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Dragonfly ([personal profile] dragonfly) wrote in [community profile] genealogy2015-04-18 01:51 pm
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All the Colours of the Me ([personal profile] rainbow) wrote2015-04-12 07:43 pm

kitty things

feral probably mama-to-be cat is getting a little braver. now when she sees us through the window she sometimes sauuuuunters away from the food bowl instead of darting. progress!

i suspect that (unlike dragon but very like luna) she is a fearless hunter. she was under the steps yesterday when a mourning dove stopped by to eat and there was this suddnely flurry of kitty-exploding-onto-porch. mourning dove was fast and unscathed.

dragon is very taken with her, and she is fine with him as well. they willshare a bowl of food and take turn shoving each other out of the way.

i was cleaningout a drawer today and found a cat toy that's a wooden handle, bit of springy wire, and a sort of rubbery flattened pompom on the end. before ihad it unfurled, isis was on high alert, and as soon as i started to play with her, i also got binx, sam, and min, all very intent and interested. <3

and then when i had to put it up to rest a bit i learned an important lesson: put it up where binx cna't get it, or i will have to crawl under the bed to rescue it after he's taken it there :x
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Dragonfly ([personal profile] dragonfly) wrote in [community profile] genealogy2015-04-08 11:30 pm

52 Ancestors challenge Week 14 "Favorite Photo"

I picked this picture to blog about. I call it, "The first three Dan Coffmans."



The man with the baby is my great-grandfather, and the baby is my grandfather. (Hi, wee Grandpa!) They were all named Dan Coffman. The elderly gentleman was my great-grandfather's uncle and namesake. He was an older brother to my great-grandfather's father, Sylvan, and I think he must have been quite close to the family, since not only did his brother name his first son for him, but his son named his own son for him. You might think my grandpa was named for his dad, but his dad quite explicitly named him for his dad's uncle, because he also gave him his uncle's middle name.

Doesn't the elder Dan Coffman look like Col. Sanders? And, as it happens, he did serve in the Civil War, but as a very young man, and he mustered out after four years with no higher rank than Private. However, he then served in the Spanish American War, and was a Colonel then. Heh.

It's often enlightening to think about who is taking the picture, and in this case I think it is Sylvan Coffman, Col. Coffman's younger brother. He is photographing his favorite brother, his son and his grandson, who all have the same name.

The Dan Coffman holding the baby divorced his wife in a time when that wasn't done, and married a woman named Rachel. The story is that he met Rachel after a bank robbery. Rachel was a bank teller and she was locked in the bank vault with the other employees. Dan was the man with the tools who got them all out. He and Rachel had a daughter and they had a musical act with the daughter. They traveled around to places like Elks Lodges and played the banjo and sang. Meanwhile the baby on his lap in the picture and a second child were being raised by his first wife.
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All the Colours of the Me ([personal profile] rainbow) wrote2015-04-06 11:29 pm

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made it through bloody sunday sans blood - \o/

body being a pain.

miss you all

~me