Sunday, 31 July 2016

Medical Update ...

View from my hospital bed yesterday ... thankfully I'm home now.

Doc did my surgery via laparoscopy so I have 4 cuts that look like stab wounds .... lol.

Very tender and hurts when I move but apart from that I feel okay. Worst part is no driving for 7 days and no lifting for 7 weeks,

Next to be read shelf
That means I can't go to my Life Studies Painting/drawing club each Saturday ... boohoo! I will have to wait until after the next school holidays before I can go again. (We don't hold the group during the hols.)

Of course there is good news .... doc said it didn't look like anything nasty although I won't get the biopsy results until I see him in 3 weeks. He did say the whole area was very inflamed and red - so I really needed the surgery as quickly as it happened.

Anyway the worst is over now and I just have to take things easy for 7 weeks.

So now I have a pile of books to devour, my laptop to write or play games on and a big supply of Chinese White tea to drink .... lol

Friday, 29 July 2016

Damn!!! ....

Well I think I must have broken a mirror or jinxed myself ...

Went to the doctor on Wednesday and now I'm in hospital being operated on this afternoon!

My middle sister keeps telling me not to go to the doctors - I should have listened .... lol.

Hopefully I'll be back in action soon :(

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Ancestry DNA ...

A couple of months ago I sent of a DNA sample to Ancestry. I have always been interested in my family tree and have researched the geneology of my parents. I have my family tree on Ancestry and figured it would be interesting to see if anything popped up to surprise me.

Nothing really did as I had researched back to the 1700 and 1800's but it was nice to confirm it all. Of course all it shows is one's ethnicity and because I had done a lot of research there was nothing that stood out as a surprise.

My parents ancestors mainly came from Scotland and Ireland, Both sides of my father's ancestors came from Ireland while mum's came from England. On my father's side I have been able to go back to my great-great-great-great grandfather.

I haven't been able to go back far on my mother's side, only to my great grandparents, but I'm hoping with these results I can link into some other family trees.  [On dad's side we do have a connection with French Canadian (New Brunswick) and USA (New Hamshire) along one line]. 

When other members of Ancestry have DNA testing their results are then linked to other members where possible. At the moment it has given me 38 5th cousins or closer which is really interesting. There are also 5 people who are even closer with us sharing the same great-great grandfather on my paternal side.

As more and more people have their DNA tested the chances of meeting finding more relations naturally increase.

So this is the breakdown for my DNA ethnicity.



Great Britain ... 52%
Primarily located in: England, Scotland, Wales
Also found in: Ireland, France, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Italy
The history of Great Britain is often told in terms of the invasions with different groups of invaders displacing the native population. The Romans, Anglo-Saxon, Vikings and Normans have all left their mark on Great Britain both politically and culturally. However, the story of Great Britain is far more complex than the traditional view of invaders displacing existing populations. In fact modern studies of British people tend to suggest the earliest populations continued to exist and adapt and absorb the new arrivals.

Ireland ... 30%
Primarily located in: Ireland, Wales, Scotland
Also found in: France, England
Ireland is located in the eastern part of the North Atlantic Ocean, directly west of Great Britain. A variety of internal and external influences have shaped Ireland as we know it today. Ireland’s modern cultural remains deeply rooted in the Celtic culture that spread across much of Central Europe and into the British Isles. Along with Wales, Scotland, and a handful of other isolated communities within the British Isles, Ireland remains one of the last holdouts of the ancient Celtic languages that were once spoken throughout much of Western Europe. And though closely tied to Great Britain, both geographically and historically, the Irish have fiercely maintained their unique character through the centuries.

Scandinavia ... 8%
Primarily located in: Sweden, Norway, Denmark
Also found in: Great Britain, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, the Baltic States, Finland
Scandinavia is perched atop northern Europe, its natives referred to throughout history as “North Men.” Separated from the main European continent by the Baltic Sea, the Scandinavians have historically been renowned seafarers. Their adventures brought them into contact with much of the rest of Europe, sometimes as feared raiders and other times as well-traveled merchants and tradesmen.

Europe West ... 6%
Primarily located in: Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein
Also found in: England, Denmark, Italy, Slovenia, Czech Republic
The Europe West region is a broad expanse stretching from Amsterdam's sea-level metropolis to the majestic peaks of the Alps. Geographically dominated by France in the west and Germany in the east, it includes several nations with distinct cultural identities. From the boisterous beer gardens of Munich to the sun-soaked vineyards of Bordeaux and the alpine dairy farms of Switzerland, it is a region of charming cultural diversity.

Finland/Northwest Russia ... 2%
Primarily located in: Finland, Russia (northwest)
Also found in: Estonia, Latvia, Sweden, Lithuania
Finland is one of the Nordic nations, straddling the Arctic Circle north of continental Europe. Although it shares long borders with the Scandinavian nations of Sweden and Norway, Finland stands apart in both language and ethnic identity. Politically controlled by its neighbors Sweden and Russia through much of its history, Finland today is a strong, independent nation with a unique, ancient heritage.

Iberian Peninsula ... 1%
Primarily located in: Spain, Portugal
Also found in: France, Morocco, Algeria, Italy
Separated from the rest of continental Europe by the Pyrenees Mountains, the Iberian Peninsula lies between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Gibraltar, at the peninsula’s southern tip, is just a little over nine miles from the north coast of Africa. This proximity would play a major part in the history and identity of Spain and Portugal.

Europe East ... < 1%

Primarily located in: Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Russia, Hungary, Slovenia, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia
Also found in: Germany, Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Estonia, Bulgaria
The Europe East region stretches from the Baltic Sea in the north to the borders of Greece in the south. Throughout history, the region has stood at the crossroads—and often in the crosshairs—of Europe and Central Asia. Despite constant invasions and occupations over the centuries, the hardy inhabitants have, nevertheless, managed to perservere.

Caucasus ... < 1%

Primarily located in: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey
Also found in: Bulgaria, Jordan, Greece, Italy, Kuwait, Palestine, Romania, Turkmenistan
The Greater Caucasus Range, running northwest to southeast between the Black and Caspian Seas, is the traditional line of demarcation between the continents of Europe and Asia. It was here, according to Greek mythology, that Zeus bound Prometheus for giving fire to humans. Linguistically, culturally, and even ecologically diverse, the Caucasus area is home to more than 50 ethnic groups and is one of 34 "biodiversity hotspots" (areas with significant, threatened biodiversity) in the world.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Books, Books and more Books ....

One of the problems of being a bookworm is space - where to put all the bookcases.

About 16 years ago I had 12 large bookcases scattered through the house but had to get rid of all but 4. That meant 7 tea-chests full of books had to go as well. It was a painful process for a book lover but I did it - alas there was no other choice. The space was urgently needed for a hospital bed, wheelchair, lift and the like, furniture had to be moved or got rid of.

Anyway now that section of my life is over during the past few years I have been slowly gathering a new collection of books and bookcases. I have adopted another 10 bookcases that have made their way into my house.

The latest is a you beaut sweetheart of a bookcase.

I have a lot of recipe books and they were 'double and triple parked' on the shelves on the small bookcase they were in. I'd been measuring up and discovered I could fit a larger one in the space if I jiggled things round a little.

The case was from IKEA but wouldn't fit in my RAV so #2 son picked it up in his work van and then saved me a day of trouble and cursing by putting it together for me in about an hour....lol.

It looks great and I have plenty of room to add more books. I had a small bookcase alongside that I kept DVDs in which were also crammed so they now can spread out into the new shelves too.

I had a pile of books stacked in my workroom and another stashed in the family room. The old bookcase I moved and put the piles onto it. No more heaps of books - they all have a shelf to sit on AND I even have room to add more books....lol.

Mind you knowing the way I buy books I don't think it will be very long before I start measuring to find where I can put another bookcase although I think I may have reached my limit as far as space goes. I'll have to start weeding out books instead - I really hate doing that.

I love re-reading books. My record is 103 times for the Lord of The Rings ... and there are a few other series that aren't too far behind. The Shannara Chronciles, Harry Potter, Discworld, The Dragons of Pern and Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey series, Ngaio Marsh's Roderick Alleyn series, Kathy Reichs' Bones just to name a few.

In fact my first LOTR was a paperback edition that fell to pieces from being read so much - then I bought a hardcover set in 1974 which seems to be coping better (can you see the bookmark fringe showing where I'm up to for 104). I have to admit too my copy of the Sword of Shannara has also seen better days ;)

So there is no way I could part with those books. But there area few that I've read once and know I have no interest at all in reading again, even have a few that I've only managed to read part of before tossing the book aside.

What do you hang on to? Are you addicted to books like me or is there something else that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy?