Monday, February 28, 2011

Visit with Aunt Claire

We went and had a lovely visit with Aunt Claire yesterday. She looks good and we chatted about many things and her response to childhood sounds was the lovely old bells on St Francis church in Winooski. You could hear them all over town 3 times a day, at some point they stopped using them (cracked?) and replaced them with something that she says do not sound as beautiful. Terry (Parker) says he remembers the ice truck coming to deliver to his Uncles downstairs apartment.
Anyone else have a favorite sound?

Sunday, February 27, 2011


Can you describe a sound that reminds you of your childhood? The slam of a screen door? A train whistle? The fire alarm in town? Church bells? What is your memory of childhood linked to a sound that makes you stop and "feel" when you hear it now?

Friday, February 25, 2011

How to post to a blog

This is a very helpful tutorial on a great Blog that explains how to leave a comment (reply) on a blog! It's as easy as sending an email! Check it out!

Monday, February 21, 2011

"Amanuensis Monday"

These are stories collected from the memories of our beloved "Aunt Claire" ( Claire Chase Bouffard) about her family. Maybe some of you would be consider writing down your family stories? It's a joy and a treasure for other family members to have!


Of the Beaudoin-Laroche children, Rodolphe had the distinction of having the most children.
Four of his ten children died in early childhood. His six surviving children placed him in a tied position with his sister, Ruth, in having the most children to reach adulthood.
After he and his wife, Mabel Desautels, moved their family from Winooski to the mouth of the river in Burlington, their contact with the rest of the Beaudoin clan were less frequent, as all of his siblings, save Eva, lived within walking distance of each other. Rodolphe did not have a car.
Rodolphe’s wife, Mabel, died in 1942, leaving him with a houseful of young children to raise.
He tried, with the help of his two oldest children, to keep the family together, but it soon became evident that this was not in the children’s best interests. The family was separated. The two oldest were old enough to fare for themselves since they were old enough to work. The youngest were added to the families of Rodolphe’s brothers and sisters.
Azarias went to Séverin (the son), Reginald went to Ruth, Pauline to Amanda, Theodore to Napoleon and Joyce to Estelle. In this way all of the children remained connected to the family.
Sadly, only months later, Joyce died leaving a huge void in Estelle’s family that took a long time to heal.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Photo Tip

I have had surprisingly good luck merely copying photos with a point and shoot digital camera,
and then doing a quick run through a photo program to adjust the brightness and levels. This is not anywhere near as complicated as it sounds! We have a Canon and a Nikon both in the $100-$200 range, almost all of them come with photo software of some sort. Free program trials are available on the internet as is This a free photo program anyone can use easily!
So give it a try! You will be amazed at what you might get away with! No "borrowing" photos! The
photos in the banner and in the posts were all done that way! If you really want to play there are some really cool digital scrap booking sites that carry all the Frames and elements I used to make these really fancy! This one is terrific for genealogy sites!
Have fun and come show us what you did!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Talented Tuesday

Stephanie Brown is the daughter of David and Amanda Brown,,Claire (Bouffard) Chase's daughter! Many of the Bouffard women had talent and I thought it might be nice to showcase the younger generation this time! Stephanie lives in Alaska with her family and is quite good at drawing! This is a few of them! Any one else have a talented family member they want to introduce?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Shopping Saturday 2

This is a close up image of Ruth outside of the store with a pet bird of hers. Does anyone else have pictures of the store or memories of shopping in either one as a kid?

Shopping Saturday

This first image is of my husband Terrance Parker and his parents in front of their Winooski , Vermont pet store. Terry and his older brother "Skip" (Edward) ran the pet store next to the Parker IGA.
Father is Edward Parker and mom is Ruth (Bouffard) Parker. Animals were a big part of both stores. Ed had a cat; and a bird that embarrassed him from time to time by swearing or whistling at the customers!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sentimental Sunday

Anyone care to guess who this lovely couple is?
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