Thursday, October 15, 2015

Bluebird Update

As of yesterday - this is where I stood on my bluebirds. The colors in this piece are somewhat jarring to me. I like them all individually, but I'm still not sure how I feel with them all in one piece. 

Progress after 4 weeks
Just read Edgar's blog post a few minutes ago - he mentioned feeling 'peckish.' And that completely describes my mood today. What has me in a bother?

Well, this - A line item in HB 64 recently signed by Governor Kasich reads: “Sec. 3705.231. A local registrar shall allow an individual to photograph or otherwise copy a birth or death record.”
If an individual has a camera or iPhone with which to take a picture, he or she should be able to get a non-certified copy of an Ohio Birth or Death Certificate from a city or county health department free of charge after October 1, 2015. Hand held scanners and wands may be used at the discretion of the local registrar.
 I went to my local Vital Statistics office to get a free (non-certified) copy of my grandfathers birth record. Had all the information needed to get said copy. She provided the copy and proceeded to ask me, "Is that a scanner?" to which I said yes. She took the copy of that birth record from me and picked up her copy of Section 3705.231. It stated the record could be copied by, "a smart phone or camera." There was no mention of scanner on her copy. Then she states, "you can print a copy off a scanner." I told her, "I can print a copy from a photo - what's the difference?" 
To say I was miffed is an understatement. What does 'otherwise copy" mean if not scanning the page?? And the paper she waved in front of me didn't state the whole section to begin with. I came home and found the correct full section. I called the office wanting to know if Tuscarawas County has decided to not allow scanners. When they called back I was told, "The registrar is on vacation and no determination would be made until after her vacation was over - October 26th." Grr.
So, I called a genealogy society asking where they got their information. Of course, the woman I wanted to speak to wasn't there. But, I was told contact the Attorney General of Ohio. I did. For what good that did me. The office is "unable to translate legislation" and would not tell me what "otherwise copy" meant. But, they have just returned my call and the sweet woman I spoke to was unsure why I was told that at my local office. She gave me a phone number to call the state level of Vital Statistics. 
Yeah, yeah, I know take my camera back and get the copies. Yep, I could do that. But, when taking a photo of a paper like that it is best to use a copy stand. (yep, I have one) What galls me most - what is the difference between a jpeg taken with a camera vs a jpeg with a scanner??? 
Gonna make this next phone call - wish me luck! At this point I just want an explanation as to what 'otherwise copy means' and why is there a difference between a camera and a scanner?? 
Off to rattle a few more branches....

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Another Week -- More Stitches

This is going to be a speed post. Must leave the house in minutes.

Where I stand after 3 weeks
Maggee asked what issue of JCS had this pattern. Here's the cover. I believe it was May or June of 2014. It has a display until date of June 30, 2014 in the corner.

I tried to get a picture of the finished piece and blogger insists it must rotate the picture. Sorry.

Well, it is time to go. Until next week!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Stitching Mojo has returned and so have I

Good Afternoon everyone!

It's been a long time. As the title says... I am stitching again. After almost a year off - the thread is in the needle and the needle is stitching away.

I fell in love with Marie Barber's Redbirds a few years ago and I whizzed through the stitch. She released Bluebirds last year in JCS magazine. I have emailed her and there is a 3rd pattern that JCS has yet to publish called Chick-A-Dee (I think). Hope it is released soon.

Here is what I have been doing the last two weeks ~

After one week...


after two weeks.

The flower is now almost complete and then it's on to all the leaves around the birds. This piece is not quiet as large as Redbird's. But, it should be as stunning as Redbird's.

Still volunteering at the genealogy society. My obituary index is complete for 49 years. Just waiting for 2015 to finish to complete this book and then on to editing and publication. We just applied for a grant - cross your fingers for us. We are looking into two more grants next week. Hoping we can obtain a new microfilm reader, computer, and archival items.

The family is doing well. DH is still a crane operator and should be taking a vacation soon. DD is completing her Radiology degree in May. And DS will be getting his Bachelor's in December. He plans to go on for his Master's and PhD. My concern is where he plans to go to get the Master's...he is a International Relations student concentrating in Middle Eastern studies. Not thrilled with his plans at all.

Still not a grandma...not even in the plans yet. :(  So, I am still spoiling my sister's kids. Telling you what though...I'm going to have a to adopt a grandkid here soon. I got me some major spoiling skills going to waste. Just saying.

Hope this finds you all well. Planning to check in a bit more frequently again.