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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Blog Roundup - 12/1/07

It's time for another edition of my somewhat irregular blog roundup.

The inspiration for today's roundup was not a genealogy blog at all. Instead, it is because I'm absolutely drooling over these decadent-looking goodies over at Baking Bites. I've got to make a finger food for a party next week, and I may have to bake a batch. If they don't work out, I can always go to plan B. I suspect they'll turn out perfectly though so I won't have to go to any backup plan.

I'm a little jealous of where Randy is spending his weekend. The town sounds charming. I don't have use for the casino, but I'd take the snow if they have it. I always love a good B & B.

Dear Myrtle accidentally looked in Fayette County, Alabama books instead of Fayette County, Georgia ones. I noticed those Alabama sources and the Moore surname. I then went back and looked at the question she was trying to answer. I couldn't figure out why she was searching in Alabama based on the info she had given, but I also knew that there were Moores in Fayette County, Alabama. I'm a little surprised she didn't find an Isaac or Nancy there. That would have been something if she'd looked in a county by accident and found her persons there! I've heard of it happening. Several years ago, a friend of mine was researching in a county where she had a lot of ancestors. She happened upon one of the more unique surnames that she knew I was researching. Her discovery helped me figure out where that family had moved. It was one of those situations where a family moved west, but then moved back east, but not quite as far back east as they'd been before they moved west.

Janice shares how to know you are having a New Hampshire Christmas. In the South, we rarely have to worry about the snow boots.

I love Becky's old school photos.

If you are researching in Alabama, you might want to keep an eye on Alabama Genealogical Society's loose records database.

2005 Caldecott Honor book Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems is making its debut on DVD. This might be a great purchase for the little ones on your Christmas list.

You all know that I've been on a mission lately about getting folks to read more. "When students read less for pleasure throughout their lives, their overall reading achievement also declines."

It appears that I'm with the majority on this one. I'm basil.

I continue to follow what others are saying about Kindle. I'm also checking out how much versions of the books in which I'm interested sell for in their Kindle edition when I go to Amazon. A mass-market paperback is still cheaper for me if I get it at McKay's (used bookstore extraordinnaire in Knoxville). I think it would be a great device if I travelled more extensively than I do, but I'm not so sure that I want to spend $400 for it YET.

This is almost scary. Thanks to Instapundit for pointing it out.

What do corn dogs have to do with the SEC Championship?

I don't normally agree with liberal blogs, but I will say that I'm concerned about the way we are overdeveloping the Great Smoky Mountains area. It seems that there are trees there one day and the next day, a bulldozer is making way for a new subdivision or new development.

These posts brought back memories of a family vacation long ago. I love Rock City Gardens. I always felt Ruby Falls was kind of fake-looking.

I'm glad to know I'm not the only person who likes ornaments. I discovered long ago that I didn't have room for a lot of knick-knacks from vacations, but an ornament could be stored until it's time for its display. As I hang the ornaments each year, I have a memory of the place I visited or the person who gave an ornament to me. The majority of my ornaments have a story to tell. I only have a few gold-colored ornaments to round out the tree.

I wish I had some snow so I could participate in Sled Day.

Books are dangerous. I just hate that I failed to the two blogs I read earlier today that mentioned cutting fingers on the pages of books. Now I can't remember which ones they were! One of the bloggers was a bookseller and said it was an occupational hazard. As a librarian, I agreed!

If the price of cow's milk keeps going up, you might need to learn how to milk a moose. (Thanks to Amy for pointing me to this new New Hampshire blogger.)

What a great picture! I recommend that Renee gets some of these.

That's where all that snow I wanted is heading!



  • We've spent many a summer in NW Georgia and lots of time on top of Lookout Mountain. I've always loved Rock City and look forward to another trip next summer. The Christmas decorations look like fun, but every time I stick my nose above I-10 in the winter some storm of the century pops up out of nowhere.

    There's a reason I still live in Florida and it's spelled w-i-n-t-e-r.

    I'm with you on Ruby Falls. I'd much rather see the Civil War hospital they were drilling the elevator shaft to in the first place than a bunch of dripping rocks.

    By Blogger Moultrie Creek, at 7:13 PM  

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