I'm still not back into the swing of cross-stitching 8 hours or more a day that I was doing before Christmas. I don't have that kind of focus right now. I have also been trying to have a better balance to my day by sewing a little and working on Ancestry.com a little and so forth. I have to have these things to measure the passing of time otherwise the days really do blend together. I can hardly remember 2013. Seriously. There are a few things that stick out such as my last day working and my Uncle's funeral and so forth but really, time just passed and the view rarely changed. 2014 at least felt more productive. This year will be a banner year for many reasons - grandbabies and wedding and things like that. Still, in these days that are full of cold and pain and such misery, I at least have to do something to make me feel like a participant in the human race.
At the beginning of this post is a document I found on Ancestry.com At the end of this post is the connection to me from this ancestor, if my research is accurate. Working on Ancestry.com is sometimes like chasing rabbits because I'll run across a place or event that I am not familiar with and I have to get the context before the names and dates mean anything. Really, if you think about it, genealogy is all about finding your place in history - matching the events with your ancestors who lived through it. For that matter, watching the news is about relating to people and events in the current day which is why I've been suffering along with CNN this week. I would never go to Afghanistan or know anyone there, other than someone in the military maybe but I know people who go to France (not just Kim Kardashian) and their lives look a lot like our lives. My mom mentioned that the terrorist activity in France makes her worry about my brother and his fiancee's planned trip to London in the Spring. It all seems very close but they actually live in New York and to me, that's the biggest target for terrorism. Nowhere is safe. Bad stuff happens everywhere. You can't let it consume you. I mean, your house can be struck by lightning... I would never have imagined that happening. You can find yourself disabled in your forties. Definitely wasn't in my "happily ever after" plan for my life. All we can do is make the best of what we have and enjoy every person, place and thing to the fullest while we can.
My parents are out running errands and Austin is out and about with Tasha. It's just me and three dogs and three cats and we're all just bundled up trying to stay warm. I'm heading down to the southside to see Cody and Marquee on Sunday so I'm trying to just rest up for the drive. I haven't been there since June 2013 - haven't driven that far since then. It's not going to be easy but it will be worth it. Then we'll go to the doctor with Marquee and see how Peanut is doing and then drive back home Monday afternoon. I know it will be good to have a change of scenery. I'll rest up Tuesday and Wednesday and then go with Tasha to check out Cosette on Thursday. And another week will be gone!
And that's about it for now... happy weekend! Stay safe and warm! *hugs* Heather