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