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April 2016

I am currently revising my website. I am giving it a Do-Over as I am currently doing with my genealogy!

For the website do-over, I am clearing out the clutter on my website. I am removing all of my old posts on the site. I have completed this process tonight. I am now working on getting the posts that I wish to continue to share updated, cleaned up, and reformatted for the new website. You will continue to see these old posts reappear over the next few days and weeks.

For my genealogy do-over, I have started a new file in a new genealogy software and I am getting all information sourced as I put it into the software. I am currently using Family Historian. It has a feature that allows me to automatically source everything that I edit with the source currently in the auto-citation box. This will allow me to accurately source everything without having to remember to source each thing that I edit. Even if it is just things that I “know”, then I am sourcing that information with a personal knowledge source. When it is completed, I will have a family history that I can show to people and actually know where I got each piece of information!

Actually, I am kind of in the process of a sort of do-over on a lot of things in my life at the moment. I am learning to focus on the little everyday moments in life and appreciate them instead of only focusing on the “Important Events” that are to come later. Someone said that life is really made of the accumulation of the little moments. I am trying to slow down and appreciate them and not always stressing on the Big Event that is next on the horizon.

I am actually becoming an organized person. I have a new planner and I am putting everything in this planner and getting things organized for perhaps the first time in my life. Even as I am getting organized and don’t yet have “Everything” in my planner, I am already starting to feel less stressed as I get organized because at least now I have a place to put everything.

As some of you know, I have struggled for years to become organized. I have tried for years to find a planning system that is going to work for me and I will find one that works for a few days but then I will be looking for something else and starting over again. This time, I think I will be able to stick with my system because this time, I have simplified my method! The method is simply that I will write everything I need to do in my planner where I will see it when I need to see it. I am using full-size pages (8 ½” by 11″) and I found a lightweight binder at office depot that is soft and leather-like and looks good that has 3 rings.

The full-sized pages are important to me because I tend to write a lot and also I often need to print things out and be able to put them in my planner. With my current system, I can easily do this with a 3-hole punch. No special papers or special paper punches need be carried with me for me to fully function with my planner.

Also, this time I am using more of the Franklin Covey method in that I am putting my todo lists on the daily pages but I am not trying to prioritize my todo list because that doesn’t work for me. Pretty much everything is a high-priority.

Also, so I don’t get depressed if I have to move things because of changes in my world, I am using colored highlighters to mark off everything whether it is a finished item or an item moved to the next day (or week or month!). If an item is moved to the next day, I am simply putting an arrow to indicate it was moved. If it was moved to a later date, then I am writing the date it was placed so that I can find it if I need to from that day’s planner page. The feeling of having everything marked off at the end of the day is very satisfying and keeping me on track with my planning!

I am also on a decluttering kick at the moment. Maybe it is just the spring cleaning but that is affecting pretty much everything right now. I am cleaning out closets and sorting through things and getting things setup in my home so that “everything has a place”.

This year, I am going to become an organized person and it is not just going to become a New Year’s resolution for another year!

 

Kellie

Family Roots and Branches: The Top Ten Indicators That You’ve Become A Gene-Aholic

 

Originally Published: 2011-01-23

Family Roots and Branches: The Top Ten Indicators That You’ve Become A Gene-Aholic.

I saw this post today and just had to share it!  I think I might be a Gene-Aholic!  Oh Well, I have a support group (My local genealogy society!) so maybe I will survive!

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History – Week #4 – Home

 

Originally Published: 2011-01-23

We lived in several homes as I was growing up. They were all in the Northwest Arkansas area but we moved quite a bit. I went to three different schools by the third grade.

Then, we moved to Green Forest and we stayed there until I was a sophomore in high school. We lived for a few months in a white two-story house and then my parents bought a house on 6th street and we stayed there until in 1985 when we moved back to the Springdale/Fayetteville area.

The house on 6th street was a three bedroom house with partial brick and a carport. There was an older woman who lived next door to us who always thought we were too loud and shouldn’t be doing whatever it was we were doing – even when what were doing was just playing in our own yard.

My sister and I shared a room and my younger brother had his own room. I remember that my sister and I had many fights over that room because she was a slob as a child (Hey its my blog and I am allowed to remember it my way!).

Both my parents worked so when we came home from school we would have the whole house to ourselves to play for a couple of hours until they got home from work. Our living room furniture served as a stage for our performances as great actors and singers – Our stage shows were wonderfully inventive as we lip synced to the latest tunes on that wonderful new invention of music videos on the TV!!

We had Barbies and we would spend hours on end making clothes for them and forcing my younger brother to drive them around in his cars! This is when I discovered that I should never do my own or anyone else’s hair because I have this unfortunate tendency to get one side shorter than the other and keep trying to fix it until my Barbies were nearly bald!! I could make wonderfully fashionable clothes out of the quilt scraps my Grandmas would give me though and I still sew some today.

We had bicycles and we probably rode hundreds of miles over those roads in that small town. My parents worked for the Tyson Chicken plant there and we had relatives from both sides of the family who lived nearby. We were just down the street from my Aunt Judy and Uncle Jerry Stout and their kids. We often went across the street from their house and played on the playground equipment at the elementary school.

As I recall it now, I don’t remember any special details about the house that would make it any different than any other house of its neighborhood. But it was our home and that made all the difference. I even remember how glad I was when we moved back to Springdale not to be living in that little town anymore where everyone knew absolutely everything that you did or even wanted to do! (Or at least it seemed so at the time.) Now, it holds some of my most cherished childhood memories.

 

Current Week’s Prompt

 

Week 4: Home. Describe the house in which you grew up. Was it big or small? What made it unique? Is it still there today?

This challenge runs from Saturday, January 22, 2011 through Friday, January 28, 2011

 

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

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.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History: Week #2 – Winter Memories

 

Originally Published: 2011-01-08

 

I grew up and still live in Northwest Arkansas.  Winters here vary from very mild weather in the 40s and 50s to cold with several degrees below zero with lots of snow.  Most years there is a mix of both.  We have a saying in Arkansas that

if you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes and it will change! 

Most winters would get at least some snow.  If we were lucky that would mean a SNOW DAY from school.  We would get to stay home from school and go outside and play in the snow.  If the snow was deep enough, we would build a snowman and have snowball fights!  Also, we would get to have that rare treat:  Snow Ice Cream!  We could never eat snow ice cream from the first snow though.  Mom was convinced that it was dirty so we would have to wait until the second snow of the season.

Winter was also a time for making homemade chili and soups on those cold winter evenings and having hot chocolate after school.  Sometimes when we were little Mom would make homemade hot chocolate with boiled milk and chocolate powder but even the little packets that you add hot water tastes great when you come in from the cold!

 

 

 

Current Week’s Prompt

 

Week 2: Winter. What was winter like where and when you grew up? Describe not only the climate, but how the season influenced your activities, food choices, etc.

 

 

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

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.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History: Week #33 – Nicknames

 

Originally Published: 2011-11-10

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!

 

 

Current Week’s Prompt

 

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

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.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History: Week #3 – Cars

 

Originally Published:  Jan 16, 2011

My first car was just an old used car that we bought for me to drive. It never had any real significance to me. The cars that I really remember came later.

I had an old green Datsun that I drove for a couple of years that I really liked until it started just dying and shutting off all the electrical stuff for no apparent reason! When it stranded me on the interstate one night, it got traded soon after!

The next car that was of any importance to me was a blue Toyota Corrolla. Mom and I went to a used car lot and bought it. It was a good car for several years and I drove it everywhere. Dad didn’t appreciate it as much when he found out that the oil dipstick was in the back of the engine next to the windshield and down under most of the motor! He burnt his arm the first time he checked the oil for me!

I don’t really remember many of our family cars as a child but I do remember the cars of my grandparents! My Grandpa and Grandma Treat drove an old station wagon for many years. It was brown and it has the wooden panels on the doors. Every one of these that I see makes me think of them!

My Grandpa Thompson drove an old 1960s pickup for many years! Later, in the late 1980s he got a yellow pickup truck that he drove until he died in 1997.

My Great-Grandpa Stout drove a green pickup with a camper on top for all of the time I can remember.

My Great-Aunt Mabel Stout Parsons drove this little while compact car for all of the time that I can remember.


One of the funniest childhood stories of my dad is that when he was about 5 years old he decided that the car that they had at the time should be black. So he was going to help out the family and paint the car! He took a can of spray paint and painted the car! Maybe it was the one he is kneeling in front of in the photo!

Current Week’s Prompt

Week 3: Cars. What was your first car? Describe the make, model and color, but also any memories you have of the vehicle. You can also expand on this topic and describe the car(s) your parents drove and any childhood memories attached to it. This challenge runs from Saturday, January 15, 2011 through Friday, January 21, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

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.