Showing posts with label challenge. Show all posts
Showing posts with label challenge. Show all posts

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Cleaning, Updating and a Challenge!

Here I am again, changing my blog theme and cleaning up a bit. I spent a few days working on this header, and for now anyway, I am happy with it. This is the first time I have made my own header, it was fun, but a challenge also. I am sure if I had directions sitting in front of me, I could have made this much faster. I do learn by trial and error a lot, and this was one of those such cases. It is not perfect, but a start.

I wanted to share some photos of where my Lundberg family was from. The land and house photos in the header were taken by cousin Janne Lundberg this month. The one picture I already had is the one with the house and my gggrandparents, Erik Andersson Lundberg and Brita Svedberg. Their daughter, my great grandmother, Marta Brita Lundberg is also shown, center, right. It really hit home when I saw the most current pictures of this area in Abborråsen, Sweden. It is amazing to me that buildings are still standing there, although somewhat falling apart. I am thrilled to share both a house from back in the day and a few pictures of how the area looks now. Do you see the resemblance of the house and other buildings?

I am still in the process of  "cleaning up" and rebuilding, so please excuse the mess, emptiness and changes along the way. I think I basically have what I am looking for now, but with me, you never know! In my younger years I used to move furniture around in my house all the time. I notice I do not do that as much anymore, but I think that energy has just moved to my blog. I am hoping this time when it is complete, this layout will stay put for awhile!

As I am going through this transition here on my blog, I ran across this challenge on Tonia Kendrick's blog, Tonia's Roots:

"31 Weeks to a Better Genealogy Blog."

Tonia states:

"This program is based on Darren’s highly popular challenge “31 Days to Build a Better Blog,” which he has made available as an e-book.  31 days does not work for my schedule (especially in the summer), so I’m switching it to a weekly challenge."

What timing for me! I LOVE her idea of making this a weekly challenge! I actually have the challenges by ProBlogger, Darren Rowse, of which Tonia is basing this program. I have had them for six months and haven't attempted any of it as of yet, so this is the PERFECT challenge for me! I do not know if I will participate in every weeks challenge or not, but I will do as many of them as possible!

Are you interested in waking up your blog posts? In a rut and need new ideas? Want a fresh start? Come on along and join me and others following Tonia's challenge! She will post the first challenge next week. Tonia will be awarding weekly "give away's" and shares what you can do in order to prepare for this challenge. If you are interested be sure to read Tonia's post!

I received Darren Rowse's "31 Days to a Better Genealogy Blog" by subscribing to his blog, Problogger. I met Tonia at Jamboree this year, although unfortunately, we didn't get to spend any real time visiting together. I am not interested in winning any of Tonia's giveaway's, as these were obtained through Jamboree. (I have the same gifts because I attended Jamboree as a Blogger.) That means, one less person you have to compete with for one of those prizes! 

So what do you say? Do you want to play along with us? Do you want to build a better genealogy blog?Join in on the fun! See you there!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Copyright © 2011 By Cheryl Palmer All Rights Reserved

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My Challenges, not Resolutions

Warning: This is a long post and asks for your input! It also does not have any gorgeous pictures or artwork to beautify and break up the paragraphs. Finally, Heritage Happens is in an update mode from the Christmas Holidays, so please bear with me.  

I do not have New Years resolutions. I stopped making them a few years ago. I have however had several ideas going on in my mind as of late and thought I really would like to work on some of these things. The new year is prime opportunity to analyze what I can actually accomplish.

I have been mulling around also, using this blog for more than just my personal genealogy. Anything I do at any given time will eventually become my history, so why not? I could start a couple more blogs, but after you read this I think you will agree that I will not be having time for any more blogs.

1. Make at least one new Christmas stocking. I took pictures finally, of the stockings I have made. There have been so many additions to my family that I have found I need to make more than I thought! I was surprised when I noticed only three of  the stockings were hand made, which means more than half need to be made still.

2. Walk 10,000 steps at least three to five days a week, every week. Last year I made it to 2 days a week, some weeks. Would like to be more consistent and dedicated to this. I share my walking on Sundays on Facebook, called "Sharing Sunday." Several people have joined along the way. The idea is to decide what YOU would like to accomplish each week physically, and share that goal on my Sharing Sunday post. It can be anything, running, work outs at the gym, walking, bike riding, hiking, zumba, etc. Each Sunday share how you did that week with your goal. Everyone is there to support everyone else. There is no right or wrong, we do what we can and try to keep each other motivated! If you would like to join in on Sharing Sunday, leave a comment on my Sharing Sunday post this coming Sunday! The more the merrier!

3. Loose weight. This is a forever and always a goal in my life. I want to get healthier all the way around. It all takes time, so it is a continuing process. I did loose some weight last year, but the major drop in weight will happen this year, I feel it!

4. Source, source, source. I have worked on this before. For some reason I just can't get comfortable doing this. I wish I had someone who would sit down next to me and catch whatever my hang up is with this. I have all of the best source books, Mills Evidence Explained in particular. The hang-up is with me! Maybe someone can help! Need to find someone.

5. Make all my event cards again for the year, with more dedication and creativity. I actually did this last year, it was kind of a challenge to myself. There were a couple times I didn't have a card and needed to buy one. I made my husband do it. My goal was not to purchase a card all year. I did it last year, so I know I can do it again! Hopefully I won't have to rely on my husband at all this year, but twice wasn't to bad for a whole year!

6. Start an online craft store. Have been thinking about this for well over a year, maybe close to two years now. I still have a desire to do it. I just need to work on it and make it happen.

7. Work on crafts for the store. I have some ideas, plans and things I want to make. Need to dedicate some time.

8. Start dog sitting business. After watching two adorable dogs during the week of Christmas convinced me I would really love to house sit dogs, at my house. I have a friend who does this and she makes some darn good money. My plan would be twofold, a few extra bucks would be nice, and the enjoyment of having the dogs would be grand. My dog is getting older and who knows how long he will be around for. I don't think I want to get another dog right after this one passes. If had a little dog sitting business, I would be able to enjoy those companions, and not have the responsibility of my own when we decided to travel. We are planning to do more traveling and I do not wish to add more responsibility to my daughter when we do. She is a vet tech and already has several pets to care for.

9. Blog at least 2 days a week to all blogs. This actually means I am going to cut down on my blogging here, but hopefully add blog posts to other blogs. By doing so, I may end up having longer blog posts here though, we shall see.

10. Organize all paperwork and genealogy information as I work through the sourcing, to see what backup information I need on each individual I work on.

11. Re-committ to Yoga. I have missed going for the past few weeks through the Holidays and my body is telling me I need to get back! I really miss this and walking.

12. Finish the Harley quilt. This project has been on hold through the holidays. During holiday time, I do not plan to do anything but holiday related things. I have actually worked a tiny bit on it since Christmas and look forward to learning more about the process as I journey along to completion.

13. Organize my crafts and crafting space. I do have many crafts I enjoy. I need a whole room to dedicate to it! For now I have chosen to use the guest room as I am not expecting guests for awhile. I have card/scrapbooking supplies, quilting, sewing, tatting, knitting, embroidery and crocheting supplies also. I would like to have quick and easy access to where everything is at any given time. My original master bedroom is going to go through some transformation! Who would have thought a four bedroom house wasn't big enough for two people?  One bedroom is our co-office, one is for the grandchildren and one is our bedroom. The last bedroom is the original master bedroom and bath and now is the guest room. Let's see what I can do in this room to make it a craft/guest room. Thankfully it is a decent size room.

14. Work on, if not totally complete my daughter and son in law's embroidered wedding sampler I started about 6 years ago.

15. Actually do some genealogy research!!!!!! Seems the research end has dwindled, not that I am complaining, I have met some fabulous knew cousins that I may not have ever found if I "wasn't researching."

These are a few things I would like to work on and as of now, I do not have an actual plan or commitment when and how I will work on all of this. It is difficult to say I will do certain things on certain days at certain times as I do watch my grandchildren part time.  Sometimes there is change with that schedule. Sometimes we travel. Sometimes I golf, sometimes I fish, and sometimes I ride my Harley. I love having that open schedule to a certain degree, to do what I want when I want.

I tend to have more ambition than time, and because of this my ambition gets lost at times. To much I always want to do. I suppose I could try taking a month working on one project, another month on another project, or maybe I should break it down to each week?

However you look at it, I have a whole year to try to accomplish some of these things. Some things I need to work on daily, that is a given, but the others? Well, let's just hope I accomplish something, somehow.

A few questions for you which may help me make some decisions! Would you please help me out by making some suggestions on these questions and/or anything else in this post? My scrambled up brain thanks you very much!

1. How do you feel about some change to content of this blog? Is it realistic? (I really think I know the answer…)
2. Time wise, how do you suggest I tackle some of these projects? What works best for you? One day genealogy, one day crafting? One week one project, the next week another project?
3. Do you have a great name for a dog-sitting business?
4. Would you be interested in seeing projects I make or am working on?
5. And finally, can you please clone me into another person?

With that I am off to take "before pictures" of my guest bedroom. This is all going to be very interesting…and time consuming!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Would You Care To Comment?

I accepted the challenge from Kathryn at Looking4Ancestors! Her blog is @ She has challenged us to leave at least 10 comments on the blogs we read. Such a great idea! I am guilty in that there are many blogs I read and most of the time I have not left comments like I should have. This has changed me forever though! I love getting comments and I know other bloggers do also. This challenge will help the genealogy blogging community get better acquainted and we can show support to our fellow bloggers.

I believe I have left many more than 10 comments this week so far, but here 10 I have chosen to share with you!

1. Looking4ancestors, "Would you Care to comment?" @

2. Creative Gene, "Who's Dog's Rule? These do!" @

3. Janet the Researcher, "Thanksgiving Canadian Style" & "Almost Wordless Wednesday-Beautiful Colour" @ and respectively. I suppose I could count these as two......but I won't. The is a fairly new to me blog!

4. Kinexxions, "Peruse our Virtual Album and Tickle your funny Bone!" @

5. All My Branches, "I've Been Tagged for a Mime" @ This is a new to me blog.

6. Spence-Lowry Family History, "I'm Still Here" @

7. Taylor-Stales Genealogy, "Wordless Wednesday....ummmmm" @ A new to me blog.

8. Before My Time, "Tickle" @ A new to me blog.

9. I dream of Genea(logy), "Smile For the Camera" Another fairly new to me blog.

10. Shades of the Departed, "Aug. 29 - Friday from the Collectors" @

So there you have it~Have you posted comments lately? They were fun to do and we all love them!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!


Wednesday, October 1, 2008

"Getting to Know You"

I would be really amiss if I didn't steer you to Terry Thorton's blog, Hill Country of Monroe County at ~

Terry has challenged bloggers to post an article about themselves and their blogs. The introductions alone have me curled up on edge wanting to read more! Make sure when you go to his page you click the title for an amazing intro to the collections of posts. I haven't even read one post yet, I am still enjoying the introductions and his presentation. There are 40 posts that I can hardly wait to start reading! See how nice I was though, I stopped my reading just so I could share this with you!

Terry listed these posts of the "Brightest, Breeziest and Beautiful" of participating bloggers in three separate posts. They are ~




I know the articles are awesome, they are from the wonderful world of Genea-Bloggers! Although I am running on sleep deprivation already, I have to go read some of these posts now! Won't you join me?

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Getting To Know Me, Getting to Know All About Heritage Happens

Terry Thorton at Hill Country of Monroe County ~

put out a challenge to bloggers a few weeks ago. There are so many new bloggers that he decided it would be great to do a post about each of our blogs to help introduce everyone. With so many bloggers and so little time it is difficult to get to know the new bloggers, follow and keep up! I totally agree!

I happen to be one of the newest bloggers, only started my blog a month ago. I have been following many wonderful blogs for about two years. I really enjoy the carnivals and memes and the Genea-Bloggers Games were fabulous! I decided I wanted to be in on the fun, and knew blogging would be a great way for me to organize and share my work.

Terry asked us to share three posts that we feel are the "Brightest", "Breeziest" and "Beautiful". Now, for me, I do not have many posts to choose from so I will do my best to choose something for each category that I hope will be fitting!

Brightest ~ Classes Here I Come! My reason for choosing this is because the classes I am taking will make me "brighter" and smarter. I plan on continuing my education in regards to genealogy and Family History.

Breeziest ~ For this I chose "Dagny's Hat". I had fun putting together a little poem in regards to Dagny and her hat for the 5th Edition of Smile for the Camera.

Beautiful ~ Wordless Wednesday ~ Lois Marie McGuire is my choice for this category. This picture of her, I think is beautiful and the post itself shows my appreciation of having had a "written" relationship with her.

This blog will take you on a journey of my progression and stumbling blocks. I intend to have fun and learn. Blogging gives me the avenue and discipline to write the bits and pieces of my life and my predecessors. In my life and yours, Heritage did Happen!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!