Wow!  Did I dress up for the holidays, or what???

Okay, I know you can't read that font easily, so I'm going back to a more normal font.

As you’ll be able to see from the look of this page, I decided to forego all the in-between holidays and seasons and jump right to the Holiday season, and to me that means Christmas.  Actually, the main reason for this tactic is because I know I simply won’t have time to update this page again before that season is upon us.  Why, you ask?  

Well, because we’ve just moved again, for the second time in eight months.  Or, for the third time in two years, or, for the eighth time in eight years… However you want to look at it, we have moved far too many times in too short a period for most anyone, let alone someone approaching “older” (I’m still not ready to admit that), AND for someone who is quite ill, to say the least.  This move is a permanent one, we hope, as we bought a home, and we are thrilled about it!

Somehow the entire summer flew by in the blink of an eye.  Jim and I were discussing it recently, and it seemed more to us like one long weekend or something, because it was so full of company and people dropping in at all times of the day, lots of interesting activities, and lots of fun! 

Early this year we were fighting for my life against this cancer, but by the end of spring my health improved and we had the most wonderful summer we’ve had for many years.  In addition to all that, Jim got to spend quite a bit of time gold dredging, and in fact is still dredging, but plans to take the dredge out in the next few days sometime.  To read about my cancer go to Journal.

We actually moved the end of August, but are still trying to get settled, since we had a lot of interruptions on the way to getting settled.  As usual, this new place is the start of another adventure for us, because that’s how we look at it.  We find that we are, for the first time, perched on a mountainside, so it’s going to be new in that we’ve never lived on one before.  One of the things I’ve been looking forward to is having a small garden again, and this place has a small fenced garden area in front that gets a lot of sunshine, but judging from the stacks of rocks and bedrock outcroppings around here, the entire ground is rocky (and that makes sense for a mountainside), so gardening here should be a challenge and another new adventure.  Although someone started a garden here at some time, it has not had any care in more than a year, and is quite overgrown, so we have some work to do before we can actually put any plants in, but that’s where all good gardens start, is in the preparation. 

While we are quite near to the highway, the back of our property, actually beginning right at the back of the house, is in the forest, and we have wonderful forested views from all the windows there, while in the front our view is of the mountainsides across the river, and the sweeping lawns of the homes across the highway.  The highway is actually about 100 feet lower than the house, so we seem quite private while still being aware of anything going on in the area.  We are also very rural, but have a tiny store (the only one for 20 miles) just two doors down the road. 

Most of our property is forested in old-growth redwoods and cedar, with a bunch of other varieties of trees thrown in the mix.  We have a tiny creek behind the house with wild ferns growing along the banks, old heavily-laden apple trees along one side, and the only neighbor structure we can see clearly is a very, very old barn at the edge of the property next door.  Our entire place is quite special to us and we love it here so far. 

Our new home is in a very small river community with a population of 80, according to the sign, but I don’t know where they could all be hiding if there are that many.  It is an old gold mining town, as are all the towns in this area, and “town” is probably a misnomer, as the tiny store is the only business other than a campground/lodge down the road. 

Okay!  Now, at first I was afraid I would not get much done on the website for this update, but somehow once I began working on it, it just flowed, and I didn't want to stop, so I've done more at this sitting than I've actually done in years.  It really needed to have some time spent on it, and I really feel better for finally getting to it. I have been working on it steadily for eight days now, and Jim has been helping out by taking care of some of the things that take me away from the computer.  I'm recovering from bronchitis, so I am supposed to be kind of quiet anyway, so it worked out well.  I'm trying to keep them all on the list below, but there have been times I created a page and completely forgot to link it to anything, so it was just sitting out there in limbo, and no one was able to see it... until I remembered it, of course.

Update!!! December 23, 2006: I have just added a new page to my website that I hope you'll all look at.  When I went for my last doctor appointment I picked up a magazine in the waiting room of the hospital called Today's Christian Woman.  As I glanced through it the name "Marcia" (which is my name) jumped out at me from one of the pages, so I began reading the article.  I was so touched by this that I wrote to the author and asked for permission to post it on my website.  This new web page is the result.  It is a very uplifting story, and it has a message that can be important to all of us.  The page is called Radical Gratitude, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

Update!!! December 9, 2006: I continue to work on the website as I can, and have just updated with an entirely new section that puts all the information I have about my cancer, and Cancer Helps online in one easy location to give you the help that you need, rather than scattered throughout the website and my computer files.  You will find much useful information on these pages that can help you in battle against serious illness, and I'm really excited to finally get this done!

New Update!!! November 20, 2006  It is just a few weeks since I finished the update below, but changes to my health have required me to resume chemo, and since I can't do what I want at home, I've been renovating my Online Kitchen and Pantry.  Check it out!  Enter Marcie's Renovated Kitchen and Pantry

Last week Jim and I drove to Happy Camp, and I was really sorry I didn't think to take the camera.  The spectacular display that the trees here had put on for fall color was amazing!  It was just beautiful, and I'd forgotten how pretty it was.  I think the great mix of trees here makes it even more so, with the backdrop of mountains, and brilliant blue sky that makes it so special to me.  There seem to be mostly conifers in the summer, and you just don't realize how many deciduous trees there are until fall, but with the mix, those conifers in the background, with their different shades of dark green just serve to make the color stand out more brilliantly, and beautifully.  If you go to my new Fall page, you'll see just a couple of them in an older photo I had, along with fall news.

I reached out for a lot of new recipes to try this summer, and I'm adding some of them to my recipe collection online.

I have added an update to my Christian Faith pages.  I'm surprised each time I visit these pages to see what an impression they make on me, and what a boost they give me.  They are "food" for my spirit.

I just completed an update to my About Marcie page, which was sorely in need of it.  Not only was the text five years out of date, there was a "table" holding text on the page that would not behave.  So, I'm hoping it looks better and is more informative now.

I am putting together a page to tell you more about our new home, show you some photos and tell you of the plans we have for it.

I’m beginning a new garden journal online, and would like to correspond with others about some of the plants I hope to grow here.  It's a treat to be where I can have so many beautiful flowers again! 

We’ve also put together a page about the camping and gold dredging Jim and I did this last summer.

I have quite a few changes I'm making in the genealogy section to include new information I’ve received.  You can see them all listed at the Genealogy opening page. I have updated some of the McClure pages.  I added a new page about My Grandfather, Samuel McClure, something I've wanted to do for some time.  I've added the court transcript when his grandfather, Pleasant McClure, bought the Old McClure Home Place in 1864.  I've added Directions so family members can find where their roots were in Missouri in the 1800's, some poems and family writings by my great Aunt Lessie McClure about their Old Church at Mountain Dale, and brightened the pages with photos of the landscape scenery in that area so you can see what it looks like there.   I have added Nathaniel Folsom's Memoirs to our site to help with genealogy research.  I added a page of further research to the site about the Hampton family, taking it back to Daniel Anderson and his descendants, and a page taking the Compton family back to Joseph and Mary Farrar and descendants.

I've added the last three of my Journal Updates, with the latest information about my cancer, and because the list of these has grown so long, I've reorganized this into a new section.  In these updates, which are posted here after being sent out to close friends and family, is information about what's going on in our lives at the time they're written, so they are what a journal should be.   The most current Journal Update is August/September 2006.

I've added the diaries, letters and journals of Narcissa Whitman to the website.  This is a young woman who came to the Oregon Territories in a wagon train in 1836, much sooner than most people, and she kept a record of it in a lot of interesting detail for her family.  There are more letters, etc., done after they got here, and I hope I can add to it.  It just is fascinating to read through it all!

Of course, I have a few things to do other than the website, since I never met a house that suited me just as it was.  Although this one is in good condition, I feel compelled (it’s a family failing) to put my personal stamp on it, and to change some things.  For this house that means changing some of the 70’s style (it was built in 1978), and we plan to do some work inside this winter, and more work outside next year.   All this will limit somewhat the time to update the website, but I’ll try to keep you all aware of the changes being made.

Any new pages in the Index below that come after this update will have a “NEW” sign next to them so you’ll be able to identify them in the Site Index below, so check often to see what’s going on.

If you've reached this site looking for Alaska information, you are in the right place even if it doesn't look like it, and if you'll click on this Alaska Page you'll be taken to Alaska instantly. We have moved from Alaska, but all my Alaska pages and information are still intact on the website, as are the pages about Oregon, where we also lived until recently. You can still find out about the wildlife, read stories, see photos of the beautiful scenery, learn about gold prospecting, find facts and information about the state, and much, much more!  For Oregon information, scroll down to the site index and in the right-hand column there are several pages about Oregon listed in the first section under "About Us."

Alaska, The Last Frontier

In this section you'll find the wildlife, the spectacular scenery, the frontier life and lots of good, valuable information to help you learn about Alaska's Interior.

  Introduction to Alaska
 
Alaska, the Last Frontier!
 
Alaska Facts,  Figures & Info 
 
Alaska Gold Prospecting  Info 
 
Alaska Gold 1898 (1898 reprint
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Alaska Recreation  
 
Alaska's Aurora Borealis
 
Alaska Trivia  

           

Alaska Fun/Adventure
 

Here you'll find some of the most spectacular scenery in the world and tales of all the things that are special to Alaska, truly a most special place to live! 

 Summer Vacation 2001!
 Hunting 2001-Brothers Reunite
 "A Moose Attack!" (True story)
 Jim's Alaska Hunting
 
Jim's Alaska Trapping
 
Jim's Alaska Fishing 
 
Alaskan Sourdough's Story
 First Trip to Mighty Yukon River
 "You Know You're Alaskan..."
 Winter 1999-2000 Trips  
 Marcie's First Moose Hunt  
 

                              

Gold Prospecting

Jim and I share a love of gold prospecting, and here I've gathered some of the pages referring to that special activity for you to look over.  Actually, there are other stories about it in the California section, too.

Jim's Hunt for Gold 2006  NEW!
Alaska Gold Forum (new forum!)

"Scoop" on Prospecting in Alaska
Jim's Gold Prospecting  
Spring Prospecting Trip 1999
USGS Report on the Fortymile
Old-Tyme Bottles
Seneca Ghost Town
"Our Own Gold Mining Claim!"

 

Oregon Fun/Adventure

Here are stories about the fun we had while we were living in Central Oregon, with the great Cascade Mtns. on one side of us, and the high desert of Oregon on the other.  Spectacular place!

 On the Oregon Trail
 On the Oregon Trail 2
 On the Oregon Trail 3
 Oregon Trail-Dairies  NEW!
 
Glass Buttes, Oregon
 Ontario, Oregon

 

 

Jim's Website

Jim Foley's Alaska!
Alaska Trapper's Forum 
The Alaska Gold Forum 

Jim has a unique perspective on Alaska after spending more than 30 years there. visit his site to learn  about hunting, trapping, fishing, and outdoors in Alaska!

The Alaska Gold Forum has just been going great guns.  It is a great place to learn about gold prospecting in Alaska (or elsewhere), or to exchange information with other gold prospectors here and in other states, too.  This is a very active message board that has more than 3,600 members to date, and is increasing daily.  Many more visit it, but don't join, so it is very interesting.

 

 

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Holidays

  Valentine's Day
  Jim's Valentine   
 
St. Patrick's Day
 
Mother's Day
  Mother's Day2
  Christmas Card 2004
 
Christmas Letter 2004

 

Thank you very much for stopping by to visit us, and we hope you'll come by to visit us again.  We make changes to the site quite often and add more information.

 And hey... If there's anything you'd like to see us put on our pages, please let us know by email! 

"Yakoke" ~  "Thank you" in Choctaw

About Us

Here you can find out about us, our homes, my battle with cancer, our wonderful Christian Faith, and more.  This section will give you an idea what makes us "tick."

  About Marcie  
 
My Jim Alaska   
  Garden Journal  NEW!

  Our Mountainside Home  NEW!
  Cancer Help Section NEW!

  My Journal pageUPDATED!
 
My Faith Update 2006  NEW!

 
My Faith  
 
How, What and Why?

  My Testimony  
  Our Favorite Links  
 
Our Alaska Country Cottage
  Country Cottage Update  
 
 Marcie's Kitchen/Pantry! NEW!
                
           

                

Family History/Genealogy

This section is still quite long and not organized as well as I'd like it, but I'm out of time for this update.  If you'll go to the Family Genealogy Entrance you will find it more organized there, and you'll hopefully be able to navigate through all the families there.  I still have work to do there, too, in some of the family pages. Please bear with me for now, but let me know of any problems, and be sure to identify what page name you are on when you have them.  Thanks!

  Family Genealogy Entrance to all
     these pages and more...UPDATED!

 
Searching for YOUR Ancestors
 
Where Do We Come From?
 
Burks & Castleberry - from 1661
  Campbell - from the early 1800s
  Campbell Family Life
  Choctaw Introduction
  1817-1860 Map of OK Indian Territory
 
1884 Map of OK Indian Territory
 
1972 Map of Bryan Co., Oklahoma
  Compton Lineage
 
Durant LIneage - from 1720 Canada 

 
Farrar Descendants  NEW!
 
Foley Lineage - from the Civil War
 
Folsom - from 1615 in England

  Nathaniel Folsom's Memoirs  NEW
  The Town of Gloucester, Mass.
 
Gordon Lineage - From 1803 Ireland
 
Greel Family - From the Azores
 
Hampton - from 1841 Mississippi

  Hampton-Daniel Anderson  NEW

  McClure Lineage - from 1805
 
McClure: Church at Mtn. Dale  NEW

 
McClure/Campbell Photos
 
McClure/Campbell Photos 2
  David McCracken, Last Will 1812
 
 
McCracken Lineage
  McCracken's Station Map 1790 [TN]
 
McCracken's Station Map 1830 [TN]
  McCracken/Rogers Burials in NC
  Pioneers of the Rogers Family
 
Our Rogers Family 
  Rogers Lineage
  The Elopement, 1912
  A Memorial To My Father
  Rogers Family Photos

 
Asbury Rogers, CSA
 
Hugh Rogers, Revolutionary War
 
Washington

  Washington, & Thornton, Taliaferro
             And Much, Much more!

 

California Fun/Adventure

Here is where I'll be adding new pages of fun and adventures, since we recently moved to California.  As I put together this section I realized for the first time that I didn't put anything up in 2005, and I guess that was because we not only didn't have a whole lot of adventure, it was because I was down with a broken ankle almost all summer which severely curtails activities on uneven ground!

 California Dreamin' 
 Klamath River, July 4th 2004 
 
Jim's Hunt for Gold 2006  NEW! 
 
Living the Dream!  NEW!

 

 

 

My Work

Design Solutions

This portion of the website is designed to provide information to those who are looking for help from someone who is proficient at web design or graphic art design work.

These pages will provide you  with information about my experience, and a few samples of my work in the past.

If you like my work here, please look at my business pages, and don't hesitate to let me know if you think you might want my help, I am willing to work with you. 

I can provide graphic design for printed materials ranging from brochures and business card design to large catalogs and manuals, too.

Please feel free to email me with any questions you have.


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