G2G Integrators bring you the Weekend Chat for August 2nd - 4th, 2019. All members are welcome!!

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WikiTree profile: Pip Sheppard
in The Tree House by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)

Thank you Jelena you Rock heart

Ah the smell of bacon in the morning! And French toast made with apple cinnamon brioche
Ah the smell of bacon in the morning! And French toast made with apple cinnamon brioche

Good morning!

Forgot to say - Thanks for hosting Pip!

I’ll have the bacon and the French toast with apple cinnamon brooch. Oh, wait, I’m not in a restaurant. I thought you were telling me the morning special! laugh

It is! You just have to drive all the way to New Mexico!
Azure, you so funny! Guess I’ll miss this one.
Happy Saturday everyone.
Gee missed your post yesterday morning - looked but didn't see it, then got derailed by other research. lol

Hope you're having a pleasant weekend!
But you’re here now, Diane! Cool!

You can add weekend_chat as a tag and it’ll come up in your feed.
Pip,

Very small world. My mother-in-laws neighbor is also from Transylvania. Gary Silvers is his name. His whole crew lives in Georgia now.

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Today is........

                   

INTERNATIONAL BEER DAY

The first Friday in August brings a toast to ales, lagers, and pilsners that put the international in Internationa Beer Day. 

Perhaps there’s a porter or a Belgian in your glass. Whether yours is fermented or not, dark or pale, hoppy, bitter, smooth, raise your mug. Lift it high among friends around the world, thanking those who work brewing delicious beer in your local area. Why? Because International Beer Day brings the world together, celebrating the beers of all cultures on one remarkable day.

Did you know, this is a day for beer lovers everywhere. In backyards, taverns, pubs, and breweries all over, people celebrate beer’s greatness while showing gratitude to their bartender and waitstaff. By the way, did you miss National IPA Day the other day? Don’t miss this one. If you do, be sure to check out these other ways to celebrate:

HOW TO OBSERVE INTERNATIONAL BEER DAY

“A fine beer may be judged with only one sip… but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” – Czech Proverb

Better yet, don’t miss it. Enjoy a glass with friends. Try a new beer. If you don’t know what to try, here are some suggestions.

  • Attend a tasting – Yes, like wine tastings, there are beer tastings, too.
  • Get a flight – Many pubs and breweries offer a flight with of few ounces of 4-5 beers to taste.
  • Take a quiz – There are several flavor profile quizzes online to help you choose your next beer. You can also take a quiz to find out just how much you know about beer, too like this one at Fun Trivia.
  • Ask the bartender – They can guide you based on your flavor preferences. Then be sure to thank and tip them, especially if they provided sound advice.
  • Tour a brewery – Brewery tours offer samples. Not only will you find a beer you like, but most breweries have a rich history. Even younger breweries include fascinating stories about their founders or their recipes.

Post on social media using #InternationalBeerDay – Celebrate all who brew such fantastic beer around the globe.

HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL BEER DAY

Our research shows the origin of International Beer Day dates back to 2008. Because August is hot in many parts of the world, the first Friday of August was chosen. 

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)

I celebrated without even knowing what today is lol!!! I had a Beer battered Chicken Hungry-Man Dinner with Golden beer battered white chicken strips, mash pototoes and mixed vegetables, not to mention a chocolate Brownie!! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bewNHWuQs0

Here is a song to go with Beer Day by the wonderful Franzl Lang, "I want to be on a lake of beer". That Hungry Man dinner sounds superb Dorothy!

I gotta send this to my brother, a connoisseur of international beers. As an airline pilot, he spends a lot of time in Europe.

My other brother enjoys Spanish and Mexican beers. He'll love this!
Bender from Futurama's favorite day of the year!

I never really liked the taste of beer. Dunno what it is. I do know that the more German sounding the name is, the better it is.

Though Sam Adams lager is quite good.
I will hoist a fine local ale to honor the day!
Don't like beer, never did, never will so a very hard pass for me.
Not a fan of beer. I'll pass on this one too.
Of all days for us to be out of beer!!!
And on the 8th day, God created fermentation.
Wikitree would like to remind you not to Wikitree while drunk.

This has been a public service announcement. =)
Aw we should all do it at least once just to say we did it.
HAHAHA!

Not gonna be me. I tend to make a lot of typos SOBER!
Lynette, you so funny!
Thank you PIp, you know I have to live up to my name!
Oh and Congrats to both of us on sharing a wW spotlight!!
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Hello everyone. It's a beautiful day in Central Pennsylvania.

I just pulled my wife 13 dozen ears of corn out of the garden. She is cleaning it, blanching it, and cutting it off the cob to freeze. Please no one tell her I am in here in my den on Wikitree, or I might get some "red flag" language.

I added a new routine to my goals here on Wikitree each week, finding an unnsourced profile here in the tree and adding sources. Quite satisfying.

Hope everyone stays safe, enjoys the weekend, and has a little fun, whatever that might be for each person.

Thinking about you all.
by Rodney Long G2G6 Pilot (272k points)

"Please no one tell her I am in here in my den on Wikitree, or I might get some "red flag" language. "

This is so funny, Rodney, because I know just how you feel!!! laughlaughlaugh

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"G2G integrators bring you the weekend chat"

Brought to you by Interesting.com Inc. With financial support from WikiTreers Like You.

Hails and horns, Wikipeeps! 

Lot of things going on this week. First up, I posted my newest blog: https://allroadhaverhill.blogspot.com/2019/07/52-ancestors-week-31-brother.html

I dare you all to guess what year the picture at the top of the blog was taken. The Transformer my brother and I are sitting with is a clue. If you can name that Transformer and his individual components, then you get some serious nerd cred.

Writing a blog about brothers was fun. My mom's side of the family has like two brothers per generation. It's...kind of weird. I know genetics is a roll of the dice. But, it's just like "Wow. That is kind of cool."

On the DNA front, I downloaded the fan chart of my ancestors from Familysearch and checked to see who all I DNA confirmed thanks to Ancestry. Not bad. Still have that Gullo brick wall, though. Need to break that down with an Acme sized wrecking ball.

I've also added a few more 7th great grandparents to the world tree from the greater Frigento area. A distant cousin added some info so I decided to expand the tree here and on Geni. It's amazing what you find on 6th great-uncle/aunt's death banns that can lead to the 7th great-grandparents. Very good discoveries there. 

Last month I almost had 1000 contributions to WikiTree. Will need to see if I can finally get it as we enter August. I usually rake in a few hundred or so a month. What do I have to do? Edit my page 999 times? Though I could.....

Thanks for hosting, Pip! Be sure to guess the name of the Transformer. Is he an Autobot? Is he a Decepticon? Only you....and Google can know for sure. ;-)

by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (250k points)
Chris, I'll have to pass on the Transformers quiz... I was more of a Voltron gal.  Something very reassuring about knowing that at 4:25 every afternoon the team would finally figure out that attacking the ro-beast individually wasn't working and they needed to "Form Voltron!"  (Seriously, you could set your watch by it.)
That's okay. I'll reveal everything on Sunday and then in my next blog. A genealogist friend got it right and I smiled. I also had Voltron and the figures! Not to mention Go-Bots and a few other toys from the '80s. Never really got G.I. Joe, though. Weird.

The anime was actually the first Anime I ever watched. Imagine my surprise when I found out it was heavily edited here in the west. It combined two different shows and glossed over some elements of the Japanese version. Still cool, though.

I've heard good things about the Netflix version.
Chris, on the brothers thing: going back two generations (paternally) every make had two sons and every one of them had daughters. This is repeated in the next generation of those who had sons. In one more generation, there will be no direct make descendants of my g-grandfather.

Cute pic of you, by the way! Let’s see: you’re 15, so that pic was taken nine years ago (your folks were recycling toys from previous years!)
Well, Pip. Looks like your only solution now would be cloning. =D Then again, I dunno if the world could handle TWO Pips. I'll have to think this one over.

Here's something interesting. Out of the grandchildren (Mom's side as my dad doesn't have brothers and sisters) There are five boys and five girls. And three of their children so far have been girls. But, there are also three boys (My nephews and one of my cousin's kids)

Mother nature really loves the 50/50 ratio.

Glad you like the pic. I had a nice laugh. Ahh, if only 1987 was nine years ago. We'd be on really bad dial-up right now.  Come to think of it...how would Wikitree look circa 1995.

And I just gave away the answer to the question. You tricked me!!!!!!!!! That's okay. Wasn't gonna last long anyway.
The transformer appears to be the Autobot Jetfire. He came with rocket boosters, a missile launcher, arm, and leg gaurds. In the cartoon his name was Skyfire and he was originally a Decepticon scientist. I loved transformers and go bots. I am still a nerd.

Sigh....

If only I had Jetfire, Paul. If only. He was like the holy grail for Transformers back in the day. Forget Optimus Prime and Megatron. It was Jetfire all the way.

This Autobot is Superion, one of the many combiners. Five jet transformers combined into one robot. He was part of a gift set that came out Christmas of 1986. 

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/h18AAMXQdm5Q9y3g/s-l640.jpg

I liked Transformers and had Go-Bots as well. The Transformers would always fight the Go-Bots. Good times. =D

Great guess, though, man!

I should have recognized that! I freakin had the aerialbots! I blame the resolution of the picture and the fact that my screen made it kinda blurry. As well as any other excuse I can come up with to save my self from losing need credcool

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Greetings, WikiFolk!

Thanks for hosting, Pip!

Not much to report here.  Life is good, just not doing a lot of WikiTreeing lately.  Our annual monsoon continues, with almost daily rain and warm temperatures.

I learned that my niece the actor will marry her rock-star fiance next year.  Her mom tells me it will be a heck of a production.  Prospective groom has already started writing music for it.

Sadly, I met big frustration on the origami front this week.  I might post a new one later this weekend, but meanwhile here is a rerun of one of my favorites:

Kangaroo by Jo Nakashima

Cheers,

Herb

by Herbert Tardy G2G6 Pilot (518k points)
edited by Herbert Tardy
Like you Herbert, I have not been doing much on Wikitree either, at least not since the Connect-a-Thon.  The weather has been so gorgeous I can't let it go by without being out there.  Winter will be here soon enough.  I like the Kangaroo, but then I like all your art work.  Have a great weekend.
Cool roo, Herbert, but I’d love to see the frustrating one!
Thanks, cousin Nicole!  You have a wonderful weekend, too!

Thanks, Pip!  I dunno.  I hit a step that requires a fold of many layers, and there's nowhere for all the extra paper to go.  Might have another go at it tomorrow.

Happy Weekend Everyonesmiley

Love the Roo Herb. yes

Is ita Buck or does it have a pouch?

Fun fact ...we have tree kangaroos in my bush where I live.smiley

They actually climb.yes

https://youtu.be/TNKAMgHJEe0

G'day from Oz....Sharon⚘

Thanks, Sharon!  Pretty sure it's a buck.

He climbs, too.

Hahayes

The Robert's place is only 5 klms from my house.smiley

Beautiful Place!  Si?heart

Gorgeous country!  smiley

...two thumbs up hey.yesyes

Thanks Herbsmiley

https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/882553/astronaut-points-congratulations-nicole-duchesne-thank-from  Congrats Nicole on reaching a Stellar milestone!

Herb, glad to see your origami even if the one this week is a reprise of an oldie it is still a goodie!

Greetings Lauraheart

I hope you are having a relaxing weekend. xox

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On this day in history:

The Declaration of Independence was finally signed. The writing was completed on July 3rd 1776 and it was sent off to England but the actual signing was not complete until August 2nd.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
Now, that is something I never knew!

https://history.state.gov/milestones/1776-1783/declaration

Without the Declaration there would be no Constitution.

I remember when I was in Washington DC a rather spirited debate between some of the top level officials from the National Archives and Library of Congress about which was more important the Declaration or Constitution.  Needless to say both are extremely important but one of the men (sorry I don't know his name) said that the Declaration set forth the argument that allowed for the Constitution to be written and have validity.  That without the Declaration we had no right to write a Constitution.  That the Declaration stated why we had the right. 

 It was an interesting concept and one that I have remembered for decades.  

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Now for my real answer, Thank you for hosting Pip. I know I am a bit late to the party but we have been running grandchildren around and doing some shopping. We started at the ReStore again and I picked up a fancy desktop multimeter, it does things I never had a meter for before, and a small slow cooker for when there is just the 2 of us. Then after checking out the Dollar General that just opened near the ReStore we took the youngest grandson to band. Next was taking a granddaughter to work and off to buy some groceries. I haven't done much on WikiTree this week because I have been running kids around all week. The grandson who passed the test got his ham callsign this week and he was elated. He is KE8MRG so he can now try out his "new" 20 year old radio. I fixed the vacuum that quit on me last week and the youngest granddaughter can now start cleaning for us again. The youngest grandson will be starting to cut our grass soon so they are helping us a lot. My knee is improving a lot but by evening I still feel the pain, at least I no longer need to use a cane all the time.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)

Your knee, my shoulder and elbow! I sliced open my right pinkie hammering on a metal fence. One of those where you go show your wife and she yells at you, then fixes it up.

I really oughta take a ham radio class. Been wanting to do it for years! 

ReStore and Dollar General. We keep them in business. Did you find any more cable?

No Cable this time but the meter is looking good. I never had one that can do so much.

As for the radio class. I know of a few people who have passed the entry level test without taking a class. You could try the practice tests at https://www.qrz.com/ if you wish. They require a free membership but the callsign is not required. Under he resources tab there is the practice amateur radio exams tab and from there you choose which one you would like to take, Technician in your case. They will not let you advance in the test until you choose the correct answer and they track both the correct answers and the wrong answers. they tend to choose questions you are having problems with more often but it uses the same question pool as the real test and the same number of questions from each category as the real test so when you start scoring 80% or higher most of the time you have a very good chance of passing the real thing. There are several clubs that give the test in your area so when you feel ready just look one up  using this link http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session .

Thanks for the links, Dale. What would you say is the cost for initial equipment? I might have to wait until my SS kicks in.
Pip, a small handheld will start at about $60 and from there it goes into the thousands. Most start off with a 2 meter handheld at the low end. My most recent purchase was for $150 but that was for a dual band that has DMR capabilities. Don't worry if you do not know what DMR is, I am still learning about that but it seems to be the way of the future.

The above prices are for new equipment, you may be able to find some used cheaper.
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Happy weekend, everyone!  Been chipping away at housework and stuff this week, plus some actual lab work, finally.  Decluttered the lab a bit... detritus from grad students from several years ago still kicking around.  Next week I get to take the truck in again... the check engine light is on.  It's driving fine so I'm not sure what's up.  But it's due for inspection this month so I need to get it sorted out asap.  And tonight my daughter and I are going to wrap up our summer Game of Thrones marathon... we have just the finale left, and we watched that when it originally aired.

Genealogy... still working on my paternal line mystery DNA clusters, and the one match I have that links two clusters.  Made progress there and have connected her to the right geographic region, but not the rest of the cluster (yet).  Surnames seem to suggest she's connected to the more distant relatives in the cluster and therefore may not be as important as I first thought, so I'm not pursuing her further right now.  So it's back to geography, focusing on the family that was actually in Rhode Island near my great great grandmother at the right time.
by Lisa Hazard G2G6 Mach 5 (58.6k points)
That was a good albeit confusing episode. But, hey. What's a series finale without confusion? See Lost and Sopranos for details. My all time favorite series finales will always be the TNG, DS9 and Voyager finales.

Good work on your clusters. =D I kind of want to figure out why several third cousins once removed have low cMs with me. Like 7 or so. I know DNA is random but this is crazy! Probably just random like my mother said. They're a bit higher with her. Eh, it is what it is. Doesn't change anything as long as paper says "3rd cousin once removed".

Good job!
That truck!! My truck!! They just have to be related. A chugging start this week had me worried, but it got through it. I swear I shoulda never bought this one. Paid 4K for it, spent 10K over four years fixing things.
In fairness, mine's nearly 20 years old, and I got a really good deal on it at the time.  So I've gotten my money's worth for sure; it's just getting old and cranky.  It's a Toyota, so the engine will run forever, but everything around it is starting to go.  My car guy says rust will probably get it first.

Chris, that's well below average for 3C1R, but since there's a chance of not sharing anything at all at that level it's still in the expected range... guess every so often you get an outlier.  Oh, and this finale (and all of season 8, really) reminded me most of Star Wars issue #107 (the old Marvel series), in which the writers had to wrap up a massive ongoing complex plot in a single issue because the book was being cancelled.
Thanks, Lis. To me it doesn't matter how many cMs a cousin like a 3rd or 4th cousin share with ya. They're still related. They're still family. =D

It's just how it is. But, it is interesting how one second cousin once removed for my mother has 9 cM across 1. It's still in Blaine's estimate. It's just wild. Keep rolling those dice, genetics. I need a new camera!

That's what the series finale felt like for me, too. Hopefully next year Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. doesn't get that treatment. That's gonna be an interesting finale.
Spent the weekend realizing I've gotten seriously into the weeds in this search for my great grandfather's father, and it's time to take a break and work on something else.  Wrapped up some loose ends and filed away all my open tabs, and now I have to figure out what to do next.

I have often had to do the same. 

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Nothing much here. Traveling from Indiana to Virginia in the RV. Pleasant weather on top of the West Virginia mountain where we are stopped for the night.

Ready to get home, suffering from WikiTree withdrawal.
by Kay Sands G2G6 Pilot (229k points)
Kay, I get that way (WikiTree withdrawals) if I miss a day!
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Today I discovered how to make an old man very happy on his birthday. First arrange a nice sunny day. Take him to dine in a country pub garden with a clear trout stream running through it. (Sometimes you'll see a kingfisher). Drive home slowly. Encourage him to open the mystery birthday present from his son which turns out to be reams of posh origami paper. (Good to learn lots of new things as you age). When daughter comes round feed everyone chocolate cake and banana milk shakes! Let her teach her grandchildren to make water bombs with the origami paper. Let the great grandchildren go upstairs to fill them with water. Encourage him to stand in the garden to be a target for the aforesaid water bombs. What a wonderful birthday he had.
by C. Mackinnon G2G6 Pilot (185k points)
That made me laugh.  Did he get hit with any water bombs?
Sounds like loads of fun, really! You done good, CMac!
Only got hit once. Quite a bit of spillage in the bedroom!
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Hello everyone, hope your weekend is going well.

Brightlingsea will be busy again with music fans, as it is the Brightlingsea Free Music Festival this weekend. A broad range of music hopefully with something for everyone. It started tonight and will go on again Saturday and Sunday, with w finish around 7pm on Sunday night.

It will make the town busy - no doubt our local shops will welcome extra trade.  As a free event it depends on alot of sponsorship to make it happen. I will no doubt take a look over the weekend.

On the Wikitree front have been looking today at the dutch connections through Sarah Victoria Jefferies (Jefferies-369) who married Anthonij Benier (Benier-2)  in 1857 and went to live in Vlisstngen, Netherlands shortly afterwards.  Had thought i would come back to this connection as more information would no doubt become available and it has. ...

Have a good weekend everyone. ......
by Chris Burrow G2G6 Mach 8 (82.8k points)
Hope you have good time at the Festival this weekend, Chris! Our festivals are rather puny by comparison, but we do have great concerts here. It’s a musical town with a music college.
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Hello all and thanks for hosting Pip.

I am still keeping my head low on Wikitree these days.  The weather here is absolutely beautiful and my husband and I have a few yard projects to attack and complete.  Not quite as extensive as yours Pip; actually we had already done that kind of work at another property and I would not want to do it again, it is very satisfying but heavy work.

Tomorrow our little village is having its first ever summer art festival, and I am volunteering there for the day.  Should be fun.  So once again away from Wikitree but I am sure going to try for that 1000 thing again this month.

I don't drink beer but my husband does so raise a glass and enjoy.  Happy weekend.
by Nicole Duchesne G2G6 Pilot (589k points)

Love summer arts festivals (we have a few each summer, including gallery walks). Don’t like all of the art, but some I just can’t resist!

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It's been one of those weeks, where frustration reached the point where your head and the desk you're working makes a rhythmic "thud...thud.." tune. Not due to error in a document or code but due to people who can't read a simple sign on a door.

Slower week contribution wise (not quite at 100 yet)
by Richard Shelley G2G6 Pilot (129k points)

(I’m dating myself here) I can name that tune in two notes, Richard! angry 

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Note: For those not fond of beer.....

Today is also:

NATIONAL ICE CREAM SANDWICH DAY

On August 2nd, National Ice Cream Sandwich Day encourages us to cool off with one of our favorite frozen treats. Whether it’s vanilla, strawberry or Neopolitan between two chocolate wafers, the dessert sure will hit the spot on a hot summer day.  

The original ice cream sandwich sold for a penny in 1900 from a pushcart in the Bowery neighborhood of New York.  Newspapers never identified the name of the vendor in articles that appeared across the country. However, the ice cream sandwiched between milk biscuits became a hit. Soon, pushcarts popped up around the city and country during the summer months selling the portable treats. Early pictures show beachgoers at Atlantic City getting their ice cream sandwichs for 1 cent each. 

Once ice cream sandwiches became popular, recipes for home cooks filled the papers. The sandwich layers included everything from angel food and sponge cake to shortbread cookies. Restaurants offered the ice cream sandwich as a decadent dessert for travelers. By 1940, grocers sold sandwiches made with crispy wafers.

One account claims the modern ice cream sandwich with the chocolate wafer was invented in 1945 by Jerry Newberg. The ice cream maker sold his creation at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, PA. At the time, the storied location was home to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers.

If the chocolate brownie wafer doesn’t appeal to you, don’t hesitate to mix it up. All variety of cookies make excellent sandwich parts. Change up the ice cream, too. Around the world, ice cream sandwiches go by a variety of names including the Monaco Bar, Giant Sandwich, Maxibon, Cream Between, Vanilla Slice and many more.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy an ice cream sandwich today! Make your own with this recipe or listen for your local ice cream truck. Post on social media using #IceCreamSandwichDay.

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
I’ll take five... uh... I mean one.
Well, what could be better than an ice cream sandwich with a nice Porter ... lol
these are my mom's favorite ice cream treat!
Why not both? Beer and ice cream sandwiches? Beer flavored ice cream sandwiches? Beer first, then ice cream sandwiches? (the last sounds best...)
This is a great day, ice cream sandwiches are one of my favorite.
My local news seems to think junk food makes the best headlines so I couldn't help seeing a new mustard flavored ice cream. I would prefer a good old root beer float like my grandma would make for us as kids.
Much better than beer!
Would you edit a Pre 1500 profile for a Klondike bar, Wikitreers? Without being certified that is!
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I am arriving a bit late on Friday for the Chat. I hope Friday has been a good day for everyone. Pip, I always love reading your chat entry. Do you keep notes all week? Probably did not need to as remembering all the railroad ties and river rock would be memorable on their own!!

On the Genealogy front, I had a really good July with almost 3000 entries. Some were due to the Connect-A-Thon but a lot was adding and sourcing children of extended family and collateral lines.  I have submitted two lines for the Southern Pioneers Trail  - still have to clarify a couple of things which might not happen until I return home and can access my paper files.

Today was our 51st Anniversary so we drove to Anacortes for lunch at Anthony's on the water. My favorite there is a large salad topped with fried calamari. It did not disappoint. Then, we drove to Everette, WA to pick up our anniversary presents - six large 6-volt batteries to replace our (boat) house bank. We have help coming in the morning to haul them out of our truck and help my husband get them aboard the boat and into the engine room. Oh yes - I also stopped at West Marine and got a new life vest. Discovered last night that mine had sprung a leak. Glad we tested it before leaving.

Leaving is finally on the calendar - about Thursday or Friday of this next week we will head north into British Columbia for about 6 or 7 weeks. I will be going through WikiTree withdrawal the whole time!! I will check in every couple of weeks when we have an internet connection.

Have a great week-end everyone, stay cool, stay safe and keep on WikiTreeing!!
by Virginia Fields G2G6 Pilot (171k points)
Happy Anniversary!
Finally! You’re almost sailing! We’ve been waiting for this for a long time. I hope your and your husband have the time of your lives!
Happy Anniversary, Virginia. 51's a big deal. Anacortes is an interesting place. It has been years since we were there but Everett we get to more often (a sister-in-law lives there). Enjoy your travels.
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Is it the weekend again already?

I'm doing one happy dance. Yesterday morning I had a cataract removed. Today I can see without glasses in my right eye.  My diopter was only 250. But my bifocal was 400.  And I had worn cheaters for so long without correcting the astigmatism. But finding cheaters more then 325  in the stores were getting was getting harder..

And a full 24 hours plus I am writng this with my left eye closed because I can't see out of the left without glasses.  And its getting hazier.  But I can see nearly perfect, and its still healing.  And my post op exam I could pass the driver's vision test.  I'm a 35 wpm HPC typist.  And I can actually see print again without glasses!!!!
by Lynette Jester G2G6 Mach 4 (47.9k points)
That's really exciting! What a huge difference you'll notice when they are both done and healed up! My mom couldn't believe the difference.

Yes, Lynette, it’s the weekend again. Last weekend was two days ago. laugh Or so it seems.

I’ll join you in that dance. I am truly happy for you! 

+10 votes

Hi everyone. In New Mexico and the weather is perfect for me as it's stormy today!

Julie Ricketts got me interested in the Cemeteries project during the Connect-a-Thon so I joined the project! I had already been trying to fulfill photo requests for my area on FindAGrave so this fit in perfectly. On my birthday (July 17th) I went to the cemetery closest to me and took about 100 photos.

I've got about 35 of them completed. Almost every one had to be created in WT!

Today, I had a telephone operator from the 1930's and just created a Pinkerton! No relation to Allan Pinkerton of the Pinkerton Detective Agency :(

Also, in the mail today I received a book my recently deceased aunt wrote on her husbands family, how they played a huge role in the timber industry in the Pacific Northwest and their ancestry. Tons of photos! Really excited to use it to expand my uncles family tree. Anderson-37308

Hope everyone is doing well going into the weekend!

by Azure Robinson G2G6 Mach 6 (64.7k points)
edited by Azure Robinson
Some cemeteries will be like that, Azure, needing more profiles than there exist already. Shoot, even in my family cemeteries, none of them are fully profiled. Just keep plugging away. Your efforts will set an example for all of us cemeterists!

And what a winner of a book!
+11 votes

Its been a busy week (as usual). Finished harvesting the garlic and dried peas.Tomatoes are coming along with lots of nice green ones. Weeds are winning the battle.

Genealogically, made contact with a cousin who's also researching one of the same lines that I've been stuck on. We are a DNA match but will have to fill in the gaps a bit to break the brick wall but it was nice to find someone researching the line from a different direction.

The weaving class is done and we have decided to buy a loom. The last homework piece came from a book on weaving in eastern Canada in the 19th century,

Last weekend's class photos were posted (mural painting). This was a lot of fun.  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=ms.c.eJxlzLENACAMA8GNUIIh~_f0nQzQUpj29nZG7IRbsYNIjn3ThgkxYKRPN70feRMmbuqsDO~_4dSw~-~-.bps.a.10157880482363287&type=1&__xts__[0]=68.ARDle_l1qD98dqJ_hsxKK-PXvEV6lfBkJUc_Epn2v_pF37uRuMRGq9bH1uex2F2vAnf-YW8tMo5hUj1B2zWrtg-hyltU3OflsfVUkziFe9U1-gGJKfRCldhsmG4R80CYBRlqPB611z6kB0kz1XFaIFZQzAfOj2tn2_zU9WFBHrLIKlOvErriVdDFpJQjWyTgE0G-erYz74FVrccQ4Pj1cvHBd-lfQpBn9H7Vy0EeQDVbKE9PAoTEoZ5JZlB8vHFnj-kETNDPJfzmxaiOkfGhO77HNFcCO2Zhb1Wtvr00-MfsQYoi_OD-dKx4WrnXrWtrsySmU3iI157THL_4qd26E2qoTtHaKOn2G5UljlK1DaYnq7txSSwSqT98oOc3Jo_RuFquaMiXYNEc6nbc1E73LncvHC7j__hHDd3lJaRnzLv3mn6KwOQCyGnGwDzbHK-Xe1K5HBM&__tn__=HH-R

by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (328k points)
Doug, you always have the most fascinating side hobbies.

We beat out weeds, at least temporarily. I’m hoping weed block and rocks, lots of ‘em, will do the trick.
Need enough things to do to never be bored. Next up will be a class on tapestry weaving to tie weaving to art. Of course, new hobbies require new books.
Glad you enjoyed your weaving class.  I find weaving to be very relaxing.  It takes your mind off of work and other worries.  Great to hear you are buying a loom!
Doug, "Weaving old and new" has been an art for a long while. If you love it, then go to the art museums in your area and look at their past shows' blurbs to find the weaving shows they've done or recommended. I find the fine-art weaving shows so beautiful! but I sincerely would not pursue it as a practice. It needs slow and careful people to do it.

Depending on its fibers, it can last forever. And should if it's beautiful.
Cool weaving
Your weaving shown is a very complex design. Bravo DOUG!!!
+12 votes
Good morning!

The weather has calmed down here, now it is an "average summer" as one meteorologist called it yesterday. Finally it also seems to rain at least a bit for some days in a row. The forests suffer of the drought.

Familywise mum is continuing her rehab ambulantly. Everybody told her patience is a virtue, it will take months to recover the shoulder completely. Yesterday we went shopping together. We had to fill again our reserves, so we bought quite much. And actually I was happy when we saw at the cashout a neighbor who agreed to drive us home. Otherwise my arm would have needed time to recover from pulling my "mercedes".

Genealogywise I didn't do much this week, but I will continue with the Scholls. The problem with them is, their whole ancestry is in a small village I never heard of before. One granduncle or greatgranduncle had emigrated to Iowa, but he is so far the only link to "the big world". Their cluster is rising, it should be now more than 100 persons on the Scholl Island, so once I find a connection, there are a few more profiles connected.

Have a great weekend!
by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (239k points)

Sorry to bother you Jelenaheart

But is that Russian in the comment section of Pips Story just above my comment.

It is. I flagged it also, so it's hidden now

Thank you...i flagged it then thought you would be best to ask.Thank you..i was worried i may have flagged the wrong thing.

You are the bestheart

I hope i did not disturb you.

Thanks for flagging those, Jelena. We got hit seven times last weekend.
+14 votes

Today is......

                      

NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY

National Watermelon Day on August 3rd recognizes the refreshing summertime treat enjoyed at picnics and fairs! Watermelon is 92% water, which is why it is so satisfying in the summer heat.

This vine-like flowering plant originated from southern Africa. While the word watermelon refers to both the fruit and the plant to botanists, the plant is a pepo.  The pepo is a berry which has a thick rind (exocarp) and fleshy center (mesocarp and endocarp). Interestingly, pepos develop from an inferior ovary and are characteristic of the Cucurbitaceae.

While the watermelon fruit is loosely considered a type of melon, it’s not in the genus Cucumis. The smooth exterior usually has a dark green rind with stripes or yellow spots. The juicy, sweet interior flesh of the fruit ranges from deep red to pink. However, sometimes comes in orange, yellow, or white. 

Since the melon holds plentiful water, desert dwellers likely first cultivated the melon. Another reason this is suspected is that wild melons were bitter and tasteless. Additional evidence of the watermelon’s value is supplied in the seeds and art found in tombs of Pharaohs. Over time, cultivation and breeding brought out the better qualities of sweet and tender fruit we enjoy today. 

With proper growing conditions, watermelons grow to enormous sizes. Around the world, competitions award prizes each year for the largest one. The Guinness Book of World Records states that the heaviest watermelon weighed 262 pounds. To learn more refreshing watermelon facts, check out www.watermelon.org.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Pick up a delicious watermelon and slice it up. Invite the neighborhood over to share. While you’re enjoying the yummy fruit, have a watermelon seed spitting contest. Don’t forget to celebrate with the rest of the country! 

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
We just cut up a small watermelon and had some, even Oscar the dog.
Better food today. I really like watermelon. Just plain or made into a sorbet. Might have to get one.
Watermelon was always a treat when I was a kid. My grandpa grew them and watermelon featured in our get-togethers and his home. (Of course, I lived just across the pasture, so got it more often.) Just add salt!

My wife is allergic to it, so now I never get it.
Eating watermelon boosts your skins natural sun block

Boy, do I need some then! I’ll be outside today, and the sun is  shining!

I remember an episode of Chef and The Farmer, a cooking show from Kinston, North Carolina. Each episode features one food on the farm, in southern cooking, and in her restaurant. The hostess noted that watermelon is best served very cold, then said why do they never fit in the refrigerator!
+11 votes

On this date in history, August 3:

In 1923 Calvin Coolidge takes the oath of office after Warren G. Harding's death. 

In 1923, Harding’s administration was tainted by the emergence of corruption scandals involving Attorney General Harry M. Daugherty and other high government officials, a group known as the Ohio Gang. A distraught Harding sought refuge from Washington during a summer vacation but died suddenly in San Francisco late on August 2, after suffering a heart attack or stroke.  Coolidge got the news of Harding’s death early the next morning, while visiting family in Vermont. He took the oath of office by the light of a kerosene lamp; his father, a notary public, administered it using the family’s Bible.

by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
Wow, no Supreme Court Justice?
I guess they figured they better get it out of the way ASAP.
If you like this series I can continue but tomorrow is going to be a tough choice. There are several possibilities that fit with genealogy.
Keep ‘em coming, Dale!
Lets see, WWII, WWI, Colonial America or Sports?
Any except sports, unless it’s Hank Aaron.

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