Going back down that rabbit hole – With the weather still unsettling (that means humid, rainy and generally yucky) I’ve decided to go back to my ancestry research. I took the summer off, only updating as I came across information. One of my cousins died recently and the obituary listed all his kids. (There were ten.) I had remembered all but one. I just could not remember that name! Now I have it.
Why does a Type A personality do ancestry research? – It’s peaceful. I am the last person anyone would expect to enjoy looking at old microfiche in different languages. The repetitive nature is somehow calming and there is a challenge to it. I’d be hard pressed to admit that it’s more calming than a mocha latte or a margarita but it is calming.
Can I still learn? – Since all of the old country records are in foreign languages (Latin for the Catholic records and German/Hungarian for the civil), I’ve considered learning one. I can decipher Latin. (Yes, those Latin classes all those years ago have finally paid off. Thank you Sister Catalda, you old bat!) I need to learn German or Hungarian. Through an introductory session on Babel I found that I know some German. My parents spoke it so I learned through osmosis! (Much limited though. Mostly revolving around body needs – bathroom, when are we eating, where’s the beer, and of course, who and how are you!) Any suggestions (or encouragement) welcome. Looking on-line I was stunned at how expensive the sessions are (and how bad the reviews are). I prefer that to attending a community college because of the flexibility.
Along the same lines – I have been collecting old ethnic recipes like the ones my mother used to make. I have some of her basics but there were a few I am missing. Like many great cooks, my mother did not use recipes except for cakes. She just knew. I don’t. I need a recipe. The difficulty is that I only know the phonetic pronunciation of the dish. It’s hard to google something when you don’t know how to spell it.
The last summer holiday – It’s a holiday weekend here. The last one before we move into fall. This summer was marked with really lousy weather and most events were rained out. Older wusses like me don’t like to sit outside in rain or high humidity. What I did was to read a whole lot more than I had in the past. I also did more creative cooking. When one thing doesn’t work out the way you expect (summer weather), you substitute something else equally satisfying (while still whining all the way).
On Friday my blog had its 7th anniversary. Woot, woot! I didn’t think I’d have enough flap-doodle to write about this long!
So how was your week?