Gene Notes

Some random and some not-so-random thoughts on family history.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Happy 5th Blogiversary to Gene Notes!

I can't believe it's been 5 years since I started this blog. And looking back I wonder why I started it right before Christmas.

This has been a crazy year for Gene Notes. After suffering an avulsion fracture to my right ankle (the one that's attached to the right knee replacement from two and a half years ago) I had issues sitting at a desk or anywhere for that matter with my foot on the floor. As a consequence, I've spent less time on my computer than any time since 1996. Ouch.

I did manage to find some time to explore a Polish web site and found DH's maternal great grandparents (his maternal grandmother's parents) marriage record.

The last few weeks have found me finishing Christmas shopping and working on Christmas projects that I think will take me down to the wire -- which is early Christmas eve -- when the kids are here! The last item I am working on wasn't intended as a Christmas gift, and may well end up being a New Year's gift. We shall see.

In the mean time, I hope y'all have a very Merry Christmas!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

What a Trip?

DH and I returned late last week from our only trip this year. We visited Memphis - Graceland - and did some shopping there for Christmas, then visited Paducah, Kentucky, Bardstown, Louisville and Lexington all before returning home. It was fun, it was tiring. Neither DH or I are particularly good travelers these days, so the trip to Memphis, the last half hour in pouring rain was kind of stressful. The rest of the trip was okay except for the lack of cell phone signal in Bardstown. Apparently even AT&T users had no cell signal there either. Blah. Therefore, we moved on to Louisville.

Our only foray into Louisville itself, rather than the eastern 'burbs was to Cave Hill Cemetery where I have a few people buried. That was an extremely frustrating time, since their app would time out before I could locate graves. Mostly it was helpful in determining that a lot of these people did not have markers on their graves.

The most interesting thing about Cave Hill, was their niches for cremains. Looking for friend Karen, I discovered an older building that had been converted. Her request was easily located but I found some1 that really were different. You see, you have the option to have your cremains put in a niche and then a stone marker on it. OR you can opt to leave it glassed in and having your cremains placed in a nice urn or a plain box with your photo in it. Unfortunately, they don't photograph well.



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Thursday, September 18, 2014

A Little This, A Little That!

DH and I are still planning our vacation. We plan on going next month, but where is still up in the air. How exciting?

I am irritated lately by Charter's announcements of being all digital. Every time I turn on my TV it defaults to their announcement channel. Give me a break!

My cousin wrote a book about Vikings. Recently, I referred him to Blogger for his blog idea.  Hint: It's in regards to Vikings, mostly in regard to their pre-Columbus settlement in the New World. Which is what his book, Vikings of Vinland by John F. Meyer, is about. It's available on Amazon.

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