December Daily 2018-Loose plan & Day 1

Well then… one post every six months seems to be the way we are going lately!  Not that there has been a lack of making…there has just been a lack of posting.  Lots of making getting done and hopefully I can get around to sharing some here soon.

It’s the first day in December and in the memory keeping world that means it’s time to get started on December Daily. December Daily is a memory keeping project brought to life by Ali Edwards, awesome all around person and memory keeper extraordinaire!  I have documented December every year since 2009…tho in truth…last year’s is not complete but I am hoping to correct that this month.  For fun, I’ve gathered all of my past albums together and am keeping them in a basket in the family room for the season.  It is so much fun to go back and look at prior years and see what we were up to.  

 

I wanted to get day one completed and posted before I go out of town for a few days to kick things off.  I am very motivated to complete this year within a few days of the 25th… I have not decided if I’m going until the 31st or just the 25th.  Some years I have and some I haven’t, we’ll have to see.    My plan right now is one 6×8 photo with some embellishment and one 6×8 page of text for each day…we’ll see how that shakes out.  I’m hoping that only having to work with 6×8 for the main part of the album will make it quicker and easier to complete.  I am planning to be almost all digital only adding in tactile elements as I come across them and I’ll probably hold everything until the end and decide what to do with the ephemera then.  I have the kits I’m using and templates all ready to go in one file on my computer so I will not have to go hunting each time I want to make a page…we’ll see how that goes!    So with out further ado…here is day one:

 

I will be out of town for days 2-6 so I’ll have lots to share later this week.   Happy December everyone!

 

You can learn more about Ali Edwards and December Daily HERE on her blog.

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A few photos into a book…

Well…so this is how  – let’s send Dad a few photos from the girls prom –   turns into… let’s do a whole project…involving other people…just a few days before father’s day!    But it’s done done done.   Is it fancy?  Nope but will he like it?  Yes.  And that is the whole point.

I lucked out and found a Heidi Swapp storyline album on sale at JoAnn’s so I snapped it up as the base for the album.  My sister Tina sent me some photos and I included a few snaps from my sister Nora that I grabbed from a few places online… mixed them all up with my organized and tagged photos from Lightroom (not to be confused with the photos that are still waiting to be organized and tagged) and voila!  A book for Dad.  So excited to get this in the mail to him today but wanted to share a recap for my sisters and friends online.   Here is my not so fabulous completely amateur finished album video!

100 Days project … the warm up

OK, it’s really not the warm up…I thought it started today, not tomorrow.  AT ANY rate, I have been doing something creative every day so far in 2018 (I’ve missed one day).  I have however, not been documenting it.  So to add another layer of complexity to my life I am going to be participating in the #The100DayProject for the first time… I will be sharing my daily posts on Instagram, but I have to say probably not posting every day here, because that would be rather redundant BUT maybe several process posts ?  I’m not sure yet.  But for NOW 18-04-02-Halloween-1973-WEBI give you Halloween ca. 1973.  Charlie is in the middle flanked by his sisters.  I’ve been working on a Halloween through the years album.  The plan is to have as many generations as possible and so far I’ve got some layouts done of our girls, Charlie as a kid, and Charlie and I as adults.  I have photos of Charlie’s parents as young marrieds having a halloween party and somewhere there has to be photos of me (because there are so many the odds are in my favor).   So that’s been a fun little project on which to work.  A bit of warm up for the next 100 days.

I’m anticipating that my something creative will continue to be a mix of knitting, sewing, photo editing and scrapbooking.  I’m not sure if gardening will count if it ever finally warms up!  We’ll see how it goes.

 

James M. Triggs b. June 4, 1871

I’m doing some family history research while managing the trove of family photos and documents so juuuuust leaving this right here so I can find it later…

Myrtle Datesman Triggs

Myrtle Datesman Triggs, my great grandmother

James M Triggs 1871-Studio Portrait circa 1915

James M Triggs My Great Grandfather

 

 

James M Triggs.  One of the men who have had a prominent part in upbuilding industries in Huntington and making good the motto of the city, is James M. Triggs, the founder and manager of the Majestic Furnace & Foundry Company.  Mr. Triggs started this business in 1907, when the company was incorporated with a capital of $30,000 under the name of the Majestic Furnace & Foundry Company.  It is a large and important industry.  The plant is in a building one hundred and thirty two by one hundred and forty feet, two stories in height, and equipped with the latest machinery, all the power being electric motors.  The payroll is distributed among some sixty employees, and the company manufacture furnaces, coal chutes, garbage receivers, and builders specialties.  The output is distributed all over the United States.  The business is on a solid basis of commercial success, and its stock holders enjoy large dividends on the capital invested.

Mr Triggs besides being manager is secretary and treasurer, and Peter Martin is vice president, while the president of the company is W. W. Hawley.

 

James M. Triggs was born in Jackson county, Michigan, June 4, 1871, representing an old family in that section of the state.  His parents were William M. and Innocent (Fuller) Triggs.  His youth was spent in his native country and while there he attended the common schools and subsequently hight school.  His school days may be said to have ended when he was fourteen years old.  His first business experience was in a hardware store in Morenci, Michigan, and later he went on the road as a traveling salesman representing a hardware house in Cleveland and covered the states of Ohio and Indiana for several years.  Later he left the road in order to take the management of the hardware store in which he was first employed in Morenci, Michigan, and after a broad and varied experience in business affairs, he came to Huntington and established his present business.  He was a leader and promoter of the enterprise, but associated with him some of the well known men of Huntington as stock holders.  His business has more than justified the early anticipations as to its success, and no list of Huntington industries would be complete without mention of the Majestic Company.

In 1892 Mr Triggs marries Miss Myrtle Datesman, daughter of Jess Datesman of Morenci, Michigan.  They are the parents of three children:  Kenneth, Helen and Lawrence.  Mr Triggs is affiliated with Amity Lodge, A.F. & A. M. and is popular in both business and social circles at Huntington, being always alive to any movement that concerns the welfare of the community.  His home is at 1011 Bryon street.

 

From:  A History of Huntington County Indiana   Compiling editor  Frank Sumner Bash, Vol. 1   The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York, 1914

 

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A Challenge to Senator Warren’s team

This morning I sat down to find an email and of course, like many of you, was confronted with a large list of emails most of which I delete automatically (not to self, hit “unsubscribe” on some of these instead).  An email from Senator Warren (our Senior Senator here in Massachusetts) caught my eye and as I read it, I was fairly quickly irritated by the pleas for money at the bottom.  I get these emails constantly because I’m a supporter of Senator Warren but I’ve really had it with constantly being fear-mongered into pleas for cash.  Here is my response back to Senator Warren’s team and what I have also sent directly to her office in Washington, where I’m sure it will be buried as deep as the Ark in “Indiana Jones”…

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Dear Team Warren

I support Senator Warren wholeheartedly.  I’ve voted for her, I’ve championed her.  I rely on her to keep the craziness in Washington in check.
That said
I am heart-sick
I am worn-out
I don’t even know how to explain the insanity that is American society right now to my teenage daughters
I’m considering whether it’s even worth trying to survive a nuclear exchange w N. Korea (really…who ever thought I’d be writing those words???)
I’m totalling up my own personal #metoo list
Here is an idea for your organization
How about instead of constant pleas for money, a list of POSITIVE SIMPLE STEPS we average Americans can take to counter what some of us see is the insanity in Washington.
How about a way to channel anger that doesn’t always include our checkbooks?
How about a way for people to DO something instead of complaining and railing and sending checks???
I challenge your team to do better than hollow fear-mongering pleas for money.
Best regards
Sue Triggs-Rhuda
Domestic Goddess
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Because I am still working out what is my best response to the horror show that is our current administration, and I’m struggling with how to be constructive in the face of the breakdown of our society.  I figured this might be a first step in addition to the calls and emails on issues that I’ve been making.  It’s better than nothing and it’s better than not doing anything.
How about we ALL challenge our Representatives in all levels of Government to encourage POSITIVE, SIMPLE ACTIONS that everyone can take at every level, every age, every income strata, every soci0-economic group to help CHANGE our society for the GOOD.
Anybody else have any positive productive ideas??
Have a great Friday