Those Mountains in the Back - Identifying Your Old Family PhotosWritten by Joe Bott
I read an article recently about quantity of family photos we accumulate in our lifetime. I think it said somewhere around 1,200 in any given household, majority of which are unmarked. I can believe that—the unmarked part especially.
I'm horrible when it comes to jotting a note on back of my photos. "My photos" refer to ones that were taken by me or a living member of my family. I even have photos undeveloped from 1980s, but I intend to get them developed "sometime real soon—as soon I get a chance."
It's same story with my hobby photo collection, which contains tens of thousands of photos. Most of photos are of note-less, name-less faces. If it weren't for photographers' marks, they would be of nameless, placeless faces. I refer to these nameless, placeless photos as "incredibly lost."
I wonder why many of our ancestors didn't put names on their photos. Was it laziness? I originally blamed sloth, but then I changed my mind. If you look on back of c1900 onward vacation snapshots, you can find notes like: "This is Uncle John next to Harvey Johnson's Boat," "Those mountains behind me are High Sierras" and "That's an Esso station were we stopped to fill'er up on our way to Lake Henry." It takes a lot more time to jot down "where" and "what" notes than it does to jot down a "John Hancock," and most vacation photos have something written on them. Yes, I've concluded that it was not laziness.
Candles- It is easy to make your OwnWritten by Majorie Slaney
Most people, especially women have a special affinity for candles. The candle-lit dinner, relaxing bath by candlelight, even candles on kid’s birthday cake are but a few of ways we enjoy candles. Candles can set mood for almost any occasion, even if occasion is simply to forget day and relax.
If you’ve purchased very many candles, you’ve learned cheapest candles are not necessarily best, nor are most expensive candles best. The problem often comes between candle color and fragrance. You may love color, and hate fragrance, or you may hate color and love fragrance of candles. The best solution for these problems with candles is to make your own.
Making Hand Dipped Candles is not as hard as you may first imagine. With just a few materials, a bit of time, a little creativity, you’ll have perfect candles to enjoy.
You will need: paraffin wax, a double boiler, wooden spoon, candy thermometer, coloring, scents, wicks, and a stove. The size of wick you purchases is important to size of candle you want. The size of wicks increases in ½ inch increments. A good rule of thumb is to buy size of wick that you want your candle to be. A ½" wick is suitable for a candles that will be ½" in thickness. A 1" wick is suitable for candles that will be 1" in thickness. The materials for making candles can be found in most craft shops.
Making Hand Dipped Candles 1.Cut or break your wax into small pieces. 2.Bring water to a gentle boil. Place wax