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WikiTree profile: Pip Sheppard
closed with the note: See you next weekend. Please stay safe!
in The Tree House by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.2m points)
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@Carol: Haha! Righto, no more ladders for me. I got one of those extension saws for any work higher than I can reach.
Betty, anyone living along moving water (like you and me) knows exactly what we are talking about when we mention eroding banks.

Really, Betty, you must send pics of your new babies when they are hatched!
I, too, had flashback images of Vietnam in 1975.  Such a sad state of affairs.
I would agree. So many stories emerging from Afghanistan, from the terrified populace desperately trying to get into the airport, to the few that made it in, and the poor souls clinging to the wings and falling off as the plane rises into the air, to the women being forced to do the bidding of the Taliban, as well as the ones who failed or refused and paid the price, and the desperate cries of the church in Kabul as they were gunned down. All while we ignore them as much as possible and focus on moving our own people out of country. I'm not opposed to ending things there, but it just seems like there could have been a better way to do it.

crying angryAn intelligent person would have learned the lessons from the evacuation in Vietnam; and from what happens when the Taliban has taken over in other places.  The purge of the "foreign elements" will continue in Afghanistan -- and here I thought what happened to Syria was Bad. 

Susan,

There was a plan for withdrawal in place. The current administration scrapped that plan and made up their own. It's very sad to see the result of that decision. One must be VERY desperate to cling to an airplane wing as it is climbing. Once people experience freedom, they will do anything to keep it. Anything.
Glad to see you got the right tool for the job Pip. Ladders suck. Also remember to be safe around flood waters. Don't frolic in the water, and don't drive through the water. I'm about to start wearing my mask again as well.

You would think that our government would have learned from history about the correct way to leave a country. I really have nothing else to say that people haven't already said.

The earthquake in Haiti is another sad thing. They never really recovered from the last earthquake.

cheeky Pip, just to let you know -- if you have NOT done any WT worthy Contributions in the last 96 hours, then I'm "ahead" of you at 1806 Contributions .. at this moment. 

Of course, if this were a competition, I'd lose, since you are the fastest keyboarder in the nation laugh and the most dedicated 

Haiti discovered in 1492 by discoverer Columbus  and legally founded in 1804 ... and has been subjected to hurricanes and earthquakes since before it was discovered ... List of natural disasters in Haiti - Wikipedia

By some miracle the island is still inhabited and Haiti itself is co-habitant with the Dominican Republic which was legally founded 1844  

Hi, Weekend Chatterers, we got back from the cottage, 5 days at the beach, hot, humid, no internet, so lots to catch up on.

Lots of photos of waves, trees and birds!

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Good morning Pip and the weekend Chatters!

Weather

  • Rain: Monday thru Thursday

Genealogy

  • WikiTree Challenge:  working on the Maddox line

Computer

  • My MacBook Pro is still refusing to allow the reinstall of the MacOS Catalina or Big Sur. Starting last night the engineering team has been brought in to study the issue.
by Tommy Buch G2G6 Pilot (406k points)
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And to you, too, Tommy!

laugh Don't suppose you'd switch over to something like a loptop or notebook? Something more generic.  cheeky I googled the MacOS and etc and was left in ignorance ... read like very exotic stuff ... 

However, you ARE invested pretty heavily in this Mac thing, if you are calling in the Big Guns and holding a postmortem and planning surgery or something like that for your device so PC generic isn't one of options ... laugh

Apple intentionally locks down the more technical aspects of their OS and applications as it helps them maintain control over who is playing around with things as well as consistency of the way things are set so that when they work with something, there's only a few ways to do it and that's about it. It is much easier on the end user, as they don't have to worry about oddities in the configuration. It either works, or it doesn't (for the most part). And when it doesn't, you call in the big guns and hope that you're within support and they'll take over from there.

I've worked on Mac in the past and while it's good for the users, it's hard on the support side unless you're in the engineering team as they severely limit what local support can do. But it does prevent a number of oops activities that are seen more frequently on the PC side, which a good support tech tends to spot and resolve within a reasonable period of time.

So pros and cons on both sides of the fence. And yes - to a layman or end user, it's probably like reading Greek...

With your "user investment" which you are trying to rescue ... well that's the thing, you are "invested" in this Mac culture ... 

winkat least it's clean and quiet culture compared to a garage full tools that are dedicated to body work on dinged up vehicles ... and if that's your other fav occupation I'm pretty sure I don't wan to know it laugh

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Today is...

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE PECAN PIE DAY

On August 20th, National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day lets you have your chocolate and pie, too! (National Pecan Pie Day is observed each year on July 12th if chocolate isn’t your flavor, but we don’t know anyone like that.) 

Just like the original, chocolate pecan pie goes well with ice cream. Another southern delight, this treat features crisp pecans. Pecan pies fall under the sugar pie category which gives them a gooey, almost caramel center. Depending on the recipe, different sugars make the sweet batter for the pie. Both brown and white sugars can be used, but so can molasses. Corn syrup is a common ingredient as well. Even honey is used.

While pecan pies include eggs in the recipe as a binder, it’s interesting to note another sugar pie that was made when eggs were out of season. The pie is called a sugar cream pie. Though we can’t imagine there being a season for eggs, birds lay more eggs in spring and summer than they do in the fall and winter. Chickens rely on the sun to know when to lay eggs. When the days are shorter, they lay fewer eggs. In the winter, they may lay no eggs at all. So, on small farms when the hens stopped laying, a sugar cream pie offered an alternative since no eggs are required to make it. Both chocolate pecan pie and sugar cream are delicious!

HOW TO OBSERVE Chocolate Pecan Pie Day:

There are so many ways to celebrate the day. Whether you visit your favorite bakery and pick up a pie or bake it yourself, be sure to share with friends and family. Experiment with a new recipe or bake up an old favorite. We even have some recipes for you to try. 

Chocolate Pecan Pie
Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2.6m points)
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I have squirrels that are gnawing every green shelled pecan off of my tree. I have heard thumping on my roof for the last week. Any ideas on how to stop them? Maybe a chocolate pie under the tree?
Pecan pie is always good.

Tommy, I think a chocolate pie would kill 'em! Well, no worse than a bucket of water and birdseed on a ramp leading to the pit of death....
Pecan pies are the ultimate sugar high in pie-dom.
Pecan pie. I used to be able to bolt it down. Sadly, my teeth are too mature to handle it anymore. I can feel the cavities forming as I chew.

Delicious, though.
Hi Dorothy! I hope you are doing well! Chocolate pecan pie for me would be a double whammy for pie so sweet with sugar it would make my teeth ache. I'll stick with the chocolate pie and leave the solo pecan pie for others.
Only one day for this?!? This sounds like something that should be celebrated year 'round! Good one, Dorothy!!
Squirrels will go after nuts in the tree or on the ground pretty much no matter what you do. However, you can essentially force the squirrels to forage elsewhere by placing deterrents all around the tree and yard, and it will encourage them to spend more time in your neighbors yard.

There are commercial products that are a bit smelly and the squirrels will run away from them, but you have to be prepared to endure them a bit yourself. You can try using mothballs around the tree, which will sometimes work, but again, they have a particular odor, and will evaporate eventually, leaving you open to squirrels again. There are traps that you can use to capture them and release them at least 5 miles away, and they are reasonably effective. Bait them with a coating of peanut butter and embed a few peanuts on the trigger and it will catch 1 at a time after a day or three. You can poison them, but it's a bit cruel and it leaves them in an agonizing death you may end up watching, or leaves dead bodies in the yard to pick up. Plus poison isn't very specific, so other animals may find it and then you have other wildlife dying nearby. But that's as much as I know.

Personally, we encourage our squirrels and feed them out of dog bowls placed under the tree. We've also got a few brave ones who will take the peanuts out of your hand, so we enjoy watching them play and eat much of the day.
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Hello from sunny London! Here's hoping that the good weather lasts as I'm going on holiday this Monday.

This week I've gotten a lot of work done. 31/32 of my 3x great-grandparents now have sourced biographies on WikiTree but I've saved the most difficult until last. Still, I have vowed that I'm going to get her profile done before I go away... or at least before I get off the train.

I've also been taking a look through my collection of photographs lately. Annoyingly, the only person who labels their photographs is my living great-grandmother. I also have a bunch of 'autographed' photos, like the ones you see on trading cards, of soldiers dressed up as footballers or boxers. None of them had nice writing like my great-grandmother though. sad

by David Smith G2G6 Mach 6 (67.0k points)

We will hope the holiday will be in wonderful weather with marvelous things to see and to eat and that you return thoroughly rested laugh

HI David. Well done, you for the work on your ancestors' WikiTree profiles. I have a boxful of family photos and many don't even have an autograph and I so wish they did because I have no idea who they are or which side of the family to which they belong. I hope you have a splendid holiday!
David, good thing your g-grandmother DID write who the people were in the photos. I have a whole album (original) without a single person being identified. Frustrating, as this album was inherited from my grandparents. My grandfather said he thought that the people in the album looked like such-and-such family, but alas all those folks were long dead by the time he gave it to me.
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Colorado weather ... yesterday was a bit wild.  South and East of us there was rain, thunder storms, hail and tornado warnings.  Not sure if there was an actual tornado.  And, up in the mountains above 10K feet, there was a dusting of snow.  Start waxing up those skis!

Still getting some smoke from the Western wild fires.  Really a function of the weather fronts and such ... smoke seems to be moving North ... we'll see.

Genealogy ... still pluggin' along fixing up old mistakes and omissions.  And FamilySearch keeps adding sources so there are new entries to look at and add to profiles.  One thing I did way back when was to add a person, child, spouse, whatever with no sources whatsoever ... duh!
by Bob Jewett G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
I noticed the flood of new material at familysearch, also ... been a real boon for me when I'm sourcing the Unsourced
Bob, I'm just glad to hear you are getting precipitation, if only to keep the fires down in your area.
We missed the big storm last night but still got a nice amount of rain.  Today has been a beautiful day.  It washed the smoke out of the air.
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Good morning Pip and all WikiTreers!  Beautiful morning in Tucson, cool (about 70) and no rain expected for the next 10 days.  We've had a good monsoon season so far with plenty of rain, but nothing as much as you've had, Pip.  Yours remind me of a huge deluge we had for days in Grand Rapids when I lived there.  My creek rose and took out my driveway bridge.  Of course all my cars were in at my house, so they were trapped.  We sandbagged the lower level just in time.  Now, in spite of this being the desert, we spend a lot of money on water management.  The much of the drainage from the mountains flows down through what are called washes and they flow into a "river" that's dry most of the time until a really big rain.  That flows out to a place where the water is captured and filtered into aquifers.

For me, my pelvis is mostly healed and I've done some small hikes.  I'm now starting a series of therapy sessions for my shoulder which was also damaged, and then made worse by the walker.  Hopefully I will be able to visit my daughters family and see the grandchildren this fall.  I've had two trips there cancelled, so I haven't seen them since Thanksgiving 2019.

For genealogy, we reintroduced the Acadian project to WikiTreers.  There was a good amount of interest.  We opened our google group to everyone who wants to keep informed so we can cast a wider net and perhaps get more engaged over time.

I'm going to go back to name cleanup.  Acadians in those days did not read and write, for the most part.  The priests and census takers were also creative spellers, or maybe were in a hurry and didn't hear it well, or didn't pay close attention, so we have a variety of spellings for people.  A long time ago, the decision was made to have a standard name (based on the work of a leading genealogist) and then put all the other spellings found for them in Other Last Names.  This way, when someone comes looking for that person, they are more likely to find them and connect to the right ancestor.  How many ways can you spell Breau??  Brot, Brault, Breaux, Braux, Brou, Braut, Braud, Brau, Bro.

I hope you all stay dry and enjoy your weekend.
by Cindy Cooper G2G6 Pilot (178k points)
Sound like a full roster of things to accomplish on the Acadian material

ALSO pleased to see you are well into your recovery after that nasty accident
Hi Cindy. I am so very glad to hear of your slow but sure recovery. I'm sure your therapy session will help, especially for your shoulder. I know how difficult it can be. Not the same, but I had rotator cuff surgery 3 years ago and it was painful; however, the therapy was very helpful.

I thought of you when I saw the Acadian project announcement on WikiTree. I know that is a passion with you. I now connect you with anything Acadian, particularly when I see announcements in AmericanAncestors. As to misspellings, I think that can happen with any group. I've been helping out with the England Team on a Donne, Dunn, Dun, Done, Dunne, Don family. Each generation seems to have their own spelling. Soon I will be done.

So sad that you have had to cancel two family visits and I hold strong hopes that you can see them soon! I just returned from a visit with my family. It was joyful and sad simultaneously because we visited our mum at the memory care center. She will be 97 in October and her memory is gone. I hope that somewhere inside she still does recognize our hugs, care and love.

You take care and let's hope that we both stay dry for the next 10 days.
Cindy, I am always encouraged to hear how your recovery is going. Pleased as punch!

Breau: that many variations sound just like some of those in my Shepherd and Galloway families. I mean, really, how many different ways are there to spell Galloway... you'd be surprised!
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Let's make this easy

Weather Hot and wet.

Personal just the normal except finally yesterday I got some much needed help and finished putting the ham radio in my car.

WikiTree  nothing, Nada zero zilch.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)

surprise Had no idea that Ohio was wet - hot, yes, it's in the midwest of the us, tween the Rockies and the Alleghenies ... what with the taxi-ing and the babysitting and I think you said last week there are renovations to be done (has any of that begun?) and various medical appointments ... and the new "radio" leader to find if not found yet .. be surprised if you had an hour to sit and do WT 

Susan, the last time we had as much rain as this summer was 50 years ago. With as much rain as we have had they still say we need more because we are in a drought and seeing the lake levels I believe it. We have not started any renovations yet and the search continues for the new VE team leader. I had to taxi the one grandson 3 times this week and the babysitting is slowing down now that the mother has finished her training, she will now be working a later shift and others can babysit in addition to us.
Over and out, good buddy!

Hot? But, Dale, you live in the Arctic, don't you? At least that's what Southerners like me were taught to thing. laughlaugh Really, though, I hope you are staying cool.

It's cooled and bit this evening but I'm glad I can watch my grandsons football game from my recliner in air conditioned comfort.
Texting with my daughter in Kannapolis and they are watching the same game we are only 550 miles away from us.
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Hails and horns, Wikipeeps!

As Pip mentioned, on the genealogy front I posted a blog about a story ripped from the headlines on WMUR.com. Tragedy at a cemetery where my 2nd great-grandmother is buried. Check out the blog here: https://allroadhaverhill.blogspot.com/2021/08/52-ancestors-week-33-tragedy.html

What I didn't mention was that the day before I posted the blog, we got a visit from my dad's cousin. He was dropping off some vegetables he had been growing in his garden. We talked genealogy for a bit as the topic of Pasquale Carrabis's grandchildren came up.

My dad and my cousin knew some of his kids and thought it was cool we had some DNA matches connecting us to them.  

At the end of the visit, we talked about Nonna's grave in St. Patrick's cemetery. Someone had put rocks on top of it.  Just a weird thing he noticed when he was passing through. He then offered to take my dad and I on a tour of the cemetery. I'm totally taking a camera and taking pics. There are some stones I'd like to take pics of and this category isn't gonna fill itself: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Saint_Patricks_Cemetery%2C_Haverhill%2C_Massachusetts

On the non genealogy front, we made pesto sauce and had shrimp and cavatelle. The day my dad's cousin came over we took some san marzano tomatoes and made some sauce. The house smelled so good! =D We'll use it on a pasta of some kind I'm sure.

Pretty cloudy here. I think it might be due to the storm. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (465k points)
That's cool. As long as you don't put ketchup on pasta.

surpriselaughhahahahaha Chris, "not constrained" does NOT, in my world, translate to "barbarian"

(Are there people who actually use ketchup on pasta?) 

Unfortunately, yes. They vex me so much.
@Chris Hey, cousin, have you tried to watch The Prisoner on YouTube (at least the first full episode)? I found my old Prisoner Puzzle Book and it turns out that Patrick McGoohan had a lot to do with creating the series because he got tired of doing Secret Agent Man (aka Danger Man). I think you'll dig it!
@Carol. I haven’t heard of that. I will check it out.
Ketchup on pasta. I know Hawaiians that do that. Thankfully, none in my immediate family.
Good. That is considered a war crime by The Hague. On that note, we had homemade Sauce tonight.
Pied Piperville, think we can follow Chris F. on this, NO KETCHUP ON PASTA, no, not ....

we agree, no ketchup on pasta -- or french fries etc. But I'm not a fan of ketchup (has sugar in it) so I'm prejudiced about this
I was in the infirmary at college and my roommate brought me spaghetti with catchup on it.  It was all there was at the time to eat in our share of the communal kitchen for our housemates (15).  That triggered a college change which was for the better for all concerned.  Thereafter, any patient in the infirmary was served a meal from the college cafeteria at no charge.  Maybe it helped that I was currently taking a health class from the college doctor and I had put off going to the doctor until the yearbook, (I was co-editor),
had been shipped to the publisher.  The personal touch helped.
There was a pandemic at Merrimack College that was probably a sign of things to come. Some food got tainted and most of the school got sick and had to stay home. My mom was working at a nearby medical lab and she had to help diagnose what was making everyone at the school sick. We had bottles of water delivered. Everyone was wearing masks. It was crazy and as I look back it was definitely a sign of things to come!

And yes ketchup on pasta is just wrong. =X
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Hi everyone my first time here
by Ann-Marie Hamblett G2G6 Mach 8 (80.4k points)
Welcome.  We are a very friendly bunch and get to be good friends over time.
thankyou
Hi Ann-Marie, welcome to the Chat for the first time! Pip is a wonderful host and the Chatters are a wonderful group. WikiTree successes, frustrations, completions are welcome, along with a dash here and there of personal and family trials and triumphs.
Thanks Carol
Howdy, Ann-Marie. Glad you joined us this weekend. I hope you'll make a regular visit here to see what's going on and to share your goings-on with us!

laughAh, Ann-Marie, Welcome to the Chat 

thanks Pip
thankyou Susan
Welcome to Weekend Chat, Anne! Just jump right in and tell us what you've been doing for the week, both personal and genealogical. It's very interesting reading what our fellow WikiTreers have been doing. All the best!
Ann-Marie, if you want to be entertained and / or included, when you Comment to a thread, you will thereafter receive all the messages from anyone who also Comments  ... this is the method by which Pip keeps track of what's being discussed in Chat -- he "tags" each and every thread with a Comment  

And when there are 40+ threads (Answers) your inbox can be overwhelmed if you have Commented and all the replies to the comments ... can get to be Exciting sometimes
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¡Buenos días a todos from the Old Pueblo! It is 8am and 77F (25C) with a high of 94F (34.4C) and sunny. I returned from my family visit in Wisconsin two days ago and am still ‘re-entering.’ I had to be up at 4am to catch the 6:30am return flight and my old body just does not want to cooperate as in the past.

I had a wonderful time with my family, especially at the Wisconsin State Fair. Two of my nieces entered a number bakery items an won blue (1st place) and red (2nd place) ribbons. My son-in-law’s sister won several ribbons for photographs that she entered. After admiring the wins, we strolled the grounds and stuffed ourselves with baked potatoes, fresh cranberry juice, homemade apple and cherry tarts, ice cream sundaes, fresh-picked corn on the cob dipped in butter, goat milk and Wisconsin’s own cream puffs. My brother was working security at the fair, which was the only time I got to see him and that was briefly given that something was always happening every few minutes. The family strolled the animal barns. Our favorite was the baby animals and we saw two sows with their very baby piglets nursing, baby chicks hatching, baby goats frolicking and so much more.

My sister, niece and I visited our mum on several occasions at the memory center. Her dementia is even more severe than what I witnessed in March. She is starting to get that ‘vacant stare,’ does not really respond to comments and does not recognize us. I met ‘Carmen’ another memory care resident. She is from Puerto Rico and only speaks Spanish. I was able to understand two or three word of each sentence she started, and then would mumble so softly I could not hear. When I did understand a full sentence, it was ‘word salad’ akin to what persons with dementia say in English. What was endearing was Carmen going to my mum and gently rubbing her arm or neck. I heard my mother say, ‘that feels wonderful.’ Carmen responded with, ‘healing massage.’ Then the two of them carried on a conversation, mum in English and Carmen in Spanish that was total ‘word salad’; however, they seemed to understand each other, which they probably did!

A highlight was a family trek to Cedarburg, Wisconsin, about an hour’s drive north of Milwaukee. I lived in Cedarburg from 1969 when our daughter was a newborn until 1975 when my husband and I divorced. We lived in a 170-year-old fieldstone farmhouse that we restored. It was next to the old fieldstone Turner Hall. Although this area was a part of Cedarburg, the little hamlet was known as ‘Hamilton.’ Originally, it had been settled by Irish and the area was called ‘New Dublin.’ However, around 1870, one of Alexander Hamilton’s sons, William, came through the area and the townspeople renamed it Hamilton in his honor. During my years there, I was a member of the Ozaukee County Historical Society and petitioned for a Wisconsin Historic Marker for the area, which was approved and dedicated prior to my move to Milwaukee. The neighbors who owned a farm across the road donated a small portion of land for a park. As well, in downtown Cedarburg, there is a beautiful old fieldstone woolen mill. The city fathers wanted to tear the two old buildings down and ‘modernize’ with a gas station and PDQ. Two entrepreneurs stopped that! The older of the two bought the front building and the younger purchased the larger back building along Cedar Creek. A neighbor couple and my ex-husband and I opened the old fashioned ‘Cedar Creek Mill General Store in the front building. It was original right down to the glass penny candy counter, old potbellied stove and brass cash register. The younger buyer opened the Cedar Creek Winery. Now the entire downtown area is peppered with quaint shops and stores, bed and breakfasts, and more. The winery is still open. Our general store closed several years ago. My neighbor/partners died several years ago. It was a joy to visit and reminisce, especially for my daughter, kid sister, who I babysat when I lived there and me.

And...while in Phoenix on my return, I stopped at my local independent bookstore. Yup! Another paperback. This one is by Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas E. Ricks and is titled Churchill & Orwell The Fight for Freedom. John Le Carré said of the book, “...The two never met, but their parallel lives and their views of how society should function, notions of individual freedom, limitations of politics, and so on—extraordinarily harmonious thoughts in different places, really very impressive. I went in assuming [they’d be at odds], but quite the reverse...”. I discovered a while back on WikiTree that Churchill and I are 7th cousins 2X removed through MRCA Hannah (Tuttle) Clark. This past week, with the Pseudonyms that Eric Blair (George Orwell) and I are 14th cousins 4X removed through MRCA Anne (Beaufitz) Scott! I’m just now starting the book, which is why I added John Le Carré’s comments.

As to genealogy, I started connecting family on my daughter’s tree last Sunday while in Wisconsin; however, there is such a mess of uncertainty that I left it for this weekend. I did, however, work on some Cornwall profiles for the England Team. Given that Jo Fitz-Henry called the family a ‘crap tangle,’ I couldn’t resist. Plus, working in Cornwall and Devon are two of my favorite GB locations.

I’m a bird grandmother again! I returned home to find that there are three to four baby Mourning Doves in the nest! Mom was sitting on the nest (the same nest in the bird spikes that was used earlier this year) when I left. I looked up when I returned and found three little heads peeking above the nest. I say four because I think I saw a little bird hinder facing me (a baby Mourning Dove moon shot). I’ll know more in the next couple of days.

Meanwhile, I hope everyone has a splendid weekend! Pip, thanks ever so again for wrangling the Chat!

by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (539k points)
Carol, that is one of the mostly touching stories about your mom and Carmen. Oh, if we could all treat each other like that, the world would be so much better.

You are much closer to Churchill that I am, 11th cousins, four times removed. And... I really need to get back to Gulval Parish in Cornwall. Lots of families need tending!
Hi Pip, I have a couple of really precious photos of Carmen comforting our mum. If OK with you, I will send one via email. You are so correct. Two women with dementia from two different parts of the world and to distinct languages yet they are able to transcend the negative isms. Our world would be so much better and I figured, kind-hearted person that you are that you would like this story best of all.

Yes, I'm closer to Churchill, but you are probably closer to Robert the Bruce! Actually, I'm working on a profile from Gulval as I write. It's not just Gulval, though. It's also St Erth! Slàinte!

Carol, you've got my email. Yes, send me a photo! smiley

@Pip Will do! Need to download from my new Galaxy phone. I think the photo is so inspiring and restful.
So sorry, dear cousin, to hear of your mom's problems.  My own experience, with my mom's dementia took a tremendous toll.  My entire support and best wishes and warm regard apply.
Hi Mark! Yes, dementia takes a toll on all the family near and far. Sadly, as we age across the globe, Alzheimer's and related dementias are going to increase as well. Thank you for your kind words. I'm working on the Richardson men again...just want to finish up and move to my daughter's Crooker line. You take care. Hmmm...maybe I'll take a break for a root beer float. I've been sitting at the computer for so long my butt is numb.
Hugs {{{Carol}}} and glad to hear you had a nice time in Wisconsin. I'm still on the road to Ohio and am currently in Greencastle/Cloverdale IN (home to DePauw University). Today's drive was gruesome due to some relentless rainfall, so won't post my own thread but just wanted to say hi!
Hi Diane!!! I have missed you and M Ross this weekend! So great to hear from you, neighbor and {{{Diane}}} backatcha! The rain has been relentless in Wisconsin and Arizona, so it looks like you are getting it in OH as well. Despite the rain, I hope you are having a fabulous and productive time on your trek in history/genealogy. Look forward to future info from you on the Chat!
Dear Carol,

I appreciate your work on our family, and the rounding out of their profiles and biographies.  i am grateful for your work.
@Mark Thanks much and very appreciated. Hugs!
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Hi Pip

So now it is almost 4pm here and I will be off out soon.

Usual Friday with Greeting first thing and you can tell it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere. As soon as those in the Southern Hemisphere go to bed it gets quiet and these summer days most want to get outside if they can.

Lemon buns with Hot chocolate and more data entering.

I use Family Historian which is on version 7 and was updated recently. The latest version means I can enter information directly from the source so I started a new project from scratch. I have set up autotype templates for the Online Repository Assistant and once I have the record the templates and plugin for Family Historian get autofilled at the click of a button. I still have to tweak some of the dropdown menus but it means a lot less typing for me. I am currently working my way through the census records I have found.

When I have done much of the census entering I will go back to the certificates which I can't autotype and use a program called Ancestral Sources to enter the information.

Setting up baptism, burial and marriage entry for those preregistration events will require more template writing so I am leaving it until I get bored with the certificates.

I used to merge things in the past so some things got mixed up, but I do have an existing database, and this new one gets backed up every time I enter things at least once a day.

WikiTree profiles are sometimes more up to date so I often check to see if I have added something to them.

Cheerio for now.
by Hilary Gadsby G2G6 Pilot (187k points)
Bore da Hilary! Sounds like your holidays have prepared you well for updating and adding to your WT profiles! More importantly, the lemon buns and hot chocolate sound very enticing! Perfect way to enter data.
Hilary, you are using your retirement well, what with all the research you are doing, plus all the entering of info. My hat is off to you!
Sounds sort of techie, that new version of software? Is it truly user friendly?
Susan it is me who has used the tech to save lots of typing.

If it automatically gets filled in then less chance of a transcription error.

Family Historian has been developed so it is easy to fill in the information. I am just using the tools I have available to fill it in for me.

It also creates citations for me that I can copy elsewhere if I need to like on WikiTree.
+20 votes

Good Morning! Well.. here is what is new with us. Last week three and a half days of 4 to 8 ladies a day packing our lives into boxes; this week for two days movers hauling said boxes into trucks and then to storage leaving behind several pieces of antique furniture they did not want to move; those pieces now reside in our breakfast area with only a small pathway to several plants that will periodically need water and a kind word! The movers finished on Tuesday; youngest daughter had knee replacement surgery on Wednesday morning. Mom spent Wednesday afternoon at hospital to give her husband a break to retrieve youngest son from school. She is doing famously well and went home on Thursday afternoon. Whew! Glad all that is done.

Genealogically speaking I have done a bit of greeting, a bit of sourcing for the Sourcerer’s challenge and not much else. I did, however, have a neat experience on Thursday afternoon. I follow the O’Neal surname and saw that there was an O’Neal added with only bare information of burial and a WWII reference. Wondering if he might be somehow connected to my O’Neals, I went to work to find some sources. Cutting to the chase, I found that he was married and his wife was the sister of Vivian Vance aka Ethel Mertz of the I Love Lucy television shows. That was one of my favorite shows way back when so this was really special.

Update for today. The air condioner in our wing of the hotel is having major issues – this morning is the third day it is being worked on. The past two nights were miserable so we snagged another suite on the 3rd floor. The only other available king bed suite available. We were in the process of moving our stuff upstairs when we had to leave to meet the flooring person at the house. Now, carpet replacements are selected and I am headed back to hotel to continue “moving”. Then, I think a nap!

Have a great weekend!

by Virginia Fields G2G6 Pilot (719k points)
Ginny, glad the move has finally been accomplished. Now for the wait to have the floors redone. I hope that does not take long.

Great news about your daughter! Home that quick. Prayers for her and a quick recovery. I know the therapy won't be fun.

Enjoy your nap! I'm going to get one myself. I've already been to Asheville and back. Our mower comes in an hour, so that's all I'll get for a nap.
But Pip, the reason you hired the mower was so you could take more naps.  Or will the noise level prevent napping?
Awesome and epic, I would not have thought a renovation could be so prolonged and involved.  Maybe one more month of bits and odds and ends and then you're home free?
HI Ginny, great find re: the O'Neals. That deserves a 'happy dance'. I wish you very well on your moving sojourn. It doesn't seem like it now, but the wait will be worth it. Take care...

@Beulah: Nah, I can sleep through just about anything! cheeky

Susan - the renovation just started. The flood happened in May but all the contractors were overwhelmed from the big freeze, "Snowmageddon" last February. Many broken pipes and flooded houses! So, we had to wait our turn. Now that they have begun, it is moving along fast in just the past three days. It will slow down again once the wood floors are installed as they have to sit in place for about 2 weeks before being stained and varnished. For today, the move from one floor to another is complete so hopefully there will be no more surprise events during our stay!
Carol, I did enjoy that O'Neal find; it is really fun when that kind of thing unexpectedly happens!
Thank you, Pip, for your good wishes for the house repairs and for Sarah's recovery! I hope you were able to squeeze in a nap - mine never happened but there is always tomorrow!!
+21 votes
From Everett, Washington, greetings. Weary is the right word, Pip.  Anxious and depressed also apply.

These tendencies show up in me regarding my fabric scraps and name collecting.  A pile of each makes me feel less anxious.  Asking for help, considering limited energy, is the best solution.

On Wednesday I sent to a work party where I got batting for about 8 quilts that are now set for me to finish.  One of the backing fabrics was a beautiful but dark batik.  I was told to wash out the excess dye, which is a problem with batiks. I did so yesterday.  Also after much fussing and worry I made one of the Mary Engelbreit fabric backs long enough by adding one strip more, top and bottom, and then another top and bottom strip, until now it's long enough for another batting session next Wednesday.

Fabric is getting more expensive.  Shipping costs going up and up.

My brother in California is helping his wife's sisters while both of them have health problems.  Mostly he is dealing with a legacy from a friend of his, who died leaving everything to my brother, including the house and the lot it sits on.  I remember visiting the place in the 1980s when we would take apricots and persimmons from the extensive yard, formerly an orchard.  The house, however, will have to be torn down after it's fumigated for bedbugs; it's too filthy to go into. It was a place where his friend kept all the hot rod parts he and my brother used to buy on their shopping and swap meet trips.  Now my brother is inheriting the stuff he remembers his friend buying.  

While I was talking on the phone to my brother and he was describing this, I started picking up my own piles and wondering how to dump my fabric, old family group sheets, research notes, etc.  I started with the fabric and after a day I realized that one day will not make a dent. It will have to go back to the place where I got it. As for the papers, they must be gone through, the important documents scanned, and the rest dumped.

Wikitree has been invaluable to me as a way to preserve and describe the research I've done since the 1980s.  

Weatherwise, we have our friendly marine layer today which is bringing some drizzle.  We need a complete rain, though.
by Margaret Summitt G2G6 Pilot (160k points)

laugh Seems that you have found effective method of dealing with the anxiety and the depression, relieving them so they are not so oppressive 

I’m having to do the same with my stuff, Margaret. Go through all my documents and papers, scan what’s important and dump the rest. I do not look forward to that task. Some thing I just cannot throw away, things that were handles and written by my late relatives, especially my maternal grandparents. Sentiment is overflowing in my filing cabinet.
+22 votes
Hello fellow Wiki folk!  I missed last week's chat and felt so out of the loop.  I can't believe how much I missed hearing of everyone's weekly adventures.  Mother Nature decided that the family needed a break and sent a thunderstorm that took out our modem.  Nothing else.  Just the modem. Can you imagine a household where two of the occupants are work-from-home and the other two are teenagers?  Not to mention, me, the Wikitree-er wanting to get more of the French Family members added to the tree!  Needless to say, it was an emotionally draining weekend until the modem got replaced on Monday!  Happily, we are back and settled into our routines of working, playing, and learning online.

The advance of the COVID Delta variant into our area has prompted the powers that be to rethink masking in public places, although I think that most in this "Live Free or Die" state will act accordingly and keep themselves and others safe.  I know that I am leery of going out of doors, but then my health is already compromised so I try to stay as safe as possible.  That's not so easy to do, I am finding.  But I certainly try.

On the genealogy front:  I've been busy adding profiles to the Wikitree of my French family ancestors,  I am so thankful that there have been published as well as hand-written records of the family covering several centuries.  Do you ever find it odd, while you are researching your own family members, that 1770 doesn't seem so long ago?  Sometimes I feel like I could just go visit them in their log cabin or whatever and be able to sit down and ask all of my questions.  Oh! How I wish!

The son-in-law will be pretty busy this weekend.  With Henri headed our way and looking like it will be right over us on Monday as a tropical storm, he is making sure that the chicken coop doesn't have any loose boards or roofing and that the ladies will stay safe through the windy days.  We have already lost half our flock to a rather mean fisher cat, and can't afford to lose anymore.  They have been fantastic providers of our "egg money".

Pip, I could just feel my eyes crossing as you described the creation of your kilt.  All for the good, though, as I am sure that it will be worn with immense pride.  I certainly hope that you will provide us with a photo so that we can admire its workmanship.

Hope all stay well and healthy until we meet up again for next week's Chat.
by Candyce Fulford G2G6 Mach 3 (31.1k points)
Hi Candyce, I had some fun with the French family for a bit. My daughter's paternal line has French connections (not as in the Gene Hackman 'French Connection' movie). And I agree as to your comment about working on 1770 profiles and almost having the ability to have conversations with them...and maybe we are!?
Carol

I recall that you have mentioned working on the French family. Did I ask you then which branch you were working with?  If so. I apologize and I ask again.
I'll check and get back to you on the Chat asap. I have to look at my lists. I've been visiting with family in Wisconsin this past week and didn't do much on profiles.
Hope that Heni will not be a serious problem for you
Me, too. Susan.  Me, too.  But, being the Yankees that we are, we are totally ready for whatever Henri throws at us.  Thank you for your wonderful words of hope. I will take your words and spread them all across New England, OK?
Candyce, I used to think 1770 was a long time ago. That has become much less so after WikiTree. And oh how I am with you: if only I could interview just a couple of my ancestors…
@Candyce Please remind me to check on the French family I was working on during our next Chat. Right now I am working to finish of a bunch of Wyman/Richardsons. Thanks!
Will do.  In the meantime, I'll keep plugging away at the French family line..
+17 votes

Thanks for hosting, Pip.  The highlight of this past week was presenting a speech at a local Toastmasters club meeting.  I decided to give a book review of Crucible of War, which I had discussed in a previous Weekend Chat.  My speech was well-received and I felt more confident than in previous Zoom speeches I've given.

Looking ahead, I am growing increasingly concerned about for the forecast for Sunday and Monday, as Hurricane Henri appears to be tracking more directly in the direction of New England.  I'm less concerned about the rain than about the wind and the possibility of power outages, especially by the seacoast.

Genealogically, I've mostly been working on odds and ends, trimming my watchlist in places and working on watchlist suggestions.  In particular, I've been working on 966 suggestions, some of which involve fixing links to acts on the French departmental websites now that they have moved to non-Flash technology.  It's good that I mostly used detailed citations when I originally sourced the profiles, as this has made it easier to find the "permalinks" on the updated websites.

by Greg Lavoie G2G6 Pilot (322k points)
Hi Greg

Have you ever used the Wayback Machine to create your own permalinks for your citations?  My Voyager guide, Robin, taught me about it.  If I remember correctly it's at archive.org.

Is that "Crucible of War" about the 7 years war? 

> Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766 ... Fred Anderson

Here's the link, Greg.  Don't be afraid to ask questions. https://archive.org/web/
Hi Susan,

Yes, the book in question is the one by Fred Anderson and is about the Seven Years' War.
Greg, I just started Crucible of War (seems I get lots of my books from things recommended here). I’ve done little research or reading in that era, so I expect I’ll be learning a lot. It’ll shed some light on at least one of my ancestor’s participation.
+18 votes
Hello to all from north Georgia, USA!

Hi Pip! Thanks for hosting! I did wonder how you and yours faired with Fred, especially after I saw the flooding in Haywood County. We were fortunate and, although it did rain heavily, it was not as much as predicted and did not cause any severe flooding. Although fully vaccinated, we are wearing masks again, too. The Shepherd tartan is very sophisticated. I know when you finally get it, the kilt with all the accoutrements will look very handsome on you. Now that I've found some of my Scottish ancestral lines I understand why you have so many kilts. I'm collecting more and more names of clans which are part of my heritage. This week I found Murray, Gray, Wemyss, and Erskine.

I saw my doctor this morning. He was very pleased with my weight loss and the drop in my blood sugar. He said the hospital (which is right across from his office) is in the most severe crisis he has seen since the pandemic began.

Workers are here this afternoon doing what I hope is the very last couple of things to our bathroom.

My WikiTree input has been on the low side this past week.

I hope everyone has a terrific weekend! Take care!
by Nelda Spires G2G6 Pilot (362k points)
edited by Nelda Spires

cheekyBear in mind, Nelda, that if you find yourself staring at someone and wondering how they would taste, that you really need to adjust your menu for more carbs and some oils, just a bit more ... that lack of carbs / oils and plain hunger can lead to unseemly behavior devil

Ooo, ooo, I’ve got Erskine ancestry, too, Nelda! Funny, just making some connections here on WikiTree was the lead-in for expanding my kilt collection. When the Shepherd kilt comes in, I’ll be sure to post a photo.
+18 votes

On this day:

1882: The concert ouverture 1812 Ouverture debuts in Moscow.

1912: The founder of the Salvation Army William Booth dies

1915: The Nobel Laureate in Medicine Paul Ehrlich dies.

by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (794k points)

A few weeks ago I wrote for Paul Ehrlich a biography and used it for the topic "Medicine" in the Accuracy week

Hi Jelena, gosh, I remember reading about Paul Ehrlich in 'The Microbe Hunters' by Paul de Kruif in high school biology! If memory serves, and it doesn't always, I think his chapter was titled 'The Magic Bullet' and was on his work finding an agent to cure syphilis. It was the first time I had ever heard of venereal disease.

1812 Overture has been my fav since I was 13. Drove my father nuts because I'd ramp up the volume on the record player to get the full effect ... I loved it.  angel

Papa did not love it. crying

Late for class again, but I DID read about William Booth! Thanks Professor.
+17 votes

Evening from Germany,

where the Covid numbers rise and rise (I know, it's the old song). We are nearing for the whole country the incidence of 50. Urgh.... And then I had a discussion with my removed cousin on the balkan about restrictions that come in his country. The government there decided to put in 14-days quarantine everybody (no matter if they live there or are foreigners) if they are not vaccinated, survivors or have a negative test. He is not vaccinated and doesn't want to. So when I sent him the link where I found the measures he answered (I'm only quoting him): "I saw it. What a ****! I had booked a trip to Spain in September but now I cancelled that." Oh well... He obviously thinks that all news channels that most people call reliable are telling lies.

At the end mum told me to ignore him. I already often do that but sometimes I react. It costs me nerves though.

Personally, there was not that much going on. Mum had the AGM of her Esperanto Club, and when she returned she said: "May I introduce you to the Honorary Member - me."

Genealogy-wise I worked for some days on the biography of Otto von Guericke. Not only did I write a biography (his English one was a copy paste of Wikipedia, it had to go), I connected his grandfather with his father, I sourced some of the earlier unconnected profiles. But actually, currently I'm really done with biographies.

by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (794k points)

sad I have long since wondered if the world will return to "normal" by 2023, with no more Covid or only a few cases per year 

Hi Jelena, I will check out Otto von Guericke's profile this weekend. Well done, you for adding his kin! I am sorry about your trip to Spain! As you know, the Delta variant is spreading like wildfire in the 'Bible Belt' of the USA. These are predominantly the Southeaster states that include Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, etc. And these states have governors that don't support mask mandates, etc. This is such an embarrassment because in the past, the USA led the fight against diseases, including measles, polio, etc. I still wear a mask and my primary care provider gave me a prescription for a 'booster' Covid vaccine because of my age and complex medical conditions. My sadness revolves around these vaccines being FREE across the country and people hold these non-science beliefs! Meanwhile, developing countries are begging for vaccines. And then there is Haiti and Afghanistan. Not such a good week at all.
Carol, it's not my trip, it's his (my relative's) trip. We will stay with our butts at home until the situation normalized at least a bit. He, on the other hand, considers it mostly a disease of old people (I know he's wrong, but he won't get it) and can't understand that now children are vaccinated "considering they don't have symptoms". When I told him to google for "long covid children" he said: "I can google it, but the results are mostly lies anyway." Urgh, I'm soooooooooo sick of these discussions.
Jelena, I feel your frustration. And we have plenty of people here in the states who think it's all lies until they are in the ICU getting intubated. They ask for the vaccine and are told it's too late.
Jelena, my younger daughter and her husband are planning a trip to a Paris and Vienna for this fall, but I’m beginning to wonder if it might not be best if they didn’t go just yet. That trip was cancelled last year.

Pip, they might be able to follow the development of the incidence in Europe here.

@Jelena Otto's profile looks VERY NICE! I just checked him out.
Thanks Carol. I learned a lot about him and Physics.
+17 votes
Greetings and Salutations, Fellow WikiTreers!

It's been decent weather here in Indianapolis. Some sun. Some rain. Hot but tolerable. Rain looks to be moving in now, so looks like my walk might be postponed.

My grandson is growing - he's 9 months old now - and has learned "Mama", has learned to crawl, and the other day we got a video of him pulling himself to a standing position from the floor to the edge of the couch, and edging himself along the couch trying to stand and sort of walk along the way. Looks like trouble ahead, as he's becoming seriously mobile and all the old rules are out the door. With the crawling, power cords were starting to become risky to have in his vicinity, but if he gets to the walking, the bookshelves, books, nicknacks on end tables, and even tablecovers will be no match for his tiny hands. Let the games begin! We'll try to outguess what not allowed things he's going to grab next and try to prevent it, and keep shoving positive things at him, and we'll see who wins.

Looks like another funeral this week. One of our deacons came down with pancreatic cancer, and it was only a matter of weeks before he was gone. That stuff is really horrible, and in most cases, they diagnose it too late to do anything about it. I guess it was a blessing and a curse that it happened so quickly, but he's in a better place now. No more worries. No more pain.

I've been working a bit with the Living Notables and I think we're down to a list of 300 that still need some work. At least from list #1. I've only dabbled with list#2 and I keep finding more hiding in the woodworks, so this may end up being the song that does not end. I have been working on Margaret O'Brien (the actress) and thought I had a solid connection, but after picking up her biography, I'm not so sure. I had to mark her father as "uncertain" as she was told her father died in 1936, two months before her birthday. But the story sounds like something you'd tell a child when you don't want them asking about their Daddy. Something along the lines of "Daddy worked in the circus, and went to Mexico and died, so he won't be coming around." Sometimes he was a trumpet player. Sometimes he was a bareback rider. Sometimes he died in a gambling hall brawl. Other times it was a car accident. The story kept changing. Either way, it's left me in a dilemma over her. At the moment, I left the father there, marked him uncertain, and I'm going to find a connection on her mother's side. There's some oddities to deal with over there, but at least her Mom's side is more consistent and definitely connected to Margaret. So if I can get a connection there, I might just disconnect the father, mark his name as a "potential" in the biography, and leave him off until more research can be done. Oh well...

From a Covid standpoint, we've gone back to wearing masks in public. Just seems like the safer thing to do for now. I had a Pastor I know who did our renewal of vows ceremony who caught Delta in Florida, and spent 2 weeks in the hospital gasping for air. He's home now, but on oxygen, and thankfully no longer in pain with each breath. But the doctors are expecting a long recovery, so he's taking it one day at a time. While I'm not a huge fan of vaccinations in general, I did get the shot(s), as I don't know how I'd fare with my light case of asthma. I'm hearing boosters have now been approved, so I'm sure that will be the next stage. I will be paying close attention to how this will go, as there's an opportunity to travel out of the country next summer and I will have to follow whatever protocols are in place around that time. Too much still in flux at the moment to know for sure.

Anyway - stay safe everyone and keep taking precautions.
by Scott Fulkerson G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
Hi Scott, always great to see your posts on the Chat. First, I am so glad and thank you so much for getting vaccinated even if your are not a fan of vaccines. I am speaking as a nurse and a family member. You are not only protecting yourself, you are protecting your family and community, which is real love! And with a history of asthma, you should be on the list for the booster when the time comes. I've already gotten a prescription from my physician for a booster given my age and complex health conditions. And I still wear a mask wherever I go. I've never stopped.

Isn't it something to be a grandparent and watch these babies grow? And time goes so fast! My youngest grandson turned 17 on July 28th. It was just yesterday that I was holding his mother in my arms!

It sounds like you are facing real challenges with these Notables. Your word about Margaret O'Brien's family history is quite a tangled tale. Let me know if I can ever help. I like to take breaks from my own family and the Cornwall/Devon England Team activities to try and stay fresh. You take care!
Scott, those family stories are always interesting; sometimes there's some truth to them, and sometimes you have to wonder.  (One of mine, a few generations back:  "Daddy was an Admiral in the British Royal Navy and died at sea when I was a baby."  Uh huh.  I'm chasing another one now about a stolen patent and mysterious disappearance.)
Liza, so true about family stories! I remember my dad barefoot, dressed in chinos and Fruit of the Loom undershirt leaning back in his easy chair while drinking a Blatz beer right from the bottle and scratching his belly while saying 'We're Welsh and descended from Welsh royalty.' That was over 50 years ago. There was a kernel of truth. We are descended from Welsh royalty, but about 700 to 900 years ago! And he insisted were were fully Welsh. He forgot about his mother and her parents from Germany. And his paternal side had about 100 PGMers from England (not Wales), along with some Irish, Scots and Vikings thrown in for good measure.
Scott, I am so sorry to hear about your deacon. I had a high school/college friend who I also went to church with, a really fine fella, who was diagnosed with the same. He died three weeks late. He was unwilling to go through the treatment and just let it take it’s course.

Learning to walk. When our youngest started at about 10 or 11 months, we decided not to put everything away so that we could teach her to not mess with stuff. It was a challenge, but in the long run it worked.

Raining again here. Great for the trees, shrubs, and such, but it outs a damper in other things. Glad we went to the store earlier today after church!
+20 votes

Good morning all from sunny Fairney View, Queensland Australia on this wonderful Saturday. The weather here is already showing signs of spring even if formally the start date for that is 1st September. 

It has been a busy week with my full-time, real-world day-job, so my WikiTree time has suffered. frown

I am still working from home in a neighbouring state to where my job and my family are based. That state is not enjoying the same level of freedom that we have here in Queensland. They are entering the second week of a state-wide stay at home lock down. I am grateful that we in Australia have been spared much of the impacts felt in other locations around the globe but it is hard not to be concerned for those you love who are where you cannot help them (except remotely and over the net etc). 

On a more positive note we have dear friends ccoming to visit today so I will go and meet them and wish you all a great weekend. smiley

by Rosalie Neve G2G6 Pilot (109k points)
Rosalie, while sitting at home is not really fun for most people, I am grateful that Australia (and currently NSW) handle Covid that way. In my opinion the ZeroCovid-strategy is much healthier than the strategy of "not letting the hospitals overflow with patients", which is the strategy of us in Germany. I know your relatives need patience and good entertainment, but at least they probably won't catch the virus sitting at home.
Very true Jelena. They all have enough open land around their homes for the children to be able to play outside without leaving their properties so we are all indeed very blessed.
Howdy, Super Greeter! Let me take a moment to say just how much I appreciate how you jump in to fill open slots all the time.

I saw some videos his weekend from Australia about the protests in Melbourne concerning the restrictions. A little frightening!

Aww Pip - you made me blush blush. It is a pleasure to be part of the Greeter Gang and I look forward to when I will have more certianty over what time I can give each week. 

And yes the recent 'freedom protests' are frightening. The most concerning part is the blatent criminal behavour that is occuring along side and being blurred with a more general civil disobedience. sad 

+16 votes
Thank you, dear members, for your responses, and thank you, dear Pip, for hosting.  We are wet and expecting more rain, here in Braman Corners.

I am grateful for the many WikiTree members who contributed to profiles that I manage.  I am interested in local and regional history, and have created and worked on  many profiles who are not related to me, but are of local importance.
by Mark Weinheimer G2G6 Pilot (450k points)
Hi Mark, just a chat note to say hello and thank you for all your support with our Richardson kin. I'll be adding some of their children over the next couple of weeks after I finish some Wyman/Richardson kin I started in 2018. I had a bit of a 'miff' last night working on a Wyman (who is related to Richardson via marriage and ancestry). I started tracing the Richardson/Wyman family of Hadley Richardson, who was the first wife of Ernest Hemingway. I got stuck and instead of working from now to back, I switched from way back to now. I left a note on several Wyman profiles (orphaned) with my WT handle saying that I would complete these profiles. This was back in late 2018 (and no one else was working on them!). So last night I completed his wife, and then turned to him. I found some smart arse WT person left a note saying 'finish when...started in 2018.' It was hurtful and irritating because he had no idea how long and which way I had been working on this particular family. He left a note stating he completed the sources. Yeh, right. It didn't look any better than the way I left it! Meanwhile, it took me nearly 3 years to connect all these Wyman/Richardson profiles to get back to this family! I finished his profile last night (Wyman-1164) and it is full and complete even with an image. I also determined his relationship to Hadley Richardson. He's her uncle.

So, I will let you know when I complete this family and you can see your relationship to these Wyman/Richardsons. Oh...and the profiles directly related to Hadley, wife of Ernest? I'm not the PM, but had rewritten the profiles with inline sources and photos. Now I will go lick my wounds and have a beer.
How neat that is!  I've been fortunate to find links, here on the tree, this week, to my wife's family.  Lots of PGM folks.
Mark, I’ve seen that you folks have had your share of the weather this year. Hope that the hurricane didn’t dump too much on you.
We're having a bit more of the weather, today, but we hope we won't have a repeat of Irene.

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