Saturday, March 8, 2014

Cabin Fever

An anonymous person left me a message telling me that he/she liked my witty blog posts. I never thought of myself as witty so I must thank you for the message as it offers encouragement for me to get blogging once again.

The Midwest has suffered through three Polar Vortexes and steady snowstorms sprinkled with rain causing a particularly icy winter. Many Midwesterners including me have suffered from cabin fever. All this weather has dried up my skin and my genealogy mojo. So I am very grateful for someone’s interest in my little blog.

Last week I met up with some friends one being a friend who lives here in the U.S. but was born in Ireland. Her family lives in Ireland and she is lucky enough to travel between the two countries.

I was struck by a comment she made. She noticed that people in the U.S. look at life in a very linear way and that the Irish have a very cyclical way of looking at life. Her statement got me thinking.

Tortured as I am with this winter weather, I realized I was thinking in a linear manner.
Of course, winter was not going to go on forever. We are not entering another ice age. Winter will give way to spring. It always does. Her statement gave me hope. Temps are beginning to moderate even as I write.

The Dollen Farm about 1900. 

Simultaneously I wondered about my ancestors and what they would think about our wintery weather. They were not blessed with double paned windows, modern insulation and indoor plumbing. Were their homes drafty? Did their wood burning stoves keep the family warm? Would they consider this descendant to be a bit of a whiner and tell me to toughen up? Probably.

Hanging in there….


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A Old Fashioned Winter Memory

This winter has tested my midwestern hardiness. Frigid temperatures drive us inside. Cars are breaking down. Schools are closing and weathermen warn us to stay home. This winter makes me think about a story my Grandmother told once me.

Grandma was raised on a farm not far from O’Hare Airport long before the airport existed. Horse and wagon were their mode of transportation in those days and Grandma remembered how valuable their horses were. On those very cold winter days, such as we have been having of late, the horses would remain in the barn and the family would walk to church. There was no sense in risking their horses’ health even for church.

Stay warm!


Monday, February 3, 2014

Good Day

Blog posts are suffering due to a slowdown of mind. Just began Lynn Palermo’s Family Writing Challenge with the hope of jumpstarting my writing. Battery is on low, but look forward to a new writing surge . . .  new skills . . .  new ideas . . .

I must write daily for without the daily habit nothing gets written!


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Family History Writing Challenge 2014

Lynn Palermo of the Armchair Genealogist conducts a Family History Writing Challenge each year. As you may have noticed, I just registered for this year’s challenge running from February 1 to 28. 
I am excited!

I had signed on to the challenge several years ago and backed away due to time management and computer issues. Lacking a good reason to procrastinate just one more year, I took up the challenge.

My plan is to write about my uncle, Richard William Dollen a.k.a. Uncle Dick. My Uncle Dick has been the subject of many blog posts. Research is nearly complete and is only lacking in official military records. Not requesting his military records is not holding me back as I feel I have ample material to write about.

So how about you? Would you care to sign up for the writing challenge? I would love you company as I always feel the more the merrier. Here are the links to Lynn’s websites:

The Family History Writing Challenge
The Armchair Genealogist

Please let me know if you take up the challenge!


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014

May Your New Year Be Blessed 
With Many Genealogical Opportunities!