I’m Back

I’ve been away from blogging for a few months now.  Life has gotten a bit crazy and gotten in the way of my genealogy addiction.  But I’m back.

2012 has been one interesting year for me and it has come with lots of new experiences and many changes.  I don’t want it to sound like I’m complaining – because honestly, I’m not –  but this year has been one that requires a bit of adjustment.

And I’ve put this blog on the back burner.  So for that, I’m sorry, Dear Readers.  For those of you who are sticking with me, let me just say that I love you more than words can say.

So what magnificent things have happened since I’ve disappeared?

I hit the genealogy jackpot:

This is a bookshelf my Grandpa Max welded. Since the wood was in such bad shape, my cousin added new wooden shelves. But the frame is just gorgeous isn't it? And all that stuff on it was stuff I also got in the jackpot.

My grandmother's rocking chair and my baby blanket. The rocking chair was given to my mom in 1989 after my grandmother's passing and I have many fond memories sitting in that chair. And the baby blanket - adorable, isn't it? (But how in the world do I wash it? Seriously... my dad has no idea. So I'm open to ideas.)


Many dishes. I have more baking dishes than I now know what to do with. For a college student, this is worthy of a celebration.

My favorite jackpot winnings? A wooden box full of photos: everything from my childhood, my mom's childhood, and older.

How did this jackpot come about you ask?  Well, in short, my amazing cousin brought down all the things my mom and I left in Seattle, Washington about 10 years ago.  While we had every intention of going back for the stuff after we got settled in to our new California place, we never went back for it.  The stuff ended up sitting in my aunt’s house for ten years.

And now it is back in my posession.  Some of the stuff is familiar and I remember it while some of it is like looking at it for the first time.  It is so cool and neat and I’ll tell you all about it in upcoming blog posts.

On to other news… The Southern California Genealogy Society’s Annual Jamboree is coming up in less than a month!  My favorite conference of the year, Jamboree is sure to be a blast.  I’ll be there in all my usual tiara-wearing glory as a participant, blogger, speaker, and exhibitor!  Yes, I will be quite the busy bee that weekend.  It will be a blast to be around my genea-family again.

I have my final exams this coming week.  I’ll begin writing after that… I’ve missed blogging so much!


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9 responses to “I’m Back

  1. Elyse,

    I’m so happy that you have received these wonderful family heirlooms! My mom (who knits, crochets, and can sew very well) advised to me when I received a hand-made crochet blanket as a baby shower gift when my baby girl was born, to hand wash it with detergent made for baby clothes, I think its called Dreft? Then lay it out to dry. Don’t hang it, as it will stretch it.

    My “baby girl” will now be 14 years old next week. She will be joining me this year at Jamboree and is looking forward to meeting you and experiencing her first genealogy conference for the first time. I’m looking forward to seeing you and all of my genealogy friends again too and if you have any questions about the blanket, let me know and I will give my mom a call. :-)

  2. Annette D Towler

    Your blanket looks like a form of hairpin lace. I have washed them in a washing machine and have always used Tide. With current yarn, no shrinking or getting bigger. If it was made in the 70’s or 80’s you could be okay with a washing machine wash. I currently make hairpin lace afgans, so easy. Hard to see the columns but the edging is like mine.

  3. Elyse,
    So glad your back. It’s always exciting to get new/old treasures. The shelf is gorgeous, and made by your grandfather makes it extra special. Good luck on your exams and happy hunting.
    Tina Hefley Telesca´s last blog post ..Searching the 1940 Census

  4. Glad you’re back. Good luck with finals. (Well, not luck, but best wishes.)
    Regarding washing, I would probably put it in the washer, with a mild soap, on the delicate cycle. If I knew the yarn content, I would probably put it in the dryer, with a couple of bath towels, on just barely warm. If your dryer has a sensor, then set it for damp. You can always add time if needed but I wouldn’t dry it completely; just enough to get the drying started. Then I’d lay it out flat, on a white towel or sheet, just to make sure that there is no color transfer. Hope this helps. See you in Burbank.
    Karen´s last blog post ..NGS 2012 – Day 3

  5. Hi Elyse,
    As someone that has also had a long transition time in 2012 let me say welcome back and good to see you again!


  6. It’s great to hear from you! I love the bookshelf and the baby afghan.
    Michelle Goodrum´s last blog post ..Pictures, Pictures, Pictures – The Finale – 21COFH Week – 18

  7. I’m glad to see it’s not only me who has had a 2012 full of changes and adjustments. Hopefully it will smooth out and all the changes will have been worth the struggle. That’s the hope in my case.

    Congratulations on your genealogy jackpot. I actually had a little breakthrough in the biggest brick wall in my genealogy research last month. It hasn’t completely paid off, but I think it will with some patience. It’s a little ray of sunshine in an otherwise hectic quarter!

  8. I love that bookshelf. The frame is so beautiful and now you can proudly state that your grandpa made it. Don’t you just love the family heirlooms!

  9. Hi Elyse! welcome back! I like what you did to that bookshelf plus all that stuff you have on it. Sometimes i rummage through some old things and discover stuff that bring back good memories.
    Amanda´s last blog post ..children bedroom furniture stores

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