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We have three dogs, and sometimes I think they are just like having lifetime toddlers. They are so needy. Now, we live in the country, and we can’t just open the door to allow them to go outside. We have to leash them, then take them out to relieve themselves. We have coyotes that are running around, and even come up to the house to tease the dogs. There are mountain lions sneaking around just waiting for a city girl to allow her four pound dog outside, so the can eat her. So, as much as they irritate me sometimes, I also love the biggies, and Gucci. Here is Sheba, one of the biggies. image

Christmas Catalogs

I don’t know about you, but we are inundated with catalogs during the holiday season. How do you deal with all the catalogs?

I recycle the catalogs, and ask each of them not to send them. In all honesty, I do enjoy them, thumbing through them as my husband watches Star Trek (again, and again, I know the dialog). I have my tea in one hand the the other is holding my catalogs.

One of the things I do is take photos of what I want, or what I want to give to people for Christmas. Here is a photo of the tin I am going to be sending to my family across the country. Guittard chocolates in a tin. I try to send things to people that are from California especially the SF area since that is where I first lived when I came out to California.

Let me know what you do with your catalogs. IMG_0662


One of the most important aspects of family is caring for other people. It is important that education reflect our spirit of giving to others.  Especially those that do for themselves and others. Our Veterans have worked hard for us. They answered the call that the government called them to do. It is horrible that our Veterans came back to the U. S. without fan fare after Vietnam. The boys that went to war were in the middle of a war that was no fault of their own.

As our children gain more maturity I am glad my children understand that people need help, and sometimes people end up homeless by no fault of their own. Our veterans should never end up with no where to go. I am grateful that my children have the desire to help others, and especially Veterans that have served our country.

Last week, I sent my son in the store to buy some food for a homeless shelter, and he gave the dollars he had left to the Veterans. The Veterans gave him a little flower, and he gave the flower to me. I wore that flower with every outfit for the week.



Grafince Tasgotti

Since the children have always been allowed to chose their own art, my son has had a transportation theme to his room. This litho is an old one that I found in an antique store.  I purchased the set of the balloons, and he loved them. The detail is exquisite, one can really spend time looking at the nuances that the artist has captured.



Clear Sky Coming


Honora O Flynn

Born is 1681 in Kerry, Ireland. She was an only child of Edward, and was kidnapped from her home. She was purchased in Maryland, and gave birth to 14 children.St_medium


Yet another is that she was a kidnapped Irish Princess brought to America for a wife. ——————– Honora O’Flynn was mentioned in old records as an Irish girl of great peity, and it was through her that the Catholic element appears in the Durbin line. (also Logsdon).

Family lore handed down through the generations was of a beautiful Irish girl named Honora O’Flynn who was kidnapped from Ireland, brought to this country to marry an unknown farmer. She escaped and married William Logsdon. These quotes were taken from some Kentucky Catholic records pertaining to one Father Elisha Durbin, son of John J. Durbin and Patience Lodsdon; James M Logsdon, Oct 1999, has birth date of c1886.

The picture is of St. Paul’s Church. St. Paul’s Anglican Church is located in downtown Baltimore, MD. Built in 1692, it is the church where Honora O’Flynn married William Logsdon in 1702. The story surrounding Honora is that she was bought for her steerage from Ireland on the Baltimore docks for one hogshead of tobacco. The Church is the oldest in Baltimore, built in 1692, an historic site.


Her Reference number in some Maryland archive place is 1203.0. Immigrated between 1701-1702Honora is styled as a 'beauriful, the flaming red head, vivacious and pious Irish Catholic girl kidnapped fromthe sourhern coast of Ireland'. According to family lore, William Logsdon was working on his farm in 1702 when he saw a British ship anchored in the Patapsco River and decided to 'inspect' its cargo. Part of the 'cargo' was Honora O'Flynn who had been kidnapped by the British from the coast of Ireland and brought to Maryland by a sea captain for barter. It is reported that William gave the sea captain a hogshead (barrel) of tobacco for Honora's passage. She was bought by William Logsdon and later became his wife in 1702. She is said to have been kidnapped on the Southern coast of Ireland and is known in Logsdon family lore as the "Captive Maiden" while William was known as the "Indentured Servant."

In the Hall of Records, Annapolis, MD, Vol. 15: Several documents state that Honora was kidnapped from Ireland by pirates and brought to Maryland where she was sold as an indentured servant. The name “Honora” was carried down through many generations of both the Logsdon and Durbin families. There is some speculation that her father’s name may have been Edward, for whom she named her second. On 22 May 1730, May, widow of William, released her dower rights at the time of the re-survey of ‘Brotherly Love’. On 22 September 1730, Honour witnessed the sale of land from her son William to Mathew Coulter on the north side of the middle branch of the Patapsco River.

The name O’Flynn (according to MacLysaght’s “Irish Families”) came from the Gaelic personal name Flann and denotes a dull red color and means ruddy when applied to persons. The name O’Flynn ranks 41st in the list of family names in Ireland, and the families are found mainly in Cork and Waterford in the south, and on the borders of Connacht and Ulster in Roscommon, Leitrim, and Cavan Counties. One source suggests that Mary’s death may have been as late as ca. 1750.


Baking Cookies

Even when the kids were young we used to bake cookies together. Nothing quite like licking the bowl…Picture 26

My Kitchen In The Morning.


L. Henkel

This watercolor is one of my favorites. It has the theme I love, people reading. Since I have many women reading I wanted some men that were reading too. I have a deep fondness of Cardinals, so I had to have this painting. The technical skill to do this watercolor shows a great deal of control. Watercolors are very difficult, and very unforgiving. The detail of his face, and the chair are exquisite.

This piece is from 1902. I do not know who the Cardinal is, but I really like him! What do you think about him? IMG_2725