Thursday, October 3, 2019

Getting Old is for Tough Old Birds

Three years ago I had a total knee replacement on my right knee. The following year, I fell in my own bedroom and broke my left wrist - actually, I smashed it pretty good so I had to have surgery on it. Screws, metal plate and all that stuff making me the bionic grandma.  It certainly put a damper on my jewelry business on Etsy (DiansGems).  Anyway, apparently, I am being plagued with losing my balance because this year, I fell again and this time, I broke my right wrist. They had me in three casts - the first one up to my armpit, the next just above my elbow and if the doctors had had their way, they would have operated on my right wrist but I said a flat "no".  I've had enough of being cut on. I did just fine and can now work on my jewelry again and do my water aerobics. I workout 4 days a week and wonder how long my old body will let me continue to do that.

Here are a few photos of the new items I have created:

This is aragonite which is almost always white or a very light color. The earrings are post type.

Aragonite increases energy, boosts self-confidence and feelings of self-worth as you learn to place trust in yourself. A great set to wear if you are dealing with teenagers or stress in your life. I haven't added them to my Etsy shop yet but if you are interested, email me.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Suchanski, Zdanowicz & Warren Lineage by Ruth S. Kelly

Years of research sent into this book. Looking for Zdanowicz cousins who might want to pass down information about t heir roots from North Chicago and Poland.

Suchanski Zdanowicz & Warren Lineage | Etsy:  Link to buy book

This is a family history book about the descendants of Sebastyen Suchanski from Klobuck, Poland and 

Vincent Zdanowicz, and the Staranowicz families from Sztabin, Poland. Who later came to America first settling in Chicago and then moving to North Chicago, Illinois. From there, their descendants moved to Florida, California and Wisconsin.

This book has 501 pages and 36 color pages and 25 chapters in a hardbound book.

Adolph Staranowicz, Alexander Staranowicz and Anton Staranowicz - lived in North Chicago, Illinois, Florida and in California. Vincent and Rose Zdanowicz settled in North Chicago, Illinois (includes all of their children and some of their grandchildren).

I have now traced the Zdanowicz family into Stare Troki, Lithuania and they were of noble birth.

Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing a book and belong to our family.  Ruth Kelly. You can contact me through this blog or by email

Chapter 08: Suchañski Lineage in Kłobuck, Poland
Chapter 09: Skwarczyñski & Siwczyñski Lineage
Chapter 10: Piotr Suchañski & Joanna Skwarczyñska 
Chapter 11: Stanisław and Adam Suchañski 
Chapter 12A: Chester Piotr Pawel Suchañski 
Chapter 12B: CP Norton Suchañski 
Chapter 12C: Chester Norton & Bessie Brazil 
Chapter 13: Stella Zdanowicz Suchanski
Chapter 14: Walter Zdanowicz & Agnes Konieczny 
Chapter 15: Victoria Josephine Zdanowicz 
Chapter 16: James Zdanowicz  & Martha Piktel 
Chapter 17: Casimir Zdanowicz & Helen Wasniewski 
Chapter 18: Violet Zdanowicz & Stanley Borawski 
Chapter 19: Anthony Zdanowicz & Lillian Wilson 
Chapter 20: Wincynty Zdanowicz & Rozalia Staranowicz 
Chapter 21: Staranowicz & Zagorski Lineage 
Chapter 22: Zdanowicz Lineage from Sztabin, Poland

Rose and Vincent Zdanowicz with my grandmother Stella and her brother Walter.

Grandma was the first generation born in the United States while her parents came from Sztabin, Poland.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

California Trip October 2018

Not long after we left Reno, Nevada crossing the border going toward Susanville, California, we came across this terrible tractor trailer car accident.  The cab of the truck was completely flipped around and all the windows were broken.  The driver walked away unhurt but one lady in the car that was involved was life flighted to the nearest hospital.

 Reflection shot.

See how dry it is here in California, just waiting for a lightening strike or a careless spark to ignite and burn a beautiful forest.

 In Redding, California, we visited the Sun Dial Bridge at Turtle Bay which crosses the Sacramento River.  It is a cantilever spar cable-stayed bridge. Fishermen are often seen passing beneath the bridge as they fish for salmon, steelhead and rainbow trout. 

The bridge was created in 2004. The tip of the shadow moves approximately one foot per minute.  The dial of the sundial and a small plaza beneath the support tower are decorated with broken white tile from Spain. The bridge's deck is surfaced with translucent structural glass from Quebec, which is illuminated from beneath and glows aquamarine at night.

No one else walking on the glass and steel bridge seemed to be concerned that we were in fact walking on glass.  I was very hesitant and walked more on the steel parts. Just a nervous Nelly!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Markleeville, California

Gas prices in California are indeed very high this beautiful October year of 2018. On our way to Yosemite National Park, we ran across a tiny town called Markleeville. I'd like to return one day, it is a fascinating place.

Linking to: Weekend Reflections

Saturday, July 29, 2017

A Horse of Many Parts

I can't help but be fascinated at the artist who repurposed parts and made something wonderful.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Car Show

I took lots of photos at this car show at the St. George Airport of cars, motorcycles and airplanes.  It was quite fun but this was the best one to share with weekend reflections.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Lincoln Covered in Copper Pennies

At a car show in St. George, Utah, we found this amazing Lincoln which the owner not only gave away pennies but had covered his entire bottom half of the car with them.
1989 Lincoln

Trunk with 89 in pennies.

Proud owner of the Lincoln.
White wall tires, or course.
Linking to Weekend Reflections
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