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I have been looking back across generations quite a bit lately and discovered so much about my family tree. I have connected with cousins in Ireland who were wonderful to share a copy of the family tree and another who helped me do research. At first we did not know we were related but discovered his great-grandmother on the family tree. Two volunteers, Margaret and David, at ‘Ireland Reaching Out’ helped me connect with my cousins and with research. Geraldine at The North Tipperary Genealogy Center with rootsireland.ie was a great help with questions about records. I met another cousin who spotted my posting on a message board and met a more distant cousin through Ancestry.com whose family came from the same county in Ireland as my great-great grandparents. I found the grandchildren of two of grandmother’s sisters. I have found the grandchildren of my Great Aunt and much more. Other Ancestry members have been generous with their help as well.
Now I need to pause and look at my own life as I am living day-to-day and the people living in it. I don’t want to lose track and let it all slip by. Lifetimes pass much too quickly.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. Today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “lip.” Use it as a word, or find a word with “lip”in it.
I made an exciting discovery in my search for members of my family tree. In the late 1970s my aunt wrote in a letter information about my father’s family. She told me about my paternal grandparents and their siblings. At that time, my aunt still corresponded with a cousin back in Ireland. She told me what she remembered about her aunts and uncles. She said three of my grandmother’s siblings had remained in Ireland and her two youngest sisters had emigrated to Canada. She mentioned that one of the sisters had 3 children and other had none. At the time I received the letter there was no internet and I never thought I could access databases to locate family members. I envisioned myself making a trip to Ireland or Canada in search of ancestor records and maybe living relatives. I did not ask any follow-up questions about the married name of the sister or where they lived in Canada. When I recently started doing genealogy research I was amazed by all the information I could find online. But because my great aunts names were common I could not be sure of the records. I thought I might never find out what happened to them. After I had been researching for a while I decided to have a DNA test because I though it might make it easier to identify ancestors. I did have several cousins confirmed through DNA that I already knew belonged on my tree. I have used the DNA matches with various surnames to try to find answers when the records are not clear or not available. During a recent search for DNA matches and surnames a new name popped up on my match list. Ancestry was saying our DNA match was extremely high and this person could be my first or second cousin. I contacted him through Ancestry and as I read his answer I became very excited. It turns out he is the grandson of one of the sisters who emigrated to Canada. Through him I now know who my great-aunt married and the names of her children. I am in touch with her descendants and to me this is just fabulous.
‘Wild Irish Rose-Royal Canal’ by Peter Mooney on Flickr
Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The ” prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “fab.” Use it as a word or find a word beginning with “fab.”
Krumcake rolling via NorskPower on wikipedia.org
‘Rolling in dough’ is an old American slang expression for having lots of money, wealth. Some people think having a lot of money is the way to all good things and happiness.
Dough can be a flour mixture used to make all kinds of good foods to eat. You roll out dough to make bread and pastries, even pasta. Making this kind of dough can be very satisfying and worthwhile.
My mother had the knack for making the dough for pie crust. You need to develop a feel for the right consistency when mixing the ingredients and not handle the dough too much otherwise it will come out tough. Hers came out tender and flaky, just right. It’s a talent, a skill.
Some people have been rolling their dough all wrong to get their kids into college and their recipes have fallen flat.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. Today’s prompt is “dough/d’oh.” Use one, use both, use ’em any way you like. Enjoy!
‘O sole mio!’ is Neapolitan for ‘my sunshine, or ‘my sun.’ You probably have heard the well-known song. I feel silly because I always thought it meant ‘lonely me’ or ‘by myself.’ You know solo, alone. ‘O sole mio!’ is a prettier song than ‘You Are My Sunshine,’ but looks like they mean the same thing.
I don’t mind solitude but hated losing our wifi the other day. No streaming video, no internet, yikes! So guess what ? I read a 455 page book in 2 days. I thought I did not have the patience to read books any more and I am glad to find out that I do. It was ‘The Legacy’ by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, an Icelandic author. I read one of her books a few years ago, ‘Ashes to Dust,’ and I really liked it. This latest was another page turner. Now I am starting another by the same author titled, ‘I Remember You.’ This one is spooky, scary, about ghosts creaping around and I think they kill people. Have just started so I will have to let you know. Not good to read it before you are going to sleep. I kept the night-light on for a while last night. And good that I wasn’t sleeping solo.
First Edition cover of ‘O Sole Mio!’ via David Wilson on Wikipedia.org
Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. Today’s prompt is ‘soul/sole.’ Video of The Three Tenors, Pavarotti, Domingo, and Carrera via tiziano po on You Tube.
When I was growing up we ate Campbell’s Soup. My father said my younger brother and I looked like the Campbell’s Soup Kids.
Vintage Campbell’s Soup image via Miami University Libraries (Flickr)
One of their soups I liked was Cream of Celery. There are recipes online for making fresh Cream of Celery Soup and other cream of, (some type of vegetable), soups. They look and sound good, especially for cold winter days. Do you have a favorite?
Here’s another one:
My daughter bought the ingredients to make cream of fennel soup. I’m getting hungry.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is ‘cele’, use as part of word.
ACEC is a designation given by The US Bureau of Land Management to provide protection to “important resource values. These values vary…and can include things like rock art, endangered plants, wildlife habitat or even spectacular scenery.” (Bureau of Land Use Management)
There is a photo album on Flickr with some great photos of some of the places that are areas deemed worth protection and the public can make recommendations for places to be included. I was thinking about a place not too far from where I live that was damaged by vandals during the recent government shutdown because the Park Rangers were laid off. It is sad that some people are so destructive of our public lands. They must be sick in their souls. If these beautiful places are allowed to be destroyed they will be forever lost to us all.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt word for today is ‘critic(al).’
I have been having some allergy symptoms recently, swollen eyelids and watery itchy eyes. Happily the swelling subsided after taking Benadryl for a day, but the trouble with taking an antihistamine is that my head gets foggy and I get sleepy. Not great for my creative processes and the ability to come up with a memorable blog post. So all I can say is ‘yawn.’
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for today is yawn. ‘Write about the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word “yawn,” when you sit down to write your post.’
Featured image is ‘Two Women Ironing’ by Edgar Degas via wikipedia.org