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Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Walk (in) To The Park - Giorgi that is . . .

So, where did this week disappear to . . . today is already the 120th day of this year, approximately one third of the year has already passed us by. Do the math to see how many remain . . . but I have to say that the week was really pleasant in terms of weather -- finally. One of the evenings we ventured outside and took a casual walk to a local park a few blocks away looking for maybe baseball action, which we did not find:


I have to say that Healdsburg has done a fine job on maintaining and updating this park. Our stroll was really pleasant and relaxing -- and we all (Dino too) enjoyed this break before dinner. There were not very many people out at the time we were there probably because of it being so close to the dinner hour.

Along the way in and to the park . . .


Side attractions for all tastes . . . fortunately for me I am the photographer . . . we made it home to have dinner and still catch all our favorite programs (they are all recorded anyway).

Tale of Two Webinars (this week)


Last week I attended a genealogical seminar, this week I attended two webinars. Each was important and well done in their own way. The webinar on "Reverse Genealogy" was without a doubt one of the very best webinars that I have "participated" in. The presenter was Megan Smolenyak whose most recent book -- "Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing" I finished reading a few weeks ago, that too was great reading!


I have to say that I agree with the idea of going forward at times in the tree to reach the folks who have descended from our relatives and "find the living". I have done that for some time now  and with the techniques and ideas gotten from Megan's webinar (sponsored by Legacy Family Tree) I hope to be more successful and have a more exciting time of it.

The second webinar was sponsored by the "Association of Professional Genealogists" and the host was Kimberly Powell and the presenter/speaker was Judy Russell. This webinar also "blew me away" in that it talked about things that I really had not taken that seriously before hearing the "facts". I was almost not able to eat dinner after listening to the presentation (not really true, I have never not been able to eat dinner . . .) but I do have to say that what was presented will change the way I present material in a published way.
I almost thought that I would not be able to present anything of interest due to the copyright laws . . . but I am glad to know more about this important topic -- I have a lot more to learn about it though.

Dino's GDB Training This Week


Even though Dino turned 7 months old on his training night this past Tuesday night he celebrated by doing his part to "learn" things along with the other pups too. This week -- for the second week -- a newer puppy, Ian has attended the class and what a beaut he is, and they do grow so quickly. It seems that Dino was just that size a short time ago . . .


The small black lab pup is "Ian" along with some of the others as they go through some exercises on the sidewalk at a mall in Rohnert Park. Because of the image size Dino looks to be about the same size as Ian, but not so. The weather was perfect for this outside training and a good time was had by all.

Speaking of Birthdays . . .


The following are the folks from our tree that have birthdays on Saturday & Sunday (maybe my new posting day . . .) some you may want to look up to see how they are related . . . best wishes to all.



Thanks Cousin! 


You never know what will be uncovered in our genealogical searching. The following came from the tree we maintain in geni.com AND it was through a quick note from Melissa -- my second cousin -- that I was happily made aware of this connection:

Clicking on the above will show a newly uncovered connection to the "Throne" -- England of course. But thanks to Melissa for alerting me to our new-found royalty. I have not seen any "invites" to any royal ceremonies as yet, but we have moved recently and maybe they have not been forwarded as yet . . .
I have to say that the path leading through the Gillett's have really expanded our connections. Check it all out and see what your actual connection is . . .

Thursday Night Dinner

For a change I thought we'd highlight a different night's dinner and besides it looks sooo good . . .

I wish I could take credit for making these two pies -- but they were purchased, they are not DiGiornos either -- they are purchased from one of our local pizzerias, Pizza Devine,  and they were really tasty -- we actually still have a couple of slices that we may have for lunch today -- it's always good as leftovers.

The occasion came about because someone close to me bought a new iPad (finally, Gail and I have ours)
and we were going over some of the fine points of the product . . . pizza and iPads, it doesn't get much better . . .

Dino Knows (some) of the Rules


While we were eating Dino knows that he has to stay either on his pad or in his bed -- it's like putting a child in a crib or playpen (do they have those anymore). He very dutifully remained at his post while we ate, then later he was released . . .


For seven months old he does really well and he always tries.

Lastly, this week . . .


As I go about my work during the week (the work relating to the computer anyway) I always look for new ways to accomplish things. This week Google announced their newly released "Google Drive" I am looking forward to working with this and having it be useful for me.

I have signed up for this -- it replaces Google Docs. It is a cloud storage program (and much more) that competes with Dropbox and others. Everything that I have used associated with Google has been top notch but there is a learning curve -- I am on the beginnings of that curve . . . check it out, it looks like it is going to be really helpful.

And so goes our week -- we did have "burgers" last night -- tonight it is Salmon Sunday . . .

Have a good week, see you in a few!




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