Is There a Baby in Your Future?

Maybe not your own, but a new baby coming in the near future for someone you know? A gift of baby booties would be appreciated for the new mother. You’ll find several new, hand-crocheted booties for the baby on my Amazon site, Amazon.com/handmade/MizMlu.

There are blue booties for boy babies, pink for girls, and white for everyone.  They will make a delightful gift for the shower or for showing off the new arrival.

Take a look.

Mother’s Day is approaching

Have you been thinking about a present for your Mother on Mother’s Day? You should. It’s not that far off. Shoppers will be crowding the stores looking for that perfect gift. Here’s an idea. Give her a piece of jewelry in her favorite color from my shop. It’s not expensive, and shipping is free in the US. And you’re covered. You can now shop for something meaningful for her special day. And every time she wears the necklace you gave her she will think of you. Find just the right style, and the right color at http://www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu or http://www.jewelryalamode.com for a larger selection.

Mother’s Day is coming soon!

Have you been thinking about a present for your Mother on Mother’s Day? You should. It’s not that far off. Shoppers will be crowding the stores looking for that perfect gift. Here’s an idea. Give her a piece of jewelry in her favorite color from one of  my  two shops. It’s not expensive, and shipping is free in the US. And you’re covered. You can now shop for something meaningful for her special day. But every time she wears the necklace you gave her she will think of you.  Isn’t that what you want?  Find just the right style, and the right color at http://www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu or http://www.jewelryalamode.com for a larger selection.

Shipping notes:  All shipping from Etsy to US locations is free.  International shipping is at USPS rates.  Jewelry A’la Mode shipping is free in the US for items of more than $10.  Lower priced items are shipped at USPS rates.  International shipping for all items is at USPS rates.  No charge for handling.

Magnificent Obsession

MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION

I have been searching for my ancestors for almost 20 years. I wish I had started before then. People who do not seek their heritage wonder why those who do are so intent on their search. I never wonder why I do it. The search is compelling. Why did my ancestors live where they lived? What happened to them? Were they famous? Am I related to Royalty? In my case, no. At least I haven’t found any Royalty in my family. But I did find a multitude of Royals in my granddaughter-in-law’s ancestors when I did her family tree. She has a rich heritage to pass on to her son as he grows.

But what is it that lures us into the past, years beyond years, wishing we could be there, wishing we could talk to them, wishing we could ask questions? We are haunted by our ancestors. They are in our souls. We want to know more, plain and simple.

I just recently discovered why my late husband’s middle name was Freeman. His father did not have that name, but his grandfather did. It turns out that his great-great grandmother’s name was Mary Anne Freeman. She lived in Deptford, England and her father was James Freeman, the same as my husband’s first and middle names. Now I wish that I had learned this many years ago when I visited England. I was within driving distance to Deptford and could have seen their homeland.

The question is what will happen to my research when I die. Who will continue the search and record all the links? Will anyone else in the family care as much as I do? Probably not.

However, if they pursue it or not, I have benefited from and enjoyed the search and the discoveries I have made. I have connected with my ancestors and felt their joys and sorrows. I just wish I had the time, money and energy to continue the travel to other places and possibly find more of them.

Denyer Family in England

I just found some of my late husband’s ancestors in England. I have not been doing much genealogy lately, but I keep a toe in the water so that if something turns up I can add it to my family’s history.
These ancestors, the Endicotts, were found in the 1841 census of a town in a part of London on the Thames. The town is Deptford and has a tumultuous history.
Deptford is a district of south east London, England, on the south bank of the River Thames. It is named after a ford of the River Ravensbourne, and from the mid 16th to the late 19th century was home to Deptford Dockyard, the first of the Royal Navy Dockyards.
Deptford and the docks are associated with the knighting of Sir Francis Drake by Queen Elizabeth I aboard the Cook’s third voyage Golden Hind, the legend of Sir Walter Raleigh laying down his cape for Elizabeth, Captain James aboard Resolution, and the mysterious murder of Christopher Marlowe in a house along Deptford Strand.
My husband’s ancestors were not famous, but to me they are a part of my children’s lives, so it’s important to know them. The genes of the elders were passed on to their descendents. The men were sawyers, which meant they sawed the wood for carpenters. None of my children are carpenters, none work with wood, but all three are creative.
Many years ago my daughter and I spent 2 months on a trip to Europe. We were in London for about a week. However I was not doing much family history at the time and had no knowledge of the Deptford connection. I did know that my husband’s grandfather was born in London and we visited the house where he lived as a teenager. I had written in advance to the people who currently lived there to ask for permission to see the house. They were very hospitable and we were treated to a tour of the 2 story home. We even discovered a street named “Denyer” and tried to find other Denyers, but the telephone listing was so many pages long it would have been impossible to pin down any relatives.

Now I wish I could go back and visit Deptford. I have much more information than I had in 1973 and perhaps could find connections to our family. But my age makes that journey impossible. My daughter who accompanied me on the trip to Europe would like to make the same trip with her daughter at some point in the future. I hope that she will be able to do it.

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Thanksgiving

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  I had my 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren here so it was a small gathering.  My youngest daughter and her daughter are both vegetarians, but my daughter cooked the turkey and brought it.  Delicious!   My oldest daughter brought a cake a friend had made for her which was decorated like a wrapped gift box, ribbon and all.  And it was all edible.  It was almost too beautiful to eat.  But we did.

 

Then later we played Scrabble and my Jennifer played all her tiles in one play and got 66 points!  It was her game from that point on.  But fun.  My oldest daughter spent her time between plays trying to fix my grandson’s lap computer, but a part was broken and she wasn’t able to get it to work.

 

My son called from Oregon where he and 10 others in his daughter and son-in-law’s family were having a 21 lb turkey.

 

Everyone had a great time and I hope your day was just as joyful.  Now we get to look forward to Christmas.

 

If you are looking for something special for yourself or a gift check out my Etsy shop at www.estsy.com/shop/mizlu.  I have lots of jewelry and some Christmas items there and hope to put up more in the next week or so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Other Awesome Daughter

My youngest daughter, Jennifer, who prefers to be called JP, lives in Ventura, CA, with her daughter, Abby, 21, who is attending college and son, Paul, who will be 18 and graduating from High School this summer.  She was named Jennifer Patricia but has gone by JP ever since she left home for the Big Apple in 1977 after she graduated from Art College of Design. Yes, she’s a multi-talented artist, and a very good one.  She can design the most beautiful things, and whenever needed, create the packaging for them.

She also does portraits, logos, graphic designs, toys, party decorations, just about anything requiring an artist’s touch.

She returned to California in 1988 and continued to pursue her profession.  Ventura is about 40 miles from where I live so I don’t see her as often as I would like, but we are close and have traveled to many parts of the world together.

She currently has items for sale listed on etsy.com and is in the process of creating a new web site for freelance packaging.  Her site is listed on this page under JP Designs.  She believes there is nothing she can’t accomplish, except singing; this she does off-key, in her car… where the radio can play, really, really loud! Don’t ask her to sing.

You’re going to love my daughter

My eldest daughter is an exceptional woman.  She has created at least 2 jobs on her own to make a living.  She consults, advises, repairs and teaches everything you would ever want on your computer.  She has 20 years experience in this and now has made it her occupation.  Her other job is taking care of people who need a ride, temporary care, errands done, practically anything.  These two jobs alone take up most of her time, but when she isn’t busy she writes.

She is in the process of composing a book which will answer any question anyone could ever have about computers.   She also does articles for publication  in regional small papers or world wide article publishers.

Then, she always makes time for me.  I frequently have problems such as my  computer misbehaving, a doctor’s appointment, changing my clock when the time changes or the electricity goes out, whatever I need, whenever I need it.  She will drop everything to help me.  She charges other people to do this, but I get it free.  Lucky me to have her.

If you would like to have her help you and you are in her area you can reach her at 888-347-0052 or click on her link from my blog, PCTechsOnline.com.