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Linens and Laurel
Riverside, CA
New Yorker, writing from SoCal about home arts and family history.
Interests: 1935 Spanish Revival, Family history, Vintage sewing, knitting, and crochet projects
Recent Activity
What I really want to do is write my second great grandfather's story. I joined My Turn Challenge because I yakked about writing more than I actually sat and typed the words. Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Linens and Laurel
Good morning, Beverly! Thank you so much for hosting PS. I'm always in awe of these type of books. What a sweet celebration of your best friends.
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While researching one, I found this sweet pink Orchard Queen. Perfect for Pink Saturday! Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Linens and Laurel
As a former soldier myself, I think Stephen's account would be as follows: Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Ancestry
One of the first things I did after moving here was inquire about a retail space there. The girl from New York never imagined she would live in the house in Southern California of the man from Indiana and inquire about setting up shop in the same place he worked for so many years. Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Linens and Laurel
Stephen works as school commissioner for several years. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Ancestry
Actually, after living in four times the space, I’d call it living tiny. However, “tiny houses” have their own niche now and are a fourth the size of our current main house. We made a conscious decision to downsize three months ago which is a whole other blog post or three or more. Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Linens and Laurel
In 1912, a coal provider bound to contract with the city of Binghamton delivers a product of less than promised quality. The buckwheat coal is smaller than the sample presented when suppliers bid. Stephen D. Wilbur rejects the delivery. Buckwheat coal: Anthracite coal in sizes ranging from 5/16 to 9/16 inch (7.9 to 13.9m). Word Origin: 1880-85, Americanism Read below the article from The Binghamton Press, 1912, explaining the violation. Double click to bring up the full-size page. Stephen is 70 years old. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ancestry
There’s a silly, simple and timely reminder here: potential requires consistent nurturing to bear fruit. Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Linens and Laurel
The 109th NY Infantry, Company E, spend the next year guarding the railroad from Baltimore to Washington so that troops and supplies made it to the Army of the Potomac and practicing their fighting skills. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Ancestry
For a few years I recruited Healthcare IT professionals. I loved it, but couldn't find the right company to settle in since we move so often. During that time, though, I spent my days connecting. Requests from LinkedIn still come daily. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Linens and Laurel
My grandmother often told stories of her school days when her father was the truant officer. She said she could never be late for class or ever skip school. I could feel the fear of that little girl in her voice as she talked about it 60 years later. Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Ancestry
It's been a few weeks now that I have been back writing here. This morning I started a post and noticed that my blog links are old, some going nowhere, and Pinterest and Instagram are now a thing. It's been... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Linens and Laurel
In seven days, I have overcome fear enough to join and lead any similar communities online. Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Linens and Laurel
I am participating in the Your Turn Challenge. Seth Godin’s book, What to Do When It’s Your Turn (and it’s always your turn), is the inspiration for the group. Over 3,000 bloggers committed to writing and shipping every day for 7 days last Monday. It is part of a brilliant marketing strategy and an action plan to help others get unstuck. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
The Civil War does not have a personal impact on the Abram Wilbur family for over a year after its beginning. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at Ancestry
the United States was transforming from a farming society to one with remarkable advances in industry and vast urban development. Generally, the South was considered agricultural and the North, industrial. However, the Gazetteer and Business Directory of Broome and Tioga Counties, N. Y. for 1872-3, lists few professionals or blue collar workers in Hawleyton. The majority of entries are farmers. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at Ancestry
Today we choose where we live based on job availability. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Ancestry
I know you want a pretty picture. There isn't one today. I'm officially in yoga pants and tank with a sweatshirt, on and off, as the sun comes and goes throughout the day. Not picture worthy. The challenge I am... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
Three events in one year connected, and impacted, the farmer’s son, Stephen Wilbur, and his descendants. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at Ancestry
I'm done researching. Now, it's time to tell the story. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Ancestry
Legos were the stocking gift for the kids so we could make breakfast, and more importantly, get a cup of coffee before the craziness began. Just love your pink ones. Good memories.
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What's new? Lots and lots of downsizing. Living in 3000 sq feet LESS. And, gorgeous weather just about every day. Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
We have four citrus trees. The limes, lemons and oranges are done, Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Linens and Laurel
Of course, it is warm and sunny here in SoCal. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Linens and Laurel