Friday, September 27, 2013

The Book Of Me: Prompt 4: Favorite Season --Autumn

For details about The Book Of Me, Written By You project created by Julie Goucher, of the Anglers Rest blog, please refer to this link:

Prompt 4 - Favorite Season

Do you have one?
A Happy Memory or association

Close your eyes and imagine your favourite season – write down what you see, feel, hear.

Image courtesy of Microsoft Office Images

My favorite season I would have to say is Autumn. I love seeing the colors of the leaves against a bright crisp blue sky.  The air is just the right temperature -- not too hot, not too cold. It's just the perfect time of year for exploring the woods which I didn't do much of when I was a kid but love doing now with my family.

What Autumn means to me now?

The crunch of leaves under my feet.
Picking apples.
Apple, Sweet Potato and Pumpkin pie.
Baking...lots of baking.
Family gatherings.
Kids back to school.
My October.  Hooray!
My daughter's birthday. Love that baby girl.
Clean crisp fresh air. 
Watching the geese gather to fly south.
A comfy throw on the couch.
Thanksgiving and pigging out on way too much food! (Who says that's a bad thing.)
A time for introspection.

As a child, Autumn meant...

A new parochial school uniform.
New school year, new adventures. 
After school at Mom Mom and Granddaddy Murrell's house.
The smell of grandma's fresh baked rolls or a cake.
A time when paper and crayons were my eternal friends.
Making pictures and cards for the anyone and everyone.
Couldn't get enough of my Peanuts coloring books.
My birthday --my favorite day of the year. When we lived in Cambria Heights, NY, my mother and father would host a party at the house. I only realize now how truly special those times were. Most of my family lived within a 15 minute drive from our house so the turn out was wonderful. My aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents would come. The house wasn't that big but there was just enough room for folks to squeeze in and sit for a bit, have a bite to eat and of course the best part...sing me happy birthday! The cake would have white frosting, pink flowers, and pineapple filling.

Thanksgiving at my dad's parents house. No one's Thanksgiving dinner will ever compare to my grandma's. No one's. Period. Thank you Mom Mom :)

Oh yeah and then there was Halloween. I would get a huge stash of candy on Halloween, especially when I lived in Cambria Heights. There were 34 houses on my block and my brother and I would hit up all of them, sometimes twice. I remember one year we got candy cigarettes and you would have thought we had won the lottery or something.

Happy Pie, Happy Life!

This post is dedicated to Erika. 
Happy pie, happy life!

Before baking.

The finished product.

We are still working on all those apples we picked two weeks ago. I have to bake another pie tomorrow because there is only one slice left out of this one. 

If you missed the pictures of our apple picking trip, here's the link:

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wedding Wednesday: Harkless Wooten And Clifford McGhee

Post card view of St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Petersburg, Florida
where Harkless Wooten and Clifford McGhee were married.

Image courtesy of  "Florida, Marriages, 1830-1993," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 25 Sep 2013), Harkless Wooten and Clifford Mcghee, 1938.

It's been a busy week y'all so it's been hard to make time for genealogy. In between my running errands, I have been reviewing what collections are available state by state on and I have found some new goodies. Hooray! This is the marriage license of my 1st cousin 2x removed, Harkless Wooten and his bride Clifford McGhee.   Harkless was the son of maternal great grandmother's sister, Mary Jones Wooten Price. The following snippet is from his obituary:  "He was a master chef at the Dunes Club, the Coral Bay Club, the John Yancey Restarurant all on Bogue Banks, and the Atlantic Hotel, which once stood in Morehead City." For more on Harkless and Clifford McGhee Wooten check out the following posts:

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Something About Me Saturday: Apple Picking With The Family

Last weekend the family and I went apple picking on a picture perfect day. Here in my neck of the woods, apples are great this year. All week I've been making apple sauce and today I baked my first homemade apple pie. Yummy!

Here are some pictures from our visit to Lone Maple Farm. I just love days like this.

"Hold on a second."

"I gotta strike a pose"

The guys getting in on the action.

"There are some good apples here mom."

"Check this one out dad."

Happy husband.

"Everybody say apples!"

Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday Funny: Looks Like I've Passed On My Obsession With Nail Polish

Friday Funny:  Looks Like I've Passed On My Obsession With Nail Polish --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
My daughter's nails.

We had an afternoon at home spa day. Manicure by mommy.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: First Day Of School September 2013

I'm a little late posting these but here they are. My kiddos are growing up on me :)

The Book Of Me: Prompt 3 --Describe Your Physical Self

For details about The Book Of Me, Written By You project created by Julie Goucher, of the Anglers Rest blog, please refer to to this link:

Prompt 3:  Describe your physical self.

Your size – clothes size:  Size: 14 

Height: 5'6" 

I am a curvy girl. There is more of me to love now but for moment I am okay with that. In regards to wardrobe, I look for things that are comfortable and easy to pull together. I don't like ironing so I generally look for fabrics that don't wrinkle. My go to dress is the Maxi-dress. I am lucky because my husband owns a store and he carries a number of beautiful flowy dresses that have become the core of my wardrobe. They look great but feel as comfortable as a night gown. This is when I realize that I am definitely the granddaughter of Mary Horton. My maternal grandma in her later years was known to rock out a house dress or two. Her favorite one was a royal blue number that was pretty and extremely comfortable. My love of the Maxi-dress (the modern day house dress, Shh! it's my little secret) I attribute to her.

Grandma rocking out her blue house dress.

Scars:  I have had 2 C-sections and a hernia repair with abdominoplasty so yes I have scars! LOL!
Eye colour: Dark brown
Draw your hands:  I am not very good at drawing so I have decided to include a photo of them at the end of this post.
Finger Prints:  I am going to decline on this one.

On the left, a picture of my parents and my brother
 and then on the right there's my current profile picture.

I thought it would be good to show a side by side comparison of features with my parents. For most of my life, I have been told that I favor my father and that my brother takes more after my mother. I think I definitely have my father's eyes which he inherited from his father. Looks like I have his forehead and general shape of the face too.  I have my mother's complexion. I think my resemblance to my mother comes out more when we are in the same room together talking. We have some of the same mannerisms and our voices are very similar.

My natural hair color is a dark brown and the texture is thin and has a very tight curl pattern. God bless my mother for taking care of me and my hair when I was little. Whoo! She would put in a workout each week washing, detangling, parting, and then braiding my hair. I used to have about 30-40 braid in my hair at one time and would have those little Goody hair barrettes on the ends. She would take two larger ones and use them to hold the braids back off my face.

Here's what I looked like before my hair was done.

This is what I would look like afterwards.

I couldn't wait for the day for when I could get my hair relaxed and I could could wear my hair out in cute style. I think I was 13 when I got it done for the first time and I was thrilled but then the thrill quickly faded away. Over the next year, my hair gradually broke off and I was forced to get it cut short. So there I was after all these years of being told how beautiful my hair was to having only a few inches on my head. It was to say the least a bit unsettling to my spirit. So from junior high until midway through my sophomore year of college I wore my hair short. That's when I learned about box braid hair extensions.  I wore my hair like that for years until I think it was some point in 2011 that I decided to wear my own hair out. It looked cute when I did a twist out or wore a head band in it but I missed having hair around my head. So I went back to braids and then this past December I started doing Havana twists and that's been it ever since.

December 2012

I know I spent a lot of time talking about my hair but I wanted to make sure my future descendants knew the true story about how Sally's Beauty Supply stays in business.

My hands

Yes, I have a thing for shades of blue or green nail polish.  I think it is some sort of rebellion against the rules from my childhood. When I was finally allowed to wear nail polish, my choices were clear, pearl or light pink.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sunday's Obituary: Emeline Hohman

Image courtesy of  Iamnee/

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Chronicling America Historic Newspapers Collection:
 Evening star.(Washington, D.C.), October 08, 1907, Page 5, Image 5 

Emeline Hohman was the mother of Alice Hohman Goodrich and the grandmother to Ula Goodrich Jones.  Ula Goodrich Jones was married to my 1st cousin 3x removed, Oscar Dunn Jones Sr.  I happened to come across this particular obituary while researching other members of the Goodrich family.  

Saturday, September 14, 2013

A Trip To My Local FamilySearch Center Yields More Info About Morrison Goodrich

Image courtesy of Microsoft Office Images

Okay, I am going to out myself here. I had been meaning to visit my local FamilySearch Center for the longest time and somehow just never got around to getting there. Truth be told, I didn't quite know what to expect. That little itty biity word F-E-A-R got in my way. Well this past Wednesday, I pushed that word aside and finally went.

But first...

If you need a recap on who Morrison Goodrich was and his connection to me please refer to these posts:

A Newspaper Article Reveals Another Another Brother's Talents

A Tale of Two Tenors --Part two

Now back to the subject of visiting the FamilySearch Center.
I am so glad that I went!  When I did a search on Morrison Goodrich at home on, I came across something that I had seen before but never took action on resolving.  I wanted to access Morrison's marriage record but here's what came up.

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Here's a close-up of what I'm talking about.

Image courtesy of

So I went to my local FamilySearch Center and met the nicest folks. They gave me a tour of the facilities and resources available. I am now aware of the hours they are open and again I am reminded that there are bunches of us family history folk out there. It's good to meet some face to face. Which reminds me that I have to find time to travel and go to a conference. That is on my to do list for the 2014!

Anyway I obtained a copy of the marriage record for Morrison Goodrich and his wife Bessie Short! While there I also made a printout of his death certificate. To my cousin Jane, I am still working on digging up info!

Image courtesy of  "District of Columbia Marriages, 1811-1950," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 Sep 2013), Morrison A Goodrich and Bessie Short, 1916.

Image courtesy of  "District of Columbia Deaths, 1874-1959," index and images,
 FamilySearch ( : accessed 15 Sep 2013), Morrison A Goodrich, 1931.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pictures From Our Vegas Trip 2013 --Part three

Here are some more photos from the trip to Vegas that my family and I took this past August. These were taken at Red Rock Canyon. Here are the links to my other pictures from this trip:

My handsome boy taking it all in.

Oh how I love the desert!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunday's Obituary: Alice Goodrich --The Mother Of Ula Jones, Genevieve Betz, William, Morrison, And Harry Goodrich

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress
Title: Negro church - St. Augustine Catholic Church, Washington, D.C.
Date Created/Published: [1899?]

Image courtesy of the Library of Congress, Chronicling America Historic Newspapers Collection.
The Washington Herald., March 12 1918, Page 11, Image 11.

These next two images are courtesy of Google Maps.

914 T St. NW, Washington D.C. is appears to be the house in white.

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