By : Sally Valentine

February 17 2018

February 17, 2018 Unfinished Project #3 Peer Luck

What would you do if you found a memoir that had been hidden for 100 years? What if it told the story of an entrepreneur, a man who lived at the turn of the 20th century, but whose vision went far beyond his time and place. Such a man was Frank S. Peer (1851-1922), and […]

By : Sally Valentine

January 30 2018

January 30, 2018 Unfinished Project #2

Here is Unfinished Project #2. Technically this was finished about 10 years ago when I first made it, but it wasn’t finished right. The table runner was fun to make. It was made in the quilt-as-you-go method. That means that instead of piecing a top together and then quilting it to a filling and a […]

By : Sally Valentine

January 28 2018

January 28, 2018 Unfinished Projects

I’m not good at making New Year’s resolutions, nor at keeping them, but I have officially declared 2018 to be the Year of Unfinished Projects. Here’s my first success. I started making these hotpads a year ago October with my friend Shirley. She taught me how to do it, and I worked on them at her […]

By : Sally Valentine

January 02 2018

December 31, 2017 50! 50! 50!

This is a follow-up to my September post about my 50th high school reunion. I was ruminating about the passage of time and wondering where 50 years had gone. In an attempt to answer that question and before we embark on another new year, I decided to come up with a list (doesn’t everyone love […]

By : Sally Valentine

November 17 2017

November 16, 2017 Letters

Who doesn’t like to get a real letter in the mail? Hand written notes and letters are becoming as rare as telephone land lines these days, and that makes them all the more precious. Imagine my surprise today when I came home to 18 letters, all from the students at a local elementary school. They […]

By : Sally Valentine

October 01 2017

September 29, 2017 Time Machine

The new attraction at Seabreeze this summer was the Time Machine, and I couldn’t wait to try it. I checked it out first, and it looked pretty tame. The rider is always in a vertical position and strapped tightly into a long row of people. No body parts dangling out solo. How did I like […]

By : Sally Valentine

August 16 2017

August 16, 2017 His Story, Our Story

This summer I’ve been grieving the loss of my cousin and godfather, Lowell McCaw. On the day of his memorial service, we friends and family got together and told and retold Lowell’s story and how it intersected our own stories. My testimony goes like this. Lowell became my godfather at the age of 17. Although […]

By : Sally Valentine

July 12 2017

July 12, 2017 Corn Hill

Now that the Corn Hill Festival is over for 2017, don’t wait for another year to go by before spending more time in this beautiful community. Just taking a walk and looking at the majestic old houses in the neighborhood is reason enough for a visit, but there’s actually so much more. A few weeks […]

By : Sally Valentine

June 29 2017

June 29, 2017 Susan B. Who Knew?

I finally got downtown to the Rundel library to see the display in honor of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York State. While the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote in national elections was not passed until 1920, New York was the 6th state and 3 years ahead of the […]

By : Sally Valentine

June 10 2017

June 10, 2017 Garage Sale

Did you ever go shopping at your own garage sale? I did today. This is what I “bought.” These lovely tin trays. The Gananda community holds a huge garage sale on the second weekend in June every year. It’s sponsored by the Walworth/Ontario Rotary, which provides food vendors and port-a-potties, and it draws a big […]