Where Have I Been?

Where have I been? Why haven't I been posting lately? Let me fill you in.  

cousin, who has been helping me identify photos that I have been scanning, has been on vacation. Without realizing it, I gave myself a vacation from genealogy. I suppose I felt it was the perfect time to work on some other things, non genealogy related. Summer, projects and a few other things have kept me busy. I recovered my daughter's dining room chairs. It was a fun project, something I had never attempted before. I completed a baby afghan I made for the shower I attended last Saturday. There have been many, many hours spent working in my front yard. After removing a large juniper, my work really began. There was an awful lot of lava rock that needed moving out, and river rock which needed to be moved in. Of course shopping for and planting plants. I actually see light at the end of the tunnel regarding the yard! I have to admit I am already much happier with it.

I think it has been a month, or at least close to it, since I have obtained two more bags of scanning to do. No, I haven't even started this project yet. These bags will complete the boxes of pictures that belonged to my paternal grandparents. If I don't get this completed before hand, I will definitely be counting on Miriam's Scanfest to help me get it done!

The only real genealogy I have done is to organize/clean up pictures on my computer. Between all of the scanned items and photos I have been taking, I really needed to do this. This is something I hate spending time doing although it is a necessity at times. I made lots of new folders and did a lot of labeling. It was such a great feeling to see it when it was completed.

I have tried to stay caught up reading blogs and have found and sent some genealogy related information to an aunt who is just starting her own genealogy. In fact his is the same aunt who has been loaning me all of the photos I have been scanning this year! Maybe some of my enthusiasm rubbed off a little on her? The last time I was over there we talked for hours, I couldn't believe how late it was when I left. It was all genealogy talk too!

Finally... I will be completely honest here. There has been so much negative information with family and friends lately, that it has put me in a funk. Deaths(4), illnesses (heart attack, liver replacement, kidney replacement, pneumonia, cancer, aneurysm, and even "not diagnosed yet") hospitals, surgeries, robbery, missing person...I am not even sure I have listed it all, my mind tries to block or hide some of it. One family member is being released from the hospital today to attend his brother's funeral service tomorrow, and is expected to return to the hospital after the service. His sister has been in another hospital and took a turn for the worst over the weekend. These three are all around my age, which makes it all that much harder to accept.

Mentally, genealogy just hasn't been there for me. Maybe because genealogists mostly deal with those who have departed? I think I have been taking out my aggressions with physical labor. I should have lost 100 pounds by now, but of course I can't be that lucky. Tomorrow I will be attending the funeral I spoke about earlier. I do believe my mind is getting to a better place or I wouldn't have written this. I really am so very grateful for all the blessings in my life. There just has been so much negativity lately that I couldn't find and bring that point to the foremost part of my brain for awhile.

I am hoping things are finally settling down a bit. At least I am not feeling so overwhelmed with depressing news. There are three people who are still very sick in the family though. I hope they are not suffering or in pain. I hope they all get the help they need to get well very soon. I have them all close to my heart.

Soon I will be back posting and doing genealogy, I hope. I have just taken a little detour. I miss genealogy and blogging, which is a great sign, right?  I thank you for your understanding and patience. I really am doing much better and look forward to my next post!

I hope life has been and is being kind to each of you! We are so fortunate to have so many blessings in our lives!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

Copyright © 2010 Cheryl Palmer


  1. Oh my gosh you have a lot going on. I wish there was a super fast affordable way to scan. It is like a whole day project.
    I was so pleased to see the badge for the Retro Glamor Shots Party on your sidebar. Thanks so much....and make sure you at least get those photos scanned in. If I don't hurry up I won't even get mine done.

  2. I know how hard it is to write when life gets to be just too much. I hope this tough patch is over very soon and that if you need another blogging break that it is solely due to the Prince and Princes entertaining you!

  3. I'm so sorry to hear about the family stuff. I know exactly what you mean--when there's illness and death in the family, t he last thing you want to do is look through death certificates.

    The nice thing about genealogy (and blogging) is that you can take a break whenever you need to. Those folks aren't going anywhere!

  4. I have noticed how much being in a funk can affect my blogging and research, and I suppose that's normal. When we are experiencing a bout of depression, it affects even the things we love to do. Time will run its course and things will be on track when it's the right time. I look forward to seeing you at the next Scanfest (August 29, 11 AM - 2 PM, PDT)!

  5. So sorry to hear about all the family worries; I will say a prayer that things turn out well. Sounds like there is still plenty of "genealogy-related" stuff going on, and the breaks just seem to help us have more energy when we get back to the nuts and bolts.

  6. Itook off so much time last year, and this summer these last couple of weeks. I hink we all get them, for our various reseans. And sometimes the break, kind of refreshes us. I myself have been trying to organize and refresh my house, and well it can't hurt and I feel good. So then I do research, which I will blog as I go.
    You have to do for yourself, too.
    [I have been hating to go to family reunions lately.... I suppose I will get past it.]
    I hoping for things to progress better for you.

  7. good for you for getting "back in the game" again. I took a one YEAR sabbatical! I just completed a one-year graduate certificate program and it was so intensive that I had to let my genealogy hobby slide. Now I am back in and can't wait to start blogging again...not to mention, scanning and entering data!

  8. Thank you all for your support, it is greatly appreciated. I hope to find my pictures Lori, I will try to look for them this weekend if I remember and can find time. Miriam, I also hope to be at Scanfest, it would be fun. Thanks again everyone, I will post as I can! I know it will be helpful to get my mind off other things too.


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