Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Things in my life

I've been researching family history. I was very interested in it as a teenager and young woman, but then through the years, lost interest in doing it. Lately, however, I've had the desire to research my family and my husband's family and with the internet, it's just so much easier to do! I've joined the ancestry site and have just been going crazy and spending tons of time on there researching! It's all SO interesting and I am learning so much about our family.

Here's a picture that I thought you'd like to see. It's my Grandmother (lower left) with her brothers and sisters, and her father on the lower right.

This photo was taken after the early death of my great-grandmother, Lulu. She died of gallbladder disease. What would be so easily taken care of now, was a huge issue in her day. She kept having pain but by the time it got bad enough that she needed to see a doctor, it was too late. She died at the young age of 42 leaving behind my Grandmother to raise her younger brother and sisters. I always thought my Grandmother was so beautiful; she was beautiful on the outside as well as the inside. She was one of the sweetest people I ever known and she loved the Lord with all her heart.

I'm so enjoying the research I'm doing, but I'm forcing myself to not stay on there so long!! It's so addictive!

I got my first knee shots yesterday. I was really needing them, too! I couldn't even do simple housework on my knees for about the past 5-6 weeks. I won't be able to run any marathons when I finally get the series of shots completed, but I will at least be able to do housework a little better. I can usually stand on my knees for about an hour and then I have to take a break for awhile (about an hour or so), then do more again. It's frustrating not to be able to do things like I used to, but I'm thankful that I can do anything - even if it's just for a short while. :)

We had sunshine for the past 3 days, but now the skies are turning cloudy again and we're expecting a storm again that will bring rain. I don't mind the rain, really, and we do need it, but I just wish we didn't live on dirt roads or have a dirt yard. When we let our doggies out, we have to bring them in one at a time and wash and dry their feet. *sigh* I would love to put gravel in the doggie area of the yard, but finances will not allow that, so we will continue to wash little paws. In the case of my cocker-spaniel, it's big paws! He has these paws that I call snow shoes and I'm telling you, he can get mud in every crease and crevice of his paw! It's quite an ordeal washing his feet. I don't do it anymore because I can't lift him, so usually my oldest son is left with that chore.

Speaking of doggies - remember this little sweetheart?

She has decided that she is going to be the pack leader in our house (yes, I watch the Dog Whisperer) and she tries to herd everyone - especially when they go out and come in from outside. She barks at them and tries to get them to go where she wants them to go. If she is sitting on my lap or lying on my bed with me, she will growl at anyone who comes near - including my hubby!! She weighs all of 2 or 3 pounds so it's quite silly for her to think she's going to tell my cocker-spaniel what to do - or even worse - my poodle that is definitely the pack leader and doesn't mind letting her know that in no uncertain terms! She's got my son's poodle quaking in her boots, though, and she won't come near me when this little one is sitting on my lap. I've come to realize that these little dogs like to think they are the queen bee of all.

Well, that's my life right now. How are things in your world?

God bless you - Julie


  1. I've done a little family history on the ancestry sites, but it's been a long time since I've devoted any time to it. I tend to get caught up in it too, and there are other things that take my attention now. But I might get back into it some day.

    My knees are giving me fits too. I had my Dr. test me again for rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. I don't take anything for my osteoarthritis right now, but I'm considering getting the Synvisc shots in my knees. There are only 2 rheumatologists in our area and the waiting list to see them is almost a year, but I need to see a specialist for my arthritis. My family Dr. just doesn't treat me aggressively enough and won't prescribe anything for my pain at all.

    We're under a Winter storm warning through Saturday. We're supposed to get freezing rain and sleet, then up to a foot of snow on top of it! That's a lot for our area. I can do without the ice, but snow is fine. I'd like some snow cream. I just hope we don't lose power!

    Be safe and warm, my friend. :o)

    Love, hugs and blessings,


  2. Hi,
    I hope your knees are feeling fine today. Those are sweet photos of your grandmother and family, and of the pack leader.

  3. I love doing family history too. I don't have a lot of time now to get into it...a couple of months ago...I inherited all of the old letters and pictures that my great grandparents had. I absolutely love to sit down with this huge box and look at them. Most of them are from England and France which for me totally excites me...It is such a fun thing, I am glad that you are doing something that you enjoy. I am glad that you are getting your shots at that hopefully you will receive the relief that you are seeking. I love that little dog. Isn't it amazing how the smaller the dog the bigger their fierceness is? Our youngest little one is the one in the house that makes sure everyone is ok. She wants to be the last one upstairs at night...she won't settle until everyone is in their place. I think it is so cute. You need to call the Dog Whisperer and have him train her not to bark at your sweet hubby. LOL. Your poor hubby! Have a wonderful day Julie, as usual, you put a smile on my face.


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