Monday, March 10, 2008

Roots and DST

Today Mom spent 45 minutes with Melissa, the physical therapist. Melissa called me afterward and said things went very well. I also had a note from Alisha which said the same. I asked Mom about it and she seemed to remember parts of it. It's not cheap so I hope it helps Mom. But then she's worth it, right? And we can probably use it as a tax deduction. I'll have to check on that.

Daylight Savings Time has given us dark mornings but on the flip side it was light until nearly 7:30 PM. That's a plus. It keeps Mom from wanting to go to bed right away after dinner and it gives us a little time together.

I found this article on Science Daily about Alzheimer's caregivers. It states that grief is the greatest burden for us. Basically, as we already know, we are grieving the loss of our loved ones on a daily basis as they slip further away from us. So true.

I have located several more distant relatives in my genealogy research. This is alway interesting to me. I dug out some old family photos including one of my great-great grandfather in his Civil War uniform (he fought for the Union). Thought you might all enjoy seeing it. This is John Van Kirk Seeley. I've traced the Seeleys all the back to England in the 1600s. They settled in Connecticut and then moved westward to New York, Ohio and finally Michigan. They were farmers. I love looking at census records and seeing who were their neighbors. My grandparent's generation is all gone so much of this information is lost. Luckily my cousin, dad and uncle gathered an awful lot of information and started to save it. My mom's side of the family is much harder to research because they emigrated from Germany in the late 1800s. I'm just now starting to dig back into German records, which unfortunately are scant and scattered due to the fact that Germany didn't unify until the 1900s. This gives me something to do though so I enjoy it.


Annie said...

Robyn, if you ever need something translated from German, let me know!

rilera said...

Oh my God! I do! I'll have to make copies and send them to you. I have some stuff that I can't make out. Thank you for the offer!

cornbread hell said...

the pt thing sounds good. at least it always seems to be when mom can get some.

that's a cool picture of your g-g-grandfather.

~Betsy said...

Awesome article, Robyn.

I'm glad you're having fun researching your genealogy. I've always thought of doing that but now with both parents gone, it seems I will hit many brick walls and I won't have anyone to help me around them.

Take care!

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