Although I thought for a while today that I would have liked to have used my time tonight on Mystery IX (considering I just cannot see getting Part 10 done easily this month - if at all). But, working on Houses of Hawk Run Hollow as a SAL with Becky on Fridays is meaningful to me. So, I stuck with HOHRH :-) I managed to finally fill in all of the house on Block 3, and started the post for the birdhouse on the left. Hopefully next week I can finish this block and then will get to decide which block to work on next. SALing this with Becky on Fridays is such a good thing - I started HOHRH in January of 2005 and am just approaching 1/3 done - this SAL is keeping me focused on getting this done :-) I will try to figure out other times to get Part 10 of Mystery 9 done instead.
OK, I got more info on the "Haverhill Claw Hammer Murder" today. I caught up with my landlords and they gave me a huge file of info on the house and the murder for me to look through and copy. The details of the murder were in there in a very old issue of "True Detective Mysteries." I want to see if I can find this issue on ebay - all I have, though, is that it is a December issue. The magazine, oddly, did not show the year anywhere. It is from the 1930's though. And, I do know what the cover looks like, so I can at least go by that!
I still have to read all of the info I copied, but so far I know this. The victim was Mrs. Clara E.C. Ellis, a society woman who, it turns out, is related to Lucy, my landlady, somehow. The murder was committed on February 26, 1931. It was first considered to have been a suicide. Mrs. Ellis was not yet dead when she was found by one of her servants. She died at the hospital (thus, the house likely is not haunted - at least that is my theory). Figuring out who committed the murder was difficult for the detectives... and that is the part I am up to now, so I will update you as I get more info. I got a lot of emails about this, so I will keep you informed. I plan to read the literature this weekend :-) Oh, the house was also part of the Underground Railroad! This is a seperate bit of history, but was also in the folder. The house was built around 1840, and I have photocopies of several photos of the house during various time periods... the murder, the Underground Railroad era and more recently. It's kind of fun to learn such things about my new office building. Oh, and it appears from what I have read so far that the murderer may have gotten into the house through the door to the sunporch - that door is directly behind my back when I sit at my desk - shiver!!!
Daylily: Bess Ross
We are likely to get our first frost tonight... sigh... my geraniums, begonias and nasturtiums will soon die. I dislike this time of year for its killing properties in the garden.
My Kingdom Sampler is back from the framer now - it came out so nice. Mike was too tired to take a good photo of it tonight, so I will ask him to do so tomorrow and will then post it. And, I enjoyed a nice visit with Sue this afternoon too.
Stitched on today: Houses of Hawk Run Hollow