Archive | November 10, 2011

SMELLS – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

The smells of different foods often take me back to one of Grandmothers’ kitchen as they were cooking a holiday dinner.

But the smell that most triggers memories for me is the smell of a farm.  Still today, I can smell “fertilizer” spread on a field and I am back on the chicken farm of my Mom’s parents.  I am playing in the yard and the wind is blowing from the chicken houses.  To this day it makes me think of Grandma and smile.

Week #34 – Smells

Week 34: Smells. Describe any smells that take you back to childhood. These could be from meals, fragrant gardens, musty basements, or something entirely different.

This challenge runs from Saturday, August 20, 2011 through Friday, August 26, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & Historyby Amy Coffinis a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

WEDDINGS – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

I am not married so I don’t have a wedding of my own to describe.  So I will talk about some of the family weddings.

Mom and Dad were married in the hallway of her parents home.  They were married exactly three weeks after their first meeting!  I guess it worked out ok since they have three children, five grandchildren and have been married for over 44 years! 

My sister was married in the living room of Grandma Thompson’s home with only a few close friends and family in attendance.  Their wedding cake was a beautiful cake with their engagement photo spray-painted (or whatever the bakery people call that process) on the top.  They have over 11 years of marriage and three children.

My brother was married in our family church with a few more people attending!  They had a reception after their wedding and my niece was their flower girl!  They have two children and over 9 years of marriage.

My Dad’s parents were married for almost 50 years when Grandpa Thompson died.  My Mom’s parents were married for over 50 years when she died.

Week #35 – Wedding

Week 35: Weddings. Tell us about your wedding. You may also talk about your future wedding, the wedding of a relative or shape this question to fit your own life experience.

This challenge runs from Saturday, August 27, 2011 through Friday, September 2, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

FAVORITE SCHOOL SUBJECT – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

I have always loved learning.  I like learning new things!  I don’t really know that any one was my favorite subject.  My two favorites were probably math classes and English classes. 

I like to read!  This is something that my parents started when I was a little kid.  They gave me books when I was a really little kid.  I could read before I started Kindergarten!  When I was a kid, I would read books about animals mostly.  Later, I read the Laura Ingalls Wilder series.  After that phase, I started reading mysteries especially Agatha Christie novels.  Now, I read romance novels especially Nora Roberts and Lynnsay Sands.

The other favorite subject was math.  I have always loved numbers.  I like that they always function the same way.  1 plus 1 always equals two and it always will!  This is somehow comforting to me.  I like that math is something that you can COUNT on!

I was always good in school.  I never had problems with my grades and I have always been one of those people who just got the answers in school.  Maybe math and reading are my two favorites because I seem to be equally good at the two sides of my brain.  When I took the SAT, I scored equally well on both the verbal and the math sections.   Apparently this isn’t usual but it stayed the same for me even when I re-took the test!

Week #42 – Favorite School Subject

Week 42. Favorite School Subject. What was your favorite subject in school and why? Was it also your best subject?

This challenge runs from Saturday, October 15, 2011 through Friday, October 21, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

NICKNAMES – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

I didn’t have a nickname when I was a child.  My Dad, however, was known as Buster.  We don’t really know why!  But that is what he was called.  The story behind his nickname is one of our family mysteries!

Week #33 – Nicknames

Week 33: Nicknames. What was your childhood nickname, and what was the meaning behind it? You can also discuss the nicknames of other family members, both past and present.

This challenge runs from Saturday, August 13, 2011 through Friday, August 19, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

EARLIEST MEMORY – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

I don’t really have very clear memories of my early childhood.  I have vague memories of playing with my sister and of seeing my grandparents but I don’t really know which memory was the earliest.

However, I do have a good family story from the first night that I was home after I was born.  Apparently my Great-Grandma Venna Thompson came to stay with my Dad and Mom to help take care of me for my first few days.  Mom put me to bed the first night I was home and then she and Dad went to bed. 

The next morning my Great-Grandma came in and woke up my Dad because she was worried that I was dead! Apparently, I hadn’t woken up during the night so she thought I was dead!! 

I, of course, wasn’t dead as I am here writing this blog post!  Who me?  I had just slept through the night!  I have always liked sleeping!

Week #37 – Earliest Memory

Week 37: Earliest Memory. What is your earliest memory?

This challenge runs from Saturday, September 10, 2011 through Friday, September 16, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.