Monthly Archives: May, 2012

Potato Project

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I planted my potatoes in grow bags. They are only maybe 1/3 full and I will add more soil as they grow.

I even have drip irrigation installed.

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Is this Redbud going to die?

While I was mowing, on this lovely cool May day, enjoying the scent of honeysuckle, I noticed that one of my larger Redbuds has rather sparse leaves and a huge number of seed pods this year. I remember reading somewhere that trees that are stressed and about to die do this… produce lots of seeds. Anyone know if this is true?

Several years ago I bought a Catawba twig. It lived in a pot for a few summers (which is amazing since I can’t keep things in pots watered) then I planted it.

This year, for the first time, there are blooms.

My Purple Smoke  Bush is starting to look respectable.

The poor Magnolia that I killed has come back to life as a shrub. I will give it a bit more time to decide which branch is going to lead, and then prune it back into a tree.

The Confederate Jasmine smells heavenly … and needs a trim.

 

Rose and Baptisia.

 

Ahhh…

The Sugar Snap Peas are finally blooming…

A Revolution in Genealogy

I’m a genealogist. I’m a gardener and a nurse too (Happy Nurses week!), but yesterday was all about genealogy. I spent the day adding ancestors to my database. All of a sudden it seems there are so many more free searchable databases online and there are more everyday. Familysearch.org has a huge indexing project going on that will take years to complete (https://www.familysearch.org/volunteer/indexing). Yesterday I found this one, http://www.lan-opc.org.uk/indexp.html , and it is incredible! The amount of work these volunteers have put into this is amazing.

Now, I don’t want people to get the idea you can simply go online and find a completed family tree (there is no such thing). I volunteer at the Family History Center, and believe me, I get people all the time who think they can walk in and I will go online and produce a pedigree on their ancestor named Smith or Jones or whatever!!!  It doesn’t work that way. I suppose shows like “Who do you think you are” don’t help… well they do help in that more people are interested in genealogy, but they don’t show all the hard work that goes into putting together a good, sound pedigree. Hours pouring over microfilm of parish registers, land records, probate records and (in the past) census schedules!

Which brings me to my point. While I spent a good part of the day going through the indexed baptisms, marriages and burials on the lan-OPC  site, I will spend MANY more hours going through the parish registers verifying the info I found yesterday! The reason I love all these new databases online is that it is soooooo much easier to go through the actual parish registers when I know what I am looking for, but you can’t take the info you find online in these databases as fact until you check out the actual records yourself.  I will take this list and verify each entry:

I love computer technology!!!

Peas, broccoli, parsley, kale and more

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It’s starting to look like a garden…

weeds and all

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More NYC

This is the view from my window. It was not much to look at, but the nice thing was that there was no street noise… could have been worse.image

The red brick building with the scaffolding in front is “The Mansfield”. I would stay there again.

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The front of the New York Public Library … see I really was researching!

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The Zoo in Central Park.

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Huge bubbles!

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My friend Ana.

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Central Park in the rain.

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The soldiers and sailors memorial in Riverside Park.

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NYC

Today I flew off the NYC. It’s supposed to be a research trip… but I had to go out to eat.

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And this hotel room is as cute as a button. Perfect price for me… but the room is so small you can’t swing a cat in here. But it’s nicely done and clean.

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Tomorrow the library.

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