Thursday, May 24

I'm still here!

I've had a couple friends both near and far, that have wondered if I'm okay because it's been awhile since I posted to my blog. Actually, I'm doing very well, just very busy. Lots of family stuff going on and kind of a busy time of the year. Plus, I finally took a lesson on my new sewing machine..........and then I've been reading. It all started when I read this book while I was recovering from my surgery...............

This a new version of the book and it can be ordered here but the one I read was an edition published in 1949. That's the year I was born. It intrigued me to read a book that was published the year I was born. That's a long time ago. LOL! The book is set in the 1830's in the early years of Minnesota's history. That's an even longer time ago! I was fascinated by the characters in the book, the young girl DeeDee and the other characters who were early settlers in Minnesota. I read names of people and places that were now cities or streets or public buildings or parks. I read the names of Indian Chiefs and encampments that seemed familiar but not by the names in the book. And then they kept referring to the River St. Peter's and I had the feeling they were talking about the Minnesota River. Soooooooooo........I did some checking and for all you local Minnesotan's.......Did you know that the first name for the Minnesota River was the St. Peter's or St. Pierre to the French?  I didn't know that. I discovered I didn't know a whole lot about Minnesota and I have lived here for almost 38 years, longer than my home state of Iowa where I lived for 19 years! When I finished "Early Candlelight" I decided to check out some history books on Minnesota and that, my friends, is what has kept me busy lately. At night when I should be writing a blogpost, I go to bed early so I can read!
If you are from Minnesota and want to learn a little more about our state, here's where I started..........
I wanted to know more about the Native Americans of our state so I read..........
Indian Chiefs of Southern Minnesota by Thomas Hughes (can be found here)
and The Great Sioux Uprising by Keenan (go here)
Then I read this book Barns in Minnesota and I got tears in my eyes several times as I read the story that goes along with the photos of old Minnesota barns. You'll find that book here along with other titles from the Minnesota Historical Society. Another good one in this series is on School Houses and one on Churches.
I also found a good book on old farmhouses and when I thumbed through it, I thought of the house on my Grandpa and Grandma's farm. It's long gone just like many of the homes in this book. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, even though it made me sad to think of those homes once loved, were now abandoned. The book is called Death of the Dream-Farmhouses in the Heartland and can be found here.
I am midway through another book that is the journal of Frank B. Mayer an artist titled With Pen and Pencil on the Frontier in 1851: The Diary and Sketches of Frank Blackwell Mayer Since the diary was written in 1851, it is a bit difficult to read because the words are often spelled differently and written in the style of that time. But, it is fascinating to read his description of cities and people he encounters, and the view he sees as he comes north on the Mississippi into St. Paul. Go here for more info on the book.
I'm also reading a history of Minnesota that was originally a school text book, The Story of Minnesota's Past (go here) and next up, when I finish the Pen and Pencil book is a book titled...... The Minnesota: Forgotten River (go here). I am really enjoying this self-imposed Minnesota History course and next on the agenda is a visit to a few of the sites nearby like the Treaty*Site*History*Center . If you are interested in our Minnesota History, there's a bus trip that will visit some of the Dakota War battle sites. It is sponsored by the Scott County Historical Society in Shakopee and info can be found here.
Well, as you can see, with all the reading I've been doing, there really hasn't been much time to think about blogging. I've done a bit of sewing and continue to do some cleaning and reorganizing in my sewing room. More on that later. Ah, but there is some other news.........
We bought a grill and patio furniture! Haven't had a grill in six years! Haven't had patio furniture in a long time either! We added our deck last year and decided it was finally time to buy some furniture so we can sit out there and eat. Here's my Random Number Man cooking up steak and potatoes........I'm not a really big fan of steak but this New York Strip from our local grocery store, Wagar's was really, really tasty. I liked the potato slices best and then the fresh asparagus was pretty good, too. I see more of this in our future. :-)
Something else coming in the future is a new clothesline!! Yes, my "What's on the line?" feature will return soon. My husband, I mean Mr. Random Number Man, has bought new rope and some pulleys and is going to make a system that will allow me to adjust the height of the line so really long quilts won't drag in the dirt. This probably won't get finished for a week or so. He'll be preoccupied with Indy racing and NASCAR racing this weekend. I'm going off to Iowa to visit my mom while he and Kaiser hold down the fort here at home. :-) 
That's all for now as I am anxious to read some more Minnesota history. Back soon.
Sandi

13 comments:

Grammasheri said...

Mmmm! Makes me want to fire up my grill, too! Though with 104 degree weather here, its too hot to eat anything but jello and cold cereal (and ice cream!)
I get on reading "jags" too, and the time just seems to fly by. Enjoy the time with your Mom!

Melanie said...

What time is supper????? Enjoy those days with Mom--- You'll always have them to look back on....

annemarie said...

I loved your Minnesota History info - I remember studying Minnesota back in the fifth grade - it was required at that time. I wonder if schools still require it. I even remember that the Minnesota river was originally St. Peter. I am going to follow your links and freshen up on Minnesota history. I hope you enjoy your new grill and patio furniture this Memorial Day weekend.

Marie said...

hey -- learning is great!! The Treaty Site History Center also has a nice selection of books on Minnesota/local history! How's that for a Board Member making a plug!!! We are so fortunate to live here in the Valley -- it is truly God's Country!!! Happy Weekend ...

Needled Mom said...

Don't you wish you had time to do it all in your days????? The history reading sounds fascinating.

You are going to enjoy that new deck with the furniture and grill.

I can't wait to see what's on the new line.

Nanette Merrill said...

That looks yummy. How exciting to discover those books and the history of your area. I think it is like searching family history names, one trail leads to the next. I love that. Glad you are doing well. Same here, just busy. Have Allison for the long weekend and Eliza's one hole in her heart is closing on its own so they are putting back surgery for 12-18 months. Good news.

Lindah said...

You have been busy with all of that "time travel." It sounds like you found some good reads. History is my favorite, too.

The new deck and furniture sound wonderful.

Safe travel and a good visit with your Mom.

Pat said...

Have a safe trip to Iowa and back and a nice time visiting your mother. I wish I lived close enough to see that beautiful deck of yours and to sit on your new patio furniture. You and I could talk quilting and crafting and the guys could talk Nascar (actually, I could even talk Nascar, if truth be told)!!! I'm glad you are enjoying learning so much about your state, too. I'm thinking you could incorporate some of this in your talks you give on quilting.

Prairie Stitcher said...

Hello Sandi: Thanks for the great post on MN history! My grandmother was born in Olmstead Co., raised in St. Paul and lived a while at Warroad before going out to MT to homestead. I've been an American Indian genealogist for many years and done a few searches in MN here and there. MN, WI and MI have occupied a lot of my time that way over the years and are great places to search and full of interesting history. Some of my own people were Oneidas who settled in southern Wisconsin quite early. Now, I'm, mostly, a quilter, but do a few searches now and then to keep my hand in. Love the deck and the grill and appreciate your RNM, too. I have one of those (RNM's) but no deck, yet. It's in the works, I hope, soon. Regards, Kathie in Odessa, WA

Kigwit said...

Are you a Betsy Tacy fan too?

Anonymous said...

Great info on MN history. Another author to check out is Peg Meier, she was a columnist for the Star Tribune and has authored many books that are pulled from letters and diaries people in MN have written. One is titled "Bring Warm Clothes".

PB from MN

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kev in tamlyn said...

Nice book and I think great information about the historic moments...

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