Sunday, January 31, 2016

On This Day in 1893

On January 31, 1893, the trademark "Coca-Cola" was registered in the United States Patent Office.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

On This Day in 1883

On January 30, 1883, James Ritty and John Birch received a patent for the cash register.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

On This Day in 1845

On January 29, 1845, "The Raven" was published in the New York Evening Mirror and was the first publication attributed to Edgar Allan Poe.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

On This Day in 1958

On January 28, 1958, the Lego Company patented the design of its Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today.

On This Day in 1918

On January 27, 1918, "Tarzan of the Apes", the first Tarzan film, premiered at a Broadway Theater.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

On This Day in 1905

On January 26, 1905, the world's largest diamond, the 3,106-carat Cullinan, was found in South Africa.

Monday, January 25, 2016

My Hippie Grandson

Maybe this generation...

Artist Amy

My daughter-in-law is really a very talented artist.
Right now Amy's time is pretty much dedicated to her family and job.

On This Day in 1870

On January 25, 1870, Gustavus Dows patented a modern form of the soda fountain.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Abe Gets Sick, Better, and Has a New Look

Last week, poor Abe was under the weather and Grandpa Joe and I took care of him while Noah and Amy worked.  Their schedules were crazy and we were SO happy to help out!

 Abe took a nice long nap...

 Abe woke up feeling better and very playful.
Thank goodness!

After a couple of doses of his new medicine, Abe was ready for creative play with his mom.

Abe's appetite was back in full force and so was his interest in cooking.

And then...
Abe got a haircut!

Totally adorable...

Abe looks like a little British schoolboy...
We sure do love that child!

~Thankful for healing~

On This Day in 1899

On January 24, 1899, the rubber heel was patented by Humphrey O'Sullivan.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

On This Day in 1849

On January 23, 1849, a patent was granted for an envelope making machine.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Thursday, January 21, 2016

On This Day in 1939

On January 21, 1939, Arlens and Harburg's song "Over the Rainbow" was copyrighted.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

On This Day in 1986

On January 20, 1986, Martin Luther King Jr. Day was celebrated as a federal holiday for the first time.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Our Weekend With Abe and a Baby Shower

 Joe and I spent most of Saturday and Sunday with Abe...and Noah and Amy.  Joe and Noah had a bunch of projects to attend to and Abe turned out to be their quite able helper!

 Joe explained every step of each project and Abe paid serious attention.

We did manage to do a craft together...

 I love the progress Noah and Amy have made making this lovely old home their own.

Abe and Ellie serenaded us with a lovely original tune.

On Sunday...
 Brooke, Amy, and I attended a baby shower for my niece Lindsay's fourth child.  John Peter will be arriving sometime in February.
Beautiful Theresa will remain the only daughter.
It was so nice meeting new people and catching up with family.

On Monday...
Abe was clearly worn out from his busy weekend!  He helped install a new storm door, remove and install a new fan/light complete with a dimmer/speed remote control, assemble a king size bed, and then there was some very active playtime...
It warms my heart to see how much Abe and Ellie love and trust each other.

There is nothing more beautiful than watching a child sleep so peacefully...

~It was the best of jam packed weekends~

On This Day in 1955

On January 19, 1955, "Scrabble" debuted on the board game market.

Monday, January 18, 2016

On This Day in 1979

On January 18, 1979, Peter Jenkins finished "A Walk Across America" in Florence, Oregon.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

On This Day in 1929

On January 17, 1929, Popeye made his first appearance in a comic strip.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Today in Hittyville

"Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling."
G.K. Chesterton

On This Day in 1909

On January 16, 1909, the Magnetic South Pole was found.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Today in Hittyville

Poppy can't stop making Journals for the new year.  There is the Blessings Journal, the Documenting Your Life Journal, the Hittyville History Journal, and now the Doodle a Day Journal!
~Such fun projects~

On This Day in 1870

On January 15, 1870, the donkey was first used as a symbol of the Democratic Party.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Sally Irwin Price

My Hittyville Crafters was inspired by my many years associated with art center in Bay Village.  Sally Price was the heart and soul of this art colony and I will forever be grateful for her amazing creative spirit.
She was truly my artistic mentor and I was devastated to hear of her passing.
But...Sally will remain with me Hittyville and my art!

Today in Hittyville

Lewis is surprised to find he is not the only one outside on this VERY cold day.

On This Day in 1690

On January 14, 1690, the clarinet was invented.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Today in Hittyville

Maryellen has agreed to watch Little Sassy Sloth while her mom goes for a hot air balloon ride.

On This Day in 1930

On January 13, 1930, the "Mickey Mouse" comic strip first appeared.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Today in Hittyville...January 12, 2016

Aunt Bee thought this would be the perfect day to make Sheriff Andy his favorite lemon pie.
Her nephew wholeheartedly agreed!

On This Day in 1966

On January 12, 1966, the TV series "Batman" debuted.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Today in Hittyville...January 11, 2016

Pollyanna's friends are visiting and telling her how sorry they are she twisted her knee.  Pollyanna shares her "Glad Game" and explains she is glad she has to sit down and rest, because she can FINALLY concentrate on learning how to knit!
It really is all about how we look at life.

On This Day in 1935

On January 11, 1935, Amelia Earhart became the first person to fly solo from Hawaii to California.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

My Flowing River of Projects

Yesterday, Joe and I spent some time watching our river...
I thought about the perfect flow of the water and it occurred to me my new year is moving along in much the same way, creatively speaking.
My word for the year is Hittyville.  I am determined to document the Boroughs and Friends of Hittyville and create the several families who are waiting to be brought "to life" in my Doll World.
In addition to "On This Day", I am going to start a "Today in Hittyville" picture and very short story to be published daily on this blog and Facebook.
I am also working on...
My Daily Blessings Journal
My Lifebook 2016 Class
The Documented Life Project 2016
My Very First Junk Journal
Touching up my outdoor Window Art
Making 12 monthly paintings for outside our side door...working on January now
Getting ready to paint the 2 chairs and 2 Gnomes for the new deck on Pixie Cottage...
I also have my Alpha Friends project to complete as well as my 52 Faithful Friends...
And there is more, but for now, my days are way full.
Bedtime is for reading and I know I need to get some more sleeping in.

But my first priority is my family and nothing gives me more joy than spending time with them!
~Loving this stage of my life...and feeling so grateful~

Gypsy's New Toy

We just couldn't stop laughing at Gypsy's googly eyes...
Pixie didn't find any humor in her sister's antics whatsoever!


Some Abe-isms...
The Red Store is Target.
The Pump Store refers to Lowe's.
Joe's Chips are actually Fritos.
Abe also called the neighbor's outdoor Sesame Street Christmas characters "The Guys".

 Abe's before bedtime activity...finger painting.
My grandson is all about art!

 Joe and I supplied the box and Abe supplied the imagination...with a little help from Daddy.

 Early January in Ohio...Jacket weather.

Abe...the happiest of little boys!