Letter E for Envelope/AtoZ 2019

The April A to Z Challenge is in its tenth year, I’ve now participated for 6 of those years, and this year will be my 3rd quilt theme. It’s my first quilt using only patterns from the Kansas City Star newspaper archives. Welcome to my blog!

This quilt block resembles others in its center square surrounded by lots of triangles and one really has to dissect it mentally to get an envelope shape to come to mind. I hope you can see the intended shape. These days, when you search for an envelope block, you get something like this:

Envelope block from AtoZ 2017

But back in 1942, the block was not as defined let’s just say. But I did like making it.

It’s here that I need to insert another frustration. Seems like frustration is the real theme this year for my A to Z.

Under this stash is the Envelope Block

Yet another Huge block has been added to my assemblage. This one measured a whopping 16 inches. I just have to laugh at this point. We have 12, 14 and 16 inch blocks. What will the future hold? Stay tuned…..

Envelope Complete

Gonna make lemonade with the lemons I’ve decided. There is a way thank heaven!

Did You Know?

More letters were written on Sundays than any other days during WWII. Gpa’s letter is a perfect example.

Dated Sunday, December 6, 1942. From Glenn to Inez Hunter

Come back here tomorrow for another quilt block for the A to Z Challenge! Also be sure to visit the home of the A to Z here and see other entrants challenge posts. There are excellent writers participating every year with topics in whatever you’re interested in.

Starting My Bucket List/ThursdayDoors

Last week’s family history dive was brought to you courtesy of my father’s side of the family tree. There’s quite a bit we’ve learned following the grandparents and great grands but I’ll be keeping that under wraps for a bit. Maybe I’ll find a few more doors to go along with that storyline. For this Thursday Doors, I’m starting a bucket list of doors I want to see related to Mother’s side of the family. I won’t go too in-depth but the one I’m sharing today is pretty darn cool if you ask me.

Hunterston Castle in Scotland is still standing!
Hunterston Castle in Scotland is still standing!

The last Laird (#17) of Hunterston is Robert Huntar and so to my family who reads this, yes, our name spelling is different compared to then. A long lineage of Hunters who were extremely good at hunting, thus given the name as well as land and did the hunting for the kingdom/royalty of those times. I sure wish I could tell my grandfather this! He was the epitame of a hunter in every way, shape and form. Little did we know it was truly in our gene pool!

Family Coat of Arms
Family Coat of Arms

Thankful to have found this information to pass on for the generations to come. And given the chance, it’s definitely at the top of the places I want to see in person. Maybe they’ll give me a grand tour being I’m related 🙂

For a tour of many more Thursday Doors entries, please click here and visit Norm 2.0. He’ll explain where to find the blue frog.

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Connected

Recently my Aunt Maybelle left me with a family memento. She is well-known in our family as the “family geneologist” so I felt pretty thrilled to be the recipient of her generosity.

Somehow I missed getting a pic of the outside of the book, but here’s some valid info of the subject, copyright and who it belonged to….. my grandpa. He was the epitomy of farmer in his Osh Kosh overalls and hat. Not surprised he would have had a book like this one.

Just some pages I found interesting. Some survivalists are drooling right now 😉

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Me? I’m just bragging right now about how tall my peas have grown this year. And this was over a week ago. They’re nearly to the top of those trellis’s! Kind of feeling connected to my farming roots about now.

For other entries in today’s Daily Prompt ‘Connected’, click here.

Some of My Loves/ WordPress Photo Challenge

One Love

I don’t have just one. My life has been so blessed!

Some of my loves…..

 The Pitter Patter of little feet. Not sure Where I get that trait from????                                (Slide your mouse over each photo)

 

 goes without saying, but had to make it crystal clear.

 Family and Friends, past and present (not enough space for all of you!)

 Royals Baseball and Mother! Guess I might be All American?!

 

 

 

Place of Honor/ WordPress Photo Challenge

Life Imitates Art

My piece of inspiration this week came in a work of art brought home from ‘the trenches’ after WWI. My grandfather-in-law was a veteran of that war and we were recently filled with pride to find this heirloom trench art created from an artillery shell that is most definitely a piece of Life Imitating Art. Time was passed waiting on life or death creating these works of art. The stories it could tell!! We only wish it could tell the artist’s name.

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Carved pieces seem to have a ‘Place of Honor’ on the end table. The clock is dated Aug. 4, 1912. The plaque; a gift from my daughters.

 

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The markings tell us it’s a French round.

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We found what we believe the cross and ribbon originate from. It’s called ‘Cross of Mentana’ or (Croix de Mentana), 1868. The Imperial French government authorized the wearing of the cross with uniform on 3 March 1868. If you know any more on this subject, feel free to leave a comment.

A Letter From Grandpa

Our home is abuzz with construction workers this summer. IMG_2611

This is about 3 weeks ago. It’s about to be very different. More about that later.

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Grandpa and Grandma Hunter with my mother, Eileen, Glenda, Alice and Neal. No Maybelle yet 🙂

 

While purging our closets to store stuff in temporary spaces, I ran across some books  of my Grandmother’s. Inside were photos, cards and mementos that you would expect to find. You know how grandmothers are, they save all those things 🙂 My favorite find was this little gem dated December 6, 1942. It was exactly 1 year after the attack of Pearl Harbor. It gives a glimpse of the past through the eyes of my grandfather who was probably not sure what the future held for him in the Service during World War II.

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If you were able to see this, it would burn your eyes. I say this lovingly. My grandfather was not so good at spelling. But Grandma was a 1-room school house teacher before they married so you have to give him an A+ for effort as I’m sure she encouraged him to write. His talents were on the farm. He knew how to noodle. To those of you who may not know, this is hand fishing. I would never attempt sticking my arm in a hole under water to pull out a catfish. Nope.

But for your viewing enjoyment, I have typed it up as it is written. I didn’t correct much of the spelling except to help the reader understand. This was a probably the most conversation I ever heard out of my grandfather. He was a very quiet man. So I am extremely pleased to share it with the world, this glimpse of Americana.

December 6, 1942

San Antonio

 

Dear Brother and Wife,

Will write a line today I shud wrote befor now but I ben so busy and did take time I was on KP one week so I had to stay in camp at night so men might come I did feel like writin I went to work at 5 AM and got off at 6:30 PM so I sure put in the day so last week I was on the rastion truck so I sure had it easy and don’t know what I do this week yet I come to town yesterday at noon so won’t go back till in the morning about 6 AM

Well the 95 div is coming to San Antonio so Quintin aut to come to He is in the 95 div I sure hope so then we can see him often

The 92 div have went to Wisconsin so the 95 is take it place at Fort Huston

Went to a show last night and ther sure was the soldiers in town this is so many army comp here so about all you see is solder on the street it just after pay day so they got the money to spend

We are still well as usal But have some cold But not very bad

We sure is have some pirty weather here. We had some cool morning tho But not what you cald cold We not had any rain for a long time

I glad you got the hay and hope it do good and what you pay me is OK if it sute you and thank a lot if it OK with you For I want you all please

Well I not at school any more now so I don’t know they will do with me they might make a truck driver out of me that what I look for Ben(being) I am in the 12th supply Sqd

I sure was supris to here that Alfred was ship so soon I sure hope he land soft But never can tell now day

They caught a German spy in Corp last week in the 12th Rep sqd this to men went over the hill sent payday so they get the guard house so there a lot in the jail now at Kelley Field

Well Inez is writing to a friend so I about out of new to write so wll close now

                                                Your Brother & wife,

                                                Glenn & Inez

1034 North Alamo st

This is were we live in town I was about 2 week get your letter.