Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Beautiful Day...

Thanks to an Arctic blast our temperatures here have come down to chilly. After a record-hot October, we are overdue.Errands, chores and my paternal family tree have taken most of my attention lately. I'm awaiting a DNA test kit. Slated for arrival tomorrow, it should give me ethnic background as well as whether two potential cousins are actually related.

The stories surrounding the death of my paternal grandfather have multiplied as well, each new account more tragic than the last. I'v researched some of the additional information and given what else is known about the family, it is possible that at least one cause of death is more likely than the others and also, given the times and attitudes of the era, more likely to have been covered up.

I find it interesting how stories are created and circulated in families. In this case they may reveal the strength of genetics. In any event, losing life at 22 with a younger wife and a baby is terrible for all concerned.

Apart from this, my hands have taken a beating from a lack of gloves so I am on the hunt for new ones as I've had callouses, bruising and scabbed over cuts to deal with. While they've healed quickly, gloves, despite the fact that they wear out quickly, can help.

The cooler weather takes me outside and brings greater activities, so my hands need all the help they can get. Cheers!

17 comments:

crafty cat corner said...

It's getting chilly here now but luckily both adjoining houses have their heating on and so we are like a sandwich getting heat from both, we are able to hold off using ours for a bit.
I am wondering what you are doing to make your hands bruised?
Briony
x

Ms. Moon said...

Chilly here too.
Yes- what are you doing to bruise your hands?

37paddington said...

Perhaps you will write your paternal grandfather's tragic story, and thereby extend his life beyond the tender age of 22.

Live and Learn said...

I'm glad that you are getting to enjoy some colder weather. Our weather has gotten cold enough that I don't like being outside too much.

Good luck with your DNA family mysteries. I think that's why so many people enjoy doing genealogy--it's like a puzzle to try to solve.

Steve Reed said...

I can't wait to hear about the DNA test! We tested our DNA here and it was a pretty interesting experience. (More so for Dave than me.) The hand bruises are from your chair, I'm guessing?

Jenny Woolf said...

I have been thinking about getting a DNA test too. I know that my family are quite a mixture but it would be interesting to know the proportions. I know someone who discoverd she had a half brother after doing a DNA test, she clicked the box to ask to be connected with anyone who appeared to be closely related and had also taken the test. that must be weird, eh?

Martha said...

Looking forward to hearing more about the DNA testing. My brother did one years ago and it was quite interesting.

e said...

Wheeling around. The callouses come from that. The other from being too close to a brick wall and a door opening that is too narrow.

e said...

Without knowing the truth, I will not and his death is likely to remain shrouded in stories that can neither be proven nor disproved at this point.

e said...

Thanks. I agree!

e said...

Yes, they are and I'm interested to see my results.

e said...

I have two people who are potential cousins.

e said...

I'm a little nervous but it will be interesting.

Secret Agent Woman said...

We got hit by the Arctic blast, but it's already warmed back up.

I'll be curious to read about your DNA testing.

e said...

Wheeling around produces callouses. The bruises happen when entries or exits are tight.

jenny_o said...

Researching family history is one of those things that sounds like it should be so simple but rarely is. If only we could go back in time in person and figure it all out.

Hope you can find gloves soon. Bunged up hands are no fun.

How's Lukas these days? Hope all's well on that front.

Linda Sue said...

We all got our genomes reports, They are organic in that they change with every new discovery. Fascinating stuff and sad sometimes, but for the most part , wow, what strong folks we all come from to be here now! Wear Gloves!! OUCH!
Heavy frost here, Chilled to the bone!