Beautiful Breakfast Mess

Sunday started out pretty good for me. I got up read my Sunday School lesson, I always like to write in my journal what I did the day before. Then I knew I needed to eat but wasn’t really in the mood to eat. But then I remembered I needed to eat in order to take this one pill that said “Eat with Food”. So I started thinking about what I might have, eggs, oatmeal, french toast but none of these really appealed to me. Then my hubby suggested a bowl of yogurt with fresh berries.

So the yogurt sounded good. I have plain yogurt or this Cabot Greek Yogurt in the refrigerator.. Cabot is great at making White Sharp Cheddar Cheese without any dyes which I love. So decided today I would eat some of the Greek Yogurt,as lot thicker then plain yogurt. I use whole milk yogurt then you don’t have extra salt and sugar in it to make is sweeter.

This is what I put together which I thought was kind of a mess but turned out to hit the spot.

Two or three scoops of Greek yogurt. ini medium size cereal bowl., then I added 1/2 cap or 1 tsp. of vanilla extract , and 1 Tablespoon of ( Pure Maple Syrup this particular syrup taste caramel flavor syrup) , Stir them in then I added 1/3 cup of  homemade granola the recipe is from, Then I topped it with some black raspberries that I picked the day before.

This was delicious and hit the spot. Will try to take picture  and upload this later today. It is late and I  had this on my phone but could not get it to save as draft so had to retype this on my computer. Hope you will enjoy this as much as I have this morning.


Share My World ~ 29 June 2017

Challenge Response to ‘What are your Goals?’ (Share your World or SYW)

What goal are you working on now?  I wanted to be healthy, so I prayed about it. Then a lady at church told  me her sister’s Doctor wanted her to try this certain diet. So I decided to try it as well. Well it didn’t last long for me as it consisted of all salads and assorted beans of your liking. I got sick of it and now have hard time eating salads.

Then in early November of last year, I follow a blog called 100 days of Real Food, I didn’t pay a lot of attention to it until after Christmas, as it seemed to be more geared towards young children lunch boxes.  My children are grown and have children of their own. Anyhow they offered 6 week course for $15 so I decided to try it. They took you off of processed food one week at time. I never thought about cereal in box being processed. So my eyes were open. I lost 10lbs and then started walking and lost the next 10 lbs. Looking forward to loosing more. So two goals here are being healthy and exercising, which I choose walking. I feel better and have more energy. Don’t have to count calories just be more particular in what I eat or don’t eat. I have switched over and and it is great.

What is one thing you’re glad you tried but would never do again?. When I go to Mexican restaurants, I don’t care for the meats they use in their meal choices, so I tend to stay away from meat dishes and go for cheese dishes instead. I found that one of my other friends feels the same way I do. Which was amazing to me.

Did you choose your profession or did it choose you?  I went to school to be an Interior Decorator, but got married and did not pursue my degree. After I was married the second time, I needed a job but it was when computers were coming in and I didn’t know how to run them. The Illinois job service offered classes to learn how to use computer so I took up their offer. The first job I applied for was at library. I did not know I would be there for 20 or more years and I am still there. I started in Tech department entering data into the card catalog, later I felt prompted to change to the reference department.

I found out that I love teaching people how to use the computer and have also taught people how to do family history. Being crafty I also taught some other classes as well such as how to make a bracelet or necklace. Even thou I am in the Reference Department, I wear many hats. I also do Interlibrary Loan, Teach Classes, Help in Genealogy Room and show people how to get around in there, I find books or articles people need. I love my job and love helping people.

Have you ever gotten lost? yes I have gotten lost, but I am not afraid to stop and ask how to get on my way.

 Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?  I am grateful that even thou I mess up that I can pick myself up and brush myself off and forgive myself.

This coming week I am looking forward to getting day off to get my house back in order. Been painting and ripping up carpet and the whole house is at stand still till we get this one room put back together again. 




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Great Grandpa Amnesia Travels part 12 Final episode

In September a workman who had been at Pillings & Sons,  when my father had worked there saw him at a local baseball game and got in touch with us. Uncle Ben went out to make sure it was our father as we had followed many false clues. He was my father, but didn’t recognize Uncle Ben or anything that he told him nor return to Philadelphia with him. Ella, his daughter went out to Cleveland that night by train to see what she could do. Sometime after John had arrived in Cleveland he had gotten work doing something with electrical light bulbs and insisted on Uncle Ben going to his employer to get a good reference for him. When father arrived home from work I went out to meet him on the porch steps and leaned over and kissed him, no response, no idea who I was.  That afternoon, I talked a great deal to him about his past life beyond May 8, 1923 and he would not go home to a wife he didn’t know but agreed to go to Uncle Ben’s house.

During our conversation he became stiff and lapsed into an odd spell did this twice and said he could see a woman and was sure he would recognize her again. We took the sleeper to Philadelphia and after waking in the morning he told us of a dream where some women were in the ocean laughing and lauhging. Four maiden English women lived next door to us in Philadelphia. They were very close friends and enjoyed laughing. Once when they were in the ocean swimming one of them lost their false teeth and we could imagine how the rest must of just laughed!

Frank, my fiance picked us up at the station and drove- as we passed where my mother had lived before being married, my father said that the house is very familiar to me and he thought that the Main Line was familiar. When my Aunt Ada met us at the door he again had no recognition of her. There was an unusual big mirror covering half the side wall he looked at that and said, “I’ve seen that mirror before.” We had breakfast while Frank went to get my mother. We were standing in the living room when my mother came in calling “Jack”, “Jack” he turned and recognized her then asked where is Ella?, where is Lilly, the little black dog? The broke down and cried and things came back to him.

He and my mother went to the shore for two weeks which the doctor suggested. After that he was perfectly normal and before long went back to work at Pillings in a less important position with less responsibility as he formerly was a shipping manager. He worked until about week before he died. He died of pneumonia on 20 April 1934 at the age of 77. He had been gone from the age of 64 till age 67. The only change that there seemed to be was how he watched his money as this was natural because on May 5th he didn’t have any. It is also suppose that he took on the name of John Farnham as his sister lived on Farnham Street in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. John took notes every place he stayed on grocery bags. He kept a log so he could pay back the money that was loaned to him as he went along. This is something similar he would have done in ordinary life and through out his life he has kept notes much like a journal.

This journal doesn’t tell you every place he stayed as I came across a letter giving an account of places he stayed and with whom.

Memory was gone on May 8th – first day I can remember awoke in C&C shed at Gray’s Shed with nothing but wearing apparel I wore. Walked along the railroad and caught in sudden storm soaking wet from knees down. Then came to mountain cabin after dark and they kept me over night and dried out my clothes at fireplace.

May 9th – Gate City, Virginia – Spent the night in empty railroad car                                     May 10th – Speer Ferry – Night in empty house                                                                       May 11- Near Duffield – House on Route 2 George Miller                                                 May 12th – Big Stone Gap – rain & wet from knees down                                                     May 13th – Norton and back to Appalachia – Virginia Night in empty car                          May 14th –  Duffield – night empty cabin                                                                           May 15th – 2 miles from Gate City- night in construction car (rain)                                   May 16th – Mendota – night in old mill                                                                                 May 18th – Atkins, Virginia – Mrs. S. A. McIntyre House long ride in auto                        May 19th – Roanoke Virginia – night in railroad round house                                            May 20th -night abandon church                                                                                      May 21st – country or barn                                                                                                May 22nd – Near Verona – night in barn                                                                                 May 23rd – near Winchester – night in school house awfully cold                                           May 24th – near Green castle – night in barn near Hagertown,Pennsylvania                         May 25th – near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania – night in barn                                               May 26th – Shippenburg, Pennsylvania – night in barn                                                         May 27th – Carlisle, Pennsylvania –                                                                                         May 28th – Midway between Carlisle & Harrisburg – barn                                                       May 29th – 3 miles north of Harrisburg                                                                                     May 30th – 20 miles North of Harrisburg                                                                                 May 31st – 35 miles from North of Harrisburg – night in a barn                                        June 1st – Susquehanna University – Selins Grove Sleepy Hollow Mr Forest                   June 3rd – 5 miles North of Northumberland – Mr. Forrest                                                       June 4th – 16 miles south of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, night in barn                                   June 5th – 3 miles North of Elmira, New York – approached wet under barn                           June 6th – 6 miles North of Addison – night in barn                                                                   June 7th – 1 mile North of Jasper – Andrew Murphy family, (boy Neal) supper & lodging     June 8th – 5 miles North Dansville – barn cold rain                                                                 June 9th – 50 miles East of Buffalo – night in barn                                                                 June 10th – 1/2 mile east of E. Pembroke – night in barn                                                         June 11th – June 16th – Murray Cranndall – worked $1:00 per day and board                         June 17th – 3 miles West of Penbroke – night in barn                                                               June 18th – Buffalo – car at night licked in L V Railroad – night in barn                                   June 19th – N. Evan (12 miles south of Buffalo)  night barn                                                 June 20th – Portland New York – 52 miles of Buffalo – open shed night                                   June 21st – 20 miles north of Erie, Pennsylvania – night shed                                               June 22nd – 12 miles north of Erie, Pennsylvania – night barn                                                 June 23rd – 8 miles south of Erie , Pennsylvania – night barn                                                  June 24th – 19 miles south of Erie, Pennsylvania – night barn                                                June 25th – 45 miles East of Cleveland – night – slept out on ground at camp                         June 26th – Ohio – engaged to work, farm                                                                               Nov 1-11th – at John Hall – farmer                                                                                             Nov. 12th – Cleveland

The following is some background history of John Aikin Falck. He was born in Williamstown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania on 23 Feb 1857. Williamstown was later changed to Vintage.  His mother died in child birth. He had a brother Edward Falck who married Mary Kneipp and sister Mary Elizabeth who married Eldwin Johnson. His father remarried and his step mother was Mary Salone Schmucker whom raised him. He had a step sister: Laura Falck and two step brothers namely Charles and Milton Falck.

His mother’s family was from Wales and his father’s family was from Germany. He grew up near Lancaster and were Lutherans.

He attended Franklin Marshall College in Lancaster later changed to Philadelphia School of Pharmacy and became a druggist. After graduation he decided to travel. He went West working as a druggist. As he traveled he wrote to the Lancaster newspaper: “The New Era”  (there is a book that someone has kept up on all the articles he wrote in to the paper about his traveling experiences.)

He went to Los Angeles, California  then onto Australia living in Sidney for about three years then on to India, which is now Pakistan where he lived there for seven years. Before returning to the states he traveled in Europe and then came back to Philadelphia where he met his wife and married Esther Hunt Hansell on 17 October 1899. they lived on Wynnewood Ave. in Pennsylvania until his death.

John was very fond of children and they liked him too. He was buried in Woodland Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. When John was in Jasper, New York he came to the home of Andrew Murray and he went to the door and asked if he could sleep in the barn, Neal answered and went and got his father, said he could sleep in their home. Ella went to see them after her father had died. They had felt later that he wasn’t an ordinary tramp, they had tired to go after him, but he must have gotten a lift. He made a BIG impression on them and especially on Neal. After Father got to Cleveland he wrote a thank you note and gave his address in Cleveland. From then on they were his adopted family and they sent him presents and especially at Christmas. They really adopted each other.

After he came home, two daughters visited us in Philadelphia and later Mother (John’s wife) Jack ( my son) and I (Jack’s mother) stopped to see them in Jasper, New York. That’s when they told us they tried to catch up with him.      

Thank you for taking interest in this family story and for your likes, Mary



How I Lost 20 lbs

Last year I signed up to receive newsletter from “100 Days of Real Food”  Here is her website:

Most of the time I didn’t read them as they seem to be more focused on young children’s lunches. My children were grown but I was interested in her concept. Then right after Christmas she had offer that in 6 weeks you could get yourself off of  process food. I wasn’t sure about all that was involved, but the price was inviting, I had thought about going back to Weight Watches but there prices were screaming at me and my pocket book could not wrap around the cost. So I decided to settle with this 6 week course from Lisa Leake. My legs were paining me and I wanted to eat better so I could serve the Lord better. So that is the reason I decided to try this course.

I learn things I had not even consider process before. Some of the ingredients has always baffled me not knowing why they were in there and why. So I learned some new things and started following the course. Each week she gave you something to work on. I have lost 10 pounds from following her course. Then I started walking and lost 10 more pounds. I seem to be able to keep it off. I haven’t walked lately due to my siatic nerve and back  pain but as soon as I can I am going to get back into it again. I feel better. I have been able to get back into my smaller size clothes. I have more energy. I really recommend this way of eating. I don’t even count calories, I just make sure I eat my fruit and vegetables and occasional meat. I am not a big meat fan to begin with. I am more conscious as to what not to pick up. I stay out of fast food resturants.

I had some teeth work done recently and that really curved me away from white sugar which was another thing that helped me loose my weight.

I hope this helps someone that is wanting to lose weight and learn new things about the food culture out there. I am always searching for new homemade cooking ideas now. My board on  pinterest called Recipes to try has some great ideas that I have used.

Great Grandpa Amnesia Travels part 11

There was a large garden and in addition a half acre of potatoes and the cause of sweet corn, all needing attention. The occupants of the house were the son, wife, three young children, a nurse and a cook. The next morning went to work in the garden and kept up that work until Saturday and was then paid $8.00. It came to my mind than that I had better come to an understanding about the $2.00 a day, whether it meant everyday or only days I worked so I spoke to the father about it as he had engaged me. I didn’t feel attached to him from the first but did like the son. He said his terms were only days I could work and I said mine was $2.00 a day rain or shine and including Sunday. After arguing the matter I said I would leave after he said, Well, John I guess you’ll have to go. ” and when I was walking away he called, “You’d had better see my son first.” I looked him up after talking the matter over he told me to stay and the pay would be $14.00 a week. Barring the Sunday, it turned out to be 50 -50 as it was a very dry summer and there was not more that a day and half all toll when  could not work, those often being inside work that I could do when there was rain and I had to work all day July 4 Labor Day. It left a bad taste in the Father’s though and as he seemed to have as much direction about the place as the son, did all the “bossing” and we were at logger ____ heals most of teh time. After once telling me about what he wanted done about the  place the son left it all to me except when he wanted something special done. He went to the nearest town, ten miles distant and purchased some tinware, coffee pot and gave me the use of two burner kerosene stove which they kept in the laundry on wash day , but I had to carry this back and forth each wash day.

The garden was backward and it took lots of work to get it going, but eventually there were all kinds with plenty tomatoes etc. I could utilize anything I wanted in the garden and later came potatoes and sweet corn. I managed well as to my meal,s but sometimes the work was terrific for one not accustomed to it for I knew I never had done any such work during my stay, I loaded gravel, dug ditches, mowed lawns, cleared lots of ground of weeds 3 x 4 high using a ____________, and many times hoed all day long until I thought my back would break and often went to bed with my underclothes still damp not having any others or a night shirt. One day I dug a hole five feet deep and about 6′ x 4′.

It was intensely hot and when evening came I as wet thru. not a dry stitch on me. Some notes I had in my pocket were wet I had to be most careful in separating them for fear of tearing the money. I made a point to save all possible for I did not want to go to the road again and did save $10.00 a week besides buying some necessaries in clothing. I was one away one day and there I had to go to Cleveland to see a podiatrist as a soft corn and callous on my feet became so bad I could not walk without pain and of course limping. At the end of October they closed the house and went to Florida for the winter, gave me the privilege of using the garage during the winter if I wished to stay and take up the work again in the spring. He was short of cash when he left and said he would mail the money which he did shortly after in addition to $5.00 dollars extra which he said was on account of faithful service etc. I than hired out to a farmer in the neighborhood $12.00 a week and board but I only stayed two weeks as the work was too hard, ten cows, three horses, to look after and a room without any heat.

Came to Cleveland and here I have been until the present, unable to get any work of any kind. The reserve is getting low and only by close economy can I hold out until April. This being Feb 15 a couple of jobs I missed by a few minutes, was turned down more than once on account of age. I gave 60 years uncertain as to what is correct but more I feel sure. Have been looking daily for something but it has been a dull winter here many being out of work and many applicants for all work. It has been an cold winter, though a couple times it has been almost zero but no heavy snowfalls. Spare time from looking for work I have passed at the library, searching newspapers and reading. Doesn’t appear much prospect of coming across any information about myself, but I’ll keep at it as the slightest incident might stir my memory.