Prompt 7: Grandparents

Originally Published October 12, 2013.

I was lucky enough to know all four of my grandparents for all of my childhood.  None of my grandparents died until I was senior in high school so I knew them for many years.  I even knew several of my great-grandparents.  I spent quite a bit of time with all of my grandparents when I was a child unlike many of my peers.  We lived within an hour and a half of them during their lives so we visited often, usually every weekend.

Grandma and Grandpa Treat in our home in Green Forest in the early 1980s

My mother’s parents were Ruth Lawrence and Sherman Treat. they were chicken farmers for Tyson for much of the time I remember. They lived on Don 1 Farm for most of my childhood raising chickens. They had a cow for milk, a few pigs, and various pets. They also always had a large garden to grow their own food. Grandma cooked from scratch and always had something good cooking on the stove when we visited,

Grandma and Grandpa Thompson standing in their living in the late 1970s

My father’s parents were CH and Gwen Stout Thompson. Grandpa Thompson worked for all the years that I can remember at the same manufacturing plant in Rogers. It was called RTW at the time of his retirement although it had a different name for many of the years he worked there. Grandma Thompson was a homemaker for most of her life although she had worked some when she was younger,

Prompt 7: Grandparents

What were their names?

Where were they from?

Were they related? – Cousins perhaps

Where were they born, another Country or state/area

Photos

What did they do?

Did you know them?

What was your relationship with them?

If you didn’t know them have you researched about them?

The Book of Me, Written by You is a real opportunity to explore your memories, thoughts, information from your life, things that you can remember, and perhaps the passing on of oral history. This is a chance to explore yourself and create a legacy for future generations. This is truly a road of self discovery and exploration. The prompts will be delivered each week from 31st August 2013 through until the end of December 2014 via Thomas at Geneabloggers and via the Anglers Rest blog. There is a Facebook group set up read for discussion. You can read all about the project and find out what it is all about and sign up to the Facebook page HERE

Week 19: Bedroom

I am re-posting some of my old blog posts to keep the history of my blog alive. This post is from the 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History blogging prompts series.

This post appeared originally on my blog on June 4, 2011.

When I was a kid and until I went to college actually, I shared a room with my sister.  We had twin beds, chests and toys when we were little.  We had a little corner of our room devoted to our Barbie home!  We spent many many hours in our bedroom playing with those Barbie dolls!

For one memorable weekend, there were also stripes of black tape across the room when we were fighting!  Then we finally realized that one of us was able to get to our clothes  but the other was the only one who could get to the door!  We made up and then the room went back to normal!

I don’t really remember any special decorations.  We had the usual teenage posters of the teen actors and singers but I don’t really remember which ones.  Our beds did usually have matching bedspreads.

Our room was usually messy!  In fact one of my most memorable moments is one day when I was about 9 or 10 and my sister was about 7 or 8  and were sent to our room to clean it.  We had been in there for a while “cleaning” our room and my sister went to get Dad to check her side because she was finished.  Dad came in and took one look and told her she needed to finish cleaning her side that she wasn’t done.  She looked up at him with her puppy-dog brown eyes and said “What’s wrong with it, Daddy?” I could see the smoke coming out of his ears!  He just turned around and left the room!  Mom came in a few minutes later and explained that my sister should really remove the giant pile of clothes from the floor of the closet and hang them up if they were clean or take them to the dirty clothes!  Then, she should clean all the toys she had shoved under her bed and piled beside it and put them in the toy bins!  My sister got her payback last year though when her soon with the same puppy-dog eyes looked up at her with his room completely covered in toy and looked up at her and asked what was wrong with it when she told him to clean his room!  She just didn’t seem to see why Mom and Dad found that so funny!!

Week 19. Bedroom. Describe your childhood bedroom. What furniture did it contain? Were there curtains, wallpaper or paint? Was it messy or clean? Did you share a room with your siblings?

Prompt 8: Time Capsule

Originally Published July 14, 2014.

My time capsule would be for the grandchildren of my niece and nephews and the generations to follow them.  I would want them to know about not only my life and the lives of my parents and grandparents but of the preceding generations as well.

I was lucky enough to know some of my great-grandparents and to hear some stories of their parents and even of their grandparents.  I want to make sure that those are not lost to those that follow me.  I would put the family history books that I am currently writing in my time capsule.  I am trying to make my family history book a story of our family and not just a lot of names and dates – although of course those are in the book.  But I want it make the people seem like real people.

We all have our hopes and dreams, our struggles and triumphs, our good times and bad, and I want to show those not just the info to be found on the tombstones.  I want to fill in the dash on the tombstones because as someone once said the dash is what became of the life of the person.  The dash is the pages of the book while the birth and death dates are just the covers.

Prompt 8: Time Capsule

You can choose who to create the time capsule for as that will influence what you put (or would put into your time capsule)

The creation of a time capsule a. you can do this in the literal sense or b. you can simply write what you would place into your time capsule and why. It is much more fun to create though!

  • You may choose to create a time capsule for your children, or a niece/nephew, for grandchildren – A physical item that you will give to a named person.
  • Why have you chosen that person and when do you intend for them to have it?
  • You may choose to create a time capsule of your home and leave it for someone in the future to find.
  • You may want to create a time capsule relating to an actual event or anniversary

If you create a physical time capsule, what did you choose to use as your capsule and

why?

The Book of Me, Written by You is a real opportunity to explore your memories, thoughts, information from your life, things that you can remember, and perhaps the passing on of oral history. This is a chance to explore yourself and create a legacy for future generations. This is truly a road of self discovery and exploration. The prompts will be delivered each week from 31st August 2013 through until the end of December 2014 via Thomas at Geneabloggers and via the Anglers Rest blog. There is a Facebook group set up read for discussion. You can read all about the project and find out what it is all about and sign up to the Facebook page HERE

Prompt 6: Journals and Diaries

Originally Published  October 6, 2013

I don’t really keep a journal or diary but I do blog quite a bit for the past couple of years and I participated in the 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History blogging prompts series and now I  am participating in this series.  I wrote the previous series as well as this series with my niece and nephews in mind.  I want them to know about my life and my views on my personal history as well as historical events which I witnessed in my life.

 

The prompt for week 6 is Journals and Diaries

Do you keep a journal or diary?

How far back do they go? What do you record?

Where do you keep them?

Do you always buy the same one or vary them?

Have you inherited any?

Do you intend to pass along your journals or destroy them?

Pictures

Do you have a favourite?

What do you use to write with – biro, pencil, ink or fountain pen?

 The Book of Me, Written by You is a real opportunity to explore your memories, thoughts, information from your life, things that you can remember, and perhaps the passing on of oral history. This is a chance to explore yourself and create a legacy for future generations. This is truly a road of self discovery and exploration. The prompts will be delivered each week from 31st August 2013 through until the end of December 2014 via Thomas at Geneabloggers and via the Anglers Rest blog. There is a Facebook group set up read for discussion. You can read all about the project and find out what it is all about and sign up to the Facebook page HERE

Prompt 5: Your Childhood Home

My Childhood Home was not a particular house for me.  We lived in several homes when I was a kid. I think we moved at least once a year until I was in 4th grade and then we lived in the same house from the then until I was a sophomore in High School.  Later we moved back to the Springdale area and we again moved several times while I was in high school.

I never felt that the house we lived in was all of that significant when I was a child.  Home was just wherever we lived at the time.

My favorite room in the house was always the living room.  This is where I spent most of my time.  The TV was in the living room and we ate most of our meals in the living room.  We didn’t have a traditional dinner time tradition like the shows that I watched on TV when I was a child but we did have our tradition.  We would make dinner every night when Mom and Dad got home from work and then we would take our plates into the living room and eat dinner when while we watched our evening TV shows.  We didn’t just watch TV though we talked about our days and the current news and anything else that came to mind.  We all discussed the events of our day and everyone had a chance to talk about their day and anything going on with them.

We didn’t just have those conversations like they show on TV where every kid told about the results of their latest spelling test or when the next test was and the parents would say some patronizing comment about that that was good or bad though.  We actually had discussions about what was going on our opinions were listened to and valued (long before that was fashionable).  We would equally talk about what went on at work with each of my parents and anything that was going on with anyone in the extended families.  Some of our best discussions when I got a little older had do with the events of the world and politics and whatever was in the news.  There were times I remember from my childhood of sitting in the living room as a family discussing our lives and the events of the world late into the night until none of us could hold off sleep anymore.  Our home was the living room of whatever house we were living in at the time.

 

The most constant houses I remember from my childhood are my grandparents homes and the home of my Great-Grandfather Claude Stout.   Grandma and Grandpa Treat lived on the Don 1 Farm for Tyson Foods until  was a teenager and Grandma and Grandpa Thompson lived at 205/315 Old Wire Road in Springdale (They lived in the same house but the address changed when the 911 system was added to the Springdale area.)  My Great-Grandfather Claude Stout lived a couple of blocks away from my Grandma and Grandpa Thompson on Brogden Street in Springdale.  I remember visiting all of them many times throughout my childhood!

 

 

The prompt for week 5 is Your Childhood Home

When did you leave home?

Where was it?

Where did you move to?

Was it rented or owned? –  with parents/Grandparents

Was it inherited

What was it like – describe it – each room.

Were there a favourite room?

Is there anything you particularly remember from the house?

Pictures

The road & area

The Book of Me, Written by You is a real opportunity to explore your memories, thoughts, information from your life, things that you can remember, and perhaps the passing on of oral history.

This is a chance to explore yourself and create a legacy for future generations. This is truly a road of self discovery and exploration.

The prompts will be delivered each week from 31st August 2013 through until the end of December 2014 via Thomas at Geneabloggers and via the Anglers Rest blog. There is a Facebook group set up read for discussion. You can read all about the project and find out what it is all about and sign up to the Facebook page HERE

Grandma and Grandpa Thompson’s Address Change

Grandma and Grandpa Thompson lived in the same home from the time I can remember until their deaths.  They lived in their home on Old Wire Road from the early 1970s.  I don’t know the exact year that they moved into the home.

When they moved in their address was 205 Old Wire Road but between 1991 and 1995 their address was changed for the new 911 system that was installed in Springdale.   Their new address was 316 Old Wire Road.

Prompt 4: Favorite Season(s)

Originally Published September 21, 2013

My Favorite Season is Fall.  I love this time of year.  The temperatures have dropped and I can stand to be outside.  There is an air of expectation as everyone goes back to school and summer draws to a close.  The “Boys of Fall” are beginning to play their football games.

The holiday season is approaching.  It is a time for family and friends. I love watching the leaves change and the autumn flowers appearing:  the cascades of mums appearing at every doorstep, the Halloween displays with the bales of hay and scarecrows and the ghosts and bats appearing in the neighborhood trees.

I love the readying for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  The Turkey and Pilgrim decorations, the recipes appearing in every newspaper and website and Facebook stream, then the sales and decorations for Christmas with the lights, trees, and Santas!  I love the holiday gatherings with family and friends.  I love the traditions of keeping the traditions of the family alive for the new generation!  Fall denotes the mix of happiness and anticipation of happiness as well as the love of heritage and tradition!

 

The prompt for week 4 is Favourite Season (s)

Why?

 A Happy Memory.

Close your eyes and imagine your favourite season – write down what you see, feel, hear.

The Book of Me, Written by You is a real opportunity to explore your memories, thoughts, information from your life, things that you can remember, and perhaps the passing on of oral history.

This is a chance to explore yourself and create a legacy for future generations. This is truly a road of self discovery and exploration.

The prompts will be delivered each week from 31st August 2013 through until the end of December 2014 via Thomas at Geneabloggers and via the Anglers Rest blog. There is a Facebook group set up read for discussion. You can read all about the project and find out what it is all about and sign up to the Facebook page HERE

Prompt 3: Describe your physical self.

Originally Published September 14, 2013.

This is a photo of me taken in 2009 at Christmas time.  I usually keep my hair in the same style.  I typically wear clothes in the style shown here.  This is me!

The prompt for week 3 is

Describe your physical self.

Your size – clothes size

Scars

Eye colour

Draw your hands

Finger Prints

The Book of Me, Written by You is a real opportunity to explore your memories, thoughts, information from your life, things that you can remember, and perhaps the passing on of oral history.

This is a chance to explore yourself and create a legacy for future generations. This is truly a road of self discovery and exploration.

The prompts will be delivered each week from 31st August 2013 through until the end of December 2014 via Thomas at Geneabloggers and via the Anglers Rest blog. There is a Facebook group set up read for discussion. You can read all about the project and find out what it is all about and sign up to the Facebook page HERE

Week 17: Pets

I am re-posting some of my old blog posts to keep the history of my blog alive. This post is from the 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History blogging prompts series.

This post appeared originally on my blog on April 29, 2011.

I have had pets for most of my life and both sets of grandparents had pets when I was a child.  Both sets of grandparents in fact had Chihuahuas!  My dad’s parents had a which Chihuahua called Tiger that I have written of before that they kept until he was very old and very ill and had to be euthanized.  My mom’s parents had a Chihuahua called Tiny that lived in the back yard in a little dog house that I jumped off of spraining my ankle when I was about 5 years old.

My first pet that I remember well was a Siamese cat named Sammy.  She was a beautiful cat who ruled our household for many years!  My funniest memory of her is one weekend when we lived in Green Forest and my mom’s parents came to visit.  Grandma was in the living room and was very surprised when the ceramic cat on top of the TV suddenly got up and jumped from the TV!  Grandma Treat screamed in surprise and Mom came running into the room to find out what was wrong!  Sammy was just looking around like she was wondering what all the noise was about and by that time Grandma was feeling a little silly.  Sammy loved to curl up on the TV for hours at a time but she was also a very affectionate cat!  We had her for over ten years until she got feline leukemia and died.  I still think about her often.

We also had a few hamsters and fish when we were kids.  My hamster would continually get out of his cage and we would come in and find Sammy on top of the cage looking around and meowing at us like she was saying would you please get that overgrown mouse back in his cage!!

Later, when I was a teenager, we had just gotten a cute little yellow and white Manx  kitten when Dad stopped to go into Radio Shack on Sunset in Springdale.  I went into the pet store next door to get something for our fish tank and found this beautiful Siamese cat roaming the store.  She was so beautiful and reminded me of Sammy but she had obviously been mistreated.  The pet shop owner said I could have her for $10 and so I bought my first cat!  However, she became my brother’s cat because she was afraid of women.  It was a couple of years before she would really have much to do with me but I never regretted my decision to make her a part of our family.  She became a mother many times over (the father was the Manx cat) and we eventually kept one of her kittens before we had her spayed.  The three of them lived until they died at very advanced years for cats of their breeds.  The child died only about 3 years ago on the day after Christmas of 2008.

In 2009, we got the dog that we currently have.  I currently have a small Chihuahua dog.  He is a precious little dog.  We rescued him from an animal shelter in Rogers.  He was a very skinny very scared little dog that weighed only about 4 pounds and looked like he might not survive very long.  He was a stray that had been taken to the shelter.  He has one eye that is damaged either through a birth defect or through some sort of injury.  He is also still somewhat timid even after two years with our family.  Loud noises or unusual situations leave him shaking with fear sometimes.  However, he now has a very good life.   He eats and sleeps and follows my mom around the house!  He usually gets whatever meat that we are having for dinner and yogurt and other treats from Mom!   He has a good life now and is loved by everyone in the family!

Week #17 – Pets

Week 17. Pets. Did you have any pets as a child? If so, what types and what were their names. Do you have pets now? Describe them as well. If you did not have pets, you can discuss those of neighbors or other family members.

This challenge runs from Saturday, April 23, 2011 through Friday, April 29, 2011.

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Knee Surgery Actually Happened!

I am re-posting some of my old blog posts to keep the history of my blog alive. Back in 2010, I was preparing to have surgery to repair the torn meniscus in my knee.

This post appeared originally on my blog on October 22, 2010.

Well I was able to actually have my knee surgery this past Friday!  I remember going into the operating room, an oxygen mask being put on my face, and the anesthesiologist saying she was going to give me some medicine – Then I wake up in the recovery room!  That is the way it should go!

I have physical therapy 3 times a week now and it seems to be helping my knee recover.  The therapists say that I have a greater range of motion than most people do a week after surgery so I am happy!

Back to the office next week!

Kellie