Man and I have returned to our home base, aka, the stick built. We have been here almost two weeks. The map above shows our 6 months away. I cannot say we stayed away from snow and cold this year, because we visited places that had mucho snow, sometimes 3 to 4 feet, and one of our last stops in Glenwood Springs Colorado was a bit longer than we envisioned as, well, we got snowed in. Not much snow at the campground, but, we could not get over the 11,000 foot pass to Denver for several days due to snow and ice. We towed Tana about 5200 miles over the six months. We put 9600 on the truck, Jolly.
Since our return, we have cut the acreage twice and felled two dead trees. There are enough weeds to keep me, mmm, "entertained" for a while. We have not finished moving out of Tana and back into the stick built.
I know I have been chattering all spring about "stepping" away from the computer. I hear other bloggers/genealogists mentioning that as well. Seems there are a number of us that are feeling "burnout". For me, I am doing my best to walk away for several hours, here, there, but, every day, just walking away. Of course, I usually have my iToys in tow. I know, I know. One device at a time. First the computer, then, the iPad, next the iPhone.
And, I have been chattering about doing some serious catching up on input and organization. To that effect, I have been tossing stuff in trash cans daily. You know, stuff, like old shoes, old clothes, old stuff. No, I cannot face doing this all in one massive tossing marathon, but, I can toss something every day. I will admit, I am looking for the largest stuff possible to toss first, making a few holes. Seeing that "holes" are the goal, tossing the large stuff first makes me feel like I have done something wonderful and urges me on to find more big stuff to toss. (Why is it I hear Man's doubting snorts in the background?)
I am attempting to catch up on my travel blog posts over at Reflections From the Fence. I am almost 2 years behind. Isn't that sad? As I blog I delete bad photos, and move the photos reviewed to a archival area on the hard drive. Keeping up the daily backups and twice monthly backups to my external hard drives is paramount and something I do keep up to date. Organization, with a dose of madness tossed in to keep it real.
In between moving, tossing, organizing, blogging, and stepping away from the computer, I have managed to find two new cousins, we all descend from 2 lines in early Pennsylvania and Virginia. We have been sharing. While sharing, I discovered some, ok, a number more than just some, of missing files on my computer. (Refer to last sentence of the paragraph above, "Organization, with a dose of madness tossed in to keep it real.") Books I had scanned about 2 years ago, MIA. No where to be found. After some quiet wailing and whining to myself, I checked one of the backup external hard drives and there they all were. See, backups saved me a serious and painful do-over. Did you hear my sighs of relief?? They were long and loud sighs.
Above: just one small corner of the office. If I can manage to clean up this corner, before fall, I will be dancing joyfully. In that pile I see genealogy, and taxes and filing and "cleanup in aisle 4 please". I can guarantee that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Approaching like the "tossing stuff" project, do a little every day, or twice a day, or something. Anything is better than nothing. (Again, I hear Man's snorting in the background. Hmmmph.)
Last summer I spent considerable time arranging for markers to be placed on 3 graves of Man's ancestors. I hope to personally visit two of these grave sites in the next month or so and obtain photos. Descendants of two are so pleased that there are now new beautiful markers on their ancestor's graves. Received a warm and loving thank you note from one of the descendants the other day. She is thrilled. Another descendant wrote when she saw mock-up photos that she was crying with joy. Yes, all that work was worth it. The money spent was worth it. I feel closure, my heart is at peace.
What are your plans for the upcoming summer? Research, organizing, tossing stuff, or just stepping away from the computer? Whatever you plan, don't forget to include lots of visits and hugs with family, they are after all the basis of our research, why we do what we love so much. And, oh, take lots of photos!