Bits and Pieces

Nothing earth shaking was done today. I spent the morning finishing up several projects and then spent the after noon crying over the fire in Paris. Just one more proof that the world is going crazy and we will never be the same again when something that just always was is no more. I do hope they can rebuild Notre Dame it is not only a symbol for France but it will be a symbol for Americans too. If they can rebuild Notre Dame, we should be able to rebuild America again after or four years of the fire that has almost destroyed our democracy. Amen.
I finished my puzzle finally. This puzzle was one of those new one called Bits and Pieces. At first I thought it would be a fun one to do but I will never make another of this kind. It is no relaxing at all and I like to make puzzles because it is a good mental exercise but this was just stressful, not fun, not relaxing so I will have no regret about putting this puzzle in the box tomorrow and taping the box shut for good. Tomorrow I will start a new puzzle.
Then I finished Elisa Swartz’s family and that was no small task. He had 14 children so I had to not only look up each one but also all their children and grand children as well. Now I will research and record Elisa’s thirteen siblings. I am looking through the cousins looking for a Wilson Swartz. Wilson was born in 1853 in the same general area that my Swartz ancestors lived for many years. It seems as if I should find him hanging there on my tree if I look long enough. With all those children and cousins. At least this is a fun task. I can only work on it for about two hours, then I get going in circles and my head gets so full of names and lines and just have to stop and clear my head for a while. That is when I like to work on a puzzle for a while but not on Bits and Pieces puzzles.
Time to recharge the old machine with a good night’s sleep. Have a good night.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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