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Sunday, January 25th, 2015 01:05 pm
i continue to be amazed at how much better this new, so much cheaper stove is than our old one. it starts SO fast. with the old one it took a long time and a firestarter. with the new one, i sift out the coals from yesterday's fire wheni clean out the firebox, scatter them on the floor, add some paper and wood, and it's off. it's also better for the environment <3 (it's this one: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Englander-1-800-sq-ft-Wood-Burning-Stove-13-NCH/100157775?N=c4lsZ5yc1v)

i got a great genealogical gift! someone i don't know sent me a copy of my gg grandmother's birth adn baptismal record! not in the town i was expecting (berlin), but both her name and her date of birth are right.

but then i went through more records, and i'm wondering if she was baptised at her mother's family's church (her mother died in childbirth, from what my ggm said when she was 101). the baptism of Auguste was at the church her mother's people went to in enger, westfalia. but her father, heinrich biermann, was a native of berlin and all his other records are in berlin.

biermann was a cigar maker in berlin -- and there was another biermann, friedrich, from bremen. his cigar firm had offices in westfalia.

i have not found if there's any connection between the bremen and the berlin biermanns.
Sunday, January 25th, 2015 04:30 am

i did not know ita, but i know a lot of people who did, so signal boosting in case anyone has missed hearing of her passing.
Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 12:00 pm
Taking a cue from [personal profile] dragonfly and attempting to be a more active member, I'm going to do this challenge. Starting late, but starting and I think that is the main point. So , on with it.

Week One : Fresh Starts

Martin Hoover was my fourth great grand uncle, brother of John Graff Hoover my fourth great grandfather. He was born in Lancaster Pennsylvania in 1760. They were sons of Ludwig Huber who emigrated from Germany to Pennsylvania with his father and family in 1742. A little more than sixty years later, in 1804 Matin along with several other families emigrated to Canada West, settling into the area which would become known as Markham. He may have come at the age of 44 looking for cheap land for he had a large family, but he was also ordained in the Menonnite Church and a bishop. Martin was the second leader of the Wideman Mennonite Church in Markham, succeeding the founder Henry Wideman.

Martin was not satisfied with one fresh start. In 1837, at the age of 77, he picked up his belongings and moved back to the States this time settling in Medina County, Ohio. Again, aged 86 years, he moved, finally settling in 1846 in Yellow Creek, Elkhart, Indiana. Martin's son John and John's large family (eight of 12 children) moved with him each time. Martin died in 1849, just a few years after arriving in Yellow Creek.

I can't find anything to explain why a man of his advanced years would leave behind his church and his community of 33 years. Possibly he had a bad case of wanderlust. Or maybe he was following openings in new communities as a pastor. I may never know for sure, but it's going to be fun trying to track down some more detail to fill out Martin's story.
Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 03:03 am
(I didn't know Eric; boosting the signal for those who might not otherwise get the news)

Chaz Boston Baden's post: https://facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=4985831099883&id=1722712815&refid=52&__tn__=C
Sunday, January 18th, 2015 09:41 am
i've rearranged my desk! i hauled an old white 9 drawer cabinet my grandfather made up to my desk and put all my little misc stuff in it. and now i have a much clearer desk. the cats approve, as there's a nice new cat bed on the other side of the table from the cabinet.

i've been doing a lot of digital painting and love it ♥

our new washing machine is FABULOUS and gets things much, much cleaner than the old one!

i ahve had my first dark chocolate orange and now i want ALL THE DARK CHOCOLATE ORANGES. ♥

i de-decorated my solstice tree but the room was so dim that i've left the actual pre-strung with lights tree up just so i can plug it in every day and have the wonderful soft glow. so i'm going to try to take off the lights and figure out how to fasten them on the bookshelves instead. *nod*

and that's the news
Sunday, January 18th, 2015 10:00 pm
Hello, Dreamwidth! Greetings from glorious Auckland, NZ, where we've been for this year's linux.conf.au. (It was a great conference! But then, it always is.) We decided to sneak in a code push while we were here, since we were in the same place and code pushes are always more fun when you can yell across the room when something breaks.

Behind the cut:

* Development
* Responsive-design conversion
* Reading page: custom colors for accounts going away
* Quicker Reply: reply from your reading page
* Warnings when you don't keyword an icon
* The country list
* SSL Everywhere

Dreamwidth News, 18 Jan 2015 )
Sunday, January 18th, 2015 03:48 am
We've finished pushing the new code and will be working on fixing immediately obvious bugs now!

We're looking into problems with the new Create/Edit entries page not working properly on Chrome.
Sunday, January 18th, 2015 08:21 pm
We are (inevitably) running a little bit late -- the code push will begin in about half an hour or so. We'll update this entry when we're beginning.

This code push contains some rewrites/conversions of various pages on the site, so things will look a little different than what you're used to. The most obvious change will probably be to the Create Entry page -- it's not a redesign, and things will continue to behave the exact same way they have been, they'll just look a little bit different. Do not adjust the horizontal, do not adjust the vertical.

EDIT: Sorry, [staff profile] mark got started before I could update! We are in the middle of pushing now.
Friday, January 16th, 2015 06:28 pm
We will be doing a code push this weekend! [staff profile] mark, [staff profile] fu, and I are in New Zealand for Linux Conf AU, so the code push is planned for Sunday, 18 January, at 8PM New Zealand time (GMT +13). (See this in your time zone.) This is Sunday 2AM EST/7AM GMT/Saturday 11PM PDT.

We'll update you again right before we're ready to get started.