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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Simple Pleasures



The reason Dayle at A Collection Of This and That created the Simple Pleasures series, was to remind her to stop, to look, to listen, to slow down and pay closer attention to the simple things in life. She wants us to share our thoughts and our Simple Pleasures so please join her.

Now this is not a picture of my grandson - but there is no more feeling of simple pleasure then looking at my grandson when he was asleep. And it's not because he's sleeping! It is the feeling of his innocence. That he's safe. The day is done. . . And how much I love him!





Happy Birthday to Annie Oakly - wikipedia

According to the Annie Oakley Foundation, she was born in "a cabin less than two miles northwest of Woodland, now Willowdell, in Darke County", a rural western border county of Ohio. The village of North Star has a road sign stating it is near her place of birth. Her birthplace log cabin site is about five miles eastward of North Star. There is a stone-mounted plaque in the vicinity of the cabin site, which was placed by the Annie Oakley Committee in 1981, 121 years after her birth. The committee misspelled her birth surname on the cast bronze plaque, incorrectly ending in an "s" instead of "y".

Annie's parents were Quakers from Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania: Susan Wise, age 18, and Jacob Mosey, age 49, married in 1848. A fire burned down their tavern in Hollidaysburg, so they moved to a rented farm (later purchased with a mortgage) in Patterson Township, Darke County. The move occurred sometime between sister Elizabeth's Hollidaysburg birth in 1855, and sister Sarah Ellen's Darke County birth in 1857.

Born in 1860, Annie was the sixth of Jacob and Susan's eight children. Her father, who had fought in the War of 1812, died in 1866 at age 67, from pneumonia and overexposure in freezing weather. Her mother married Daniel Brumbaugh, had a ninth child, Emily, and was widowed a second time.

When Annie was eight or nine years old, she was put in the care of the superintendent of the county poor farm, where she learned to sew and decorate. She spent some time in near-slavery for a local family where she endured mental and physical abuse (Annie referred to them as "the wolves"). When she reunited with her family at age 13 or 14, her mother had married a third time, to Joseph Shaw after 1868.

Because of poverty following the death of her father, Annie did not regularly attend school. Later she received some additional education. Apparently, she could not spell her family's name, since she later rendered it ending in "ee". Her family's surname, "Mosey", ending in "y", appears on her father's gravestone and in his military record; it is the official spelling by the Annie Oakley Foundation maintained by her living relatives.

Annie began hunting at age nine to support her siblings and her widowed mother. She sold the hunting game for money to locals in Greenville, as well as restaurants and hotels in southern Ohio. Her skill eventually paid off the mortgage on her mother's farm when Annie was 15.

And the rest is history!

22 comments:

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Oh Sandie even now when I see my girls asleep it is so precious. Amazing how it makes you feel.

debbie said...

BEAUTIFUL POST SANDIE,
EVEN BEFORE RICHIE AND MEGAN MOVED, I WATCHED HIM, AS A YOUNG MAN ASLEEP ON THE COUCH, HOLDING THE REMOTE AND I COULD REMEMBER HIM AND AMY AS BABIES, THEIR BATH OVER AND SMELLING SO HEAVENLY AND LATER, WHEN THEY WERE ASLEEP IT WAS LIKE PRECIOUS ANGELS LAYING THERE... AND ALL WAS RIGHT WITH THE WORLD.....THEN MORNING CAME...LOL
HUGS AND LOVE
SIMPLY DEBBIE

Together We Save said...

Yes a sleeping child is the picture of innocence.

Angela said...

Hey Sandie!

I always loved to watch my kids sleep when they were babies too!

That sure is interesting about Annie Oakley!

Hope you have a Cool Day!
Angela

Nezzy said...

What interesting facts on dear Annie O.

So true girl, we get so very overwhelmed with in life's business we don't stop to appreciate all those "little things" that are really giant blessings in disguise.

God bless ya and have a glorious day sweetie!!!

Sue said...

What awonderful picture...you just want to pinch those cheeks...

Susan said...

Wow Sandie, I didn't know all that about Annie Oakley. She had quite a rough start in life, didn't she?

The photo of the little guy sleeping is darling. Our hearts fill with love when we see our little ones asleep, don't they?

Take care and have a great day, Sandie. Susan

Marydon said...

G'day Sandie ~ Love the Annie Oakley write ...

My heart melts watching the wee ones angelically sleeping peacefully. The moments precious moments of joy ... to touch a wisp of their hair, a soft cheek pink from sleep ...

Have a beautiful day ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

Dianne said...

Nothing sweeter than a sleeping child!

Michelle said...

What a sweet picture! I feel the same way when I watch Avery sleep=)

THE OLD GEEZER said...

The older I get the more I enjoy the simple uncomplicated things in life.

A Hopeful Heart said...

I have many photos of my children sleeping, not only as babies, but as toddlers and even early elementary age. It really is a beautiful sight.

What a sweet photo you shared today.

Blessings,
Patti

Dayle said...

I love this, Sandie. Those sleeping babies tug at our hearts. We forgive them for everything! ;)

Live Out Loud said...

Oh that picture captures the innocence of a sleeping child perfectly

Mimi said...

HI TO MY DEAR CHATTY friend SANDIE!
oh how I have missed you!!
So busy around here, and to be quite honest, just needed a break from blogging for a while, I did miss all of you so much!!!
Nothing so divine as a sleeping child, actually I love to just stare at my hubby is he falls asleep on the coach, I feel so much more safe, when he goes off to bed early as I stay up late, I feel like I do not see him all day, so I love it when he falls asleep near me, snoring and all!Music to my ears!!
ANd that Precious grand baby of mine, now that she is older, she and I take naps together on MIMI'S bed!!She loves that, I sometimes wake up to her rubbing my arm, she loves to rub arms!!It is so sweet!!!
I hope you are having a fun fine day!!
has school started yet????
hugs to you,
jamie

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Lovely Sandie and exactly right on! That's a nice meme -- we all need to stop and enjoy ordinary days and simple pleasures.

Debbie said...

I believe that there is a true bliss in seeing a sleeping child. I remember watching mine when they were little and even confess to a stolen peek now and then these days.

Love this simple pleasure.

And Annie Oakley is a favorite historical figure.

Jennie said...

This is totally a simple pleasure of my own. In fact, I contemplated taking pictures of my own last night in anticipation of sharing, but never got around to it. So glad that you did! He is precious.

Mevely317 said...

This takes me right back .... soooo many years ago when my Troy would abruptly change gears, seemingly without warning: Full speedy ahead, then ... crash. Any cross feelings, suddenly dissolved - replaced with awe, and so much love.
Thanks for the memories!

Chicken Wrangler said...

Love the Anne Oakley story. I had a horse we named Anne Oakley - she was a favorite of everyone that knew her!

Rose said...

having a grandchild is a wonderful thing. rose

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Ahhhhhhhhh, yes. I so agree. Having the time to stop and enjoy and love a grandchild [whether it's when asleep or so involved in his/her little world] is truly a simple pleasure.

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