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Saturday, March 17, 2018

. . . Shades of (the) Green

It is hard to believe but it is the day of the "Irish". And after all the rain we have had this week -- it is certainly green around here. We know that it is "white" in many locations around the U.S. but that will soon give way to -- green.

There is a lot to be said for the color green. Kermit certainly knew that as did Robin Hood and his merry band. When I think of green -- so much comes to mind. My eyes are hazel colored at times, they do change once-in-awhile I'm told.

It almost makes me want to be an artist as I look at the various shades of green. The textures too are quite attractive. As I look out the window today the predominant color is green.

I remember being "pinched" on this day if not wearing green somewhere -- I am at risk of that happening if I actually went out today -- but I don't have plans to do that -- we went out yesterday . . .

And our poor green wet-Pelican weather vane . . . standing watch over several days of rain this week -- and maybe even some today.

There is a sense of calm looking out and seeing the pelican while warm and comfortable inside and he/she is weathering the storms.

The arrow of directions appear to be correct, I think. I'm not exactly sure how that happens -- but it does.

So, all is well on the "western" front.

While there is not a predominant color of green in the puzzle, we are happy to say that it helped us enjoy the rainy week. We actually started the puzzle last Saturday and finished it up last night just before dinnertime.

We almost always remark that there is "no-way" that we'll be able to do "this" puzzle. But, as time goes on and with a little patience we manage to be totally hooked on "getting-'er-done".

Right down to the last piece -- which unfortunately is missing -- but one nice thing about Liberty Puzzles is that if I send a picture of where the missing piece would go, they will send me a duplicate of that piece -- nice.

These puzzles are laser-cut wood -- and the smell of freshly cut lumber is very present when you open the box. The wood fragrance did fill the house this week. We have a fairly good collection of these puzzles and so probably our next session will be to re-do one of those.

About five years ago in a September post
that year, I wrote about another "green" that is -- a Gretna Green.

Gretna Green is actually a town in Scotland which is "just across the border" from England.

Apparently on the road from London to Edinburgh is where it is found. It is supposedly the first town after crossing the border.

England was apparently becoming a difficult place for young couples to marry due to the many rules and regulations. Scotland had relaxed rules and made it very easy for couples to marry -- thus, Gretna Green became very attractive.

Gretna Green has since become known as a place that allows marriages to take place easily and without all the rigamarole -- above on the U.S. map illustrates where a lot of these are located.

The picture is of my parents -- may be on their wedding day, possibly at a "Gretna Green" in 1931.
I don't know for sure -- but I do know that I have not heard of where they married -- only that they did and only an announcement of that event was made by my mother's parents.

To the left is a colorized presentation of my ethnicity. There is green on it -- but nothing to do with Ireland.

As a matter-of-fact, Ireland is not colored at all on the map because so far there has not been any presence of Irish in my ancestry.

My children, however, do have Irish ancestry as their mother's family did come from Ireland (and Germany).

Actually, the smallest color depicted (pink) represents the largest percentage of my ancestry -- England. Then comes Germany, Finland and finally Scandinavia.

Again, as the world of DNA keeps growing by leaps I receive "tons" of so-called matches. How to get my arms around these matches is another thing though. Hopefully, that will change with enhancements of technology.

And lastly, there is the universally recognized green shown to the right.

While we actually seem to need less and less of the physical paper money there is no reducing the need to buy, spend, pay or give some form of money -- electronically, by check or credit card or some means other than actual cash money.

Society in the U.S. has come a long way from the days of lugging gold and silver around -- not that that would be so terrible in some sense, but so much more convenient and easy to push the "add that to the cart" online button . . .

That's a bit of our week, see you all "in a few" !  😃

Saturday, March 10, 2018


Almost twenty percent of the year has sped by and we find ourselves caught up in a variety of things associated with March -- the madness of NBA bracket basketball, what some say is the madness of daylight saving time, the Ides of March and recently -- spring training baseball -- both in the fields behind our house and on TV. And we all have our own March "madness", just saying . . .

The weather, for example, is so varied that -- if we were actually going outside -- at least a couple of different clothing needs might come into play.
Across the country, we see extreme weather changes and conditions. There have been a few times that we have been without power for at the max a couple of hours and were totally frustrated by that. We read and hear about folks that are without power for days -- and the temperatures are freezing so no heat, no lights (you'd have to watch TV by candlelight) and what alternatives do you have -- so from that standpoint we count our lucky stars.

And then there are the "Ides" and who hasn't worried about them. Actually, my favorite grade school teacher was an Ide and no worry there . . . so, no matter where you are in the country March is bringing it's "Marchness".

One nice feature of March for us (actually February too) is that the sounds of the "crack-of-the-bat" come wafting over our backyard fence.
In late February there was the beginning of baseball activity out back and it sounded good to us.

Now, today there seems to be a game being played or at least a fairly organized practice of a game. Even though it is chilly and dismal outside there are scenes and sounds of ball being played which makes it seem warmer than it is.

Then too, we have already watched (parts of) a few spring-training games of the MLB. There is the Cactus League in Arizona where 16 teams practice and play including the San Francisco Giants and then there is the Grapefruit League where the other 16 teams practice and play.

I remember visiting my parents when they lived in Kissimmee, Florida where there was a very well attended stadium where the Astros do their training these days. It won't be long before the sounds of "play ball" will be heard for the real season -- and it just seems like we had the "World Series".

 Now, this weekend is the time to move our clocks forward one hour. Does that give the birds extra time to devour the seeds and the suet we have put out for them?

Actually, it is fun to watch 20 - 30 birds zooming in and out attacking the suet and the landing and take-offs from the seed feeder (we're old). We are going through a lot of bird feed lately.

And it is nice that we have only seen one or two squirrels in the area with no attempts by them to get at the unreachable feed.

Besides the feeding areas, we also have a mini, heavy on the "mini", water spout floating in a pail that we have actually seen a couple of birds use to "take a shower". Amazing.

When we do come back inside from our trip into "nature" one of the things that we can do is -- work on the new puzzle.

We finished a great one last week and now have another challenging Dr. Seuss pictorial puzzle.

Of course, the colors are brilliant and the subjects all nonsense, but hopefully it will keep our interest for a couple of weeks while we swear we can't ever "finish" such a puzzle.

And, just opening the new puzzle is an adventure in itself as the aroma of freshly sawn lumber wafts out of the box. Then we get busy arranging some of the pieces into "like" areas and hopefully get lucky by putting a couple pieces together. It's a good break from struggling with doing our taxes . . .

Things are "heating-up" in the DNA matching world. Almost every day I receive notices from at least one of the four companies with which I (we) have tested -- that they are reporting more matches for us.

Just this week I have communicated with four "new" cousins commenting on a DNA match.

One of them, in particular, I am hoping to follow up closely with for sure. As I have mentioned in earlier posts -- when Gail and I both tested with AncestryDNA it came back that she and I were likely -- 4th Cousins.

It so happens that this new cousin that contacted me this week ALSO has a match somewhere in her family tree with Gail. This is encouraging in that hopefully I can search the five common surnames that we share and maybe, just maybe, find out how and where Gail and I became cousins . . .

And lastly -- just when we think that there are no more kitchen appliances that we could conceivably want to use . . . along comes the one to the left.

An "AirFryer" touted by many as to be an appliance that you will want to use more and more as you get used to it.

We got this last week and have used it to make things for four different dinners -- all successfully and pretty good tasting stuff.

The fryer "fries" with almost no oil -- using air to cook and crisp up the food inside and in a relatively short time.

We have used it so far to make "fries", fish sticks, chicken & a sausage dish, all turned out well.
I had to make room for it by removing a blender from our one large cabinet that we store kitchen appliances in so it is not out on the counter when not in use.

The fryer is big enough so that we can "fry" a whole chicken, so just as soon as we make a "Costco" run we'll try that as well. There are tons of recipe books for the air fryer and we have one of those and will try some of the recipes.

And that is a bit of our week, see you all "in a few" !   👫

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Rains, Yes -- Hail, No

So here we are on day 62 of the year 2018 already. It is a rainy, cold. Saturday morning -- we love it! There is something about a rainy Saturday that is refreshing. A chance to stay inside and enjoy the warmth -- hopefully.

While we did NOT have hail in our neighborhood, others did. And we have had some before. Even with these three days of rain, the "d" word is being bandied about and that is unsettling.

We have had on-again, off-again rain spells with some intermittent sunshine. It isn't like the Nor'easters we see on the news and thank goodness for that. I can not imagine going through some of those storms -- again.

We are getting some snowpack in the mountainous areas -- great for skiing. I was "forced" to get rid of my skis a few years back along with my bowling ball too, oh well. There's always YouTube.

What do you do inside during a rainy spell -- work on a great puzzle -- which we did, only to finish it . . .

This was truly a fun puzzle and a real challenge at points. As you can see it does not have the traditional type edges.

The colors in this puzzle are brilliant and made it interesting throughout the two weeks or so that we worked on it.

The artist that created this work has several others and that may be something that we will do in the near future. We have another puzzle in-the-works first . . .

After I finished the post last week, we watched the final events of the Olympics -- and I have to say that the event of all the Olympics, that we enjoyed the most, was Curling.

And -- they won gold for the first time ever. While we do not totally understand all the strategies and moves -- we did enjoy the pace of the game.

We heard about the women's curling, but we did not get to view it on TV -- if it was even presented.

So, we will have to wait for another four years before seeing curling again. Time goes fast though and it will be here before you know it . . .

Of course, some of the other activities we enjoyed this week included needlepoint for Gail and working on family history things for me.

Above are some examples of charts that I worked on. The one in the middle top -- hard to read -- actually depicts the descendants (some) of Walter Pratt, who is listed in my tree as my 15th Great Grandfather.

The ancestors going back that far have yet to be totally proven with facts -- but are fun to look at and just may prove to be accurate. Directly below that chart is a "pile" of related folks, both of mine and of Gail's. Any name with a blue line on the bottom is my direct ancestor and any with a green line is an ancestor of Gail's.

So, what to watch on TV that is related to genealogy? On BYU TV tomorrow there is the returning series "Relative Race".

It features four couples -- color-coded clothes -- that are given updates via a "flip" phone that direct them to not-previously-known-relatives located across the U.S.

It is a race and the winning couple collects $50,000 along with meeting those newly found relatives.

It is fun to share the feeling that each couple has as they meet their daily goals.

A few years ago, we might even have felt like trying out for the show . . . that ship has sailed though.

And lastly, I think I'm understanding more about my father's dream that of course never materialized for him -- or us:

To the left is probably a depiction of what he had in mind all those many years ago and with the many trips looking for that.

This was his "Come Good Home" that was prevalent in his mind.

We did visit many farms over a period of years but did not ever make a purchase.

This week I listened to a webinar on the subject of researching German Farms.

It was pointed out that in Germany, farms were the backbone of their society, pretty much like the American society of years past.

And, since recently finding out -- pretty much for sure -- that our ancestors came from Germany, that farm instinct had carried to the male Hiles line and was ingrained in the being of male Hiles' like my father -- my mother always said "he was happiest when he was poking around in the soil" or something to that effect.

I am anxious to identify all the "German" ancestors and to make the connections. It would be fun to identify the farms associated with Hiles' ancestors -- oh well, so much to do . . . so little time.

That's a bit of our week. See you all "in a few" !  😏

Saturday, February 24, 2018

But it is a Dry Cold . . . That's Too Bad

Okay, so it is cold outside (for Healdsburg), especially in the mornings. This morning e.g. it was about 26° and that is cold anywhere, below freezing and all.  I could feel it as I wandered outside in my PJs (when the coast was clear) to retrieve the paper.

We have been having "sliver to half moons" in the evenings. And while this cold front apparently came from the Seattle area we did NOT get any of the snow that they did -- just the cold.  Not that we wanted snow, but precipitation of any kind would have been nice. There is already talk of the "d" word . . .

When I first moved to California (Southern) back in the early 60s people would mention how hot it got -- but that is was a "dry" heat and it was. Coming from the Midwest where it was a hot and humid heat -- there was a big difference. And so it is maybe for the dry cold as well -- but there seem to be some differences of opinions which makes no sense to me because it is cold.

So, on a cold night what could be better than some comfort food -- especially a comfort food that was well known from our childhood.

In a bit of coincidence, we chose to have "creamed tuna on toast" on the very day that would have been my Mother's 106th birthday, February 20th.

My mother taught me at least two "tuna" dishes: this one, creamed tuna on toast, perfect for cold weather and then tuna casserole salad, perfect for warmer weather. Both feature peas in a big way as well. I enjoy making both at the appropriate times of the year

Speaking of peas -- we also made a large pot of pea soup and along with some open face broiled cheese bread slices, we have been "comforted" most of the week. There is a lot to be said for cold, but dry weather.

One of the more interesting gifts that Gail received for Christmas this past year is pictured to the left (thanks, Lisa/Bob).

It is an ecologically self-contained sphere containing everything necessary to sustain life for the four tiny fish like creatures seen swimming around.

Surprisingly, we have managed to keep life continuously for these tiny creatures. There is no feeding required, just "light" management really.

We wake them up for about 4-6 hours per day by removing the hat that we place over the sphere to create the night for them.  We also make sure that there is NO direct beam of sunlight that enters their world. So far so good.

It is fun to watch these four (we think) zoom around their sphere if we turn it slightly. Then they just do their thing the rest of the time -- until we "tuck" them in for the night. Fascinating . . .

One place that is cold these days is PyeongChang, South Korea, site of the winter games 2018.

We have watched "some" of the events, but have found that after seeing a few examples of a given event, it gets tedious to watch them all -- so we power through until we find more that strike our fancy.

With the many hours that have already been shown on TV,  only about 30 minutes so far have featured "Curling". We watched that segment and enjoyed seeing the U.S. beat Canada to advance to be able to compete for possible gold.

The gold event happens (or already has happened) today sometime, and since we have recorded all the events, we'll look for that and enjoy it -- we just wish we knew the rules and strategy better. Maybe before the next four years, we'll read up on it . . . it could happen.

Growing up in the Chicago suburbs like we did, our family always attended church regularly. One of the churches that we attended for many years was Western Springs Baptist Church -- The Village Church.

Western Springs is midway between the two towns that we primarily lived in over the years -- La Grange & Hinsdale.

This church just happens to be the church that was the first preaching assignment that Billy Graham took after graduating from nearby Wheaton College.

It turns out that Billy had already moved on when we became regulars of the church -- but he did make several "surprise" visits back to the pulpit there. There were not many public announcements made as that would have inundated the church.

But, I can remember at least one such visit and actually paid attention as Billy had a way with words. The other aspect that I recall about those days was that another prominent member of the church was George Beverly Shea who was always the featured gospel singer at all Billy Graham appearances.

Another feature of the Graham/Shea union was that they conducted a radio broadcast "Songs in the Night" from our church. And as a way to legitimately stay out later on a Sunday night, we would attend the broadcast.

Sadly, Billy Graham died this week at the age of 99. He always projected such a positive image and is so well thought of throughout the world.  George Beverly Shea, who had a great bass voice lived to be 104 years of age and died in 2013. My parents enjoyed both of them immensely.

Lastly, I still receive almost daily, news of DNA matches. As I have mentioned before, so many of them I have no idea of how we match genealogically, or "in the tree".

But the match shown above, I can "relate" to and see how we match up "in the tree". It is for a 5th Cousin, Charles Baumgardner.

It used to be that I never considered Baumgardner names as related to us, only Bumgardners. But even prior to this DNA match, I've met other Baumgardners that we are related to.

It seems that for whatever reasons, even within the same family, some members have chosen to spell their surnames differently.

I have communicated with Charles Baumgardner a few times this week via and we have shared some thoughts.  One question that he had for me was "where did the name Dayton come from?" 

And, you know what -- I could not give him an answer. I do not know how Dayton Bumgardner happened to be named Dayton -- and since my middle name is Dayton, I should know.

So, does anyone know how Dayton became named Dayton?  Please let me know if you know. It is times like this when I really wish our folks were alive.

Aside from all the above, we plan to watch the closing ceremonies tomorrow night, we will continue working on the puzzle -- which is about 50% completed and looking good, and maybe do a little more on the dreaded income tax and eat some more comfort food.

And Gail just received a couple more needlepoint projects and is happily coordinating them -- more on those later.

That is a bit of our week.  See you all "in a few" !  😋

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Gung Hay Fat Choy !

While it is only "day 48" of 2018 -- it is also the Chinese New Year -- the year of the dog! We did not see any parades in the streets of Healdsburg along with the fireworks and all, but if we still lived in San Francisco, that would be a different matter entirely.

Huge celebrations were shown on TV and more firecrackers than ever before. It is a fun tradition to see unfolding through the bay area and many other locations throughout the world. It is the kind of news that we expect to see and enjoy.

Dino is right in there with the celebration. Actually, as long as he gets his two meals and his daily allotment of treats, one day is pretty much the same as the next. And that is the way that we like it as well.

Today it is going to be about 70°. That is a bit cooler than the last two weeks but supposedly much warmer than what they are predicting for the next several days. The cold front from Seattle is making its way to the North Bay -- too bad the rain from Seattle is not.

Valentine's Day has come and gone -- but half the cake is still with us. We are so fortunate to have a "baker" living across the street from us who loves to let us critique her work before she lets the general public taste.

This pure moist, fluffy chocolate cake enveloped in a chocolate ganache is "out-of-this-world" and would win awards in any competition.

We are parsing it out so that it lasts for several days. We add a dollop of vanilla ice cream and savor the moments that we have each night as our nightly treat -- wow!

The cake made celebrating the day special and gives us something else to look forward to after dinner time. The consistency of the cake is so good -- it reminds me of my Mother's favorite -- her chocolate "dump" cake, which she loved making for us.

 Of course, what would Valentine's Day be without a puzzle -- and in this case a unique wooden puzzle from Liberty Puzzles.

In this case, "The Tree of Life" brightly colored and so far interesting to work on (when we feel like it).

Gail puts two pieces together and then says she is stumped but shortly after concentrating a bit she gets a few more. And so it will go for a few weeks.

This puzzle does not have the traditional straight-sided edge pieces so that makes it challenging as well. We can leave it set up and then sit (or stand) to work on it when the urge strikes us.

Also colorful is the new needlepoint that Gail is working on currently (I just view). She works on the needlepoint when she is inclined to do so and frequently spends quite a bit of time "in her knitting den".

She often puts on "background" TV to keep her company and Dino often sleeps by her side while she works.

She is awaiting a few more needlepoint projects to arrive and this one is just a filler until they do. It is so nice that she has the needlepoint, the puzzle, and some games on her iPad to vary her activities during the day.

Also these last several days, a trip outback gives us a glimpse of what springtime will be bringing our way.

Already -- and each year it starts with ONE poppy and then grows like wildflowers into many many poppies.

Then there are the Meyer lemons -- lots of them currently. Because of the predicted coming weather in the next few days, we are going to pick most of them due to the freezing.

The bucket in the middle of the picture is displaying our solar powered water pump -- which really does work, but only if there is sunlight.  The hippo hasn't moved since last year and the purple blossoms are fun to see again.

Overall, loads of color in our daily routines -- we enjoy it -- we're old . . .

Lastly, we have been watching some of the Olympic Winter Games -- it is hard to coordinate the recording of "new" events and not keep seeing the same events over and over. And due to the time changes -- we often have heard about the results of events before viewing them -- very confusing.

The U.S. has a ways to go to be in a leadership position with respect to medal winnings. There still is another full week of events and I can only hope that "curling" at some point will be featured.

We will watch the events that strike our interest but not necessarily "all the action". It can get to be repetitive in a hurry, so we'll be choosing selectively. And it really helps to have things recorded so that we can "power" through when we need to . . .

We do look forward to watching the "closing ceremonies" though. It is amazing to think that these athletes work for four years to get to the next Olympic games and for some, it is over so quickly.

That is a bit of our week, see you all "in a few" ! 😍

Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Games Have Begun

The winter Olympics . . . but one game is done -- Super Bowl 52 -- the Patriots came close but . . . so now PyeongChang has begun. Curling even made the spotlight with more to come. Figure skating, downhill skiing, and other sports are in full swing.
The opening ceremonies were fun to watch and they seemed shorter in length than I remember from the last winter events. It is hard to know what events to record as they repeat them. It is a good diversion from other happenings in our world e.g. flu, weather, & politics.

So for the next two weeks or so, our spare TV viewing will concentrate on PyeongChang and the Winter Olympics. Some politics enter into the equation but looking at the early medal count it almost looks like my DNA Ethnicity chart . . .

The display of drones in formation was amazing -- technology changes how we can entertain and make things exciting to observe.

While Korea was covered with snow this week, so were many other places as well -- including a very familiar (to our family anyway) house in Chicago.

To the right is a picture of our Grandparent's home, Dayton & Hildred Bumgardner, at 2521 N Bernard St in Chicago, taken this past week.

My brother Marv had some friends visiting in California this week and while chatting found our they had a son who lived in Chicago -- just a couple of blocks away (in Logan Square) so the friends called and asked him to shoot a current photo, which he did, again, technology.

As I look at the picture I can "feel" the cold outside, but remember the "warmth" from the inside. I'm glad that Marv shared the photo -- thanks.

So we might as well think about Christmas since we are seeing that type of weather -- back in the Midwest and other spots in the country -- not in our neck-of-the-woods though. here this past week it again has been at or near the 80s.

Gail has powered through the four Christmacy type needlepoints that she just finished. These happen to be Christmas Coasters and may wind up to be gift items for next season -- unless we choose to not part with them once they are finished with plastic sleeves.

The project went well and Gail enjoyed working on them -- but now she is waiting for other projects that were ordered but have not arrived as yet.

It used to be fairly easy when Gail needed another project -- we could just drive a couple of blocks and make selections from a beautiful store right in downtown Healdsburg -- but that store eventually moved to Windsor and then became "online" only.

The closest needlepoint store now is in San Rafael, which is over a couple of hours round trip from here -- so we usually order via the Internet.

To the right is not the leading medal winners at the Olympics, but rather a depiction of the countries from which my ancestors came.

And the red enclosed area is where most of them landed when they came into the United States.

As I mentioned last week, I was surprised at Finland since I had not heard of that prior, but Scandinavia in general I had.

I'm sure that as more and more people are DNA tested (we sent in our cheek swabs to the fourth testing company this week) there will be more and more answers as to how they connect to us genealogically as well as genetically.

And by the way, the DNA testing results are not exactly the same from each company. It will be interesting to see the results from the fourth -- in a few weeks.

So, our ancestors came from the purple regions and first wound up in the red region -- from there, all across the United States.

Since our family has a high percentage of Scandinavians represented, we might have to rethink some holiday menus. And in some states (Minnesota for one) there is already a major focus on lutefisk as a Christmas dinner for example.

I always thought of lutefisk as a cruel joke of some sort, but maybe now it is worth taking a peek at -- then I saw the meme to the left.

I have to say that it is probably true -- but in a way, you are getting twice the bang for your buck.

I'll think about it -- okay, I have. I can't imagine the odor remaining in the whole house after a lutefisk preparation party like what we see with the making of tamales . . . those Norwegians and maybe Finnish as well, I don't know.

Don't forget Valentine's Day coming up this Wednesday.

Maybe that would be a good day to try out the "Lutefisk & Chocolate" theme.

Heavy on the chocolate I'm sure. We do enjoy a small treat almost every day -- and some of it is chocolate. So far it has not included lutefisk.

So, that is a bit of our week,

See you all "in a few" !

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Super Week !

And it has been. This is, of course, the week before the Super Bowl and the preparations are in place. It is the last big event scheduled to take our minds off the "other" items in the news. In a couple of weeks, the Winter Olympics will help us forget the everyday happenings.

One interesting event this week has been the super blue blood moon and eclipse. We did see the beginnings and the leftover results but missed the actual event -- we did see pictures plenty though.

We in our town of Healdsburg this week have been about 70 - 80° warmer than Minneapolis. We have seen 80s this week but mostly in the mid-seventies. It is pretty nice and nicer still when we see the breaths of folks visiting the Super Bowl grounds talking about how exciting everything is . . .

Interestingly for me, the game comes exactly five years from the day that I was released from the hospital after spending 21 days there with Guillain-Barre in 2013. Super Bowl 47 was played between the Ravens and the Forty-Niners and I arrived home just in time to see the kickoff and enjoy the guacamole. It was February 4th that year as well, unfortunately, the Niners lost 34-31.

The Niners were not even close to repeating that feat this year -- may be "next" year . . .

The big news for me in the genealogical searching efforts has to do with DNA testing. We have already tested with the big three -- FamilyTree DNA, Ancestry DNA, and 23&Me DNA and this week I sent all those raw numbers to MyHeritage DNA as they will display matches from their data bases.

And we have ordered testing kits from MyHeritage now as well.

In the meantime, MyHeritage has taken the raw numbers from the "big 3" and displayed some of their results to the left.

They break out their estimated percentages for what nationalities are represented in each of our samples.

It is surprising that both Gail and I have a certain percent of Finnish ancestors -- me 11% and Gail about 6%.

I know of NO Finnish ancestors -- but I'll keep looking. The other interesting fact that MyHeritage points out is that Gail and I besides being husband & wife are 3rd - 5th cousins. I just wish that I could genealogically figure out how we are genetically related -- again, I'll keep looking, but if any of you know -- please tell us.

Growing up in the Midwest I can remember seeing (once in a while) a sign here or there that said: "Lincoln Slept Here".

And there are other presidents who apparently have the same kind of signage around the land. I have to wonder in future generations what the signs will say about our current president (45th) or even the 42nd president.

There are a lot of presidents that apparently there does not seem to be any mention of "where" they slept -- or if they did, just saying.

Lastly, I have struggled with what should be on the menu for the game tomorrow. I scoured the back shelves of the freezer and have come to a conclusion -- it is to be ribs . . .

I was going to have chili, but then I came across the above genealogically related "meme" and I changed my mind. But in time that will not bother me -- after all, I spent several years in the "meat" industry and I just can't think about those things.

So, BBQ ribs it will be along with potato skins, corn, black beans and maybe some chips and dip.

That is a bit of our week, see you all "in a few" !