Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wordless Wednesday ~ London Friends



Aug. 2013 Westminster Abby, with Dave and Cathy, London.



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April 30 ~ Remembering ~ Today, and in My Family History



Today ~ April 30, 2014

A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:
My third cousin once removed, a "Living Drennan."
My second cousin once removed, a "Living Vestby."

MARRIED on April 30
My second cousin once removed, a Warner.
The second cousin of my step Father, a Bennett.

IN LOVING MEMORY 
May They Rest in Peace

Died on April 30
The first cousin once removed of my step Father, a  Fleming
Died on April 30
The father in law of my first cousin twice removed, a Norseth.


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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

April 29 ~ Remembering ~ Today, and in My Family History


Today ~ April 29, 2014


A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:
My third cousin, a "Living Dyck."

MARRIED on April 29
My third cousin, a Jensson.

IN LOVING MEMORY 
May They Rest in Peace

Born on April 29, 1903
The second cousin twice removed of my step Father, Theresa Phelan. She would have been 111 years old today.
Died on April 29, 1861
The first cousin twice removed of my step Father, Catherine Fleming.
Died on April 29, 1942
The mother in law of the first cousin once removed of my step Father, Arebelle Howard.
Died on April 29, 1926
The second cousin of my step Father, Thomas W. Farrell.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

The Book of Me Written By You~Prompt 29-What's in your bag/pocket?



I am participating in Julie Goucher's activity:

  This week's prompt (Week 29) is - What's in your bag/pocket?

Do you routinely carry a bag or holdall?
What do you carry?
Why do you carry it?
What do you carry it in?

Do you carry differently things on specific days or to specific places? 

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These days I try to carry the least amount possible! Women always seem to have so much to carry. If you have children, you carry diaper bags, if you grocery shop you carry the groceries, if you buy clothes you also carry those bags. Then of course there is the inevitable purse!

Yes, I have had children and have carried kids as well as diaper bags and everything else. Now a days I tend to be rebellious about lots of things and try to break from the norm and all that is expected as much as I can. I have spent many years being traditional so I feel I have put my time in.

I carry a purse generally, if I carry anything at all. I carry my wallet with important cards, photos of my family, and of course my drivers license. I do my best to leave my purse at home when I can, or if I bring it, I try to throw it in the trunk of the car and just have it for emergency purposes.


I used to carry all my makeup with me and whatever anyone else wants to throw in my purse, a brush, comb and sometimes my husbands wallet. When I smoked, (I have quit now for 5 years) I always had my cigarettes and a lighter in my purse. Back in the day, I also carried my check book with me, it was before bank cards or credit cards could pay for everything. If I ran out of cash, I always had my check book.

Now, besides my wallet, photos and cards, I have my purse with me for easy access to a pen, Chapstick and/or lipstick plus my phone. Must have the key fob on me too if I want my car to start. I always have gum in my purse and sometimes breath mints also. It seems these days I bring my purse because it entertains the grandkids. They always want gum or mints and like to play games on the phone. 

When I ride my Harley, things are much different. If I even have a purse, it is an over the shoulder type and as small as can be. 


I would take money out of my wallet along with my driver's license and registration and throw them in my little shoulder bag. Gum, a small brush (for helmet hair) and Chapstick would go in there also. I then take the purse and throw in a saddlebag, ready to ride away!

I have been known to carry a back pack, to throw papers and shopping things in at events. It makes it easier to just have one big bag. They come in handy on trips also.


I have used a shoulder strap style briefcase when attending the genealogy Jamboree in Burbank, California. I would put makeup, pens, license, papers, books and anything else in the briefcase along with my laptop. Sometimes a snack or two to hold me over if needed before a meal.


Oh and one more thing, I have been known to carry my camera bag as a purse also when lugging the camera around. Anyway you look at it, I try to use no more than one "bag" if possible. Depending on where I am going and what I am doing makes the decision on what I will use.

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April 28 ~ Remembering ~ Today, and in My Family History



Today ~ April 28, 2014


A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:
My first cousin once removed, a "Living Coble."
My second cousin, a "Living Westby."
My third cousin once removed, a "Living Wilson."

IN LOVING MEMORY 
May They Rest in Peace

Born on April 28 
My second cousin once removed, a "Steen." She would have been less than 100 years old today.
Died on April 28, 1911
The husband of my first cousin three times removed, Engebret (Embret) Christensen.
Died on April 28, 1945
My first cousin twice removed, Kristian Bakken.
Died on April 28, 1846
The mother in law of the second great grand uncle of my step Father, Ann Fraser.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

April 27 ~ Remembering ~ Today, and in My Family History


Today ~ April 27, 2014


A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:
My second cousin once removed, a "Living Harding."

Married on April 27
My third cousin, a "Gate."

IN LOVING MEMORY 
May They Rest in Peace

Born on April 27, 1834
My second great grandmother, Kersti Persdatter Bakken. She would have been 180 years old today.
Born on April 27, 1889
My grand aunt, Helene Avgile Westby. She would have been 125 years old today.
Born on April 27, 1889
My grand aunt, Iona Bedelia, Izetta Grimes. She would have been 125 years old today.

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

April 26 ~ Remembering ~ Today, and in My Family History


Today ~ April 26, 2014


A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:
My third cousin, a "Living Olsen."
My second cousin once removed, a "Living Olson."
The wife of my second cousin once removed, a "Living Ulsrud."

Married on April 26
My first cousin, a "Living Vanhille."
My third cousin once removed, a "Living Allen."
The second cousin of my step Father, Mary Louise Farrell.

IN LOVING MEMORY 
May They Rest in Peace

Born on April 26, 1844
The mother in law of the uncle of my step Father, Margaret Murphy. She would have been 170 years old today.
Died on April 26
The husband of my first cousin once removed, a "Persdatter Talaasen."
Died on April 26, 1881
The wife of my second great grand uncle, Kristine Olsdatter Borg.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

The Book of Me Written By You~Prompt 28~Parents


I am participating in Julie Goucher's activity:
This week's prompt (week 28) is - Parents

Names / Nick Names
Where were they from?
Where were they born? - 
Were they migrants? Born somewhere else from where they were living
How did they meet?
Photos
Anything you want to share about your parents
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My mother passed away in 2001 at the young age of 64. She had cancer, or maybe I should say cancer had her. She lived almost a year after being diagnosed. She was born Annette Neva Harding and sometimes was called Annie.

I was born when she was a month and a half shy of her 19th birthday, in the same city she was born in, Oakland, California. Her parents divorced, and within a couple years of my birth my parents divorced also.

Annette Neva Harding, 1984, San Ramon, California

My birth father, Duane Harold Lundberg, passed away in 2008. Cancer also got him at the age of 74. He passed away only about 3 months after his diagnoses. His was stomach cancer. My mother's was lung cancer. I hate the "C" word.

Because my parents divorced when I was very young, I ended up not really seeing my birth father much. As a child I remember seeing him about once a year, generally around my birthday. He would bring many gifts, for me only, none for my sisters that had come along later. By the time I was sixteen my mother told me who this man was that lavished me with presents. By age sixteen, I had already figured it out. If I was to call him dad, I would think he was my dad, right? Mother had a very difficult time explaining this to me, even when she finally did. She was such a private person.

Me with my parents. Photo in possession of Cheryl Palmer [Address for Private use] California. 2014

When I was about two years old my mother remarried. She and her new husband had two children, my half sisters. Because I was so young when my sisters came along they have always been my sisters, not half sisters. The man my mother married became my Dad, he raised me. I am forever grateful to him and love him as if he were my birth father, and I know he loves me as if I were his biological daughter. Many times my mother and I did not see eye to eye and he was the one that got me through the rough times with her. 

 My step father, Dad, in the Navy. Scanned photo rejuvenated by Terri Kallio. Original in possession of Dad,  
[address for personal use] California. 2014 

I continued to see my birth father about once a year when I moved away from home. Still, about birthday time he came bearing gifts. 

After I was married, my ex-husband and my birth father did not hit it off, therefore I didn't see my birth father for many years. Almost 10 years into my marriage my husband and I divorced. Even after my divorce, I didn't see my birth father. I always felt uncomfortable around him, seeing him once a year growing up did not a relationship make.

After my mother passed away I started thinking more about my birth father and took a real interest in genealogy. One day I drove to where my birth father lived and parked my car a distance from his house, hoping to see him maybe come outside. I did see a man walk out who I thought may be him, but it didn't feel right, I wasn't convinced. I drove home and never said a word to anyone about what I did. Some time later, I learned the man I saw was not my birth father.

We never know what life will bring us or how long any of us will live. Off and on, I thought about my birth father. After a few years I finally opened up and talked with my husband about my feelings. I felt I wanted to connect with him again, after all, he had a grandchild he had never met. 

When my birth father's father (my grandfather) passed away, my mother never told me until after the funeral. I suppose she figured I didn't want to know as I wasn't seeing my birth father at the time. When I found out I was very disappointed she hadn't told me, I would have gone to the funeral. At the time, I felt she had robbed me of the chance to make contact with that side of my family again. I suppose I felt it would have been the "easy way" to see those family members again.

My husband was very supportive of me wanting to contact my birth father and talked me through each of the obstacles I felt I was facing. I was concerned about my daughter and how she would handle a "new grandfather" in her life. I was also very concerned about my step father, the man who raised me. I never wanted him to think I was betraying him.  Eventually, I spoke with him about my feelings, and of course he was very understanding.

Scanned photo, Mom and step father, Dad. 1987. 
Original in Cheryl Palmer's possession [address for personal use] California. 2014. 

When I finally decided it was ok to call my birth father, I called several times without a response. Ring, ring, ring, no answer, ever. There wasn't even an answering machine where I could leave a message. 

I was getting nervous, maybe something happened to him? Was he even alive? What if I missed this opportunity? I decided to drive to the house one day, it was only about 45 minutes away. So close, yet so far.

 Looking back, I wonder what I thought I would find by going to the house? If the phone wasn't answered, why would I find him there just because I drove over? I was wondering if something may have happened to him and he was helpless, just like you would see in a movie or read in a book. I was afraid I missed my chance of communication again.

It turns out that drive over was just the thing to do! He answered the door when I knocked and was definitely shocked to see me. He invited me into the house, the same house his parents lived in when I was a child. It was deja vu walking in there. I was so nervous, the first thing I said to him upon entering the house was, "You have psoriasis don't you?" He replied, "Yes." I told him I had it too and mom did not so I knew he had to have it as it is hereditary. We both laughed. The rest is history.

Me and my biological dad, Duane Harold Lundberg, 2006, Concord, California.

I am grateful for the few short years I had with him. I am grateful he was able to meet his granddaughter and live to see the birth of his great grandson. I am very grateful we got back in touch. His family, my aunts and uncles, told me he was like a new person having me in his life again. Everyone was so very kind, excited and happy to have me in their lives.  A few short years later though, my birth father was gone. I still keep in contact with my aunts and uncle however.

I try now to spend as much time with my step dad as I can, he lives a couple hours away from me. (I only call him "step-dad" for genealogy purposes, in my mind he is my Dad, my Father.) I have him doing "The Book of Me Written By You." When I go to his house I bring along at least seven or eight questions for us to go through. Some of the questions he has written for me, in my presence, some I have voice recorded and some l I have written down as he verbally answered the questions. 

He raised me from the time I was two years old. His family is my family. I couldn't have asked for a better father in my life if I could have picked one myself. I feel so very fortunate to have him on this earth with us. All of my family enjoys his great sense of humor, his intellect and being a part of his life.  This man "chose" to accept me as his own, and will always be my Dad. 

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April 25 ~ Remembering ~ Today, and in My Family History


Today ~ April 25, 2014


A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:
The wife of my second cousin, a "Living O'Brien."

MARRIED ON APRIL 25
My fourth cousin once removed, a "Westby."
The (ex) mother in law to my husband, a "Castleberry."

IN LOVING MEMORY 
May They Rest in Peace

Died on April 25, 1940
My second cousin once removed, Alfred Harald Holstad.
Died on April 25
My third cousin once removed, a "Jensson."
Died on April 25, 1928
My great grand uncle, Ole Torgalsen Westby.
Died on April 25
The second cousin twice removed of my step Father, a "Phelan."
Died on April 25
The second cousin of my step Father, a "Farrell."

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

April 24 ~ Remembering ~ Today, and in My Family History


Today ~ April 24, 2014


A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:
The wife of my second cousin, a "Living Cole."

MARRIED ON APRIL 24
My third cousin, a "Forgey."
My second cousin once removed, a "Westby."

IN LOVING MEMORY 
May She Rest in Peace

Died on April 24
The wife of the third great grandson of my second great grandfather, a "Nordlinder."


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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"My" Swedish Adventure ~ Resan ~ Torture Chamber ~ Post 35



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We are starting to finish up at the Tower of London with one final section to check out. Look at the line for the Torture Chamber!



I wasn't sure I wanted to go through this, but the line must be there for a reason. I imaged it must be worth it. What kind of things would there be in this building? Maybe things I'd rather not envision. 

When we reached the beginning there was a sign with a bit of explanation of the chamber. It had been used for prisoners and considering, not many really were actually tortured. After reading that I felt I was ok to see the inside.

The Manacles

I typed what the sign says below the photo in case it is difficult for anyone to read.


"The normal torture they employ is to hang a man up by his hands and for this purpose they use a piece of iron with two holes…The iron is tied in the middle by a rope to a beam and the victim is thus left hanging for five or six hours. Sometimes the iron with the holes is rounded off and polished at the part where it touches the hands. This makes the pain more bearable. Some irons have what resembles a cutting edge that draws blood…"

The Rack

I think the sign can be read ok on this photo. 


Here is "The Rack" itself.


One more

Scavenger's Daughter

I typed this one up also, below.


"Besides the Rack, the principal kind of torture in England is called the "Scavenger's Daughter." It is the complete opposite of the rack…The prisoner's body is folded into three, with the shins up against the thighs and the thighs against the stomach. The torturer then forces the ends of two iron bows together and locks the prisoner inside, almost crushing his body with a hellish compression. This is an inhumane torture, in every way, worse than the rack…"

Ok, enough torture for me…moving on...


Walking around the grounds themselves, I think if I ran across these below, that would have been torture enough for me!


These next two photos I just found. They were taken as we were entering the Crown Jewels exhibit, before we were told we couldn't take photos.


Interesting swap of numbers…and years.


And, with that, we leave the Tower of London.


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April 23 ~ Remembering ~ Today, and in My Family History


Today ~ April 23, 2014


A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:
The wife of a third cousin of my step Father, a "Living Meierding."
The husband of my third cousin once removed, a "Living Price."

MARRIED ON APRIL 23
 The date of My first marriage.

IN LOVING MEMORY 
May They Rest in Peace

Born on April 23, 1895
The husband of my second cousin once removed, Virgil L. Pitts. He would have been 119 years old today.
Born on April 23, 1906
 The second cousin of my step Father, Cecilia Marie Farrell. She would have been 108 years old today.
Died on April 23
My third cousin, a "Nolan."

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

April 22 ~ Remembering ~ Today, and in My Family History


Today ~ April 22, 2014


MARRIED ON APRIL 22
My cousin, a  "Living Breyhan."
My second cousin once removed, a "Living Erickson."

IN LOVING MEMORY 
May They Rest in Peace

Born on April 22, 1896
My second cousin twice removed, Johan Fridjof Person TalaasenHe would have been 118 years old today.
Born on April 22, 1850
 The first cousin three times removed, Per Person TallaasenHe would have been 164 years old today.
Died on April 22, 1914
My first cousin three times removed, Ingrid Elizabeth Unknown.
Died on April 22
The second cousin once removed of my step Father, a "Bennett."
Died on April 22, 1924
My step Father's aunt, Mary Elizabeth Fleming.

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