Thursday, August 16, 2018

OK, It's About Genealogy

You all know I've been digging into my family. Started a year ago December. Actually December 25, 2016.

I had a little bit of knowledge of my family. From what I've found, a very little bit of knowledge. Most of it wrong.

Then when I contacted my cousin in Georgia, she sent copies of what she had. The biggest piece of information was a copy of a translated letter (from German) from a Great Aunt Adina who lived in Siberia. Her living in Siberia is a whole nuther story of how she got there and why she was there since everybody was supposed to live in the Volga River Valley.

So I searched and searched for my Great Grandfather Gottlieb, his children Christof and wife Amalge, my Grandfather & Grandmother Michael & Emily and the other four.

I could never find anything on Christof (1865) & Amalge (1870). I had an approx date of birth for both, but there was just nothing out there.

Then one day, out on MyHeritage.com (you know the 23 & me site) I came across them. There was one tree that suddenly appeared with Christoph (dob 12/24/1864) and Amalie (dob 4/12/1868), their daughter Elsa (who I found earlier) down to Elsa's great grand son who controlled the tree.

I immediately contacted him. When we established contact, he said he'd send some pictures. Wow, you have no idea what you'll find when you contact a, no matter how distant, relative.

Meet Great-Uncle Christoph, Amalie, 1st Cousin 1x removed Julius (Christoph's son I could never find), Great Aunt Adina, and 1st Cousin 1x removed Edmund (Another of Christoph's sons I could never find).



There were five other pictures of this family including Adina's husband & children, Julius & his wife, Another daughter of Christoph named Hulda and her husband, Elsa mentioned above and her husband Reinhold, and soooo much more. Dates of birth, dates of death, even a picture of a funeral we believe was Chirstoph's.

Then came another set of pictures. 6 pictures of a form called EWZ50 H14. Since I don't "Sprechen Sie Deutsch" I'm assuming (I hate to use that word, but it fits here) they are the documentation for moving the family from Volhynia, Ukraine, Russia to Siberia. Again a treasure trove of information. I was able to decipher a lot from them. Like I said above, this is another story for another time.  

That's all of the genealogy for now.

A while ago I did a CAT scan. You know the results. Then on the 8th (by the way that was my 72nd birthday, Geezer that I am) I mentioned the MRI and was awaiting the results from my doctor (even though I already saw them). I finally contacted the doctors office and all I got was same old, same old. "That's it?', and the answer was "That's it."

Now I'm going to ask an Orthopedic Surgeon his opinion. This particular doctor has his own practice, is the Orthopedic Doctor for the LSU (Louisiana State University) football team and a professor at LSU. I think I should get some good information from him. If I don't, I'm going to fink to his mother who is my Sister-in-Law. OK, he's my Nephew.

Currently what I'm finding is if I don't do this, I can do that. Kind of a trial and error process. I'm hoping I might even be able to get back on the creek. We'll see.

Stay tuned. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Diagnosis

Previously, if you'll remember, I had a spinal X-Ray done and it was determined that I had Spinal Osteoarthritis, a degenerative disease of the spine and not curable.

A week ago last Friday I had an MRI done to determine what was wrong with my left side from the hip down. To see if there was anything else like I need a hip replacement or something. 

Yesterday I got the results from my doctor. Actually I saw them online last Wednesday, but wanted his professional opinion.

The MRI showed the same spinal degenerative disease as the X-Ray, so what's the problem with my walking? Seems when I walk on uneven surfaces (side of the creek, side of the lake, or even cutting the grass) or kneeling down to pull weeds and such, the uneven movement pinches the sciatic nerve in my left hip causing me to need a cane to walk for 3 or 4 days. Did I mention that it's quite painful too.

That said, fishing creeks and rocky lake shores is no longer an option. The pain is just not worth it. Can I float tube? That remains to be seen, only problem is that with the fires, our camping and access to lakes has been put on hold. We have one more trip planned to Upper Lake (a good float tube lake) the last week of the month. I looked at the fire map this morning and where we stay is squeezed in between the Ranch and the River fire (known as the Mendocino Complex Fire) and I'm hoping it will BE THERE that week. The outlook isn't good.

So for now, fishing is on hold.

Stay tuned.

Maybe I should turn this into a Genealogy Blog. I could show you some cool pictures of my ancestors and tell some interesting stories. 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Once Again Fire Screws Up A Good Weekend Trip

We were heading to Hope Valley Campground this weekend, but the MANY fires in Northern California has, once again stopped us from going camping.

California is like a Zucchini with the center dipped out. From the Carr Fire by Redding (still burning), The Mendocino Complex Fire (Now the largest in the history of California), The Donnell Fire (down below us), and the Ferguson Fire (By and very near Yosemite National Park), the valley air quality is extremely bad.

There aren't any fires up toward Hope Valley, but the air quality is currently 162 which is the unhealthy category. Bad for Babes and Geezers.

I've been hold up in the house with the A/C on to filter the air, but camping puts you outside, for the most part, and the campground is non-electric so no A/C and running the generator defeats the purpose and no camp fires (what the point of camping without a camp fire?). 

Our last and only second trip for the year is Upper Lake. That cool place where we have a space 15 feet from the lake edge. Our hopes are it that it will still be there the week of 8/26. The River Fire (part of the Mendocino Complex Fire) is burning in the direction of the RV park. We're not sure if the fire will even be out by the 26th. Currently Highway 20 (which runs along side of the park) is closed which means no access, period.

If we can't get there, we might try for someplace else, maybe nearer the coast where the air is better.

Stay tuned.