Monthly Archives: November 2021

#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Strength

My maternal grandfather, Hoyt Cook, was a talker. That’s probably why I tell many stories about him in this blog, because I heard his stories often when I was growing up. One of the stories he shared was about how … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Thankful

This year, I give genealogical thanks once again for my mother and her memories that have helped me to make good progress on the family tree. I’m also grateful for the growing number of online resources that allow me to … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Birthday

There’s a family joke about the day my mother was born. She wanted to get on everyone’s good side, so it goes, so she was born in her dad’s birth month (April), on her mom’s birth day (the 13th), *and … Continue reading

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The Big C, Part 3: Pathology

As I type this, it’s one week since my thyroidectomy, so here’s the recap. Tuesday, November 16th – I dined on Jel-lo and hot tea (no milk or cream) that morning, and Tim drove me to the hospital at 10:45 … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Storm

I’ve lived a lot of my life in Florida, so the word ‘storm’ to me conjures up memories of hurricanes. I remember my Pap-pa, Hoyt Cook, talking about a hurricane, but I don’t know when – before they had names … Continue reading

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The Big C Strikes Again, Part 2

The surgery is Tuesday. When the nurse called, she asked if it was feasible for me to do it that quickly. I say, let’s get this cancer out of me as soon as possible. I mean, the doctor had said … Continue reading

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The Diagnosis, or The Big C Strikes Again

Three or four months ago, probably, I noticed a bit of swelling on my neck. I didn’t think too much of it. Then my husband asked me about it. I brought it up to the nurse practitioner at the gynecologist’s … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Voting

My mom’s dad is the first person I thought of when I saw this week’s prompt in Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. Hoyt Cook ran for county commissioner when my mom was growing up. I have … Continue reading

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