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Family Heirlooms

By: GardenGrrl , 1:33 AM GMT on July 02, 2012

A Family Heirloom
What we pass down from generation to generation defines what we value. Some families pass down books containing the family tree. One family I know passes down a heavy metal ironing board. (It goes to the favorite daughter). In some families the kids just wait for someone to die and pass them money.

Then there are some families that pass down a place and it's memories. We were invited by friends to go to Beavers Bend State Park in Oklahoma. They had been going there since they were kids. They then brought their kids and now grand kids.

Nestled amid tall trees and bordered by a river, many RV's and tents shared a time to tell old stories and make new ones. A family reunion was happening next to us. They explain that every year the Texas side and the Arkansas side meet here to play a game that resembles horse-shoes called "washers". The winners take an old trophy back to their state.

Up the road another family had set up an extreme croquet challenge on a slope full of rocks and brush. The park was full of annual family reunions. Can a public place become a family heirloom? I think so.
Welcome to a place where "family values" means people sharing their lives and memories.

Decorating ones RV is optional, but many made their camp a home.

There is a popular nearby swimming hole.

Can't forget the fun at the bumper boats.

Some people go there to fly fish.

This picture is just really cute :)

Modern kids playing with modern toys.

Hey guys LOOK! Nature!

Things found while hiking

How does it do that? Things to wonder about.

Mothers and daughters.

What do you treasure about the people and things in your life?

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39. BriarCraft
11:16 PM GMT on July 13, 2012
I've actually gotten to enjoy a whole week of real summer weather here. What fun! I heard that El Nino is setting up now, so weather patterns should start to change soon. For the Pacific Northwest, El Nino means warmer and drier than normal. For the rest of the country, not so nice, but maybe that will mean an end to the drought in much of the south and southwest, which might actually be a good thing for you, and for your garden.
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38. sandiquiz
3:16 PM GMT on July 13, 2012
I wasn't sure whether you are on the new regime or the old one, so not sure whether you are home tomorrow morning or not:)

Whichever, have a good weekend:)

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37. sp34n119w
6:30 PM GMT on July 11, 2012
Hi gg! I've been pondering the family heirloom question and can't come up with much for my own family. I can relate to the idea of a place as an heirloom, though. One branch of our group goes to a campground in a particular area every two years for a reunion because it is near the "original" parent's house (my great-grandparents, who I never met). Most family members have made the pilgrimage to the old house and have even managed to tour the place. The current owners are fixing it up and are very kind and tolerant, I hear.
Other than that, my mom has some of her mother's needlework but we don't know which was made by her hand and which were made by someone else. Doesn't really matter, I guess. Hungarian embroidery is all pretty.
Wait, does my dad's now-useless camera count as an heirloom? LOL I know I'll keep it so maybe so.

Looks like your temps have calmed down a bit and you may get that rain, after all! :)
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36. sandiquiz
10:19 AM GMT on July 11, 2012
Hope you guys can avoid snow??

Snow in late July would really be a new record! lol

We have a little sun today, but I don't want to brag about it, just in case it goes back in again!! lol
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35. GardenGrrl
1:16 PM GMT on July 09, 2012
Good Morning All,
Seems we have dodged the DNS changer. One more thing to add to the good things list.

Hi Calpoppy, Nice job rescuing the wren. I really like those hyper little guys. They do sing really pretty when they are in the mood. My garden is dry and unhappy. The salvias and lavender are hangin in there though.
The kitchen is painted and trimmed. We need to hang a valance over the window and get a new fancy faucet then it will be done. I don't sew, so the valance hunt has not inspired me so far to hang anything. Maybe need to shop online.

Hi Ylee, no cool for us today. It's supposed to be a 100f. There are small storms all around and I keep calling to them to rain on our house. Am leaving the grass a bit long so the lawn still looks good.

Sandi, I fear there will be many a winter Olympic joke flying about the UK soon. Hope it warms up a bit. When we hosted the Super Bowl in DFW, a record snow, ice and low temp storm came up. Genrally speaking that does not happen too often. Hope you guys can avoid snow.
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34. sandiquiz
10:38 AM GMT on July 09, 2012
Well, it is the ninth today and I am talking to you, so hopefully everything is OK!! lol

Hope you cool down a little this week. We are set to cool down too! By Thursday our temperatures are set to be mid 50's! This is so silly - why can't we share this summer's weather!!

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33. Ylee
5:02 AM GMT on July 09, 2012
GG, hope you get some cooling weather while you are off work! It's about 30 degrees cooler tonight here than it was yesterday afternoon!

Take care!
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32. calpoppy
6:14 PM GMT on July 08, 2012
Hi GG, We are getting hot here too, triple digits for tomorrow.

Watering at work is becoming the usual chore this time of year. Bedding plants need it 3 to 4 times a day, depending on the temp and the wind.

One of the nursery cats, Bobby got a hold of a cactus wren Friday. He had the poor thing by it's head. I opened up Bobby's mouth and the wren started to fly away but Bobby was fast and grabbed at it's tail. The bird got away minus his whole tail! I was concerned about him since I did not know all of his injuries. Saw him yesterday, minus a tail, but in good voice! He must be fine.

How is your kitchen re-do going?
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31. RobDaHood
5:27 PM GMT on July 08, 2012
Good Afternoon.

Since you mention it. Whenever I send someone an attachment or link by Email, I always include a personal note explaining what it is and word it in such a way that there is no doubt that it is from me, and not machine generated.

Hope you have a lovely day!
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30. GardenGrrl
3:52 PM GMT on July 08, 2012
Good Morning, How did it get hot again? Last night after the front came through it was in the 70's. Now it's 10am and 91f. Poor Roxie isn't going to the dog park today.

Hi Prose, glad to hear your computer is okay. Enjoyed reading part three of your new blog.

Hi Auburn, thanks for coming by and explaining that virus programs don't stop this one. I was at work and couldn't add anything else. I guess a computer security blog would be a good thing to do one of these days.

Hi Sandi, Good to hear your computers are fine. Whats with this weather? You have the furnace on and most of the US is a furnace right now.

Hi Briarcraft, some days I feel like I have a surplus of lemonade. Oh well, it's hot out, good to have lot's of liquids. The fireworks were really fun to see.

Hi Shore, Lewisville didn't get any rain. We have a really good water rescue team. It's nice that our town will help out other towns.

Hi Rob, Your right about keeping up with security. Especially the parts about unknown links. This is really important with e-mail and Facebook links/attachments.
A hijacked computer will copy e-mail links and send infected links attachments.
I just delete any e-mails that come with attachments unless I know that person is sending me something.

Hi Ylee, glad to know the glitchomatic works a little bit. Hope you are finding ways to stay cool.
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29. Proserpina
9:44 PM GMT on July 07, 2012
Flyby hello!
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28. RobDaHood
9:41 PM GMT on July 07, 2012
Hey GG!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Most good AV and Anti-Malware software should protect you from this, as witnessed by all the "clean" reports. Keep windows, Java, your browser, and Antivirus up to date, keep your firewall on, don't click on unknown links, and few folks have anything to worry about.

It is the millions who don't fret about security that are the problem.

Still....if anyone is worried...click the link and check.
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27. shoreacres
9:34 PM GMT on July 07, 2012
GG ~ Just popped into Twitter and saw a bunch of warnings from Texas Storm Chasers about high winds out on the lakes. Apparently the Lewisville FD is assisting with water rescues on Ray Hubbard and White Rock. 6,000 people are without power -apparently because of high winds.

I looked at your radar and saw the pretty substantial outflow boundary. Check out this radar capture. Here we go again!
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26. sandiquiz
7:52 AM GMT on July 07, 2012
Good morning to you - it is Saturday and you have made it through to the weekend, so only one more day to do - yes?
Your weather gizmo says you are 85 degrees - so it is HOT during the hours of darkness! I am sitting here in a winter dressing gown, after my shower, and I'm contemplating turning on the heating! It is JULY, right?

Whatever you have planned for your rest days - enjoy!

Oh, and thanks for that link, I have checked my two computers and also checked my non-technical friend's computer, when I was around there last night - all clean!
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25. BriarCraft
12:30 AM GMT on July 07, 2012
If life gives you lemons, make lemonade! Instead of beating the pillow, tossing and turning, don't fight it. Get up, get dressed, grab Roxie, and go out. Even if you are a bat caught in daylight, you turned a frustrating time into a fun one. Way to go!
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24. Proserpina
7:43 PM GMT on July 06, 2012
Thank you Auburn, shall do immediately.

ADD: Apparently my computer is clean!
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23. Ylee
7:23 PM GMT on July 06, 2012
The Glitchamatic is good to go! :)
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22. sandiquiz
1:36 PM GMT on July 06, 2012
Using the link GG provided, I clicked on the url link about halfway down that says "English" only - it opened a page saying this computer is DNS virus free. ( need to check the big computer later today.)

I also did a double check by using the English/French link from Canada just above it... OK!
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21. auburn (Mod)
1:15 PM GMT on July 06, 2012
Quoting Proserpina:
Thank you for the info. The news in this area is also forewarning us! I am assuming though, that if one has a good anti-virus program it has taken care of the worm! I sure hope my assumption is correct.

No...you need to use the link provided by GG to check and repair your system...your AV program is useless on this Virus.
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20. Proserpina
12:39 PM GMT on July 06, 2012
Thank you for the info. The news in this area is also forewarning us! I am assuming though, that if one has a good anti-virus program it has taken care of the worm! I sure hope my assumption is correct.
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19. GardenGrrl
10:05 AM GMT on July 06, 2012
Hey All, Monday, July 9th is another one of those virus of doom days.

Millions of computers are infected with a virus called DNS Changer which is a trojan that redirects you computer to other places. The server that controls this will be shut off Monday and all computers infected will cease to have internet.

To learn more and to get the link to check your computer go to this link Link

It's dcwg.org Goodluck.
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18. GardenGrrl
10:14 AM GMT on July 05, 2012
Good Morning, gonna be tired today. Sent the spouse out to have firework fun with the family because I have to be up at 4ish and just don't have the umph be in bed at eleven anymore.
Well, fireworks were rockin the house so on go some outdoor clothes, Roxie on a leash and the great view we used to have is partially obscured by new buildings. But wait!
Look at that moon! Okay Rox, back in the house I'm getting the camera. It was too windy to get any good shots on the tripod.
Turned around and Holy cow, there was an amazing firework display behind me. FlowerMound decided to do it this year. Yee-Haa SCORE!!!

Hi Shore, that kind of reminds me of a United Colors of Benneton ad but without the weird. Lucky you got a home town parade and marching band. The neighbor kid (bad boy)got left home and I caught hime coming down off his roof. I just whooped and said weren't those great fireworks and we all but chest bumped and high fived over how cool it.

Hey Ylee, I'm gonna feel like a bat stuck in day light today but it sure was fun seeing the fireworks. Got a bunch of pictures that are all squiggly light show looking but still cool.

Hi Sandi, It's not patriotic but I will take a double chocolate muffin with chocolate chips and a stiff cup of coffee.
Interesting how even back then people wore "trendy" clothes for their photoshoots.
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17. sandiquiz
6:41 AM GMT on July 05, 2012
Morning to you - Hope you had some "celebrations" yesterday, even if only in the bat cave - Red and white and blue muffins perhaps! lol

Yes, my great, great grandma looks like images you saw of Queen Victoria about the same time!
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16. Ylee
4:31 AM GMT on July 05, 2012
Hey, I've been called a bonehead by lots of folks, some of who are even kin to me! :)

Hope your day at the batcave was an easy one!
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15. shoreacres
1:49 AM GMT on July 05, 2012
I've been doing my July 4th thing and just now am getting around with greetings. That's ok. I think we can appreciate some of the same things on July 5th as we do on July 4th.

Hope your 4th was as good as mine - it wasn't very exciting, but it was completely enjoyable. What's not to like about hotdogs and music? If you're heading to work, I hope I get here before you go. If not - see you tomorrow. I have some other news and MAYBE a decent photo of my baby bluejay. I have to check and see what I have before I make any guarantees. Shooting through a window and a screen isn't the best in the world!

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14. GardenGrrl
10:14 AM GMT on July 04, 2012
Hi Sandi, you came in while I was typing. Your great, great grandmother rather looks like a queen or duchess in the picture.
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13. GardenGrrl
10:03 AM GMT on July 04, 2012
Happy Independence Day USA!!!

Hi Prose, thanks. Say Hi to DC for me. Let's hope that atleast some of our lawmakers find revelation today about what makes America great and act accordingly.

Hi Ylee, I have a great uncle that was a member of the Dallas Bonehead? club. They were known for pulling practical jokes around town. Have a news article buried in a box somewhere. His lucky number was 13. Guess he was quite a charater.
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12. sandiquiz
10:03 AM GMT on July 04, 2012

I don't know whether you saw this photo before, but it is my great-great grandma and three of her children, taken I think in about 1860. I found it in box of photos after my mum died and it was what set me off on my ancestry search.

Hope the batcave is behaving:)
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11. Ylee
5:40 AM GMT on July 04, 2012
You have to work on the 4th? I do, as well! Hope you're getting holiday pay!

If we are kin, that would explain our eclectic sense of humor, and our love for Star Trek! :)

Hope your post-work 4th is a happy one!
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10. Proserpina
12:26 AM GMT on July 04, 2012
4th of July Images, Quotes, Comments, Graphics
4th of July Pictures - Quotes - Photobucket
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9. GardenGrrl
3:44 PM GMT on July 03, 2012
Good Morning All, it's the day before back-to-work so lot's of small chores to do...so many things I'd rather play with but part of being an adult is cleaning, sorting bills, annual vet appointment, making custom birdy food.
Dont' have any great ideas for dinner tonight but yesterday made this amazing beef noodle dish from a new recipe. Serves four, we ate most. Only a small bowl left for lunc/snack. It is called Spicy Beef and Basil with Vermicelli Noodles. I left out the chiles because garlic and fresh ginger are spicy enough. Also, it seemed a bit dry in the pan so added half cup Zico's coconut water to it. Here is the link Link

Oh yeah, for anything that calls for browned ground beef I use 93% lean then add a 1/4 cup instant oats and in lieu of salt add 1/4 cup more or less of liquid beef au jus mix any brand. (this is my trade secret)

Hi Calpoppy, it does seem so many of us have families that have scattered with the wind. Then making new heirlooms is a way to give your family some roots again.
The garden is just getting by. The high heat has abated, now just 90's, but the dry has settled in. Looks like I'm back in the business of feeding the outdoor birds. For awhile they were not coming by much.

Hi Briarcraft, it seems like a lot of heirlooms and keepsakes don't have dollar value. They are more of a symbol, a way to remember, a way to honor the past. My sister and I never had children so even if we had some heirlooms there is really nothing to pass down. Okay, if I had some relatives on the Texas side to pass grandmothers stuff to each piece would have some interesting albeit made-up story to pass on with it.
I've noticed when my family does get together we all have a different version of the same experience. So I guess many family stories are loosely based on the truth anyways ;-)

Hey Ylee, we could be kin. Wouldn't that be something?

Hi Prose, I think having such a complete record is an amazing and wonderful heirloom. As for your paintings, those are beautiful. My sister and I would fight over getting those if they were in our family. Currently I have custody of my grandmothers only surviving watercolors. Both of us while not very good at art, love art. The water color had been folded up in a trunk for years. My sister sort of snatched it and had it properly sealed in a good frame.

Happy Fourth of July Everyone!

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8. calpoppy
1:58 PM GMT on July 03, 2012
Have a Happy 4th!

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7. Proserpina
11:35 AM GMT on July 03, 2012
I love this blog about heirlooms, the photos are wonderful as well.

My family heirlooms were left behind in Italy and I have spent my adult time wishing that I could get a little memento from my grandmother or beloved grandfather on my father's side. Or my maternal grandfather's medals from WWI, or a piece of his wife's (my grandmother)legendary beautiful embroidery.... But it is not to be.

So I am creating a family history (both lines), a genealogy with family trees going back to the end of the 14th century, and my written personal remembrances to leave for my sons and grandchildren. The material things including my paintings are theirs if they want them but for me the important heirlooms are the histories and the family roots.

Happy Fourth of July GG!
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6. Ylee
9:16 AM GMT on July 03, 2012
Actually, my paternal grandfather's brother moved to Texas in the 20s or 30s, to start a new life. As a kid I saw pictures of my cousins, from a school in Los Angeles, TX., a small town SW of San Antonio.

We got some rain, too! WooHoo!
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5. BriarCraft
11:10 PM GMT on July 02, 2012
Nice collection of photos, along with the story of the heirloom campground. I particularly like the little girl hugging the dog and the insect walking on water. Sure wish you'd put those on WU, so I could give them 10s.


Heirlooms in my family, at least by my definition, are things made by hand -- things that money can't buy and that probably have little or no monetary value. A couple of examples:

A great, great grandmother (never met her) in Baden-Baden Germany grew flax and wove linen from it. I have a piece of that linen, wrapped up and stored away, and greatly treasured.

My mother has an intricate Cinderella-style carriage about 6 inches long that her grandfather made out of thin balsa wood with a jigsaw.

With no children to follow me or my brother, there is no family to care about our heirlooms. No matter. We treasure them now; what becomes of them later doesn't matter.
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4. calpoppy
11:05 PM GMT on July 02, 2012
I have a few items that were my grandmother's, she was from Canada and my grandfather was from England. Out of my 4 grandparents 3 were green card holders. Only one was born in the US. Not much of a close family. Now my sons will inherit their late father's mementos from being an A-4 Skyhawk pilot in Vietnam. These will be the new heirlooms to be passed on and on.

So without traditions or heirlooms, we start our own!

Neat story, Ylee on washers! I had no idea what they were, have never heard of them!!!

Have a good work week GG! How is your garden fairing in the heat?

Also I love that butterfly, you have the neatest butterflies. I feel butterfly poor out here!!!!
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3. GardenGrrl
8:57 PM GMT on July 02, 2012
Hey Ylee, perhaps those folks were kin of yours. My family on my grandfathers side came from Kentucky with a bunch of others looking to make their fortunes.
Thanks for explaining all the different ways to play washers. We were all kind of fascinated with their tournament. I definitely think favorite games, songs, stories are all family heirlooms. Have you tried teaching your kids to play washers?

Hi Sandi, it's my short week so there won't be much done except laundry and naps. It was fun seeing my Dad. I think a book with the family tree and history is like passing down gold. I have some boxes of pictures that will remain forever unidentified from my grandmother and a few news clippings, letters. The cousins are all scattered. To have the history organized is such a great gift to pass on.
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2. sandiquiz
12:37 PM GMT on July 02, 2012
I love the comments you have written on the photos.

I am also pleased you managed to see your dad yesterday and take him his dinner! {A two hour drive to take dinner to someone is real dedication :-) }
I bet he was delighted to see you.

I have my new modem plugged in and all is up and running again!

Hope you have something quiet to do the next couple of days to get ready for the batcave..... you are not doing overtime again this week are you ?

Heirlooms? I have my dad's war medals and a couple of pieces of jewellery of my mum's as well as photo albums, but the heirloom I want to leave is the family tree for my great niece (now 4), so she can see her grandma (my sister) came from good old Yorkshire farming stock!
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1. Ylee
3:37 AM GMT on July 02, 2012
As both my wife and I come fromm poor stock, neither one of us has much materially in the way of heirlooms. Most stuff got used up and thrown out leaving little to "pick" from.

However, one of those things passed down from my grandmother is a set of pitching washers! There are myriad ways to play the game; some, as my maternal grandmother's family, pitched washers at a angled wooden box with holes in it, each hole having a different point total.

My paternal grandmother and her widowed brother, who used to come over every Sunday until he moved a trailer over to her farm to live(I lived there too, in another trailer!) pitched washers all afternoon if it wasn't too hot! I joined in often, but until he was in his mid 70s would clean my clock regularly!

Our style involves a can sunk in the dirt, with a "nail" behind it, sticking up out of the ground about three inches. We have two areas, about 25 feet apart, each with a hole and a nail. From one area, you pitch three washers each(ours are painted red and blue so you can tell the difference) toward the opposing area. Closest to the nail gets a point, up to three points if all three of your washers are closer than theirs. A leaner against the nail is three points, one in the hole is five points each, unless your opponent covers your washer up, which cancels your points, and a nail ringer wins the game, unless your opponent either covers your "nail"(My great-uncle was notorious for this!), or hit it so it jumps off the nail!.
If no ringers are thrown during the course of the game, 21 points wins the game!

I realize this is more of a washer wiki than a post about heirlooms, but those washers ARE an heirloom to me! :)

Hope you are keeping cool!
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