Monday, April 22, 2019

the week ahead

that's me....saw this at pier one
Welcome to this week's Happy Homemaker post. Don't the weekends fly past? It was so good to have a relaxed weekend, we're both wound tight, and both still coughing.

The weather in Aurora CO
It is schizophrenic. Hot (80's) then cold, but mostly rain not snow at the moment. I saw daffodils and tulips in someone's yard. Some trees are flowering. I looked at vege at home depot but we're not to trust weather til mid May.
Oh and we went for a walk, I was hot, then cold, then freezing, then hot. In one walk. Makes it hard to dress.

To do this week
Must I do anything?
I can't even bear to think about it!

We're mid season into Murdoch mysteries (Canada) and Time Team (BBC)
I love American Idol contestants. Survivor is fab this time. Project Runway continues.
I know I know you don't watch drivel but I enjoy Bravo's housewives, Beverly Hills and NYC.
Amazing Race is back... Yipee!!!
Loved  videos on youtube about their ancestry tests, more later about that

nothing exciting. We had some really good frozen eggplant parms this weekend.

I made some mighty good potato salad with leftovers. We had some new potatoes, all different colors in one bag. Half were left, I added minced onion, diced celery, avocado oil Mayo, S and P, and apple cider vinegar. Even my husband said, wow that's good. I like cooking from what's in the fridge.

We went to the local garden center, and got some more cherries (so much better than maraschino), and got a new to us sauce to try. Buffalo Aioli. One of the "I Like" Thursday posters said they liked this tea, so I tried it and it's great!

We binged on treats for Easter from Trader Joe's.
yum, rugelach.

Advertisements, apparently. I gave in to this one in Home and Garden, buying the polish.

 I also love the ad as inspiration for a quilt. I like the colors, the swirl of flowers, and the whimsy of coming out of a teapot.
 I caught up on three magazines, and now can let them go to a neighbor. The house feels lighter already.
I'm dragging my feet on finishing my night book, The Victory Garden by Rhys Bowen. I'm so going to miss the characters I've come to love. Still listening to the book on disc, Death by chocolate Lab. It's engaging while I sew.
"View of the mountains"

I signed up for an online workshop in sketching
not that I think I can commit to it, but it's free and I can do only what I choose to do.

I'm into these recent  mountain quilts, (Post Here) and hope I finish them quickly. Plus I need to finish the month's Aqua scraps with my chandelier blocks. 

silly picture of the week
Milo meets the Easter Bunny (post here)

Lessons learned and Inspiration for this week

I watched a video on youtube ,  comparing ancestry and 23 &me dna results. Some background:
I was adopted, with the narrative that my birth mother may have been first gen American from German parents. My birth father may have been first gen Amer. from Italian parents.

I was raised by people with a very limited appreciation for the richness of human tapestry..
For instance, they were verbal about not liking Italians, ahem.
I learned early on to not tell them about my views or friends.

I never fit in with them. Although I had suspicions about not belonging, and residual memories of being told I should be appreciate that they took me in, I didn't consciously know about my birth parents til I was in my 20's.
It was at once, shocking and made sense. So the idea of finding out roots via a DNA test really interests me. There are a lot of videos out there showing results.

In listening to this video, by a terrific story teller (not surprisingly a Psychology professor) I realized how much we all come from a grand mix of cultures. Most of us don't know about our families  beyond grandparents, but travel back a few more generations and you'll find out you are a mix of cultures and religions.
So when a person judges someone based on color of skin, or religion, or where their family comes from, they could realize they just might  be cousins. We all come from a great human collective, a common global village. I may never have parent's and grandparent's names, or know my family tree, but I can tell you, I am sure it covers the globe if I go far enough back.
 I am probably related to you.
This is the video (not short)  I watched...
 first part  and second part
 there are two parts, the second one tells a marvelous story of this man's father who went on to do incredibly important work in American Government.
Have a good week y'all.

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  1. oh wow, we would meet the easter bunny too... but the french rabits are not brave enough to meet us... and we would like to watch murdoch mysteries too, but our tv channels are ...well ya know...

  2. My son-in-law made Easter dinner and I brought deviled eggs and a purchased pie. I love it when I don't have to cook or clean up. It was a last minute change in plans so pretty low key. I've done both DNA tests from Ancestry and 23andMe. Very interesting and my results along with 3 other cousins has disproved a family story of ancestry.

  3. I want some of that potato salad and all those treats you got from Trader Joe's. Yummy.

    Milo got to meet the Easter bunny. How fun.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday. Scritches to Milo. ♥

  4. I agree it's a do nothing day or even week. I managed to get some chores done early but am fading really fast.

    I love family history. I don't know much about my maternal side but my paternal side has German and Native American for sure. It's definitely fun to learn about all the amazing history of ones family. I hope you're able to learn some.

    Have a wonderful week!

  5. Glad to hear that a relaxed week is in store after your colds. It is interesting how "mixed" we all are, genetically speaking. "The Victory Garden" sounds interesting; think I'll add it to my list!

  6. I love researching family history. There's really only one line that we've got traced back very far and that's my dad's mother's mother's side...all the way back to Roxburghshire, Scotland in the 1400's with a lot of Irish and a little German thrown in there somewhere. My husband is first generation Sicilian on his mother's side; Scots-Irish on his dad's. Needless to say, our children are a jumbled up mess! LOL! Personally, I believe that we're all mixed up beautiful messes and are all related somewhere along the way. I wish you well in your research. Blessings for a lovely week ahead! <3

  7. My sister-in-law gave my brother an Ancestry kit, and we are awaiting results. In a group text, my three siblings and I discussed what we might find. We knew German and French; one says Dutch, but I'm skeptical; I had heard Native American once, and one said an African may have been in the mix (or may have been disowned--other times). I think that's it. We're all interested what they will say!

  8. I enjoyed stopping by! I am so sorry you still have a lingering cough! Hope you feel 100% soon! Loved the picture of your dog meeting the Easter bunny was adorable! I hope you have a blessed week!

  9. Love the Easter Bunny meeting Milo image. Too cute.

  10. Just finished last nights AI... now to the DVR for tonights!! Is your fave still in? I have a few.. and they are still in! Have a great Monday night!

  11. Milo is so cute, meeting the Easter Bunny! Love your 'view of the mountains' quilts. I love your ancestry sentiments. Sometimes even when you know your ancestry, you still don't feel like they are kin. Glad your weather is warming up and hope you have more sun this week. x K

  12. Enjoyed your post today. Have a WONDERFUL week.

  13. LA - we know a lot about our family history - German all the way … But I look forward to what you might find out. Intrigued by the on-line sketching workshop - maybe I should give it a try. And Milo is always adorable!

  14. Love the colors in the view of the mountains quilt, so pretty! It's okay to take a day to rest and do nothing, did that yesterday here. Lucky Milo got to meet the Easter bunny! Cute picture. Hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

  15. I love researching family history. I've even helped friends get started with their family trees as well. I think it's so cool to know where people come from. I also like learning about different cultures and traditions. There are so many different pieces to everyones puzzles that are beautiful.

    The picture of your dog and the Easter bunny truly made me laugh out loud. lol

    Have a wonderful week!

  16. Time Team is a fun show, I enjoy it too. I love ancestry and DNA tests and all that, my daughter just did hers not too long ago and there were some surprises in there.

    Have a wonderful week!

  17. Excellent post. So informative, amusing and man, CO weather sounds so much like Alberta weather! Thank you for saying what you said about ancestry. I just don't get a lot of people's attitude. My husband has recently had quite a revelation that, as you said with yours, is shocking, but not, and makes sense in a lot of ways regarding his childhood. We have that virus here too, husband coughing still (in his 4th week) me still with wicked plugged sinuses and coughing (in my 2nd week)'s a nasty one, and it's not strep; I got a swab to be sure as it sure felt like more than a cold with the intense sore throat I had for days. Get well soon! See you tomorrow with an I Like/Love post!

  18. Love the cup! I will go look at that sketching class. DNA is so interesting - one day I'd love to do the testing. Have a great week

  19. I am starting to relize that I am a homebody. I was a little stressed today when I realized my next two weeks are pretty scheduled . I hate that. Have a great week.