Projects & Road Trip

Since I’ve begun working again, I haven’t adjusted to having less time to get things done. I’m overwhelmed by my to-do list. There are so many projects, big and small, demanding my attention. A lot of household projects were put off due to fiscal constraints and now that the finances are starting to look better, I can do some of them. The question is “Where do I start?” Do I tackle the major projects or the smaller ones? After almost five years of forced frugality, I’m reluctant to spend money just because I have it.

I’ve also got other ongoing projects. I’ve been working on migrating my home network from Windows to Linux. My Windows servers are showing their age and Microsoft’s support for the operating system is about to disappear. I’ve been able to scrounge more up-to-date hardware and I’ve got the Linux distros. It’s a matter of setting aside some time to install, configure and test. Last month I put in a Network Attached Storage device and copied my data from the Windows servers to it. Once I’ve got the Linux servers online and configured, I’ll be able to retire the Windows servers although I’m trying to think of new uses for them.

Before I get into the projects I’m planning a weekend getaway to relax a bit, organize my thoughts, meditate, visit a cemetery, and maybe get in a little skinny-dipping. A visit to the “Farm” is always an opportunity to relax because it’s generally so quiet and peaceful. Even the sounds of the dragstrip in the distant seem like they belong as much as the crickets and the treefrogs.

I wasn’t able to find the correct Ossman family plot when I went up to Westfield last year but now I have a better idea of where to find it so I’ll revisit the cemetery and get the pictures. I’m hoping (but not expecting) that the stones will have full dates on them. After the cemetery, I’m planning on heading down to Skinny-Dip Falls to meet up with the Northcoast Naturists and hike down to the gorge with them. I probably only stay two or three hours there so I can get back to Footville at a reasonable time.

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May ’10 update

There hasn’t been much new going on in my life since the last entry but I felt the urge to write something anyway. I’ve been at the new job for about a month now and it’s going well. I’m still learning things about their operation and learning to navigate around the hospital but my confidence is rising daily. There are moments when I feel some of the old frustrations but I’m getting better about letting those things go. There’s some uncertainty on the horizon as the hospital is in negotiations to turn over some of their IT operations to a third party. I’ll just keep showing up until they tell me otherwise. If my status changes, I’ll deal with it.

In the meantime, I’m trying to budget and put money aside to take care of things that have been neglected for the past few years and to build up some reserves so we’re better prepared should money get tight again. That we survived our five-year ordeal is incredible and I will do whatever it takes to avoid anything remotely similar.

I’m also adjusting to the new job in other ways. Even though it’s not apparently obvious, even to me sometimes, I’m seeing subtle signs of stress. My blood pressure and blood glucose levels have been up and down and I often feel tension in my shoulders and lower back. The tension is nowhere near the levels I had felt back at that other job but I’m mindful of it. The yoga has certainly helped me relax and become more aware of what my body is telling me. The next step is to listen to it, give it what it needs and let go of what it doesn’t need. I’m working on non-attachment.

The last 10 to 12 months have opened up a lot of new experiences and opportunities for me. The yoga experience has been great and I’m exploring as many aspects of that as I can. I’m taking several different classes such as hot yoga, yoga conditoning, an intermediate class and a slow flow class. They each have different challenges and provide different benefits. I’m finding that I enjoy the slower paced classes best. They seem to fit my style better and I find them more meditative, relaxing and restorative. The other classes are more physical for me and less meditative. Maybe it’s the challenge of getting myself into better condition after decades of living a sedentary lifestyle. I’ll get there one day, one class at a time.

I’ve got a lot going on. With summer coming on, I’m looking forward to some new naturist experiences and getting some projects done around the house. I’m working on building and rebuilding and maintaining relationships with family, old friends, new friends and myself. I think the secret is to remember the past, look to the future, but live in the present. Right now is really all we have.

Notes and stuff

I recently found Cooper Blakeslee listed in a text file containing an index of Probate Court records.that I had downloaded from the Geauga County GENWEB archive.

GEAUGA COUNTY OHIO – Geauga County Probate Documents Index B Surnames

The film is available in the Anderson Allyn Room for Genealogical Research, Chardon Library, 110 E. Park St., Chardon, OH 44024. The files vary considerably in number of documents. The Genealogist will estimate the cost of copies and will wait for authorization to copy the file.

You may initiate a request by e-mail: raccooan@oplin.lib.oh.us Be sure to include the name and file number of the person you are researching and your name and a snail-mail address in your message.

PERSON FILE_NO CASE_TYPE YEAR LDS_CALL_NO
BLAKESLEE, Cooper B-477 Estate 1842 1579672
BLAKESLEE, Uri B-210 Estate 1895 1579025

I sent an e-mail yesterday to initiate a request but it bounced. I’ll try an alternative address I found – raccooan@oplin.org — hopefully this will be a good address. If not, I guess I’ll have to use snail-mail or actually visit the library. I’m hoping that this document is Cooper Blakelsee’s will. If it is then it could give me some insight to his family, particularly, any children who might have been born in New Marlborough. I’m also wondering about Uri’s relation to Cooper.

Since I’m just starting this journal, this first entry may be a bit lengthy, as I want to document some recent discoveries. Please bear with me.

I believe I may have finally found my 3rd great-grandparents in the Fleming branch. I had found James Fleming, age 11, in the 1880 census in Farmington, Trumbull, Ohio with his parents and siblings. I was able to match three of his siblings mentioned in his obituary with the census. I found a sister, Anna, in Trumbull County records born in 1874 to Patrick Fleming and Mary Clark. This, too, matched the census information. I got a response to my query on the Rootsweb Trumbull County board, which listed several other children born to Patrick and Mary. They also matched the census information. Additionally, I got birth information for children born after the census. That pretty much confirms it. I’ve been working on tracking his siblings through the censuses. The obituary shows Kate’s married name as Lewilder but it’s actually Litwiler.

Here are some URLs I’ve found recently:

In the last week or so, I’ve traded a few e-mails with Ron Romig (1st cousin, once removed), son of Carl William Romig and Thelma E. Scheffler. He hasn’t given me much in the way of new information but what he has given me is good.

I’m starting to climb out of the slump I was in. It has been over a month since I’ve updated my genealogy pages and I plan to accomplish those updates this weekend. I’ve added plenty of new information. I still have a bit to add, namely the Daniel Converse Hill family and some more information on the Blakeslee line. I also need to experiment with the web options in Legacy and choose one or two of those formats for my web site.

I’ve got a couple of large projects that I need to work on – the cemetery project and the census project. The cemetery project will encompass sorting through all the cemetery photos I’ve taken, enhancing and renaming them, and then importing them into the Word documents I have for each cemetery. The census project has been started. I’ve been entering the census data into my Clooz database, updating census.xls, and renaming the image files to match the Clooz file number. I’ll have ti reorganize the hard copies, sorting them by file number. It will keep me busy for quite a while. I also need to take care of my sources.

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