Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Wordless Wednesday Riding Donkeys

Another photo from my grand aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Saturday Night Fun When I Was Young

1)  Geneablogger Alona Tester has devised a new meme called the "When I Was Young" genea-meme on her blog, LoneTester HQ.

2)  Since the genea-meme is 25 questions, let's do the last 10 this time.  This week, answer questions 16 to 25.

3)  Share your answers on your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a Facebook post or a Google+ post.

Here's mine: 



Q16.  What was entertainment when you were young?

We had a big yard with a swing set and a teeter totter and most warm weekends we headed for the lake. Our next door neighbor was a coach for the kids bowling leagues at Diamond Bowl, so at about 8 or 9 I started league bowling every Saturday. That continued on till I got out of High School.

Q17.  Do you remember what it was it like when your family got a new fangled invention? (ie. telephone, TV, VCR, microwave, computer?)
 I remember when we got a TV, black & white, a console model about 20 inch one. We had two TV stations then and soon the third one came. I remember watching the test pattern in the mornings sometimes before the station came on. TV came in easily at our house, just rabbit ears on top of the TV. Our neighbors across the street needed an outside antenna to get all three channels.
 
Q18.  Did your family have a TV? Was it b&w or colour? And how many channels did you get?

We got a color TV a few years later and soon we also had a fourth channel PBS. At the lake we could only get one channel most of the time. They had their antenna on Mt. Spokane and we could see their antenna from our lake cabin.

Q19. Did your family move house when you were young? Do you remember it?
Yes, they bought the first house just before Pearl Harbor, and off pop went in the service. 39 months later he was home, and that is when my sister and I came, baby boomers. That house was in the middle of the block and when I was a year and a half old they bought the house on the end of the block, it had a big yard. I don't remember the move, but they say I helped, they would load my wagon and I pulled it to the new house. Still living in that house today.

Q20.  Was your family involved in any natural disasters happening during your childhood (i.e. fire, flood, cyclone, earthquake, etc)

Well I was not very young when Mt. St. Helens blew and dropped about a quarter of inch of ash on Spokane.

Q21.  Is there any particular music that when you hear it, sparks a childhood memory?

I was in the band in junior high and high school, but was not a real fan of any kind of music, but we had a radio on a lot so I did hear a lot of music.

Q22.  What is something that an older family member taught you to do?

My father tried to teach me mechanics, he had been an auto mechanic, but most of it just went over my head. He was a good gardener and had a vegetable garden a lot of the time. One of our dogs liked carrots and would dig them up and eat them. A later dog liked peas and would pick the pods off, shell the peas and eat the peas.

Q23.  What are brands that you remember from when you were a kid?

Pepsodent toothpaste, Brylcream, Wonder Bread (but we went to the local bakery for our bread), Double Bubble Bubble Gum, M & Ms 


Q24.  Did you used to collect anything? (ie. rocks, shells, stickers … etc.)
I collected coins, still have them here somewhere. Mom would collect rocks when we traveled, big rocks, and pop would get mad at how much they weighed.
 
Q25.  Share your favorite childhood memory.

I think the most fun we had was at the lake, swimming or fishing, and later water skiing, parents bought us a 10 foot boat and a 2 hp motor and we went all over the lake with that little boat.

Thank you, Alona, for the genea-meme - it was fun to recall 50-60 years ago!  

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Wordless Wednesday Mom and Son?

Another photo from my grand aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Saturday Night Fun When I was Young part 2

1)  Geneablogger Alona Tester has devised a new meme called the "When I Was Young" genea-meme on her blog, LoneTester HQ.

2)  Since the genea-meme is 25 questions, let's do the rest 10 at a time.  This week, answer questions 6 to 15.

3)  Share your answers on your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post, or in a Facebook post or a Google+ post.

Here's mine: 


Q6:   When you were young, do you remember what it was that you wanted to grow up to be?

Well at first I wanted to be a fireman, later a mechanic, and finally an engineer.

 
Q7. Did you have a favorite teacher at school?

Don't remember any of my elementary school teachers as a favorite, Mr. Migaki in junior high and I think Mr. Mabbot in High school.

Q8. How did you get to school?

 I lived two blocks from school so I walked on the unpaved road to grade school. Junior high was 1.4 miles so I rode my bike in nice weather and walked in the snowy weather. High school was 4 blocks away so I walked there also.

Q9 What games did playtime involve?

We played hide and seek, rode our bikes or wagons, played on the swings pop had built or the teter totter he built also. I had a Lionel train in the basement took up most of two sheets of plywood.

Q10 Did you have a cubby house?

No.



Q11.  What was something you remember from an early family holiday?

In 1962 we went to the Worlds Fair in Seattle, stayed with some former neighbors that had moved to north of Seattle. 

Q12.  What is a memory from one of your childhood birthday’s or Christmas?


Most of the birthdays and Christmases are just a blur, none really stand out.



Q13. What childhood injuries do you remember?

Banged up my back in PE class in junior high, we were doing chin ups on a bar in the gym and I was so short I stood on a chair to reach the bar and the chair slid out from under me and I fell on my keester. Back was sore for a week or so after that.

Q14. What was your first pet?

We always had a dog, first one was a black Cocker spaniel, don't really remember him but a lot of pictures with him. The one I do remember was Sandy a white German Sheppard. Mom picked the runt of the litter and he turned out to be about 150 pounds when he was full grown. Then we had poodles, coca-poos, yorki-poos and terriors

Q15.  Did your grandparents, or older relatives tell you stories of “when I was young ..?”


My grandma did, and I seldom listened, too bad she had 16 brothers and sisters and I knew next to nothing about them when I started researching my family.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Saturday Night Fun Early Memories


For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I challenge you to:

1)  Geneablogger Alona Tester has devised a new meme called the "When I Was Young" genea-meme on her blog, LoneTester HQ.

2)  Since the genea-meme is 25 questions, let's do them five at a time.  This week, answer questions 1 to 5.

3)  Share your answers on your own blog post, in a comment on this blog post,

Here's mine:

1)  Do you (or your parents) have any memorabilia from when you were a baby? (ie. baby book, lock of hair, first shoes etc.)

I have not found any memorabilia, except for lots of photographs, from my years as a baby.  I have some pictures my grandparents took and several my mom took.

2)  Do you know if you were named after anyone?

I was named after both my grandparents Charles Rupert Kelly and Anton Michael Hansen (This is the American version of Mikkel
which goes back three generations in Denmark, Hans Mikkelsen, and Mikkel Madsen, and where the name of this blog comes from.)

3)  And do you know of any other names your parents might have named you?

Nope

4)  What is your earliest memory?

I remember being sick a lot before I went to school, my sister got all the communicable diseases at school and brought them home. When I went to first grade I never missed a day, and that did not end till I got in Junior High.


5)  Did your parent/s (or older siblings) read, sing or tell stories to you? Do you remember any of these?

I know my mom read to both me and my sister, but neither parent was a good singer so we sang at church and school, but seldom at home,


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Wordless Wednesday Two Horses

Another photo from my grand aunt Latisha Vanderpool's photo album.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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