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WikiTree profile: Pip Sheppard
closed with the note: Weekend Chat closed for January 3 - 5, 2020
in The Tree House by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)
closed by David Selman
Hi Laurie. I'm keeping an eye on the weather for tomorrow. Hoping this rain clears up before then!
Chris, I think writing this one was easier than delivering it tomorrow will be.
Well, let us know how it goes, man. Take care!
Pip, I too try to grab as much information from the sources as I can.  It really makes the person see more 'real' when you uncover these small facts.
Good for you, Michelle. It sure does add a lot to include those small details. Better than: born here, lived here, married, died, buried.
I am working on Wilbur Scoville's brother Augustus, since Wilbur will be one of January's example profiles.  Augustus was a Baptist minister who moved around a lot, and is interesting to research.
Hi Pip,

Thanks for hosting. You will be in my thoughts and intentions as you attend the memorial and deliver the eulogy.
Pip, I'll be thinking of you this weekend.
Hello, new member here. Have found this website wonderfully informative for looking into my husband family and now would like to do the same for myself and possibly others :)   So far I don't see anything about Stuckenberg's here. So it will be a fun hunt for information.
Pip I'm so sorry for the loss of your mother! For me, it was the hardest death to accept in my immediate family. Be sure to take time for yourself. Hugs!

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Continued mild temperatures with rain scheduled for here in Central Pennsylvania this weekend. In fact, it looks like cloudy with rain in a large part of the Eastern United States today.

Hope everyone is getting back in the swing of things after the Holidays. It was great to see some old friends and family.

While researching a second cousin 3 generations removed, I found her profiled started here on WikiTree, with 4 of her 5 children and husband, orphaned with no profile manager, and a Find A Grave source foe each. After sitting there for what appears to be 4 years, we will update and edit these profiles to bring them up to date.

Have a good weekend, stay healthy, and travel safe everyone.


by Rodney Long G2G6 Pilot (346k points)
Hi there, Rodney. Always good to hear from you. Good find on that cousin family. It makes it so much easier to adopt/connect when building the Tree.
How great that you were able to find some cousin profiles. The ones with PMs are great too, for finding living cousins.
Hi Kay, hope all is well with you and your family, and you are having a great start to the New Year. Yes, finding cousin profiles is always fun. Have a great weekend.
Glad you enjoyed your holiday Rodney!

Good job improving those profiles. I have a hard time leaving unsourced or inaccurate information alone, when I come across it. Personally, I find it sad when conflated information creeps into what is intended to be a respectful memorial.
Hi Laurie, hope you are well, and enjoying the start of the New Year. Yes, it appears these profiles came from a gedcom, and then abandoned. It appears there are literally thousands of profiles like that on the tree,
We're also getting rain here in northwestern Georgia.   But there's no wind and I've never seen such dense fog that's not only in the valleys but in many areas covers the mountain tops.   I should have taken a picture!  My new phone takes great pictures, so I have no excuses.

Enjoy your weekend Rodney.
Hello Peggy, hope all is well with you. Yes I saw on the National weather map this morning all the clouds and rain are strung out from New Orleans, across Georgia, all the way up here to Pennsylvania. The moisture combined with the warmer temperatures will keep us fogged in for a while. Travel safe my friend.
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Today is....



National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day on January 3rd spotlights a favored treat during many holidays. The National Confectioners Association has even been noted to recognize the annual event. 

It is almost impossible to eat just one of these chocolate covered cherry candies. The combination of two favorite flavors into one delicious treat turns into something irresistible. The candy often is made with a sweet liquid center and in some cases has a liquor filling.

Known to many as a mid-winter pick-me-up, chocolate-covered cherries, also called chocolate cordials, can be either store-bought or homemade. There are also many recipes that mimic the flavor of the long known and well-loved candy.

In the 1700s in England, cherries were enclosed in chocolate with a little kirsch (cordial) liqueur. After finding their way to the United States, Americans received them quite well, delighting in the little bit of alcoholic cordial surrounding the fruit dipped in chocolate.  Although originally made with the liqueur, cordials/chocolate covered cherries are more commonly made with a sugar syrup flavored with cherries.  The pitted cherries have been cooked in sugar syrup and jarred.

HOW TO OBSERVE Chocolate Covered Cherry Day

Enjoy your day sharing some chocolate covered cherries with your friends and try one of the following recipes:

Chocolate Covered Cherries
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake
Chocolate Covered Cherry Fudge
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2m points)
No that song is about Ketchup.

I am extremely squared impatient. Chocolate covered cherries are the only thing I LIKE to wait for.

Oh Betty, you should never have to wait. When I worked for Hershey, Cherry Blossom candies were the best sellers in Quebec.  I'm not sure which stores around you may carry them, but I'd try WalMart.  They're also available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Hershey-Lowney-Cherry-Blossom-Candy/dp/B00NTWTWIM

I went to Hershey Park in the 70's, and that Chocolate aroma, couldn't help but stock up on Hershey bars!!

It was a dangerous place to work, as far as diets go!
Oh Yum!! I love chocolate covered cherries and have not had any in a very long time. May have to indulge!!

We've just finished some of these https://www.hotelchocolat.com/uk/kirsch-cherries.html#start=1. They were delicious.

My grandmother always shared her chocolate covered cherries during the holidays smiley Gee, I miss those days lol

Dorothy Barry,

I think Weight Watchers has you listed as enemy number one on their wanted posters.
Yummy, chocolate covered cherries are awesome. Love them.

Betty Fox..... laughcheeky

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Hope that everyone had a good new year. It's cloudy, drizzly and warm here. Our Golden Retriever may get a much needed bath today.

I finally finished the (deceased) descendants for the 13 children of Martin Scranton (b. 1796) and his wife Sarah. I met a couple of WikiTree cousins and cousins by marriage on this journey. Other than cases where brother and sister married sister and brother, or existing profiles, I stopped at the in-laws and thus tagged a number as Needs Profiles Created for the next ConnectAThon.

Now to decide where to focus next...
by Kay Sands G2G6 Pilot (262k points)
Ahh, Golden retrievers. They're like the blonds of the dog world. =) If that's the case then Great Danes are the basketball players. Good luck giving him a bath. Those doggos can really shake.

Good work on your research!!

Kay, I have several families in my hopper waiting on a filling in of descendants. Seems it never ends, does it? 

I would love to have a Golden, but the wife sez that any dog we get will have to be one that doesn't shed. sad

Chris - too funny. Our Golden Molly is a very sweet girl. We have one of those platform ladders and stand her on that for a bath. As far as Great Danes being good basketball players.... I was on the women's basketball team at SUNY Albany, and our mascot was the Great Dane. Beautiful dogs.

Here's Molly


Good doggo!

My aunt Linda and my cousin Kristyn both breed dogs. Britannys, mainly. We had britannys for a long, long time. They are smaller than Goldens. But, they are great. They're sporting dogs so they constantly were looking at birds all day. The older one, Tux, was a champion show dog. His son, Tie, was...umm....muy loco.

They are good dogs, though. They are liver and white or orange and white. One of my aunt's old dogs, Gunner, was like my bodyguard growing up.
Molly is beautiful, Kay!  

I no longer have a yard for dogs to run in, but my grand-dogs include a Dalmation and a type of Argentinian mastiff. The Dalmation is definitely a First Responder, but Dogo would love to play basketball with a Great Dane.  I have a funny picture somewhere of this 100 lb baby trying to sit on my lap. He managed to have a good cuddle, but had to keep three feet on the ground.

What a beautiful dog!!

I just love Molly's picture.   Am willing to dog sit,  but you have to drop her off.

Pip,   up until I was 45 all my dogs were German Shepards.  Talk about shedding in the spring!    Then we started getting shelter dogs with very short hair.
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On this day:

1521: Martin Luther was excommunicated by Pope Leo X.

1795: Catherine the Great and Francis II of the Holy Roman Empire signed the contract about the Third Partition of Poland

1892: J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of Lord of the Rings, is born.

by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (344k points)
Funny, I just started The Lord of the Rings a couple of days ago (even though I've read it numerous times already). Good picks for today, Jelena!
Yesss....We loves the Tolkien. He is a precioussssssssss!

Just remember what happened to Gollum, Chris! surprise

Oh, I am aware. He had himself a nice, hot bath. MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
I was in Hobbiton (for reals!) earlier this week.  Maybe it's time for a reread when I get home.
Thanks for the star, Susan, but in the Weekend Chat we don't give out Best Answer Stars. See above in the opening posting.
Thanks to Mr. Tolkien. Hundreds of Scandinavian Black Metal and Death Metal bands. Got their names, as well as band member stage names. Along with album titles, song tiles, and song lyrics. Of course the heavy metal music genre as a whole has taken inspiration from him.
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Hails and horns, Wikipeeps!

Welcome to the first Weekend Chat of 2020! Kicking off the new year right with a genealogy blog called "Fresh Start": https://allroadhaverhill.blogspot.com/2020/01/52-ancestors-week-1-fresh-start.html

Yeah, I'm doing 52 Ancestors again. Gotta keep posting in the blog, right? Right. I basically talked about how I restarted my genealogical adventure. There's a lot of irony here. Comic fans in the audience will get it. I basically did a soft reboot of my genealogy to meet with editorial mandates. Basically, I did what DC did in 2011 with the New 52. That rebooted universe was weird. Look it up. Characters were grim and gritty who weren't supposed to be grim and gritty. 

Thankfully, I rebooted and it's really thanks to people here, geni and elsewhere that allowed me to realize my mistakes, fix them and basically solve some of the issues I had. Kudos, everyone! 

I also did a side project for a friend of mine. I asked him if he minded me looking up his family tree for him as he wasn't sure about a few things. Like me, he has Italian ancestry. However, I found much more than he ever thought possible. He was surprised that everything could be found so easily on the Internet when before you had to go to a library. I dunno if that's a good thing or not. Still kinda iffy. I told him there wasn't anything to worry about it and he said it was fine. I told him living people are kept hidden. No questions asked. It felt awkward at first looking up everything. But, he assured me it was okay. He was impressed, though and a little frightened by how easy this stuff was to find.

But, here's the thing. Most of the info I got was from trees his relatives made! I just gathered them all in one spot for him. It remains to be seen if it is accurate. He still seems to be cool with it all.

On the non genealogy front, my mother made lasagna for New Year's Day and it was AMAZING as it usually is. =D This time she had meatballs in it. Usually it's cheese. Was so good.

Watching Disney + as I type this and am on episode 7 of The Mandalorian. This is the way.

Have a great chat, everyone! Welcome to 2020!

by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (285k points)

(We all have that one person who we thought was an ancestor... and then we discovered we were wrong. Back to square 1!)

Egad! Have I ever been there before!!! Heartbreaking in a couple of cases where I really did want to be descended form the Armstrongs.

I'm sure Neil was disappointed too. As was Stretch. =)

We've all made mistakes. I just needed to reboot in 2017. I've even rebooted my comic like twice since I started writing. Now I don't see myself doing that again.
Ah lasagna.... I also made some for New Years. Now that we have a Wegmans grocery store there is good Italian sausage available, so I used that.
Nice! Was it spicy or sweet?
I hope you're not going all grim and gritty on us, Chris.  We're fond of you just the way you are!
Hahaha! Right, Laurie. Let's keep Chris just like he is!

Good. These shoulderpads are killing me. And why do I have so many pouches?

"Revamped for the '90s" my butt....

At least I don't look like Rob Liefeld's rendition of Captain America: https://66.media.tumblr.com/eb0bc3042c8aa3e9d0e78127392bf148/tumblr_nh6g90yqbI1qgjxc7o1_250.jpg

We don't speak of "Heroes Reborn". No chance of me getting a grim and gritty reboot. We all know what happens to the comic relief if that happens.

Have fun with your next round of 52 ancestors!   

Enjoy your first WeekEnd of 2020.
Thanks, Peggy! =D
I don't have the Disney+. So I haven't watched the Mandalorian. I was listening to the Bill Burr podcast and he mentioned the episode he was on. He addressed his fans that made jokes about him probably dropping the baby Yoda. He said "Hey, you try keeping a hold of a baby when you drop out FTL speed and some robot pilot basically hits the freakin brakes. Lets see how well you keep a baby in your lap. I didn't drop the baby Yoda." The Bill Burr quote was heavily edited to fit a family friendly environment .
LOL. That's hilarious even in a PG forum. =)
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I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season!

We're having a winter gale on the northwest coast today and tomorrow. In the Land of the Tall Trees, that usually means the power goes out. At least I'm not travelling - last year I was stranded on the highway for hours while they cleared away the debris, and I made it to a gas station on fumes, it was very exciting. Today I'm cosy at home, with a generator to keep the freezer running, and a natural gas stove for tea and mulled wine, maybe a pot of chile.

One of my favourite uncles passed away in Nova Scotia this Xmas. The funeral was held right away, the family didn't want us out-of-towners to disrupt our holiday plans, but the church was appropriately packed - a combination of big-hearted man and a large family. He gave up lobster fishing in on March 21, 1961 when 17 of his fellow sailors, most of them friends and family, died in the same hurricane, and instead kept the light-house at Gull Rock, then ran a gas station and built wooden lobster traps in his retirement.  He was 91, and was buried with his wife, right next door to my mother - the two women have been room-mates for nearly a decade.   

On the genealogy front, I'm working on his family tree this week, and perhaps next, sorting out the Nova Scotia Murphy clan, and hoping that nothing will go wrong.

by Laurie Giffin G2G6 Mach 6 (66.5k points)
Condolences to you and yours, Laurie. =( :Lobster, huh? I've helped my parents with lobster traps right outside the Merrimack River. Of course with so many traps around it was kinda crazy. We used metal lobster traps.

Sorry about your power loss. But, it sounds like a good night to do some reading!
Laurie, please accept my sincerest condolences. Looks like he lived a fascinating life. What a biography that will be!
I hope you caught some lobster, Chris. Yumm. One of my favourite food groups.
Oh, we caught some really good lobsters back in the day. I was in charge of measuring them. One was so big that its claws were easily a foot long.
Wow, that was a big old critter, and maybe a tough chew!
Glad you're safe at home this holiday season Laurie.

Your uncle sounds like an incredible man.   A fisherman's life often has more than it's share of sorrow.   This past year I've had many deaths of family members and life long friends,  but I haven't created any of their profiles.... perhaps waiting for the grief to diminish.    But it sounds like you'll one day create the proper WikiTree profile for your uncle.

I've heard of mulled wine but never tried it.  Do you have a favorite recipe?
My dad and my brother took care of the beastie from the deep. We took a pic of it before we cooked it. It was hard to cook because it was so big and to make things worse, the guy on the boat behind us was allergic to shellfish. So we told him to stay in the boat. That thing was gonna STIIIIIIIIINK!
@Chris you have me laughing! The one time I tried to cook a lobster in an undersized pot, it climbed out angry, and the Great Lobster War ensued. I won the battle, but I'm still troubled by the dreams.
@Peggy, the trick is to start by making a syrup with equal parts sugar and water. For mulled wine I add lots of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon peel and orange peel. Boil for 5 mins, then let it steep for another 5 mins or so. Strain out the chewy bits, then add lemon juice in equal proportion to the sugar and water.

You can bottle the result. To make the mulled wine, I use a cup of syrup for each bottle of hot red wine, and adjust by adding more syrup, or more wine, and lots of tasting of course! When you're satisfied, garnish with a slice of lemon, or pineapple and serve.
That reminds me of that old super bowl commercial with the lobster getting the coke. Or was it pepsi. I don't remember. It was hilarious!

I'm trying your recipe soon..... on a cold lazy weekend.   Your lobster stories certainly brings up vivid images.  I'll stick to lobster on cruises, so I don't get injured.
Last few years hubby and I have been learning a little more about those involved in the west coast fishery. It is indeed a hard, challenging, and sometimes tragic life but also a rewarding one.

Stay warm, Laurie!
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Happy New Year everyone!!

I have some exciting news!!

For those of you who have been following my mothers adoption story and DNA trails - well things are finally happening!!

 A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that my mother had finally gotten to meet 3 of her nieces.

Well this week she finally got to meet one half sibling!! She even had dinner with him and his family. He will be turning 70 years old this weekend, and they plan on having a party!!

But Mum won't be going to the party. That will be a bit too much for her. So the plan is for Mum to hopefully meet one of the other half siblings who has to come from out of town to her brothers party.

I now have email contact with my new half cousins.

2020 has really started out with a bang!!!!

Mild weather on Lake Ontario this week. No snow at all.


This was my maternal grandmother. Her children are my mothers half siblings.

by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (702k points)
Great pics, Robynne! =D
Wow! You're right. Your year did start off with a bang, Robynne! How cool. Wonderful photos on the profile.
I like the way you've handled the sensitive information Robynne!  Always so glad to hear of your mother's welcome to her family.  It doesn't always turn into a good news story, but its very heart-warming when it does.  A great way to start the New Year.
Happy New Year and congratulations on finding your new family members!

Fantastic news and reason to raise a glass in a toast (and I'm a teatotaler!) smiley

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Thanks for Hosting Pip and Happy New Year to you all .

Based on you're thoughtful, comforting, adept writing skills, I can's think of anyone more appropriate to give you're mother's eulogy.....  I doubt anyone in your family will ever forget it.   

HomeFront: The first week of the year is starting out slow for us, which is perfect!    Our weekend house guests stayed longer than expected,  but we greatly enjoyed their company.  (My husband’s  “little” sister and her significant other and their new  “rescue” dog..... a 12 year old terrier rescued from a puppy mill.)    They enjoyed  the hiking, visiting the area and getting out of the  Midwest weather.    Since they left,  we’re relaxing and nursing the colds they left behind.

Genealogy: Not much work done on genealogy….. mainly some loose ends and trying to solidify 2020 goals.   When I retired I thought I left annual goals behind. angry   Well, at least only I will complain if they aren't accomplished.   

Vacation: Next week, we’ll be leaving for a few weeks on our  “winter trip”.  Mainly cruising in the Caribbean.smiley   Actually, since the weather is so great at home we don’t feel like we deserve the winter get-a-way yet.  

Am looking forward to reading about everyone’s adventures during the holidays.

by Peggy McReynolds G2G6 Pilot (173k points)
Hi Peggy! Glad you had a good time with the family, sans the colds! My wife and I are planning some getaways, too, and one of those just might be a cruise. It's been too long since we last visited the Caribbean.
Congratulations for all you accomplished this year, Peggy!  Enjoy your break.  I look forward to hearing about your accomplishments through 2020!
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Spending most of this week recuperating from my cold and getting ready for my trip to SLIG (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy).  I am registered for Advanced Hispanic Research with George Ryskamp.  While I don't have any Hispanic ancestors, I want to learn to be able to help others with their research.  Last year, I took Native American Genealogy with Billie Stone Fogarty and learned a lot.  I hope to do so this year too.

Is anyone else attending SLIG this year?
by Michelle Enke G2G6 Pilot (190k points)
Can't go this year, Michelle, but I'm hoping to start next year. I hope you learn lots. I know we have several folks here needing assistance with Hispanic research.

I am excited about having George Ryskamp as the instructor.  He wrote the books Finding Your Hispanic Roots and A Student's Guide to Mexican Genealogy.  He should have lots of good information!

Enjoy the course!  I'm back to school this month, too, though I'm taking a different sort of course in a different place.  I'm sure you'll meet some wonderful people, and learn unexpected things.
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Currently, it's 7˚ C and drizzling* in Fort Erie. We're already higher than the predicted high of 6˚ C, and looking for a low of 0˚ C and snow showers tonight.

I got all excited this week to see one of my second cousins updating her profile and those of her family.

Also, somebody added Find A Grave sources to a string of profiles that are pretty peripheral in my family. (My grandmother's sister-in-law's family.) I appreciate it when that happens, because a) the profiles get some added sourcing, and 2. it reminds me to get in there, blow out the cobwebs, add sources, a biography, categories, and all that other stuff that I'm supposed to be doing on the profiles I create.

* People say that the Inuit have 22 different words for snow. I don't know if that's actually true or not, but those of us who grew up on the Wet Coast do have a bunch of different words for rain. It mists, or spits, or drizzles, or sprinkles, or...

by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (303k points)

The catch here, Greg, is that there are several Inuit languages, and if you combine all their words for snow, You'd get a lot more. https://readable.com/blog/do-inuits-really-have-50-words-for-snow/

I know there are a lot of FindAGrave haters on WikiTree, but I find FAG useful, if only for leads. I, too, appreciate it when someone adds a citation.

I visited Iqaluit earlier this year, Greg, and one of the Inuit teased me that we have more English words for rain than they have for snow, and its only one language. One of our weather forecasters listed off more than 50 a few weeks back. Plus, I've coined a new one since moving to the West Coast - notsnow. Right now, its notsnowing pretty hard!

notsnow -- I like it!


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Greetings from Everett, Washington!

To celebrate New Year's Eve we had our friends, the president of the Toastmasters Club and wife, over to our home theater to watch "Drums Along the Mohawk" and drink beverages both mulled and unmulled.  I made the Skyrim stew that evening and last night as well.  Our Pomeranian-Chihuahua, Billy, is terrified of fireworks, so he clung to me, as is his wont, during the noise of the neighborhood.  Our friends will be back to see another film.

My son put up the Christmas tree and the lights on Christmas Eve.  Our decorations stay up through all twelve days and come down at Candlemas (February 2nd).  It is still the season to send cards and gifts and enjoy!

Outside the sun is shining again and the wind is blowing off the clouds from the rain of the past week.  Temperatures in the high 30s and 40s.

My daughter's present was a board game called "Horrified," based on Universal Studies classic monsters including Dracula, Frankenstein's monster and his bride, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Invisible Man.  No Phantom of the Opera, alas, since she's a big Claude Rains fan.  She plans to take the game to her birthday party at Everett's AFK (Away From Keyboard) Tavern, where geeks and gamers come to play card and board games and celebrate special events.  The kids and I have played Classic Star Trek games of Uno several times.  On the 9th, coming up, is another birthday for my husband, of which I resolve to take notice, even if he will shrug it off.

This week I've been working on profiles of country music notables Roger Miller and Sheb Wooley.  Sheb was Roger's uncle (by marriage) and taught him to play guitar.  I had them in my PAF program since my late father-in-law told me that the Millers were related to the Summitts.  When I did the lookup I found that the supposed Summitt connection was too young to be Roger's grandfather.

Then I started building the line back from Roger's father, Jean.  I found that his paternal grandmother was a Bales, a line that connects to my (and S J Baty's) Beals ancestors.  It's not my husband who's related, it's me.  Roger and I are 8th cousins once removed.  I woke up with "King of the Road" and "Purple People Eater" in my head and will keep working on the duplicate profiles of Roger, one of which is privacy protected, so it will take a while for it all to come together.  I wrote a profile for Sheb and I would like there to be a more developed one for Roger.

All of you make some resolutions.  My resolution is to teach people to take over what I do--whether that means being a recording secretary at various clubs, or quilting, or driving cars, or just cooking and caring for the house.  It's difficult for me to let go and let others handle things.  Far more difficult to teach them and, while teaching, stop myself from taking over when they make mistakes.
by Margaret Summitt G2G6 Mach 7 (77.1k points)

"Far more difficult to teach them and, while teaching, stop myself from taking over when they make mistakes." My wife's complaint about me!

I had to look up Skyrim stew, a new one for me. Great to hear from you, Margaret!

Purple People Eater - oh the carefree days! I lived in LA, sunburned and playing Red Rover with the back yard gang.
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I just wanted to let you all know that things are looking up here in my area. We are having very mild weather patterns and even the budget is looking up, Diane was actually worried because we have a lot more money left after paying the bills than normal. The youngest grandson did not pass the Amateur test last weekend but he is planning to try again next weekend. Diane got a job, she starts next week so I should have a little more time to do things that I like and she doesn't. I have been working on some radio and computer projects recently and I have got my watchlist back under the "limit", I no longer get that message about the size. I have also found a few smaller cemetery's to check out when the weather is better, read warmer and drier. No major genealogy work but I still add sources and simple biographies for now.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
Enjoy the room in your day, in your watchlist, and in your budget, Dale! Though I'm with Diane, I'd be spending sleepless nights wondering what I've forgotten to pay.
Laurie, We did not "forget" to pay any bills but rather 2 bills were less than half of their regular amount, one of them was the electric bill so imagine our shock for that one.
We also eliminated 2 streaming channels just to sweeten the pot.
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Happy New Year Everyone!! May 2020 include much genealogy success!

I had a very poignant find a couple of days ago. I found a bag of old photos and letters that I had brought from my aunt and cousins house (both now deceased and I am helping to clean it out) and I had placed the small bag in one of my file drawers and forgot about it. When I pulled it out, I immediately scanned the photos, some of which I already had, and then I tackled the very old letters. One was a single sheet of paper plus the envelope. Both had been written in pencil and were no longer readable - not one word. So, on my photo scanner, I set it to color and restore color. Voila, the writing popped out. It was written on January 17, 1926 by my barely 14 year old Mother. She was asking her older brother to come home as their father was not doing well and the doctor did not think he would do better. On the back my grandmother had found the time to add a note also telling him he needed to come home. He was only 30 miles away but that was a long way over not so good East Texas roads in 1926. The rest of the story - I always have known that my uncle did not arrive home before his father died, but did arrive just after. My grandfather died the day after this letter was written - on January 18, 1926. Even though I have long known the story, this letter made it real.

We sometimes never know what small find will surface to bring home to us events in our ancestor's lives. That is part of why we here on WikiTree do what we do!!
by Virginia Fields G2G6 Pilot (279k points)
Great story, Ginny!
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Good evening and Happy New Year all around the Wikitree chat world,

or should I say "Good morning", the watch just switched to Saturday morning ;).

The weather is now that way that you have to look every day for the temperatures in your area to see if it's freezing or not. Yesterday I wanted to go to a shop to get the offers of Thursday til Saturday for mum, but it was icy on the ways, so I decided to turn around and go home, no matter if the stuff mum wants is sold out today. Today it was warmer again, so there was no danger of doing a Draisaitl or a Crosby on the ways. (They would at least not fall around when it's getting icy under their shoes though.)

Mum is doing a bit better. She's currently having therapy of the boss of the physiotherapy "company" where she's going to and he gave her a good massage on last Monday. Since then she also can move her arm quite a bit more outwards on the side, which is really good.
My little relative in Serbia was the happiest boy in town today when he saw the Lego-helicopter in the presents. He immediately started to build it.

Genealogy-wise I can only say: "Thanks God I still have room on my Watchlist." It's incredible how many people are linked to Siemens (or how many basic profiles I can create through the respective Wikipedia-profiles). Every time I think I'm nearing the end of the tunnel there are several more diversions.

Good night, my bed is waiting for me.

PS: Pip, thinking of you "tomorrow"
by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (344k points)

You're so right,  the   "WikiTree Chat World" is incredible.   You have a great honor in having Serbia relatives to connect with.  

Glad you mum is doing a better..... I'm sure you're important in keeping her spirits up....

Have a great start to 2020.......  but so sorry to hear about the 30 zoo animals that lost their lives in Krefeld.broken heart

haha, I think hockey players fall on the ice outside, just like the rest of us.  They may be better at landing, though. I always break some dignity even if I'm not too bruised.

Glad to hear your mom is beginning to heal.

Good morning, I hope you slept well.
Peggy, the worst thing in the bad thing with these dead apes is that most of them were of races that are really rare. Among them was also the oldest one of a special gorilla race who was living in Europe. He was 48 years old.

Laurie, I slept well :)
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Hello from Brisbane, Australia.  I think we all know what the weather is doing here :( Fortunately, myself and my extended family are safe from the bushfires at present.

I've been busily doing research outside of the Tree and like everyone else have gone off on side tangents, other branches, spouse families...oooh, another butterfly! haha  Keeping "tabs" on where I'm at is a challenge.  Old-school sticky notes are a big help!  I'm also cataloguing photographs that my family have thrown at me so thank goodness for the robust scanner I got for Christmas :D

Found a couple of cousins from the English side of my tree which is lovely.  They've both been super supportive.  I'm hoping this year to smash through the brick wall I have regarding my paternal grandfather's line.  Stumped, stuck, zero, dead-end etc. Fingers-crossed.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend whereever you are.
by Jennifer Barry G2G1 (1.8k points)
Hello from British Columbia, Jennifer! We're blowing some rain in your direction, hopefully it will arrive soon.  

I'm a big fan of sticky notes also.  Stay safe, and enjoy your weekend.
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Buenas Noches from The Old Pueblo, Tucson, Arizona!

First, I am very happy to let all of you know that 2020 is designated as the International Year of the Nurse! It is the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth. Nurses and nursing programs around the world are finding special ways to help people recognize the many important ways nurses take the lead in health promotion, leading healthy lifestyles, and provide care and support to culturally diverse groups across the lifespan.

Now, I hope that everyone had Felices Fiestas (Happy Holidays) this past week. It's 7:30 pm and 53F which, for me, is cold! I'm drinking my 'cuppa' and catching up on all the academic work so that I can devote next weekend to my very 'First Scan-a-Thon'. I have no idea what I'm doing, but am sure it will be fun and exhausting.

I also have to make time to do my assignment for the genetic genealogy class I am taking through our local genealogical society. It's a doozie! We have to do a DNA proof. Since I don't do anything by half measures, I have culled the 10 to 12 Y DNA listings for male descendants of Baldwins who settled CT and MA to determine lines to their common ancestor(s) in Aston Clinton. That should be fun.

Wishing all of you a wonderful, safe and productive week.
by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (161k points)

Buenas Noches Carol. Thank you for noting the International year of the Nurse.  I will look for some nurses to work on in the family tree.  Its a good thing I have a whole year, my to do list is a little long at the moment. Stay warm!

Hi Laurie,

Good to hear from you! I'm hoping to add a really cool photo to Florence Nightingale's profile during the Scan-a-Thon! When I was in London in 2017, I went through Kensington Palace and in Queen Victoria's in box was a letter from F. Nightingale to QV from Scutari! I got a great photo of it! Have a great weekend!

Howdy neighbor smiley Been cold down here in SE Arizona too. Let me know whenever you're headed anywhere near Sierra Vista. I'd love to meet you for coffee.

Hi Diane,

good to hear from you! I've signed up for the Blaine Bettinger workshop on Saturday in February. I think it's in your area. I'll get the venue and maybe we can meet for coffee. Hope to meet you!
Looking forward to coffee and meeting you :)
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This is not  my weekend to chat as I have an all day business meeting tomorrow.
by David Hughey G2G6 Pilot (720k points)
Happy New Year David! Hope your business meeting goes well.
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Happy weekend, folks!  Hope that everyone is staying warm/cool/dry/safe, depending on where you are.  I've been awol from the Chat for the past couple of weeks due to holidays and travel.  Still traveling, but I have some down time now.  I'll save the personal update for next week (some stuff that I shouldn't post publicly just yet).  On the genealogy front... a fair bit happening.  My paternal aunt's Ancestry results came through and I've had some time to start working with them.  She's got a cluster of matches that look like they may be connected to my great great great grandfather, Hugh Gray, including one who may be descended from his sister- there's someone descended from a Mary Gray in Quebec whose parents' names are the same as Hugh's parents.  Still have to do the actual paper trail research, but it's very promising.  And there's a closer match in the cluster from the Boston area who could be an actual descendant of Hugh that I didn't know about, but she has no tree posted so I'll have to contact her.  My other aunt and uncle have agreed to test, so hopefully I'll have even more info to work with soon.

Best wishes for the New Year, everyone!
by Lisa Hazard G2G6 Mach 8 (82k points)
Happy New Year to you Lisa from Nashville, Tn. Glad to see you here this weekend!! Thanks for sharing about your DNA ancestry results.
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On this day:

1960: The French author Albert Camus dies in a car accident

1987: Aretha Franklin is the first woman added to the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame

2010: The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is opened

by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (344k points)

Happy New Year Jelena! Thanks for sharing "On this day" with us each weekend. By the way, I always enjoyed Aretha Franklin's music especially her 1967 version of Otis Redding's song "Respect".  

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Today is...



National Spaghetti Day on January 4th offers an opportunity to pick your sauce and add it to that long, thin cylindrical pasta of Italian and Sicilian origin.  Usually made from semolina flour, this pasta has been a worldwide favorite for ages and loved by millions.

There are a variety of different pasta dishes based on spaghetti, and the sauce determines most of them. Some examples include spaghetti ala Carbonara, garlic and oil, tomato sauce, meat sauce, bolognese, Alfredo sauce, clam sauce or other sauces. We traditionally serve spaghetti dishes topped with grated hard cheeses such as Pecorino Romano, Parmesan and Grana Padano.

The word spaghetti is plural for the Italian word spaghetto, which is a diminutive of spago, meaning “thin  string” or “twine.”

American restaurants offered Spaghetti around the end of the 19th century as Spaghetti Italienne (which is believed to have consisted of noodles cooked past al dente and a mild tomato sauce flavored with easily found spices and vegetables such as cloves, bay leaves, and garlic). Decades later, cooks added oregano and basil to many recipes.

Spaghetti Origins

There is a significant debate on the origin of spaghetti. However, we do know that pasta has been consumed for many, many years.  There are records in the Jerusalem Talmud of itrium, a kind of boiled dough, commonly available in Palestine from the 3rd to 5th centuries AD.  A 9th-century Arab dictionary describes itriyyaas as string-like shapes made of semolina and dried before cooking. In an 1154 writing for the Norman King of Sicily, itriyya is mentioned being manufactured and exported from Norman Sicily.  Dried pasta became popular in the 14th and 15th centuries due to its easy storage. People were able to store the dried pasta in ships when exploring the New World.  A century later, pasta was present around the globe during the voyages of discovery. (Wikipedia)

On Top of Spaghetti

In March of 2009, the world record for the largest bowl of spaghetti was set and then reset in March of 2010 when a Garden Grove California Buca di Beppo restaurant successfully filled a swimming pool with more than 13,780 pounds of pasta.

Sung to the tune of “On Top of Old Smoky,” the fun children’s song, “On Top of Spaghetti,” was written and originally sung by folk singer Tom Glazer with the Do-Re-Mi Children’s Chorus in 1963.

“On top of spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball,
When somebody sneezed.

It rolled off the table,
And on to the floor,
And then my poor meatball,
Rolled out of the door.”

HOW TO OBSERVE National Spaghetti Day:

Make your favorite spaghetti dish and be sure to make enough to share. You can always invite friends to join you at your favorite Italian restaurant and split a plate. If you do, be sure to tag the restaurant and use #NationalSpaghettiDay to post on social media.

by Dorothy Barry G2G Astronaut (2m points)

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