Wednesday, October 27, 2010


I love writing!  I like creating the words, putting them together, forming sentences, paragraphs, each with the outcome of a story.  What I don't like is getting old.  You ask what does that have to do with writing.  Well let me tell you it's not easy getting older.....

All through school I prided myself on my spelling.  I never had a problem with getting the words right.  It was math I had trouble in.  As I've gotten older the spelling is almost a chore.  I doubt myself when I put the words down on paper, then immediately look the word up to see if it's spelled right.  A lot of the time it isn't.  That takes time away from writing, how fast your story flows, the thought process. 

I know there are a lot of other seniors out there that have the problem of forgetting the word you are wanting to say.  You take a little more time in finishing a sentence because you see the word before you that you want to say, but it doesn't come out of your mouth.  It is so frustrating.  People look at you like "Okay spit it out.  Get on with it."  I am one of those seniors.  I feel embarassed about it, then make a joke about getting old.

It's not fun.  You remember your youth, your vitality, easy to run, jump, even get out of a chair.  You don't feel any older inside but your body won't cooperate with what you want to do.  It takes longer to do the simple things you always did.  There aren't enough hours in the day to finish the things I want to do, that I once did in one afternoon. 

Then there is the alternative.  It's better to be alive and slow than not being here at all.  So with that said guess I'd better get up and get with it and get a few things done!

Until then.........

Monday, October 18, 2010


My how time flys.  I thought I just expressed my views on ancestry but when I looked at the date that was two weeks ago.  Where did the time go to?  Either I'm getting old, slowing down, or I don't know what is going on!

My daughter tells me I try to do too much and I suppose she is right.  Let's see, take care of the house, (when I say take care of the house I mean laundry, vacuuming, dusting, dogs, and everything else in between)the lawn, babysit for her when needed, Red Hat meetings, Bible study, genealogy meetings, make sure I spend quality time with my husband, and the list goes on.  I forgot scrapbooking and making cards for our card ministry.  Did I cover everything?

Did I say writing?  How can I squeeze that in?  Oh yes, I can't forget, research!  Without the research I can't write the facts.  Research for writing devotionals.....making sure I have the correct verse to go with what I'm talking about, research on Indians for the book on Katie, and the list goes on.  I should be one smart gal!

So with this new week starting I vow to get some writing done!  Please Lord I pray I am able to get a few chapters done along with my devotionals for the week.  Amen.

Friday, October 1, 2010


I am stumped!  Ancestors with a common last name, and of course a common first name, is making me crazy.  I sat at the computer yesterday trying to search, or look, outside the box.  You know what I mean.  You get stuck on one thing and you can't get out of the rut.  You can't see the forest for the trees.

Today is going to be different, at least I hope so.  I'm going to try going through the back door.  If you too are having that same problem try looking for relatives instead of the person you really are looking for.  Way back when people stayed with family or close to family.  They traveled together, coming to America together.  Then of course some went off on their own, but if you look closely you may find one of the relatives may have joined them later.

Ok with that all said and done that's what I tried yesterday.  No such luck.  I had at one time found Nathaniel's father in law and now I can't find him.  And I can't find my piece of scratch paper where I put the county he was living in.  I know the state.  I have so many pieces of paper laying around my computer with bits and pieces of information and none of them had what I wanted.  So today it's start fresh, at least I hope so.  And clean up all the pieces of paper!

Good luck to all who will try this approach.  I'll keep you posted.

Until then.........