Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
I WAS JUST LAYING AROUND ON THIS NICE WHITE CLOUD, WHEN THIS LITTLE BLUE BIRD FLEW AND LANDED ON MY NOSE. HELLO! I SAID. THIS IS A NICE SURPRISE. THE LITTLE BIRD FLEW AND WHISPERED IN MY EAR.” DAVID WANTS MEMERE TO TELL HIM A STORY ABOUT YOU.
THANK YOU FOR TELLING ME, I SAID.
SO WHILE MEMERE WAS SLEEPING I WHISPERED SOFTLY IN HER EAR. “MEMERE, DAVID WOULD LIKE A STORY SO THIS IS WHAT I WOULD LIKE YOU TO WRITE FOR ME.
ONE DAY I DECIDED I WANTED TO GO SEE WHAT WAS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF OUR ROAD IN BOUCTOUCHE SO WHEN MOM WASN’T LOOKING I RAN VERY FAST. I KNOW MOM WAS WORRIED ABOUT ME BUT I WANTED TO SEE SOMETHING NEW. I RAN UP THE ROAD AND I SAW LOTS OF NEW TREES AND GRASS AND I SAW SOMETHING ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, WHEN I GOT THERE IT WAS A LITTLE BROWN DOG.
HELLO! I SAID, MY NAME IS FLUFFY CORMIER, WHAT’S YOURS?
HE SAID MY NAME IS RUSTY. I SAID “WHERE IS YOUR HOUSE RUSTY? “ HE ANSWERED I DON’T HAVE A HOUSE. WHERE DO YOU LIVE? I LIVE EVERYWHERE. WHERE DO YOU SLEEP? OH IN SOME OLD BARNS OR UNDER SOME TREES, OR WHEREVER I CAN FIND SOMETHING TO SLEEP UNDER. THAT IS SAD, I THOUGHT TO MYSELF, BOY I AM LUCKY I HAVE A NICE LOG CABIN, I HAVE A WARM BED TO SLEEP IN AND I HAVE A FAMILY WHO LOVES ME. WELL RIGHT THEN I MISSED YOU, CHRISTINA, MOM AND DAD SO I DECIDED TO GO RIGHT BACK HOME.
WELL ONE DAY GOD DECIDED HE NEEDED ME IN HEAVEN, SO HE CAME TO GET ME, I DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE EVERYBODY BUT I HAD NO CHOICE. WHEN I GOT TO HEAVEN I WAS A LITTLE SCARED BECAUSE I DID NOT THINK I WOULD KNOW ANYBODY, BUT I WAS WRONG, PAPA CORMIER,GRAMPY DAIGLE, AUNT DEB, WERE ALL THERE AND HAPPY TO SEE ME. I EVEN MET A COUSIN NAMED CHRISSY, SHE WAS BLACK AND VERY NICE. I AM VERY HAPPY NOW, I DON’T HURT ANYMORE, I CAN RUN AND PLAY AGAIN,AND I CAN SEE YOU AND CHRISTINA AND MOM AND DAD,AND I SAW WHERE YOU PUT THE FLOWERS FOR ME,THEY ARE VERY BEAUTIFUL. I KNOW YOU WILL NEVER EVER FORGET ME BECAUSE YOU ALL LOVED ME AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART FOREVER. WHEN YOU THINK OF ME, THINK OF ALL THE FUN WE HAD TOGETHER. IT IS VERY BEAUTIFUL WHERE I AM, I HAVE LOTS TO EAT, AND I CAN ASK FOR THE SAME FOOD THAT I HAD AT HOME, I HAVE TREATS TOO. CHRISSY COMES TO SEE ME A LOT AND WE RUN AND WE PLAY AND WE HAVE A GREAT TIME. IT IS SO NICE TO BE ABLE TO RUN AND PLAY, I FEEL LIKE I WAS JUST LITTLE AGAIN.
AND GUESS WHAT? ONE DAY CHRISSY AND I WERE RUNNING DOWN THIS BIG GREEN HILL, AND THE WEATHER WAS LOVELY AND I THOUGHT I HEARD MY NAME. I LISTENED AGAIN. I COULD HEAR’FLUFFY”, FLUFFY IS THAT YOU?” I COULD NOT SEE ANYONE AROUND, SO WE KEPT ON RUNNING AND THEN I HEARD IT AGAIN,.”HEY
FLUFFYYYY WAIT FOR ME….. I TURNED AROUND AND YOU WILL NEVER GUESS WHO WAS RUNNING TOWARDS ME, IT WAS RUSTY. I WAS SO VERY HAPPY TO SEE HIM, SO NOW I AM HERE WITH CHRISSIE AND RUSTY. SO TELL CHRISTINA, MOM AND DAD I WISH THEM A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND I LOVE THEM. AND FINALLY DAVID
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU.
ALL MY LOVE
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
In Canada our Thanksgiving was earlier, so we are gearing up for the Christmas Holiday. I decided to put up my tree,"yes put up my tree in November grin" ,anyway my brother gave me his tree , he bought another one, and I sold mine in a yard sale. So I opened the box, ohhhhh a lot of branches, what goes where? I know the poles go together,so I did that first, intructions, where are the instructions? Oh here they are. Put the red color coded branches first. Ok ,so I sorted all the colors, red, white,black,yellow,blue,grey. There was one branch, no color. hmm. Ok I shall put the branches in the pole, Well I finished putting the color coordinated branches on the tree,But when I finished, I still had this branch with no color left over.Either I missed a hole or it did not belong with the tree. Now here I have all my decorations on the sofa, where is my tree top? Cannot find it. Did I throw it in my sale? So now, my tree is in the corner, with no tree top,I cannot trim the tree without my tree top. So I will have another look around, if I do not find it, I will go get another one.
Our Christmas parade is this saturday, I am hoping to attend. I love parades,and I love the holidays.
On another note, well my Moncton Nostalgia was a good idea. I have received many emails saying it brought back many memories of long ago. So I am pleased to have done so.
I am still adding names to my Chartersville Cemetery,and I notice some people have registered in my photo gallery, I do hope to see new photos by them posted in the gallery. I think it is a great idea to add old photos of our ancestors and for others to do the same, it is a way to share our photos with one another, that way if we lose the photos somehow, others have them and they won't be lost forever.
When my mother in law passed away, we went through her photos, she had old photos, with no names, so we never knew who they were, that is so sad.I believe old photos are part of our history and genealogy, it makes our ancestors more real to us, seeing faces along with names.
My genealogy group is going very well, I am very pleased with them, many are helping others with their research,some older members have returned to our group, it is great having them back. So if any of you do not know about our group, go to my website at www.acadian-roots.com and join our group, it is free and we are a very great bunch. As I said I am very proud of everyone of them.
Have a great day
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Well I am still working on my Chartersville Cemetery, I keep adding every day, I do know it will benefit many of you. I feel that even if I add only ten names, that is ten names that someone out there may need .So I shall continue sharing with you, what I have. I believe I told you I have added access to Acadian Postcards on my website, I think that was a good idea, because how many out there did not know of this great Acadian Postcard site, Cajuns can also send Acadian Postcards to their loved ones. A Merry Christmas on an Acadian Postcard would be very nice to send during the Holidays.So go to my website http://www.acadian-roots.com/ click on Acadian Postcards and send as many as you want to.
To end todays blog here is an interesting article from a book that was given to me many years ago of Saint Louis Kent County.
Each village or locality needs men for an important trade "Blacksmith". Saint Louis had the advantage to have some without interuptions and they were as talented and they were devoted. They were Mister John Orr, Bernard Gorman, Auguste Leger, Hubert Gallant, Adolphe Landry, Roderick McDonald, Simon Mazerole, Gilbert Gallant, Basile Daigle, Charles Dutney, James Hennessey, Aime LeBlanc, Job Allain, Jean Daigle, Joseph F Richard, Hubert McGraw, and Francois Babineau.They say that the blacksmith shop of Francois Babineau is now the only Blackmith between Saint Antoine and the Miramichi River. Now this was way back. Are there any of your ancestors among these men?
Have a great day
Friday, November 16, 2007
The Hillsboro "Advocate" states that there are now living at Dover (West. Co.) Peter GUTRO and his wife, aged respect-ively 106 and 101. They have been married over 80 years and during that time resided in that place. They are neither bed ridden nor feeble and able to move about and enjoy them- selves. The number of their descendants is 300. The date was January 1864.
Can you imagine living to be over 100? In Saint Louis Kent County, there were many who lived to be very old. I don't know if it was what they ate, or how they lived that prolonged their life to such a ripe old age. I do know that in Saint Louis fish and pork were their main foods. (maybe it is the poutines and rappure that contributed to their longivity, smile).
Sometimes it seems to run in the family ,some seem to live longer than others.My both grandfathers died young, one was 56 ,and one was around 61. I remember my father saying, well I outlived my father. Dad died at the age of 94 so he had a long life.Since I have been going to cemeteries and transcribing from cemeteries, I notice how so many of our ancestors and relatives died so very young. I guess back then there were many diseases to fight, such as TB, Typhoid Fever,Dipteria,Cholera etc. It must have been to tragic for the parents of those loved ones, can you imagine losing two or three or your children in a very short while? But getting back to living old, my great great grandmother Marie Blanche Breau was old when she died, her obituary said she was the oldest resident in Notre Dame de Kent at that time. My Dad told me he remembered her, he remember she had lots of facial hair, he called it Mousse on her face.
Well I have added another cemetery on my site, thanks to Rick. I added the Maccan Cemetery, it is not an Acadian Cemetery but there are a few Acadians buried there or listed there. I have also added more names onto my Chartersville Cemetery,as you know that is a huge cemetery. And I also have added something new to my site, I added a site for you to send Acadian Postcards to your love ones, I received permission to do this, and I am pleased to have the cards on my site, I do hope you will check out the cards, they are created from paintings by Mr Surette. Thank you so much for the lovely visit and I do hope you will drop in again. Have a great day. Hi to cousin Eve.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I would like to share something with you, regarding good deeds at Christmas. I was just alerted to this by my friend. This certain family celebrates this way. They are a large family and they gather at the parent's house, they each buy a christmas gift , the limit is ten dollars, and they each take their gifts over.They sit around the table and the head of the household takes each gift and one by one they have an auction, limit of the bid is again ten dollars. For instance if I brought my gift over, the auctioneer will say, who will bid on Aline's gift. This goes on until everyone has their gift auctioned off. The money that the auctioneer gets goes to a local charity. I find that to be so nice They all have fun and the money goes to a good cause.
I want to also share this with you. My son phoned me today, and I asked how my grandchildren were. My son told me my grandson went to his first school dance, he is eleven, and his older sister was there . Anyway I guess my grandson danced all night, he told my son, well the boys formed a circle and the girls formed a circle in the middle and we all went around and when the music stopped, we had to dance with that girl in front of us.(Paul Jones haha). My son said, did YOU dance? He replied well I had NO choice. haha.
Well I have begun adding the River Hebert Cemetery on my site, this is thanks to Rick Arsenault, who has gracefully given his permission for me to do so. He is downloading the images on his site at www.myacadianhistory.ca and I am writing down the names on my site at www.acadian-roots.com , this way the people who come to my site while surfing will go to Rick's site from my site.There shall be more than one cemetery added and these are in Cumberland County Nova Scotia. There will not only be acadian cemeteries, but the one I am doing at the moment has a few Acadian Names.As you know some acadians married english partners and I also noticed some french canadian names. So both Rick and I are hoping this will benefit many of you.
Thank you for dropping by and do come again.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Did I ever tell you about the harsh winters my mom had when she was young? She said one time there was so much snow that her brother and her had to dig a tunnel to get to the shed to get some wood. And one time they could not open the door because of the snow and the neighbor had to come and shovel them out.
I also read somewhere that some of our ancestors would tie a line going from their home to their barns in order not to lose their sense of direction due to the blowing snow and high winds, they had to get to the barn to feed their animals and to do their chores, the animals had to be taken care of, no matter how bad the weather was. It sure must have been hard for our ancestors, they had no shovels nor plows nor snowblowers ,they were not as lucky as we are today.
But there is a good side of all this snow, it puts me in a christimassy mood. smile.
Have a great day
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Remembrance Day,since tomorrow is Remembrance Day, we should remember our loved ones, who fought for us, for our countries, for liberty. Over the years there were many battles fought, many battles won and many lost battles. So tomorrow I would like to suggest that you go online and read about the following battles and wars. Check out the French and Indian War of 1640, Battle of Port Royal in 1690 and 1710, Battle of Quebec 1690, Battle of Hudson Bay 1697, Queen Ann War 1702, Raid on Canso 1744, First Siege at Louisbourg 1745, Battle of Grand Pre in 1747, French and Indian War 1754-1963, Battle of Fort Beausejour, War of Independence, Civil War, Metis Rebellion, Boer War, War of 1812, Vietnam War, Korean War World Wars one and two, Iraq War, Afghanistan etc.
Many men were involved in these wars, and many lost their lives, there were Privates, Seamen,Airforce men, Footsoldiers,, Corporals, Lieutenants, Sargents,Soldier ,Platoon Sargents, Colonel,Commander in Chief,Gunner, Flagcarriers, Drummers, Medics, Nurses,Chaplains,Journalists, Captains,etc.
We must also remember the veterans who survived these wars, they have suffered , they have bad memories, and good memories. They all fought for a cause.Many came back injured.
Our Acadian Ancestors fought in Battles, Fort Beausejour,Port Royal, Grand Pre, in World War one and two,the Civil War, War of Independence.
Take a moment to remember all the ones who went to war, be they Acadians,Canadians,Americans,British,Native American,many loved ones were lost ,many mothers cried. Wars touched so many lives, if we could only imagine one family with loved ones at war. The anguish, the worrying, the crying.
LEST WE FORGET.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
For Easter ,we needed a new hat. That was the style way back then, a new outfit and a new hat. I kept up the tradition for a long time. Easter Sunday we went to church, and back then we went on Sunday,today we go on Saturdays. When my son was little , he has his new outfit and an easter basket, and lots of goodies.
Our Easter meals were always Baked Ham. Our Ancestors would have no problem cooking a ham, they had all kinds of pigs. smile.
Christmas was another holiday, I remember my mother telling me,that when she was little, her father would be away working and he would always make it home on Christmas Eve. They would go out and cut their tree. Mom said they decorated it with whatever they could find, colored ribbons ,rags, paper, and so on. And Mom said she remembers getting an Eaton's Beauty Doll, now this would be back around 1927or 1928. She said her father made sleds for the boys.
I remember one christmas ,we had a camp in St.Louis and my sister in law was down from Ontario, so we decided to spend christmas at our camp. We went and got our tree in the woods, let me tell you I was some glad to get back to camp. The snow was nearly up to my waist at some spots, and it sure got tiresome trudging through that snow. But we did, and decorated our tree. Had our Christmas Turkey , we had an electric stove, because we had electricity. And then it was time to go back to the city. So we roughed it for once. I love the smell of a real tree but they are so messy to clean up ,so this year I will put up an artificial one.
Mom said my grandmother hung stockings up for them, and Mom said they always contained, walnuts, one apple, one orange, candies. My grandmother used to shop all year long for gifts, she had 8 children, she bought for her eight children, their spouses, and their kids. I looked forward to my gift from my grandmother even if it was just a hankie, it had come from her.
As you know this year some members of my genealogy group acadianroots exchanged names for gifts. I have bought my gift for the name I picked, and this is making me feel good, because this person will be receiving a gift from someone she has never met personally, and I am hoping that she will be pleased.
So in ending today's blog, and speaking of holiday. Soon it will be Thanksgiving for the United States, and I do hope you all have a safe, and Happy Thanksgiving Day with all your loved ones.
Have a great day
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Today I went shopping, got a few things. I then came home and gift wrapped my parcels going out of town. So all I need to do is address them and wait until it is time to post them. I want to make sure everyone gets their gift on time.
Well I have added quite a few names on my Chartersville Road Cemetery, I believe I have over 1000 names added so far and I shall continue to do what I have set my mind in doing. I am certain that many of you out there are benefitting from what I am adding to our site.
And I have decided that my next project I do will be kept secret until I have completed it and added it to my site. It will make it more interesting for me, and it will be a surprise for you.
I am still working on my Leger's. I am now waiting for an obituary, and a photo of a tomstone from out west. The results are looking good. This is for a christmas gift for about ten different people from the same family. Next I may make a family tree for my ex sister in law who just lost her Mom a month or two ago. She would really appreciate it. So if you have someone and you do not know what to give them for christmas? Give them a bit of their history.
Have a great Day and thanks for stopping by
Monday, November 05, 2007
Well I decided to add the Chartersville Road Cemetery on my site, well I am adding some of the cemetery anyway. I have added over 1000 names so far. And now I needed a picture to add on my page, so yesterday (after the storm) we took a drive to the cemetery. We did not go into the cemetery but I took a few pictures from the road. One of the pictures I really liked, so i have added it on my page. For the ones of you who do not know about this cemetery,well at first in Moncton, the people were buried in the old Shediac Road Cemetery, and then the new cemetery on Chartersville Road in Dieppe was built. The old Shediac Road Cemetery is now full, there are to be no more burials there. The Chartersville Road Cemetery is called Our Lady of Calvary (Notre Dame du Calvaire) and it is a really big cemetery. I had written them into three notebooks, I have added one of the three books, there are still two more to go. I will add them at my leisure. When I have the second book onto my page I will let you know.There are tombstones that I do not have from the cemetery, so if you have love ones in that cemetery and you do not see them on my page, it will not mean that they are not there, it will only mean I do not have them. I have up to 2003 so there are still 4 more years not done. Maybe I will attempt to do them at a later date. I did not transcribe the ones that I have myself. I was given the CD from a friend Mister Francis LeBlanc who took photos of the stones. So I took the names from the stones and wrote them all in my three books, that way it is easier to add to my site.
So I do hope that many of you will find some of your ancestors .
I have received an email from P'tit Francois and he told me he has been busy and was going on vacation and he will get to doing the translating from french to english for his stories. So if you cannot speak or read french, check once in a while to see if they have been translated yet.
I hope you all have a great day. Thank you for the visit, do come again.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
And in case we lose our power, I now have a roast cooking in the oven. I moved all the stuff that was on the patio inside, even our garbage cans. We have three trees in front, one right in front of my house and two in front of the neighbors house, so I moved my car ahead. The last time they predicted bad weather ,the storm by passed us, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will by pass us again. So just in case you do not see me online, do not worry, it will only be because our power went off. But if my power goes off, I don't know what I will do without my internet. smile.
I decided to add another cemetery to my page, this is a huge cemetery ,Our lady of Calvary Cemetery in Dieppe New Brunswick. I shall only do a little at a time, I don't know if I will do it all since this IS a big cemetery, but I will add what I can, and who knows? In the end ,it may all be on my site. So check the sidebar of my acadian-roots.com website, when you see Chartersville Road Cemetery, it will be the Our Lady of Calvary Cemetery.
So have a great day, for the ones in the path of the hurricane, stay safe.
Friday, November 02, 2007
Now I remember my mother telling me, that when we were small, we lived in a place called Highland View and we lived in an old log cabin, which was later condemned. Mom said she would bundle us all up, and make sure that our feet and hands were not bare, she made us sleep where the roof did not leak, and she said when my Dad and her would wake up in the morning there would be ice on their blankets. Apparently one night, I wiggled my foot out from under the cover and it turned all blue, Mom took me to the doctor and he punctured a hole in my heel to relieve the pressure. So I would believe that our ancestors spent some mighty cold nights huddled together.Mom said she even wore mittens on us some times.
I am reading in the book I received and sharing some of it with you,just in case you wonder where I am getting all this information.
Now I am reading that to light their house or room, our ancestors used light from the fireplace , Cod liver oil, and pork or beef rind could be used for lighting. Candles were made from mutton or beef tallow . Later on came Paraffin and oil lamps. Can you imagine going out to outhouse in back of their homes, pitch black and all they had were keresene lamps? I remember going to an old camp way back in the woods , to go there we had to go on a trolley ,over a thresle, and there were no lights outdoors and no roads to the camp. The owner of the camp had an outhouse in the back and let me tell you that when I went to the outhouse, my husband came with me , and stood by the door. We had a flashlight to guide us, and it was still scary. We should consider ourselves lucky these days, we have electricity, we have lights, we have phones, internet, cars ,our ancestors had no electricity, only lamps, no phones, they travelled by horse and wagon, or sleds,or by walking or by canoes. We have automatic washers and dryers, they had the streams, to wash their clothes, trees to hang them on. We have water right in our homes, our ancestors had to go to the nearest springs, or dig a well.
One thing for sure is that our ancestors worked very hard in their lifetime.
Thanks for the visit, do come again.
Have a nice day
Thursday, November 01, 2007
I opened the newspaper last Monday, and I could not believe my eyes. This moose had ventured in the north end of the city. He caused some damage before being tranqualized. He damaged a police cruiser, fences, rain gutters. He was seen shortly before 11 am. Anyway they had to tranqualize him, and he did not survive, he was probably scared to death. This reminds me of something my late husband once told me. In the 1940s he had gone to Montreal to find work, and he was staying at this rooming house, and the lady of the house,(Mrs Vandal) asked him if there were many animals roaming the streets down here. She thought that this place was in the bushes. Now if she could open her eyes she would probably say; " I knew it, I knew it". grin. No one knows where the moose came from, nobody got hurt. But it sure must have made a lot of headlines in the neighborhood, since he was going up and down the streets and in and out of back yards. (Maybe he was just out looking for a new Gal ,smile).
Well I have been working on my website, I added some marriages for Tracadie Nova Scotia, as you know there is a Tracadie New Brunswick and a Tracadie in Nova Scotia. I rearranged my sidebar, so it will be easier to navigate.
I am still waiting for P'Tit Francois to do some translation for me so that I can add more stories, but he has been a bit busy, so please have patience, he will get to it as soon as he is able.
We drew our names for our christmas gift exchange, so now comes the fun of looking for something to send. And speaking of Christmas, we went into a store yesterday and the trees are all decorated, the store was decorated and some of the workers still adding christmas stuff.
Our christmas parade is scheduled for November the 24th.
Well thank you so much for stopping by. I always enjoy having guests. Have a great day