SYW, January 2019

Mel, sparksfromacombustiblemind, asks four or five questions each week under the share your world challenge…and we do our best to answer them. Join in the fun. it’s just one little post a week, people!

As always, her questions are in a pretty color and my answers are in good old boring black.

Questions This Week:

Did you have to help out with chores when you were growing up?  If so, what were you assigned to do?  oh my lord, yes. At the age of six I was washing and drying dishes, making up my own bed, stripping the sheets once a week on EVERYONE’S beds so the wash could be done, and sweeping the floors daily. By ten, I was cooking breakfast and dinner for the family as mother went back to work. I also made bag lunches for four kids and my dad, washed the dishes, vacuumed all rugs and dusted all furniture once a week and did all the washing of clothes. I was taking care of my baby sister by age 11, so essentially I was the “mom”.

Have you ever researched your family tree?   What do you know about your family’s roots?  I took over the genealogy research for my dad and spent a good thirty years working on it. On dad’s side we are from Brittany and England, with a few Scots thrown in for good measure. I traced his family back to 1411 Brittany. Mother’s side was more difficult as she was from the south. I did manage to find one group from her father’s side and traced them  back to 1632 and the Isle of Wight. I lost track of her mother’s side(although they were originally from Ireland I never could trace them properly) due to the destruction of courthouses and churches across the south during the Civil War. I did manage to find parts of her mother’s family through the slave rolls. That in and of itself caused two family members to “disown me” as they could not possibly be of mixed race.  It totally ticked them off when I had my DNA tested and found 14% “Sub-Saharan African.

What’s your cure for hiccups?  waiting till they stop.

What makes you roll your eyes every time you hear it?  Either figuratively or literally? hearing the phrase “exact same”. Can we possibly be any more redundant?


Share a gratitude or positive moment or experience from 2019 so far.  George’s Veterans medical was approved. THANK GOODNESS!

4 thoughts on “SYW, January 2019

  1. Interesting family history research. Wish I knew more of ours. Did you ever see that TV show where celebrities traced their roots? It was pretty good, but of course they were celebrities, and had people mostly doing it for them.

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    1. yea..the celebrities rarely researched a danged thing. Must be nice to have someone else pay to research then get paid to find out! lol

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  2. Thanks for Sharing Your World!! And congrats on the VA come through. That’s a huge relief I’m sure. I’m sorry about your mother’s side of your family being so purist that even a suggestion of African blood is negatively received. I had the same reaction from a sibling when I told him my DNA profile showed 1% of African blood. He said it was impossible and that my particular test must be flawed. I stopped trying to convince him, some people aren’t worth the effort in my opinion. And I also didn’t share the fact that most people have a percentage of African blood in their veins, the people from that area migrated all over the world, so it’s not impossible at all. Loved your answers! 🙂 Have a great week!

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