Monday, November 16, 2015

Prayer of St. Francis

(Someone had the above image on their Facebook Page)

Whenever world events hit close to home, and are very tragic (although yes I know there are tragic horrific events happening every day in some countries, much more than others) I begin to have nightmares. It has to work its way out of my brain. Last night I had a dream that the Skytrain was whizzing by me to Patterson Station and a huge billow of black smoke was coming out a door. It was so real. I called 911 in my dream and I could hear the ambulance in the distance as I raced to Patterson Station which is near Central Park. I was the only one on the scene, and I looked in the train which in my dream was massively larger than real life and there were people laying on the floor but no smoke and no explosions and no blood. Then the people began to move, got up and all began to leave the train. I begged them to stay as they were witnesses but they all left and ignored me, and I woke up. It was so real.

I just watched a grisly video on Reuters from the Dark Side (their name begins with an "I" but I don't wish to even mention it out loud) and they are threatening to invade WA DC next. We also need to pray for the world leaders and ones in power that they will have the wisdom to know what to do.
By Loretta Houben

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Remembering France...November 13th, 2015 tragedy.

I hurried off to do a few errands yesterday afternoon, but before I left I was on my computer, where I get news updates from a local radio station.
A strong earthquake measuring 7 hit the coast of Japan, and the next update said 18 people had been killed in a restaurant attack in Paris.
That startled me and I was surprised.
When I returned home, the situation in France had worsened, and later that night, glued to the television screen, I learned about the terrorist attacks in Paris, killing over 120 people and injuring many more.
I was sickened in my soul.
It just gives one a sinking horrific feeling that human beings are filled with such hate and corruption and willingly go about massacring them.
Of course it's nothing new in this world, but I live in such a comfortable zone on earth, and I forget what a great percentage of people suffer daily.
Plus I've visited Paris once, and it is a beautiful and delightful city.
I put together a Facebook banner and so I am sharing it here on my little blog.
Amos 5:24
But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an
ever flowing stream.
By Loretta Houben

Friday, November 13, 2015

Salvation Army doughnut girls, 1917.

I recently discovered a great online store, called The Queen's Treasures.
They began shipping to Canada this year with very reasonable shipping prices.
I bought these darling WWI era outfits for 18" dolls, which are very well made.
I pressed them before putting them on Maryellen and Grace, as they were a little wrinkled from the box, but they ironed up very well.
Maryellen is a Salvation Army doughnut girl, representing Helen Purviance, who was sent to France to help American soldiers in battle. Her assignment was to offer comfort to home-sick soldiers so she and a fellow officer, Ensign Margaret Sheldon, decided to bake doughnuts. They fried up 2500 to 9000 doughnuts daily! Soon the delicious aroma drew long lines of soldiers, waiting patiently for a taste of home.
Today, the Salvation Army is known for offering comfort to people all over the world, in every sort of emergency; fires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes. Salvation Army mobile canteens still provide the doughnuts, which stand for the Salvationist's loving concern and readiness to help.
(Information gleaned from the back of the package for the doughnut girl's dress)
10% off all proceeds from the sale of the dress and props is donated to the Salvation Army, East Stroudsburg, PA.
The prop consists of two bags of "flour", a tin, and a pile of plastic doughnuts.
By Loretta Houben

Saturday, October 31, 2015


Halloween 2015
It's MaryEllen and Grace's first Halloween.
They are excited to pose in the photo.
Ruthie, one of the old timers shows how it's done.

I've given up on carving pumpkins. It's too hard!
I hand traced the letters with pencil, then filled in with a Sharpie pen.
It was fun and only took 15 minutes.

PicMonkey has some cute Halloween borders.
This is the font I copied for the pumpkin.

And PicMonkey has neat daguerreotype styles.

Hope you have a happy Halloween!
By Loretta Houben

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

30 years ago...our new IBM PC!

30 years ago!!!!!!
I find it incredibly difficult to believe that we've had a personal computer for 30 years! I remember this one: we were so proud of it. It only had GREEN FONT on a black screen. No colour, no photos, no video and the WWW was unheard of although Robert did try to explain to me that it was coming in the future. At least, he told me about it in the early 1990's and said that by 1994 I would be able to read newspapers and books online, and also to see in COLOUR. I didn't believe him. He also mentioned that sometime within the next decade a person would be able to buy and sell online. I didn't believe him. And I remember seeing blurred and slow moving video clips at a conference in the early 1990's. I never thought I'd live to see the day of YouTube, eBay, Facebook, let alone seeing it all on smart phones. We have certainly evolved!
PS: we also were the proud owners of a Dot Matrix Printer.
By Loretta Houben

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Joseph and Elizabeth paternal great grandparents.

2015 will mark a fantastic year for me in genealogy research!
I'll begin with the most recent thing. 
I've sent away for Joseph and Elizabeth Williams marriage certificate.
They were married in 1883.
I asked my genealogy group yesterday how to order a certificate, as I knew the volume and page number for it. They told me it was easy to do online; I no longer had to send pounds sterling through the bank and the mail system.

I was totally relieved to hear that!
I searched online and found this site. 
It's the general register office for births, deaths and marriages in the UK.
I registered and filled out the form, paid with my credit card, and it should be here in 7 days!

Because I'm suddenly becoming so successful at family history, I've started a new
Williams/Palmer GENEALOGY BLOG.
Please click on it to find everything in one place.
I've just begun but will be adding more to it as time allows.
By Loretta Houben

Saturday, September 5, 2015

100 years ago....September 5, 1915

September 5, 1915.
The date on which William Joseph Williams, my great uncle, went to France with the 11th battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. A few months later, the battalion went to Salonika.
I've been reading a fair amount about Salonika, and it isn't a place I would like to be fighting in a war.
However, I'd love to visit the battle fields one day.

My great uncle, younger brother to my grandpa, John Griffith Williams.
I think of him often.
By Loretta Houben