But the pool looks great AND it is full, it came close to
Our storm related problems are so minimal compared to the folks left with almost nothing from "Sandy" on the East Coast.
We took the break in the rain action to go look at the Russian River which is just a few blocks away and for awhile was threatening to climb past the flood levels -- but hasn't as yet. The river is really brown from the earth and debris in it and is moving really rapidly.
A Dog Break
Fortunately we did not have a puppy training session this week -- so I have some various photos that I gleaned from the web and one of Dino (in his Christmas attire). There are so many "cute" and "adorable"
puppy (and one kitty) photos to choose from.
This collage has a variety -- a GDB pup in a harness, four dogs celebrating a birthday -- with hats -- a large lap dog, Dino on a rainy day outing and a small top-hatted kitty taking it all in. The four pups at the bottom are from Disney's new movie "Paws 2" . . . beautiful . . .
A Slow Genealogy Week
Actually it wasn't that slow -- I had a lot going on with respect to family history work including two webinars.
The first of which was on "The Four Major Resources" commonly used in researching family history. And the second one was on "Digital Imaging Elements" obviously about a subject that I am interested in -- digital photography and how to best deal with the huge amounts of pictures accumulating because of the digital camera.
Both were sponsored by Legacy Family Tree, and were really well worth the time spent -- AND they were free in the "live" version. I learned a lot in both sessions.
But the big news that I can report -- came today -- about two or three weeks ago -- Gail sent in a sample of her DNA to be analyzed to Ancestry DNA:
The most fun will come as she explores the "matches" to her DNA from other Ancestry members and hopefully an expansion of her known family tree . . .
As a matter of fact as I was writing this I received a notice from Ancestry DNA that they have more matches that just came in for my DNA -- so I have to check those out to see if I can determine how they might be related:
As you can see there are 58 more leads for me to check out -- you just never know who you'll find . . .
Who is Olaf Johnson (and what is he doing in my/our tree?)
Well, the short answer is -- he is a cousin about whom I am trying to learn more about. When I was growing up I remember my Mother when she was in a whimsical mood, singing the song that had a phrase that went like -- "my name is Yahn Yahnson I come from Visconsin and I work for the CB&Q, I sit on the steeple and
spit on the people, cause that's all I have to do . . ."
Well it turns out that Olaf's Father's name was John -- but because of the Scandinavian naming convention I had his last name as "Larson" -- thus Olaf the son of John became Olaf Johnson, just as John was probably the son of Lars . . . it is so confusing.
Above -- click on it to enlarge -- is Olaf and his parents, Carrie & John (either Larson or Johnson). Olaf is my first cousin two times (generations) removed. He lived from 1892 to 1962 and I am working on learning more about him and his family.
So that is a bit of our week -- we had turkey leftover dinners and lunches up through and including Thursday of this week. They were so good -- turkey paninis, great! Tonight we are having a pork tenderloin along with twice baked potatoes and vegetables. Last night we enjoyed our traditional "burger Saturday night".
Enjoy your week, see you in a few!