Meanwhile over at my Genealogy Blog...


Meanwhile over at my Genealogy Blog, we're on the letter B. 

A Bastardly Census

Imagine my surprise when I came across this in the 1880 Census about my great grandma and her brother. 

Happy April 1

Don't you just love the feeling of starting fresh every time a new month rolls around? And when it happens to be a Monday? It's the perfect combination of motivation and energy to kickstart your goals and dreams for the month. 

So this morning I finally got back to my morning strolls that I had neglected for the entire month of March. It was tough with the weather being so unpredictable and also getting over whatever mystery illness I had, but I'm glad I finally found the motivation to start walking again!

The beautiful, sunny weather helped.

This vacant lot is at the end of my subdivision. Apparently years ago when this place was first established, the city and builders promised a park would be here. For whatever reasons, it keeps getting put on the back shelf. 

Meanwhile it makes a nice dog park even though it is not - everybody takes their dogs here to run. It's Laydee's favorite place. 

I always have to have a photo of a tree - 

Today is a nice 75-degree day—it just couldn't be prettier. But it won't last. I heard we may get some rain on Wednesday. 

This morning after my stroll, I went to get a pedicure. I have to have my toes painted, or I won't wear sandals. So that was a nice relaxing hour - she massaged my feet and legs. I chose a denim blue for my nail color. 

For lunch, I reheated the homemade refried beans I had made on Saturday in my crock pot with our enchiladas and deep-fried some corn tortillas in triangles since I was too lazy to go to the store to buy a bag. Anyway, these tasted much better and since I had a lot of corn tortillas that needed to be used up. 

It was a tasty yet filling lunch! 

So today starts the A-Z challenge that I worked very hard on it and would appreciate your support. 

Today's A - post is called, Meet the Ancestors.

If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be here today. 

I hope everyone is enjoying the first day of April.



Happy Easter

Happy Resurrection Day!

This is a photo of me taken on Easter Sunday in the 1950s at my grandparent's farm in East Tennessee. I distinctly remember the dress I was wearing that day - it was a light pink color with a white collar. I was three. My father had gifted me a stuffed bunny, which I still have today, although it's now old, discolored, and crunchy.

How's everyone been doing? I hope this beautiful day has blessed you all, whether you're busy or taking it easy. It's sunny, cool at 65 degrees, but the sunshine feels nice.

We attended church this morning, and after a little afternoon nap, we're up and about with nothing on the agenda for the rest of the day. I threw a chicken in the crockpot, which is starting to smell good. 

Source: Friends of the Redding Eagles

The baby eaglets have hatched, and the community is thrilled. 

Char's insurance paid out $6000, which pays off all of the car loan except $300. With the savings from canceling her insurance and gas for the car, and not having to make a payment she should be able to pay it off within a month. Unfortunately, no savings to buy another car. She will have to save once again. 

#AtoZChallenge 2024

I'm so glad to be done drafting my A-Z posts. This might be my last year participating.  I never found it as hard as I have this time. If you're thinking about doing it, you have till April 7. 



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 From this Side of the Pond

1.What do you love about your life right now? 

My husband and I are both retired and enjoying our freedom. We don't have to answer to anyone -  and I'm grateful for our good health thus far.

2. March 26th is National Spinach Day...are you a fan? If so, how do you like yours prepared/served? 

I like spinach. 

I enjoy a strawberry spinach salad with a poppyseed dressing. 

I've been craving a dish I haven't had in a while—a San Francisco classic, Joe's Special. It's a scramble made with eggs, ground beef, onions, garlic, spinach, and sometimes mushrooms if you ask. It's classic diner food created by Original Joe's in San Francisco.  It's funny how, as you get older, you start craving some of your old favorite comfort foods.

3. In this current season would you say you need to spend more time looking inward or that you need to get out of your head? Tell us why. 

I naturally tend to be introspective. For several years I have been working a 12-step program. These steps, along with my faith in God, help me stay grounded and prevent me from being someone I don't like.  

4. Are you following the 'March Madness' madness? (That's US college basketball in case you're out of the loop) 

I’ve heard of it having sons but I do not follow "March Madness" I don't feel as if I am "out of the loop" if I’m just not into it. 

What's something that feels like actual madness to you right now? 

Lately, we are noticing more crime - you  always have to be aware of your surroundings. There are many new faces in our area - that are not from around here.  Big city crimes are encroaching into the rural areas because they have places to hide, and there are no consequences. 

5. How will you celebrate the Easter/Passover holiday this year? 

The adult kids will work, and the husband and I will attend church. We’ll play it by ear. (See #1) 

I want to attend some  events coming up this week at the church that hosts the Job bible study I attend. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

First of all, I have missed being here. I think I have bitten off more than I can chew but I am determined to finish and schedule those A-Z posts. I have seven left. I'm totally losing steam. 

I wanted to share some updates with you. I finally agreed to be a group leader in BSF.  I have decided to take this step and just leave the outcome in God's hands. 

Char totalled her car. There were no injuries, and no other vehicle was involved. She ran into a 30-inch wide concrete base of a pole - in a parking lot. She is now waiting to hear what the insurance will pay out and she has her caseworker handling it all for her. 

 A dangerous inmate just walked away from a Conservation Camp on Monday evening. This morning, they captured him downtown. Big happening! The last two nights, helicopters hovered in different areas. 

Last evening our church hosted the Consul General from the Israeli Embassy in San Francisco. The embassy brought in their armed security, just in case. It was an informative evening and we were all pleased we had no protests. 

 Okay, so this shall do until I am back here - in April. I'm sorry that I haven't even had the time to visit blogs. Thanks for just being here!