Thursday, May 05, 2022

This is my great grandfather Philip Feiger. He was the father of my maternal grandfather.

Philip Feiger

He was born in 1874 in Pittsburgh to Philip and Juliana (Krauth) Feiger. His father had worked in the steel rolling mills and moved to Michigan hoping to improve the lives of his family.

Philip was married to Grace Chandler in 1899. Grace was born in 1875 in Grand Traverse County, the daughter of David Green Chandler and Sarah DeEtte Pierce. I have her autograph book, pen, and a red glass shoe that belonged to her.

Grace Lee  Chandler.

The couple's first child Amy was born in February 1900. She died when she was 3 1/2 months old.

Amy's tombstone.

Byron was born in 1901 when Philip was Deputy Sheriff of Grand Traverse County and he and Grace lived on the top floor of the jail. His father-in-law David Chandler was the Sheriff.

David Green Chandler and Philip Feiger, circa 1902, in front of the Jail.

My grandfather Harold was born in 1904 and his brother Frederick in 1905

Byron, Frederick, and Harold. My grandfather hated this picture because he is wearing a dress and had a ribbon in his hair.

Daughter Bessie was born on 10 January 1907. The very next day little Frederick died. I can't imagine how horrible that must have been.

And then in August 1907, Philip died from septic peritonitis caused by his appendix bursting. Grace was left with three children under the age of seven to raise.

Philip's death certificate.

Grandpa and Grandma Feiger named their youngest son Phillip in honor of Harold's father. 

There was no money for a tombstone, Grace struggled to raise her family. She eventually married an older cousin. She was beset with health problems, including severe arthritis in her hands. She died from stomach cancer at age 54

Uncle Phillip died on April 24th at age 83.

The next day I got an email. The tombstone I had ordered last October for Philip and his son Frederick had been placed in the cemetery. I wish Uncle Phillip had lived to know about this. 


Eventually I need to purchase a couple more tombstones- one for my stillborn brother and another for a great-great grandmother who doesn't have one.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Well a month passed. In the middle of March I arranged a surprise birthday party for Matt. It was a surprise! I invited a few friends, ordered pizza from Los Olivos, made a yellow cake with chocolate frosting.

Addison, J.P., Earl, Matt, Peter, and Mark.

Matt got some nice presents including a set of Pyrex refridgerator containers and six Little House books, which he is enjoying reading.

Matt and the Cake.

I made lemon sugar cookies and various colored lemon icings for Egg Day cookies. They were delicious.


Last Wednesday I boiled eggs and we colored them.


On Egg Day I made scalloped potatoes and took that and peas to Matt's house. He made a cheesy-bread bake and carrots. I ate too much.

A surprise visitor was Ray from Spain. We went to BK's for tacos. It was nice to catch up.

Senor Ray.

I've mostly been watching boreholes, auger holes, and trenches along Silverbell Road. I sit on a bucket a lot.

Today I was taking care of comments on a monitoring plan when I saw something out of the corner of my eye. It was a bobcat kitten. I tapped on the window and it stopped to look at Erina and I. It stood there and probably wondered who and what we were. It was very cute.

Bobcat Kitten.


Friday, April 08, 2022

The 1950 United States census has been released after 72 years. I looked up my parents, grand parents, and one set of great grandparents. No real surprises.

Well one surprise, one grandmother was a census taker. My father is living at home working on the farm.

The Thiels

Grandpa had another 14 years working for Michigan Bell. Grandma would soon go to work for Milliken's Department Store in the book and stationary department. My mother would graduate from high school, spend the summer working as a telephone operator, and then head off to Michigan State where she hated her fencing class and purposely flunked it.

The Feigers

Colonel and Maybelle lived out in Almira Township. Colonel was farming- not sure what he was growing. Maybelle had another year of life.

The Ransoms.

I have spent thousands of hours doing genealogical research for myself and for work. Nice to have a new set of records to look at.


Monday, March 14, 2022

I made marmalade. I picked oranges from the tree in my front yard.

Front yard orange tree.

I filled the colander that once belonged to my mother.


I used a mandolin to thinly slice the oranges, being careful not to slice my fingers.

Sliced oranges.

I used this recipe. It is really easy to make.



Friday, March 11, 2022

So Facebook allows RT, the Russia Today propaganda channel, to have a page. They are posting pro-Russian garbage. I have been leaving some pretty nasty comments. Finally, I posted a photo of President Zelensky and they reported a comment, the result is that Facebook banned me for a day. Ridiculous. Initially I felt sorry for the Russian soldiers being sent to a war they didn't want to participate in. But I listened to some intercepted phone conversations in which the soldiers boasted about killing people (they took eight people out in the woods and shot them) and looting things. My empathy vanished. It is really too bad that someone hasn't offed Putin.

I bought a scale and now I am on a diet. Low carb. Lots of vegetables. 

Matt and I walked around Columbus Park and saw people fishing in the gross water in the man-made lake.

Homer and Matt.

Snowball meows loudly when Clyde is not in the house. Ruby lets me know when Clyde wants to come inside (sometimes at 2 AM, sigh).



I have been out monitoring giant auger holes being dug for new power poles. The most exciting thing was me rescuing a little mouse that fell out of the side of one of the holes.

On Valentine's day Matt gave me a cute painting of a little chick. Someday I will have a chicken coop. The neighbors have a rooster and hen and I hear the crowing and cackling every day.


Friday, February 25, 2022

 So yesterday Russia invaded Ukraine. Putin is a vile creature, a maniacal, evil man. And the Orange Thing was busy praising him. 

The Republicans, instead of uniting with the rest of the world, are either busy supporting Russia (e.g., Fox "News") or blaming President Biden for not doing enough (what more could he do?). 

Thousands of innocent people are going to die and Fox "News" talking heads are supporting Russia. What has happened to our country?

And then there are the book bannings, the "Don't Say Gay," bills, the "Don't Make White People Sad" bills, and on and on. And the abortion bans. It just goes on and on. What has happened to our country?

Anyways, I made some lemon cookies and they tasted like Fruit Loops.

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Well last week was dreadful. Luckily the car situation was resolved quickly. I had it towed over to the Hyundai dealership where they determined the problem was a fuel injector and something else, it did not require a complete new engine. So by Tuesday afternoon the car was back. I also got a new gas dryer on Tuesday afternoon, so my laundry room is functioning again.

And then there was the vile person threatening me with a libel lawsuit. A common tactic of this vile person. I made sure I collected some of the crap it had written about me, all lies. If  it ever threatens me again I will threaten it back. Vague, I know. 

I gave two 1.75 hour tours today of public art downtown. My feet are killing me. It makes me very whiney.

Sunday, February 13, 2022

 I wish I had not bought that 2019 Hyundai Accent from Hertz Car Sales in Scottsdale, Arizona.

1). In June 2020, when I got back to Tucson I realized three days later that the paperwork I had was for a different car. It took eight or nine months to solve that.

2). While this was ongoing the police pulled me over and said the temporary license was both expired and belonged to the other car. I got a warning. That took a couple of weeks to resolve.

3). Driving down I-10 the left rear tire blew up. I discovered the car would not stop at first, so I was driving on the shoulder at 50+ miles per hour until finally the brakes decided to work.

4). My fault, I almost rolled the car at the dig site when the right wheels slid off a cutbank as I was backing up. I had to have two backhoes lift the car up. 

5). I went to refinance the car and discovered the wrong bank had the lien. That took six months to resolve. And when it did, they didn't bother to tell me until I contacted them, again.

6). Friday, at 37,700 miles, the engine died. Something to do with the third cylinder. I know nothing about engines. Luckily it happened close enough to a garage that I was able to get it there and have it diagnosed. I have been told the car needs a new engine. I realized the paperwork for the extended warranty probably has the old VIN number. I called Hertz Car Sales yesterday and they claim that it is with the car. I will find out tomorrow. Tomorrow I get to see whether the Fidelity Warranty ($2,799 plus tax) will cover the new engine, towing, and a rental. I really expect them to deny things, because that is what insurance companies do.

So yeah, I have been telling Matt the car was cursed and he finally agreed with me that I was right.

Monday, January 31, 2022

Matt and I went to Whitewater Draw to see the sandhill cranes. There are 10,000s of them (40k?) they hang out in the water there. It was very impressive. I asked the Game and Fish guy why the state of Arizona allows hunting of the cranes. His response was "Because they are tasty." My response, "Yeah, right!" It is just some asshole doing target practice on a beautiful bird.

Matt and Homer.


On the road we stopped and I got to pet a donkey. The two cows were not friendly.


I need to figure out something to do with the plentiful regular and Meyer lemons. I picked a bowl that is sitting on my counter. Another bagful I gave to Adam today.

Meyer Lemons.

I made Matt go with me to see King's Canyon two Saturdays ago. Matt knows that I am not a huge fan of hiking, but this particular trail is fun. There are Archaic period petroglyphs in the one spot, Matt was excited to see them.

Kings Canyon.

Homer and Matt.

I have avoided catching Omicron. Several people I know have had it, luckily they are vaccinated and boosted, so it was not serious. In Arizona, between 400 and 500 people are dying each week. I am guessing most are Republicans. Will be curious to see if this effects the election in November.


Thursday, January 13, 2022

 I've worked for Desert Archaeology for 29.5 years. The company is celebrating its 40th anniversary. I wrote a blog about it HERE.

Friday, December 31, 2021

Goodbye 2021.

My annual end-of-year selfie. Is this wretched year finally over?

More zoom meetings.
Stupid people.
Stupid politicians (Manchin, Sinema, almost all Republicans).
Some good archaeology.
Some good genealogy.
Lots of time with Matt.
Spoiling Ruby, Snowball, and Clyde.
Seeing Pete and Rose have a cute baby, Zoe, who gets cuter every time I see her.
Crossword puzzles.
A new water heater for Doug.
Thrift store paintings.

Good deed for the year. This summer I went to an estate sale with Matt. In the backyard I came across a box of photos and letters. I purchased them for $20. I was able to research and identify almost all of the people. Then I located a relative, a woman born in 1940. The photos came from her grandfather and included many photos of her mother and uncle, and even some of her. I sent them to her and I know she must have been excited to get them, she sent me a card afterward. I wrote a blog post on my other blog (HERE).

Homer, 31 December 2021, 11:02 AM


Holiday decorations, 2021. Click on any picture to enlarge them.

I managed to find a nice, fresh tree at Home Depot ($81) and decorated it with blue lights, felt ball garland, and mostly modern (with a few antique) glass ornaments.

Tree no. 1.

I took down the television, cannot remember the last time I watched anything on it. In its place were ceramic trees and bears.

Trees and bears.

Bottle brush trees, Santas, and deer were on the adjacent shelves, backlit with lights.

The top Santa has been in my family for decades.

Above were the German Erzgebirge orchestra angels and a few other wooden ornaments. These were in the box that I got for $6. On Ebay the angels are selling each for $20 and more. 


On the knick-knack shelf are a couple of ceramic deer and my vintage blocks.

Happy Holiday!

Next is the flocked tree with all hand-made ornaments including many made by my mother and Susan.


A panorama shot of the dining room with a wreath I made, animals and bottle brush trees, a red tree with Shiny Brite ornaments, vintage cards, silver tree with crazy Grandma's ornaments, some Santas, and etc,

Click to enlarge!

I hosted a small, vaccinated Cookie Decorating Party. People had a nice time seeing old and new friends, eating foods (don't do vegetable dip next year!), and decorating cookies.

Matt talking with JP while Doc talks with Jamie.

I made gingerbread and sugar cookies (Better Homes and Garden recipes). The frosting was powdered sugar with Meyer lemon juice squeezed from my tree.


Matt and I exchanged presents. I think he liked the ridiculous capybara book the best (or maybe the Martha Stewart signed cookbook?).

Matt and Homer.

I hope however you celebrated, you had a nice time.


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

I made six fruit cakes. I soaked dried fruits in apricot and peach brandy. I used the Better Homes and Garden recipe, adding some extra spices and candied fruit. I gave one to Pete and Rose and Rose's parents and they really liked it.

Giant red Texasware bowl.

Three of the fruit cakes.

My Meyer lemon tree is loaded with fruit. I will have to make lemon  curd soon.

Meyer lemon.

I was bored so I started decorating. People made fun of my and feelings got hurt. I have never liked being criticized.

The vintage Erzgebirge angel orchestra and bottle brush trees that I got in the Holiday box for $6.00. On Ebay each of the angels goes for between $20 and $35. That was a score.


I gave two talks during opening week at the 1929 Pima County Courthouse. I wandered through the UA mineral museum. I like the glow-in-the-dark minerals.


I'm giving a public art tour in a couple of weeks. So Matt came over to walk the route with me. Of course when he comes over, Ruby goes crazy since he is her boyfriend.

Ruby and Matt.

The only time she is like that with me is in the morning, when she wants some cuddle time. Mostly she wants me to feed her and play fetch.



Friday, November 12, 2021

We carved pumpkins at Richard and Roger's, Matt's was yellow and mine was warty with ears.

Jack O Lantern.

When I was probably four my mother gave me a little wooden Noah's Ark for Christmas. I still had five of the figures including a rabbit and Mrs. Noah. I managed to find a duplicate ark on Ebay for not much and of course I had to get it.

Noah's ark.

I made an altar for the Presidio and one for my house. It included photos of my ancestors and pets. Buddy Dog is now in a $10, over-100-year-old urn (Matt had to put him in there). 



I made sugar and gingerbread cookies, decorating them. Burned most of the sugar cookies.


I also made chocolate mayonnaise cupcakes with buttercream frosting and chocolate tombstones.


I hosted a small, vaccinated cocktail party (mostly outside) before the procession. It was very nice to have an almost normal gathering. Matt and I were cowboys.


At home Ruby and Snowball jockey for attention. Ruby gets so jealous. Sometimes she and Clyde Kitty play, that is fun to watch.

Homer, Ruby, and Snowball.



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