Sunday, January 30, 2011

Volunteer with Family History

I became a friend on Facebook of the Historical Society in the area I grew up in.  Today I saw a short entry that told of my great grandfather using his team and scraper to build the canal that eventually brought water to the little town I grew up in.  I found it interesting to learn that my great grandfather was one of the main people responsible for the canal which enabled the town I grew up in to be built.  It is really nice to have the internet where we can learn things about our family that we might never have known otherwise.

I came across a way you can volunteer using your computer and help others with their family history.  There are other things to volunteer with too. You find out more about it here:   

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Do You Remember a January Thaw?

Sometimes January seems like such a long month.  It is usually cold and the days are short.  If you work full time days it seems you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark.  Usually there is snow and ice.

Every so often where I live we get Pogonip where everything is coated with white frost.  It can be beautiful to see.  Snow is beautiful too.  Even fog can be beautiful if you don't have to travel in it.

To be honest though, when we have a January Thaw it gives me hope to make it through the winter.  We just had three days of sixty degree weather.  It was so nice I went outside and cleaned up some of the yard with only a light sweater on.  But today was cold again.

Remembering back there has usually been a January Thaw.  Depending on where I lived it might have just warmed up into the fifties instead of the sixties, but it still would feel so good.  If there was a lot of snow, it would start to melt.

One year back in the 1980's after Mount Saint Helen's had erupted I remember a winter without a January Thaw.  It was at least three months before we saw any sunshine.  We lived in a high mountain valley and the clouds never lifted out of the valley for those three months.  The snow stayed on the ground the whole time.  That was one winter I was glad to see end.

Do you remember any January Thaws?  How did you feel when the temperatures started to get warmer?  Did you feel discouraged when it got cold again?  Record your memories of January Thaws in your life story.