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Linens and Laurel
Riverside, CA
New Yorker, writing from SoCal about home arts and family history.
Interests: I live in So-Cal and sell vintage items and supplies.Follow our blog to see what is happening in the 1935 bungalow renovation.
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The Story After two heady weeks with friends in Winter Park, it was time for us to leave, New York for me, and North Carolina for my husband. Our flights were in the afternoon. On a hot and humid day,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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Twenty years ago I searched the name “Leoria Carolyn Wilbur” online to help my son with a family tree assignment. Athough I presumed I would discover material on my grandmother, the first result, a news item from a 1900 paper transcribed by the Tioga County historical site, astonished me. 1903 Leoria Carolyn Wilbur marries Albert Landis Meeker It's my great-grandmother. The young Edwardian woman comes to life on her wedding day in an appropriately formal description with the traditional use middle of names. “Two popular young people”. Leoria Carolyn becomes larger than the tragic woman I recall from her daughter's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at Ancestry
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The Story 10,000 Maniacs wrote the best description of our first two weeks in Florida last year: These are days These are days you'll remember Never before and never since I promise Will the whole world be warm as this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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My third great grandfather is lost. Image from NY Counties Wikipedia I found Daniel, five generations back in our Barber family, but it ends there. That "S" is the key to solving our Barber ancestry. Either it is incorrect, transcribed wrongly from his words by the census taker, written illegibly, or just plain incorrect on his son Daniel Joseph's marriage certificate. The map shows in pink where he likely lived. It is interesting his wife, Sarah Frost, was from Oneida County. Daniel and Sarah lived in Afton, Chenango County and across the border in Pennsylvania. This mystery is extremely frustrating.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2017 at Ancestry
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Technically, we are New Yorkers, but our hearts are in Winter Park, Florida. Most of the Rome, New York "old" people lived half of the year in Florida so maybe it became familiar from our beginnings. Although Florida is not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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Chauncey, C. Claude, known as Claude, is the bad boy of the family. I hesitate to tell such a narrative about my grandfather, but not long ago I came across new information. It answers several questions. Claude Barber attended the Boulevard Methodist Episcopal Church as did my grandmother, Leoria Wilbur. He was an upstanding member as a young man. I do not remember Claude and know him only from stories. It is surprising that a group commendation on one of the stained glass windows includes his name. I didn't realize he was a member there. This church, established by S.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Ancestry
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We interrupt this story... The perfect plan for my lengthy trip goes poof, too bad it's such an excellent letter "P" post and today is "B". The vacation account will continue, but fundamentally I needed help with the actual writing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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Burton Harold Barber is my father and no other "Burton" or "Harold" sits in our family tree. I have always thought of his name as odd. It is another one of those mysteries I wish I had discussed with my grandmother. Lefties Only Mug - Carolyn 1954 Somewhere between my fourth and fifth grade, our father bought his growing family a set of encyclopedias from Bill Bowler who worked as an educational salesperson during summers. Encyclopedias were our internet. I remember hours spent researching for school and just plain fun, much as I do today on the web. One day... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Ancestry
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Map based on Southwest Airlines Original We do not fit into our little house. Adapting means change and this transformation from larger spaces is difficult for me. Considering I spent plenty of time clearing out stuff here and writing about... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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Archie James joins the Barber family when big sister Emily is three, first cousin once removed to Leoria Carolyn Wilbur (2nd), my grandmother. A Binghamton newspaper photo of 1905 likely includes Emily and him. Fortunately for us, a reporter lives in the neighborhood since published photographs of children’s activities are rare at that time. Shown are the Berlin Street party goers late in August. One squinting little boy, with a jazzy black bow, appears to be Archie’s age. Imagine preparing a wiggling child for this outing in all these clothes while keeping him still long enough to tie that scarf.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at Ancestry
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Procrastination should be my theme. I dawdled signing up for the A-Z challenge. I couldn’t choose a topic because I have two projects to complete, both provide material for blogging. One project is to discard anything extra in our home.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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We have been in California for about six years now, three up north, three in SoCal. It was as recent as our move from Vermont, that we disposed of our 20-year-old TVs. You know, the big old bulky ones. We... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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This is our refrigerator, but not our food. In ours, the larger area outlined can hold food. Actually, since the meat/cheese drawer and produce drawers are always full of meat, cheese and produce, the smaller oval shows exactly how much... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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Handy Meal Planner with Tear Off Grocery List I'm not sure if the cure for boredom is a boring task, but that's what is being done on the home front. The goal is to know what we have and by... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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Bourbon Glazed Salmon Recipe with Asparagus I really think it is going to be this simple. Salmon and asparagus. I have everything I need to make the meal. For dessert, I am considering a family favorite, Brownie Pudding: Brownie Pudding... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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Yarn Bee Hint of Silk - Purl Soho Broken Garter Scarf Pattern There seems to be nothing of interest on television lately. I told my husband I think the frenetic coverage of the election has ruined us for now. How... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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This lovely peignoir set by Tula Narco was found locally. My research shows it was probably manufactured around the time our little Spanish colonial was built. The glamorous touches on both, consistent with the era, make it easy to see... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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1989 Sunset Down a Country Road My husband and I have had a virus for about 3 weeks now. We are in need of comfort. It seems the world has changed also, too much. Although more to our liking, any... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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The mountains are majestic in the background as we go about our weekend errands. However, January was just too much! Hallelujah! February has begun with a fresh start for 2017. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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I really wanted to purchase the French General "French Embroidery Hoop". Just because it is so cool. However! I have several vintage wooden and metal hoops in my stash, and even at a discount of $25, it doesn't make sense... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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We are thankful for friends and family that made our holiday season delightful! It began with a cross-country trip by our next door neighbors from Florida who traveled long hours to visit for a week here in Riverside. They brought... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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I started a book club! We have been in our new home for a little over two years. Although the neighborhood touts itself as "the friendliest in Riverside", and truly, everyone does say hello and chat briefly, I have only... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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today. It will be missed along with The Mission Inn Festival of Lights. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Linens and Laurel
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today ... following Friday's birthday dinner for my husband. In the end, I had help. Two chef friends prepared the chicken piccata and garlic sauced pasta. I am beyond grateful! It rarely rained here in the past couple of years.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Linens and Laurel