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Dec-8

December - How many days 'til Christmas?

Magnolia Grange Museum open house last week was very successful.  There were about 250 people visiting during the day and about 44 children.  The children were very excited about the little nutcracker craft.   The rest of the week was as busy - everyday there is something going on.  

It is snowing today - the first of the season.   It looks and feels like winter today.
 
Oct-16

More Busyness - Good Stuff

I'm so glad I attended the DAR District Regents Luncheon on Thursday.  Not only was it great to see friends, have a lovely lunch (seafood manicotti), but the memorial for deceased members of the club was held.  Although I am not a member of the chapter now, a memorial was held for my two dear friends one who was regent prior to me and one following me was held.   I am so glad that I was there for that.  Friday, Tyler was here.  He was so much fun and interested in toys, puzzles, how things worked, and a storybook.  Saturday the genealogy conference was held.  John Philip Colletta was the speaker and he was outstanding.  He is such a great story-teller and as a result he was so engaging.   He gave four talks and the conference was from 9 to 4. As always, I am a soft touch when it comes to buying books and there were a lot of book vendors there on Saturday.




 
Oct-11

Columbus Week and more

Tomorrow is Columbus Day, October 12th.  Our celebrations and monuments sure have taken a hit this year.  September and October weather flip-flopped.  It has been hot and humid here.  We did finally get a smidgen of rain last night, perhaps a half inch.  Last week Bob and I attended a Kiwanis Club of Chester Honor the Vietnam Veterans event.  It was well attended and we enjoyed it very much.  Three of Bob's friends and their wives were there too and I ran into several people I knew. It was held at the Chesterfield Fair Grounds.  On Saturday The Shepherd Center held a tea.  Bob's mother was the guest of honor at the tea because she was a long-time volunteer (since 2003) and she chaired the first tea that they held.  She thoroughly enjoyed herself.  Many of the ladies and gentlemen came by to see her and give her a hug.  She even won a door prize.   On Sunday the Sons of Italy participated in the annual Columbus Day wreath laying ceremony at Byrd Park in Richmond. I went with Lisa and Janice and met up with Ted and Mary  Anne.  There were quite a number of others there too.  It was a beautiful day. We returned to the Lodge for a wonderful Italian lunch!   Today was WiNGS at Church.  Our speaker's topic was about the opioid epidemic. Later I went to Mom's to continue packing items. Tomorrow is a DAR luncheon, Friday, Tyler will be here; and Saturday is the GRIVA Genealogical Conference.  It has been a non-stop month so far. 
 
Sep-30

tempus fugit

Where has this year gone?   It is the end of September. Everyday has been jammed pack with something to do. I have worked on WikiTree; networked on family history; helped others with genealogy; worked on accessioning books into the genealogy library; taken care of family matters; enjoyed grandchildren; visited historical landmarks; read three books; and gardened (sort of).    

The books were historical or genealogical in nature, of course.   One was Country Divine, a book based on the diaries of ministers in the 1700s and 1800s in Britain. The second, Hiding the Past, was a fictional book based on genealogy.  The third, Murder in Matera, was a story about a genealogist's obsession to uncover a family mystery in Italy.  I usually read lots of articles but actually sitting down to read a book has been a novelty in my adult life.   As a kid I would bring a stack of books home from the library and then constantly had a book in my hand much to my mother's distress.  She would often say, read after you get your chores done.  It was hard to do that. 




 
11/26/16

Model Railroads

We treated my daughter and her family to a trip to the Science Museum today.  The feature there was the model railroad displays.  My grandsons have been exposed to model railroads by video (I Love Toy Trains and Thomas) and our own model railroad which we put up each year.  They checked out each table and took notice of all the different sizes of the trains that were on exhibit. The kids of all ages were excited to be there and asked lots of questions of the club members who put on the show.   One member told me that they arrived at 10am and left at 5pm on Tuesday setting everything up.  It was amazing.

But the science museum has lots of great things to see, bees,  snakes, lizards, turtles, bugs, space, math games, and, of course, the glass elevator.  

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving.  
 
4/23/16

Never Ending Projects...

We had a genealogy roundtable  meeting today.   I went in early so that I could do some checking on what we have in the library for the Chalkley family. There isn't much.    I had worked some on the request and then tackled another project on the Bolling family.   I find it  difficult to finish any project. 

My closet was calling me this morning.  It asked to be thinned out and neatened up.  Spring cleaning is a must for this time of year but it sure is difficult. I read up on what the organizing and clutter control gurus say but  I find it hard to follow their directions.   

Tomorrow we have a quarterly meeting at the Old Yellow House, which is now painted white.  The house is sandwiched between a cemetery and the YMCA. It was the site of a civil war battle.   Going to this meeting is a great excuse to avoid finishing any projects.  

 
About the Author
Angie (AGWILDERMAN)The joy of my life is my family - and the latest additions to my family are my grandsons. I'm an avid genealogist a "wanna be beader" and gardener. Always on the quest to learn about something, in online classes is where you will find me. The past several years have been very hectic as I was regent but am now treasurer of my DAR chapter. These positions have taken me far from the things that interest me most - genealogical research - except for my family but has introduced me to many new people and opportunities.
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