Miscellaneous Monday…NEW stuff i gotta share


Happy Monday! I hope you all are enjoying the beautiful SPRING!

Well, the NEW things I want to share this week are some very random things I learned recently at a genealogy conference I attended.  So…in genealogy, we strive to find birth dates, marriage dates, death dates etc…and any additional historical information about marriage customs might just help us do that.  I didn’t previously know what ‘Bundling’ was.   However, now that I know, it probably won’t help me break through any genealogical brick walls, but I have to say it is interesting!

Did you know that sweethearts in the 18th century were not only allowed to sleep together before marriage, but were encouraged to???  It was known as ‘Bundling’ (check out Wikipedia OR This Blog)

I also learned of the history of  the Italian infant abandonment system and its name-assignment practices.  (Terrific article HERE)  I found it so sad that unwed mothers could anonymously abandon their babies in a rotating wheel that was on an outside wall of a hospital!  Wow.

That’s it for that random stuff.  Have a great day! Do or learn something NEW!





a NEW Thursday Thought


This NEW photo reminded me of the book “The Black Tulip” by Alexandre Dumas, so I thought today’s thought should come from that book:

“God orders a man to do all he can to save his life.”

Last year I posted my book review of the The Black Tulip.  I enjoy Dumas’ writing. I think it’s time to find another of his books to read….soon.

Have a great Thursday!

a NEW book review – The BlackTulip

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I recently posted about volunteering at the local tulip festival and I mentioned wanting to read Alexandre Dumas’ book THE BLACK TULIP.  I did read it, and a few of you were wondering how I liked it, so I thought I’d give it a quick review:

First of all….I was PLEASANTLY SURPRISED that this book was pretty short.  I was kind of expecting it to be like Dumas’ other books (Count of Monte Cristo = 1276 pages; Three Musketeers 784 pages!!!)…but it was only in the 200’s, yeah!

I liked this book!  Nice, fast and good read!  It had somewhat of the same theme as Count of Monte Cristo in that the main character was incarcerated (but innocently, of course).  I love books that have a little history and a little romance and this one did.  There wasn’t any real surprises….I always knew exactly who the good guy was and who the bad guy was and, in the end, the good guy would win. So, no suspense, but that’s ok.  I thought it was interesting that this book DID have the typical lover’s triangle, BUT one of those ‘lovers’ was an object (the black tulip) rather than another person.

I’d recommend this book!  Especially since the time commitment wasn’t huge :o)  I liked it, but didn’t LOVE it. (Those are reserved for a very few).  If you read it, let me know what you think!

Also, according to eHOW.com:

In 1850, Alexandre Dumas published a novel called “The Black Tulip.”  This publication brought attention to the idea of and the search for a truly black tulip.

No tulip, or any other flower or plant, can ever be purely black and lacking any color, according to the technical director of the International Flower Bulb Center in the Netherlands.

Have a great day everyone!  Do or learn something NeW!

Learning NEW things about tulips


Hello! Aren’t tulips BEAUTIFUL!!!!???!!!  I volunteered at a local tulip  festival today and after my shift, I just had to go around and take some pics of these fabulous beauties!  Did you know there are over 109 different species of tulips?  Wowza!  Check these out:



AND look at this interesting one…an upside-down tulip!  I tried to search for the actual name and one website had a similar looking one (only in red) and said the locals in Turkey call it the Weeping Bride Tulip.  But if any of you know the actual name of this specie, please leave me a comment and let me know!


Also, now I think I want to read Alexandre Dumas’ book ‘The Black Tulip’!  I’ll let you know my review on that in a later post.   I also need to enter a to-do item on my calendar for the fall:  Plant more tulip bulbs!!!

Have a great day everyone!  Go and do or learn something NEW!