Ancestry Obsession… More fascinating stuff!

Yesterday, in my lunchtime boredom here in the office, I decided to take a further look into my family tree on Ancestry.  This time I worked down my maternal grandfather’s lineage.  Low and behold… 11 generations back, I learned that my 11th Great Grandfather came across on the Mayflower in 1620!  Fascinating…  my very distant relative may just include notable names like Ulysses Grant, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and even Taylor Swift!  I’m pretty sure I may have to do more research to verify all of this information…  but it’s pretty cool to think that one of my ancestors had such a huge part in history.

According to MayflowerHistory.com Richard Warren came across on the Mayflower alone, leaving his wife and daughters behind in England.  The rest of his family came cross in 1923 on “The Anne”.  Richard Warren is one of the most common “Mayflower” passengers to be descended from, as all of his children survived into adulthood, married, and had large families.

Great stuff… Can’t wait to research more!  That’s all for today.  Guess I’m going to have to add England to my bucket list of places to visit!

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Hints of Summertime!

Like I said before… Winter’s in Northern Michigan can be gloomy, long, and gray.  But When spring hits, it’s like a ray of hope shoots across the sky!  What is that beautiful blue sky and bright shiny sun?  Ahhhhh… it’s simply wonderful.  This weekend was the perfect occasion to tour around the Torch Lake area to catch a little positive energy!

First Stop… Torch River Marine at the South End of Torch Lake.  Yes, this place is simply buggin’ to come alive!  Boats are already coming out of storage, and the place is hopping!

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That’s my pontoon right there in the middle waiting to be uncovered for the season.  It will be ready for me in May!

After meandering around the lake through Alden and up to Bellaire, we found a perfect opportunity to stop at Short’s Brew Pub for some delicious brews and a quick snack.  Oh so good… there’s a beer or cider flavor for every pallette here!

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A highly recommended stop…  my personal favorites here:  Bellaire Brown, Soft Parade, and Local’s Light.

Overall, a good day around Torch Lake, ending up at home for a good movie and some rest… and of course, some couch time with the Daisy!

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No one can resist the perfect sunbeam!

Of course you should blog!

 

Have you ever kept a daily journal of thoughts that followed you through the day?  Well, I guess keeping a blog is very similar to that.  Although, I have to admit, I will probably hold back my inner most demons since this blog is open to the public!

Some of my best ideas have come from writing down my thoughts and developing them further.  Whether its telling a story, or making a business plan, it’s always a good idea to jot them down on paper (or in a blog, in this case).  I’ve always found this type of brainstorming very therapeutic and organizational, even when it just starts with writing individual words.

At times those words may start in anger.  That’s where the edit button comes in handy!  An idea that might start with anger, can be developed and edited into a positive.  Deleting the occasional F-Bomb certainly doesn’t hurt the cause.  Of course, reading whats written out loud is a great way to make sure what the writer is trying to say makes sense.  It’s also a great way to catch grammatical errors.   In this way, I find that blogging not only helps strengthen my writing skills, but it is also very therapeutic to my daily thought process.  Take those negatives, and drown them out with positive.  The more positive you get in life, the better life you live… am I wrong?  🙂

So…  should I blog?  Of course I should!  Even if its about silly subjects, like, blogging.

Welcome to this thing I call my life… :)

I grew up in idealistic small town America, aka Elk Rapids, Michigan.  This place is known for its beautiful Caribbean blue water lakes, friendly neighborhoods, and educational excellence (maybe I’m just a little biased on those opinions… ).  My best friends still live there, just as I live close to the area.  The cold gloomy winters drive me crazy, but the rest of the seasons are simply amazing!  The friends from here who have moved away, all come back in the best of seasons for visits.  We all gather in town for fun and laughter…  these are the kind of friendships that last a lifetime.

Of course, there are other parts of my life that are great too…  and I assure you throughout this blog process, I will definitely write about them… and post pictures!  I love taking pictures, so be on the lookout for some fun photo’s!  I’ve become addicted to travel and learning as much about the places I go as I can.  This years adventures include Chicago, IL, Nashville, TN, Greenville, NC, and of course, the Southern Tier of New York, where my family business has a remote office.  Of course, in the winter season, I may have to slip in a week or two of the glorious sunshine in the Southwest Florida region as well!

Is my life perfect?  Absolutely not… and on occasion, I may be inclined to write about those imperfections.  Just a heads up…  I occasionally suffer from situational depression and general anxiety.  I have my coping mechanisms, which usually consist of the “grab life head on and shake it as hard as you can” method.  Sometimes I piss people off… sometimes people piss me off… It’s life!  All you can do is be the best person you can be the next day when you wake up.