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WikiTree profile: Pip Sheppard
closed with the note: Great Chat, everyone! See you next week.
in The Tree House by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)
closed by Pip Sheppard

Greetings to all my fellow WikiChatterers from a rainy Cathey’s Creek, North Carolina!!

This is the first weekend in a while that it is raining here in Rainsylvania (Transylvania) County, North Carolina. The warm weather is bringing flowers in abundance and folks out of their homes for yard work and projects.

On the Home Front 1: Today was supposed to be a visit to a new doctor to have several things checked out, but mainly my left shoulder from which I now hear grinding and popping sounds. I got a call earlier this week from the office saying they needed to reschedule, so now it is May 10th. <sigh> The days after working outside doing some heavy lifting and such, my arm is nearly totally useless. Pain patches and Ibuprofen don’t seem to touch it, and sleep is difficult. Grrrr!!!!

On the Home Front 2: The tea cart we are refinishing for our daughter is just about ready for the stain. It has been a chore for both of us. My wife has done most of the paint removal, and I am starting to work on the structural integrity of the nearly 60 yr old cart. It’s going to be beautiful when we’re finally done with it. I’ll be sure to post a pic when we’re finished.

On the WikiTree Front 1: Exciting news!!! For years the rumor was that our ancestor, William Lawing, was transported. A cousin here on WikiTree found the Old Bailey court cases that sent our ancestor to Virginia in 1746-47. The parents were named in the first case (judged not guilty), and despite his plea to give up his accomplices in the second case, the Lord Mayor decided transportation was the necessary outcome. It seems that our ancestor had a taste for watches, other people’s watches! My hat is off to Pat Kilgore for the excellent research. Now it’s time to get to work on his profile with all of the updated information. This Monday will be his great-granddaughter’s 170th birthday: Hettie Lawing Underwood, who also happens to be my great-grandmother.

On the WikiTree Front 2: The new feature of the monthly Integrators Challenge is to create or improve profiles from the Category: Needs Profiles Created. So far, it appears that many of these already have pertinent information or leads on the profiles, so… easy peasy finding more info on Family Search. It’s a great way to get away from my own family lines to expand other families.

On the WikiTree Front 3: The England Project’s Orphan Trail is graduating members right and left, but I want to give a shout out to my friend, David Selman, for his accomplishment, graduating just this week.

Have a wonderful Chat, everyone. This is one of my favorite features of WikiTree. Get you friends posting, too. We all love hearing about what’s going on!

Thanks for hosting, Pip.
A privilege and a pleasure!
I always enjoy reading your weekly summaries. Sorry about your shoulder and I hate that you have to wait so long to see a doctor since you're in such discomfort. Fascinating about your ancestor who was transported. What seemed a harsh sentence for him personally, though, ended up being good for his descendants, I suppose. Thanks, again, for being such a charming host of "Weekend Chat"!
@Nelda my almost neighbor: William was only about 14 when he was transported, the youngest age for that add. to law. Just glad he survived the trip. About 60 were transported with him.  

Thank for the compliment! I do enjoy this feature of WikiTree!
Hope you feel better, man. If worst comes to worst, we'll get some WD-40 for those joints. =)

I hate joint issues. I have a few myself. My right ankle has two screws in it and gets irritated sometimes. It's annoying because I love running. So, it's best to do it in short bursts. Perhaps I need some WD-40 also.....
Don’t think I’ve haven’t thought about it, the WD-40. I once had a doc tell me if I twisted my ankle one more time, I’d wear a brace for the rest of my life. Basketball. Sheesh!
Basketball is a rough sport, man. Though a cousin of mine can make free throws with one hand. She's really good.

I have an ankle brace, too. I used to need it. Not so much now. I have special in-soles in my sneakers.
Hi Pip, thanks for hosting!! (I’ll post more when I’m on my pc)

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Hi everyone! Today is....



The doorbell rings, and you hear the other people in the house all yell, “The pizza is here! The pizza is here!”

April 5th recognizes a food holiday that pizza lovers all across the country will enjoy. It is National Deep Dish Pizza Day.

  • In ancient Greece, the Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs and cheese which some people believe is the beginning of the pizza.
  • In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled “πίτα,” pita, meaning pie. 
  • A sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey, then flavored with bay leaves was developed by the Romans.
  • The modern pizza had its beginning in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread.
  • The original pizza used only mozzarella cheese, mainly the highest quality buffalo mozzarella variant which was produced in the area surrounding Naples.
  • It was estimated that the annual production of pizza cheese in the United States in 1997 was 2 billion pounds.
  • The first United States pizza establishment opened in 1905 in New York’s Little Italy.
  • Pizza has become one of America’s favorite meals.


Order (or make) your pizza a deep dish one. Then top it with whichever toppings you choose and enjoy it!

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2m points)

Inquiry minds wanta know, did he eat  "DEEP DISH PIZZA"?? laughcheeky

Pip, you got it!   "There will come soft rains..."

Pip. Susan L and Virginia F, (and anyone else) ... should you ever come to Nashville Tennessee or surrounding areas you got to go to Sumner County and check out Hendersonville's "Sanders Ferry Pizza and Pub"  URL: http://sandersferrypizzaandpub.com/   google it for great pizza photos!!!   Let me know if your near that area, I will personally treat you to one of their pizza's myself. (Just give me 24 hour notice so I can plan to go there myself to meet you smiley)

You are sweet Dorothy you never know where life will take you

How is your wonderful dog

Susan: They both are doing well, my own dog, Lexie the border collie is 7 years old this month and my namesake service dog "Dottie"  in training (not actually mine) but going to another service member, is doing well in training!!!!

If in Nashville? Oh, boy, I’m gonna remember that!

Pizza tomorrow! With relatives in town. Can’t wait.
I would love to have a border collie! I just need something for them to herd.
We had pizza for supper tonight !! Not deep dish but delish just the same !!

Dorothy your puppies are so beautiful.
Dorothy Lexie look adorable as always what a lovely service dog they are both adorable thank You for sharing those wonderful photos Dorothy
Pip I could not write this better myself
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Spring is probably here so another 8 weeks until most planting is safe to do. Peas and leeks went into the ground this week. I'm spending time prepping the beds. Soil report says only nitrogen needed so that is easy. Soil pH is almost 7.9 so some plants just won't like it. The farm next door has also started getting ready.  Not sure when it is safe to plant hemp but the equipment is out there every day now.

On the WikiTree front, I did move all the children of an ancestor that I grumbled about last week to the correct ancestor. The incorrect one was a real person but was chosen because baptism date and name were close and the location was about 10 miles from where my ancestor said he was from. If you read that one's father's will, it becomes obvious that he wasn't my ancestor. Also fixed up his wife so that line is now reasonable. Now to go in and improve the documentation. Also spent some time on Canadian Prime Ministers trying to connect one up to the main tree.

The go/no-go on the family reunion events in 2020 will be made on the 15th. Our research project will continue regardless but it will be nice to start convincing cousins to have a reunion of descendants of my paternal grandparents plus some broader reunions.
by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (341k points)
edited by Doug McCallum
Wow C I am so proud of you the photo are wonderful thank You for sharing

What two adorable cat you have
Thanks to your training course you gave me all day!!!
Cinder and Ash could be relatives of three of ours (Copper, Mica and Onyx). Are yours full tortie? That is, are they more neurotic than your average cat.The one in the foreground looks a lot like Onyx.

I'll try and take some pictures later today (cats and flowers)
That's what we were told at the shelter, tortoise. Can't wait to see yours Doug!
Perfectly named!

Here's a photo of the north wall in my sunroom.

Mica was cooperative:

What a adorable cat really cute and you are right the cat look like C cat

And what a fantastic flower you have thank You for sharing really a treasure to look at
Great setup, lovely laid back cat!
Mica is our "problem" kitty. She weighs as much as her two sisters combined and has been on restricted food for more than a year.
Ah you must bye a running machine for her
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Hey Pip, thanks for hosting!

Greetings, WikiCousins!

Yikes, it's April!  I should probably get going on some of these tax returns.

A glass truck just parked in front of my building.  The driver emerged and approached the entrance wearing a Stetson and a poncho.  It looks like a real poncho, I mean a Mexican poncho, but it could be a Sears poncho.

At this time of year, I sometimes question the reality of what I observe.


by Herbert Tardy G2G6 Pilot (521k points)
Oh dear I put a grey squirrel on can’t you se it strange I try again
Susan, I spoke to FedEx and they said they won't ship a bear to Denmark.  I will let you know when I have a new plan.
Ho ho Herbert i have the same problem the red squirrel will not leave to USA because of your long cold weather

Talking about bears we just received two panda bears in our zoo yesterday they are adorable
Can anyone se the grey squirrel eating nuts
Herbert can you se photo of the grey squirrel eating nuts
No not yet!
I see two large white spaces.  White squirrels in a blizzard?
please dont laugh C i have put the photo on private with a log i will be back thank you for helping me
I would never laugh at you Susan! These things happen, it is life huh.
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Hello Pip, and all members. Hope everyone is healthy and happy. Take care of that shoulder area Pip.

Took a walk through the cemetery where my parents are buried this morning. Folks are starting to put out some artificial flowers and decorations.

I have been reading a book this week my niece purchased and is leaving me read, "The Genealogical Record of Reverend Hans Herr and His Direct Descendants." Great book

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Spend time with your families, and make some memories. They are priceless.
by Rodney Long G2G6 Pilot (346k points)
I love walks though my folks’ cemeteries. I just live too far from the homeplace to do it. I’ve settled for visiting relatives I never knew I had here until much later, where my paternal grandmother as born.
hi Rodney lovely toes you here

Things look different with flowers on.

Wish you a great weekend too
I worked as a groundskeeper at a cemetery once, the busiest time of year for flowers being left was Mother's Day. What I didn't like is the huge amount of waste from glass vases, many beautiful ones would get thrown away, we would leave them besides the dumpster so people could take them if they wished.
A little late but it was nice reading about you on the meet our members Rodney, we live near each other so my garden sounds like yours. I do better growing things in the ground than in pots. So ready for some greenery! Some of the daffodils are blooming.
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Hi Pip thank You for hosting.

How terrible sad to hear about your shoulder. Could you be working to much on the computer?

Wow Pip that is exciting news about your found you must be so happy.

Glad we both have a comment friend in David Selman he is a treasure don’t know what I would do with out him.

I been working on my husbands family he certainly has a big family but I am enjoying working on them.

We are home after 3 weeks walking in Tenerife but are going again 11 May two weeks it is a fantastic place for walking.

Wish everyone a great chat from Copenhagen
by Susan Laursen G2G Astronaut (2.5m points)

There you are! Glad to hear from you, Susan! You’ve been working your husband’s lines and that reminds me I need to get back to creating profiles and connecting for my wife's lines. I’ll get to it. I just have to decide to put other things aside for a while... but not yet. smiley

Yes I have to work on my husbands family, his mother’s brother are 100 this years so I phone him and can get lots of answer.

He is awesome man.

Please Pip be careful with your shoulder I know of course you are not much on the computer

Maybe you should work on your wife’s family

Look after your self my friend

My uncle will also be turning 100 years old this year as well !!!!
Wow Robynne please remember to ask him About the family it is so important. Elder people has so much information that are gold for people that work with genealogy
Already done his family tree. Just havent put into wikitree yet because he is still living...   And he even wrote his memoirs, of which I have a copy!!  Don't worry!!  It's all under control!! :)
Well done Robynne I wish every family member would write there memories I certainly wish my parents had done that
Welcome back from your trip Susan, and happy return trip when you go back.

Wow your husband's side is long lived Susan.  Your family as well Robynne.  My only claim to knowing someone who lived that long was our homeopath who passed at the age of 102 plus he worked up until a few months before his passing.
Thank You Nicole how kind of you. Poul has so big a family and they almost most of them live in on city call Dragør so They are much easier to find than mine.

Wow 102 that is a high ages and still working what a man
Glad to have you back, and glad you had  good time on your vacation Susan. Have a great weekend.
100 is a good milestone. Had one great aunt who almost made 102. She's the one who knew everything but wouldn't talk about the past, unfortunately.
Wow Doug that is a high ages did you meet her she must have so much to tell about family I believe elderly family members are priceless don’t you
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Good morning Pip and All,

Thanks once again for hosting, Pip, and for all you do here for our WikiTree family!

On my home front, last week ended with a colossal computer crash on Saturday night as I was greeting. Just clicked on a wrong thing as I was checking on a surname. My computer guru - husband was out of town so I had to persevere until he returned. He spent ALL DAY Monday wiping the drive clean and then reloading Windows, etc. I lost all my programs so I have been restoring those and am still not finished. It is amazing how dependent we now are on technology!!

Last night we had dinner with eldest daughter and family celebrating her birthday. (Whisper - she turned 50) Hard to believe. She was our first and she and I grew up together!!! Parenthood matures the parents!!

On the WikiTree front: I was finally able to merge profiles on three of my ancestors; still waiting on one other. Continuing with Greeting which I really enjoy. Made it to Mach 2 - so small compared to many but at least climbing that ladder!!

Here is my funny of the week:

This was in Edgefield County, SC.

O'Neall, Rev. Lark. died April 6, 1881, age 70."A Methodist preacher for many years and then he became a Baptist."   Wonder what happened there????

Have a good week-end everyone.
by Virginia Fields G2G6 Pilot (279k points)

Ginny, I think I’d just lay down and die if my computer crashed. Fortunately, I have a laptop and a desktop... great backup!

Think Lark “saw the light?” laughlaugh 

Yikes on the computer crash Ginny.  We have become so dependent on them.

I liked your funny.  Things do happen in life !
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Hails and horns, Wikipeeps!

Today is April 5th aka First Contact Day. For those who don't know, April 5th 2063 was the day Zephram Cochrane tested the first warp capable starship built out of a nuclear weapon. The story of this day is chronicled in the 1996 film Star Trek: First Contact: https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Trek:_First_Contact

Yes, I am a nerd. And no I don't care. =)

On the genealogy front I've been using the Genealogical Proof Standard like a boss this week. I gave my 4x great-grandmother Patty/Martha Smart's page a much needed overhaul. I dug and dug and even contacted a few people. Many of them gave me a ton of information. I was of course thankful. It's good to get information and consolodate it all into one spot. And that's what I did there. I don't know why but the last few weeks have seen me revamping the pages for ancestors in NH and Massachusetts. It's probably a good thing because in the end it benefits everyone who is going to look this stuff up. 

I also used Fold3's limited time free access to check out her son, George Mace. Some sad stories there. Oof. Thanks go out to the Wikitreers who helped find the info I needed. Now it's just a matter of finding info about her kids with Jonathan West and I'll be all set. They had two twin girls in the mid 1840s before he died. They also had another girl. I'm trying to find info. Some sources say one of the twins was in Haverhill near her half brother, Jeremiah, my 3x great-grandfather. I'll dig later. 

On the non genealogical front, it's still a little cold out there. But, I did help my parents out in the yard. They're plotting their garden goodies. We're also getting ready for my brother and his family's visit later this month. Should be a lot of fun!

by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (285k points)
Howdy, Chris! I commend you for doggedness in hunting down your family’s info.
Thanks, man. =D There are still a few odds and ends to look up. I'm like half-way there for making profiles of the twins. I need more input. Some places say that they died in the 1880s. Others say they died when they were ten. Need proof.
Yaaaay for First Contact. I'm a nerd too!!
Excellent! =D
Nothing wrong with being a nerd, nothing at all!
Nope. =D

hope you can se it now  my husband are feeding the squirrel in hyde park it is a grey C

I see the cute squirrel here!
Thank You my wonderful C you save my evening I am so grateful for your help
Ditto to what you said Susan! I haven't posted a pic yet though.
Love it!!!
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Friday Greetings WikiFriends,

On the homefront: Tomorrow I'm attending a bachelor party for one of my closest friends. His wedding is in June; I'm a groomsman. It looks to be a wild night of go-karting and moderate beer-drinking.

In the world of genealogy: more Ancestry DNA match reviewing. Sourced some unsourced Michigan profiles.

Received requests from others to be on the Trusted List of my own profile, also of my grandmother. I asked the person who requested to be on my profile's Trusted List if they meant to request access to a different profile I manage, but I have not heard back.

The requested to be on the TL of my grandmother came earlier today, and hasn't responded yet to my request for more information regarding his interest. I know he's not someone I share this ancestor with, as I know my first cousins.

I know we're to be open to collaboration on WikiTree, but I feel like this might be a case where I'd be justified in not granting this request. My grandmother died less than a decade ago and is directly connected to the profiles of my living relatives (created before I understood better about profiles of living people - but that's why all living people have unlisted profiles, right?). Thoughts?

Perhaps this wasn't the right place to ask, but I didn't want to attract attention and I feel quite uneasy about this.

P.S. It occurs to me that these both came when I was member of the week - did anyone else receive attention that made them uncomfortable when they were?

by Thomas Fuller G2G6 Mach 6 (69.5k points)

Hi, Thomas! I think it’s fine to ask here. I would be uncomfortable granting TL access if I did not how a person had a connection. Just wait it out and see what happens, if you get a response.

Bachelor party does not = moderate drinking. laugh

Stations tonight?

When I was Member of the Week the most help requests (for me it was mostly requests for help with German records) came on Wednesday and Thursday, when the weekly email was sent out. I wondered what had happened, but then realised the correlation
Jelena, I’m surprised you don’t get these requests 24/7!
I think it will be pretty moderate, all the attendees are pretty devout, and mostly family men already.

No stations at church tonight, this is a typical Friday when my wife works late. I'm thinking about busting out the books after she gets home though.

Hey Thomas, congrats on your Member of the Week!  20 degrees for me.  Please bachelor responsibly.  smiley

That is strange Thomas to get those requests, always err on the side of caution is how I look at things, or try to anyways, should have listened harder to myself over the years! Have fun at the party!
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Kia Ora Pip and fellow WikiTreers. Sorry to hear about your shoulder, Pip. Both my shoulders have been frozen in the last 5 years so you have my sympathy.

This weekend is the end of daylight saving here in New Zealand. We’re moving into autumn and the end of the summer growing season. The fruit of the week is feijoas or pineapple guava. Although it’s a South American fruit, many NZ gardens have a bush but not everyone likes them. I’ve made a cake and will freeze the flesh to eat over the winter with breakfast.

On the Wikitree front, I’ve been slowly working through the family of Sir William Larnach as I realised he wasn’t here. For anyone whose been to Dunedin, he built Larnach’s Castle on Otago Peninsula. (Robynne, I’m sure you’ve been there.) I’m still looking for a connection to the main tree but I’m taking my time sourcing the profiles of his children and grandchildren and their spouses. I have to stop myself going off down rabbit holes, but have made notes of people who will need profiles made.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone. Oh and I forgot to mention that we’ve had fibre broadband installed. What a difference!
by Fiona McMichael G2G6 Pilot (133k points)
Hi Fiona! Sounds like you’ve taken in a major project with Sir William! Rabbit holes are the norm around here, it seems.
Kia Ora Fiona. I fell in love with feijoas, especially in ice cream, when we were in New Zealand. We did go to Dunedin so I'm familiar with the castle.  sounds like a fun project.
It’s a very interesting project and I’m blessed with easy to find resources and some great names - not a John Smith in sight! I’m loving the wills. In a small country like New Zealand, it’s fascinating to see how the “rich and famous” are interconnected.
Nice that resources are available and no John Smiths. My wife deals with those although most of her Smiths had distinctive given names. Her Browns and Jones are the bad ones. Then her Zinks are all Johan. Enjoy your research.
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Welcome to the weekend everyone. Thanks for hosting Pip, hope the shoulder gets better.

After a few days of nice weather it is now damp and dreary. Just great for staying inside and, what else, working on genealogy.

I have not done much genealogy except for trying to search for churches. I have pretty much reached the conclusion that there just weren't any (or very very few quite a ways away) in Central New York between 1800 and 1830. I do see that many churches were established in the late 1820s in the towns along the Erie Canal (which opened in the late 1820s), leading credence to the story that some of those canal towns, in addition to being prosperous, had their share of bars and houses of ill repute. I have contacted a town historian to see if I might be able to find more information when I visit this summer. By law, each town in New York must have an historian. It's great once you know which town you are looking in.

I did add a few profiles for descendants of my ggg grandmother. Sort of hit my "sad allowance" for the week yesterday, when I found a couple who had premature babies in 1902 and 1906, neither living a full day, then a stillborn in 1916.

I have been looking through my sources, trying to determine if I have sufficient information for a Mayflower (or DAR) submission.
by Kay Sands G2G6 Pilot (262k points)
Howdy Kay! Now that’s a law that oughta be adopted nationwide, a town historian for each town. I like that!
Kay, Our local library has a staff genealogist who will help anyone with research if you make an appointment and have a filled our pedigree chart. I met with her once and she was impressed with the chart I had but she could not help me much, I had more information than she could find. She did help me access some source databases they have for the patrons.
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Happy weekend, everyone!  I'll be spending it WikiTreeing with one hand tied behind my back... literally (pretty much).  Broke my right wrist skating yesterday, so I'm typing one handed.  Surgery Tuesday, then a few weeks of recovery.

After spending last weekend looking at my brother's Y-DNA results, I'm now diving into investigating my single auDNA match on my paternal ggf's line (I know our closest set of ancestors but he matches on more than one line).  I've got a cluster of people who match him, and by checking Gedmatch and FTDNA I've confirmed they match a particular chromosome 3 segment.  Now to find the common ancestor for all of them...
by Lisa Hazard G2G6 Mach 8 (82k points)
Sorry about your wrist, Lisa!  Visible injuries require good stories, but not necessarily true ones.  I had a professor who showed up one day with a nasty wound on his face.  I heard him give four or five completely different explanations.
I'm going to start telling people I fell on my double axel.  If they question it, I'll say it was actually my quad.  (I can really do those... that's the one where you get down on all fours, right?)

Lisa, that’s a great excuse for not grading essays! laugh Get well soon!

Ouch on the wrist Lisa, sending good vibes your way for surgery to go well then you will be skating on all fours againlaugh

People need to stop getting injured. Hope you feel better, soon, Lisa. :) Goos luck with the surgery!
Sorry about the wrist!
I agree with Chris, people need to stop getting injured. Hope the surgery/recovery goes well (and quickly).
Wow, our new mystery cousin (~1200 cM match to my mom) just replied to us!  She's adopted and knows nothing about her birth parents.  I've offered to help; hoping she gives me access to her match list so I can try to puzzle it out.
Wow! That a load of cM! Let us know how it turns out, Lisa!
I know, right?  Just above the range for 1C, just below the range for half sib.  I've been able to rule out half niece and half aunt.  Double cousin (1C + 2C?) is a possibility.  My grandfather had 9 siblings, so sorting this out is going to be interesting.
Gotta love a good mystery, right?
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Sorry about the shoulder Pip, I can relate. We got back a bit ago from looking at houses with the step son, about a 3 hour project and about an hour and a half into it my knee and hip started screaming at me, too many falls over the years. We gave up on the farm due to the cost but we have another possibility and we are waiting to hear about the price point at this time, and no Pip it would not mean moving further north, in fact it would not mean moving at all because we would be buying the place we are renting. I have not done much on WikiTree this week due to all of the house hunting, both ours and the step son but I did create a profile for "The Ghoul" Ron Swede who died on April Fools day, go figure. That profile is located at https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Sweed-11 . Just saw that the weather is going to be mostly dry and in the 60's or 70's until Tuesday so I might spend some time doing yard work this weekend. I have moved most of my stuff onto the "new" laptop and am getting used to the bigger keyboard so that is a plus. I also finished assembling the Raspberry Pi computer and hope to start working on programming that soon, Just as soon as I learn the syntax for that version of Linux, and get it ready for the booth at the festival later this month. I also have a meeting on the 15th to schedule some ham radio license classes, I can't slow down I guess. I will try to at least try to do some on WikiTree every day but with the weather improving  I make no promises.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
Oh, Dale, I know about knee and hip pain, too, especially in long drives (the hip) or getting up too quickly and awkwardly (the knee).

Improving weather. I wish I could put the chores aside and WikiTree, but the call is too strong. Outside I go!
These days just about all of my joints go snap crackle and pop when I move.
Wow! Dale and Pip.

I know about the knee pain. Had a knee replacement in 2015. Last May (2018) the appliance came un-cemented. Had it replaced in June - just one month shy of the original surgery. The second one went much better than the first. Not perfect but it walks!!!
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Hi all and good evening from the European side of the pond :)

Pip and Lisa, I hope you feel better soon. I can relate to joint pain and surgeries, had more than enough of them on my knee.

On the home front it was again quite a calm week, there was much Snooker on TV which is the only sport mum also watches. Last night I accompanied mum to the club meeting of the Esperanto-club as there was a "lecture" about the German Nobel Prize laureate in economics and the Game-Theory, where he was one of the most influential developers of. In fact I wanted to see his brother, he is a saxophonist in a Jazz band and we both have met him several times after concerts. Considering I made a real profile of the one of the Nobel Prize winner and created the profiles of his siblings, wife and parents, it was also an opportunity to get the latest news about the family and to hear a bit more.

Genealogy-wise I worked with WT-suggestions I got from MyHeritage and killed of seemingly zillions of people. (Mean I clicked the dot saying "they are dead for sure, but I don't know when they died.)

Beside that I found a suggestion that is stupid enough for me to work with it during the Clean-A-Thon, so I signed up this week. It's the third Thon I participate and it's the third team I work with, this time I'm a NorEastern.... Beware, profiles with USA in locations and same time dates of before 1776! I'm gonna find you ;)

Yaaaawn, I think, this is it for now. Have a nice weekend everybody :)
by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (344k points)
Jelena, you are as busy as a bee! (I know about that “killing off people.” I do it, too!)
Yay Jelena. We're on the same Thon team!
+13 votes
Greetings from Everett, Washington!

Today I have seen heavy rain and cold wind.  Tomorrow is our outdoor gig at the opening day for the Mukilteo Lighthouse.  I have not heard a weather report for noon tomorrow.  Last year the wind and clouds broke just long enough for us to get the ceremony in.

The plum tree was sawed completely down and I saw it only after my husband had done the job. He said it was rotten on the inside.  I dunno.  I am sad to see it go.

Before the latest storm, our neighbor built a roof over our deck.  No more full moon shining directly into my bedroom window.  I like having a roof there.  Soon the lower part will be enclosed so I can move the stationary bike in there.

Today I worked on a profile for pioneer missionaries to Oregon (no, not my great-grandfather).  One was a Methodist (Rev. James Harvey Wilbur) and one an Episcopalian (Rev. St. Michael Fackler).  The town of Wilbur, Oregon was named after Rev. Wilbur.  I have connected them both through the Fackler line.
by Margaret Summitt G2G6 Mach 7 (77.1k points)
Margaret, we, too, know the bliss of a covered back deck (finished last spring).  Lovely to be able to sit outside sun or rain and enjoy it.

It’s hard to lose a “landmark” tree, one that’s been here for so long. Makes me wonder if the last pear tree of my great-grandfather’s orchard is still back home.
+11 votes
Good evening all - Thanks for hosting Pip and sorry to hear about the shoulder.  I have never had joint issues but I can feel the loss of mobility for you.  Helping your wife with re-newing that cabinet must be taxing your energy... or are you the supervisor?

On the genealogy front:  I think I found the parents to an uncle, still need more info to confirm,  It is turning out to be a sad story.  His father died a few months after his birth, the last of several children.  Then he marries my father's sister and dies right after the birth of the last child of several.  Their are no living cousins to ask questions.

On the home front... I thought I would give Origami a try.  Our good friend Steven Tibbets sent me some "easy stuff" to try. And thank you for your generosity Steven.  I managed to do some napkin folding, that's okay that is cloth.  Now the paper folding, I will need a whole lot of practice and probably better paper ... My hats off to you Herbert aka Mr Origami Man.  I think I will continue to try a little bit at a time and see what happens.

That's it for me happy weekend all !
by Nicole Duchesne G2G6 Pilot (768k points)

Hi, Nicole! Please, when you get a good origami done, post a pic on a Chat (and give the Master a run for his money! laugh)

Did you see that Herbert... He called you the MASTER !  I bow down to you Mr. Origami man.

Posting a pic... had to get directions from Steven to do that as well.  So two huge things here 1) competing against THE MASTER and 2) posting my attempt.  I don't think it will be this week unless you want to see my napkin - nahh I take that back.. about the napkinlaugh

Hey ... did you know you could drag and drop those smiley faces from a post above... coollaugh

No bowing!  blush  I am a mere gnat compared to Nakashimasan and the amazing incredible Robert Lang (Bugs. Six legs and antennae, from a single sheet.  Unreal.)  And no competing!  Pay no attention to that Pip.  He is a mixer and a troublemaker.  If you make a model the best you can, you win.  We wanna see it.

Pics:  I'm sure Steven gave you good advice.  I upload mine to imgur.com, then paste the 'direct link' URL into the G2G image thingy.


A penguin that is also a member of the Sisters of Charity? (Heehee)

Well done, Herbert!
Your Sister Penguin is Beautiful !!!   She makes me smile.  Okay no competition - that is good.  I will post (not this weekend) when I have something ....

Nicole, tsk tsk, they are a gender-free penguin.  How dare you assign them a pronoun!  #penguinssanspronouns  Jo Nakashima penguin tutorial.

Heehee. How can you tell, Herbert?
Exactly, Pip!
So instead of calling it a "nun" penguin it is a "non" penguin heheheheheee.  (Sorry coudn't resist, I hope it doesn't get me into trouble)
Haha just call it an it I guess, beautiful either way!
Do you live of making those wonderful figures Herbert they really are wonderful
+10 votes
All this talk of bears and raccoons! I have been noticing that a squirrel is stripping a bush of bark. I haven't worked out where his nest is, hope it is outside!

I have been maintaining my posting on eBird, streak of over 100 days. Too dark to bird yet! Duck season here, but really need to get the scope out!

Been recording my thru-lines from Ancestry on my profile, lots of cM, lots of cousins through different lines. Hall, Pomeroy and Shepardson well represented, some Soule. Begging for a way to show it with a template or something.

Been updating profiles because of all the project box errors being generated. Got a couple ancestors on project management.
by Sue Hall G2G6 Pilot (122k points)
Howdy, Sue! We’ve made sure that squirrels don’t have easy access to our attic, unless there is a wizard among them. No power lines, to tree branches, etc. We keep them busy getting the pecked-out bird seed away from the house.

After 3 1/2 years here, it’s now rare for us to see a bird we don’t recognize, but we keep the binoculars close by just in case.
Hi Sue, I saw an amazing great blue heron flying low to the ground the other day, always a treat! My husband gets tired of hearing about my nature sightings, he is a Great Indoorsman is what I call him.
+11 votes

  Yesterday we had our pizza day,

 Today it's ......



Each year on April 6 is National Caramel Popcorn Day.  In January, we celebrated National Popcorn Day.  We now add delicious caramel popcorn to the calendar, one of America’s favorite snacks. For many people, this chewy caramel popcorn treat is an all-time favorite.

Combining popcorn and molasses began in the early 1800s. Caramel was common as well, and with the production of Cracker Jack, the popularity was ever increasing.  

There are many commercial brands and forms of caramel corn available in grocery stores, cinemas and convenience stores.  There are also specialty brands available in stores, gift catalogs and online.


Give this recipe a try: Easy Caramel Corn recipe.

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2m points)
Our Pizza day is today, we only have to put the toppings on it and to put it in the oven... Can't wait. :)
Ours is today, too, Jelena. Heading to Marco’s downtown for a choice of seven great pizzas (or we can build our own). Yum!
I remember the sugar rush I used to get eating Crackerjacks!
We have a little store in town that sells flavoured popcorn.  Our pizza yesterday was like yours to be today Jelena.  Buy base add toppings; still very, very yummy.  Enjoy your pizza
Another food I hear calling my name! I'll be avoiding it though. Last night was popcorn night -- flavored with tomato and herbs.
+10 votes
The moment when you download a Census record for an unrelated person... only to be able to photoshop it, because you are otherwise unable to read it. But what a difference a different contrast makes!
by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (344k points)
I’ve had to do that very thing. Online images aren’t always the best!
I've had to do that for a comic review once. I found scans of Marvel Comics #1 from 1939. It wasn't a reprint. It was the actual comic. All the colors were washed out.. It was crazy. Thankfully that comic has been restored in trade paperback form so all the colors were brilliantly restored.

Images fade over time. That's why you need to preserve things like census records, comic books, newspapers and everything else.
+9 votes
I will pop in from time to time today but it is supposed to be a nice day so we are going to do a little shopping and some yard work. After that when I am tired and sore I will try to work on at least a couple of profiles. I did find the name for Ron "The Ghoul" Sweed's mother but I am not sure if the sources I found are actually for her. With that being said I have no accurate birth date or location let alone source yet so that means no profile.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
Dale, the rain stopped here (actually wasn’t much rain at all), so I’ll do some one-armed chores today. Later, with relatives from out of town at Mom’s, we’ll be eating out with some visiting later, so not much on WikiTree for me either. I need a break anyway. I’m at 750+ contributions for the month due to the Integrators Challenge.
Have fun outside Dale.  We still have snow on the ground, no yard work for a bit.
72 and sunny was nice but after the craft show, lunch and grocery shopping topped off by some light yard work I am ready to sleep now.
I feel ready to sleep all of the time! Get some rest, Dale.
+9 votes
I will be very interested to see how our small local cemetery looks this coming summer.  The president of our trustee committee called an emergency meeting to inform us that he will not be able to mow this summer due to having to have treatment to control a cancer condition.
Usually, as his own community service project to his relatives and friends buried there, he mows about 17 times a summer, six hours involved each
session.  We are hoping to have relatives of local families buried there to
take up the slack and volunteer to take on some of the burden.  We do not have money to hire anyone for the job.  Here's hoping enough signup
to make it presentable for most of the time.  We are also praying for Andy's recovery.  Any suggestions how others have handled similar situations?  We know the local prison cannot furnish a work detail because they are completely signed up for larger projects.
by Beulah Cramer G2G6 Pilot (202k points)
I would contact local boyscout troops,local  Church's, Ask local landscapers if they would donate the time as a Community project.
Excellent idea, Sandra. Scouts are always looking for community projects.
You might also want to check into county or town laws. On one of our visits to the cemetery in Onondaga county, town of Elbridge, a guy came out to help me find relatives - turns out he was the sexton - and he said that by law they had to maintain the cemetery and the old one across the road.

If you can find a Patriot in the cemetery, the DAR might help.

Also by law each New York town must have an historian - maybe they could help you find a resource.
We discussed a Boy Scout troop but there were none in our area.
The church fell down under a load of snow but had been inactive for many years.  We have a landscaping company that is headquartered near here.
We hadn't thought of it.  Good idea to ask.  New York law requires a  certain dollar amount, currently $35, per burial or cremation interment.  It goes into a "Permanent maintenance fund" that is turned over to the town when the cemetery becomes abandoned and the town highway crew is required to mow it twice a year.   We can't touch it by law. We still have about 100 plots open and hope to have Andy available for another several years after this summer.  Someone else than myself will have to
solve the problem again then.  Thank you to all for the input.
Only one Church in town?  ask all of them, even if a town over.  Also post in whatever paper you get locally, explaining the situation.  Someone out there just may help.  Good Luck, and Never give up!

Got go get the Troupe, have fun all!

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