Inevitable ??

This morning, on NBC-Today, a story about “DNA trips.” Folks in the United States traveling to the homeland of their ancestors, meeting with their “cousins.” Because of the popularity of DNA tests, it was inevitable the travel industry would get involved. I did my traveling in the United States, visiting with cousins living in localities where my ancestors resided. ~~ Today, I just want to stay in bed!!  I’m very tired, and very hungry!! Old-fashioned, organic, steel-cut oats with raisins is slowly cooking (as I prepare this blog message). **If** the weather were Spring-like, I’d get some much-needed exercise.

Paying it forward ?!

Yesterday, all day, at the computer “climbing the family tree.” The day prior, I vowed to refrain from “doing” However, there was an email message at the very top of my messages. A very pleasant greeting and request for help with her Frantz family lineage. I love the challenge!! At first it looked “straight forward” but soon became a nightmare. I was looking at familiar names of “Daniel” and “Nancy” Frantz but erroneously attached  to a well-documented branch of “my” tree. “Who are these people?”  Indubitably, I needed to resolve the mystery. Father, mother, children, children’s spouse, children’s children; I documented them all. Eventually, the “Stauffer” spouse surname was the clue.

In genealogy, beginners hear the saying three brothers came to America.” Not always true but an actuality in the Frantz family. **If** the information had been available (1989-1996) descendants of Immigrant Christian Frantz would have received equal documentation. I mingled with descendants; I attended their family reunions. I begged for details about their “branches” with surnames like Stauffer and Hershey. Here I am, decades later, seeing the names (on Ancestry) and opportunity to list them in my Ancestry database.

Frantz Families–Kith & Kin was published after dozens (hundreds) of people shared their information with me. I never miss the opportunity to “pay it forward”; I’m grateful for computer skills and genealogy savvy. Time well spent on cold winter day?

Coming up for air ?!

Two days “climbing the family tree” when I had planned to do other indoor stuff. Our weather is cold but nothing severe like many areas in the North and Midwest. Seriously, I have been glued to the computer(s) for three days. I’ve been in my pajamas, and robe, these three days. Today, I had two mugs of coffee and a bowl of ice cream. I was so involved with documentation surrounding two requests, I didn’t want to take time to prepare food!!! ~~ I’ve been smelling propane and discovered my tank is almost empty. I don’t know how soon the company will be out because in cold weather they are extremely busy. Moments ago, I went to the cargo trailer to retrieve the electric space heater. I “thought” Spring was here so stored the heater. My trailer home won’t be cozy warm but I won’t suffer. ~~ It was raining when I went to the cargo trailer and has rained off-and-on for three days. I haven’t checked the rain gauge because “I’ve been glued to the computers.”

Hi ho, Hi ho, …

…it’s off to work I go!!

However, the wind quickly “told” me I didn’t want to be outdoors!! The bright sunshine is deceiving. The weather forecast advises “winter” for the next week so I planned on another day in the yard (preparing for yard sale). ~~ Changing the subject: I’m glad I don’t have a dog. As I’m sitting at the computer, looking out the windows, I see folks walking their dog(s). Bur-r-r-r.

Chief cook and bottle washer !!

Very unexpected, I walked into the opportunity to start another “yard sale” project. Two days ago, I dismantled a “bottle tree.” The bottles and vases were extremely dirty (two years accumulation) and I planned to wash them before offered for sale. “Unexpected opportunity”  because the neighbor was doing laundry when I went to the refrigerator/freezer. (Left-overs and “too spicy” to add to kettle of beans being prepared for this “winter week.”) As the washer discharged, I was able to “wash” bottles and vases in warm soapy water. (Otherwise, only cold water to that sink.) I feel rather smug about completing another project on a chilly day in the comfort of the laundry room!! ~~ Sixty-five degrees outdoors as I publish this at 1:40 PM.


Outdoor afternoon

 In-the-ground plants getting ready to bloom. Happy to see first Azalea. 



Raked more leaves; poisoned many ant hills. Visited with neighbors….


All the ingredients mixed (but not cooked). The broth is still “spicy” but somewhat diluted. Months ago, I bought “medium salsa” but it was “too hot” for this old lady. Hopefully “just right” when beans are cooked?!

Best of intentions…

Seriously, I was going to get some exercise–and accomplish another task. Not evident while looking out the window, but outdoors I determined too windy to burn leaves, limbs, and old income tax records. Earlier I was “sifting” but not ashes!! Sifting through records on Question: Am I the only person who cares about accurate documentation? So much “mis-information”!! (Hey, the “sources” are out there [on Ancestry]; it just requires some research.)

Between nine and two….

Sandwiched between nine and two, before I was too weary to travel, I drove into Livingston for some much-needed groceries. Also a stop at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for a ceiling fan. My nasty landlady accused me of “stealing the light” in the laundry room. “No,”  I hired a man to repair the fan and he never completed the task. Hence, a replacement fixture. Landlady’s son-in-law said he would install if I purchased another….




“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; lean not on your own understanding….” My Heavenly Father is so good to me!! A new/used garden hose at my doorstep when I arrived home. Only yesterday, the old garden hose disintegrated where attached to the faucet. Facing a move, and selling all my lawn and garden… I didn’t want to buy a new hose. Miraculously, a replacement!!

A very dear lady-friend, former neighbor (before I was evicted from the CARE Center) is now in a convalescent home. Her family requested I retrieve the “bottle tree”  I set up in her yard (facing the heavily traveled street). She loved it–especially at Christmas!! No imposition.