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WikiTree profile: Pip Sheppard
closed with the note: Great to hear from so many this week. See you next weekend!
in The Tree House by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
closed ago by Pip Sheppard
I sure did, Doug! Hope yours was just as good. Did you get all the produce in finally?
We did get all the produce in. Have one more box of plums to finish doing something with (we bought those). Our week wasn't as good as yours.
Sorry to hear that, Doug. Time for a little get-away?
Next get-away is in January when we go to SLIG (Salt Lake Institute for Genealogy). I'll be taking Judy Russell's class (Corpus Juris: Advanced Legal Concepts for Genealogy).
Did not know Charleston hosted a Scottish games, so thanks for sharing that.  Would give a good excuse for us to go there again sometime.  This time of year have trouble getting hubby North though.  We sold our house in Missouri a few years back and now are full time in our Motor home, don't hate me too much please... we're in Fort Myers for the winter.  I know it's cooler here today too, actually feeling nice it's been so hot.
Loretta, there are several in Florida, too. From what I hear, the Dunedin Games are a whopper.

Enjoy the warmer weather!
Thanks Pip ! We are going to do just that.
Loretta, I live in MO and they are predicting snow tomorrow and temps dipping into the 20s F .  Don't blame you at all for going South.
Ditto to what everyone said on this chat.

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Welcome everyone to the Veterans Day WikiTree Weekend Chat.
Yeah, Linda keep hearing that from family and friends. Stay safe on the roads.

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Can't believe the weekend is here!

Sadly, swim season is over.  Water was holding at 22.3 degrees (73 degrees F) for the last week and a half and two days ago the weather turned colder with some strong wind and like blowing on your coffee, it let all the heat out.  In only 3 days the sea temp dropped to 20.3 (68/69 F).  I usually call it quits at 21 (70 F).  Our night temps have dropped from 20 to 14 (68 down to 57 F).  It is like a national emergency here and every dog now has a sweater as if it will freeze to death.  We get a good laugh when you look out on the street and some Swedish tourists are in shorts enjoying the breeze and all the Spanish are in furs, hats, and scarves.  The dog owners here think a dog needs a sweater when it gets cold.  In Spain, cold is anything under 16 (61 degrees).

My last doc to get my NSSAR (Sons of the Revolution) application approved arrived to Mom's house via UPS yesterday.  She was waiting for it and the driver didn't knock or ring the bell, put a note on the door and drove away.  Nice.  Thanks UPS.  Will try again today.

Nothing new on the personal genealogy front.  

Today I started developing the profile of Confederate President Jefferson Davis here: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Jefferson_Davis_(1808_-_1889)_bio_development

And still chipping away at the US military medals page:


Looking forward to reading everyone's posts.

Edit to add: as I was typing this answer, I'm on Whatsapp with Ma, her play-by-play with the UPS office:

Just got a call from UPS, delivery is on it's way. 

I expressed my displeasure to yesterday's debacle. Her response was rather sarcastic. "Yes, we like to hold our customers hostage." 

This is what happens when you aren't afraid of getting fired and it reminds me of every communist and former communist country I've ever visited.

by SJ Baty G2G6 Pilot (672k points)
edited by SJ Baty
Jeff Davis: I like the idea of a bio intro like it’s often done on Wikipedia. If people want more they can read on.

Sorry to hear about your UPS experience. He guys who does our route is just great, a doorbell ringer and friendly to boot.
Thank you so much for posting both in fahrenheit and centigrade!   I'll bet the unclothed dogs are quite comfortable......

I seem to always turn the posted stories into something about ME.... but I can't resist telling my worst UPS story.    We were on vacation for 2 weeks and when we got home there were 4 boxes ( about 2'x2'x4') in our driveway near the house.   Even one box was too heavy for me to lift without complaint.    It had been delivered by UPS about 10 days earlier..... sitting in the frequent rain.... when it should have been delivered 3 doors down the street.   The neighbor was very happy to hear we had their shot gun shells and they sent a very muscular son to retrieve them from our drive.

Glad your NSSAR application was approved.   You seem to accomplish so much. Now that you're not swimming for a few months there's no telling what will happen.   Or perhaps a new baby will be enough excitement for the winter.

Have a great weekend.


Not approved yet; the UPS arrived, but no record.  A "certified" return from California saying they "searched" for the record but coudn't find it.  Silly me, I put down her maiden name and not her married (death) name.  Mom asked why they couldn't find it by her maiden name as this name appears in the index.  My reply, "Because then they couldn't charge me another $21 to ask again."

I've also learned that I could have avoided the $30 in fees to the intermediary who "helped me" to pull the record.  CA will only let you apply digitally through the net but in small print I have since learned that you can mail a paper application and pay only the $21.

The word blood-sucker comes to mind...

And so, looks like at least another month on the NSSAR application surprise

What a mess! CA will suck you dry. That’s why so many are leaving for Idaho, Colorado, and Texas!

Ditto to what everyone said here on this chat. Happy Veterans Day.

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Hello fellow Wikitreers!

Very hot and sunny here in the Southern Hemisphere and looking forward to summer vacations.

Lots of work this week. Also im helping organize a charity fundraiser/flea market for the local Foster Center that is tomorrow. i will be at a stall selling second hand books.

On the genealogy front, i bought a new scanner and have been scanning photos and documents. In the process, my dad accidentally dropped a portrait of my ggfather so i took it to the frame shop to be fixed :/

I have been retouching the scanned photos to make them look a bit better.

i added a bio and great photos of my grandfather https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Van_Dam-785. Will add some more as i have them.

by Laura Lopez Van Dam G2G4 (4.3k points)
A few years ago I completed scanning all family photos.  It was well worth the time.  Now I don't worry about losing ancient photos in a fire and can give everyone else digital copies.      It's great you're even retouching.  Great project Laura!

Hope  you enjoy the Hot Sunny Weather.
Laura, that a great  photo on your grandfather’s profile. I’d loved to have had his green thumb. My gardening skills are rather lacking.

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On the non-genealogy front: Last Saturday afternoon, here in Wichita, Kansas, I heard a loud boom!  It sounded like a large truck hit a building.  Others heard it, too, and some saw a light.  The American Meteor Society says it was a fireball! 

Event 5390-2019

by Michelle Enke G2G6 Pilot (171k points)
I have a friend who lives in Hutchinson...... she's been experiencing "earth quakes"  from fracking.  She hasn't mentioned fireballs.

They really don’t know what it was, the big boom? 

Pip -- it is still listed as a 'fireball' for some people also saw a ball of light, heading towards Hutchinson.  I just heard the boom.

Peggy, the earthquakes were getting to be quite frequent.  The first big one we had, I was working on my genealogy.  The earthquake started shaking and Jim asked what I was doing to shake the whole house!  Everything was tinkling and knocking together.  I counted to forty-seven before the shaking stopped.  Pretty wild for Kansas, where we don't usually have earthquakes!

Ditto to what everyone said here on this chat. Happy Veterans Day.

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Aloha from the land of corn and beef!

I have been super busy at work. Too much work.

Being a dad that prides himself in bonding with my teens. I gave them rakes and sent them in to the yard. I also gave them a push broom for the drive way. They were not amused. I took my son to work with me on Saturday last week. He thought it was cool watching me put tracks on a skid loader. I took my teen daughter to work with me on Wednesday. I took her to lunch in a small town diner. She thought it was awesome. I ate brownies with my single digit aged kids.

I went to visit my grandmother. She is 93 and has no idea who I am. We have nice chats. Sometimes she tells me about her grandson that kinda looks like me. Watching her go through dementia is brutal. She is from Hawaii and lives here in Lincoln in an assisted living place.

I don't have a whole lot going on at her than irons in the fire genealogy wise.

Anyway that is the short version of my last 2 weeks.
by Paul Kreutz G2G6 Mach 1 (13.3k points)
Sounds like you're on the right track with the kids!!!   I"ll admit I have no kids..... but always had chores myself and would have enjoyed going to work with my Dad or Mom... but that wasn't done "back in the day".

I'm certainly experienced with dementia ......  not that I have it myself yet.... but I just try to remember that they can still  feel love, even if they don't remember who's there in that moment.

Have a great weekend Paul.
Oof. =( Dementia is scary to see someone deal with. At least you have nice chats. That's all that matters in the end. So sorry about your grandma, man.

Did some raking this week, too. Hurt my shoulders a bit. I raked in and around the garden. We have a tree right over the garden so naturally all the leaves fall in. Because logic. Got most of 'em out.

Great bonding, though. Or farm labor. Whatever comes first. =)
Alas, no kids at home any longer, and they (the daughters) wouldn’t have raked leaves even with incentives! Now I just mow over them.
My dad took me to work with him a few times. He was head of security at Kahului Airport on Maui. I thought it was so cool. Because of his job I got autographs from Todd Bridges, and the Magnum P.I. cast. He passed when I was 6. My step father took me to work with him a few times. He also taught me bonding through chores. So I passed that on to My kids. My little kids are learning chores as well. They are too young to go to work with me. Their mom likes watching them work. Before everybody thinks I run a labor camp. They get. More time to just play and be kids than doing chores. Since it's going to be close to 70 degrees today my little ones will be bike riding and playing outside with other neighborhood ruffians. My older kids are at their grandparents hopefully not staring at screens for super long periods of time.

I had to learn how to spend time with my grandma since she got dementia. What seems to work for us is weekly visits of just talking about random things. Her memory may be pretty much gone. But her sense of humor is still in tact. I'm glad she met all of her great grandkids before it started to set in.
Paul, I know how you feel. My dad’s symptoms of Alzheimer’s started in his late fifties. His forgetfulness started slow and then accelerated as the disease progressed.

A work ethic is important, because when your kids find their passion they will apply that ethic. Good for you!
I want my kids to know how to do things and be prepared for the day when they leave the nest. When my 7yr old complains about his tiny list. It's mostly clean up after himself. I give him the back in my day speech. He thinks I'm from the 1800s. Because we had a tiny family farm. We didn't have to go to the grocery store for pork, chicken, eggs, or most vegetables. So his young mind thinks I'm from little house on the prairie Hawaiian style.

Ditto to what everyone said here on this chat. Happy Veterans Day.

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Kia ora, from the Top of the South, New Zealand. Pip, I'm glad you enjoyed your Scottish weekend away. My brother and nephew are also kilt wearers - Stewarts of Appin tartan. Many high schools in NZ still have tartan uniforms. My school had Hunting Stewart for winter kilts and Dress Stewart for summer dresses. We were the year the protested and got rid of the tam o'shanter hats with pompoms on top, though.

Yesterday (Friday) was the first day of summer weather-wise here - 27C. The early heat is partly due to hot winds from Australia and our night skies have been specially colourful because of dust and smoke from bushfires there. We've also had our fair share of fires as Tuesday was Guy Fawkes' Day when fireworks are set off. There's been the annual discussion about the relevance of celebrating and banning sales or moving fireworks to Matariki, the Maori New Year about July when they are safer. Today there is a heavy rain warning - we'd love some rain as already we have to irrigate - but I'm not hopeful.

It's been enlightening reading the comments on this week's  anchor profile. History is never without controversy. Here in New Zealand there have been protests over the commemoration of Capt. James Cook and first encounters. I can't imagine their would be similar protests over Christopher Colombus or the Mayflower! As a New Zealander of European ancestry, it does make one stop and think. 

On the genealogy front, I haven't done much this week. My "work" year is now over until February, so I should have more time. I have been helping Richard with some NZ Project improvements - announcement shortly - including trying to tidy up the project homepage and making sure all the suggested resources for research are still available. Have a great weekend everyone.

by Fiona McMichael G2G6 Pilot (122k points)
Hunting Stewart... now that’s a nice looking tartan. I would have protested a tam o’shanter, too! It’s a balmoral for me.

Glad you’re getting a bit of a break. My wife was raised in Mexico City and had he same schedule. Spent winter breaks in chilly Kentucky. I guess that’s why she hates the snow so much.

Ditto to what everyone said here on this chat. Happy Veterans Day.

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Happy weekend, everyone!  Winter is here, apparently.  Ice in the bed of the truck this morning.  The truck, by the way, has a new trick.  It sounds like a Harley.  My mechanic says that some people pay good money for that feature.  But since I don't really need students thinking that Rolling Thunder is coming to campus, I'm going to get the rusted out bolts on the catalytic converter replaced on Tuesday.  Plus new tires; the old ones are starting to dry rot.

Meanwhile, we adopted a kitten last weekend.  About 6 months old, sleek and black, with huge ears.  She looks like a cross between a flying fox and an otter.  Two of the other three cats are ignoring her.  Our total jerk of a cat is eating her food and chasing her under the bed.  They'll settle things eventually.

Genealogy:  Still chasing Savages in the South.  I figured out one DNA match that pushes the main cluster back another generation, but I'm still trying to sort out whether James is the son of Jeremiah or Jeremiah's brother Thomas.  I think the real trick will be to see whether the associated clusters are related to Jeremiah's wife Margaret Hanna or Thomas's wife Elizabeth.  

Yesterday and today I spent some time researching a close match on the Savage line from GEDMatch/23andMe.  Built a whole tree out from scratch.  Finally started to see some vaguely familiar names and eventually realized that I was chasing a match I already had a tree for on Ancestry, where she's using her initials.  Sigh.  Oddly, though, our Savage connection appears to be on her paternal side, and the tree I built from scratch (starting with her birth record with parents listed) has a different father for her.  I'll figure that out eventually, I guess.

Probably won't get much more done this weekend... these midterms won't grade themselves!
by Lisa Hazard G2G6 Mach 6 (68.7k points)
Lisa, I thought you had already done the tires! Actually, I think it’s pretty cool you rumbling onto campus. Students: “There’s Hazard!”
Have fun with the new kitten.......  I guess winter is starting to be real, you'll need those new tires.

Ditto to what everyone said here on this chat. Happy Veterans Day.

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Pip, I whined about the tires a week or so ago, but didn't get them done yet.  Just in time for flurries on Tuesday, though!

I was right about those midterms... they didn't grade themselves.  Had to do it all myself, and I only just finished.  Happily, the students did better than I had expected based on their faces as they left the exam last week.

Spent a little time on the Savages again, and hit an annoying problem.  Might post about it later if I can't sort it out.
If you sort those Savages out, it will be a celebrated feat! Let us know!
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Greetings from Everett, Washington!

I got back in touch this week with an old friend who was a bridesmaid at my wedding in 1990 in Los Angeles. I had known her in high school and at UCLA and afterwards when we were starting our careers. We lost touch about two years later.  I tried several times to reach out to her family members and gave up.

This past Sunday while my husband and I were watching our wedding video, I saw my old friend processing down the aisle and wondered again where she is now.  My daughter prodded me to get on social media and find her.  I cast about and found a phone number, email and map to a business location in the same general area in Los Angeles where she had lived.  I sent an email with the subject line: "were you a bridesmaid at my wedding?" to get her attention.

Half an hour later she responded.  First with text, then photos.  I exchanged some of my own.  I am planning to go down there for a visit, probably in January, with my daughter. She is her same sweet and funny self.  

The weather here has been sunny and clear in the 50s.  That is about to change, as the clouds have already gathered.  Rain begins again tomorrow.

My daughter got her new gaming computer, which sits like an upright suitcase on the floor of her bedroom.  The graphics are beautiful.    

I finished two quilt tops this week and I resolve to keep quilting and make at least one block every day.

On the genealogy front, I have been working on Shields families in Maryland and other distant lines from the paperwork gathered around here.  All will be removed, including this computer and the table it sits on, when the new carpeting comes in.  

Must go now to cook dinner.
by Margaret Summitt G2G6 Mach 6 (61.1k points)
Margaret, I think this is so cool. Lately, I’ve been trying to get in touch with old friends to thank them for their investment in my life. Good for you reconnecting like that.

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Sunday is Remembrance Day in the Cayman Islands and the 11th is the Harvest Festival (their Thanksgiving Day) which is a public holiday down there.
by David Hughey G2G6 Pilot (640k points)
I wonder now many countries have remembrance days for just WWI. Ours (US) was combined to honor all veterans.

We have four holidays in less than two months: Veterans’ Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.

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As promised today it is German history day here in the chat smiley

On this day in German history:

1918: Paul von Hindenburg had told yesterday the German delegation to accept every condition for an armistice to end World War I. So the delegation could only reach a few small improvements before they signed the armistice on 11 Nov 1918.

1938: In the Kristallnacht are destroyed more than 1400 synagogues, prayer rooms and other jewish assembly rooms. Beside that thousands of jewish shops, flats and cemeteries are destroyed. 

1989: The Berlin Wall falls. After 28 years, with fleeing people who were shot, with stories like my story in the 52 Ancestors Road Trip which is harmless, the people in the GDR could finally travel. The actual falling of the wall was "initiated" at a press conference by a member of the Politbüro who wasn't at the respective meeting. So he didn't know that the opening of the borders was only planned for the next day. Instead, he answered a question of an Italian journalist when this travel freedom will be valid: "As far as I know, immediately." In West German TV this news was brought as lower third Breaking news in the usual program. Because most of East Germany could and did watch Western TV they saw that and went to border crossings.

There is far more in the wikipedia entries. Have fun!

by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (282k points)
I had no idea that the anniversary of Kristallnacht was so close to that of the fall of Berlin Wall. This certainly makes for a wide range of events to remember.
Jelena, are you still working on von Hindenburg’s family? I need to look and see if I can find a good bio for him.
Every now and then I do. They are still unconnected. If I would get them connected, a bunch of suggestions would disappear of my list.

Your life is certainly rich with history.   Thanks for sharing your stories.

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Here is the first snow of the season here on the edge of Snowdonia. 

by Hilary Gadsby G2G6 Mach 6 (68.5k points)
We’ll have to wait until at least next month before we get any, Hilary.  Those clouds look heavy!

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Bonjour from France! I woke up to a very chilly morning today. We are at least treated to a bit of sunshine - hooray!

Next week will be last week on my current job assignment. This is something I've wanted to report here for a while, but always came up short with time. I've been working in La Défense, the  main business district of Paris (though it is not in Paris intra muros, but just West of Neuilly-sur-Seine, on the communes of Puteaux and Courbevoie).

When I was a child, I thought that the name "La Défense" was after elephant tusks (tusk=défense) because of the way the skyscrapers stick out on the landscape. Well, not at all! The district was named after a statue, made in 1893 by Louis-Ernest Barrias, named "La Défense de Paris" and commemorating the soldiers who defended Paris during the Franco-Prussian war (1870). The statue was initially on the middle of a roundabout, which has long ago disappeared to make way for the piazza and buildings.

But where is the statue now? I had worked in the district for 2 months, walked up and down the plaza several times without ever seeing it. I inquired of colleagues, looked up Google maps,... without finding a clear answer. It was said that the statue had been moved several times, but it was not where they said it had been placed most recently. I could see and find information on lots of modern art that is on display in La Défense, but not the statue that gives it its name.

And finally, I found it! And it is just opposite the building where I've been working. I could not see it because they're building a hideous restaurant just beside it:

You'll admit it is not particularly well showcased. I photographed it from behind wire mesh. Impossible to get near because of barriers around the construction site. But I'm satisfied: now I know where to look and see it every day. So, this was my little story I wanted to share... (you can see a better picture here, without wire mesh or metal barriers)

On the home front - all quiet... Daughter #2 is back from Russia and has now overcome the depressed phase she went through after coming back (she really enjoyed her trip!!). All are back to school.

On the WikiTree front: I am still licking my wounds after being suddenly left alone to run the France project. This is the first time it happens - there had always been either a co-leader or coordinators - and I spend a lot of time mulling over all sorts of questions about the future of the project. Not my happiest moment on WikiTree. On the positive side, I joined the England Orphan Trail. I've reached Stage 2 without too much trouble, and I'm enjoying it.

More genealogy: my sister-in-law asked me to research her paternal ancestry. She has a double-barrelled name and hopes I'll find out, exactly, when it became double and why. She says this is to be her Christmas present. This is an exciting challenge; I hope I'll be up to the task.

by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (301k points)
edited by Isabelle Martin
Hi Isabelle! What a fascinating story about your search for the statue! A beautiful piece of art commemorating such an event.

I, too, enjoyed the Orphan Trail! A truly marvelous experience, and I’m a better Wikitreer because of it.

I know your daughter’s feeling. After I got back from our short trip to Charleston, it was “ho hum, home again.”
Isabelle, I did the Orphans Trail and found it fun it was an excellent learning experience. Wonderful photo of the statue and work of art. Thank you for sharing the story of the hunt for the statue with us.

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Today is....



National Scrapple Day on November 9th recognizes the first pork food invented in America. For those who are not familiar with scrapple, which is also known by the Pennsylvania Dutch name “pon haus,“ it is traditionally a mush of pork scraps and trimmings combined with cornmeal, wheat flour, and spices. (The spices may include but are not limited to sage, thyme, savory and black pepper.)  The mush is then formed into a semi-solid loaf, sliced and pan-fried.

The immediate ancestor of scrapple was the Low German dish called panhas. It was adapted to make use of locally available ingredients. In parts of Pennsylvania, it is still called Pannhaas, panhossponhoss or pannhas.

During the 17th and 18th centuries, German colonists who settled near Philadelphia and Chester County, Pennsylvania developed the first recipes for scrapple. Since the origin of its discovery, it is strongly associated with rural areas surrounding Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, eastern Virginia, and the Delmarva Peninsula.

  • Supermarkets offer scrapple throughout the regions in both refrigerated and frozen cases.
  • Home recipes for beef, chicken and turkey scrapple are available.
  • Scrapple is sometimes deep-fried or broiled instead of pan-frying.
  • Scrapple is typically eaten as a breakfast side dish.
  • Condiments are sometimes served with scrapple, some of which include apple butter, ketchup, jelly, maple syrup, honey, horseradish or mustard.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalScrappleDay

Have some scrapple. Following are a few scrapple recipes for you to try:


by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (1.8m points)
My grandmother used to make scrapple from scratch so I grew up eating this often.
Never had scrapple. And my wife just can’t figure out why I like livermush so much. Just an old country boy.

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My grandmother made a scrapple, but she used oatmeal not cornmeal. Loved it!
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Well it has been a busy two weeks. DIdn't have time to get on last weekend. The week before was busy but uneventful. The weather has been on a yo-yo  model. Cold then warm, repeat. Haven't had any time for Wikitree or much else since Sunday past when the stress levels went up. My wife was hospitalized with what might have been her passing a gall stone but they aren't sure if that is what happened or not. Lots of tests and being told she could go home in the morning only to be told more tests (requiring fasting) and home the next day. They finally sent her home about 7PM Wednesday evening. No actual diagnosis yet. She didn't need the added stress. She had just finally gotten over the stress from Seed School.

Weather has pushed off landscape work another week or two so in the meantime I'm planning out what trees to order for planting next Spring. We've decided that since water is a scarce commodity, only trees/shrubs that feed us or the wildlife will be planted and get water. So, mostly fruit and nut trees. We're looking at getting some heirloom apple varieties. There are now some interesting ones from Russia that sound interesting. Problem with a lot of fruit trees is you have to plant at least two varieties for pollination.  Not really a problem but makes for more decisions.smiley Also spending time cleaning up and organizing the basement so we can have it finished in the Spring. Mostly want the library finished so we can put in a floor loom.

For fun, I'm taking a tapestry weaving class that starts today. Also need to get back to planning for next summer's family reunion. Since that requires some genealogy work, I'll finally get back to working on my family lines! 

by Doug McCallum G2G6 Pilot (333k points)
I love to weave.  It is so relaxing and you get to create something beautiful!
Doug, you lead the most interesting life. But, sorry to hear about the medical issues. You hang in there. We care about you!

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I am working on the veterans profiles in my tree this weekend and organising my various family history files.

This year in the garden we planted soil from Flanders field full of poppy seeds and look forward to seeing them grow for next year. Lost two great Uncles in the war, another came home on a medical discharge as he lost a leg. Other's who did came home never spoke of the war.

Here in England it is wet and cold, but we will attend the memorial service and parade while wearing our poppies with pride
by Janet Wild G2G6 Mach 9 (96.6k points)
Janet, I’ve been doing the same, veterans’ profiles from the Great War. You’ll need to share about the memorial parade and service. I’d love to hear about it!

Ditto to what everyone said here on this chat. Happy Veterans Day.

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This is a song I like to play on remembrance day it is by Eric Bogle it was originally called No Mans Land but is better known as Green Fields of France.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxkhBvO8_kM just skip the adverts There are a few versions on YouTube but this one has lots of pictures from WW1 and other conflicts that are displayed.

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I forgot to mention in yesterday's post that I attended a genealogy seminar offered by my library on Thursday. The speaker belonged to the Sierra Vista Genealogy Club. I was disappointed because she talked more about how her Scandinavian ancestors arrived in America in 1632 than about how to search and find records. She brought binders filled with images of her ancestors and also filled with penciled records. To me it seemed very old school way of doing genealogy!

Last week's frost did some damage to my autumn sage plant but I'm still doing my best to keep it alive. I had thought all the hummingbirds would migrate from this area, but I was wrong! They're still visiting here, and I've even noticed a few with brilliant scarlet heads that I hadn't seen during the summer.

Yesterday I made time to work on Abigail Putnam's husband, William Browning. The FAG page says he was born in Rutland, MA but I cannot find any record of his birth. I even searched the available vital records for the surrounding Massachusetts towns. For the life of me, I can't figure out where FAG obtained their information. If anyone else wants to research, help yourself smiley

by Diane Hildebrandt G2G6 Mach 3 (35.6k points)
Diane, maybe you can offer to do a class at the library on how to use WikiTree?
Our hummingbirds left about a month ago, earlier than last year. They were really duking it out trying to tank up for the long trip to Honduras.

I agree with Michelle. Next speaker is you sharing about WikiTree!
@Michelle and @Pip

Maybe some time in the far future I'll share WikiTree at my library. Right now I'm already spread a bit thin - and I may be appointed to Town Council this coming Thursday evening. But I'll definitely keep it in mind. Thanks!

Ditto to what everyone said here on this chat. Happy Veterans Day.

Welcome everyone to the Veterans Day WikiTree Weekend Chat.

For your autumn sage plant  Mulch it well with straw or manure around the base to protect the roots, you can wrap it it a Garden fleece jacket to protect the top. Be careful not to warp it to tight.  If it is in a container you could bring it indoors or int a glass house. Raise the base off the ground to minimise risk of ground frost.place straw beneath container.

At least this is what to do in the UK

Good luck hope the plant makes it

@Janet Thanks so much for your advice. I purchased the autumn sage this past spring so wasn't sure how to care for it during the upcoming cold weather. I've now ordered a garden fleece and it will be here by Tuesday. Thankfully the weather won't dip below freezing again during the upcoming week.

It's planted in a very large clay pot which wasn't fired correctly. The clay is flaking off, so I wouldn't dare bring it in the house because of the mess! It sits on a stand about two feet above the concrete patio.

I'll put the entire pot in the bag to shelter the roots too. This will keep the blossoms open for the hummingbirds. I'll close it up when there's a frost warning. Thanks again smiley

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This is from last weekend.Pip Thanks for hosting this WikiTree Weekend Chat.

I am back from going last Thursday October 24 thru 28th for National Prader Willi Conference that the have down in Orlando, Florida every 2 years. We missed 2017 because of dad's health issues. So this year we went. When we left Thursday morning at 4:00 a.m. in upper East Tennessee it was in the low 30's and when we got there it was in the 80's. The weather was perfect for us. Then when the last day was over which was October 26th we stayed over than on Sunday we went to Sea World.That day the temperature was in the 90's. Then we flew back on Monday the flight from Orlando to Atlanta was perfect but when we were in Atlanta we had 3 delays then on the last delay they changed planes and gates on us. We think it was because of the plane we were going to take had problems with it. So we got in at 4:30 p.m. We had fun and my sister learned a lot about Prader - Willi syndrome. I also made a lot of friends that has the syndrome. There was a women that was 69 and in the newsletter she said that she wanted someone with the syndrome to be her pen pal so I thought since I am 60 I could do that so she was down there and I told her I would be that and so we exchange information and I also exchange information with other fellow Prader - Willi syndrome people.

So I had a relaxing time. Now back to real life my dad has his good days and his bad days. His arm that we had fixed for diayslis has quiet working for good already so we have to use the port in his neck than when that guits then I do not know what we will do. He use his walker and rollator in physical therapy.

Every Friday and Saturday I will help my mom till we get everything of hers that we moved up here which is at my brothers office, my sister garage and my mom's garage settle in her house and what she doesn't want give away or some of it I will keep and use. We have made some of a dent in that. So I will try to do this at night on every weekend days.

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by Linda Barnett G2G6 Pilot (425k points)
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Well I am back from helping my mom last night. My sister developed a sinus cold this past week and has spread to her husband and now as of today me also which we all needed. Especially since the take and get my daddy to dialysis on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. My dad doesn't need to get sick with the flu or a cold with his problems. My dad keeps improving and during better but he does have bad and good days.

My mom was telling me today that probably when we get her stuff settled in her house that it probably be time to put her in an assisted living place. She said she been looking at places. But one problem is with the cost of things for my dad plus one is the sitters we have for him she said that they are not doing anything for him and I agree with her on that line. So she thinking about dropping the sitters because of that. She not happy about John Reed which is suppose to be faith based organization and she said even the sitters has told her that the workers steals the stuff we brought to be  used on daddy and use them on other patients there which they shouldn't and I told her that they should pay her for the stuff they steal to use on others.

So she said that she really will not be able to afford an assistance living place because of cost of taking care of him. But she does realize she needs to go to assistance living place now which I am very happy about.

I am going over to my sister house to watch Tennessee Volunteers play tonight. If they win the next 3 games they have a chance this year to be able to play in bowl game like they didn't get to play in a bowl game last year so they have improved a little this year.

Pip thanks for hosting the WikiTree Weekend Chat.

Welcome everyone to the WikiTree Weekend Chat.
by Linda Barnett G2G6 Pilot (425k points)
Linda, you always seem to have your hands full. Seems to all fall on you. I hope you are taking some time for yourself.
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Our local zoo is asking the city to toss in an extra large amount to balance their books.  They could do better if they followed up on phone calls from prospective memberships
on time.  Since my oldest granddaughter, now in her mid 20s, was two years old a family membership pass has been either a birthday or Christmas gift for her and the other grandchildren in the families as they were added.    No returns needed, always the right size, can't be broken and
thrown out quickly, etc.  Both families have enjoyed them.
A few years ago the zoo cut the work force but someone was usually available to sell them on weekends.   Then we
had to rely on phone calls for prices and deal through the mail but at least you would get an answer to a phone call
inquiry.  Now I had to call twice and wait more than two weeks for a return call from them.  Internet only gets you
connected to maintainence.  One family has outgrown the
membership need but I hope in a few years to have a great grand child that will enjoy one.  I can't understand why I have to work so hard for them to collect an easy $75 that
would close the monetary gap by a bit.  And it makes an
easy gift that is always so appreciated.  I miss it.
by Beulah Cramer G2G6 Pilot (201k points)

Ditto to what everyone said here on this chat. Happy Veterans Day.

Welcome everyone to the Veterans Day WikiTree Weekend Chat.

I think it rather amazing, Beulah, that many organizations and companies don’t understand that better customer service would enhance the bottom line. If I find a business that will treat me right and go out of their way to treat me right, that business gets my loyalty (and $$).
Mine too.  Ace Hardware stores cost a little more than Lowes and Home Depot for what I buy, but I willingly give my business to them.  They give service from the minute I
walk in the door and usually there are several employees
responding, instead of one who MAY be present but does
his or her best to avoid customers questions.
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1444: The Battle of Varna took place, but it couldn't stop the expansion of the Ottoman Empire on the Balcan.

1871: Henry Morton Stanley found David Livingstone on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

2009: The German National Team soccer goalman Robert Enke commits suicide. #DepressionIsABitch

by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (282k points)

Ditto to what everyone said here on this chat. Happy Veterans Day.

Welcome everyone to the Veterans Day WikiTree Weekend Chat.

#DepressionIsABitch... I know it too well. Truly a sad story about Enke. I cannot fathom the depths of his feeling over the death of his daughter.
His wife made a presser the next day to explain why he committed suicide. She said then and always afterwards in the work for her foundation that he mourned for the daughter, but he was stable depressionwise. And also the last birthday present for his wife (a self written poem) from spring shows clearly that he had a vision for the future. In late summer started the new depression wave, which he ultimately didn't survive.
#DepressionIsABitch... Amen to that, Jelena!
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Another Texan in the house, y'all.  I rarely check in on the weekend chat.  You guys sound like a whole lot of fun.  My Thanksgiving plans just ratcheted up about 100 points, as the entire tribe is converging on my parents.  I'm bringing the turkey.  (Okay, my husband and a real turkey.)

On the genealogy front, I've been reworking my managed profiles, bringing them up to date with Ancestry templates, etc. and am right now neck deep in 1800s Quebec and all things French Canadian.  (Just love those parish records - illegible, stained, blotted, faded, but there!)

I'm also wrapping up another Data Doctor video - Mr. E Sets the Table, about how to construct a basic table using wiki markup.  Then it's on to more suggestion videos.  I really enjoy the process, but there are a lot left to make!!

That's about it for here.  Hope the coming week brings you wisdom and the courage to follow it.

by Karen Hoy G2G6 Mach 3 (30.6k points)

Karen, in the Greeters group we have three Texans who we affectionately call our Texas Mafia.

I am really looking forward to that next DD video. Tables are not my thing (yet), and I need a visuals like with your videos! Excellent!

Pip, I wanted to tell you that your encouragement and upbeat attitude have often helped me.  Thank you!!!

Ditto to what everyone said here on this chat. Happy Veterans Day.

Welcome everyone to the Veterans Day WikiTree Weekend Chat.

And I agree with Karen on the last chat on this chat.

Pip, I wanted to tell you that your encouragement and upbeat attitude have often helped me.  Thank you!!!

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