Friday, August 25, 2017

Happy Birthday, Morning!

Today, August 25th, is an important day in Farm House history. On this day in 1865, Anne K. Johnson was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Of course, we know her better as Anne J. Wilson, who moved to the Farm House with her two sons in 1902, and lived here until her passing in 1969 at 104 years old.

I have a great deal to relate to you all. Let me give you a small preview by telling you that one of Anne's grandsons, Christian Gerard, visited some time back with his family. It was a red-letter day for the Farm House, and I promise to tell you all about it when I get my notes together. But let me give you one tid-bit right now.

Christian, whose family lived in the bay area, visited here one day in 1955, en route with his family to a new local attraction, Disneyland. He tells me that the family knew Anne as "Morning."

So Happy Birthday, Morning! It is very nice to get to know you better.

Friday, January 6, 2017

We Are One Fewer

I apologize for the long season of sadness in these pages.

In this new year, I would like to go forward in a more cheerful frame of mind. I do have a few happy things to report that I have held in abeyance for several months, simply because one of the happy things has taken up the majority of my time.

But before we move forward, I am sorry to have to tell you all that I have more sad news.

I am grieved to report that our beloved Travis has passed away. He was eleven years old. He was truly the straw that stirred the drink here at the Farm House, and as such, his absence is felt palpably--keenly--by all of us, every waking hour. Everyone loved Travis.

I will write more about Travis later.

August 12, 2005–December 18, 2016