25 April 2017

U is for Umbrella #AtoZChallenge

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 U is for umbrella.

Do you use an umbrella or do you just make a run for it? We have several around here but, for the most part, we do not use them.  If we're getting in and out of the car, we get much wetter trying to deal with an umbrella than if we just make a run for it. I did use one the other day while going out to check the mail. It is pointless to even bother with one when it is windy and, most of the time, it is pretty windy around here.

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24 April 2017

T is for Twist #AtoZChallenge

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T is for the Twist!


And who could forget this one?


Hey, let's twist again!



How would you like to go into this twisted building?



Do you ever wonder what gets the trees all twisted up like this?



I'll bet you don't wonder what to do with this whopper of a twist!


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23 April 2017

We’re Related – Or, Are We?

We’re Related is an app connected to Ancestry.com.  It is available through iTunes and Google Play.  I learned about this app from a post on GeneaMusings.  It is a great site!

It searches through the trees on the Ancestry website to find connections between the various trees to help you find more relatives.  It shows famous potential relatives as well as your Facebook friends if they have a tree on Ancestry.com

It has not shown me any common ancestors with Facebook friends yet (apparently none of my Facebook friends have family trees on Ancestry), but it shows me at least one famous potential relative each day.

We’re Related – Or, Are We? is going to be a weekly posting sharing with you the potential relatives that Ancestry has shown me via their We’re Related app. All of these are *potential* relatives.  None of the relationships have been proven or confirmed yet.

As I am able to prove or disprove each potential relationship, I will make a post about what I find and will cross-link the posts.


Week of April 16-22, 2017

Potential Relative Common Ancestor Great-grandparent Connection
Brandon Lee William Eldredge J. J. Pressley
Paul "Bear" Bryant James Taylor Sr. J. J. Pressley
Edward Hopper Adrian Sip Lula Carter
Ring Lardner John Thompson C. C. Spence
Richard Nixon Isabella Holland J. J. Pressley
Jefferson Finis Davis James Priest Annie Black
Calvin Coolidge Samuel David Annie Black
Marlon Brando Richard Gaines J. J. Pressley
Robert E. Lee Katherine Dedman Callie James


Robert E. Lee is the 100th potential relative!


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22 April 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun

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Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings offers us the following challenge:


Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) How many different "trees" do you have in your genealogy management program (i.e., RootsMagic, Family Tree Maker, reunion, etc.) or online tree (e.g. Ancestry Member Tree, MyHeritage tree)?

2)  How many trees do you have, and how big is your biggest tree?  Do you have some smaller "bushes" or "twigs?"

3)  Tell us in your own blog post (please leave a link in Comments here), in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook post.

I have six family trees that I created in Family Tree Maker and on Ancestry.com. Three other related trees are currently being shared with me on Ancestry.

McClendon Family Tree (1) 3,332
McClendon Family Tree 3,121
These are actually the same tree, but something went freaky with the sync tool in FTM. I ended up with a new version of the tree - the one with the (1) by the name - AND the original version which is no longer synced with the website. Very frustrating!

Bell Family Tree 31    
This is for a friend's family.

Gailey Family Tree 14  
This is the family that built the home owned by David's family in Iva, South Carolina.  It was originally called The Gailey Place. When David's family moved in, it became known as McClendon Manor.

Howland Family Tree 45
This tree is part of the George H. W. Bush family and is where I am researching the possible link between their family and ours. This was started long before the We're Related app told me that they are potential relatives.  David and I both have the Bush surname in our trees.

Jefferson-Lee Family Tree 126  
I was given reason to suspect that Thomas Jefferson and Robert E. Lee are related to each other and this is the tree where I am researching that possible connection. Quite some time ago, I was given reason to suspect that one or both were also related to me somehow and now the We're Related app says the same thing. I have a long way to go on this one.

Luke Family Tree 84  
This is where I am working on the family tree of my best friend.  There is reason to think that our families were connected in the distant past.

The biggest tree, by far, is the McClendon Family Tree (1).  Even with 3,332 people on it, it is still very much just a wee little twig in the grand scheme of things. I just have to remind myself of several things along the way so that I don’t get caught up in the comparison/inferiority trap:

  1. It is not a competition.
  2. Some families are more willing to share information with each other than others.
  3. Some people have had a lot more time to actually work on their trees.
  4. Some people have a bigger wallet to facilitate more extensive research.

It’s all good!  It is a fun adventure and very educational regardless of whether it leads to a tree, a bush, or a twig.



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Book Review: Crazy-Stressed by Dr. Michael J. Bradley

Crazy-Stressed 
By Dr. Michael J. Bradley



We were sent an advance review copy of Crazy-Stressed so that we could make a review.

First, we need to explain our review policy.  All of our blogs are Christian-based.  This means that anything we review we read from a fundamental Christian perspective.

Therefore, when we read a book that uses our Heavenly Father’s name in vain, we immediately knock the rating down to zero.  This means that a book has to work harder to get any stars.

Our rating scale is from zero to five stars.

That being said, the advanced copy, which might differ slightly from the final book, has The Lord’s name in vain four times.  Once on page 63 and three times on page 67.

It is interesting to note that Dr. Bradley spells this out completely (all in one lowercase word) as he does for the name of a female cat.  However, for all other foul words he blanks out part of the word.  He uses dashes in place of a few letters.  Somehow, he sees this as not quite so bad.

Now that we have explained our ranking system, let’s get to the review.  This book is well written.  Dr. Bradley does not burden his readers with a lot of medical jargon.  He explains things in simple, easy to understand English.  He might even be able to speak a little redneck.

He has some funny stories and uses humor throughout the book. Crazy-Stressed is a fun read, other than the bad language. It is also an important read for any parent of a present or future teen.

We wish this book had been available when we were raising our four living children.  Perhaps we could have used some of the tactics described in the book.

One of the great things about Crazy-Stressed is that Dr. Bradley tells parents that it is okay to be stressed by your teen.  He lets his readers know that this is only natural and to be expected.

We give Crazy-Stressed a total of three stars.  We would have been able to give it five stars, but the language used in some parts was not appropriate for Christian readers.  Dr. Bradley actually should know better than this.  It is possible to speak today’s language without using inappropriate words.  This is exactly what parents should do for their children.

Dr. Bradley tells his readers about how teens model their parents.  From our own experience, we find that it is easy to fall into using certain words when you hear them often.  If we want teens to show proper respect and use proper language to show that respect, we must use proper language ourselves.

We recommend Crazy-Stressed by Dr. Michael Bradley with a language warning.  Very often just reading poor language allows it to sneak into our conversations.





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S is for Something #AtoZChallenge

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S is for something because if I put spiders or snakes in the subject line, maybe you wouldn’t have clicked to read my post. :).

Spiders love me.  They are always snacking on me. Even a brown recluse got in on the Suz buffet back in 2011.  It caused a totally disgusting hole to open up on me, hanging flesh, the whole nine yards. But, aside from having a pretty high fever and being sick as a dog for a month, we were able to take care of it without a hospital stay.  Had I gone to the hospital available to me at the time, I probably would have died. It was a “you can check in, but you won’t check out alive” hospital. They went bankrupt this past November. Thank goodness that death machine is out of business!

Over the years, I’ve been able to take quite a few spider photos.  Here are some of my favorites.

©2017 Suzanne G. McClendon



©2017 Suzanne G. McClendon

©2015 Suzanne G. McClendon
©2015 Suzanne G. McClendon


Snakes are just a part of everyday living here in Texas. We have them in the yard and in the house and, though I’d rather not think this thought, probably in the car somewhere, too. One lady found rattlesnakes in her car in downtown a few years ago. Rattlesnakes, people!  Not the type of rattling you want to hear in your car, especially if you don’t hear or see them until you’re driving 70+ miles an hour on the freeway. Thankfully, they didn’t eat her and someone came to rescue her or, maybe they were rescuing the snakes. I can imagine that a major freak-isode happened when she realized what was in the car with her!

©2004-2017 Suzanne G. McClendon


Last year, a King Cobra made the news when it escaped from its enclosure at a local house.  This house was across the street from David’s mother’s former house (she had recently moved from that house).  It seems this teenage boy kept all sorts of snakes as his pets in the garage. The King Cobra decided it didn’t like its digs there and went on walkabout. Folks were in a real tizzy until that thing was found, too, I’ll tell you!  Guess where they found it?  Seems ol’ King had decided to get a little education. They found it in the field of the local high school.  Can you imagine if that thing had gotten INTO the school?  OY!

Here are a few snakes that I've photographed over the years here. The one in the grass was a real ham!

©2014 Suzanne G. McClendon


©2004-2017 Suzanne G. McClendon

©2004-2017 Suzanne G. McClendon

And now, for some not so creepy, crawly critters. How about our Angel Socrates and sunflowers?

Socrates and Suz ©2015 Suzanne G. McClendon
 
Socrates ©2015 Suzanne G. McClendon

©2015 Suzanne G. McClendon

Oh yeah! And a snail.  :)


©2015 Suzanne G. McClendon

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