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Onward and upward! something that you say in order to encourage someone to forget an unpleasant experience or failure and to think about the future instead and move forward.

My e-mail: jjmiller6213@comcast.net

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Dwindling Days

It looks like I have been the only one to take a blogging holiday.  I didn't really mean too, but it's been a week since I posted.

Last week sure felt funny.  Most of the time, I had no idea what day it was--date or name.  I was so busy, spending many hours on genealogy research.  Fairly newly immigrated family.  Nothing in Ancestry.com or Family Search.  I had to get into International files and hope I could find some that had been translated.    When I did, I spent many hours getting all the information I could.  Even then it was difficult.  Some ancestor's were just "dead ends" after only 3 generations.  It's difficult to find the next generation "up" when all information on parents stop.  I tried to just search the surname, but with the surname being the most popular in that country---well............

But I did find some ancestor's that I don't think my client knows about, so that gives me a feeling of accomplishment.
When I wasn't "climbing branches", I was taking a break watching the Football bowl games or MSU basketball.  The reason for the breaks--the windows in this computer room face south.  At about 11:00 each day, if the sun is shining, which it has been, even with the mini blinds closed, it is so bright I can't see the monitor.  I can work from 9:00am until 11:00 and then have to stop until late afternoon.

Of course, that gave me time to eat lunch, watch my Soap and run to the store if needed.  As cold as it has been, I only left to go to Walmart one day, and quickly filled bird and squirrel feeders twice.

My daughter Karen gave me one of these "Climb Carts" for Christmas and it sure is great.  Normally, I have about 7 trips to bring in the groceries.  With this thing packed up with bags, it only took me 3 trips.
It has 6 wheels and "climbs" up the steps easily.

So, tomorrow is a new year.  I like it.  It makes me feel like I have a clean slate to write on.  Like pounding a stake into the ground, leaving last year behind me, facing forward and trying to make this year better.  


  1. What a thoughtful gift Karen found. Sure will save your back and shoulder muscles.

    It's been so cold I've had trouble sleeping.

  2. I've missed you, but almost knew you were doing genealogy so I didn't worry too much! I hope you have an amazing 2018.. God bless.

  3. May it be a profitable and pleasant year for you, Judy. xoxo