Showing posts from December, 2011

Recipe for a Happy New Year

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 stoppin

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,

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

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 day

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