Friday, January 5, 2018

Luck of the Irish

Yay!  Yay!  Yay!  As I like to say "All my chicks will be in the nest!"  T and Pony Boy fly in from Dublin today and Cosmo flies back from Houston.  They'll arrive at DFW within minutes of each other and I can't wait to hear all about Houston!  Ha!  Ha!!! 

Seriously though!  Sounds like T had a wonderful trip!  The pics she's sent the past week have been beautiful.  I think they've had better weather in Dublin than we had in much of the south the past week.  They visited the Cliffs of Moher, Blackstone Castle, the town of Kinsale in Cork County, they shopped at the English Market, visited the Dromberg stone circle, the Blarney Stone, they shopped on Grafton Street, had a pint at the Temple Bar and saw the Book of Kells at Trinity College.  She also got to spend time with a Hoover friend at the Guiness Factory in Dublin! 

Thursday, January 4, 2018


I've been very fortunate in that I grew up with both sets of grandparents (and two great-grandmothers) so I've always had a firm sense of where I came from.  Or so I thought. 

Being a self-proclaimed history nerd, I've always been fascinated with my family history and have dabbled in formatting a family tree.  I know I'm Polish on my paternal side of the family and my maternal grandfather's side, too.  The shock came when I really started to investigate my maternal grandmother's side of the family. 

I discovered I am mostly Scottish on my maternal side of the family (with a little Irish and German thrown in) and our family actually has a castle in the Highlands!  Both sides of my maternal grandmother's family are considered FFofNC (First Families of North Carolina (the distinguished Order of the First Families of North Carolina requires having an ancestor who lived in North Carolina before it became a royal colony on July 12, 1729) and I have a relative who fought in the American Revolution.  I'm in the process of completing my Daughters of the American Revolution paperwork which is the most amazing thing in the world for a history dork like me!  The genealogist who is working with me said she had it's very rare to come across such a well-documented family. 
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