My Results Are In!

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I was trying to figure out a way to connect this daily challenge with my recent news of the weekend. And ‘by jove I’ve got it”!!! I found a picture that sums up how much I like history……

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Maybe you will realize my connection? I ¬†am definitely a history buff. Always interested in my ancestry and so with a ‘SALE’ on ancestry.com, it was a no-brainer for me to try a DNA test. First off, I sent in the spit in the vial. This was April 2. A 6 to 8 week waiting period was to be expected. I waited a tad bit longer due to an apparently larger-than-expected batch of tests sent in after Christmas. I guess they did pretty good with their sale. My results came in over the weekend. And without further ado, I present my findings.

My results

My reaction? I had no idea whatsoever about the Iberian Peninsula connection. None. That translates to Portugal/Spain by the way. I mean it was even more than the Irish and Great Britain that I was fully aware of. Someone’s got some splainin’ to do ūüôā

Those bottom 3 literally blow my mind too. And whatever happened to the Legend of our Native American ancestry? I think Great Grandma had an ornery streak and was quite the story teller. If you’ve ever had a DNA test done, were you convinced of the results?

Now time to dive in and do the family tree stuff. Stay tuned…….

“Legs”/Life After Blogs

Life After Blogs

This writing prompt intrigued me after reading a few other bloggers’ reflections on this subject. It brought me back to the 70’s before my life was pulled into the computer age. The world was further away then.

Any ideas of taking ship cruises or flying to Europe were pretty far-fetched. We took Walter Cronkite’s evening news as the law. We still had Encyclopedia Britannica and Webster’s Dictionary at my grandparents’ to do our homework with. We also had radio at lunchtime in the summer listening to Paul Harvey’s daily “Good Day” sign-off. Three tv channels on good weather days and endless card and domino games. Life was good.

One thing that separated us from many folks then was that we had CB radios in my dad’s pick-up truck with cool handles like dad’s “Wild Bill” and mom’s “Calamity Jane”. I was “Legs”. Don’t get too excited about that one. I am short, pretty average looks and definitely never been model material. Certainly not athletically inclined as¬†I had lots of knee dislocations during the first half of my life and “Legs” sounded way better than “Knees”. I rarely talked on the¬†CB¬†anyway unless my parents were checking up on me while I babysat my little sister. We were miles from the nearest town and that was their monitoring tool. Wonder what family services would say about that nowadays? Certainly wouldn’t be blasted on Facebook or Twitter….”Parents leave teen daughter and younger sister by 6 years home alone.” Who knew they were preparing me for my future career as a childcare provider. Hind sight is 20/20 you know.

 

Levitating/WordPress Photo Challenge

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Going down memory lane for this week’s photo challenge to a St.Louis Cardinals game in April of 2011. My youngest daughter’s class took a trip to see a game for some sort of incentive award. Can’t remember exactly, but apparently she was in the winner’s circle. Ron and I were able to tag along.

As a long-time fan of “Yadi”, we were snapping a few pics of him at bat. IMG_1155

Even a loyal Royals fan can appreciate the talent of Yadier Molina. He’s on my bucket list for autographs.

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My highlight photo for this challenge is the levitating moment of the Atlanta Braves catcher Brian McCann.

Maybe McCann would autograph this one??

Cards won by the way……5 -3

Check out other Challenge entries here

Whether it’s the Weather

Circle

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I promised a friend from Canada some pictures from our home here in ¬†Missouri. It has been in the news this past week with all the flooding. Searching out the circle we call “Sun” in this photo. No flood waters here.

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No flooding here either. Just my dream home off in the distance. If only I had a few million dollars.

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This is the city of our destination that particular day.The state capitol of Missouri, Jefferson City. (Pardon my unleveled hand)

 

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A view from the vehicle window because it was too cold to get out and walk around while waiting for Ron at the DMV (department of motor vehicles). I kind of like this photo.

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I just knew we’d see flooding on the Missouri River crossing the bridge, but nothing was unusual other than a bank full river. Good thing or this bridge crossing probably wouldn’t have been do-able. It heads right into the river bottoms. Not the best place to be during a flood.

To see many pictures of the flooding, I suggest Googling, “2015 Missouri flood pictures” Plenty to see. I am personally glad I didn’t see much.

My prayers and thoughts with all the victims affected by this tragic event.

For the Children

Gathering

Screenshot_2015-12-20-11-05-33 (1)Last week I tried an online auction for the very first time. And……I won!!!

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Here are my winnings. A Gathering of 12 Vintage Christmas Stories for children.

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Older versions have such superb artistry.

Do you have any idea how spellbound my kiddos will be? You can’t find this stuff on tv or computer screens.

(unless you search eBay)

These deserve to be Cherished and Read to our young.

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Florence Sarah Winship is a renown illustrator of¬†books and coloring books. I’m thrilled to have¬†her name on 2 of my new acquisitions.

I’ll be Gathering memories this week!

 

One Morning in December

Oops!

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Fuzzy on the bottom.

Was it my finger, the camera strap, or the hair of the lady below me in the stands?

My oops photo for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a snapshot of my eldest daughter graduating with honors, Honors College graduate of the UCM Fall/Winter graduation. The Honors College is the second oldest program of its kind west of the Mississippi. Only 12 students were included this Fall.

I’m one proud mama!

More photos, because you know how mamas are with their photos……

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My husband, who also graduated the night before with his Master’s Degree. How can one contain so much pride????!!!!¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†I’m busting at the seams.

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Both of my daughters. I. Am. Blessed.

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Family photo moment. Short people always have to be on the front row. Dang it!

Eye Spy WPC

Eye Spy

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A yearly tradition of my family is the White Elephant Party. We have a pot luck dinner, gift exchange, card exchange, cookie exchange, and Tons of fun. But one picture just can’t convey our fun, laughter and good times. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch the slideshow I put together and meet the ‘eyes’ of my family. Love em!

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Enter Winter/WordPress Photo Challenge

Transition

Just after our last craft show today when leaving Windsor, Missouri (population 2858 respectively), we saw the entrance of winter in the form of thousands of Canadian geese. The transition to winter this year is definitely abrupt in Central Missouri.