Saturday, December 31, 2011

Recipe for a Happy New Year


Take twelve whole months.
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness,
hate, and jealousy.
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.
Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or
thirty-one different parts,
but don’t make up the whole batch at once.
Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.
Mix well into each day one part of faith,
one part of patience, one part of courage,
and one part of work.
Add to each day one part of hope,
faithfulness, generosity, and kindness.
Blend with one part prayer, one part meditation,
and one good deed.
Season the whole with a dash of good spirits,
a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play,
and a cupful of good humor.
Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thoroughly over radiant joy,
garnish with a smile,
and serve with quietness, unselfishness,
and cheerfulness.
You’re bound to have a happy new year!

~Author Unknown~

Wishing you and yours a blessed, healthy, and fabulous New Year!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

 Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Challenges Not Resolutions 2011 Recap

On January 4, 2011 I wrote a lengthy post regarding my "challenges" for 2011. That post can be found here.

This is how I fared on this list ~

1. Did not accomplish.
2. Accomplished half of the year
3. Accomplished some, then gained back. Over all, lost about 8 pounds.
4. I did fairly well I believe on the one line that got completed.
5. Did not do this.
6. Did not do this.
7. Worked on many ideas and thoughts and projects. Eliminated ideas and gained a few others. Did have a couple of crafts fairs.
8. Definitely accomplished this! Cared for at least 30 different dogs, and many of them several times. (For those who remember, I asked for suggestions for a is "My Home Doggie Care." )
9. Definitely did not do this! I think this year I blogged less than any other year!
10. Have not listed what I need on each person yet, have done some, but not many.
11. I have done more of this! Because my daughter is an instructor, I went to many of her classes, especially to support her during the second half of the year.
12. I did do this and actually shared on my blog.
13. I also accomplished this. I used the master bedroom and have two walls of tables covering all of my crafting adventures, and I just love it!
14. Sadly, again, did not do...
15. Really didn't do much research.

This was quite an ambitious list. I can at least say I worked at or accomplished at least half of the list. For this I am very grateful! With other life happenings, Swedish Adventure, classes, caring for the grandchildren part time, vacation, etc., I am ok with my accomplishments here. I suppose I could re do this list for 2012, but do I want to? Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

We've been Double-Dog Dared!

Sheri Fenley informed me this evening ~

"Denise Levenick and Amy Coffin want a report on our goals we set when we became buddies last January and have they been met. They double-dog dared us publically on their blogs today!" 

This is a very reasonable request actually. I proceeded to read Denise Levenick's post at The Family Curator and Amy Coffin's post at The We Tree Genealogy Blog. They each shared recaps of their 2011 goals. Denise and Amy were "buddies" last year, supporting each other with their genealogy goals.

Denise and Amy both deserve big congratulations for everything they have accomplished this past year! If you haven't done so, please read their posts also! Marvelous work they are both doing!

Sheri Fenley, The Educated Genealogist, and I were "buddies" also this past year. Sheri said she would be working on her recap post this evening, so I can not share a link, yet anyway, regarding her recap for 2011, but will add it here as soon as it is available.

Here is my recap for 2011 ~

 What were my genealogy goals this year? 

 1. Of course, attack those sources! I plan to start from scratch and rebuild my tree in Roots Magic. My original tree is in Family Tree Maker 2009 right now. I plan to rebuild my tree one person at a time, making sure each item for each person is sourced properly. I had started this before, but got confused with my sourcing and eventually stopped. (I think I have figured out that it is not so much how I source, my problem has been where I enter in the program to log information once a master source has been entered. Sheri answered a question I had, but I haven't yet been able to play with this information to see if that has been my issue or not, but let's hope that is! That would be a simple fix!)

2. This actually goes along with #1, but it is my second item. As I build my new tree, make sure all pictures and documents that I currently have, have been added for each individual. I believe there are documents in my binders that have not been scanned and or added to the appropriate profile on the computer. By the same token, I may have some information entered on the computer that has not been added to my hard copy files, my binders.

3. My third item is to take all of my pictures out of photo albums that are not archival safe, which would be most of them, if not all of them. I have only scanned one album of my own personal collection, so I need to scan the pictures from these albums, and then of course file appropriately. 

(These were stated in my post on January 13, 2011 "Those Places Thursday ~ Famous Dave's with Sheri Fenley")

How Did I Do With These Goals?

1. I did work and complete sources for one line in my family tree, but unfortunately that was all. One family line is also all I have completed in building my new tree, one person at a time. Not near what I wanted to accomplish, but I did work on it!

2. I do believe I have most everything scanned and attached properly to this one line, pictures and documents etc.

3. Sadly, I did not touch any of this.

How/Why did I get off track?

I had great intentions at the beginning of last year, there is no doubt about it. Sheri and I hooked up and made our plans. She had some heavy duty ones, but I found out she had deadlines on the two goals she chose. These deadlines were within the first half of the year. In fact, one of her goals actually moved up to just a couple months away. I emailed her once or twice to make sure she was working on her goals, and she assured me she was. Then all of a sudden, time was up for her and her two goals were complete! If I remember correctly that was about March.

Needless to say, I lost interest totally in my goals. I didn't feel "a buddy" was working along with me because my buddy had already completed her goals. Great for her, to bad for me. Besides this, I got very caught up in the "Great Swedish Adventure" which kept me going for a good 5 months. Lost almost another month of the year to vacation, our Mediterranean Cruise (Planning to start blogging again about this trip very soon) and at least another month to crafting and the holidays.

What About Goals For 2012?

I can understand why I didn't accomplish these goals, although I would have felt better if I could have said I at least accomplished one of them. Now, for 2012, do I keep these three goals again, change them, give up all together?  This remains to be seen.

There were other "challenges" in my life I was working on too this year. I will post a recap on those very soon.

Congrats again to Sheri, Denise and Amy for their accomplishments in 2011!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Monday, December 5, 2011

December Update & New News!

As you can tell, I have decided not to participate this year with the Christmas Advent Calendar. I re-ran my posts from 2009 last year and didn't feel I wanted to re-run them again. Because I transition my blog into books (by Blog2Print), I figured having those posts twice was enough! I love GeneaBloggers Christmas Advent Calendar, and I hope you are following and reading some posts you haven't read before.

We had guests at our home last Saturday evening for a little celebration before our Christmas dinner, so I needed to have all of my Christmas things up and ready by December 3. I think this was the earliest I have been completed with this task. Normally my Christmas cards are about done and ready to go out, but these two things have swapped places this year. I will be working on my cards next.

I also have catching up still to do from my vacation and figured this was a good time to do catch up posts! I am still trying to figure out where I am missing the #31WBGB days event, as I have ended on the 15th day I believe. Is it possible the cycle was never finished? Still looking into that.

I have another craft event this coming weekend and need to work on some items to replace those that were sold at the last event. It has been so much fun, but such a shame it has all been so last minute. I am looking to planning ahead for next year and possibly a few other events as well!

Then, there is the "New News" ~ Since it has been announced at a membership meeting, I think it is safe to share that I will be next year's First Vice President and Program Chair for L-AGS! L-AGS is the Livermore Amador Genealogical Society. It all happened so quick and I really didn't feel I had much say, but there you have it and here I am! I have been attending the board meetings and getting ready for the transition. I will be looking for speakers for our general meetings, so if you are local and would like to speak, please don't hesitate to let me know!

Yesterday I spent about 6 hours trying to catch up and do things for my classes and my new L-AGS position, up and coming. I am not caught up yet, but I hope I can be by the end of the month! On that note, I will sign off for now and wish you all a wonderful December day!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Those Places Thursday ~ The French Riviera, Mediterranean Cruise ~ Part 4

On the bricks you will notice a sign. On that sign it says, "Port Villefranche Sante vhf9." This is the port where we docked, Villefranche (Nice) France, to play at the French Riviera, also known as the Cote d'Azur. This area was one of the first areas which boasted a modern resort. Because of the peaceful setting and wonderful climate those with money found this the place to be, avoiding terrible winters and seeking peace for good health. Cannes, Nice (the largest city) and Monaco are all part of the French Riviera.

The ship arrived at 10:00 am here in Villefranche, on September17, 2011. The temperature called for a comfortable 74 degrees. The Brilliance of the Seas didn't dock at the pier, it docked out in the bay, which meant we needed tenders come to take us to land, as you can see in this photo.

Here are some views of Villefranche from where the Brilliance of the Seas was docked.

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved  

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Wordless Wednesday ~ Sunrise at the French Riviera ~ Mediterranean Cruise ~ Part 4

As seen from my bed in the cabin as I awoke on Saturday September 17, 2011 ~

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

It's a day for thanking, appreciating and eating too
Please, let me begin by thanking all of you!

I thank you for reading, supporting and following here
I can't think of another gift I could hold so dear.

I am thankful for my husband, family and friends,
Health, happiness, and sanity... the list doesn't end.

A glorious time on this great earth, it is true
I hope you all feel as blessed as I do!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Monday, November 21, 2011

Holiday Crafts Event and... Dogs?

I know, I have been missing in action here lately. Other than vacations I do not believe I have ever missed blogging for this long. Life really got in my way this time.

I am known to make quick decisions sometimes, and yes that is what happened here. All of a sudden I decided I wanted to have a Holiday Crafts Event. I saw some feather jewelry someone I know made and had been fighting a desire within myself to start making jewelry. Back in May I bought one of my daughters a kit and some additional supplies to make jewelry. She didn't have any real hobbies and I felt she needed something to do besides work. She has really enjoyed this and sold some of her pieces at work. 

I had several projects in my back room that I wanted to make for the holidays. A couple different styles of Christmas ornaments, wreaths, scarves and yes, I got hooked making jewelry also. Before I knew it there were seven artisans committed to an having an event. My daughter in Tennessee making jewelry was one of them, as was the gal who makes the feather jewelry. We had someone who made wooden signs, another who makes candles and lotions and soaps and yet another who makes lanyards, hats and jewelry. Another very talented gal makes arm warmers, leg warmers and specialty clothes, etc. 

I didn't want to wait until December as everyone is so busy already that month. Last Friday night became our target date, which meant we only had a couple weeks or so to get our projects completed. My problem? I finish and then I find more to do. I worked like crazy accomplishing more than needed. It took me a couple days to set up my house the way I wanted it and I chose to host it all myself so none of the other artists felt as if they needed to stay for 6 hours if they didn't want to.

There was a decent turnout at our event. People showed up that I wasn't expecting and some that I expected didn't show, isn't that the way? The best part for me was a visit by a school friend I hadn't seen in many, many years. Thanks to Facebook, we made contact once again. My sister was here so I introduced her to my friend, my sister instantly asked my friend about her brother, as they went to school together. The best part? My dad and my friend's dad went to school together! There is a bit of history with these two families, things each of us reminded or shared with the other about our parents.

I was pleased with the total sales of the event and I believe most, if not all, of the participants were thrilled with their sales. Several attendees asked if we would hold another before Christmas. I am mulling this over, as my husband says no. He knows the stress I put myself through over these kinds of things, but I do it because I enjoy it, even if I act like a maniac for a few days before! My daughter has offered the use of her home for another one, but I am still thinking on it. The jewelry I made... it sold, except for one set I made and couldn't find, so it was never even shown. I received a special order on a bracelet and have already ordered the product to make this before Christmas.

The day of the event I started caring for a dog and the day after the event three more dogs arrived for my care. I also cared for my daughters three dogs and two cats at her home this weekend, spent the night there Saturday night. Two days after the event my house was almost in order again and by the third day, can you guess? I got another dog! Well, it is Thanksgiving week and people need to see their families. They need to travel. My family won't be here for Thanksgiving, so I figured why not take care of all of these dogs so others can have Thanksgiving with their families? My husband has the patience of a saint. He keeps asking me though, "why did you take another dog?" All I can tell him is I don't know!

Actually, I do know. I don't know when enough is enough, I can not say no, and I want these families to all enjoy Thanksgiving with their families, is that so bad? Well, not unless you live in my house! These are all medium sized dogs and a couple of them get to barking sometimes. There has been one dog argument so I have made a separation. For now, all are well. They start heading back home on Friday, will be all gone by Saturday, when I will receive another dog, probably just for the day. As I said my husband is a saint. There are dogs all over this house, lol. One in a chair, two in their kennels, one on the love seat, two laying on the floor. Last night there were four dogs in my bed. Not tonight! My husband asked where I was sleeping tonight, I told him, I don't know, but if I am not in bed, just know I am somewhere in the house!

So, this is my story and I am sticking to it. I am now behind on so many things. Blogging in particular. I was just starting my posts about my Mediterranean cruise and I was in the middle of Tonia's "31 Weeks To A Better Genealogy Blog." I want to complete these series, and Christmas is right around the corner, which means there are Christmas blogs to post also. Well, all I can say is I will do my best as this is the busiest time of year for me and many others I know.

I am behind in blog reading and feel technologically behind also. There has been lots of news lately, Scanfest, GeneaBloggers Blog Talk Radio, Podcasts, Webinars and things I had stashed away to watch. Oh, and did I mention my class started again the first of November? I haven't even barely looked at it. Guess what I will be doing in between barks tomorrow!

My apologies for the pictures. These were taken in a hurry after the Holiday Event. I forgot to take any before, I was so busy. They were taken with my phone after I started gathering things together to put away, so these were the left overs! Maybe next time I will share pictures of the dogs...

Until next time...

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Mediterranean Cruise ~ Part 3 ~ Brilliance of The Seas

In Barcelona, Spain, on Friday, September 16, 2011, we boarded Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas for our twelve day cruise. All passengers needed to be on board by 4:00pm. We spent the afternoon getting used to the ship, waiting on luggage to arrive at our rooms and, of course, attending the mandatory
 "Guest Assembly Drill."

I learned quickly that arrangements for dining had changed a bit since our last cruise. "My Time Dining" was a new feature. Instead of choosing a 6:00 or 8:00 dining time, you were allowed to pick your own time. We thought this was wonderful as we liked to eat more around 7:00, or whenever we wanted. This turned out to be a major learning process for us because we found out they wanted us to make reservations for a time each night, and not just show up when we wanted. It took a few nights until it was understood though and in the meantime we spent to much time in lines waiting to be seated. Most nights we had a table for two, but tables were so close you could visit with neighbors easily. The first night, dining was very casual, people would still be waiting for luggage to arrive at their rooms.

Barcelona, Spain. September 16, 2011. Digital Image taken by Cheryl Palmer. 

The "drill" went much faster than most I have attended, which was a very pleasant surprise! We watched as we pulled away from Barcelona with the Pilot boat along side of us. I took many pictures of the port and the shipping docks. I have done this before on other trips. I enjoy comparing different shipping yards, my father worked on the docks for years. Here in Barcelona, cranes had been added just like they had been in Oakland, California. My father's working years did not include these cranes. This was a modern convenience added since his retirement, and most large shipping docks had them installed now. It is fun to compare the pictures I have taken from different ports and docks, having had a relationship with them most of my life.

Barcelona, Spain. September 16, 2011. Digital Image taken by Cheryl Palmer. 

This was one of the first photos I had taken of the shipyard, my father worked for NYK Lines at one time.

Barcelona, Spain. September 16, 2011. Digital Image taken by Cheryl Palmer.

A bit of distance from the shipping port.

Barcelona, Spain. September 16, 2011. Digital Image taken by Cheryl Palmer.

To the left is the shipping port and to the right is Barcelona.

Barcelona, Spain. September 16, 2011. Digital Image taken by Cheryl Palmer.

A closer view of the city as we leave.

Barcelona, Spain. September 16, 2011. Digital Image taken by Cheryl Palmer.

The last picture of the docks that I am sharing today. Did you notice the cruise ship?

We explored and learned our way around the ship a bit, then went back to see if our luggage made it to our cabin yet. Two of three suitcases had arrived, wouldn't you know my main one was the one missing at this point? Not to get excited though, it did show up later, whew!

Royal Caribbean "Brillance of the Seas." September 16, 2011. Digital Image taken by Cheryl Palmer.

A view of two of the bars, one of which we got to know very well! In fact we got to know a couple of the people in this picture a bit later, and very well also!

We enjoyed a lovely dinner and made our way to bed rather early this evening. If you remember, we had been up for the equivalent of two days at this point. I was amazed, I actually still felt human, it must be the "knowing your on vacation" syndrome, right?

Our first port stop, was the following day, Villefranche, France. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Sunday, October 23, 2011

#31WBGB ~ Week 15 ~ Solve A Problem

I am following Tonia's Roots  (You can read the kick-off post about 31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog here.) as she brings several GeneaBloggers through 31 weeks of working towards a better blog, prompts written by Darren Rowse. 

I was a couple weeks behind  due to being on vacation, so I have been playing catch up! I believe with this post I will be caught up, so these posts will occur once a week again as they were meant to. Here is the challenge this week from Tonia~

Action Item
  • Write a problem-solving post and leave a link in the comments.
I had major burn out when I spent a couple of months solving my domain name nightmare. I have been thinking on what problem I could solve. I wasn't thinking to deep as my brain just isn't at a place to work on any major problems. I think it has been fighting me all week in regards to writing and working this challenge.

I decided to use yesterday's post as my "solving a problem" post. I had planned on writing my own obituary, but have never have taken the time to work on it, or make it a priority. In the back of my mind I believe I was also concerned about doing this, it is tough to even think about writing something so drastic. Plus, I am not sure my husband would understand why I wanted to write my own obituary. I have had a major road block as far as really attempting to do this.

Because of the challenge to win a gift, the ObitKit, I finally wrote a rough draft of my obituary, which I posted yesterday. It felt odd to do, but after all, who knows me better than me? It felt good when I finished and I was glad I did it. Now, I will redo my draft, filling in all the ***** and make my revisions and such, and that won't be as difficult for me to accomplish. (I am hoping that I live long enough to go in and make further revisions and updates every so often though...) I do have a bit of a problem left to handle however, I need to share this information with my husband still. Heck, piece of cake, if it makes me happy, he is happy! Maybe he will even have some input!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Happy 75th Birthday Mom!

Today would have been my mother's 75th birthday, had she lived long enough. Instead, mom passed away from cancer more than a decade ago. I read a blog post the other day over at that explained what Susan Roper does on her father's birthday each year. She buys 100 Hershey's candy bars and gives them out randomly to people in memory of her father. I think this is a wonderful idea! I only wish I had thought of it myself! In my mother's case, one of her favorites was peppermint patties. I could see myself handing those out. Susan had a reason for using the "100" count.  I need to decide on an appropriate number to use for my mother...I know, 64! That is how old she was when she passed. It's never to late to start, right?

Happy 75th Birthday Mom!

(Perfect post to mark my 600th blog post!)

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Friday, October 21, 2011

I Want To Win An ObitKit™ – A Guide to Celebrating Your Life!


I saw this announcement from Thomas MacEntee at GeneaBloggers about the opportunity to win a free "ObitKit- A Guide to Celebrating Your Life!" and instantly decided, I want to win one! The ObitKit  is an upbeat, detailed book which helps give you ideas and put together your life story.

In order to enter, you need to write your own obit and post it on your blog. I have long felt that I would like to write my own obituary because I don't feel others would know dates, places or even enough about me to write one that included everything I felt it should. As a family historian, I look at making sure I have the correct names, dates and information above all else. As long as I have felt that I want to write my own obituary, I have never attempted to do so. That is until tonight. I found it is much more difficult than you might think. At one point it seemed I was writing my life story, and needed to makes cuts and shorten everything up. 

Suddenly, it dawned on me I was missing the GeneaBloggers Blog Talk Radio program, all because I was involved in trying to write my own obituary, wanting to win the prize! Tonight's radio program was titled: "The Final Chapter-Obituaries, Death Records and Genealogy." Of all nights to miss...I tuned in to the last 20 minutes of the program.

After listening to that 20 minutes, I realized I needed to hear the whole program before I worked any more on my obituary, so I went to the archived show and immediately listened. An idea came to me from listening to the program. Because of today's online obituaries, maybe it was okay to write my obit like a story. Seems to me that it wouldn't matter how long the obit was, I won't believe you would be paying for space, like you would for a newspaper article. 

So, here is the first attempt at my obit. I decided not to mess with it anymore at this stage, although it will definitely be fine tuned and updated and I am sure changed. I did leave out personal information as you will see names and such denoted with ****.  Remember this is a rough draft I decided to share.

Cheryl Palmer, ** yrs old, passed away at her home in (address for private use) Alameda Co., California. She was born in Oakland, California at Merritt Hospital in 19** to ************** and ***************. A couple of years later her parents divorced. Her mother remarried and Cheryl's last name became *******.

Cheryl spent her entire life in Alameda County. She went to schools there and graduated from Don's Beauty School in 19**. Having passed the state board exam and earning her license, she became a working cosmetologist at age 17. The day she turned 18 she moved away from her home and lived on her own.

She married ************** when she was ** in 19**. Their only child, a girl, was born ***** **, **** in *********.

One year she and her husband were staying at Harvey's Hotel when a bomb was planted there. They were ordered to evacuate very early that particular morning. She claimed she had never seen a casino so empty. Authorities later set off that bomb. 

In **** their divorce was final, and a few months later, Cheryl married *************. With this marriage came another daughter, ****************, just six months younger than her own daughter. She often said she felt like she raised twins.

This new husband woke her up to the world. They fished together and attended many sporting events, softball, baseball, soccer etc. He taught her to water ski, golf and ride a motorcycle. She was the proud owner of three brand new Harley Davidson's, the last being a 100th anniversary Fat Boy, which eventually was custom painted and totally chromed out. She belonged to two Harley clubs, was a Ladies of Harley Officer in the first club and a charter member in the second club.

Cheryl and her husband loved to travel. Her first "out of the country" trip was to Mexico. Next was Costa Rica, where her husband was born. They went several times to Costa Rica to visit family. On her Harleys, Cheryl rode to Canada, Mexico, and South Dakota (Sturgis). Many miles were ridden in California, seeing back roads and beautiful country. Some of her best friends were from the Harley chapter and made theses trips with her and her husband. Cheryl has also been on five cruises, the Bahamas, 3 Mexican and a Mediterranean cruise.

She had many hobbies which at one time or another included: crocheting, knitting, tatting, embroidery, sewing, quilting, card making, macramé, sand painting, crewel, needlepoint, coin collecting, couponing, reading, jewelry making, scrapbooking, painting, genealogy, working puzzles,  yoga,swimming, and more. 

In 19** Cheryl entered a few crochet items in the Alameda Co. Fair. She won several first and second place awards for baby clothes, but took "Best of Fair" for a thread tablecloth that took her two years to make. (She was told she would never get it made...that was the best challenge!) She was convinced by the fair workers to enter the tablecloth in the California State Fair that year, where it took first place.

Cheryl worked 30 years in the Cosmetology industry, and retired. She had an independent craft business for several years, "Cheryl Palmer's Pretty Punch." She also worked several office jobs (clerk, benefits coordinator, events planner, & payroll) and as a sales clerk at a Harley Davidson store. She retired from working again in 20** at the age of **.

Life now became filled with grandchildren, crafts, and supporting her daughter's adventures. She started a "home care" dog sitting business and held Crafts Shows in her home.

Surviving is Cheryl's wonderful husband, ************, her two amazing daughter's ****************(and amazing Son in Law, ***************), *********, California and ****************, *********** Tennessee . Cheryl leaves behind two grandchildren, the "prince and princess" whom she absolutely adored! Also surviving are Cheryl's two sister's ************* (*************) & ************, and two nephews, ***************, and *************. Cheryl was preceded in death by her parents, **************, ( & ***************) & *************** along with brother in law *************. 

A bit long wouldn't you say? Have you written your obituary? Did you find it difficult?

Thanks Thomas for this challenge! I sure hope I am one of the lucky ones to win the prize!

(I am also testing a larger font as I know some people prefer it. Let me know your opinion on the font size, and I will go by popular vote. I chose to put this in the normal font I use, so you can see the difference. Wow, this was a loooooong post! But, I am done now.)

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Monday, October 17, 2011

Memory Monday ~ Mediterranean Cruise ~ Part 2 ~ Travel

It was 5:30a.m. and we were standing at the US Air terminal. Although I was excited about this trip, I wasn't looking forward to the flights. It was going to be a long day, about 18 hours before boarding for the cruise. This includes layovers and changing planes. I don't sleep on airplanes. It is not that I don't want to, I just can't. No matter how hard I try (maybe that is the problem, I try) it doesn't happen for me. I can sit there, close my eyes and rest them, but there was no sleeping for me.

We took off that morning right on schedule. Leaving San Francisco, we were headed to Charlotte, North Carolina. This was approximately a four hour flight. I brought my Nook, some magazines and puzzle books. Have I ever told you I love Sudoku puzzles? I spent most of my time on this flight working puzzles. In fact, I need to purchase a new Sudoko puzzle book as I have completed the one I have. I have been known to do Suduko puzzles on my phone too, always have to be doing something!

Of course, we had to change planes in Charlotte. Thankfully, we didn't have to get our luggage and move it also. I always worry about making the connecting flight when we have to do this. Once, when in Chicago's O'Hare airport we had to change planes, and sure enough the terminal we needed to go to was at the other end of the airport. We only had one hour and our previous flight had arrived a little late to boot. We raced to catch the next flight, which luckily we made. I however, was frazzled, hot and sweaty by the time we reached that terminal. Who says vacation is relaxing?

The second leg of our journey was to Madrid. This was exciting as I have never left the western hemisphere before. I feel very fortunate that I do not have a fear of flying, especially as we crossed the ocean. This flight was seven and a half hours. I still wonder what I really did to pass the time, it seemed to go faster that I imagined it would.

My husband did a lot of resting and sleeping on these flights. I was concerned how he was going to handle all the plane time, but he slept, or rested most of the time which surprised me. Can one person get to much sleep? I downloaded a book on Mark Twain to my Nook before we left, thinking at least there would be something for him to read. He read maybe two chapters, and has never finished the book. The book must not have interested him, even though it was a recommendation...very interesting.

Upon landing in Madrid we collected all of our luggage, we of course needed to go through customs. That was actually a breeze, very smooth and easy. The last leg of our flight was from Madrid to Barcelona, a little commuter flight, about an hour long. We sent our luggage to be loaded again, except for our carry on's which we soon were informed were to large for this plane, so they ultimately were checked also. The next thing we knew we were pulling luggage off the baggage claim turn style. We each had two suitcases and a carry on, plus our "extra bag" for bringing home souvenirs. We used  the "extra bag" for dress clothes and shoes etc. on the way over.

We landed in Barcelona, local time being around 10:00a.m. the next day. I was concerned how I was going to handle another full day without any sleep. Hubby was set with all of his cat naps. We didn't board the ship until mid afternoon, so we had plenty of time to get to the pier. A shuttle had been pre-arranged to take us there so we gathered our luggage and boarded the shuttle. We were on our way again, this time to the cruise ship! We had a great day of flying and travel. Thankfully no problems, mishaps or plane hijackings.

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Mediterranean Cruise ~ Part 1 ~ San Francisco

San Francisco, California. November 2010. Digital photo. Held by Cheryl Palmer. [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] 2011.

This event is now history. As in, it happened, it is finished, completed, done. It is my history and a trip I would like to document for my ancestors. This is also a perfect place for others to read about our trip. So, here we go with Part 1!

Originally, we planned to take a cruise which included a stop in Egypt as we both wanted to see the pyramids. That is the cruise we booked several months back. A few months passed and we were informed the cruise ship would not be stopping in Egypt any longer because of the civil unrest that was ongoing in that country. They moved the stop to somewhere else, I don't even remember where now. We chose to change the cruise we were originally set up for and ended up booking the cruise we just took.

Taking an extended vacation took some planning, as it does for most people. In some ways it may actually take a little less planning for us as we at least do not have to try to coordinate, get permission and take time off of work. For me, the main thing I needed to do was make sure someone would be able to cover watching my grandchildren a couple days a week. And then there was the dog who needed caring for. My grandchildren's other grandmother, or "granny" as she is affectionately known, jumped right in and offered to come out and take care of the grandchildren. That was a big relief for me, I felt I could go away comfortably now, and not worry about anything. "Granny" actually stayed at our house and cared for my dog. She house sat, cared for the grandchildren and our dog! We both got the best of that one I think. She can watch the grandchildren anytime she decides to come out, but this time she had a place to go at the end of the day, for some peace and quiet. For me, there was someone at my house and the dog had company and was fed. What a deal!

We have a gardener, so the yard wasn't much to worry about although our neighbor did water the plants for us a few times when it was really hot. We didn't stop our mail, as someone was here to pick it up, but "granny" was a retired postmaster and decided while we were gone so she to put a stop to it. We just went and picked t up when we returned home.

For a change, I actually packed three days before we were to leave and not at the last minute. We were to have three formal dinners, it took me longer to plan attire for those than anything else. Luckily, my husband does his own packing. I know there are women who pack for their husbands, I am so glad I am not one of them! I have a difficult enough time packing for myself! We worked it out so we would have an empty suitcase with us to bring home souvenirs, plus we actually had extra room in our suitcases.

With the bills paid, and house clean (well clean as it was going to get for "granny.") we were finally ready. On September 14 after I worked my shift at the yoga studio in the morning we decided to head out. Our flight  the next morning was leaving from San Francisco at approximately 7:30am. We needed to be at the airport by 5:30am. To make timing easier for us, we went to San Francisco the day before (September 14) and spent the night. We had a nice afternoon in the city with dinner following. The next morning was a breeze, hopped on the airport shuttle and 10 minutes later we were at the airport!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Geniaus's Geneameme

This is a meme that Geniaus has complied and I am going to participate. Here it is in Jill Ball's own words! Thanks for the fun!

The Ancestors' Geneameme

Many genealogists took up my challenge in the recent Tech Savvy Genealogists Meme so I thought I'd put together another Geneameme (new term just coined). Once again this is the result of a quick personal brainstorm, I have tried to make the statements generic so that the meme has international relevance. 

I invite anyone with an interest in genealogy to participate. If you don't have a blog and wish to participate you can send your responses to me in an email and I will pop them into a blog post on the GeniMates blog. Please let me know when you participate by a comment on this post or by email and I'll collate a list of responses on this blog.
It would be appreciated if genealogists would let the meme run its course before copying and republishing it with alterations and amendments.

The Ancestors' Geneameme

The list should be annotated in the following manner:
Things you have already done or found: bold face type
Things you would like to do or find: italicize (colour optional)
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type

You are encouraged to add extra comments in brackets after each item 

Which of these apply to you?
  1.  Can name my 16 great-great-grandparents [May never know all 16 as my grandfather's father is totally unknown and not listed on birth certificate]
  2.  Can name over 50 direct ancestors
  3.  Have photographs or portraits of my 8 great-grandparents
  4.  Have an ancestor who was married more than three times
  5.  Have an ancestor who was a bigamist [Not that I am aware of at this point anyway]
  6.  Met all four of my grandparents
  7.  Met one or more of my great-grandparents
  8.  Named a child after an ancestor  [Does the middle name only count?]
  9.  Bear an ancestor's given name/s
  10.  Have an ancestor from Great Britain or Ireland
  11.  Have an ancestor from Asia
  12.  Have an ancestor from Continental Europe
  13.  Have an ancestor from Africa
  14.  Have an ancestor who was an agricultural labourer
  15.  Have an ancestor who had large land holdings 
  16.  Have an ancestor who was a holy man - minister, priest, rabbi
  17.  Have an ancestor who was a midwife
  18.  Have an ancestor who was an author
  19.  Have an ancestor with the surname Smith, Murphy or Jones [now if this asked if the name was in my tree I could go along with it]
  20.  Have an ancestor with the surname Wong, Kim, Suzuki or Ng
  21.  Have an ancestor with a surname beginning with X
  22.  Have an ancestor with a forename beginnining with Z
  23.  Have an ancestor born on 25th December {not an ancestor, but a cousin]
  24. Have an ancestor born on New Year's Day
  25.  Have blue blood in your family lines
  26.  Have a parent who was born in a country different from my country of birth
  27.  Have a grandparent who was born in a country different from my country of birth
  28.  Can trace a direct family line back to the eighteenth century [not listed with full sources]
  29.  Can trace a direct family line back to the seventeenth century or earlier [not listed with full sources]
  30.  Have seen copies of the signatures of some of my great-grandparents 
  31.  Have ancestors who signed their marriage certificate with an X
  32.  Have a grandparent or earlier ancestor who went to university
  33.  Have an ancestor who was convicted of a criminal offence
  34.  Have an ancestor who was a victim of crime
  35.  Have shared an ancestor's story online or in a magazine (Tell us where)
  36.  Have published a family history online or in print (Details please)
  37.  Have visited an ancestor's home from the 19th or earlier centuries [Plan to next year]
  38.  Still have an ancestor's home from the 19th or earlier centuries in the family
  39.  Have a  family bible from the 19th Century
  40.  Have a pre-19th century family bible

Well, this was pretty pathetic! Ok, so there are many that really are not an issue to me. And, there may be a couple that I can include, but at this point tonight I am to tired to come up with anyone. I will be curious to see other bloggers lists. Have you done this meme?

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved