The week is winding down. I can't say its been a long week because this week has been so chopped up with a blizzard day, me getting a good old head cold and staying home to rest day, and now today is a teacher's work day so we have no kids at school . It sure makes this month seem like it is going fast (when usually with winter hanging on like it is this month seems to go no place).
So today is St. Patrick's Day for those who celebrate. In this part of the US we have lots of people of Irish descent so its a big day-whether you are Irish or not. I know with my DNA testing I don't have any Irish in me, but I still had to make this week's spread in my calendar journal have a little St. Patrick's Day feel.
Then I also added the bunny and spring ducks-but my duckies got winter hats and boots to reflect our still wintery weather. :)
I must say, the greens on this spread really make me happy. It is time for some leaves and plants shooting out of the ground in my mind.
So speaking of my DNA(and therefore family tree searching), I had a big surprise the other night when I was putzing around on Ancestry.com. When I put in my grandfather's name I got a leaf (like a flag) that told me this info was in someone else's family tree. So I clicked on it and low and behold it was my cousin's husband's Ancestry page. He had done my cousin's family tree and I was able to get all this info on my paternal grandfather all the way back to the mid-1700's. Wow. Opening it up all laid out like that was quite the rush. All of a sudden instead of this vague idea in my head-because obviously we all have people who are our ancestors, there were actual names and dates of real people.
So I sent my cousin's husband a message through Ancestry and even more surprising was that when he passed that message onto my cousin, I found out she had recently been trying to get in touch with me. In fact, the day after I found his page, I received a birthday card from her in the mail. We hadn't been in touch in a long time and now we were both connecting with the other. Sounds like there was some kind of big force in the universe that wanted us to reconnect.
My cousin was able to check with her mother (my only living blood aunt who is 94 and still sharp as a tack mentally) and help me answer a couple of questions about one person Ancestry had my DNA related to. Turns out this person's great-grandfather was my grandfather's uncle and his sponsor who helped him immigrate to the US back in the 1910's. It is another amazing thing to me that there are people out there who you don't even know exist but that you share enough DNA with where some computer can inform you that you are distant relatives.
Not being paid by Ancestry.com to say this, but it is really one cool website.
OK. Enough said.