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
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/obituary.aspx?n=ita-anderson&pid=173951716

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.
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