Friday, February 28, 2014

Sutro Library

Recently I drove up to the Sutro Library on the SFSU campus to do some genealogy research.  What a great place!  It proudly boasts that they have the finest genealogical collection west of Salt Lake City, and it was impressive!  There were books on family names, books on counties, books on states, books on history....  I found so many great clues to our family history and some research I'm doing for others.  I loved the feel of thick paper in fragile bindings.  The names... so old-fashioned and charming.  I can't wait to spend time there again.
 The views of the campus were beautiful from the bright windows!  

It would be easy to spend days there, researching family lines.  Of course, the best part was having dinner with my daughters after they got off work that evening!

Now we are having stormy weather in California.  The wind blew and the rain pounded last night, causing my dogs to bark as they heard branches bounce against the fence boards.  Parts of the roads are flooded, causing lane closures and slow moving traffic.  Still we need the rain, so it is hard to complain.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pasatiempo Golf and Country Club, Santa Cruz, with Pacific Ocean in background
Sorry for the silence. I've been very busy so far this year so my blogging time has taken a hit. To give a sample of what's been filling my time...
~ I completed two online genealogy courses with my sister Chris and we are now certified Volunteer Field Genealogists. We still don't have our bearings in some daunting areas of that field, but it is a little like being a private investigator into a family's past. I'm actually helping 2-3 people complete their papers for the DAR.
~ Working out 3-4 times a week at the gym on way home from work.
~ Taking Frosty to the vet for his final check ups-- he has a clean bill of health at last and his mouth is back to as normal as it's going to get (his jaw will never fit the same so he "eats funny.").
~ All the hustle and bustle of setting up new annual records for the nonprofit organization I run.
~ Attending meetings and coffee claches with friends and fellow community service organizers.
~ Phone time with my daughters and sisters because it's the next best thing to being there.
~ All those mundane things -- car serviced, annual physical, house cleaning.
~ Working on taxes - blech!
~ Driving up to the beautiful Pasatiempo Golf and Country Club with a friend for a lunch meeting, stopping to visit a couple of other friends on the way home.
~ Work, work and more work at the school where I -- oh, yes, that word again -- work.
~ Reading.
~ And yes, a little unwinding time with the Beatles Special, Downton Abbey, and the Olympics!

Today I'm driving up to the city and visiting the Sutro Library's genealogy section.  I'm still trying to find my great-great grandpa.  Then it's dinner with my daughters when they get off work this evening!

I have this week off work and it's splendid to have the extra time!  I'll check in again soon!  Hope you are having a wonderful month of L-O-V-E.