Saturday, November 25, 2017

My Genealogy Hobby

Hello All

For the last 4 or 5 years, I have been assisting my mother in our family genealogy. She has been studying the family tree for 20 plus years, way before there was computers and with the advent of the internet and, she needed help. Also, her family on her father's side was french/cajun and they were many, many people with the same name. She never got time to research my dad's side, the Norwegian, German and English folks. I volunteered and now I am facinated by what I have been able to find.

The other big event that has happened to genealogy is that DNA is now available and affordable and all these family myths, legends and stories are falling by the wayside. We have found a few illegitimate children this way.. which makes it very interesting.

One thing I would like to do is to start a side business as a genealogy consultant. My mother knew she needed help when she couldn't find information on someone, and would punt them over to me. This work that I did led us to visit Norway in 2014 and find a 3rd cousin and other family members to my father. As well as our connection to the Trondheim, E.C. Dahl's Brewery.

Visit to the E.C. Dahl's brewery reopening

The headline says  - From California after Trondheim Beer. This was in 2016 so it was my 3 visit to Trondheim, and my dad is there with me, my sister's first visit and also in the picture is our cousin Kaare Tonseth.

So my plan is to alternate these story lines between my house and the family ancestry stuff and see if you like that... if you or someone you know of, is looking for help with their family tree and need assistance, please contact me.  email:


Sunday, November 5, 2017

Transition to the Winter Garden

Well it is that time of year again, where the summer plants are still trying to hang on but it is time to pull them out and start the winter crop. It is kind of sad when you have been enjoying the tomatoes and strawberries and well tomatoes... Here is what the tomatoes looked like when I pullled them out. Just a huge tangle of vines, with the last of the tomatoes on them..
They grow so fast!

The big grow bed with the squash plants didn't look much better... the leaves were mildewed and it was just time for them to be done. I got a huge wheelbarrow full of butternut squash though, so it was worth it.

The last of the vines... no ripe pumpkins, they all got eaten.. and the picture below is what it looked like from my deck.
My favorite winter crop is onions and garlic so they went in after ripping out all that mess. 
 They are sold in bundles of 50 for $4.99 - Rising Sun Nursery is my local place and I just love them! One thing I did different this year is instead of cramming them into the 4 x 8 boxes, I put them in the large planting area. They needed to have more space.
I spread the rows apart by at least 1 foot and spaced the plants at 6" apart. I also planted 15 garlic cloves along the back where the blocks are for the wall.

Red onions are in!
All the onions are in! 

I love the winter garden because if you get enough water and you plant at the right time.. you have very little work to do. I have also put seeds out for carrots and beets in one of the other beds. When people say that it is too much work to manage a garden, I suggest winter gardening. The return on investment is huge when you look at the cost of buying organic onions and garlic. I pay 10 cents a plant for the onions and nothing for the garlic, so it is all profit and very little work.