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Hey Gang, just needed to vent. This past week has been insane. Last Sunday morning my 90-yr old mother fell on ice. My brother took her to the local hospital, and they sent her into Philadelphia. She has a skull fracture and she had some bleeding in her brain. We went through a day or two of absolute terror, and then a day or two of being only somewhat less frightened, once they told us that she wasn't bleeding anymore but we were seeing some serious cognitive issues. By Friday she was well enough - and coming back cognitively - to transfer her from the hospital in Philadelphia to a rehab hospital that is closer to her home. They evaluated Saturday and I don't really have a solid idea of what they decided out of that yet. To add to the general freak out, my sister and I put off driving up from Virginia once we knew she wasn't in immediate danger because we just would have been in the way and now winter is hitting, so at this point it may be Wednesday before we can make the drive. Oh, and her 95 yr old sister fell on the 3rd (her birthday, no less) and broke her arm and her 93 yr old sister fell about that time and fractured a patella. The middle on is getting off pretty easy - exercises for now, maybe some pt down the road. The eldest has a big honking cast on her arm, and if all goes well my mom should spend 3-4 weeks in the rehab hospital and we're not sure that she's going to be able to go home to her 3-story 200+ yr old house when she is discharged. This is the first day in a week I haven't talked to my brother at least once, I've talked to one sister every day, and I've exchanged emails with the other sister most days. I've also spoken to the eldest sister 1/2 dozen times, emailed all of my cousins on that side a couple of times, contacted the Quaker Meeting my mother belongs to to let them know what was going on, and posted on Facebook at least once a day so that assorted family members and former neighbors would know what was happening. Thanks, I just needed to vent some stress. I've gotten a couple of walks in, a few errands, and otherwise I've spent a lot of time waiting for the phone to ring...

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1/25/15 4:28 P

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There are weapons that are simply thoughts. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy. - Rod Serling, Unitarian Universalist

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Good afternoon, I had big plans for today since the weather is so nice. I got up early, washed cloths and hung the laundry on the line, then life got in the way. Mutt didn't want his carrot last night. I had left it in his crate. When I let him out of his crate, he emptied his water bowl and when I let him outside, instead of going and doing his doggy thing, he tried to empty the galvanized tub the boys use outside. He eat breakfast but slowly, then nibbled on his carrot from last night. The stupid dog has garbage gut again. Then I started a book, I told myself i would read one chapter, They must have skipped chapter heading because when i got to the end on the chapter, I was on chapter 13 and it was time to fix lunch. I read during lunch and figured then I would take Mutt for his walk. When DH came home and asked about Mutt and if I had a good book I looked down and realized i was 98% through the book and it was 2P. I finished the book and Mutt got a 3 mile walk.

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1/24/15 12:17 A

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I did get to look at the 1860 census where I found my ggrandfather under the different spelling. It showed him living with a family with a different name at age 10 and I was wondering if they had the indentured servants at that time. Only thing was that he was going to school according to the census. I couldn't see anything that showed he was a servant to the family. My guess is after the next class I will see what I can do at the main library with help from the genealogy librarian on the computer and maybe looking for some books they may have there.

Things are getting busier for the next two months. Today was the sign up for the Passion Play. Practice is Thursdays and Fridays and the play will run from Palm Sunday through the day before Easter. My friend is going to audition to sing the song she did last year and has the words for all the songs which she will give me copies of because I like to sing the songs, too, but I don't know all the words. Of course, I don't know the tune, either.

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1/23/15 1:04 P

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He may be mad, but there's method in his madness. There nearly always is method in madness. It's what drives men mad, being methodical.

G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936), The Fad of the Fisherman (1922)

So I don't have any worries. Nobody ever accused me of being methodical!
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Morning 40 and rainy today. There was a break in the rain and Mutt and I got a 30 min walk. My shoulder is doing much better and I'm using it quite a bit just not to it's full extent. I have just enough discomfort that I remember no to over do it.

There are so many free genealogy sites, well free till you try to use the hints or see other peoples trees. Maybe it is because I have used Ancestry so long, but I have problems navigating the other sites and I'm sure as heck aren't going to change if they won't let me see what i would paying money for.

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1/22/15 9:28 P

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I tried using the library version of ancestry today and I just can't figure it out. I did find a couple more spellings for Heisenstein, but was trying to find what I had put on my tree and it didn't link to my name anywhere. I just couldn't figure out how to get to it at all so I couldn't try looking at the hints that it said I had when I tried to find it the other day from home (I actually could get to the tree without the subscription, but not to the hints). I also tried to look for my dad and couldn't pull him up. I had to leave for the craft class, so wasn't able to look much for anyone else. I guess I will have to go downtown to get with someone who can help me one on one to figure out how to do anything with it.

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1/22/15 2:27 P

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Fancyqtr, I have to replace the toys every so often too. CM can turn them on at night sometimes and hits the run button instead of the timed button. Only buy when on sale, too expensive for me otherwise.
I know what you are talking about , the site refers you to $$ site whenever you find something interesting.
The Indian problem is that they refer to Native Am. as black when you go back to 1800's. Would not care if it was the truth, but not a fact. I had seen pics of great Grandmother smoking a pipe in front of dwelling. The pic destroyed by my aunt for some reason. She wasn't happy being part Indian. The docs say colored not Indian. But this site takes "colored" as being black always. I have not tried the $$ sites yet. Not working, too expensive for information not necessary. Good luck. emoticon

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Linda, the Native Americans is something that I would like to find out about, but I can't even figure out where it might be IF it is true that there is some in my ancestry. My grandmother told my Dad at one time that there was Mohawk back there somewhere, her sister told her daughter that they were part Cherokee. The Mohawk was supposed to be on my grandfather's side and the Cherokee would have been my grandmother's side. Going back on her mother's side I don't see anything, but her father's side I can't find anything about. I finally found out he was born in Missouri, was a farm laborer, and buried in Oklahoma, but that is all I can find. I don't think the census even showed where his parents were born, but I'm not sure anymore. I can't get any farther anywhere than what I have already found.

I have been using Family Search since I can't afford to pay the Ancestry subscription. Unfortunately, they have done a contract with Ancestry now and a lot of the stuff you still have to go to Ancestry to get the actual information and pay their subscription. If you are a member of the LDS church it is all free, but you have to go to one of their centers to get into Ancestry otherwise. I don't know if it is free to non LDS members at them. Our library has more internet stuff we can get to from any branch, but all the books are at the main library and are not available to check out so you have to go downtown for any of those. I have problems going very far from the house, so haven't gone to the main library to go through their books yet. Computer time is limited to 30 minutes, though, so researching on the internet is hard to get done. If I get out of here in time today I might try it, though.

Sometime I would like to get one of those battery operated toys for Orzo and one for Cassie, too, that gives treats if she hits the right thing. Cassie just doesn't play with anything, so I have tried to get her to learn by using a ball that I can put treats in. She will work on that a little bit. I'm not sure I can get to the point I can afford one of those, though.

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1/22/15 11:24 A

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Chrisy Miss , my sweet little old lady cat, loves being on a crinkly bag with 2 or 3 twirling feather toys around her. It's the only way she would get exercise. She even sleeps under them while they twirl above her. I must buy batteries at Costco or I would be broke.
Found a site that really has free ancestor info. Thought it would be a good place to start. (Family Search). The old records were not very nice to Native Americans. But, that was life back then I guess.

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1/22/15 11:15 A

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Sounds like Duke has a lot of fun playing by himself when you can't play with him. Here it is the cat that does that. I think cats will do that a lot, though, if they are cats that like to play. Orzo does. I have his blanket strip stuck in a bag on the closet door in the dining room (blanket hanging out) and he will run and grab that, roll with it, take it over by the kitchen, etc.

I was looking through Zinio at the Library last night and found a magazine on Military Genealogy. I haven't looked at it yet, but downloaded so I can. I don't think I had seen it on there before. You can keep the magazines you order from there (e-magazines) unlike when you borrow an e-book, which is the same amount of time that you borrow a regular book, so I have a bunch of magazines to read.

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1/22/15 10:08 A

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Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.
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Canadian economist & humorist (1869 - 1944)

Alice Thinks Sometimes Maybe Perhaps

Good morning, today it is windy and drizzly. I took Mutt for his walk, but my solder isn't up to Duke. Weather periling I'll go out back and play fetch with him.

DH said he was afraid of hurting my shoulder and slept in the guest room last night. I guess it was a good thing. I put the heating pad on one side of the bed and spent all night with my shoulder on the heating pad, then when I got too hot moving to the other side and back and forth. I can now tell you Duke doesn't sleep at night. He bounces that stupid ball off the wall.

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It's good that something told you not to go out walking last night if those guys were racing with no lights. How stupid can they be?

Hope your arm and shoulder feel better soon. I am hurting all over, but not from injury. I am just hurting from spending the entire day at the Stock Show yesterday. I sat down twice while there -- once for just a couple minutes not long after I got there and once when I ate lunch. I have been getting up and down and did a little (very little) cleaning, but it's hard to get up and down.

We have been having quite a bit of snow today and tomorrow is supposed to be cold at least in the morning, so I have been staying in. Even Cassie doesn't want to be outside. After the snow is melted I might go to the library and use their computer to see what I can find on the genealogy. Tomorrow is a craft class at one, so maybe I will go early to try to find some. There is a subscription the library has to ancestry so that anyone using the computer at the library can use ancestry. My tree says there are 17 hints but if I try to see just the hints from here it says I don't have any. Maybe that is because I have looked at them before, I don't know.

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"Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat."
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

Good Afternoon. The sun we were promised never showed up. Since this afternoon is suppose to be nasty, we went to the park to walk this morning. I don't mind walking around here everyday, but DH has been told to go for a walk everyday and he wants to walk some place different everyday.

I was doing some chair exercises, they had a mobility exercise for the arms. I did it and felt fine, but something told me no more. I woke up and can hardly move my right arm. I pulled a muscle in my right shoulder. I'm right handed, I think That's what they tell me anyway, but I do quite a bit left handed. The problem is what I do right handed I can hardly do left handed. I write right handed, if I try left handed you can't read it, I use the mouse and a styles left handed. I can do it right handed but I'm slow. My problem more then not being able to do some things is that my brain has decided that cookies are a great pain deliver.

Last night I decided it was too dangerous to go for a walk, but Mutt couldn't understand. For some reason that I don't understand, a couple guys decided to drag race 4 wheelers down our road after dark without their headlights on. I wear a reflexive vest, but if they don't have their headlights on it won't reflect.

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1/20/15 10:16 A

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"Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level."
– Dr. Joyce Brothers

Good morning, it is foggy this morning but the fog should burn off soon and it will be a pretty day with the temps in the low 70's. Today and tomorrow then the rain and cold will be back. I'm thinking about taking Mutt down to the county park. They have a 1 mile trail though the woods. We will do the walk several times. Mutt loves it. OK Mutt loves walks, Mutt loves car rides if they are short, the hound in Mutt loves the woods.

I have been at military records, Dad's family was very proud of the fact so many of their ancestors were in the revolutionary war. The looked down at Mom because she was first generation US from England, so her ancestors would have been the British. What I found made Mom happy. One line of her family came over on the Mayflower, 2 lines jumped back and forth across the Atlantic, So yes her mother was born in England, as was her grandmother, but both her father and grandfather were born on the US and found a wife on a visit to England. She has as many ancestors in the revaluation and Daddies side of the family.

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Saturday I went to a class at the library on researching military records. She went through quite a lot, but a little too fast for me to get much down in my notes. Someone else was having the same problem and asked for a copy of the slide show, so she is going to send us some over email. That will be plenty helpful. I had just found information on one of my ggrandfathers and the civil war (at least I think it is him, though there were a LOT of men with his name in the area at that time -- only two from IL listed in the Civil War). He was 18 or 19 at the time.

In two weeks there is a class on research in Missouri, which is where my Dad's family was living. His grandfather was in Illinois, I think, but moved to MO or at least his wife moved to MO.

Last night my cousin I hadn't talked to for a couple of years called and she has started getting interested in genealogy, too. She hasn't done much yet, but did find some information on my ggrandmother and the DAR in Oklahoma. There is a lady going to do a program on her in early March. Apparently my ggrandmother was interested in joining, but never actually joined. Patricia also has something that her mother left from another researcher on the family, so she is going to send me a copy of what she has and I am going to send her what information I have. Mine is mostly what her mother copied, though, so I don't know that I'll be much help. Patricia has a really large family Bible that she had information in that was actually written on pages in the Bible and mine are note papers that were in a Bible that grandma had. It will be nice for two of us looking for information and may bring us closer to each other.

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1/19/15 3:05 P

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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

C. S. Lewis

The weather has been nice so have been exercising outside, walking and biking.


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1/18/15 4:27 P

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"It is never safe to look into the future with eyes of fear."
– Edward Henry Harriman

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1/18/15 11:27 A

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we always had ours on the beach, So swimming, sandcastles, frisbee, horse shoes, and long walks. Yes the whole family walked as one big group down the beach.

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Our family is going to have a family reunion this spring. Can anyone recommend a good website for things to do at this reunion. probably be around 30 people. It should be perfect weather for an outside gathering.

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"Action is the antidote to despair."
– Joan Baez

Good morning, well it is still morning here. i took advantage of the water and walked both dogs and hung out a load of laundry. Such a pretty day the heater is off and the windows open. The sun is out and we are going for a high in the upper 60's

The thing I don't like about the SPAT is that it doesn't have a screen. I had thought about wearing my pedometer so I could see my steps then remembered the phone DH gave me for Christmas has a fitness tracker on it. It says the tracker works best if you buy the fitness watch that goes with it, mo thanks I'm not spending more money for another gadget I don't need or want. Without the watch it says everything is an estaminet. Well I walked 30 min. My tracker said I took 3150 steps and the phone said I took 3056 steps. They are close. I checked it several more times and the 5 stayed the same. It will be an estaminet though because I noticed every time you picked the phone up or moved it around while talking on it, it recorded a step. When I set it up I set my goal at 1/2 what I have on SP. I'm not one of those people that is more likely to forget their undies then forget to put their phone in their pocket. I have a good old fashion phone shelf by the door. Thats where the phone is except when i leave the house.

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1/16/15 8:26 A

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This 'telephone' has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication.

Western Union internal memo, 1876.


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"The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative, the second is disastrous."
– Margot Fonteyn

Good morning, Another blah day. I took Duke for his morning walk. walk for 5 min, 5 sec of rain repeat. But it is one of those days. I'm doing a reading challenge. 40 books in 6 months. No problem with that. The books need to be at least one from 13 different genres. 4 of the genres are genres I tend to stay away from, so I've set up my day read one chapter, crochet a row and clean for 5 min. Figure this way I'll either get the books from the genres I don't like normally read read or one of the temp co will call and mess everything up. Lets hope I the temp co messes everything up.

The school doesn't seam to be helping Tony. DD decided she would watch Tony. I mean really watched him. She discovered he had little or no self esteem. She thought martial arts might help. She took him to several schools. One was little more then a day care, one taught the children, but didn't seam to understand children, now the third, invited Tony to join the 4 to 6 year old class the day of the visit. He did warm up exercises that were geared for children, then showed the children a simple block punch. Then some older students came in dressed as zombies and the children had to fight the zombie invasion. Tony loved it and on the way home told DD that the teacher understood. DD isn't sure what he understood, but he made a connection to Tony in one class. Maybe this is what Tony needs, someone that understands.

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"A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice."
– Edgar Watson Howe

Good morning, It's raining so haven't walked the dogs yet. It should clear up in a hour or so and will walk they then. At least it isn't too hot to walk them that late in the day, but then when it is that hot I don't mind walking in the drizzle we have now.

Mutt is mad at me and in his crate giving me the eval eye. Quite some time ago, Mutt took the pillows off the spare bed and made himself a bed. It looked strange in the living room, but the house is about the pets right? Well the pillows have gotten dirty and nasty. I guess they have gotten flat too, Mutt has started digging at them like he wants to fluff them. Well last night he got his claw caught in one and tore it. I told DH I was afraid he was going to get stuffing all over the place. One go the stores had the large dog beds on sale so I went and got one. I picked up the old pillows and put the nice new bed in their place. Mutt dragged the old pillows back to the living room. I put them outside in the trash. Mutt gave me the eval eye and went and curled up in his crate. He hasn't even gotten close to the dog bed yet.

I have the boys tonight, but thats ok, I have trains.

Guess it is a good thing the family considers me the family tree keeper and tells me every thing. DS is having some genetic profiling done since one of the side effects of one of his meds is skin cancer. DS sent me 3 pages of health questions about my family going back 5 generations.

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"Hope is not a dream, but a way of making dreams become reality."
– Cardinal Leon Joseph Suenens

Good morning another dreary day with no sun. The temp co with the job I was hoping for says they still haven't heard back, might be just as well. One of the other temp co called they have a job 11 miles from me and they are looking for someone that can do accounts payable well enough that they can hit the ground running. Now I'm waiting on that one, but it is day one. Not week one.

I just spoke to Mom. She said that she called off church yesterday. Several people complained saying she lived 35 miles out and how did she know what the roads were like. She said if the big Baptist Church across the street from the church called off service and the guest minister slid off the road trying to get there, she was calling off service.


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"Sometimes you have to play a long time to be able to play like yourself."
– Miles Davis

Good afternoon, After almost a week of wet cold dreary weather I'm ready for some sun. Cold and sun will do, I just want to know that big orange ball is still there. Weather report says we might see the sun by Thursday. It stopped rain this afternoon enough so both dogs got their walks. I spent the morning doing the only thing this weather is good for, reading a good book while drinking hot tee and crocheting an afghan.

One dog was curled in a corner sleeping and the other was chewing on a rubber ball. There where 4 more rubber balls beside the dog. DH came in and asked how many balls the dog needed. I said 5. He said he didn't think so. The dog stopped chewing the ball and went to greet my DH. With that the ball rolled where he couldn't get it and the dog stood there staring at the ball whining. I went and got the ball. DH asked why, the dog has 4 more balls. Yes but he needs 5. DH left shaking his head.

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Lexophile" is a word used to describe those who have a love for words, such as "you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish" (one of my favorites), or "to write with a broken pencil is pointless." A competition to see who can come up with the best lexphillies is held every year in an undisclosed location. This year's winning submission is posted at the very end.

.. When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.
.. A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
.. When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.
.. The batteries were given out free of charge.
.. A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.
.. A will is a dead giveaway.
.. With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
.. A boiled egg is hard to beat.
.. When you've seen one shopping center, you've seen a mall.
.. Police were called to a day care center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
. Did you hear about the fellow whose whole left side was cut off? He's all right now.
.. A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.
.. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
.. The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.
.. He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
.. When she saw her first strands of grey hair she thought she'd dye.
.. Acupuncture is a jab well done. That's the point of it.

And the cream of the wretched crop: .. Those who get too big for their pants will be exposed in the end.

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After all is said and done, a lot more will be said than done.

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Good afternoon, Last night Mutt kept whining, I kept asking him what his problem was. Of corse he never answered my. Then about 9 at night he started rubbing his ear on the rug. Now I know he has another yeast infection in his ear. I went ti get the stuff to clean his ears and only had enough to do one ear once. So this morning first thing I was a the pet store to get more stuff. Mutt and Duke both get yeast infection often. They use to clean each others ears so I seldom I to worry, but lately Mutt hasn't been letting Duke clean his ears. he still cleans Dukes. I'm thinking I'll need to put him back on taste of the wild. Both dogs were on taste of the wild till they started keeping each others ears clean, then for cost reasons I put them back on regular dog food.

Duke plays outside most of the day, chasing birds or throwing his ball. with it being cold i have been keeping him inside more. It drives DH crazy, I guess he never watched Mutt and Duke play in the backyard. The dogs roll around on the floor with their mouths open looking like they are going to bite each other in the neck, DH thinks they are killing each other. After about 1/2 an hour, Mutt has had enough and goes in his crate. Sometimes Duke lyes down by my feet, but most of the time he runs to the back door to go out. Today he decided he was a lap dog. A 70 pound lap dog.


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I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life's realities.

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Good morning. I woke to a light frost, I know this is nothing compared to wheat my northern spark friends have but it is different for us and looked pretty.

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Hope these old tombstone epitaphs are still funny to you.
Harry Edsel Smith of Albany, New York:
Born 1903-Died 1942
Looked up the elevator shaft to see if the car was on the way down.
It was.

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In a Thurmont, Maryland, cemetery:
Here lies an Atheist
All dressed up And no place to go.
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In a LondonCemetery Jokes, England cemetery:
Here lies Ann Mann,
Who lived an old maid
But died an old Mann.
Dec. 8, 1767
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In a Ribbesford, England, cemetery:
Anna Wallace:
The children of Israel wanted bread,
And the Lord sent them manna.
Old clerk Wallace wanted a wife,
And the Devil sent him Anna.
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In a Ruidoso, New Mexico, cemetery:
Here lies Johnny Yeast.
Pardon me For not rising.
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In a Uniontown, Pennsylvania, cemetery:
Here lies the body of Jonathan Blake.
Stepped on the gas
Instead of the brake.
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In a Silver City, Nevada, cemetery:
Here lays The Kid.
We planted him raw.
He was quick on the trigger
But slow on the draw.
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A lawyer's epitaph in England:
Sir John Strange.
Here lies an honest lawyer,
And that is Strange.
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John Penny's epitaph in the Wimborne, England, cemetery:
Reader, if cash thou art In want of any,
Dig 6 feet deep;
And thou wilt find a Penny.
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In a cemetery in Hartscombe, England:
On the 22nd of June,
Jonathan Fiddle Went out of tune.
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Anna Hopewell's grave in Enosburg Falls,Vermont
Here lies the body of our Anna -
Done to death by a banana.
It wasn't the fruit that laid her low,
But the skin of the thing that made her go.
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On a grave from the 1880s in Nantucket, Massachusetts:
Under the sod and under the trees,
Lies the body of Jonathan Pease.
He is not here, there's only the pod.
Pease shelled out and went to God.
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In a cemetery in England:
Remember man, as you walk by,
As you are now, so once was I.
As I am now, you soon will be.
Prepare yourself and follow me.
To which someone replied by writing on the tombstone:
To follow you I'll not consent
Until I know which way you went
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Last add, from Boot Hill, in Tombstone, Arizona:
Here lies Lester Moore
One slug from a 44
No Les
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What is time? — the shadow on the dial, the striking of the clock, the running of the sand, day and night, summer and winter, months, years, centuries - these are but arbitrary and outward signs, — the measure of time, not time itself. Time is the life of the soul. If not this, then tell me what is time?
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Good morning. I have walked Duke. I'm trying to get outside things done. It is in the mid 40's now going to 30. No word on the job. That could mean they didn't pick me to interview, that could also mean that they were so busy because of the holidays they didn't make a decision.

I crocheted one of those headband/ear warmers that are popular right now. DD kept pushing her hair out of her face so I gave it to her, She just said thanks and put it on like a headband, well it has turned colder. She sent me a picture of her wearing it like a ear warmer and I need more of these. A friend called and asked what I was doing, I told her what I was making and she said she needed one too. DH asked if I could make hats too. he needs one. I guess he is feeling the cold this year. I've been making hats and he always said he didn't wear hats. Well now you know what I've been doing with my free time.

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“Life is a lot like a Yahtzee cup…we get to be with people ‘randomly’ who we might fall in love with, create something amazing with or, simply, enjoy a few moments in time.”
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Good morning. Yesterday I told DH I would walk the dogs as early as I thought could get away with and they still could do their thing for the night. Well the best laid plans. They started with the firecrackers at 4P. At 7P there was a brake and I took Mutt out, he is the easiest to control, it wasn't a 10th of a mile before they started up again and Mutt said we were going home, so our 2 mile walk was an about 500 steps. Duke just got a quick trip to the backyard. The rain chased everyone inside about 1A. Mutt got a 3 mile walk this morning and I'm getting ready to that Duke out.


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"Be happy. It's one way of being wise."
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Good afternoon, Santa didn't forget. I asked Santa for a job, I know your real surprised, well one of the temp agencies called this morning. There is a company that needs a payroll clerk. If you don't know when you work with a temp agency it is a three step process and this is step one. Step two is that the temp agency presents me and faxes my resume over. The company wants to start interviews on Monday. They must be in a hurry to want it that soon with tomorrow being a holiday.

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You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

C. S. Lewis

Good morning Dh is waiting for the big brown truck. The Christmas present that we ordered back in Nov that they told us would be here for Christmas then said they would mail between Jan 9th and 23rd, we received an e mail that is out for delivery via UPS and we will get it between 9A and 7P today. Actually we are celebrating Christmas today. Christmas and New years. DD worded Christmas and has to work New Years. we are just not going to n=be home this afternoon.

It has stopped raining, the sun isn't shining, but it isn't raining. The rain we got yesterday, while it wasn't pleasant, was what we needed. A nice steady light rain that soaked in. It also put a bumper on the fire crackers. Not going to complain about that.

I'm having a problem with family tree maker. When I click on a leaf, if it is a record it comes up, if it is someone else's family tree, it tells me I must update to windows 7. I have windows 7.I was pretty sure I did, so I checked. Yep my PC says operating system windows 7. Properly just a cliché while they change things and will fix itself later. I just like to see if other have something different that I should research.

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1. My family coat of arms ties at the back . . . is that normal?
2. My family tree is a few branches short! Help appreciated.
3. My ancestors must be in a witness protection program!
4. Shake your family tree and watch the nuts fall!
5. My hobby is genealogy, and I raise dust bunnies as pets.
6. How can one ancestor cause so much TROUBLE??
7. I looked into my family tree and found out I was a sap.
8. I'm not stuck, I'm ancestrally challenged.
9. I'm searching for myself. Have you seen me?
10. If only people came with pull-down menus and on-line help.
11. Isn't genealogy fun? The answer to one problem, leads to two more!
12. It's 1999. Do you know where your Great-Great Grandparents are?
13. A family reunion is an effective form of birth control.
14. A family tree can wither if nobody tends its roots.
15. A new cousin a day keeps the boredom away.
16. After 30 days, unclaimed ancestors will be adopted.
17. Am I the only person up my tree? Seems like it.
18. Any family tree produces some lemons, nuts & a few bad apples.
19. Ever find an ancestor HANGING from the family tree?
20. FLOOR: The place for storing your priceless genealogy records.
21. Gene-Allergy-It's a contagious disease, but I love it.
22. Genealogists are time un-ravelers.
23. Genealogy is like Hide & Seek: They Hide & I Seek!
24. Genealogy: Tracing yourself back to better people.
25. "Crazy" is a relative term in my family.
26. A miser is hard to live with, but makes a fine ancestor.
27. I want to find ALL of them! So far I only have a few thousand.
28. I should have asked them BEFORE they died!
29. I think my ancestors had several "Bad heir" days
30. I'm always late. My ancestors arrived on the JUNE flower
31. Only a genealogist regards a step backwards, as progress
32. Share your knowledge, it is a way to achieve immortality
33. Heredity: Everyone believes in it until their children act like fools!
34. It's a poor family that hath neither a lady of the evening nor a thief.
35. Many a family tree needs trimming.
36. Shh! Be very, very quiet . . . I'm hunting forebears.
37. Snobs talk as if they had begotten their own ancestors!
38. That's strange: half my ancestors are WOMEN!
39. I'm not sick, I've just got fading genes
40. Genealogists live in the past lane
41. Genealogists do it generation after generation . . .
42. Cousins marrying cousins: Very tangled roots!
43. Cousins marrying cousins: A non-branching family tree
44. All right! Everybody out of the gene pool!
45. Do I hear the rattle of Chains?
46. Always willing to share my ignorance . . .
47. Documentation . . . The hardest part of genealogy
48. For a reply, send a self-abused, stomped elephant to . . .
49. Genealogy: Chasing your own tale!
50. Genealogy-will I ever find time to mow the lawn again?
51. That's the problem with the gene pool: NO Lifeguards
52. I looked up my family tree . . . there were two dogs using it.
53. I researched my family tree . . . apparently I don't exist!
54. SO MANY ANCESTORS . . . SO LITTLE TIME



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– Honoré de Balzac

Good Afternoon, I woke up to a cold dreary day. It is 40 and a constant drizzle. I can't get warm.I took Mutt out for a walk 3 times,, only to turn around after a couple min because of the rain. We final managed a 20 min walk.

I finished the boys afghans and have started the girls. Their parents are big on board games. Beka asked how cool would it be to have an afghan the was a checker board. Well that is easy enough to make. I looked for game afghan suitable for a 5 year old. I found a round one that is a dart board. Well really you throw plastic balls with strips of velcro glued to them. Somehow i can see her putting it on the bed and throwing all kinds of things at it.

I've used FTM since before the internet. One of the reasons I played around with FTB was since i had always used FTM I wondered what else was out there.

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Oh wow, MaryAlice, you'd think that they wouldn't work that hard to promote a product that is hard to use. A few years ago, when I was just getting started with genealogy and was still living in Seattle, when my sister came east to visit the family I handed her a netbook with FTM loaded on it and asked her to find out what she could. She sat with my mom, asked questions, and entered info. She had never used FTM before and had no trouble with it. The disclaimer I need to attach to this is that that sister is very tech savvy, but I've always found FTM very easy to use... and after years of using it I'm still finding useful features that I didn't know existed.

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Good afternoon, I've been working on the boys afghans and not getting a whole lot else done. Last night I checked and walking Mutt a mile and half I could just get my steps in. They where shooting off fireworks, not the pretty kind the ones you can't see, but make a terrible noise. We hadn't gone 1/4 mile when Mutt said enough of this and we headed for home. I hd left Duke outside not realizing how bad the fireworks were. He hit the door so hard DH thought the internet satellite had fallen off the roof. Looks like it is going to be a long noisy week. I waked around the house and just made my steps with 25 to spare.

I got an e mail that said since I had the PC version but used my MAC mostly they were giving me a trial of Family Tree Builder for MAC. I thought great. When I uploaded it, nothing looked right, but I thought it was because it was for MAC. Then when I went to check on a hint, it said I had to buy a membership to Heritage. That is when I went to check. I have Family Tree Maker not Builder. I did play around with it though. If the trial was to get me to leave Family Tree Maker and use Family Tree Builder, forget it. It took me an hour to input 3 people. It was next to imposable to change errors and I kept getting messages that said Family Tree Builder has experienced a fatal error and must shut down.

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I don't remember a guard cat. I had custody of Beka then, she was 6, DD had a 12 year old and a 3 month old. The 12 year old wanted to do some kid stuff so I told her I would swap. She could have Beka and I would walk Tony. Tony and I saw the gardens around the Alamo several tomes, well I did, Tony slept. Many a grandma said they wished they could walk the baby instead of running here there and the other place with the older children.


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MaryAlice, I see on one of your posts that you went to the Alamo. Did you see their guard cat?? It has been on animal planet several times. Must Love Cats and another show.

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We had dinner last night - myself and mom, step-dad, brother, sister, brother-in-law, and middle and youngest nephews. My oldest nephew lives in FL and oldest sister lives in Seattle. We see them (never often enough) but not at the holidays. My sister and middle nephew (who is a sous chef) cooked - first time my nephew has had a chance to cook for several of us. My mom was thrilled to have us all AND to not have to do the cooking.

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Happy Holidays, We well have our family get together on the 29th. The hospital is open 365 days a year and that is the next time DD is off. DH is talking about going to a neighbors for dinner. They are meat and potatoes people and can't eat meat so i might be having potatoes for dinner. Maybe for the holiday feast they will sneak in a salad or veggie.

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At this time of year it is important to remember that it isn't the price of the gift, or the size or the effort. The important thing to remember when buying gifts is to SAVE THE RECEIPT!

Alice Thinks Sometimes Maybe Perhaps

Good morning, This morning it was 40, but the sun was shining, not a cloud in the sky, no wind and the birds were chirping, so I bundled up and Mutt and I went for a 3 mile walk early.

Enjoy whatever holiday you ae celebrating.

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"A man can do only what he can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day."
– Albert Schweitzer

Good morning another yucky day. DH turned the TV one and it said it was foggy, I looked outside yep foggy then they said the worse at .25 miles visibility was Pearland, the closest city to us. An our later while i was getting ready to walk Mutt, they said the fog had lifted everywhere but Pearland where it was still .25 miles visibility. We only walked 2 miles, by the time we got home the fog had turned to a light drizzle and we could hear thunder. In July I enjoy walking in a light drizzle, but not in Dec when the temp is in the 50's.

Yesterday Mom e mailed me that her youngest sister had died. we weren't close to Caroline, I hadn't seen her in close to 40 years. Caroline married money and said we didn't fit in with her kind of people. Mom only saw her when she happened to go see grandma when her sister was there. It wasn't unexpected, Caroline's breast cancer had come back and she refused chemo. Still it is Christmas time and mom's younger sister and mom says it makes her feel old that her younger sister had passed.

I had gotten my DNA test from Ancestry. I spent a good bit of yesterday pulling up all the people back to 6th generation cousins looking for someone that had a last name I was stuck on, no luck.

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MaryAlice, hope you're continuing to feel better. Thank you for sharing that video. I am one of those who needs to keep moving but can't withstand being on my feet every day.

So cool that your grandchildren ask. It took hours, but I eventually finished the email and sent it off. The eldest responded and thanked me. I'll see the other two in a couple of days, so I hope we'll talk about these things. Speaking of which, today I need to pack though I'm still trying to find out when we're leaving. At least we've decided to go, which took us a while. Christmas dinner at my mom's house with 2 of my 3 sibs and 2 of my 3 nephews, and shouldn't be there long enough for us to get more than mildly irritated with each other.

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This is the miracle that happens every time to those who really love: the more they give, the more they possess.
--Rainer Maria Rilke

Good morning I'm feeling a lot better. I can't seem to get enough to drink, but that may be because I couldn't drink for half the day yesterday. I only got 1/2 my steps, but then I wasn't in an up right position till afternoon.

I did get all my exercise. I got a video off youtube that is for obese, seniors and those needing flexibility for quality of life. It stated it wasn't a weight loss video, but some people lost weight when their quality of life got better. It was chair exercises and the man doing the exercises was a good 300 if not 400 pounds. You could hear his trainer telling him what exercises to do and how to do them and every once in awhile you would see her. The video we 23 min long and I know it worked every part of my body. DH asked about me doing that type of video when I could do the more strenuous exercise videos. i told him I didn't feel up to the other videos and didn't want to get out of the habit of exercising. At the end of the video it said to share with anyone that needed flexibility for quality of life. So for any of you that think this will help here is the link. You will need an exercises band or weights for a couple of the exercises. The man used cans and the trainer exercise bands I use 2 pound dumbbells, and a pillow for hugging.

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It amazes my the number of times one of the grandchildren have said, "we are studying --- in school, were any of my ancestors there?" More often then not I can say yes and give them the information. Beka was only 6 when we went to the Alamo. They told her that the Alamo was maintained by the daughters of the Republic of Texas. She was so proud to tell the lady she was a daughter of the Republic.

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I'm in the midst of writing what has turned into a very long email to my three nephews. They were all very close to my father, though the youngest was only 6 when he died. My father was born in Philadelphia, the third generation of his family to live in that neighborhood, and they grew up in the 'burbs. The oldest graduated from Drexel U., the youngest lives in Philadelphia now, and the middle one has lived there from time to time. They have all been to the neighborhood where he was born without knowing that they had a family connection. All of these factors make them very interested in him, and I'm using that to get them interested in the family history.

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– Mencius

Hi, Thats the best I can do today. DH woke me you that breakfast was readyI felt like I had a knife in my eye, my sinuses were blocked and had drained down my throat. I took 2 bis of breakfast and was back in bed. I wasn't even able to drink water. At 11:30 I got up and tried to eat or drink something. I was in an up right position for 30 min and managed 2 bits of a veggie burger and 1/2 cup herb tee. At 2 I tried again, I managed the best of my tee, veggie burger a glass of water and a banana, so I tok Mutt for a walk, just one mile. I'd like to say I'll be up late since my day didn't start till 2 to get in my steps and exercise, but we all know it doesn't work that way.

Most of the water has drained off. One of the things I learned doing genealogy is that I was born in Conn, but I'm the first one in 5 generations not born within 50 miles of where i am now. If the could live out here I can too.

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Oh no, MaryAlice! I hope that the water goes down soon!

When my oldest sister and her husband married, she had an older cat who had been around for quite a while. Then they rescued a kitten from a parking lot. We all loved Radar (the older cat, who had huge ears as a baby and large ears even as an adult), but she was never the smartest or most adventurous cat. That became really obvious when there was another cat in the house. There was a variety of nasty cats and a variety of wildlife around house they lived in at that time, so when they put in a cat door they deliberately put it where it would be obscured by bushes. Since they couldn't get to it from the outside of the house, they could only introduce the cats to it by pushing them out of it. It took Lucy, the baby, no time at all to figure out that if she could go out she could also come in. Radar, on the other hand, continued to go out the cat door but come to the door to be let in for quite a while. They were pretty sure that she only learned that she could come in that way when she saw Lucy do it.

We are STILL trying to figure out what we're doing for the holidays. One sister and I live in Virginia, about 1.5 hrs from each other. My mom, step-dad, brother, and two of my three nephews live fairly close to each other in PA. My mom isn't pushing me to come up, unless my sister is coming. My sister and brother-in-law want to visit their sons, but both of them work in restaurants. At least one of them has Christmas day off, but he's working several days before and several days after, so my sister is pretty sure that, much as he'd love to have his parents visit, he would rather not have visitors on his one day off. My nephews are not close to our mother and step-dad (who can both be difficult for all of us to deal with), so they will not want to see them when they've used up all of their patience at work. So... we may join you in celebrating the holiday on a different day. Luckily, I'm not all that excited to go anywhere right now and neither is my sister, so my brother-in-law seems to be the only one who will be disappointed if we don't go right away.

Yes, I'm glad that your friend is home for Christmas, too, but its a shame that she needs more chemo. Better that she can have it, but still...

Ann





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Good afternoon. My front yard looks like a pond and my back yard looks like a lake. The dog house floated over and pushed against the electric fence. I put on my rubber knee boots and went out to make sure I wouldn't electrocute myself moving it and i could get to the plug to unplug it first. And here comes Duke bounding though the water with that ball for me to toss. It is so nice to have a 70 pound dog that runs though the water and the mud then comes in a n scratches on the rug because he itches. While I had my boots on I checked on the cloths i had hung out and didn't bring in because it rained during the night and then I would have had to swim to get to them. To bad the ground is so dry it can't soak this water up, most it it will just run off into the bayou.

Lola figured out how to come in the kitty door. She hasn't figured out she can go out the same way, but a start.

I went by and saw Anna, she is out of rehab and home, I'm glad she is home for Christmas, but not happy with the reason. Anna starts chemo again and they can't do rehab while she is on chemo. Well at least she is strong enough they can start chemo again.

Question Ar you going to spend Christmas with your family? DD is an RN and has to work Christmas and New Years, so we are celebrating both on the 29th. DS lives out in CA.

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Good morning, wish I could do something about this headache. It least I know what it is now. It has been overeats for 3 or 4 days now. When we have a cloud cover it holds the pollution in. Pollution and I don't get along. The Dr says I need to move 200 miles from the nearest city. I'm having problems finding a job now, don't even want to thin about living that far out.

I spoke to one of my temp companies yesterday. The guy I spoke to told me that all their jobs were on their website and if I wanted to look at it, if there was a job I wanted, he would put me in touch with the branch handling it. The nearest job that I felt qualified for was 40 miles away. I guess they are having as much trouble finding jobs as I am.

Mom is leaning things out, she wants to down size, and keeps calling me asking if I want this or that for my family tree.

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MaryAlice, I think that adding some bright colors to their stock is a wonderful idea.

Never a dull moment with kids or pets, right? My sister was up to visit for a while today. She brought me Christmas decorations and a couple of hand-me4-down sweaters. She's a little smaller than I am, she buys good quality clothing, and she's picky about how things feel, so I get a lot of clothes from her. My kitchen is also piled with loot from Costco. So, I'm very happy this evening, though I already miss her. We're both looking for an excuse to stay home and be slugs for Christmas, but her husband wants to see the kids so he may end up dragging her and by extension me, to PA.

And I've put my request in for slippers...

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