Saturday, November 5, 2016

"Getting started - why go online? Keen to start your family tree, you type the name of an ancestor into a search engine, and literally hundreds of> websites come back at you. Some are free, some pay-per-view, some subscription - and suddenly you don't know where to begin. There is an overwhelming amount of information on the internet, and it's difficult to know which of the pay-for services are of value to you. It is fair to say that most genealogy sites for which you have to pay have some worth - it just depends whether they are going to be worthwhile for you. Here are some tips and guidelines to help make order out of the chaos so you can make the right choice when it comes to selecting your website. The bottom line in genealogical research is that you are going to have to pay for it. You cannot manage without the basic building blocks of certificates and census returns, and money can be liberally spent in travelling to archives, paying online fees, hiring private researchers and whatever else you deem necessary as you continue your research. But there are good reasons why more and more genealogists are going online. There is a wealth of material available on the web, and it is being added to every day. Databases and search engines make information accessible in a way in which it wasn't before: searches that used to take weeks or months now take only a few minutes. And sometimes it's cheaper and easier to do what you can online and in your own time than travelling to archives and bowing to time pressure there. You may find that you can use online resources for free or more cheaply at archives, but is it worth the time and expense of travelling there? And you will still have to pay for the photocopying! First of all, there are lots of excellent free resources used by genealogists - here is a small selection: www.freebmd.org.uk for some birth, marriage and death indexes for England and Wales.. www.familysearch.org for the vast international genealogy website run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints www.rootsweb.com for genealogy chat and all kinds of relevant information." I would also like to add to this that the use of mailing lists is a marvelous way to find answers and the people on these mailing lists are extremely generous and it is not unusual to receive scans of original documents from lookups by someone who lives close to an archive. Or offer to post a copy of original documents. I have been amazed at peoples generosity. "What goes around come around" Here are some tips about recording your research and I find is still very relavent to me today some 15 years later. genitips
"Getting started - why go online? Keen to start your family tree, you type the name of an ancestor into a search engine, and literally hundreds of> websites come back at you. Some are free, some pay-per-view, some subscription - and suddenly you don't know where to begin. There is an overwhelming amount of information on the internet, and it's difficult to know which of the pay-for services are of value to you. It is fair to say that most genealogy sites for which you have to pay have some worth - it just depends whether they are going to be worthwhile for you. Here are some tips and guidelines to help make order out of the chaos so you can make the right choice when it comes to selecting your website. The bottom line in genealogical research is that you are going to have to pay for it. You cannot manage without the basic building blocks of certificates and census returns, and money can be liberally spent in travelling to archives, paying online fees, hiring private researchers and whatever else you deem necessary as you continue your research. But there are good reasons why more and more genealogists are going online. There is a wealth of material available on the web, and it is being added to every day. Databases and search engines make information accessible in a way in which it wasn't before: searches that used to take weeks or months now take only a few minutes. And sometimes it's cheaper and easier to do what you can online and in your own time than travelling to archives and bowing to time pressure there. You may find that you can use online resources for free or more cheaply at archives, but is it worth the time and expense of travelling there? And you will still have to pay for the photocopying! First of all, there are lots of excellent free resources used by genealogists - here is a small selection: www.freebmd.org.uk for some birth, marriage and death indexes for England and Wales.. www.familysearch.org for the vast international genealogy website run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints www.rootsweb.com for genealogy chat and all kinds of relevant information." I would also like to add to this that the use of mailing lists is a marvelous way to find answers and the people on these mailing lists are extremely generous and it is not unusual to receive scans of original documents from lookups by someone who lives close to an archive. Or offer to post a copy of original documents. I have been amazed at peoples generosity. "What goes around come around" Here are some tips about recording your research and I find is still very relavent to me today some 15 years later. genitips

Saturday, October 15, 2016

ALKALINE DIET - IS THIS THE FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

I have been reading about how to reverse the acidity in blood to an alkaline level that will promote
energy, get rid of gas and bloating, cure gerd, improve the digestive system , help with athritis and general aches and pains and lose weight.  Wow - so is this the way of the future for all of us or maybe the older generation or is this the cure for the overweight.  I am not sure that I believe all these claims but I could do with more energy for one so I am going to investigate further.  There is a supplement on the market something greens which may or may not work but is one of those long, long winded adds that go on and on and then at the end reveal the product they are trying to sell.  So I figure this may not be the way to go but to look at the diet itself.  I have only just touched on it and it looks a little involved but mainly as I see it, it involves eating the correct combination of foods to reduce the acidity in our blood cells.

I found a list of alkaline foods below


  • Examples of Alkalining Vegetables: Beets, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Spinach
  • Examples of Alkalizing Fruits: Apple, Banana, Berries, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Melon, Lemon, Orange, Peach, Pear, Watermelon
  • Alkalizing Protein: Almonds, Chestnuts, Tofu
  • Alkalizing Spices: Cinnamon, Curry, Ginger, Mustard, Sea Salt
Now to work out the correct way to eat these foods and with what. Is anyone out there on this diet and can they help me out here.  Would be greatly appreciated



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Word for Today


Pulchritudinous meaning physically beautiful
Richard Burton used it to describe his first impression of Elizabeth Taylor: "... the most astonishingly self-contained, pulchritudinous, remote, removed, inaccessible woman I had ever seen."



Sources:
http://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/top-10-unusually-long-words-vol-2

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Let's Get Serious and Save on our weekly Shop

I am becoming more and more guilty about waste in the kitchen.  As hard as I try I am always tossing something out whether it be left over's or vegetables that have gone rotten.  Bread and Milk are okay as I always use them before they are out of date and a tip about freezing bread if you take a whole loaf out of the freezer to rethaw it will go mouldy in no time.

So that being said, what to do?  Saw some good ideas on the morning TV show and so decided is time I pursued my earlier thoughts on cutting down on the number of times I go to the supermarket a week which for me is almost daily and if I only go in for one thing sure as hell come out with a bundle.

My List of things to do to get me on track and you if you think it will help.
  1. Decide how often to shop weekly or fortnightly for me it will be weekly because fresh fruit and vegetables will not always keep for a fortnight especially when you don't really know how they have been stored.  So weekly and this week I will try the market's for my fruit and vegetable to compliment those in the local supermarket that does have some nice fresh stuff.
  2. Draw up a menu for the week.  I am not going to cover every meal as I have tried that before and end up with too much because I go out to friends or eat out so let's say 5 days of meals.
  3. Then accordingly write out your shopping list 
  4. Have some fun with all this and it should stick especially if you start to save money which can go towards little luxuries or into a fund or to get out of debt
 Bit like a New Years resolution just a bit late or should that be a bit early!!

Till next time
 Have fun, eat well and be happy
Yours Howdiie

Grown in our backyard 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Father's Day - what would Dad like

So what are you going to get Dad this Father's Day.  Have you given it any thought? Are you too busy to look around?  Well take five and remember it is his day so a little thought into what he would like would be so nice.  Here are some suggestions below.

A get together for a breakfast or lunch out - your shout would be very nice.
Lunch at the beach again your shout with a game of cricket or a long walk along the sand.
If you cannot get together well post a parcel so that it arrives in time but forget the sweets, chocolates, socks, shaving cream, slippers and pj's.
  1. Gift Card are not such a bad idea especially for the older Dad's/Granddad's who are hard to buy for such as to Bunning's depending on their interests.
  2.  Seat Cover such as lambs wool but only if you know what he likes and wants otherwise forget it. They are made for the car make and model.
  3. Tag Trackers for Dad's who are always losing keys, misplacing glasses, wallet and so on. Just type in Tag Trackers in the search engine to see what is available there is a range in price, some limitations as to distance covered but good for around the house .
  4. Something for the garden such as a garden fork, garden rake, if you know Dad's old one is about to break or has been taped up once too often!! Would be a nice gift.
  5. Has he got old records he cannot play?  Depending on budget a record player that plays 45's and LP's would be nice.
So hope these few ideas help of course, if your Dad is into a particular sport/hobby there is probably something that you could buy along that line that he would love.  Have a great day.