Well I have been sucked into ancestry.com. Beware – I have spent every non-working, non-sleeping moment on it and I’m not even close to being done. At least it is a quiet time for me now. I don’t have a show until April and the new website is pretty much done.
I have found out some interesting things. My father always told me that we came from England. Apparently not. Most of my relatives came from Germany and Switzerland which makes sense since everyone in my family pretty much settled in Pennsylvania except my little branch. My father was in the Army and his last tour of duty was in Virginia and we stayed there. If it wasn’t for that I would most likely be in Pennsylvania. Nothing wrong with Pennsylvania, it’s quite pretty there. Now I understand why shoofly pie is my favorite pie and why I like syrup on scrapple.
I found some interesting skeletons too. When I was 32 my mother handed me a piece of paper that held the names of my nine (!) aunts and uncles that I had no clue existed. I never understood why I had never met relatives from my mother’s side except one aunt who died when I was quite young. Apparently while my grandmother was having children with my grandfather she was also having children with another guy. So I also have three half aunts and uncles. Is that why my mother stopped having anything to do with her family? I’ll never know. Kind of sad that I have an entire branch of my family in Pennsylvania that I know very little about. If you are in Spring Mills, PA I am probably related to you.
I also found out that Clif is related to the king and queen of Poland back in the 1400s and has an ancestor buried at Jamestown.
Anyway, enough of that. All the cats are doing well. Nosey has finally claimed the cat house that I put out a few years back and lets me touch his nose now and then. Tank is being his usual bratty self, the kittens (2 years old now) still chase each other through the house at night. Gracie still rules with an iron paw and Sarge is his usual laid back self.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!