Every once in a while I need a vacation from genealogy. It reminds me that there are other things going on in my life like a husband, three daughters, six grandchildren, two sons-in-law, three step-grandchildren, and one step-great-grandchild. Does that qualify my husband and me for being great-grandparents?
I also took time to prepare for our semi-annual move to our cottage on the beautiful shore of Lake Huron where, on a clear day, we can see the Mackinaw Bridge and watch the lake freighters go by. Because we face north, we also can see the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises, and occasionally, the northern lights.
All three of our daughters and one of their girlfriends decided that their "elderly" (their definition-not mine) parents needed help moving. Because it happened that the only time they could all get away was Mother's Day weekend, I had the rare treat of having all three of my girls with me to celebrate the day. And, I have to admit they were a big help in moving. They even ran the vacuum cleaner and dusted and, of course, cooked a few meals. They are all Food Channel fans.
I couldn't resist looking myself up on the 1940 Census. Since I remembered my address in Detroit, Steve Morse's one step gave me the ED number so I didn't have to wait for Detroit to be indexed. I did some genealogy "pay back" by doing a few pages of indexing through the Family Search program. I also wrote an article for Vintage View (our Rochester Hills senior newspaper which publishes quarterly and reaches about 2,000 people). The article was not about genealogy this time but about the Rochester-Avon Historical Society new website that uses a Google map to show locations of many historical sites and their history.
I confess, I also played numerous games of Spider on my computer. Then I took some time for recreational reading. We have a wonderful library in Cheboygan and if they don't have the book you want, they can usually find it in their consortium and have it for you, often within a day or two. Since I went on vacation, I have read at least seven books--none of them having anything to do with genealogy. Now, however, I have decided I have ignored my blog for too long and it is time for me to get back to my grandfather's story.