Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back To Business-Back To School-NYSD Reruns

Postcard of "vintage" Palm Beach...Memories!!
Good morning!  It's a beautiful day here in Virginia, I am back from my myriad of summer travels and Younger Daughter has just gone back to school.  It's her "last First Day," and although that is sad in some ways, it is gloriously exciting in others!  College time!!!

The New York Social Diary will be rerunning all the Ordway photos in the coming days, so be sure to check that out...and welcome to those of you visiting The Classic Preppy because you saw it mentioned in the opening article!  I love "connecting" people...and what a fun project that was...

More soon!


Monday, July 28, 2014

Off The Grid

Taking some time off this summer...and off the technology grid as much as possible.  This is my view...

and this is one way our visitors can come and see us while we're here...although most come by car...


More soon.... In the meantime, enjoy your summer!!


Friday, July 11, 2014

The Classic Preppy Cooks

I am not known for my cooking...but I keep trying!  I'll be doing some cooking/baking videos with another blogger at the end of the summer, so I thought I'd shoot some footage of one of tonight's dishes with my iPhone.  Turned out ok! Here's the recipe (from The Food Network)! Enjoy!!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer Fun And A Throwback Thursday Photo Collage

I am having so much fun going through these old pictures and papers!  There is so much to tackle that I probably won't finish until fall, but that's ok.  Part of the project means getting all our home videos into digital format and I finished that this week, so that's a big check on my to-do list.

I love, love, LOVE my MacBook Pro and have finally starting using iMovie, to make little video clips to send to family and friends.  I also love my subscription to PicMonkey.com.  It has great extras in photo editing and lets you make collages, Facebook covers, etc.

Here's a Throwback Thursday, circa 1988.  (My husband was/is very silly as you can see!)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday Find

The sorting and organizing continues.  I am uncovering treasure after treasure...working hard, but having so much fun!

I found this clipping in a box of papers that came from my grandmother and great-aunt. They died in 2000 and 1999 respectively...at 101 and 105. So, you can imagine how much stuff they left behind!

No date on this, but I am judging from the clipping's condition it is probably from the 1930's or 40's??  I wonder which of my ancestors clipped and kept this? What were they thinking at the time?

Funny how the sentiment still applies today...even more so!! Read the second verse about the civilized debate between the haves and have nots of society.  Our current culture is so polarized...and we have been led like sheep to this way of behavior.  In my opinion, our leadership ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE need to do better.  Much better.

Have a great weekend, all!


Update:  Looks like 1938 was when this poem was featured in the syndicated newspaper column. Love, love, LOVE my subscription to Newspapers.com!

It's pretty clear what was being talked about/debated in 1938...and obviously there was a desire for a more civilized debate even then.

How sad those who read this in 1938 would be to see how we tear each other down for sport these days...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Summer Project

For the past four summers I have sworn up and down that I was going to "get those photos in albums."  The ones I've done are fabulous...very simple and elegant, if I do say so myself...but I have a LOT of photos!

I'm not complaining.  My collection goes back to the mid-late 1800's, because I have inherited a huge collection from a variety of ancestors.  All of those have to be identified, catalogued, scanned, numbered and entered into my genealogy program as well (the amazing Family Tree Maker and Ancestry.com). Then there are the numerous family photos of the past twenty-five years of marriage, children and family vacations.  My goal is to sort these per child and also by the narrative/story of what was happening.  Also, I am trying to assemble the books so that when I go to glory (many, many years from now I hope), my girls will each have a set of books.

Christmas party, December 2013

Banquet ends off the table for every day family use

New Year's Eve Dinner, 2013

Genealogy sorting room

I had my boxes of papers and photos in my home office, which is a nice large space, but also an interior room with no windows.  I knew this project would probably take all summer, and I needed to be in the light.  So, I've brought everything into the dining room.

Our dining room is one of the rooms in the house that is always sparkling clean and polished, ready to go.  It is great for parties and dinners of all sizes, and I love, love, LOVE it.  Because of its unique placement in the house, its table stays clear and never gets any of the clutter the breakfast room often acquires.  So, this is a big step...with a deadline.  But it was a good decision.  The views from the two windows in the dining room are bright and pleasant and make it a very happy place to work! A lot of my Classic Preppy posts this summer will probably revolve around this project...so get ready!!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thursday Thoughts: Generosity

Image courtesy of Augustus Clemmer Mayhew/New York Social Diary
Wonderful article today about Rollins College and George and Harriet Cornell... I grew up across the street from the Cornells. They were a dear, sweet couple who had a simple, gracious house.  As a child, I especially loved their Samoyed, who was so shy and cute.  The Cornells owned about a third of the block that their house was a part of and after their deaths, half of that property became a dog park, and the other part was subdivided into three lots for three new houses.  They blessed many, many people with their generosity...and were as down to earth as they could be.  It's too bad more people aren't like them today.