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"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
– T.S. Eliot

Good morning, It isn't raining, in fact they say we might not get any rain this week. Maybe things will dry out enough to mow.

I had the boys the other day. Tony, 5, built a house out of legos and told Alex, 2, to be careful there was a snake in the house. Now I think he thought that would keep Alex away from the house, but no, Alex grabbed an emergence vehicle and with all the right noises raced across the living room and crashed into the house. Proudly announcing "Snake all gone" Tony was so mad, me I couldn't stop laughing. I told Tony he told Alex there was a snake and Alex took care of the problem.

I'm working most on Mom's side of the family right now. Mom is 1st generation American and Dad's side of the family looked down on her for it. Their side came over on the mayflower and fought in the revaluation. I told Mom as much of her family can over on the Mayflower and fought in the revaluation. Mom is a UU minister, a liberal minister is Arkansas with a church across the street from a Baptist church. I told Mom being a minister is in her blood, being liberal, not so much. I think she is related to every Puritan minister with a large church.

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5/31/15 9:28 A

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"To see what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle."
– George Orwell

Good morning, I had big plans to at least get the grass close to the house mowed. It has been so long since we could mow that the grass is waist high. Because of the drought then flooding, all our grass that you know died and we have native grass, Mowed it looks almost the same, tolerates the drought, but when the rains come grows like crazy. Well the rains came again last night and it will be several days before we can mow. When the grass is too high it chokes the mower.

Who ever thought it was a good idea to put a pop up add where it was next to imposable to scroll down without rolling over it needs to think again.

So many of my lines have dead ended, I seldom get any new leaves on ancestry, but I check every day. LDS has a vast amount of research material, but it was not organized. Several years ago they made an agreement with Ancestry where Ancestry would organize their information in exchange for some info. Well Ancestry must have hit what I was looking for. I looked though dads side of the family nothing new. Then I went to mom's a total dead end. Checked 3 lines, had added parents to 2 of the lines. Thats 4 sets of parents and 150 laves popped up. I have 4 more lines to check, can already see that most of them have leaves. And I checked 30 min before I had to get ready for bed. Not real sure how much is getting done today


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5/30/15 9:21 A

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No summer ever came back, and no two summers ever were alike. Times change, and people change; and if our hearts do not change as readily, so much the worse for us.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance (Unitarian, Transcendentalist, author)

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Good morning, I woke up with one whopper of a sinus headache, and it had been draining to my stomach all night. I felt like crap, nothing seemed to help, then my daughter called and before she could say a thing, a little voice said "Grandma, I have a car and it has wheels like McQueen" Suddenly I was tired and a little woozy, but my headache was gone. Amazing what a car with wheels like McQueen can do.

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5/29/15 3:32 P

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"Map out your future, but do it in pencil."
– Jon Bon Jovi

Good Afternoon, Well my job problems might be over before they began. A business owner asked if I would come by for a couple of hours to help her with a new payroll software program. I did. As I was getting ready to leave she asked if I would come by every Friday and do her payroll. yes I can do that , business is growing so fast, I have been doing all the bookkeeping and now am going to have to be out of the office. Do you think you could stay longer on Fridays and do Accounts Payable, it might turn into a full time job. Yes I can stay longer to do Accounts Payable and, I didn't say it, but would love helping you a couple hours turn into a full time job.


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"It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them."
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Good evening, Well things aren't going well at work. I was working for a start up company. Years ago I wouldn't even think of doing that, but decided to take a chance. The company hasn't been doing well, in fact it never really got off the ground. Both the owners have other companies, one of them tried to get me in her company but as the start up company fell off apart and she was having to pay my whole salary it became evident I was a drain on her other company. This morning she told me she couldn't afford to give me more the 15 hours week and then this afternoon she told me she wasn't sure how long she could keep it up. Looks like soon I'll be looking for work again.

When I got my MAC I wanted to put my family tree maker on it, but it cost twice as much as for a PC and I would have to enter every thing from the PC to the MAC manually since the 2 can't talk to each other. Well the new family tree maker is the some price for both the MAC and PC and it will sync with my PC. This is good news since I have this feeling that Ancestry will drop windows 7, there is no way I'm getting another computer and sure has heck wasn't looking forward to put 2,000 people in a new system.

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5/26/15 8:31 A

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Hello all,

It is foggy today so I think I will stay home and do some paperwork.

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5/25/15 1:21 P

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"Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses."
– Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

Happy Memorial Day, emoticon emoticon

I woke up this morning thinking a Mack truck hit me sometime in the night. The sun is out and there are patches of blue sky, so I go out off and on. If the clouds would just brake a little more. I can't stay outside too long. It was 78 at 6 this morning and the weather person was saying how nice it would be if it wasn't for the humidity, but we better enjoy it because it was going to get hot and muggy.

Nasal rinse, saline solution and eucalyptus oil are good friends of mine. That and an herbal tea I crave. I said something at the tea store about craving it. They said that 4 of the 5 ingredients in the tea were high in antitoxins, I was prone to sines infections, and my body knew where to get help.

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Hello all,

Mary Alice - I have started using a nasal rinse to help with the allergy and sinus problems.

Good work on the genealogy.

Animals are expensive but they are family and we love them. emoticon

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5/24/15 2:05 P

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It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.
Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854
US Transcendentalist author (1817 - 1862)

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Good afternoon, I'm still fighting with this sines thing. The cloud cover holds the pollution in and pollution is what makes me sick. Hopefully we will get a brake in the clouds soon. I broke down and got some sines medicine, but I don't like the side effects so don't take it as often as maybe I should.

There was a strange SUV in the ditch catty corner from my house at 5:30 in the morning when I went to walk the dog. There is nothing strange about a car in the ditch around here, except this one was at a strange angle and all you have to do around here if you go in the ditch is go to the ranch and they will pull you out, but maybe it was late and he didn't want to wake them. I couldn't see how he could have driven in that way. I had to go out and just before I left a policeman was beating on the window asking a very disheveled man if he was OK. Later a neighbor came by and asked me about what happened. I told him all I knew. He said that before it was all said and done there where 4 police cars, an ambulance and wrecker. I told him I'm sure the police had to call a wrecker and the man wasn't alright, but what was with 4 police cars I have no idea. That is a lot of excitement for this neck of the woods, well field around here.

DH is laughing at me. I have both the MAC and PC open, and am on Ancestry, Family Tree Maker and 2 free sites and for some strange reason 3 of them kept coming up that they had a fatal error and had to close, and one of them is ancestry. Different sights find different things and I compare notes. DH got mad because of viruses, so got us MACS. I learned I can't send out resumes with a MAC and had to get my PC out of retirement, and it sure makes comparing sights easier if you can see them side by side.

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5/23/15 3:20 P

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Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty- five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.

Douglas Adams (1952 - 2001), The Salmon of Doubt

Good noon, I took Mutt to the vet $400 to give him his shots and tell me he is healthy. After the vet I took Mutt for a walk along one of the bayous near the house we walked till Mutt was panting and I took him to the dog park next to the trail to get a drink. There is a small dog area and a large dog area. The small dog area was packed. A man that takes toy dogs when toy dog rescue has one that has been hanging around was there with 10 little dogs. Blind, deaf, missing limbs that kind of thing. The little dog area is small, so many people will come over to the big dog area when the little dog area is crowded, when their dog likes to run or their other dog is a big dog. Today my 50 pound Mutt was the smallest dog in the big dog area. even the puppies were over 90 pounds. Mutt didn't want to play with the other dogs, but didn't snap or anything when they greeted him, he just walked around till the rain said it was time to go. Instead of sitting on the bench I walked around watching the dogs. My tracker says we spent 90 min between the trail and the dog park.

Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes.

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5/22/15 6:59 A

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emoticon Mary Alice.
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Happy birthday, MaryAlice.

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"A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work."
– John Lubbock

Good evening, somewhere there should be a law against a sines headache on your birthday.

My great grandmother did a family tree then destroyed it. She found some unsavory folks, but she did tell me I couldn't be prejudice a against anyone one for any reason because it is in there. Maybe she should have listened to herself, they are in there.


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My aunt wrote the family tree for me years ago and she put names that I cannot find anywhere. Titian Vecellio is in my family tree and before that there was a "Q" and not a "V" for the beginning of the name. We come down from the brother of Titian.

I need to get busy again. Yesterday, I did not scan any pictures and so need to really get some done. The same aunt who wrote the family tree also wrote dates and names on most of the photos for the family.

I do tell her thank you a lot. She also saved many papers and clipping of the history of Colorado and took loads of pictures of when they built the Trinidad Dam in Colorado. The family town of Sopris was one town torn down for the dam project.

Take care.
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Ladies, sometimes I get the idea that people come up with family facts and religious facts that suit their agenda/ideas. I could only go back a couple of generations and am delighted to find that I am a Heinz 57 variety that more matches my once feral cat than a princess, but it serves me well to know where I got my tenacity from. emoticon

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Yeah, there sure are a variety of beliefs out there. When I read the post about having traced his family back to King David, I went to look at his tree. He actually had it filled out way beyond that. I have no idea where the names came from. Maybe I should ask him to help on a couple of my brick walls.

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"Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule."
– Samuel Butler


Good morningI wore this morning to an e mail from SP that I'm a motivator. Thanks everyone, I thought I was gabby.

I'm off today, but had big plans, wash the dogs, shopping, things like that. Now it is thundering and lightning and radar can't decide if a big storm is going to hit us, or if like yesterday, just threaten us and go clabber Houston.

Sandy I worked with someone that said their church wanted everyone to trace their genealogy back to Noah. He said he had done it on 3 branches of his family. I put this in with the group that says they can trace their blood line back to Jesus and only marry people that can because they want to keep the blood line clean. They believe Jesus got married and that 12 year that is mentioned in the bible as trying to keep the soldiers away from Jesus at the the last supper was Jesus' son.

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MaryAlice, I recently saw a post from someone who claimed to have traced their family back to King David, so far. Just shook my head & went on.

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Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.
Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

There's no fool like an old fool --- you can't beat experience.
Jacob Braude

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God Afternoon, You get two quotes for the price of one today. Yesterday I went to the San Antonio Boardwalk. DD had gotten us the motel. It was .5 miles from the boardwalk. Well maybe the motel was close, but it didn't look like a good place to walk. I asked at the desk about the best way to get to the boardwalk and was told to go out the back door take a right and it would be on my left. What I knew of the boardwalk was where all the shops were and it was .5 of a mile, but 3 steps out the back of the motel was another part of the boardwalk. A walking path along the river. No shops, some joggers, but not crowed.

DH and I walked that path. DH has CP, walks slow, has to rest often and used a cane. DH said he was sorry he had to stop, he knew I wanted to go on. I told him I was ready to turn around when he was and although I hadn't walked as fast as I would have I felt like we got a good walk in. When we got back to the motel I was looking at a map of the path we had walked. DH asked how far we had walked. I told him I wasn't real sure where we turned around, but thought it was about 4.5 miles, maybe closer to 5. He said no way he could walk anywhere near that far. When my tracker unloaded after we got home it said we walked 4.25 miles. and it took us 200 mins, not counting rest stops. We were going to go to the boardwalk everyone talks about today, but mother nature had other ideas.

Over the years I have found that most people that do genealogy want to work together. I've come across a few that were doing genealogy for the wrong reason, that were so full of themselves that they forgot that we all befit from helping each other. By wrong reason, they are out to prove that they are something and aren't taking no for an answer. As you know genealogy is full of surprises. And we have all found a little of just about everything in our family.

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Sandy- I put this in the Over 70 team as some there do genealogy.

I have still been scanning those pictures. Today, I need to make contact by email to some relatives. I failed to do that yesterday.
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I try to pass along some of the free research sources that I run across. I am one of those genealogists who believing in sharing.

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Did everyone see this from Sandy ? From Free Genealogy Research Sites

Genealogy on Facebook List
http://socialmediagenealogy.com/genealog
y-on-facebook-list/


Facebook for Canadian Genealogy
http://genealogyalacarte.ca/?p=7656

Thanks, Sandy.

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Hello all,

Phyllis- Great job you are doing. Every step helps. emoticon
Thanks for the comments.

I need to send some emails to some family to keep the connections going. Love the emails and facebook to keep track of family. Anyone else do this?

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Good morning friends.

Hope we can all get some kind of activity in today. I purchased a Sparkpeople Activity Tracker and have used it the last 4 days. I am having a ball with it! Reasons for the great time? For one thing I find that I am aware of my movement literally all day long. I will head to the further bathroom instead of the one close by. I will walk around in big loops instead of stopping and waiting for my dog who has been distracted by a great forest smell. I park waaaay away from the grocery store to build up the step count. In short,,, it has helped me burn more calories.😊
If any of you are putting off purchasing one, I already find that it was well worth purchasing mine.

To Love to Cruise,,, happy to hear that you are attending your meetings. We all go through tough times and I found that going to meetings helped me significantly when I was going through a tough time. Scanning picturess at this time in your life is a most wonderful way to get your mind on something else for sure. Our love of genealogy has a way of doing that, doesn't it.

Have a great day everyone!

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Hello all,

Good for all the walking. My home is very small and so I do not walk much here and since we are on a back road, I do not walk there. I need to get back on the treadmill but have not. emoticon

I have now gone to 3 support group meetings for the loss of a spouse and it has helped in the fact you are not alone. We had a new lady who lost her husband a month after I lost mine and she also has 4 sons and 1 daughter. We both tell everyone, our son-in-law is our favorite son-in-law. Laughing is one of the hardest things to do, I find.

I have been scanning so many pictures. emoticon I am hoping it will help with the genealogy records. It really takes time but worth it.

Take care
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I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.
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Good morning. I'm fine. I live west of the hardest hit flooded area and I would have to drive though it to get to work. I only work 4 hours today and had planned on them being this morning. I texted my boss and told her I was giving the water time to dean off and was changing it to this afternoon. She came back with just plan on 8 hours tomorrow. I want you safe.

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There must be a limit to the mistakes one person can make, and when I get to the end of them, then I'll be through with them. That's a very comforting thought.
L. M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables, 1908
Canadian novelist (1874 - 1942)
Alice Thinks Sometimes Maybe Perhaps

Good morning, Mutt and I didn't walk this morning, raining.

I don't normally say anything about my steps, to many of you are trying to just make the minimum recommended. Since I slipped and said something and so many have commented on it. 23,000 is about what I expect in a day. I work hard to keep me steps below 25,000. My ankle complains bitterly the next day if I go over by much. SP says my high was when I waking the floors at wal-mart, I got 31,000. I'm not bragging, thats the way I am. I have always been a walker. Mom says I would open the back gate and go for a walk. She would look out and a neighbor would be walking me home like you would return a dog that got out of the yard. Even 50 pounds ago I would go for a walk before fixing breakfast. hen I heard that you should get 10,000 steps a day to stay healthy, I got a pedometer. I had 10,000 steps before lunch. I'm a bookkeeper and days I work I'll only get about 18,000 steps. O got 18,500 yesterday. So how do I do it. 100 steps at a time.

There is a long way, 70 steps to the bathroom at work and a short waym 10 steps. I take the long way coming and going.

I park as far from the door of a store as is practical. This can be 100 steps each way. Also it is easier to find a parking space.

I'm told that for your health you should get up once an hour and move for 2 min. That is about 100 steps.

My boss sits at her desk in the room next to mine for hours on end texting me if she needs anything. I get my fanny out of the chair and go into her office. Ok that isn't 100 steps, but I got up and moved.

The big thing 2 dogs that think a walk is 3 miles. that is 7,000 steps

Playing with the boys I never thought I was exercising

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Isn't it a lot more fun doing exercise that way?

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"Everything you are against weakens you. Everything you are for empowers you."
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Good morning, I'm dragging today, but I guess I have a good reason, a reason anyway. Yesterday the church DH goes to had service early because they were hosting the Greek Festival. After service we went to the festival. The SPAT tracks 10 min continual movement as exercise. I kept stoping and stating as I visited the different booths. Then I went over to DD for a Mothers day BBQ. I knew my exercises would be limited there, Well it wasn't the boys wanted Grandma to play games that involved chasing them, again I didn't think I went 10 min between stops. After dinner the boys wanted a walk. We walked 30 min. I was sure hoping that put me over my goal, I was beat. I got home and uploaded my info. only had 23,000 steps, but 263 mins of exercise. Believe me my goal is nowhere near 4 hours.

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Good morning, I woke up with big plans starting with bathing the dogs. My ankle said it had plans. Exercise today is in short spirits and off my feet. My biggest problem is this thing called I can't take pain meds and my head firmly believes that pastries will stop the pain, and DH decided we should go to the bread store for breakfast. They have the coffee I like, yes, but they also have bread fixed every way but good for you.

I'm finding things in odd places in the family. The son of my uncles 2ed wife by her fist husbands son has the family tree my great grandmother said she distorted because she found an unsavory person.

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Hello all,

I have not been on the message boards for a long time.

I found family on Facebook. I knew where my grandparents lived in Italy and my grandfather's surname.

I have not done the DNA.

I am scanning pictures and writing the names, dates and places as much as I can. I have lost of pictures from family that are old and black and white.

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Oooh! Great tip with the DNA! Thank you. You all are so great with sharing😊

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You might want to upload your DNA matches to Gedmatch.com. It's free & has DNA testers from all three major companies to compare yours to - Ancestry, ftDNA & 23&Me. You'll find lots more matches.

The problem with looking for matches in other countries is that the companies here weren't allowed to sell overseas. That is beginning to open up, so it should change soon.

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I haven't geard from any first cousins, but then the only one I know that was into genealogy, did in a car ace dent before Ancestry was doing the DNA test.

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When I did mine, I've come up with 2 first cousins which I heard from back then, not much now. Lots of later cousins, not contact. I"d love to find a relative from another country like Ireland or Scotland.

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Good afternoon, I'm sitting for my grandsons. They are easy to watch. I have trains. There is just something about lithe boys and wooden trains. When DD asked me to watch them I asked what they eat. She told me they weren't into veggies, but wanted oranges, and apples with their dinner and grapes with their snack. Before DD left the house the boys told her they would be fine, Grandma had trains and took good walks. Think our afternoon is planned out.

Last year I took the DNA test, They only person I heard from was a second cousin I already talked with. Well today 3 people, all 6th cousins, contacted me and I saw another second cousin. I saw that the cousin was related to mom and called her. The person just signed his name a botch of letters. Mom got all excited. That is Brian Google. I use to spend summers with him. I have a feeling it is Brian Googles son, but didn't tell her that. I really don't think that is anyones name.

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I remember when Family Tree Maker came out, it wasn't connected to anything, it couldn't help you with research, but it organized all that paper that never seemed organized right no matter what I did and since several lines over lap and met and merge I was never sur where to file things.

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MaryAlice, that's how I started too. The internet is great for ease of locating records, but I do kinda miss the books, cards & paper documents.

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Happy Mayday. emoticon emoticon emoticon When I was young, we would pick wild flowers and run up to peoples houses, ring their door bell, leave the flower on there steps and try to get away before they saw us. When I got older I would get to work early and leave one on each persons desk, I was the one with the key and open the office up everyday. Then I'd sit back and listen as the people came in. About 2/3 would think they had a secret admirer. The rest wanted to know who the commie was. I can't leave flower on your door step so virtual flowers it is. 'm home early, not much going on on Fridays, so the boss just kicks us out.

I have Ancestry now, but didn't for many years. When I started, I went down to the library and looked at books and sometimes microfiche. Sometimes I miss those days, there where people I almost always saw at the Genealogy library. We knew what each other was looking for and if we found it made a big deal of showing them. We also did people watching, a preacher discovered his grand daddy several generations back was the executioner during the French Revaluation. he fainted, pulled a whole stack of books down on top of himself when he did. One lady discovered Billy the Kid was her Uncle several generations back and squealed so loud the Liberian thought there was a mouse in the library, and went running back there to find the lady doing a happy dance.There is a Genealogy Library in Houston, but I do my best to never go to Houston. I can't breath in the city.

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Court, you don't have to have Ancestry. There are plenty of free research sites. Lots of genealogy FB groups to that are great about helping you find the specific records you need.

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I think I stay confused as to which branch of the tree I'm in. I think what I enjoy the most is the grandchildren coming to me. I'm studying ___ Where any of my relatives there. It all started when Beka wanted my to prove she was a princess, she is, had to go back to 950 for that one. then 2 days later the guy at the train museums told Christian he understood trains so well there must be trains in his blood. Yes that new exhibit they just put in is his great grandfather 5 generations back. Davin liked the Great Grandfather that ran the blockade around FL during the civil war. He is the same person that owned a railroad. Since the boys were 3 then and are 17 now. They have asked for plenty of info. We all live in TX and I am a daughter of the republic, so there is lots of history for them

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Court, I promise you once you get back into it, you will remember lots. I am researching so many legs of my family tree that I sometimes get them mixed up, so I have to go back and look at the records, etc. It's all fun and relaxing and sometimes delightfully surprising for me.

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Judy, As they say, it's a small world.

I haven't gotten back to doing my family tree since I'm not a paid member to Ancestry.com. I keep waiting for a 6-month deal for the world. I had a $99 last time. I've forgotten what the family is all about now.

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Good luck to your Mom in her change she is making in life. I pray that she is satisfied in her apartment. It sounds like it is a good move for her.

I went to a funeral this morning of someone I used to make home visits to for our church. She had Ahlzeimers and was quite advanced in her disease during the times I made bimonthly visits. She was living with her daughter and family and eventually it became necessary to place her in a nursing home. Bless her heart, she died last Sat. I am not related to her or her family.....I thought.

So, while at the funeral, I notice my mother's first cousin who is a little older than I am and was surprised to learn that her husband was the brother of the person who the funeral was for. That surprised me, for sure. So, I met my mother's cousins two grown children who were there and also saw another of my mother's cousins who happens to be a brother to the one who is a sister-in-law to the one who died....you still following me? lol

What I want to say is that meeting these cousins of my mother there, I am energized again to continue on the family history again. We agreed to get together and do some note comparing and picture sharing, etc. next week. That's all it takes for me to gain back my enthusiasm for getting back into the research again. I forgot to ask her if she has wifi as it would be great to take my tablet along and enter the information she has directly into my genealogy program. Pictures I may have to bring home with me to scan...unless she brings them to my house...that's a thought, too. I guess we'll see what next week brings.

Wishing everyone a great week this week. I am going to be going to my daughter's house to help my son-in-law with the kids while my daughter goes to Florida for almost a week. So, I will be seeing how the dieting goes from that house. They do eat differently than we do at our house, so it could be a challenge nutritiously speaking. I am excited about going, though. I love spending time with the grandkids.

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Good evening, It's only Monday and I stopped and picked something up on my way home. Nothing hard, no nasty people. A 14 page bank statement and the person that entered checks in the computer, I know she just made up check numbers and if she couldn't remember if she had put a check in or not she ut it in again with a different number.

I got an E-mail from Mom. She sends out Alice thinks everyday so we know she is OK. Well she sent out an email Friday she wasn't thinking this weekend. She had decided that she couldn't take care of a 4 bedroom house on and acre and half, so got an apt in town. The told her it wouldn't be ready till the first of May, but Wednesday told her it was ready. She was so happy. She had a meeting in town Friday that would last long enough so she would have to drive the 40 miles in the mountains in the dark, Then go back Sunday for church, drive home after a long day and drive back on Monday for a DR appt. She decided to take the first car load to the apt Friday morning and part of it would be an air mattress and camp chair She said no electric, no phone and no internet, but so peaceful.

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Good morning. We had one heck of the t storm this morning, but most of it went north of us, folks in North Houston hope you are all fine, But I did get my shopping done. For some reason about an hour ago I developed this headache.

I know most of you are way too young for this to mean anything, but it was so funny. I was eating lunch with my boss. We were just talking about this and that, when she told me she didn't know anything about my FIL, but while she was building her business her husband would constantly tell her She was Driving Nails in his Coffin. One of Floyd's songs "Your Diving Nails in my Coffin".


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To show labels can confuse you, I have been on a low salt diet for going on 40 years now. DH joined me a year ago. He saw that I got some lightly salted rice cakes. He said something about me eating something that was salted. I had him read the label, my rice cake that said it was lightly salted had half the salt of his piece of toast that said nothing about salt.

For all these gadgets that we are told tell how healthy we are. DS took her youngest to a new DR. The Dr checked him, gave him a real good physical. Then looked at my sister, well his BMI says he is border line obese and I need to put him on a weight lose diet and exercise routine, his pinch test says he is under weight and malnourished and I need to start him on meal replacement snacks, all his labs show him to be fine, whatever your doing keep doing it. Her son is on the high school swim team.

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On another team this week we have a walking challenge and they gave a couple sites for walking youtube.

Sometimes our transformers blow when a squirrel gets to curious. Hate that. I like the little tykes.

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MaryAlice, I can't imagine the mess you are in. I'm so sorry that you are having to go through all of this. I pray that you will get things up and runny again. It sounds like you had a really bad storm.

Linda, thank you. I am so looking forward to this little jaunt to your city. Again, I pray for a safe flight to and fro and a good time in DC with my girls and their boys and my hubby.

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If you haven't noticed, we are playing a card game as a challenge. I post the exercises everyday. Many people say that when your brain doesn't know what you are dining next you burn more calories. I don't understand it either, but it does make exercise more fun. You will need a deck of cards and somedays weights, but the weights can be anything or nothing. Everyday I'll post the 4 exercises, as you turn over the cards you do the number of exercises for that suit. All exercises can be modified or changed to something different if needed. I ned low impart and don't like getting up and down off the floor, and since I'm post the exercises. Today is legs, lying on the floor.

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Does anyone know how to retrieve last week's topic on free genealogy sites? I didn't realize that new subjects change after a week and I didn't give myself the time to peruse all of it. Help, please😍

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Judy, you will love DC this time of year. I have lived in this area all my life, and being poor, our idea of a great day was the zoo, the museums and the White House. In 1955 I believe it was, we went to the easter egg hunt on the White House grounds. Ike and Mamie came out to see us. There is even more walking now with the barriers so do take your cane.

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Good morning, The sun is out today and so the water is evaporating, but that is making it muggy. I've spent most of the weekend so far with no electric. Out here in the country that also means no water or internet. That would be why I wasn't on yesterday. We just had a tree that was shorting the transformer out. They fixed it and sent for someone to trim the tree. Before they came a substation in town froze, whatever that means, and left 40,000 people without electric. They came first and before they could get out here the transformer had shorted out again. At 5:30 this morning I wore to chainsaws trimming the tree and 30 min later the lights.

Judy, I have some videos that are of trails you can walk. One of my favorites is the beaches in Souther CA. Today I walked a glacier in Argentina. OK really I was on my rowing machine an most of the time I'm on the stationary bike. The videos are about $14 0r $7 if you download then to your tablet, but I get them form family for Christmas and birthdays.

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Thank all of you for the helpful suggestions for walking and my back, etc. I was using a cane when I first had surgery, but then graduated from that to just walking alone without assistance. The doctor told me the best exercise is walking to gain strength in my back. I went to therapy for a while, but our lives got so busy that I wasn't able to get there all the time (We had gone on a medical trip with our two daughters for a week) then the holidays, and I also spent a week at my daughters just before the holidays, so I just gave up on therapy. The therapist said I was almost ready to graduate anyway and that I should keep up on the walking and stationery bike. I'm not a very good exerciser if I don't have anyplace to go, so the bike kind of fell off my schedule. Now that it is nice, I am walking more. I go to Walmart a lot and walk for an hour or more in there behind a cart, but when I go without the cart, I don't last as long. So, it's just a matter of time and energy getting my strength back. We are going on another medical trip with our daughters, but this time to Washington DC to the National Institute of Health. We are so looking forward to this trip. We will be there about a week, all expenses paid. The NIH wants to do a study on our daughters and on us and their two sons. Our daughters have a rare genetic disease called xeroderma pigmentosum which simply means that sunlight and other UV rays are deadly to them. They both have had several skin cancers, and thankfully no melanomas (PTL) and both of them went through early menopause last year. They are 30 and 27 years old so they are young, but, again thankfully (PTL) they each have a son who are definitely blessings considering early menopause is an effect from this disease as well. Anyway, in DC I am sure we will be dong a lot of walking...so I went and bought a pair of walking shoes that cost me a bunch. I am considering taking my cane with on the trip just in case I need it for the walking. I will do a lot of sitting, I think, when the others are walking and that is fine with me, too. Hopefully I will get some good exercise there that will help my back get better. One day at a time, right?

I love thunder storms, but I don't live near the coast so I don't worry much about hurricanes. Tornados are another thing. We live in Minnesota, so it's not as dangerous as Ok or KS, but we still get our share of tornados. I've never seen one, but most people I know have. We just head for the basement of our house when the weather looks bad. I love laying in bed at night and listening to a good thunderstorm or watching it from my living room window (at a distance, of course). We live in the country, too, and always have gallon jugs of water available. That is our drinking water since we don't like the well water with all of the chemicals from the farming around us. Just feel safer buying our water these days. Our biggest problem when there isn't water is flushing the you know what and running the dishwasher, etc. Usually electricity doesn't go out for long before the power company is out to fix it.

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– Herman Melville

We had quite a storm last night. DH said I looked tired and was I going to take my shower and hit the bed. i told him I was going to try to stay up a little longer so i wouldn't wake too early in the morning. I waited too long, a half hour later we lost electric. I live in the country, no electric means no water. Yes we keep 3 gallon jugs of water for our cooler for drinking. The electric was on this morning. Come hurricane season when the electric is out longer we will keep 5 jugs full at all times and when a hurricane is 72 hours out start filling other things for non drinking water.

With all the ice storms Mom had this year, she often used Daddy's four footed cane when she went outside, ben if it was just to the mail box. Several of her neighbors would see her and think she had hurt herself, no she was just afraid of slipping on the ice.

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MaryAlice, My walking skis are wooden. Think I would probably feel the same as you about metal, not sure. I do have a Hurry Cane. They do NOT stand by themselves but do make walking over uneven places a lot easier.

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I have never felt safe with medal staffs. They feel flimsy to me. My head knows they are safe, but they just feel flimsy. I walk with wooden staffs, even the take apart one I have is wooden. DH feels the same way about his canes. He only uses the natural ones. daddy only used the natural ones, except towards the end he had a four point metal base he could clamp on them.

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MaryAlice, there is a company online that sells walking sticks for handicapped. They are ski poles (sort of) in the winter and in the spring and summer (and fall) you put the rubber tips on for walking. If I could just get myself out of this slump, I could do some walking. I have a great fear of falling. I used to walk Mickey Mouse (my persian cat) in his buggy at least once a day every day. He even loved the rain. His boogy had a rain cover of course. I think that when he died, I stopped wanting to walk outside. The buggy is still in the bedroom that has the boxes from the flood. I am only about 1/4 of the way through that room.
Don't think Garfy liked it when I tried to walk him when I first got him. Will try again when I find the bottom of the buggy.

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Another thing that might help is a walking aid. I started using a staff 30 years. I was having problems with my left leg. The Dr had me stand on 2 scales, one foot on each one. Because of an injury to my right leg, I had been babying it and putting 70% if my weight on my left leg. The dr suggested I get a wii fix and do the balance exercises and in the mean time to use either a cane or staff. I chose the staff I found my steps went from around 3000 a day to 5000 almost over night and within a month I was over 10,000. When I broke my ankle the dr said I would be in pain the rest of my life, but since I wasn't afraid to use my staff in public it wouldn't be that bad. There are many days when I don't have any pain and most days I do I take 1 ibuprofen at most. I had one Dr tell me that the worse thing that ever happened to the back was when canes went out of style. He said to remember in the Bible it says thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Back then they called a cane a rod.

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One day at a time. Since your abs help support the back, it might help if you did some ab exercises, guess it depends on where your sugary was, I know things like crunches are out, they are for me too, but what about just sitting and sucking your tummy in like you are trying to make your belly button touch your back bone.

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My husband is a big fan of the Willie Nelson, etc type of country music which your relative must have written a lot of. I am more into contemporary Christian music, but I enjoy listening to the country with my hubby at times, too.

I considered cremation, but when I read my churches view on it, I changed my mind. The Church does not teach that one should not be cremated, but it encourages burial instead. It has to do with having reverence for the body since the body is a gift of God. So, that is how I made my decision. My DH is very traditional so it has never been an issue with him...he wants burial.

I took the garbage out and the recyclables out this morning and with that walked for about 15 minutes. This may not seem much to lots of you, but I am grateful to be able to do that much. I had major back surgery 9 months ago and my back still needs strengthening. They told me it would take time, and it is taking its own time. lol. One day at a time and one walk at a time. The only way to go is to get better.



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Good Morning, I'm home because tax season is over and my boss is taking a few days off, so until payroll about noon tomorrow, I'm off. l'll get my exercise in early. It looks nasty outside and is trying to rain. so guess it will be inside exercise.

That is just as well, my weight isn't moving and I was thinking it might help if I lowered my step goal and added more weight and starching exercises. worth trying anyway. The dogs like my step count high, it means more walks for them. As for Lola all she cares about is with this weather there is no sun on the porch to lay in.

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Good morning, It's the 15th, all taxes not done will get extensions, but we can breath again.

Floyd Tillman, he is in the country music hall of fame as a singer and a song writer. He is most prowd of the people, Willie Nelson, Roy Acoff to name 2, he helped get started.


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MaryAlice, who was your DH's dad??

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“To grow restless with who we are helps us move toward our ideals. Perfection is impossible, but we all have the potential to be more patient, more compassionate, more open-minded.”
— Stephen Shick (Unitarian Universalist, peace activist, reformer, clergy) Be The Change: Poems, Prayers and Meditations for Peacemakers

Mutt and i got a walk in this morning before the rain. Looks like it will be clear so we can walk again this evening.

i haven't done much looking around the cemeteries. As for my family, we all pretty much agree we want to be cremated and have a memorial. Why spend money on the dead when the living need it. Dad told mom that she was to take his funeral money and have fun in his name. DH's father told me he wanted to be cremated and his ashes buried where his fans couldn't find him. It drove his fan club nuts when all I would tell them is that he is in a small cemetery, in the middle of a cow pasture, in an unmakes grave outside of Rusk TX. There are little cemeteries all over the country side outside Rusk. Most of them we can only guess as to who is buried there by who owned the farm. The family that owns this one found the cemetery when they were clearing the land so their cows could get to the creek. They were fans and and more then willing to let us use the cemetery. I guess one of these years someone will find Floyd's grave, there is a stone, it just doesn't have his name on it, and try to figure it out. Floyd had two children and neither of them had children.

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Hi, A third cousin and I spent most of yesterday searching two cemeteries for ancestors and we came up with some pretty amazing results. I love spending time with others doing research especially getting out in the outdoors (though it was quite windy but the sun was shining and it was mild temperature) and walking through the rows of graves, etc. I think I found the cemetery spot that I want our family to be. It is away from the larger part of the cemetery and secluded with just a few older graves there. It is shrouded by trees on three sides and the actual gravesite would be on a hill. I felt such peace there. I took my husband to see it yesterday and I'm not sure he is as convinced as I am that that is the place we should be laid to rest, but I think in time he will come around. This cemetery setting is part of the older cemetery of our church that was the original cemetery before they decided to move it to the area the main cemetery is now. I inquired with our caretaker and he said that we could certainly purchase the site there if we wanted to. So will have to do some praying about it and talk to our kids, too.

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Happy Saturday. The only errand I haven't gotten done is getting my hair cut. My hair is so thick, at a certain length, it isn't long, but is flat in places and bushy in others. I'm glad I'm blessed with thick hair. but sometimes it seams I'm always cutting it. That is why I let it grow out when I worked at Wal-Mart.

Mom is living in a 4 bedroom house on an acre and half. It is the smallest house I can ever remember Mom living in on the smallest lot, but she said that the up keep was just more then she could do, so she went looking for an apt. she hated all the places people seamed to think 83 year old woman should live. People seamed to think she needed a one bedroom, one bath with a little kicheneat, and the laundry room in the center of the complex. She said she just found a place with a real honest kitchen and and a over under washer/dryer combo. Now the fun begins. Mom says the lady in the office just shock her head. Mom told her that it was going to be so expensive to live there. What with a shopping center within walking distance. The lady said it wasn't within walking distance it was 3 miles away. No Mom wouldn't be getting anything heavy, but 3 miles is well within walking distance.

My tracker says I've done my 120 mins of exercise, but my head only counts intentional exercise, so I'm off to row.

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"Times of general calamity and confusion have ever been productive of the greatest minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm."
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MaryAlice, I like you am an accountant and know what you mean. It is stressful that someone we work for might be doing something that will affect our lively hood. We take our ability seriously and do not want to have it appear that we are hiding something. It can be so stressful that others will look at us and wonder why we care so much. emoticon

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Good evening, Today has been one of those days, it started when my boss texted me 30 min before I was to leave for work. I need you at the office ASAP, and it was all down hill from there. Non of the problems were of my making, but guess who had to fix them. Does juggling a payroll firestorm, with balancing a set of books kept by an owner that would rather be in the warehouse, pays cash most of the time, so there is very little money trail, and why does the government want all that paper work anyway, count as exercise.

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Good morning. I called in, or rather text in, that I didn't think I could stay out of the bathroom long enough to drive to work. I text in because after 10 years of working places where they better never see a cell phone or hear one ring, I work for a lady that looked at me in horror and asked what we were going to do, because I forgot my phone. She told me I needed to get one of those things you put on your hip so I could keep my phone with me. She text me everything she thinks of something I need to do , every time she has a question or just wants to know how things are going. OK I understand she is on the road several days a week, but we did manage before cell phones and this lady is a grandma.


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Morning, Happy Palm Sunday, Wouldn't you know the Sunday I thought I would brave the incense and go to church with DH, I woke up with a headache and could only walk Mutt 15 min, normally we go about an hour, because I couldn't get that far from the bathroom. I have a feeling I'm celebrating Palm Sunday with my computer and kindle on the table next to the bathroom.

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Good afternoon, Walked the dog check, played fetch with the other dog, check, two loads of laundry, well one is on the line and one is in the washer, called and wished mom a happy birthday check, done the taxes, well they are all together in the box beside the computer. DH keeps asking how they are coming, I can't say they are doing anything.

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Good evening. I had a date for lunch, a little boy wanted to have noodles with grandma. You will have to look at my spark page to see my date. I tried to p load a picture. I could get to where I click to up load the picture and nothing happen. I tried changing my mouse, I tried changing it to a right handed mouse. Yes I'm right handed, most of the time, depends on what I'm doing and I like a left-handed mouse. ok changed it back, so much better.

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Good afternoon, I'm back from jury duty. DH told me it would take me 45 min to an hour depending on traffic to get there and to allow time to find a parking space, so I left an hour and half before I needed to be there. It took 35 min to get there, they had just opened a new parking lot and being I was early there was no one in it. I didn't think the court house opened until 8 so got out my kindle and read. About 15 till I looked up and saw everyone going in the courthouse. Well I guess I it is good I didn't know they open a lot earlier for those with jury duty. The first 1,100 were potential jurors for a murder trial expected to last 2 months, the next 1,100 were potential jurors for a civil trial expected to last over a month and the rest where extras incase there were too many they had to release for the hardship of a long trial. I was number 3 in the last group, so I just had to sit and wait and see if they even needed me to be a potential juror. Sure glad I had my kindle. They didn't need any extras. Since jury selection for the murder trail was expected to last several days, just being a potential juror would mean I would be going in for several days.

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Good morning, yesterday by this time I had gotten a lot done. This morning my head is killing me and aside from walking Mutt and putting another load of was in the washer, I haven't done a thing except watch the drama on the porch. There are a couple small birds sitting on the porch banister just chirping away. Lola is on the porch looking like she is going to pounce. The birds look like they know Lola doesn't like to jump and doesn't get on the banister. Every once in awhile one of them will fly down and tease her.

My cousin says she is posting more family pictures she found. I'm off to see what she found.

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Good morning, Grocery shopping Check, mowed the front yard check, sheets in the washer check, time to rest till the sheets need hung out.

Question are you throwing the ball while you mow or are you mowing while you throw the ball. Duke and I have a disagreement about that.

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I didn't mean it was a written law, I meant that they way the news is reported you would think it was the law.

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Hello all,

Mary Alice- I am from West Texas and never heard of such a law. Check the computer for news.
At least no one was hurt or killed.

Good luck on the cousins. I do find different spellings. On my husband's side I was doing some pictures and I saw a Mary and I thought her name was Marie. It was written by someone years and years ago on the back of the picture.

I was trying to translate some Italian writing on some pictures. I did somewhat OK but it sure takes time.

Have a good research day.
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No I don't know for sure what went boom. The area is mostly oil pipe lines and oil lift stations. What ever went boom is behind an auto repair shop and hidden from view. It wasn't on the news, but around here I think there is a law against reporting anything negative about the oil pipe lines unless it is big enough to make national news.

I cousin, well really a second cousin, that does genealogy contacted me. I had a picture of our common Great Grandmother and her name was spelt wrong. I told her that is how the name was spelt on the picture when I found it and I didn't know how to change the spelling. She got back to me. There is another 2ed cousin that has the same picture with the name mis spelt the same way. I've never talked to the second cousin, I only know of him because the first talks about him. That Great grandmother only had 5 girls and 1 boys so I'm guessing there are a bunch of us second cousins. I know at least on other does genealogy. It would be nice to compare notes with him, but since the one I talk to has, maybe he has already passed on all his info. This Great grandmother named all her girls after flowers. Story has it when she had a boy she wanted to name him Pansy. Clearer heads prevailed and he was named Tom. The cousin I talk to is Tom's grand daughter. My grandmother is Violet.

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MaryAlice, Did you find out what went boom??

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– Franklin D. Roosevelt

On the way home from work there was thick black smoke across the road. I had to pull over 6 times for 3 different fire departments. Well if that BOOM is any indication, something just blow.


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Enjoy Spring. I am sure ours will be here soon as the ice is melting off the lake and the geese have arrived.

Linda- That is good news. A nice connection.

I have found some old pictures of the family and lots of my mother. I try to go through a pile a day.

Have a good day and take care.
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emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon SPRING !! Enough said!!!!!!!!

Proverbs 15:13 A happy heart makes a face happy.


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Thats neat, I love when I find someone that has pictures.

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Don't know if I told you guys, but I found a cousin on my fathers side. (on Ancestry.com) She is delightful. Sent me a pic of my dad that I had not seen..

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"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained."
– Marie Curie

It is raining and has been all day. Mutt thinks this mean you sleep in the middle of the living room floor with your head on the dog bed. Duke thinks this means you run though puddles chasing raindrops that suddenly disappear when he grabs them. Then there is Lola, she is telling me in no uncertain terms that I need to make the rain go away.

I'm at the point where I'm doing a lot of work and having nothing to show for it.

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I have not been on the message board for awhile.

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Pattie-I am so sorry to the loss of your mother. I have been there and it is hard. Remember the good times. emoticon emoticon

I missed church last week but will make myself go tonight. It is hard going alone but I have to do it. I found a picture of my mother and my husband dressed as Santa and he was hugging her. She had a big smile on her face. I like to think they are together again and giving each other a hard time as they always did.

I have been going through old photos, marking them and putting them in marked envelopes. I will scan them into the computer and make copies for each of the kids. Takes lots of time but I need to do it as I can recognize the people and their writing. I had one aunt that marked the pictures with dates and names so that is a big help. I have found some of me as a baby and lots of my sister and me when we were little.

Mary Alice- I also do book reviews and get them for free. I need to finish a book review today for Bethany Books. I will post it on A World of Books board on Spark.

Sandy- I also tried to read the rules.

I need to get busy. Have a good day.
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Good morning, a warm one, makes me wonder what summer is going to be like. It can't last long. Normally we have one last cold blast the week after Easter, well sometimes the week before Easter.

I read because I enjoy it. Since 99% of my books are free, I get the books from new authors trying to get known, books that are on the downslide or books where the author wants there to be reviews already up when the book is released. So I'm either reading books the general public never heard of or before they hear of them. No boasting here

I can't read then either

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Stlouiswoman, I can't read your Golden Rules of Gen. Is there somewhere I can get online??

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3/15/15 12:32 P

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"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."
– Mark Twain

Good morning. A beautiful day. Both dogs need a bath bad. I had said the first nice day I could I would bath them. I started to yesterday and weather wise I could today. Then I look at the 3 inches of water covering most of the back yard and by the back step it is nothing but mud and say WHY.

Speaking of dogs. my neighbors have been telling me that they can't tell Mutt from Duke. Mutt is a 50 pound 8 year old lab/hound mix, dark tan with dark brown mussel and ears and black eyes. Duke is a 2 year old 70 pound light colored yellow lab with gold eyes. Ok quite a few people look at Mutt and know he is a lab mix and try to figure out what the rest is, but just as many know he is a hound mix and try to figure out which type of hound. Now if I had 2 yellow labs I could see having trouble telling them apart.

Yesterday I was walking Duke when we came up to a grandma out walking with her grandchildren. The 2 year old jumped off her trike and ran to Duke, before I could tell the grandma that Duke wouldn't internally hurt the girl, but he was so big and she was so small, the girl had both arms wrapped around Duke's neck laughing at his doggy kisses. Duke must have realized how big he was to the child because he was sitting on the ground. I was glad to see him sitting in front of the child. Duke is only 2, still plays like a puppy and I isn't sure he wouldn't knock the little one down in his excitement.

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3/14/15 5:12 P

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"Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark."
– Henri Frιdιric Amiel


The temp is in the 70's and I walked the dogs in a teeshirt. The yard is still under water so the thistles won't be mowed this weekend.

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3/12/15 7:59 A

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America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.
Arnold Toynbee
English historian & historical philosopher (1889 - 1975)

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Good Morning, I didn't fall off the face of the earth. Work keeps me busy and when I get home I don't want to see a computer, and my body gave up this last weekend.

I haven't been on Facebook for over a month. I was talking to my daughter, she told me that everyday I recommend several books to my friends. I read quite a bit, but have never post a recommendation.

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3/7/15 12:57 P

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"What is harder than rock, or softer than water? Yet soft water hollows out hard rock. Persevere."
– Ovid

Good morning. The su is shinning, well trying, and the breeze if light. It's not really warm, but not cold either.


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3/5/15 8:07 A

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I rest in the light of forgiveness.
I forgive myself and others for that
which is done (and better left undone)
and also that which is not done (and better if done).
I give myself permission to enjoy this moment without guilt.
I freely release all uncertainty, regret, and fear.
--Mary Anne Radmacher

Not much genealogy getting done. I have two monitors at work and don't want to spend time looking at one when I get home


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3/4/15 8:00 P

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Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing.
Wernher von Braun
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Good evening. It is a warm one today, I walked the dog in a tee shirt this morning, but they say tomorrow I'll be wearing a jacket.


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Thank you Maryalice. I lost 4lbs. in water yesterday. I know it will take a little bit to lose this weight again, but I was encouraged by the water loss. I did try to drink a lot of liquids during this ordeal and it was the only saving grace that I had. We are expecting 6-8" of ice and snow today!!!

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