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Shirl Parker
05-18-2009, 12:14 AM
Hi everyone! Welcome to the Scumble, our weekly chat thread where we share the happenings of our everyday lives! I hope you will all chime in and look forward to hearing about them.

Well, we finally got a little bit of rain yesterday. It was supposed to be thunderstorms today, too, but they were conspicuously absent. Usually, this time of year we have these beautiful flaming red trees in bloom, and they are not at all spectacular this year, thanks, I think, to the low rainfall so far. Here's what one looked like last year:


Hope you all have a fine week.

05-18-2009, 01:56 AM
Wow, Shirl, that tree is really neat! Do you paint them? We have ocotillo here in Arizona, they just bloomed out last week, acres and acres of flaming red over the desert!
We've been working at our ranch on our house and yard since the beginning of May. Last week we got a new porch roof. Then this weekend was just jammin for me and my DH, we built a redwood (recycled) fenced in front yard for the chihuahuas and replanted all my eight rose bushes from the garden into the front yard. The darn gophers were killing them, so into pots they went all along the inside of the new fence. Not too much time to paint lately with all the preparations for me to be gone for at least a month. I have adventures planned! Lots of pastel painting to do then. I can't wait, I'll be backpacking around northern Arizona, then off to New Mexico for the convention! Then up to Santa Fe and back to Flagstaff and Sedona for more backpacking. I have been saving and planning this trip for over a year! Whohoo!:clap: The Adventure Artist is on the road again!

05-18-2009, 11:32 AM

WOW! Shirl! That is color! Oh, ya' gotta' paint that! :thumbsup:
Our apple, cherry, crabapple trees are finishing up here and dropping their petals. They were lovely! But, not to match your colors!

Those garden projects etc. sound wonderful! Also the backpacking plans....in a time, years ago...before the cane...I'd be right there with you!
Enjoy! :heart:

We did get our veggie garden in this weekend! A bit late, but not too late to get good crops! Also, I got a big color bowl planter filled for the front porch! I sprayed some NO stuff around it to discourage the front garden chipmonk from digging. Last spring the little fellow decided it was his own private garden patch for munching and digging! I put the plants back in three times! :eek: But, I do have a soft place in my heart for these little guys..so cute! And they do clean up under the birdfeeders well. :heart:

After spending almost everyday last week typing on the genealogy book, my hands started rebelling yesterday. So to give them a rest and fight the pain, I am taking two days off! Today I paint! :clap:

Tomorrow, my daughter and I drive to Waukesha Wis., about one and a half hour's drive, to meet a distant cousin. He and I have been corresponding for about five years. Our gr. gr. grandfather and grandmother were brother and sister! Funny old world! Most of my family stayed in the Pennsylvania and upstate NY area. But, about 1845 my gr. gr. gr. grandfather packed up his family in Erie Co. PA and headed for the wilds of Wisconsin. His oldest daughter remained behind in Erie, married to a local guy etc. (my gr. gr. grandparents!) Here I am living in Wisconsin and had no idea what so ever that any of my ancestors had been here! The internet is wonderful at bring families back together! Two years ago, I walked into the Waukesha Historical Society, housed in the old court house there, and saw a thick file that had estate papers and letters etc. regarding his farm, and the lenthly process of transferring the farm to one son from all the other siblings. There was my gr. gr. grandmother's signature tranferring her share to her brother! So, this distant cousin has come all they way from Idaho to Wisconsin! I will drive over and meet him, we'll stand together and go through that fat file. Then drive out a few miles to Stonebank where the farm is and stand on our gr. gr. gr. grandfather's land, then to the cemetery to pay our respects. :heart:
BUT, TODAY I PAINT! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Wednesday, it's back on the BOOK!:p

Have a great week! Enjoy! Paint! Garden! Paint! etc.:heart:

05-18-2009, 12:06 PM
Hi there, Just a quick question... Does anyone know where Binkie is?

I haven't seen her post lately.

Shirl magnificent tree - what a beauty and an excuse to get out those rich reds and oranges.. yum

Adventure Artist... still green with envy that you are all getting together for IAPS.... take lots of photos and buy buy buy....

Elsie - Hope to see what you get to paint today.... Gotta love the combo of gardening and painting!!!

Me - off to mat and frame works for a show in June and also start a new student this week. Yeah!


Shirl Parker
05-18-2009, 12:43 PM
I see Binkie has not posted since May 7. Just before her last post, she asked about problems getting onto WC. I sent her an email, so let's see if she responds.

05-20-2009, 05:47 PM

Hi, All!

Oh, I just had to pop in to tell you about my day yesterday!
My dau. and I drove to Waukesha, Wisconsin, and met up with a distant cousin. He lives in Idaho and drove here to meet me and to look up family records at the court house and historical society. It was a very emotion moment! I took him to Stonebank, a little farming village on the edge of lakes to show him where our gr. gr. gr. grandfather had his farm. I'm descended from a daughter who stayed back in Pennsylvania and he from a son that went on to Kansas and points west! The internet is amazing! John and I have corresponded for about 5 years. Before that I had no idea that our ancestor had come to Wisconsin at all! Very fittingly, our old family farm now has a high school built on it! Our family has always stressed the importance of education and I'm a retired teacher. Old Sam Throne, our ancestor, would be pleased as could be to know his land now "grows" education instead of corn!
It is a lovely area and I'm thinking of some paintings based on some of my photos. See the artist brain follows me everywhere I go!

This morning, we worked all morning in the garden. Hmmmm! Some more plants were purchased while I was away yesterday! :rolleyes: So we planted 'em
and gave everybody a good big drink of water! But, I can tell I lugged many big watering cans to quench their thirst! I think I used some muscles that have not been used recently!:eek:
Maybe I'll have to try lifting some nice light pastel sticks this afternoon to let them relax!:wink2: :lol:

Have a good week!

CM Neidhofer
05-20-2009, 09:19 PM
Well, I was going to post some pics of our little road trip last week, but I can't get the uploader to work for me again. :( Black Canyons of Gunnison National Forest, the Anasazi Cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National Park, two nights in Ouray, fishing at Blue Mesa, Durango and Four Corners. Nice trip, but a little road weary when we got back!

Elsie, I've dabbled in my family's geneology at various times. I have my grandfathers immigration paper from Poland. I went to Ellis Island online and found a pic of the ship he came over on, along with the ship's manifest with his name on it, where he was headed here, and even how much money he had on him at the time! Unfortunately, grandma came over later and came in at Philadelphia, I think. I can't find anything on her except for what's on grandpa's immigration paper. Mother's side of the family was from Germany, but I don't know how far back. They changed their name from Mannerns to Manners. When you research the Manners name, you get mostly Enlish ancestry. So I'm kind of at a stand still there. One of my cousins says she has a lot of research that my uncle did. I'm going to email her and see if she can send me what she has so I can piece some of that side of the family together. There was even another cousin that I never knew about until another cousin passed away recently and that unknown cousin was mentioned. I've asked about him, but cousin Donna didn't remember much about him either and was going to try to find out for me. It's all really very interesting, isn't it??!!


05-21-2009, 10:04 AM
Hi Everyone,

Well we have had some rain at last, it has been 6 months since we last had any rain, we got our first showers at 2140 last evening with one or 2 heavy showers overnight. We've had about 4 fronts come through throughout the day bringing with them some pretty reasonable showers, now if it could keep this up through to next Summer there would be a chance of at least raising the dam levels a bit. I took some pics of the rain this morning so here they are.



I was a bit concerned that my Vegetable Garden would get a bit washed out but it is ok. Also, the other day we planted out a total of 15 strawberry runners into 3 wall hangers and they get the runoff from the new patio roof but they too seem to have survived. If this rain continues I will be able to turn off my reticulation and only leave the under cover station on.

Shirl, I saw you over in the Watercolour Forum the other day.

Well, Hello to all of you who remember me, I am still around, I had my liver biopsy last Thursday and the procedure went well, just a sore back and side for a few days. I won't get results for at least a couple of weeks though. I see my Lung Specialist next Tuesday and I guess I'll find out if there are more investigations they can do and whether or not there will be anything positive they can do to improve the situation. At the moment both my Cardiologist and my Liver Specialist feel that some of my problems in those fields are due to the poor function of my lungs, unfortunately it may be something I have to adapt to, which at nearly 52 I find very frustrating but seeing as I have had a lot of extra years so far I'll learn to manage with whatever they tell me it is.

Anyway I'll say cheerio for now, and hope you are all having a greatweek.

Take Care.
Lots of Love Carolynn :):):heart::heart::heart::heart::wave::thumbsup::wave::clap:

05-21-2009, 10:23 AM
:wave: Hi, All!

Christine: Your road trip sounds like great fun!
Hope you can post some photos!
Isn't it fun to get a photo of a ship you ancestor came over on?!
About the name and Philadelphia:
I may be able to help you! I'm a member on an on-line genealogy library/resource called Ancestry.com and they have lots of data that is not just Ellis Island. I went to your blog site and enjoyed seeing you paintings and found your email address. I'll contact you that way and see if I can find more on your grandma and family!
Genelogy is great fun! When I was a child in school, American History was just about someone else, somewhere else and long ago. But, now that I know my family's history it is really just about real people and their lives!
Your paintings: I love the soft, delicate touch you have with pastels!:heart:

Carolyn: I'm so glad you are keeping us up to date about your health findings. I know it is hard to wait for "a couple of weeks" that is so easy for doctors to say, but difficult to wait out for the patient! Know we are cheering for you and sending good thoughts and prayers!:heart:
Now that is RAIN! I love the close-up view of the rain coming off the grape arbor and making a curtain to view the garden through! That arbor must be a lovely place to sit and enjoy your garden! Hope the veggie garden comes through the rains!:)

Shirl Parker
05-21-2009, 10:41 AM
Hi Carolynn, I can appreciate how it must feel to get that rain. We are pretty dry here, without a rainfall for more than 3 months. We got one the other night, but it was pitiful.

Hmmm, Watercolor forum, must have been that chit chat about printers or paper.

CM Neidhofer
05-21-2009, 11:37 AM
Thanks, Elsie! I've been to Ancestry lots of times, just never joined. I'll dig out my paperwork and see what happens. Thanks!!


CM Neidhofer
05-21-2009, 01:21 PM
Hi there, Just a quick question... Does anyone know where Binkie is?

I haven't seen her post lately.


Has anyone heard from Binkie yet? I have a link to her blog on my blog. I just tried to go there and her blog has disappeared too.


05-21-2009, 01:27 PM
Hi all, Gee, it's been some weeks since I've been to the scumble - long enough that I see Shirl is running it and I don't even know who Shirl *is*! Hi Shirl.

Elsie, that sounds fun about meeting the cousin. I had a similar experience myself recently, meeting up with a second cousin who was researching her family tree, and found my tree at ancestry.com and realized we had some common ancestors! We met a few weeks ago too, and realized we had actually met one another as children when our parents got together, though neither of us could remember that well.

Carolynn, best of luck. I *hate* those "results in a few weeks" from doctors. That waiting period is so impossibly hard.

Nothing much going on in my life right now. My DiL is almost 27 weeks along with my first grandson-to-be so far. Here you can see that she is visibly showing now, :lol:

I'm still waiting to hear if I get into the juried pastel show at NJ's Guild of Creative Arts. They say: "Notification about show acceptance will be emailed on Tuesday, May 26." - so I have to wait over the long weekend before I find out. :D

Shirl Parker
05-21-2009, 03:02 PM
Hi Debbie, welcome back to the scumble. Good luck on your entry.

05-22-2009, 05:11 PM
Hi Debbie, welcome back to the scumble. Good luck on your entry.

Thanks, but I actually got notified earlier today (sooner than expected) and all *three* of my entries were rejected for the show!

Since it was their first-ever pastel show, and they seemed to be having some trouble drumming up entries initially, I thought maybe I had a chance. No such luck. Another $40 down the drain. :D I'm gonna have to stop entering shows! I need that money to buy groceries.