Share Your World ~ 3/18/18

What is your earliest memory? We seemed to move a lot. I can remember living in Claymont Delaware in split level and the accent color was green. We didn’t have garage but car was on cement drive. I started school there. But I can also remember my parents talking about their first apartment which was in Clifton Heights. But I don’t think I remember what the apartment looked like. I can remember going to really neat pre school or kindergarten not sure which but they had the neatest toys to play with. I also remember that Claymont downtown  had a corner store and there were a lot of steps but once you got in there they had lots of toys, and bicycles and it was well lit.. I also remember my dad taking me to a store of some sort and I remember it was darker  then the toy store and it was opposite side of the street and down a ways from the corner store. I also remember him buying us some peanut butter crackers they were in glass jar. I can also tell you what the layout of our house was in Claymont. Many years ago I made a journal about my travels and that is one of the things I have in there is the layout of our house on 97 Avon Drive. My mother had Aunt Mary’s book shelve in my bedroom, the bed had belonged to my father’s mother and mom made some yellow striped curtains for my room, there was rug that was hopscotch rug and it was green with black numbers and the rug or had thick green plushness to it.

Which way does the toilet paper roll go? Over or under? Our toilet paper goes over. Then the cat doesn’t try to unwind it as much.

What makes you feel grounded? I am a down to earth type person. I don’t put on airs. I also have compassionate nature and can feel when others are troubled or need a hug or two. I am also very good listener.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  I had lots of smiles this week. We were house hunting and found one. We put a bid and it was accepted!!! Someone called me Miss Mary which made me feel loved. I miss my mother who nurtured me and the person I am today. 


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Share Your World ~ 3/12/18

If a distant uncle dies and you were always his favorite and leaves you $50,000 (any currency) in his will, what would you do? I would split it 3 ways. I would give 1/3 of it to each of my grandchildren and keep a third for myself as emergency backup. Or I would follow the example from a movie called  Christmas Angel (actors: KC Clyde; Kari Hawker, and Bruce Davison) did one year and go around and buy groceries for the homeless or someone that is struggling and leave it on their door step and ring the bell and run.

What sound or sounds do you love? When I hear a fire siren go off I start asking Heavenly Father to help everyone to get out of the  house that is burning. It is just a quiet prayer I say to myself when I hear ambulance or fire truck going somewhere. 

So what sounds do I love, I love the waves hitting a dock that extends out in the ocean, I love the sounds of boardwalk under my feet,  I love to hear some of the birds singing or talking to me. When I hear certain bell rings it reminds me of the ice cream truck that use to come around in our neighborhood in Delaware. I love the crunch sound when you are walking on pine needles in the forest. I love the sound of crackling wood while roasting marshmallows, I like the sound of children giggling with one another. I live the sound of a train going down the tracks. There are some songs I just love like music on French Kiss or Fiddler on roof or there’s two cat in the yard or Horse with no name. I found out later what that meant, but I just like it as song.

What’s your middle name?  Why? I think middles names were given in the old days the mother or a relatives maiden name. I actually like that as it helps when you are doing family history. My middle name is Denise, in French in means Debbie. It was just name my parents gave me. Funny my sisters middle name is Debra, I am not sure how they spelled her name. Now my mother’s middle name is her great grandmother’s maiden name. Which was Lawson. My father’s middle name is Clark and so was this father and grandfather. I have often wondered if Clark was women’s maiden name in my father’s line. But I haven’t been able to prove that yet.

what made me smile this week, someone came to my desk and called me Miss Mary, I felt loved and remembered that two children use to call me that many years ago. There mother out of respect for my taught her children to call me that. So I told the lady that and she smiled.


Share Your World 5 March 2018


What did you or did not like about the first place you lived without your parents? I can’t really remember back that far back. After I graduated from Art Institute of Pittsburgh, I was living in neat apartment building in Mt. Lebanon. My husband was working two jobs, one at the steel meal company and he was maintenance man for the apt. I love that apt it was old fashioned, but I can’t remember the overall layout of this apt. I know we later moved to apt in Edgewood and it had the old Victoria charm with fireplaces and beautiful woodwork and high ceilings. Love being there. We were on the second floor. I remember the first time a train came thru the middle of the night I thought it was washing machine running and it was the train clicking down the track. But it was very nice apt.

What is your most favorite smell/scent? I love patchouli soap,  perfume, incense.

Would you prefer snowy winters, or not, and why? My birthday is in December. I visited Florida once in the winter time and it just didn’t seem like winter. I do like the snow, I just don’t like it when it gets below the freezing point or in the minus degrees. But making snowmen, or enjoying the ice on the trees is like a wonder land.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  

Share Your World 19 Feb 2018


How do you like your eggs? I have given up dairy products. Been allergic to milk as baby and notice as soon as I even ate yogurt my mouth would be so full of mucus. I recently announced to my husband I was going to go vegetarian. But now I have gone vegan in the eyes of the land, but really I am just following the Word of Wisdom that the Lord designed in our beliefs.

Have you ever met anyone famous? Maybe but I will have to think about that for few minutes… I saw Johnny Cash in West Virginia. I also saw the Bee Gees in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at live outdoor theater. I have been to see the Queen in London, didn’t really get to shake her hand but saw her. No I guess I haven’t met anyone famous, but if I do I will come back in here and change it.

What was the first thing you bought with your own money? I remember saving my money for baby doll that was new kind of doll. The dolls legs and arms were separated from babies body and flap more like a really baby. Image result for dolls in 1964 We bought it in Galesburg. We moved there when I was in 3rd grade. Although I remember when I lived in Claymont, Delaware that I would be given money and I would purchase ice cream and bring it home and share with my mom, dad and little sister. There was ice cream truck that came every day. Not the kind they have out in central states but out east. I think I bought the little Dixie cups and they gave us wooden flat spoons to eat with. I love the taste of ice cream on the wood sticks. I still do.Image result for ice cream paper cups with tab and wooden spoons 1957

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  A grandmother and her grandson was in here a few days ago  at the library where i work. I work in the reference department. So my brain in picked on a lot, but I love doing research etc. Anyhow the grandmother had to go home for something and he still needed to pick out some more pictures for his project. So we sat down at the computer and I let him run the mouse and showed him how to use print screen and how to copy and paste or how to crop pictures. Today the grandmother came in to thank us again and she mentioned that her grandson was quite taken with me. I think he was because unfortunately the grandmother was doing much of the work he was suppose to be doing. She got a little short with him at time. I knew he would have done better by himself, but I could not say this to this overbearing grandmother. So I did what I could to show confidence and I am good at helping others but making them do the work so they will learn to do it when I am not hear. 

Fridays, are dress down days for us here at the library. We are allowed to wear blue jeans on that day. So one of my patrons on Monday told me that I should not wear the jeans I had worn last Friday as they were too big on me. I was surprised. I have lost 15 pounds and trying to go down another 15 pounds but seem to be stuck and haven’t moved much. The reason I am wanting to lose weight is because my cholestrol was 239. I have until March when I get to be retested. So that is why I am doing what I am doing.

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Share Your World ~ Feb 12, 2018

Are you a practical jokester? no, I like to kid once a while or play on  words kind of joking. I am usually pretty serious or been told I have dry sense of humor.

Who cuts your hair?  You, a friend, or professional. I used to cut my own hair, but I have been wearing it a lot shorter and now I go to Great Clips.

Did you have a stuffed animal when you were a kid, if so what kind? No, I am have allergies.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  

I was headed to post office this morning. They are only open from 7:30 am till 10:30 as we are small farming community. Anyhow I had to clean my car off before I got started. So on my way out the door I decided to feed the birds more bird seed as their tray was empty, couldn’t believe how fast they ate everything. Then I got my brush out of the back seat of the car and went to brush off the back window when I noticed that someone had written big X O  X on the back. I imagine it was my husband, however it put a great big smile in my heart and on my face.  Just wanted to share what made me happy one day.

Homemade Valentine’s Day Gifts


This is what I have been working on since the New Year. This is the first one. I have two more to go. I will post them as they get completed..Have you thought about Valentine’s Day yet? I did I am making apron’s for my grandkids this year.



Share Your World ~ 5 Feb. 2018


What would be your ideal fantasy way to spend Monday? Stay home and work on family history without any interruptions.or take the weekend and go visit someone in Pennsylvania.

What one person that you are out of contact with would you like to say thank you to?  I usually say thank you so I can’t really think of anyone at this time.

List your favorite toys or games as a kid? A Service Station, Picture Dominoes, Chinese Checkers, tiddly winks. I actually still have my dominoes and I did not realize they came from England. Plus I still have my Chinese Checkers board. We use to do puzzles a lot too. This has come in handy cause it helps me think out of the box when helping others locate genealogical information.

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What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? I could not believe how nice my boss has been towards me. We had day last week that the snow was coming down pretty fast so I left early from work. Beings I am out of time, she allowed me to make the time up on Monday,

{which was not normal for her to do} I was very shocked. There was winter snow storm on Monday of this week and the town I work in got dumped 8 inches. I decided not to leave that day, I was hoping that the plows would be out. Not. So I drove home in snowy weather driving 40 miles an  hour due to the precipitation and the main highway was not plowed nor the secondary roads. One could not see the yellow line in the middle nor where the side of the road started or ended. Some parts of the road I drove down the middle of the road until on coming traffic came. Which was far between. Two people asked me to call them when I got home.

Oh, the other thing was I had to stop three times before getting out of town as my  windshield wipers had ice and then I could not see out of the window. I stopped where some folks were shoveling out their driveway and asked if they could assist me, the man had bottle of deicer and told me to keep it as I would probably have to stop again. Instead I kept my defroster on  high that the cabin was almost unbearable but I didn’t want to have cloudy front windshield so kept the heat going till I got home.  What a night.