Sunday, July 31, 2016

On This Day in 1790

On July 31, 1790, the first U.S. patent was granted to Samuel Hopkins for a potash...used in fertilizer...process.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

On This Day in 1956

On July 30, 1956, "In God We Trust" became the official motto of the United States.

My Hittyville Friends

Two may be company, but Betsy, Tacy, and Tib agree three is a glorious crowd!

Friday, July 29, 2016

My Hittyville Friends

The eyes have it...

On This Day in 1981

On July 29, 1981, Prince Charles married Lady Diana, attracting a television audience of over 500 million viewers.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

My Hittyville Neighborhood

This is a wonderful day.
I have never seen this one before.
~Maya Angelou~

On This Day in 1900

On July 28, 1900, the hamburger was created by Louis Lassing in Connecticut.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

On This Day in 1940

On July 27, 1940, "A Wild Hare" was released by Warner Bros. and was considered the first official Bugs Bunny cartoon.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

On This Day in 1775

On July 26, 1775, Benjamin Franklin became the first Postmaster General of the United States.

Monday, July 25, 2016

On This Day in 1965

On July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan shocked the world of folk music by abandoning his acoustic guitar for an electric one at the Newport Folk Festival.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

On This Day in 1904

On July 24, 1904, Charles E. Menches created the ice cream cone.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

On This Day in 1715

On July 23, 1715, the first lighthouse in America was authorized for construction on Little Brewster Island, Massachusetts.

Friday, July 22, 2016

On This Day in 1942

On July 22, 1942, the United States government began compulsory civilian gas rationing due to wartime demands.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

On This Day in 1969

On July 21, 1969, Apollo II astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

On This Day in 1944

On July 20, 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt accepted the nomination for an unprecedented fourth term of the presidency.  The Democratic National Convention was held in Chicago and the acceptance speech was broadcast from a Pacific coast naval base.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

On This Day in 1961

On July 19, 1961, TWA was the first airline to introduce regular inflight movies.
"By Love Possessed" was the movie shown on that date.

Monday, July 18, 2016

On This Day in 1976

On July 18, 1976, Nadia Comaneci became the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastics event.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Saturday, July 16, 2016

On This Day in 1926

On July 16, 1926, the first color underwater photograph was published by National Geographic.

Friday, July 15, 2016

On This Day in 2006

On July 15, 2006, Twitter was launched, becoming one of the largest social media platforms in the world.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

On This Day in 1923

On July 13, 1923, American explorer, Roy Chapman Andrews, discovered the first recognized dinosaur eggs in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

On This Day in 1859

On July 12, 1859, William Goodale patented a paper bag manufacturing machine.

Monday, July 11, 2016

On This Day in 1798

On July 11, 1798, the United States Marine Corps became an independent branch of the United States military.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

On This Day in 1893

On July 10, 1893, Bellefontaine, Ohio became the home of the first concrete paved street in the United States.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

On This Day in 1872

On July 9, 1872, the doughnut cutter was patented by John Blondel.

Friday, July 8, 2016

On This Day in 1796

On July 8, 1796, the United States State Department issued the first American passport.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

On This Day in 1785

On July 6, 1785, the Dollar became the monetary unit for the United States.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Monday, July 4, 2016

Abe's Very Busy Day

 Noah, Amy, and Abe came down to the farm for lunch...I actually made sloppy joes...and a visit to the  Ashland Balloonfest.
I was so happy Abe loved the sandbox we got for him...and me.  It will make a great Hittyville set!

 Abe found all the animal treasures I buried in the sand and spent an hour playing with them.
I love his imagination.

 This bubble machine was amazing!

 A boy and his bubbles...

 How I love seeing the world through Abe's eyes!

 Golf time with Grandpa Joe.

 Interesting techniques...

At the Balloonfest...
 Abe went on his first "pony ride".
He chose the black and white horse and was a bit unsure at first...

 He was in love after the first time around the circle!

 Abe was intrigued with the yellow helicopter, but not the noise.

 Amy convinced Abe the noise had ended and he finally agreed to take a closer look.

 Amy is such a loving and patient mom!

 The fire engine was a big hit with Abe.

 Boys and girls of ALL ages are enamored with fire engines.

 Abe took it all in.

And then...
It was time for our "city" family to return home and Abe had his very own RED balloon as a souvenir of this fantastic day!


Our First Canoe Trip of the Season

 I was so happy when Joe suggested we take a canoe trip!
He thought it would be a perfect day because it was a bit cool and there was no direct sun.  I don't do well in the summer sun for a long period of time.
Joe is so thoughtful...

 Captain Joe...

 Ginny was my doll companion for this adventure.

 I want to paint this "reflective" scene!

A Three Dog Boat...

~It was the best of canoe trips~