“Too pooped to pop !!”

“Too tired to walk” and/or other trite expressions. Continually, I’m tired because a good night’s sleep eludes me. Yesterday morning, I was up at four because wide awake (and no sense that I’d go back to sleep). Exhausted, and sleepy,  I went to bed at 8:45 last night. However, in bed, no longer sleepy and awhile before I went to sleep. Wide awake at 11:11 and up for water and bathroom. Long time getting back to sleep and then awake at 12:50. Brief sleep and “up” two more times. Then wide, wide awake at exactly 7:00 (so I can watch the Today show on NBC). I’ve tried various sleep aids (ZzzQuil, etc.) and they are not beneficial. I refuse to take prescription drugs. (That’s my sob story and I’m sticking to it [lol].) Furthermore, to set the record straight, I don’t “watch” the Today show; I “listen” while I create blog messages or manipulate information on Ancestry.com.

I’m grateful to Jeff Rossen for valuable (Today) information. He explained how to stop Google tracking our activity (and I followed his instructions). Remember, I recently searched for solutions to my computer problems? Since then, a dozen (or more) “pop up” ads (every day) from companies trying to sell computer repair software programs. That’s why McAfee found me and the McAfee software still isn’t working. If I weren’t so tired…, I’d take both laptops to a repairman. (I hoped I could resolve the problems.)

After the rain, it would be a good time to burn some of the limbs–but I’ll procrastinate.

OK. OK, on the Internet, I purchased the software to unlock the lost password. I spent the morning trying to install it on the other laptop computer. Failure after failure. I tried to send an email message to the “support” email address, on their website, BUT IT DIDN’T WORK. Second, I copied the message to the email that confirmed my purchase and that “bounced.” I’m exactly where I was a few hours ago, a few days ago, but I’m a few dollars poorer. (Their phone number doesn’t work either.)

On a positive note: Phone call from the doctor’s office and second test indicates all OK. On a humorous note: Doctor said to get a lot of exercise and watch my diet. I believe I’m faithful in both areas.

Did you miss my weather reports??

They’re back!! ~~ Doctor said “lots of exercise” so I spent forty-five minutes picking up more limbs, etc., etc. Too hot so I was forced back indoors. When I walked to the mailbox, I noticed fallen limbs in my neighbor’s yard. Noticing that he was gone, I picked up… and cut up, and added to the stack near my fire barrel. I scouted my yard(s) again and found limbs blown in from another neighbor’s yard. But I want to focus on “little things make me so happy.” Look at the new growth….

The tree that I “butchered”  recently when I was working to remove the massive growth of vines tangled in tree limbs.


Interrupted by a thunder storm !!

A sudden violent thunder-storm took away my Internet connection from the satellite (and television, too). It was two o’clock in the afternoon and I had been glued to the computer since six in the morning. Briefly, no electricity. I loved the smell of rain and stepped out on the porch. I noticed that the Sweet Potato vine had been blown over. While looking at my “shade garden” (with Sweet Potato vine), I suddenly questioned: “Where is the greenhouse?”  I hoped it was not in the street obstructing traffic. Gratefully, I saw it in the neighbor’s back yard (and I’ll retrieve it later). Took pictures (obviously), washed dishes, prepared corn-on-the-cob, enjoyed fresh peaches. Before I get drawn back into the “never-ending” process of documentation of my seemingly endless Frantz family, I’m taking a few minutes for this blog message.

Help, intervention needed ?!

Ancestry.com is so addictive!! I’ve been so involved, I’ve had very little to eat. I’m fixing a grilled cheese sandwich as I type this (with a tall glass of V-8). It is almost two o’clock and I’m still in my pajamas. I didn’t have breakfast, and I was trembling–perhaps from hunger?! Yesterday, I enjoyed a big slice of watermelon. Gospel truth: Last night and early this morning, I promised myself I would not start the day on Ancestry. But, I had a story in mind (for Mennonite Family History) and I needed a couple of facts. Well, one thing led to another and I was caught up in what will be another story. Without exaggeration, I worked in excess of six hours on one individual. Furthermore, she isn’t even my relative!! Martha “Mattie” Belle McClanahan was married to John Marshall Frantz.  He was a first cousin of Frank Christian Frantz, the last territorial governor of Oklahoma (my sixth cousin, two times removed). This isn’t “my tree”; this is another branch of the tree that is well-worth documentation.  All day yesterday–and this morning–endeavoring to clean up other people’s messes. I am so frustrated with the amount of erroneous information attached to individuals. When I compare my information with other individual’s trees, I see that most people just copied someone else’s information. Very few sources listed!! So I search and find Census, marriage, death, etc., etc., and document it in my tree. This morning, to solidly identify the John Marshall Frantz family, I added the city directory sources. (In many cases, I do not invest the time to document all city directories because one or two is sufficient.)

Mattie was born in 1881; her husband born in 1880, died in 1927. Okay, I’ll add her death date, too. That’s where the long hours began. I searched dozens of records (seemed like hundreds). The “hints” and individual family trees were no help; I had more information than they did!! I traced her through three subsequent marriages and eventually obtained her 7 Apr 1969 death. Imagine following McClanahan (maiden name), Frantz (first marriage), McGuffin (second),Schrader (third), Dunlap (fourth).  Below, see the record in a neat little package on Ancestry.com. Yes, in total I have twenty-six sources. Other “trees” only had eight, or less, sources.


Lorraine Frantz family tree

Martha “Mattie” Belle McClanahan

BIRTH 16 May 1881 New Castle, Craig County, Virginia, USA

DEATH 7 Apr 1969 Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia, USA

sources (26) records (26)

Family Info

Father James Shafer McClanahan (1836-)
Mother Calpernia “Callie” McCauley (1838-)
Spouse John Marshall Frantz (1880-1927)
Married 1903
  • Robert Marshall (1904-1926)
  • Douglas McClanahan (1906-1966)
  • Pauline C. (1910-1998)
  • William McClanahan (1912-)
Spouse Victor Hugo McGuffin (1867-1944)
Married 1937
Spouse Herman WIlliam Schrader (1881-1947)
Married 1945
Spouse Harry J Dunlap (-)
Married 1947

I didn’t readily find information regarding Harry Dunlap and it was time to walk away from Ancestry for a few minutes (or a few hours). Preparing blog messages is relaxing and a pleasant diversion. But “my drug of choice” is Ancestry.com.

Changing the topic, but not the subject (lol). I wanted to find the connection to Samuel Mayer Marshall Frantz. He is a well-respected artist/illustrator. With a name like Samuel Marshall Frantz, he just had to be part of the family. Alas, on the Internet he is identified as Russian-born in 1890. Click this link to see many of his illustrations. ~~ Notable people in my tree: Joe B. Frantz, journalist and associated with Texas Highways magazine; Harry Warner Frantz, correspondent; Frank Frantz, Oklahoma governor. Others, too, but I don’t recall their names right now. (I feel an urgency to document the Frantz family while still able. So many acquaintances claim to have “senior moments”  but we know it is a problem that comes with old age.)