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Re: If I only had a time machine

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Every now and then I stop and think about my life and where I am now. How many friends and family I have lost. How many I've lost touch with and how many are incapable of taking care of themselves.

I daydream that I'm sleeping and wake up ten years old, living with my parents up north. Just try to explain that you are a 60 year old in a 10 year old body.

I'd love to go back and see the old house and neighborhood. The house has been torn down and now there is a highway going across where our yard use to be.

Would I tell people things I know, so they won't make their mistakes again? Or should I let their futrue play out as planne?

That would be hard. 9/11, assasinationn of presidents and other famous people.
They wouldn't believe me.
My parents would be amazed at how I had changed over night, the things I know, how I act, not like a 10-year old.

What I would really like to do is go back to the 1880s or early 1900 to see my little town of
E. Liverpool, Ohio. It was a lot more lively. Now the down town is dead. Most stores closed or moved to another part of the city that is building up. It is still a small town, though.

Oh well, just mind wondering.

I should write a script. ,

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SHIITAKE 6/7/2010 4:48AM


I think we all feel at some time, that we could turn back the hands of time.....
to a better time, one where a lot of our wonderfui memories are. It's so sad to
see places, where we've had good memories in the past, torn down to make
shopping malls or whatever. And they say that is progress........not !

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-COURT- 6/6/2010 8:07PM

    That's sad. To see the great places turned into malls and parking lots. Like they also say, 'You can't go home again'. I never understook that until I went back home. It had changed so much.

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LJR4HEALTH 6/6/2010 8:06PM

    Great Blog

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TRESSA48 6/6/2010 7:03PM

    Oh, Courti, wouldn't it be nice to go back again to the way things used to be. I used to walk to school everyday and I would pass by this beautiful estate, there was a great stone wall all the way around it and if you looked through the trees, up the driveway you could see the big house and stables. Once my friend and I snuck in there and hid in the stables. Today there is a shopping mall in that spot. It makes me think of a line from a song "they paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

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Re: Priority thinking

Saturday, June 05, 2010

My husband and I weigh in on Saturdays. I stayed the same in my weigh in on my BLC team. In fact I've been the same, 107, for the past 3 weeks. The day after weigh in I lost one pound. Now I weigh in and I'm 109, gained 3 pounds in two days.

What gives? I ate salads. Could it be the pot tart that I ate for evening snack? emoticon
Doesn't seem logical.

Mopping over that fact while writing out my team schedule, I get a call from my friend. Our friend, Marie, was just put in hospice. Her birthday is this coming Saturday the 12th. She'll be 102 years old. That is awesome. Still sad.

I'm worrying about 3 pounds and my friend is dying. I haven't seen her since her last birthday party, which was held here. I couldn't get out since I have my mom here. At least my mom got to meet her.

Marie has a daughter who has had Alzheimer for quite a while. She is in a nursing home and expected to die anytime.

Sometimes I get so frustrated with my mom, but if anything happened to her, I'd have such regrest that I didn't show more love, instead of nagging her to do her exercises so she'll have a better quality of life.

Sometimes you have to put life into perspective and see what is important.

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SHIITAKE 6/7/2010 4:38AM


So sorry to hear about your friend, and her daughter.....thoughts and prayers
are with them both, as well as yourself.

I too, feel that your sudden weight gain has a lot to do with more salt intake.
Just watch the salt, and do everything you've been doing, and you should be
fine !

Don't feel that you haven't done enough for your mom....for you helped her move
to your own home, and have been helping her ever since. Surely that shows how
much you must love her...just remember that ! emoticon

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-COURT- 6/5/2010 1:44PM

    Thanks Tee. I do have a tendency to salt my food, maybe more than I should. I'll have to watch that.
On my caregiver team they mentioned regret. I don't to have any regrets toward my mom; that I didn't do things or said things I should have; give her more kisses and hugs.
I learned not to pray for patience. I was told God will give me a reason to need patience and I think I have enough reasons. lol

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TRESSA48 6/5/2010 11:54AM

    Courti, it's perfectly natural and normal to be worried about a 3 lb gain even as you feel sad about your friend. And it's also perfectly natural to get frustrated with your mom. The truth is it's not your mom you are frustrated with really, but the whole situation. It's obvious that you truly love your mom and want what is best for her. As far as the weight gain, 3 lbs in 2 days is probably water weight. Have you been drinking enough water, or have you eaten more sodium rich foods than normal. Please don't stress out about this. Just keep doing what you are doing and it will all average out in the end. You are so close to goal, that the weight is probably going to come off very slow now. But remember the old saying "Slow and steady wins the race!"

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Tried taking my own picture to put as profile since I got a new hair cut. I should have enhanced the picture to make it clear before I put it on. Duh! Seems like I've changed my profile pix 3 or 4 times, well, 3 times at least. No, I'm not vain, just not learned in the art of downloading decent pictures. Haven't seen this latest one on a thread, so who knows, I may change it again.

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SHIITAKE 5/30/2010 1:10PM


I think you changed your picture already, didn't you ? You just like to keep us
guessing, that's all, huh ? I like your haircut.......will feel better in the hotter
weather, right ?

Hope you are having a great holiday weekend, Courti.....my friend !

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Family Tree 2

Sunday, May 16, 2010

I received the family tree info my cousin was working on. He sent it all bound up and printed out sheets of the family tree charts. There are a couple differences between what he has and what a friend on a message board worked out for me. Now, who is correct. I think I found the place that the difference accured. I don't know if they each followed a different sibling or what. I also think one has an extra generation than my cousin has in his records.
If people back then had a couple children instead of 8 - 10, it would be easier making a family tree. lol
I guess it made life easier on the farms having more kids to help with the chores.

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SHIITAKE 5/17/2010 12:47PM

It's good when you have help from other family members....but I don't have that
many relatives still around ! lol I do have a cousin in New York that might be
able to shed some light on my search.....will have to contact her !

I know what you mean by having so many children, years ago.....that must be
why they didn't need much extra help with the farming ! Boy, times change,
huh ?

Good luck continuing with your search, my friend !
P. S. - Just curious......what is the old time picture that you
have on your page ?

Comment edited on: 5/17/2010 12:50:57 PM

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PEACHEREADER 5/16/2010 8:59PM

    I loved your blog! Genealogy is one big puzzle that's for sure. Good luck with your search and don't give up, the rewards are well worth the time and effort.
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Family tree

Monday, May 03, 2010

My newest hobby...making my family tree. It is a lot harder than I thought it'd be. I've got so many lines; Culps, Leighs, TenEycks. I'm stuck trying to find my next line in the Gallaway family.
I want to find stories about the family. Has any been in the Civil War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, backyard scrimish between friends. Anythng besides dates.
I may branch out and find info on their siblings families instead of just doing my direct line-parent to child.
Anyone have any tips and tactics on how to find people, please let me know. I'm checking census records, some death records. Sometimes I only have half the info I need to request a record.
Isn't that a catch-22? You need info, but to get the info, you need info to request the info. Duh!
I've got a headache. emoticon

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    my nephew is in cahrge of ours. He does a great job and finding interesting things out kind of Kool

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-COURT- 5/4/2010 1:33PM

    I would love to be able to make trips to get info, but I'm a caregiver for my mom, she's 93 and lives with us.
My cousin did his tree and even visited England. He is suppose to be putting something together for me. Can't wait to see what he has.
I wish I had been into genealogy when I lived in Ohio, but not my luck.
Most of my family came from New York and Ohio. Now I live in Florida.
I sent for a death cert for Edward Leigh. Hope I'm requesting the right one. I had trouble downloading the form but must have done something right this time. I did download adobe something.

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OUBACHE 5/4/2010 12:59PM

    Genealogy is so addicting and I love it! If you get the chance to visit some local historical societies or genealogy libraries (near where your ancestors lived), you can often find a lot of information. A very limited amount of the information available is on-line, so sometimes you need to plan a research trip. Also, something I did that brought my ancestors to life is to make a time line of the major events in their life, and what else was going on in the world at that time. Sometimes this is a real eye opener. For example, it made me see what a difficult life my husband's great-great-grandfather had, losing his mother at a young age, and then so many children of his own. When you delve into their lives this way, you start to feel like you know them. Please feel free to contact me any time if you have genealogy questions. I'm no expert, but I've learned a lot along the way and I love to talk genealogy with others!

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-COURT- 5/4/2010 10:59AM

    Thanks Carol, I can always need help. I'm amazed at how long people work on their tree.
Joani, I'm glad you are statring back on your tree. Good luck. Maybe we can branstorm and help each other too. I'm still new to this though. There is a Genealogy team on SP.

I had a good day yesterday. I was trying to find a connection between Sarah Whitaker (married to James A. TenEyck) and Sprague C. Whitaker. Is he her dad?
I found Sprague's name and his wife Mary listed in my mom's Bible. On the census I found a Sprague married to Mary. She died 7 mon after giving birth to Grant in 1869. It didnd't show Sarah's name though. I found another Sprague with a mention of Sarah, but the other children were not listed on same census. In fact the two census (of different years) had a whole different set of children. I know the older ones could be out of the household, but there were younger children mentioned on both 1870 and 1860 census.
It gave me hope that I an learning how to do this..somewhat.

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CAROLEHZ 5/4/2010 8:15AM

    I have done this. I have found amazing things..picture of my husband's Grandfather who died in 1912 and his Grandmother who died in 1930 ( that was an amazing day)..newspaper stories, court records...Civil War soldiers, pictures of Civil War soldiers..Land Patents.. It mainly takes time..lots and lots of time. I use ancestry but a great free resource is the familysearch.com website...if you go to where it says something about a new pilot program, click there.. it has loads of great free databases and let's you search just putting in parents names ( the tricky part is putting in the place name but it helps you along)..it depends on where you family was from with the site..some states have great free data, others not so much,It also has different countries too.. I have bookmarks for helpful sites so I can get to them quickly..I often search for the state name and "free digital records", sometimes I get lucky....I do trace siblings too...I've been doing this for about 15 years and I still find at least something new every day...I've also been in contact with all kinds of long lost cousins. If I can be of any help feel free to email me...for me the fun is in following the information.
Good Luck!

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SHIITAKE 5/4/2010 3:47AM


Sounds interesting, Courti ! I started to do one on my family tree, but got a little
overwhelmed when I couldn't seem to get any further ! Hearing you are working
on your family tree, has gotten me an urge to try to go further with mine ! Good
luck on getting even further on your line !! emoticon

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