“Air you can wear” !!

“Air you can wear”  is the catch phrase of TV meteorologist’ the last couple of days. Summer has arrived–with that awful humidity!! I did not want to start using the air-conditioner IN APRIL. I”m “up” early (before 6) because so hot in my bedroom. Because I can’t open the trailer windows (under this “pole barn”), no cross ventilation. “Grin and bear it”  because summer is here for the next six or seven months.


Afternoon activities

Outdoors, the wind is moving the hot humid air. It is very pleasant to be working in the yard.



So miserably HOT inside my trailer home. I started the fan on the air-conditioner (after 3:40) and hope it will cool me off a little. It’s the first of the month (almost) so I fertilized all the plants. Pushed myself to “do” but “too tired” to fix a salad (late lunch). Picked up more limbs. I would have burned the large pile… but “too windy.” Because of the heat, and humidity, I deliberately chose to spend time in the yard.


FRUSTRATION (in capital letters) !!

One-hundred things I should be doing. However, I’m entangled with a mystery. Searching, searching, searching…. Then putting the details in a story I attached to the woman, in my Ancestry database. Confession: No answers to my questions (and projects neglected).


A mystery is monopolizing hours of my time. I’m the self-designated custodian when it comes to “Frantz” family information. Frequently, I find a “Frantz” in unexpected places. I was documenting the recent-death obituary of one-hundred year old Myrtle Wrightsman (with Crist, and Bowman ancestors). Documenting in Ancestry.com, here was Catherine Magdalena Frantz married to David Bryan Bowman. I was shaking my head: “Those aren’t her parents.”  I turned to my publication Frantz Families–Kith & Kin and found her supposed parents very well documented on four pages (Vol. 1, pp. 51-54). Without exaggeration, I searched her–and parents–a dozen different ways (in Ancestry.com). No success!! Then a search of the LDS Family Search and same misinformation–but no sources. The object of my frustration (wife) supposedly lived in Botetourt County, Virginia. The spouse lived in Rockingham County, Virginia. Next, a Google search to see if they were adjoining counties.  Obviously not.


It’s safe to say, I’m obsessive-compulsive regarding accuracy and there would be no rest until the mystery of her identity was solved. I leave a trail of comments with individuals in my Ancestry database. Three examples:  (1) FYI: I searched with all variations of the name. Sometimes a search on Catherine; sometimes a search on Magdalena; sometimes surname “Franz” or “France” or “Frank” (in addition to Frantz). I searched without given name but female with those birth and death dates. Seriously, I’ve made every effort to identify her parents. (2) In frustration, I turned to the LDS Family Search and it displayed “Michael Phemert Frantz” (1754-May 1817) but no sources. Michael, and Elizabeth Sollenberger (1753-1787) listed as “Catherine Franz” parents. No sources for Elizabeth, either. Michael Phemert Frantz parents are listed as Michael Frantz Jr. and Magdalena Zug. In Family Search, eleven sources for Michael Jr. and seventeen sources for Magdalena Zug.  ~~ This is such a mystery!! (3) The 1782 birth year would “fit” in with birth of four other children. **IF** Catherine is a daughter, why wasn’t she listed when Michael specifically mentioned wife and children in Will and Settlement? See Frantz Families–Kith & Kin, Vol. 1, p. 53.

The 1850 Federal Census for District 56, Rockingham County, Virginia, lists Catherine Bowman (age 68) with Magdalene Frantz (age 70), Jemima Bowman (age 26), and Joseph Bowman (age zero). The latter two, Catherine’s daughter-in-law and grandson. The mystery deepens: What is Jemima’s maiden name? Who is Magdalene Frantz? Very thorough searches did not reveal additional information regarding the identity of Magdalene Frantz. Furthermore, no information about Jemima, her daughter Caroline, and son Joseph. Question: With extensive information in Ancestry, why the absence of documentation regarding these individuals?

Good intentions ?!

Cleaning out the cupboard so the plumber can repair the leaky faucet. OMG, all these cleaning products that are unused. I don’t “do” windows!! Apparently, I anticipated I’d wash windows but “never got ‘a round tuit.'”

Unimaginable!! Look at this relic. Quite frankly, I’d rather spend time in the yard, or “climbing the family tree.”

Prior to the rain…

…hours outdoors preparing for the yard sale.

The sale starts tomorrow according to newspaper ad but foul weather on the horizon so I don’t expect customers. I worked to “tidy” the area. Spread salt on the gravel near my entrance so I could put bird and squirrel food in galvanized pail. Lowe’s purchases (yesterday) also included another Impatiens plant (mark down) because I “need” a few flowers. Withheld from yard sale, several “least attractive” planters.



After the rain…

…time to eat, and recuperate from busy day!!

I choose to think the garden loves me. Plants that did not bloom last year have “smiled” at me this Spring. They received TLC and now I am rewarded?! ~~ Five signs went on display. I’m ready for customers and I’m praying the storm missed us.