Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Renfrew Collingwood newspaper articles

It's a little tricky snipping the page from the digitized online RCC newspaper, but I'm doing it because I wish to keep all my copies online. Sometimes the RCC newspapers disappear and so far they haven't come back! This was my very first genealogy article I wrote. My sister in law, Margaret Houben, inspired me to write articles for the local newspaper. When she was working at the Barriere Star newspaper she wrote genealogy articles too.

By Loretta Houben

April writing endeavours


I used the snip button to copy and save the above page.
I've been writing a genealogy article for the Renfrew Collingwood community newspaper since September 2012. That's 8 articles and I just finished #9.
I adore writing short articles, especially on an adored subject!
I never seem to tire of genealogy research, although I wish I could learn more quickly.
I still feel like such a newbie.
Leona said she enjoys my articles as they sound "fresh and interesting". She really liked the above article and so did Robert.

By Loretta Houben


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

1916 Brutke Family Portrait


I am so excited! I had to scan this in late tonight. My Mom found it in a drawer.
I've never seen this photo before.
This is my maternal grandparents.
Adolph and Helen (married in Oct 1912) with three of their children:
Baby Bertha, Walt, and Lydia.
Isn't Lydia adorable? And look at her button boots!
I'm sure Helen made all their clothes. 
This is the earliest photo I have seen of Helen aside from her wedding photo.
It was taken in Taylor Texas.
This is just so neat!

By Loretta Houben

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!



I haven't "played dolls" in quite a while.
It's time consuming but really fun once I get started.
I belong to a cute Facebook group called "Chatty Cathy Connection" and one of the leaders organizes events. She makes things fun! Today being March 17th, we posted photos of the Wearing of the Green. Here are 3 of my dolls wearing their green.


The doll on the left is a Canadian blonde pig tail Chatty Cathy doll with glassine eyes from the 1960's.
She was made in Canada by the Dee & Cee doll company. Mattel toy company purchased them in 1964 I believe it was. The Chatty Cathy dolls made here are much sought after, as the vinyl used was superior and doesn't fade like the American counterparts. The face painting is also lovely as are the eyes that were used. The doll on the right is also Canadian, with auburn pigtails and glassine eyes.
She is holding a repro Ginny doll.


I made the dress on the left. The dark green dress was made by Gloria's Goodies on eBay and was a gift from a friend a few years ago. 


The dolls are so happy they are doing an Irish jig.


I made a picture strip using Picmonkey picture program.


I'm not Irish that I know of, however I have paternal grandparents both born in Wales, so you never know....

By Loretta Houben

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How to stop following a blog...

Let's see if I can explain this properly. * smile *
When your blog is open, go to "Design" at the right hand side at the top.
Click on it. You will see a page that says "My blogs, the name of your blog, and Overview".
Click on "B" in the upper left hand corner.
Scroll down to "Reading List' also on the left hand side, and click on this.
Click on the gear icon on the right hand side.
This will open a new page!
Choose "settings" for the blog you don't wish to follow anymore.
This will open a box which has "stop following this site".
Voila!!!!
I figured it out all by myself. I am a complete Genius!
By Loretta Houben

HELP!!!!

Do any of you know how to STOP following a blog? I searched online and cannot discover HOW to do that! I have quite a few blogs I followed for a while, but they have no new content for the past 2 years so I'd love to stop following them.
I'd sure appreciate knowing how to do it. Thank you in advance.

Chatty Cathy dolls with snowdrops...

I haven't blogged about Chatty Cathy dolls in ages!
That's because I usually stick to Facebook.
I'm getting a little tired of FB and wish to blog more often, but I'm also addicted to FB.
The thing about it which is so tiring to my middle age eyes is the fact everything scrolls to the bottom so quickly. It doesn't stay stationary like my blog!
This photo was taken in 2004. The doll in the back of the photo is my original Chatty Cathy.
I used PicMonkey program online (free) to edit both photos.

This is the "vintage" effect. Isn't it cool?
Which photo do you like the best? I love them both.
By Loretta Houben