Lisbon)Fortunata Karen (Lisbon)Fortuna Jan, Jo AnnFortune Karen (Lisbon), Kellie, Jan, LoiuseFountain Tara, LaurelForward CraigFossey Karen (Lisbon)Fountain Karen (Lisbon)Foxy Karen (Lisbon), MarilynFraline Donna, LaurelFrance Karen (Lisbon), Marilyn, LindsayFrances JanFrancesca Tara, Karen (Lisbon), MinhFrancisco MinhFrancine Tara, Randy, Karen (Lisbon), KellieFrancis Karen (Lisbon), Kellie, Jan, ToniFrancisca Karen (Lisbon)Francoise Karen (Lisbon), LaurelFranconia JanFrankenstein Karen (Lisbon)Frankfort MinhFrankie Lisa, cottonthemalteseFranklinFranklynn KatieFranky MarilynFranna Karen (Lisbon)Frannie BeckyFreckles Karen (Viansa & Ballad)Fred ToniFreda DonnaFrederica Karen (Lisbon)Frederick MinhFredrick’a KellieFreedom Holly, Tara, Karen (Lisbon)Freetown LaurelFreesia Karen (Viansa & Ballad)Freezee LouiseFrench TaraFrenchie RandyFrenchy Karen (Lisbon), LaurelFresca Crystal, Karen (Lisbon), Lindsay, MinhFresh RandyFresia KellieFrey TinaFreya Joanie, Karen (Lisbon)Frida currentdescendentFriday Louise, Karen (Lisbon), LaurelFrieda Karen (Lisbon), JanFriend Tara, KellieFriendship LaurelFrieze TaraFringe TaraFrisbee Tara, Karen (Lisbon)Frisco Randy, ToniFriska BrianneFrisky RandyFritter Jan, KellieFritos TaraFritter Karen (Lisbon)Fritz Karen (Lisbon), Tara, MinhFritzi Karen (Lisbon), JanineFizz DonnaFrizzle TaraFrolic Janinie, Karen (Lisbon), HollyFrost Karen (Lisbon), KellieFrosty Minh, JenFrozen Karen (Lisbon), TaraFruit Karen (Lisbon), TaraFuchsia Kellie, Karen (Lisbon)Fudge Louise, Karen (Lisbon)Fugue TinaFulani LaurelFun Randy, Karen (Lisbon)Funky Karen (Lisbon)Fusion LaurelFutura Karen (Lisbon), JanFuture Karen (Lisbon), Laurel, JanFuzz TaraFuzzy DonnaFyeFynn MinhFyodor Minh
Emma had her official eval today. It was planned for Liberty Park but the rain moved it to PetSmart. She has a hard time with pet stores so she wasn’t on her best behavior. She was super sniffy and some distracted. But she did fine anyway and she is on the September recall. So she will be leaving in 22 days for San Rafael, California. Our pups usually go to Boring, Oregon but for some reason this recall is for San Rafael. Banta was our only other pup to be recalled to San Rafael. While I’m excited to see what Emma decides to do with her life, I was hoping that she would be around for a few weeks to mentor miss “F”. But she is ready, more ready than Dune or Zodiac where. So there will be just two days of overlap between the new puppy and Emma, the time it takes for the puppy truck to go to Colorado and drop off baby puppies and then return picking up grown-up recall dogs.
I need to take lots more photos of Emma over the next 3 weeks and see if I can get her puppyhood book done to send a digital copy along with her on the puppy truck. Oh my, there is always so much to get done. Yikes! I’m sure they would like her end of project report asap too. Most of all we are going to miss that sweet little girl. I’ll just have to enjoying everyone of the next 22 days.
Since the writing challenge is over and I don’t want to post everyday about my progress on the Key West history for my Dad, I need a new plan for posts. Lets mix things up a bit with more variety than I’ve had for the last few months. Here is my plan:
Mondays: Candy Window Project – we are in full swing on this year’s Christmas display made of candy for South Jordan, so a weekly update will be a great time to share what we are doing.
Tuesdays: 50 Jar Gift Ideas – this has been long neglected but I’m determined to pick up where I left on and get it finished.
Wednesdays: Key West Project – a weekly update will help me be accountable and I can share what I’m learning along the way.
Thursdays: 50 Jar Gift Ideas – with only 18 weeks until Christmas it is going to take more than one idea a week to get finished.
Fridays: Pupdates – haven’t done many updates about my puppies other than for the big things like graduations and such. Weekly posts about our current and past puppies is a good way to keep a record of their lives.
So there is my plan. Now I just have to follow it. Planning is easy, it is the doing that is hard. But with focus and self-discipline I can do it!
The last day of the Armchair Genealogist‘s writing challenge has finally come. Kind of unbelievable. At times I wondered if I’d ever get through it but I was determined, no mater how long it took me to complete this. One of my goals with the challenge was to make a regular habit of doing something toward my Dad’s Key West history. For the most part I’ve accomplished that. I’ve also learned how much I still have to learn about writing creative non-fiction. But I have a plan for continuing to move forward with the history and improving my writing skills. Here are highlights of Lynn’s advice on the last day of her 28 day family history writing challenge:
- Take a lesson from this challenge and enlist the help of others.
- Continue to improve your craft.
- Find your ideal time.
- Plan your writing.
- Seek deadlines and accountability.
- Believe you are a writer.
The last one hit me the hardest. I don’t know how many times I’ve said, “I’m not a writer.” I am now vowing to never utter those words again. I certainly won’t become a writing if I keep saying that. To accomplish my goals I need to become a writing. The other one that needs some attention is finding an ideal time to write. While I’ve gotten this done almost everyday during the challenge, I haven’t been consistent with the time. So I’m setting a goal to figure out when that is and try it and adjust until I really do find the best time to write everyday.
Thanks to all of you who have stuck with me through this challenge. I think I’ll do at least weekly updates on how the Key West history is doing.