This week I managed to make someone laugh - OK, I do that all the time, but this time I meant to do it. Tess from Patching My Family Together read my post about my Grandma (Sentimental Sunday - Happy Birthday Grandma), it struck a chord and she left me a comment. I dropped by her blog for the first time and was delighted to see that she has a Mississippi connection - why would that delight a Bristol girl living in Cornwall? Well, my family emigrated to the USA when I was 16 and I went to Slidell High School in Louisiana for a couple of years. Although I moved back to Blighty my parents remained and my father now lives in Mississippi.
One thing I really like about Tess's blog is her title - I like to think of my family history as a quilt to be stitched together rather than a piece of rope with a far off end that I need to locate. You can find Tess's blog (with a rather splendid Wordless Wednesday post) at http://www.patchingmyfamilykin.wordpress.com/.
One of the first blogs I decided to follow was Helen Vail's. I have mentioned Helen before; I just can't praise her enough! Her mission is to document 100 New Zealand WW1 memorials for the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War - huge task. It was also Helen's blog that sparked the idea for my new blog 89 WW1 Heroes (http://www.89ww1heroes.blogspot.com/) in which I am researching the men listed on my local war memorial here in Newquay. Helen's blog is http://www.100nzmemorials.blogspot.com/.
Finally, I find myself increasingly busy as I am sure most people are these days. I need a sense of calm in my life and am finding it inspiring to read Leo Babauta's blog at http://www.zenhabits.net/ with its tag line "smile, breathe and go slowly" Sounds perfect. If I could just get the dog to read it....