Saturday, June 16, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Week 24 - Father's Day

I haven't done such a great job in posting regularly in the 52 Ancestors, 52 Weeks challenge because some of the prompts have just been too difficult or were redundant (meaning I had already written about the subject/family/person).

I almost skipped this week too because the prompt is Father's Day.  I must admit...I now despise Father's Day.  It wasn't always that way.  I use to love spending Father's Day with my dad but since he passed away in 2012, I just dread it coming every year.

Why? Because of all the emails and ads that say "Buy this for dad, he will love it, or send dad this special card or do this with your dad"

I see friends posting photos on Facebook of them with their dad or saying what a great time they are having with their father.

I can't spend the day with my dad, I can't see him, I can't even call him and I hate that! I miss my dad so, so much that it pure hurts my heart. I mean actually makes my heart hurt because I ache for him.

My dad was born in 1935, his official birthday is January 16th but he really doesn't know if he was born on the 15th or 16th because family members seem to disagree and his school records say one thing while his birth records say something different.  So, he always celebrated on the 16th.

He was raised in poverty. He had to hunt and kill his own food from the time he was old enough to hold a gun (6 or 7) and his parents were not exactly the best role models. 

As a result, he decided to join the Army as soon as he turned 18, he only had a few months left of high school but he needed to get away from a not so good home life. (Years later, the army did award him a high school diploma)

He married my mother on April 1, 1955.

After the Army, he had jobs driving log trucks and eventually got a job in Tallahassee, FL with Tenneco driving a gasoline delivery truck. My brother was born in Tallahassee.

Later, that lead to a job with Mabbett Hauling Company and the family moved to Atlanta, GA and I was born there.  The owner of the company wanted to start a regional office and asked my dad to be the sole employee of the start up so the family  moved to Columbus, GA (when I was 2 months old) and my sister was born there.

About 10 years later, the owner was having some issues in the central office and asked my dad to return but work in the office and stop driving a truck so he did and we all moved back to Atlanta, GA

He remained there for about 20 more years and then he was asked to be a safety director over their Florida region (by then the company had been purchased by Florida Rock & Tank Lines).  He remained there until he retired with 40 years of service.

That didn't slow him down though - he needed something to do so he worked various jobs and eventually found one he really loved (while in his late 70s) as a security officer at the local hospital. He loved it and they loved him.

Despite only having a high school education, he really moved up in the world, he was very smart and I can only imagine how far in life he could have gotten had he had more opportunities and education.

He was a great dad...he didn't believe in spanking (because he was physically abused and swore he would never lay a hand on his kids).  He didn't drink or smoke (because he came from a family of alcholics and swore he wouldn't do that to his kids).

He wanted his kids to have better than him and we all did.  We all graduated college, we three got great jobs with good pay.

He made sure we were exposed to history (he took us on weekend trips all the time to historic sites and state parks) and he made sure that we were well provided for. 

We can all look back and say we had a  happy childhood - because we did. 

I sure miss my dad.  I know one day, I will see him again.  It is truly hard to go through a day without him in it - it really, really is

There are so many times I want to call him and get his advise.  I miss that so much.

So...Happy Father's Day to my dad, in Heaven.  I love you.

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Socks on Blogs

My finished socks were featured on Marly Bird's blog - very cool!!

Check it out HERE

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Orange is the New Black - Crochet Goodness

I recently started watching Orange is the New Black on Netflix.  I didn't realize that was (a) based on a book which was (b) the true memoir of Piper Kerman, who spent a year a federal prison.

I know, I know...I am late to the game.  I didn't think I would like this kind of show but it isn't exactly what I fully expected (some of it is but they also give a lot of background on the characters before they came to prison so it doesn't all take place in the prison) a crafter, I immediately notice that despite being in a prison - the ladies have access to tons of crochet goodness!  There is even a little crochet group of ladies in the prison (of course they are all older as if younger folks wouldn't enjoy crochet)

Here are some examples:

First up - a throw in Larry's apartment.  Larry is Piper's fiancĂ©.  Here is seen consoling Piper's best friend.  While this is not crochet and it is not in the is a nice knit cable throw that is just an example of how much knit and crochet items are spread throughout the show.

Next...Piper had a bunk mate that ended up getting to maximum security because she attacked a prison guard (she was provoked but that is another story).  Her bunk mate had this lovely open-work afghan that Piper was holding onto in case she returned.  Another character, Boo, decided to steal from Piper and she would carry it around to taunt Piper and make her aware that she had it.  Here she is wearing it like a shawl on movie night.

Another character sets up a mini shrine to her baby (who she is separate from of course) and has a nice orange crochet doily

Another character, Norma, who appears to be mute but we find out that she chooses to be mute due to a terrible stutter, has a nice yellow ripple blanket that is normally found at the foot of her bed.

In a 1960s backstory scene, involving a character who is a nun, we see a young man drop off the nun after they have attended a protest - his van has a nice granny afghan hanging off the back of the seat.

During one episode, there are protestors outside the prison and even they have on some nice knitted and crocheted hats and scarves.  The nun come out to talk to them (along with a guard of course) and she also is wearing a nice crochet hat and scarf - looks like the hat is made with homespun yarn)

In another off prison scene...we see one of the inmates relative in the process of being arrested, as he is trying to get away, we see a nice granny square afghan on a chair.

In one scene, a group of inmates are sitting around in a circle talking and one has a large granny afghan around her shoulders (it looks like a shawl in this photo but it was an afghan/throw)

You can see that some of the inmates enjoy crochet - one even has some yarn in her bunk area (see the blue skein there behind her on the cabinet?)

In one scene, Lorna, who reminds me of a pink lady from Grease and who is allowed to drive the prison bus when a guard needs to run an errand, puts on her purple crochet scarf before heading outside.

Even when an inmate gets a visit from their child's father, who brings the baby to see her, her baby is wearing a cute little pink crochet hat.

I saved the best for last.  The character of Red, has both a nice crochet blanket and a crochet pillow.  
She has a lot of power among the inmates so perhaps these were gifts to her in exchange for some favors or some contraband. It is quite colorful and has these nice ombre kind of stripes.  Everytime I see it, I think...hmm, I could make that.  I did notice in season 5, (which I am currently watching) that there is a tiny hole in the yellow/orange section now - wonder if that is deliberate for the show or if something really happened to it by accident on the set.  Perhaps it had a whole all along but I didn't notice it until Season 5.

I wonder where the set directors get the crochet items for the show?  Did they just go to thrift stores? Did they have someone make them especially for the show?  I think they could have a whole behind the scenes episode about the crochet items found.  I am sure a lot of people may not notice these but if you are a crocheter or a knitter, you tend to notice things like this when you are watching TV shows and movies.  

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Thank You Red Heart!

I mentioned the sock KAL that I finished up a week ago.

There was a KAL group on FaceBook where you could post your progress and I posted photos as I went along.  My finished socks got about 75 "likes" but the best part is that earlier today, Red Heart posted a comment on it and said that I won a prize package!  How cool is that?!  They said to send them a private message with my address and they'd ship it out so I did - they replied back that it will be shipped out. 

I'm not sure what it will be - I assume some yarn and perhaps some accessories (a yarn bag or crochet hooks maybe?).

I'm so excited!  I will post a photo of my prize package when received.  Thank You Red Heart!

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Classic Yellow Cake and Chocolate Frosting

I saw this in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and  thought I would save it here so I can refer back to it when I have the time to make it.  I have a friend visiting next week so maybe I will make it then - we shall see.

Note: It bugs me that that one area is highlighted in blue but the link was there each time I tried to capture the image or print the recipe.  It acts as though it is a hyperlink but it doesn't take you anywhere.  

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

W.I.P. Wednesday - Completed Socks

I guess I shouldn't say this is a Work-In-Progress (WIP) since they are completed!  I participated in a Knit-A-Long (KAL) to learn how to knit a pair of socks.  I have never knitted socks before and I don't wear typical socks (due to lymphedema) but I wanted to learn a new skill so I decided this would be a good project and it was!

I had so much fun with the KAL and was actually able to keep up with the group.  I knitted both socks at the same time and I am glad I decided to do that because when the KAL was over, I had a complete pair of socks!

I am really happy with them and actually somewhat impressed with myself I must say. they are...I hope my sister likes them because I am going to give them to her.

#MarlyBirdKAL #ChicSheepYarn

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