Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I've Been Tagged

So after returning from camping last week and catching up on my blog reading I discovered I had been tagged - more than once! Being tagged means you:
  1. Collect the book that you have most handy
  2. Turn to page 161
  3. Find the 5th complete sentence
  4. Cite the sentence on your blog
  5. Pass it on (tag) 5 other bloggers

So the book I happened to have most handy was one I started reading at camping. Being a genealogy buff I'm naturally interested in history as well. I picked up "A History of the World in 6 Glasses" at the thrift shop and thought it would be interesting both from a historical standpoint and because my great-grandfather was a licensed victualler. He ran the Crown & Thistle in Rochester, England for a number of years in the late 1800's. So far this has been a very interesting book. The author talks about how beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea and cola have had an influence on human history. The L.A. Times calls it "As refreshing as a cool glass of beer on a hot day and as stimulating as that first cup of coffee in the morning...there aren't many books this entertaining that also provide a cogent crash course in ancient, classical and modern history" and I have to agree.

So on to completing my tag. My sentence is: "Such was the impact of his work that Newton is widely regarded as the greatest scientist in history."

Now, being the rebel that I am, I'm going to change things up a little. I'm going to tag 5 fellow genealogists and ask that you either choose the book you have most handy or a book that you have really enjoyed or would recommend to other genealogists and give us a short review of that book as well as quoting the sentence. Let's find out what our fellow genealogists like to read and maybe we will find something new and interesting to add to our own libraries.

BTW, on another note, I did find some inspiration and get some journaling done on my 'This Is Me' album while I was away camping so I will be posting some of my work soon. I didn't actually take my scrapbooking supplies with me and thought I would scrap when I returned home. I didn't know I was going to be returning to an unusually HOT, HOT, heatwave. At 10:00 am this morning out house was already 30 degrees celsius or 86 degress fahrenheit. Last night it got to 36 degrees celsius or 97 degrees fahrenheit and it's supposed to get hotter over the next few days. Considering our average summer temperatures are around 22/23 degrees celsius (75 fahrenheit) this is unbearably hot for us and needless to say I don't feel much like scrapbooking. I don't feel much like doing anything in this heat actually. I may have to find a local scrapbook store with airconditioned cropping space to get anything done.

I'm going to try to find someplace cool now (maybe Tim Horton's for an Icecap) so good luck to all whom I tagged. I'm looking forward to seeing what your reading interests are.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A Day with Mom at the Walter Draycott Library and a Chance Meeting

Yesterday I took a break from camping and met up with my mom to go the the BC Genealogical Society's Walter Draycott Library in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. The library is free to the public this week so mom and I decided to go and check it out. For a small space they sure have a lot of resources packed inside, over 13,000 books, periodicals, CDs and microfilmed records! Everything was extremely well organized and if you are looking for genealogical resources this would be a great place to go. You can join the BC Genealogical Society for $45 and use or check-out their resources anytime they are open, or you can go and use the library for the day for only $5, however, you cannot check-out books unless you are a member.

The best surprise of the day though was meeting Diane Rogers. Diane was one of the first followers of my blog, a fellow member of the Scrapaholics scrapbooking Meetup group I belong to and a fellow member of Genea-Bloggers, but I hadn't yet met her. It was so nice to finally meet Diane and I know I will be seeing her a lot more often as I intend to make good use of the library resources in the future. Diane and I had our picture taken outside of the library and you can check it out on her blog, CanadaGenealogy, or, 'Jane's Your Aunt'.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Avoidance, Procrastination, Etc.

So my excitement about the "This Is Me" workshop that I signed up for very quickly became a challenge which then turned into....well, let's just say I've been avoiding the task!

Have you noticed my new look on the blog? Yes, that was me avoiding the workshop. I got totally stuck on the first few topics: My Views on Fufullment; My Role Models; My Habits; My Fashion. Have I mentioned how much I hate journaling, even though I constantly preach about how important it is. Well, I've discovered I hate something even more - journaling about myself! I always envied friends who had diaries or written journals from their ancestors. Now I consider those items even more of a treasure for I'm sure that most of our ancestors felt much like most of us do when it comes to journaling. So if you have any diaries or journals from your ancestors, treasure them! I know I've said it before, but after this exercise trying to journal about me I cannot say it enough.

Anyway, I wasn't totally idle this week. I did get my BBQ Recipe Pages and Christmas Cards done for my Scrapaholics Swap tomorrow. (Yes, I did say Scrapaholics - and no, there aren't 12 steps - we don't need help, we're perfectly happy the way we are LOL) I also got my cover page done for my This Is Me album. My challenge is an 8x8 album and for the cover page we were challenged to use hand stitching in our title. This is the first time I have ever used stitching on one of my pages....and probably the last. It took way too much time for my liking. Perhaps next time I'll try with a sewing machine.

I've also decided to skip the first few pages in my album and come back to them later. Some of the topics this past week I think will be much easier for me to tackle: My Music; My Significant Other; My Friends; My Animal Friends; My Hobby. I don't think I will have any problem journaling about these subjects and once I get going maybe I will get inspired on the other topics. I'm going camping again next week so I'll have some down time to reflect on these topics and perhaps get over my writers block.

Here are some pictures of what I did accomplish this week.

Thanks for stopping by

Friday, July 10, 2009


Hi everyone. Sorry about not posting for so long. I was away camping for a few days after Canada Day and I'm just starting to catch up and get back into my regular routines now. I just spent the last couple of hours over a cup of coffe catching up on all the blogs I follow and I found some awesome blog candy giveaways. I've posted them to the left on my sidebar. Be sure to check them out and enter for a chance to win. Nothing like some new supplies to get motivated into more scrapbooking of my family history!

In the next few days I'll be blogging about how the workshop "This is Me" has been going. Because of camping I have to catch up a little first. This has been a slightly difficult but, so far, very rewarding workshop. I've had to do some deep thinking on some of the daily topics and because a lot of it is journaling, and like most people that doesn't come easy to me, it has been challenging. But then that's why I signed up for this workship because I wanted to be challenged to do something different. However, I can see that when this is done, if it survives down the generations then future descendants will have a wealth of information about the real me, not just pictures. How I wish I could have some of that information about my ancestors. Some of you may be lucky enough to have something like that in the form of a diary or scrapbook that an ancestor made. If so, treasure it, it is unique!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you are all having a great summer. We've been having some great weather here, a little unusual for us, but I love it. It did rain our last day of camping but we're back to sun today so I've popped up the tent trailer and am drying it out ready for next trip - hopefully next week if the weather keeps up. Next time I'm going to a campsite with plug ins and maybe internet so I'll be taking my scrapbooking with me and I won't feel like I'm so far behind when I get back. I know, this is not really camping LOL. As I tell my friends, it's a vacation but my hotel just happens to be on wheels!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009