October 17, 2017

iPentimento Will Be Back In September


Just to let everyone know, I will be gone for a few weeks on vacation. Thanks for visiting iPentimento | Genealogy and History while I’m gone. I hope you enjoy some of my previous posts.

Preserving Past Family Home Locations With Google Street View

Sentimental Sunday

If you read the title of this article, it might be a bit misleading in that I was able to get the photo below with just Google. I did use SnagIt (which I LOVE!) too to capture the image.  I am not real adept at using Google with SnagIt,  so that’s why you see that silly magnifying glass thing in the picture.  Google presents the opportunity by supplying the street view; SnagIt makes it easy to capture.  No doubt there are other ways.

My Grandpa Elvin “Al” and Grandma Lillian “Eppy” (Epstein)  Moline lived on the second floor in this building probably from the 1950’s to the late ’60’s.  The address is 1105 Spring Street, Seattle, WA.  I think it’s called the Decatur Condos now.  They had the apartment at the bottom of the photo, which included the small balcony.  Grandma was a sun worshiper, so no doubt she was delighted to have a way to get outside.  Their apartment was a corner one, so the three windows from left to right shows the size of their one bedroom abode.

The far left window was their bedroom whose window was really a cool patio door that opened to the balcony. In the middle was the living room, and I think one side of those windows might have opened to the balcony also.  The kitchen windows are last to the right of the three.  My brother has the drop leaf table that used to sit in front of  the kitchen window.

This apartment had an effect on me I can’t quite explain.  We lived in an old farmhouse in Tumwater.  This apartment was the opposite side of the coin and seemed very posh to me.  A couch on one wall in the living room, and two club chairs with a beautiful wooden secretary faced it from the opposite wall.  There were nice paintings on the walls and tasteful knick knacks scattered here and their, but not overdone.  Grandpa Molines’s father was a furniture maker, so I suppose an appreciation for fine furniture rubbed off on him.  Grandma (she was my mom’s step mother) was a bridge player and a registered nurse, so she was very social and was used to being with people all the time, from all walks of life.  Some of the jokes she told would make you blush.

Last, but not least, was one more attraction for Dave and I when we visited the grandparents in this building.  We were always pumped to get in the elevator and ride to…the second floor.  That was pretty anticlimatic, so we would beg Mom to let us go “exploring”.   We made a beeline right for the elevator and rode it up and down lots of times before we saw the same people more than once.  They gave us the “eye” and we knew we had to give up our fun before someone reported us to the office.  We never once did anything destructive or even thought to do that.  We were just kids out of our element. Good times! Good memories!


Tagged By Before My Time


“Tag! You’re It!”. I’ve been tagged for a meme, and since I can work it into the topic of genealogy, I have accepted. Thanks to T. K. at Before My Time for this opportunity to spill my guts. 😉

10 years ago I…

…was busy arranging a Medal of Honor Ceremony in Iowa for my husband’s GG-Grandfather John Whitmore. The MOH Historical Society wanted to put a new headstone on his grave to show he had received the MOH during the Civil War.

…spent every day looking for genealogical information on my family and my husband’s

…was planning how to celebrate my mom’s 75th birthday on October 17th.

5 Things on today’s to-do list:

  • catch up on emails that accumulated while I was confined to bed for a week with a fibro flare up.
  • mail cards to friends and family that contain “emergency pet alert” stickers.
  • rest my back.
  • spend more time with the cat. (I didn’t say these answers were going to be witty!)
  • reduce the pile of magazines on my chair side table. (Failed)

Five Snacks I Enjoy:

  • almost every day I have one Frappuchino
  • Butterfingers candy bars. I weeded all of them out of last year’s leftover Halloween candy and froze them so I can eat one every once in a while. 😉
  • popcorn! Especially with a good movie and some beverage like raspberry iced tea.
  • potato chips are my downfall. I get cravings for the salt no doubt, so I try not to buy them.
  • a good crisp apple, cut in wedges.

Five Places I Have Lived:

  • (in order) Tumwater, Washington
  • Otterberg and Alsenborn, Germany
  • Clinton, Iowa
  • Port Orchard, Washington
  • Fernandina Beach, Florida

Five Jobs I Have Had:

  • Assistant in a metaphysical book store
  • Wife and Mother
  • Lobby attendant in a swanky resort hotel
  • Handwriting analyst
  • House cleaner

Five Bloggers I tag to play:

The Geneaholic

Kimberly’s Genealogy Blog


Genlighten Blog

Writing Your Memories

Now, it’s your turn you guys. Go visit these other Genea-Bloggers and make some new friends. 🙂


Geneabloggers Suggests a Code of Conduct

Adhering to a Code of Conduct

Geneabloggers Code of Conduct

Tom MacEntee, who writes the blog Geneabloggers, has addressed a problem that another genealogy blogger has encountered.  As sad as it is, we do have to have a code of conduct for most instances where we interact with the public.  Tom has made a list of his views on what is important to maintain good geneablogger conduct.

After you read Tom’s list, please think about coming back here and leaving your view on the points he suggests.  Do you have any suggestions on what to include?  Or, do we need to keep it simple and concise as Tom has done?

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