Friday, December 24, 2010
Tracing family history has been especially interesting to my husband and me since we purchased the home we live in...in our family since the early 1800s. It is like solving a giant puzzle as one traces different ones through documents, photographs, stories and anything else that might help.
Today, DH and I visited a family cemetery to photograph some of the family headstones. This cemetery has been badly vandalized...and the search for information is made much more difficult by the damage. Still, my husband has found several graves that the family has been searching for....there are burials in a number of small cemeteries.
It is an interesting quest. My husband is more involved with it than I am...along with my aunt and some of my cousins. It is fun seeing the involvement as different ones uncover a fact or discover a document or, as in my husband's case, find a lost grave site!
Going to try to add photos. Keep forgetting that just 'cause I save 'em, doesn't mean I can find 'em! lol Here we go!!
My great great great great grandmother's headstone (as much of it as we can find so far)
Lydia's husband..my gggggrandfather
As you can see, little is left intact here. We will keep searching for clues and headstones.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
We were on our way to a memorial service for our friend Barbara who died yesterday morning.
It was raining hard...I hate being on the road when it is like this. We stopped and picked up Anne, an elderly sister who rides to all the mtgs with us. Right after we picked her up, my car dropped the serpentine belt! We made it as far as a park entrance.
We called my kids...no answer. We called and finally got someone to pick up Anne. We called AAA. It took 45 minutes for AAA to come. It turned out to be the same tow truck guy that collected us the other time the van dropped the same belt. It apparently is a flaw in this model vehicle....you hit a puddle and the belt slips!
SO, we missed the memorial service. The car got towed home and now I am grounded. Bruce able to fix my car...at least not till Monday.
NEVER a dull moment!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I have been getting as many as 5+ calls a DAY from an 800 number. If I answer, they hang up on me. If I don't answer, they don't leave any message.
A google search revealed that this is Allied Interstate, which is a debt collection agency with a very bad reputation according to comments on the internet.
BUT, I don't HAVE any outstanding debts.
The constant calling..which has been going on for weeks, is harassment. I used to get calls pertaining to a former inlaw...but at least they would TALK! This is ridiculous.
I tried calling back the 800 number and sat on hold for over 15 minutes. Thank goodness for the loudspeaker feature on the phone! Then I looked up their info on the internet and tried their customer service number. THAT got disconnected after just a few rings.
I AM on the do not call list, but I don't think that applies to this situation.
Anyone have any suggestions?
Monday, November 29, 2010
say the funniest things.
My granddaughter was here recently. As I was cleaning up after dinner, she thanked me for the meal. Then she said: "I'd be glad to eat some strawberries....if you have them, that is."
"I'm sorry, sweetheart, I don't have any strawberries."
"You don't? How about blueberries?"
"You don't have ANY???"
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Today my friend Gail and her daughter Abby headed back to St. Louis.
They arrived Wednesday...having driven through heavy rain much of the trip. We all went to meeting together that evening. JWs are family wherever they go!!!
Thursday brought very warm but windy weather most of the day. Abby got to meet my granddaughter and the two girls hit it off immediately. They are a year apart in age and about a foot apart in height. They really enjoyed some 4-wheeling out in the cow fields, romping all over the place and being active. All that gave Gail and me a chance to visit some! That night, heavy rain came through here...we got an inch or so. The temperatures dropped also. Because the girls behaved so well together, dgd got to spend the night here. Big treat for them both.
Friday, after a good breakfast, we all headed out to Shutterbelle photography. Amanda did a great job, including a couple of "girlfriend" shots.
Gail and Abby are both very photogenic!!!
After the photo session, ALL of us went to a new barbecue place for lunch...including Amanda, Ted and Andrew. After lunch, our gang made a dash through the grocery (found fresh turkeys for 29 cents a pound!!!) and then headed home. THANK YOU Gail for the lovely Italian dinner you prepared for all of us..including Katara's parents and brother. I am so glad Gail and Dianna got to meet and get acquainted. Shortly after our dinner, Amanda called to tell us that the photos are online (not all are edited). Wow..that was fast!
So now, Gail and Abby are en route home. The linens are washed and ready for our next visitors, whomever that might be. I was up waaaay too early this morning so I am not in high gear right this minute but will shortly go out to walk in this beautiful, chilly weather.
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