Monday, August 26, 2013

Tuesday's Tip - School's Starting - Plan for Education

No, it may not be starting today where you are.  But in some parts of the country teachers are already back in the classrooms.  And students are starting this week or next or started last week or even two weeks ago.

I'm a grandmother, so why does this matter to me?  I think of the NEW year as the beginning of school, not in January.  I start planning activities for the coming year in August and September, and sometimes in July. 

So what are you thinking of doing in the next year to help you improve your researching techniques?  Dates have been set for many national and regional conferences, institutes and seminars.  I have a 2014 calendar that I printed off the internet that I have marked up.  No, I'm not going to be able to attend everything I list on this calendar, but at least I have the dates in one place.  Check web sites for activities you may be interested in or that are near you.  AND... Don't forget your local genealogical and/or historical society meetings.  Put them on your calendar also. 

SO..... What's on my calendar right now?
Jan 13-17 - SLIG - Salt Lake City, UT
Jan 17-18 - Mesa Family History Expo, Mesa, AZ
Jan 25 - Pinal County Genealogy Workshop, Casa Grande, AZ
Feb 6-8 - RootsTech - Salt Lake City
Mar ?? - FHSA Seminar, Phoenix, AZ (Day not set but it's always in March)
Mar 24-26 - Forensic Genealogy Institute, Dallas, TX
Mar 27-29 - Advanced Forensic Evidence Analysis, Dallas, TX
May 7-10 - NGS, Richmond, VA
Jun ?? - SCGS Jamboree, Burbank, CA
Jun 8-13 - IGHR, Samford University, AL
Jul ?? - GRIP, Pittsburgh, PA - At least I hope it will be offered again
Aug 27-30 - FGS, San Antonio, TX

I know I've missed many.  But make your own list and circle the dates on a 2014 calendar.  This way you can plan for your continuing education in the 2013-2014 "school year."

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sunday's Obituary - Glenn C Blackmore (1917-2013)

Glenn spent his working career as a tool and die maker in the plastics industry.  He was quite upset that he was not allowed to serve in WWII.  When he tried to enlist, the US government sent him right back to work at Cannon Electric to make tooling and molds for aircraft canopies and other parts.  In the 1950s, 60s and 70s, if you bought a plastic pipe fitting, chances were very good that Glenn Blackmore made or designed the mold to manufacture those fittings.
In his “early” retirement years, Glenn was deeply involved in the Silver Lakes community where he served as a volunteer with the environmental control committee and was also known as Captain Blackmore as he fished in the lakes, often with grandchildren.  He was a great dance partner, whether it was square dancing, ballroom dancing, line dancing, or any other form of dancing. 
Glenn spent some time each week keeping in touch with family members, sending birthday and anniversary cards, writing letters, as well as communicating by email.  Glenn was a member of the Victorville United Methodist Church.  He often attended Friday SWIM meetings and luncheons as well as the monthly Voyager luncheons at Church of the Valley.  Glenn was known to many close friends and family as the original “Cookie Monster,” a title he proudly acknowledged.
His love and caring for family and friends will be greatly missed. 
A Celebration of Life service is scheduled for Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at 11 am at the Victorville United Methodist Church, Victorville, California.


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Shopping Saturday - NOT genealogy

This post is not about ancestor genealogy but about current family history.  And comparing.

Yesterday, my wonderfully-patient husband took four grandchildren, ages 15, 9, 8, and 6 (last one a girl), our son and daughter-in-law POWER SHOPPING.  In two hours we found jeans/pants, shirts, socks, underwear, shoes and backpacks for all four.  Then lunch at Ritchie's Diner (a Riverside, California small restaurant group) and then on for school supplies.  School starts Monday in this rural town in Southern California. 

Now, can you imagine trying to get clothes for four children 100 years ago or even 40 years ago?  In my family, (in the 1950s-1960s) each girl had one "store-bought" dress each year and new underwear and socks.  Shoes were dependent upon whether we needed them at that moment or not.  My brothers had store-bought "slacks", underwear and socks.  (Boys didn't wear jeans or t-shirts to school then.) Everything else was sewn at home.  Since I was the eldest, my mother and I sewed a lot during the summer (when we weren't canning from the fruit trees in our back yard.)  We didn't live in a rural area, but we just had a large back yard with 35-40 different fruit trees. 

Back to the original topic.  Last night, before I fell asleep, I just started thinking that while the trip was somewhat "stressful" if that's the right word, getting clothes for the kids was done quickly, and fairly easily.  It took two hours, not all summer.  Is one better?  Who knows?  But I have good memories of both.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Sorting Saturday - File Cabinets with Bookcases

Perhaps you’ve done this also, but I found a way to make better use of my wall space.  I bought some new 2-drawer file cabinets (25 inches deep).  They are about 30 inches tall.  I put three of them together:  45 inches wide now.  On top of them I added a 48 inch tall bookshelf. 


Now I have 6 file drawers with over 12 feet of shelf space on top.  Between the second and third file cabinets is a folding step stool for the times I need to reach the top shelves. 
At the far end is a floor to ceiling bookcase with some drawers built in the bottom for miscellaneous sewing supplies.  Since the photo, I've added a couple of woven baskets on the shelves for items that need to be "contained." 
Right now, one of the drawers is EMPTY.  Can you believe it? 
Hopefully this idea will help you with your organizing.