August Daily Photos – Food Theme – Part Four

Well, here we are at the end of August!!! And, here are the last of my August Food Themed Daily Photos:






(a recipe notebook I’ve had since my teen years)






September’s theme is the alphabet…’s been a while since I used the alphabet as inspiration for a daily photo challenge…….let’s see how I do with it this time!

It just felt like the right thing to do….

UPDATED…..if you’ve already read this, scroll to the end to read what I found out about the mysterious Ross Brown!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

I go to Mount Albion Cemetery at least a couple times a week during the spring, summer, and autumn months. Sometimes more often. One of the main reasons for going is to water the flowers on family graves. I always stop first at my Great Grandma Freeman’s – my grandfather’s mother – then I go up on Bitternut and water my Grandma and Grandpa Freeman’s (my mother’s parents) and my Mom and Dad’s – they are all close to each other on that lane. I’ve been doing this, like I said, at least twice a week consistently since I returned to my home town in 2011. Before that, I’d go with Mom to help her every time I happened to be home for a visit during the months when flowers need tending…….and, often for no other reason than to “visit” and have a chat with them all.

So…..given the many, many times I’ve been to my Great Grandmother Freeman’s grave, I was surprised when a large stone just past the water spigot I use to fill the watering can for her flowers caught my eye – I couldn’t believe I’ve never noticed it before! So, before I filled the watering can, I strolled over to take a closer look.

This is Great Grandma Freeman’s modest stone and flowers

While I am watering her pot, I usually also water the two you see in the distance – they are on my way back to where I park, so it only seems fair to fill the watering can with enough to do all three pots!

This is the stone that caught my eye……I was particularly struck by the phrase “My Love It Is With Thee”!

I was curious as to why there was no info inscribed as to Lucinda Fields Monroe’s passing, so I looked up all three names on the Mt Albion roster web site and found the following:

Lucinda was first married to Michael Fields (more on him later), had a second husband named Milo Birch and was the third wife of her third husband – Rial Willis Monroe. She died in 1913 at the age of 67 – just 7 years after the death of her husband, Rial Willis Monroe. No info regarding why there is no inscription for her passing…….my “assumption” is that she had the stone placed there after Rial Willis Monroe’s death and when she was interned, perhaps there was no one to add her information to the stone.

As for Lucinda’s first husband – Michael Fields – I wonder if he is actually buried here……perhaps the stone is just a memorial to him. My reason for wondering this is that I researched his infantry info – he served in CO B 151ST NY VOL INF in the American Civil War. Here is what was listed under his name on the muster list for the 151st NY Volunteer Infantry – apparently, he was missing in action and presumed dead. His date of death is listed on the stone as just 6 days after he was reported missing.

And….to make this even more interesting, Lucinda’s first and third husband both enlisted out of Barre within a few days of each other and were both mustered into the same company on the same day……..but, Rial Willis Monroe made it home after the three years he was enlisted to serve. The hopeless romantic in me hopes that he was friends with Michael Fields and promised him he would take care of his wife should anything happen to him and looked her up when he was discharged and through his promise, they fell in love…….and he kept that promise till his death……of course, that’s just my over active imagination – no way of knowing that for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚


As I was looking at the Monroe stone, I also noticed another large and very striking stone a row or two behind it that, again, I had never noticed before:

Rachel Stern Mattison passed away at the age of 21. I, again, wondered why there was no date of death for her husband, Earl. I looked them up on the Mt. Albion list of burials and he is not listed. I wonder if perhaps he moved away and was somewhere else when he passed away and is not actually here with his wife, Rachel. A similar circumstance is related to my Great Grandma Freeman and her husband. When she passed, my grandfather purchased to graves and placed two stones – one for her to mark her grave and one for her husband, who was buried in Delevan, NY – my grandfather intended to have him moved so they could be buried together, but was never able to do so. So, there is a marker for him, but the grave is unoccupied. (a side note: it has since been transferred to my brother’s name, so it is his for when the time comes)

So, I decided to look around a little more and see what else I could find…….and came upon this stone, just down from the Mattison’s:

I was intrigued to see that Ross Brown served inย  CO K 18th US COLORED INFANTRY in the American Civil War! He obviously survived his service and lived to the age of 90 before passing in or near Albion. I looked him up on the Mt Albion list of burials and there is no notation of spouse, parents, or children, as is customary for most other listings. I then looked up the 18th US COLORED INFANTRY and found that it originated in Missouri to serve in the Civil War. Unlike other colored units, the 18th Infantry was mustered directly to US service, rather than state service. But, unlike the infantry info I found on Michael Fields, there was no links to lists where I might have found out any other info on Ross Brown.

I found myself wanting to know more about Ross Brown……I’ll probably never find out who he was and what brought him to the Albion area….which left me feeling sad. But, I was particularly saddened that he did not have a flag — he has a flag holder indicating he served his country, but no flag. I noticed that other military in the immediate area had flags. This upset me……I have no idea who this man was or any information about him other than he served his country in our Civil War, but I found myself feeling very sad that there was no flag. A number of things could explain it……perhaps he was accidentally missed when they were putting out the flags this spring……perhaps his flag was stolen by some low life who thought that would be OK……..perhaps it blew away in one of the recent storms…….whatever the reason, it bothered me…….not that I go around getting upset about every military grave that doesn’t have a flag……no idea why this one touched me so deeply! But, it did!

So……I finished watering my Great Grandma’s flowers and the other two I usually catch while I’m there and then went on up to water the flowers at my grandparents and parents graves……..and, then, instead of hanging around for a chat with Mom, I apologized and told her I had something I needed to do. I drove straight to Walmart, bought a flag, and took it back to put on Ross Brown’s grave!

When I put it in the holder, I noticed it was extremely loose and thought it may just blow away……which strengthened my thought that perhaps the original one placed there did just that! So, I took it out of the holder and stuck it securely in the ground beside the holder. It should last the rest of the season……and, I’ll keep an eye on it to make sure!

Walmart didn’t have any single flags – I had to buy a pack of two. So, if I find that Ross Brown gets overlooked again next year, I already have a flag to put out for him…….and, I am quite certain that I’ll make sure he has one every year as long as I am here and able to do so!

I feel like the bigger stones caught my eye so I would go check out that area and find Ross Brown…….I feet like I was meant to find him and give him a flag…….It just seemed like the right thing to do……..and I have a warm, fuzzy feeling for doing it!

UPDATE: I sent this post to our Orleans County Historian – Matthew Ballard, thinking that maybe he might want to research Ross Brown to find out more about him and how he made his way to Albion. As it turns out, he already has researched him and, in fact, he was one of the subjects he talked about on a recent Mt Albion Cemetery Walking Tour! YAY! I’m so glad to learn more about the man who tugged at my heart strings this afternoon!

Here is what Matt sent to me……copied with Matt’s permission:

“Hi Kim, Thanks for sharing this (and I’m happy that you placed a flag on Mr. Brown’s grave). I covered him on my latest tour this past weekend. He was born in S.C. on a plantation near Charleston and escaped during the confusion that resulted from the war/Emancipation Proclamation. He made his way to New Orleans where he stowed away on a riverboat and made his way north to Davenport, Iowa. While he was living here, he was enlisted as a substitute (in place of a white attorney in Davenport, so he really did not have a choice in the matter) and was placed into Federal service with the 18th U.S. Colored Infantry (since all African-American units were segregated and federalized). After the war he worked as a sailor on the Great Lakes and visited places like Detroit, Chicago, and Buffalo and made his way to Albion. He found the location to his liking and brought his wife here. I’m not sure where they settled when they came to this area, but his home burned and his wife left him. He ended up rebuilding his house which still stands today, a few houses west of Waters’ Auto Body on West Avenue on the north side of the road. During WWI, the local papers featured his prediction that the war would end within nine years and three of countries would be involved in its end (the papers called him a prophet). I suppose, in some respects, he was correct, as the war ended a little over five years after it started and the U.S., England, and France were instrumental in the end of the war (though I suppose that is debatable). He was known locally as “Uncle Ross” which would be a bit insensitive given the context. Next time you visit his grave, a few rows to the west, is the grave of Michael Collins”ย  (Michael Collins is an Albion native who was present at the capture of John Wilkes Booth – here is the link to that story by Matt Ballard: click hereย )

August Daily Photos – Food Theme – Part Three

And, on to the next batch from this month’s Food Themed Photo A Day Pics…..






(Rosa Marina Salad made fresh for a church picnic)


Just a few more and this month will be done……

August Daily Photos – Food Theme – Part Two

Here’s the next set in this month’s Photo A Day Challenge – Food Theme:







So far, so good……both photo wise and taste wise! hehehe

Local Farm Market Hop

Today was such a fun day……and the absolute perfect weather day for it!!! A friend and I got in the car and took off this morning to participate in a Farm Market Hop event at six local farm markets! The way it worked was that at whichever location you decided to stop first, you bought a $5.00 market basket…..then, at each location (including that first one) you got some fresh produce to put in the basket! Also, if you visited all six locations and got the tag on your basket stamped at each one, you were entered into the grand prize drawing!!! WOW!!!

It was so good to see every market full of people – most participating in the Hop! It appeared to be an awesome turn out for their first event of this kind! And, it made me really happy to hear people saying it was the first time they visited some of the markets and that they’d definitely be back!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Always good to get new customers into your market to show them all the wonderful things you have to offer!

And, we ran into several other friends “hopping” the day away, too, at almost every stop!

So – here is how our day went and the order we decided to do our visits……and, of course, photos to document it! hehehe



We drove out to the Rez for gas, so it was only logical that we make Robert’s our first stop……also, Robert’s isn’t open on Sunday, so we wanted to get that one done early in case we couldn’t get to them all today and had to finish up the Hop tomorrow! So, we picked up our basket there and the fresh produce added to the basket by Robert’s was an HERB……the pot I got was dill, since I don’t generally use dill on things and didn’t want it to go to waste, I gave it to my friend, who did the driving for the day! But…..I forgot to get a photo of the dill, so it isn’t included in the photo of all the stuff I got that will be at the end of this post!

This caught my eye at Robert’s and made me laugh……I think I need a t-shirt that says this!!! LOL



At Navarra’s we added SQUASHย to our basket – we could choose from summer squash, zucchini, or one of each! I got two summer squash cause it’s my favorite!

Can’t go to Navarra’s without saying hello to Arnie and giving him a little scratch on the snout!



At Circle R, the produce for the Hop was CUCUMBERS, but they ran out — WOW — they really had an awesome response to their event! So, they gave us the option of either five pickle cukes or five ears of corn or a combo……I chose three pickle cukes and two corn – YUM! We timed our stops so that we’d be at Circle R for lunch at their food truck, too!

Found this “3-in-1” ear of corn in the bin…..didn’t choose it, but had to get a photo!!!

I had the bacon burger……

My friend had the sausage with peppers and onions and fresh cut fries!

I also bought a basket of grapes — I love Circle R’s grapes and always grab a mixed basket of them when I go there!



Partyka’s added SIX EARS OF CORN to our baskets! Wish I had known that – I probably would have just chosen all pickle cukes at Circle R, but……corn is an absolute favorite this time of year, so I will definitely eat it all or freeze some! No complaint, here!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

This cow and pig were a big hit — so adorable!!!

These old boots caught my eye, too……I planted succulents in my childhood tap shoes, so this made me smile!



Brightly’s offered the coolest cabbage I’ve ever seen for our baskets – SWEETHEART CABBAGE!!! I have never seen this kind of cabbage before – I looked it up when I got home and discovered that the leaves are a bit looser than the usual round headed cabbage and are somewhat sweeter in taste!!! Can’t wait to cut into this and eat it up……but, then again, I kinda don’t want to cut into it cause it’s so stinking cute!!!

Brightly’s is a lighthouse fanatic’s dream!!!

I resisted the lighthouses, but did give in and buy this adorable rain gauge! My old rain gauge broke a couple years ago and I’ve been looking for just the right one ever since…..and there it was……so, now it is mine!!! ๐Ÿ™‚



Kirby’s added PEACHES to our basket…..this made me very happy cause their original offering was beets, but they ran out…..I don’t particularly care for beets unless they are tiny pickled ones, but I had planned to take them out to my brother, who loves them! So, either way would have been fine…….but, I’m super excited to have my first fresh peaches of the season!!!

We are so very blessed to live in an area well known for our amazing local farmers and farm markets…….we have access to some of the best fresh produce in the entire country right here…..something I missed terribly when I lived in North Carolina – the produce there is just different and can’t compare to what we have here! I had planned to purchase extra stuff from each stop, but when I saw what we were getting as part of our Hop Basket, I knew I had to control myself……I can only eat so much produce before it goes bad! But……that was today… a few days I’ll need more and I saw several things at every stop that I plan to go back and get as soon as I finish off what I have now!!! Peaches are just getting started and as soon as the freestone ones are out, I’ll be buying a LOT of them……and, I’m thinking I just may need some more of that sweetheart cabbage, too……and so much more!!! I thank the good Lord for our farmers and the wonderful fruits of their labor…….and was so happy to participate in their first annual Market Hop……I hope they do it again – maybe in different seasons!

So…….you saw the individual offerings from each stop, but here it is all together in one shot……what an amazing basket of treasure!!! I’ll eat good and healthy for the next few days, for sure!!!

Thank you, Partyka’s, Navarra’s, Kirby’s, Brightly’s, Circle R, and Robert’s…… was a fun day……and the goodies were just the icing on the cake!!!

August Daily Photos – Food Theme – Part One

The topic theme for August is food……while I love to take photos of my food, I’m finding it difficult, so far, to get creative photos of everyday food…..every day! But, here goes……





…..for the soul…..Holy Communion


(I had a turkey sandwich, but forgot to get a photo……)




OK, not too bad, so far…….we’ll see how the month goes……

July Daily Posts – Part Four

July has come to an end……

Seriously……where is summer rushing off to and how can we stop it from being over in a blink of an eye? Before you know it, I’ll be posting photos with an autumn theme! UGH!!!

Anyway…….here are the last of my July Daily Photos with the theme “All About Me”……actually, I’m glad this month is over – but only from a Photo A Day Challenge perspective. I don’t like using archived photos – I like to keep to my goal of always taking the photo for each daily topic on the day it comes up – of course, occasionally, that isn’t possible, but I’m always most excited when I can go out and find just the right thing to photograph or stage to photograph for each particular day. With this month’s theme, it made that difficult because some of the prompts just weren’t possible to do that for……so, some were archived photos I used and that was fine and necessary…..and, I skipped a couple because I didn’t feel I wanted to share what the prompt wanted me to share, but now I’m glad to move on to a new theme that will be easier to stick to my goal! ๐Ÿ™‚

As with the other July photos, the daily prompt will be accompanied by an explanation, where needed!


I received these pics of my favorite munchkins (my niece and nephew) in the mail!!!ย ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ


Megan, my camera, and a big knife!!!ย ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿคฃ


At 62, I have a lifetime of wonderful memories to choose from for this topic…..but, that day also happened to be my Momโ€™s Birthday, so to honor her, I was able to narrow my choices down! I could have chosen photos of us in Las Vegas or on the cruise we took together or any of the many vacations she took us on when we were little or even of her helping me fix my veil at my wedding…..but this represents a fairly ordinary day that is a fond memory in our more recent years! We had spent the day together shopping and attending a church fundraiser dinner and ended up in Yates by the lake for a concert! We sat outside on a warm summer night singing along with the band playing old time rock and roll! I came up behind her and snapped this selfie – her very first selfie! She always hated this photo because it was โ€œtoo close upโ€ and she didnโ€™t like her smile anymore because of what the Myasthenia Gravis was doing to the muscles in her face! But Iโ€™ve always loved it because of how happy we were that day….and many other just ordinary days we spent together…..Happy Birthday, Mom! I love and miss you every minute of every day and always will till we meet again at those pearly gates!ย ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ


Butterfly Season


I could have taken the obvious route and posted a photo of my absolute fave animal – my Megan….but, I decided to interpret โ€œanimalโ€ as โ€œnon-family memberโ€ – which, of course, Megan is! So, Iโ€™m pretty sure my fave non-dog animal is this gentle giant – the camel – especially this one who gave me a sweet kiss as thank you for the scratching and attention I gave him!!!


Birds……especially Hummers!

So, on to August…….the theme for August is “FOOD”……and, you know how much I love to photograph my food!!! LOL