Just published and available for sale and a great gift that could be added to a gift package is the book, Holy Heifer Tales! Have you ever wondered what really happens on a dairy farm? Get a glimpse of the mishaps and mayhem in everyday life on a Wisconsin dairy farm, as told by an honest-to-God farm wife. Get to know the guys, dogs and other critters, deer hunters, tractors and, of course, cows and cow patties. Experience the events that happen behind the scenes when the tractor wheels are no longer turning, whether these adventures are in the farmhouse, at the farm itself or away from the farm. It retails for $9.97. For an autographed copy personally from the author or to request it as an addition to a gift package, contact Lorlyn Enterprises at firstname.lastname@example.org. And, if you would like a gift package, check out the services at Lorlyn Enterprises.
It’s been a while since I wrote anything here. I took time off because I went back to college to finish up a bachelor’s degree, one of my bucket list or unfinished to-do list items. I still am enrolled as a student, but in between I began work on another bucket list or unfinished to-do list item–writing and publishing a book.
But, before I ramble on about the book, I am going to back up a bit and say that I will be finishing up a bachelor of science degree, majoring in communication or communicating arts with a minor in business psychology. I am a senior with a plan to graduate in 2013. I am doing this online and have one semester to go. That means I also am looking at what I am going to do with that degree and actually have no idea yet. I would love to use it in a job where someone paid me to write blogs for others or write web content, but so far after beginning to explore that, I am coming up with nothing because of where I live. I have big city skills with nowhere to take them, and I cannot move the farm to be realistic. I will just have to do more exploring and, of course, praying.
Now, the book. So many of you who have read my stories I posted on a previous blog, Business On The Farm, have commented that you enjoyed those stories. For years I had in mind to write a book, but I could never figure out what I would write about. So, one day when I was doing my day job in automatic pilot, I asked myself, why not take stories from the blog and have them printed in book form so that those who do not have access to the Internet or even know how to access it will be able to enjoy those stories too? After reviewing in my mind that the stories would do well in a smaller book format, I recalled a book publisher, Our Little Books. I even have books printed by that publisher. I liked the size of the books and the quality and decided to contact Our Little Books. What happened after that has now become a reality. This past summer I went through the process of getting the blogs published in book form, in between a summer class and working at launching a business and everything else that goes on here on the farm plus my day job. Now, my book of stories is available only on the Our Little Books website titled, Holy Heifer Tales! published under my pen name Alora Lynn. You can order it there if you want at http://www.ourlittlebooks.com/holy-heifer-tales or you can contact me directly and preorder at email@example.com.
This little book of my blog stories is the first Our Little Books has published in the stories category, and you will be getting a thick little book if you order it. It is just crammed full of stories, and you will be getting your money’s worth for a holiday gift that will make your gift recipient smile.
Having said all of this, it is good to be back. Feel free to comment here at the blog or stop by here and say hi. I would love to hear from you!
Since my discovered passion for genealogy, I have gotten sidetracked on my journey to finding out more about Lucky’s family. I suppose one can say that I made the decision to get off the “interstate” for a while to do some exploring on less traveled roads before bringing things up to speed again.
Though my time has been occupied this summer taking a couple of university courses in pursuit of my bachelor’s degree, I filled it up more with another course through a local university online. It was a course entitled, “Basic Genealogy.” I could have waited until my summer session college classes were completed to take this course, but the genie within me could not wait to find out what treasures could be had by taking the course sooner. So, without further thought, I jumped in just as the course was beginning to start online.
I was a week behind from when the course was originally scheduled to start, but that did not bother me. Being the speedy reader I am with a voracious appetite for anything genealogy, I got caught up in no time. This between an exam, a paper and weekly writing assignments, discussion board postings and reading assignments and everything else I do both here on the farm and with my “paying job,” I managed to do with ease. It turned out that the genealogy course was so interesting and satisfying, it was not like work at all. It was fun and provided me with valuable information that was far more worth than what the course cost.
One interesting tidbit that I learned from the genealogy course was that Ellis Island was not the main place and only place where immigrants went after arriving here from their countries of origin. There is a place called Castle Garden which was the first immigration center from 1855 to 1890. Castle Garden is known today as Castle Clinton National Monument and is located at the tip of Manhattan. Chances are that if your ancestors arrived between 1855 to 1890 they most likely met at Castle Garden, not Ellis Island.
Besides completing “Basic Genealogy” and receiving a certificate for that course, I did some other fun reading along the lines of genealogy. I read a book by Buzzy Jackson, “Shaking The Family Tree: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist.” Again, this was an easy read (even though I was occupied with other activities) because of my voracious appetite for anything genealogy. Besides, this book happens to fit in that category of books where a book is hard to put down and stop reading. This book is about the quest of a genie in pursuit of information to complete her family tree on her father’s side. Her quest turned out to be a rather interesting journey that supplied information about techniques used by genies to get information like DNA and places to go to get information to fill in those parts of the family tree that are missing. I have to admit that I hated it when I got to the last paragraph in this book because I found Buzzy’s quest to be entertaining and felt drawn into her experiences so much that I did not want it to end. I doubt that there will be a sequel to “Shaking The Family Tree,” but it would be interesting to know what else Buzzy has turned up since this book was written. At least I am reassured that the characteristics of my innate desire to always be on the lookout for clues in regard to Lucky’s family history are not all that far-fetched. Realizing that Buzzy’s experiences during her genealogical journey are not that different from mine, I am convinced that my passion for genealogy is what is considered normal when one is a genie. Sure it may be a crazy normal at times, but it is a good normal. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
The crops have finally been planted. Now all we can do is wait and pray that the work will pay off. Speaking of prayer, a friend forwarded this photo to me by e-mail. Don’t know who took it, but one thing is certain. If a dog can pray, then there is no excuse for us humans not to pray.
I began investigation on Lucky’s family. I had no clue where to start, actually. I began digging around in all directions–old E-mails I printed out from other members of Lucky’s family who actually started a so-called family tree and had wanted info from me to add to it, web sites that gave family tree info and wild Goggle searches that would bring up anything I had thought of at a particular given moment to search. I had not realized how much information was out there about Lucky’s family alone on the Internet that a quest so simple as I had originally thought turned out to be rather overwhelming. Note I just mentioned that I used the words “rather overwhelming” instead of “frightfully overwhelming.” The more I delved into this genealogy quest, the more I realized that I needed some guidance as to how to do this the right way.
I had recalled from one of the websites I found info on offered a free online course in genealogy for beginners. I decided to take up that website’s offer and began taking the course. Somehow I stumbled on some other information–people actually do dig up people’s family histories for a living. These people are called professional genealogists.
I then proceeded to get more information about how to become one and what the requirements would be. I discovered that the very traits connected with my addiction to digging up information on dead people matched those of a professional genealogist. I also discovered that my recent decision to finish a bachelor’s degree at a liberal arts college was not too farfetched either because it is a good idea to have a degree from a liberal arts majoring in at least business before turning professional. To say the least, the very idea of being able to make money from this addiction that I am really passionate about as a professional was very exciting. The thought of it when I made that discovery for a moment took my breath away. At long last I found my passion!
Soon after that discovery or, if you will, that “aha moment” I realized I now had a real honest-to-goodness purpose to shoot for with not only my bachelor’s degree but in the days ahead just before I hit my “golden years.” As a baby boomer kind of in a midlife crisis, evaluating what had transpired in the years past as a result of my being here in Earth and what needed to be done yet, this new passionate purpose was indeed very welcome.
It motivated me. It motivated me to make the most of my life as it is now and in the days ahead.
I began taking action with this newly acquired knowledge. I made a decision about what individually designed major would be for my bachelor’s degree and the areas it would cover. I purchased books and magazines about the practice of genealogy and books by genealogists who also decided to make the journey professionally. I joined an association for professional genealogists (the APG).
I started to search for other people who had this insane desire to track down dead people and look for head stones. I found I had a lot in common with them. No longer was I on this quest alone. I became one of them. I became a “genie.”
This project having to do with Chief’s legacy is going to be more than a scrapbook for Chief’s family.
After my visit with my hairdresser friend at her house where she showed me how I could use digital photos on a medium such as CDs too, I was so excited that I felt like a kid who just told about an upcoming trip to Disneyland. I got on my computer at home to look for the program already on my computer and began playing with it. I soon realized I could really have fun with this and be creative at the same time. My friend, realizing my passion with preserving memories through the means of scrapbooking and my tendency to be a computer geek of some sort, encouraged me to think beyond this project of mine. Knowing that I have fibromyalgia and will not be able to continue my current vocation not too long in the future, she thought preserving memories in this manner for others would be a great way for me to continue to be active. This realization brought about an aha moment as to what I could do with my God-given talents that would be both purposeful and a way to share them with others.
This led to another thought, though. I was going to embark on another service type of business that would positively affect people’s lives which I had been working on for months. I was about ready to launch that business off this summer. I had to make a decision. I could not be doing both. There was no way physically and mentally that I could do that. One of them had to go. Although I put time and money into that business, I came to the conclusion that it would not allow me the creativity and fun I would have of bringing memories and photos to life, not only for myself, but others. It was then I decided to ditch the business and go with what really made me happy.
Once that decision was made, it was easy to move on. It was rather liberating. I felt content spending time on the project which turned out to be more meaningful to me than the business would have which, by the way, would have been professional organizing.
As I got more involved with the project, another thought came to mind. For quite some time Big C and Sunny expressed to me that they wish there was a book of some sort with the family tree from Lucky’s side of the family. After all, there was one from my side that contained a very detailed account of how the herd (as Big C put it) on my side began. I didn’t realize that it meant that much to them, but now that they both are young adolescents perhaps a thing like that is appreciated more than it was when they were in their teens and younger. I asked myself then, how about creating a digital scrapbook and CD that included Lucky’s surname’s family tree?
Okay, I thought to myself, what am I getting myself into? But, then, I quickly shoved that question to the side and began to think about the wonderful result would be in the final product were I to do some genealogical work with this project.
It was then that I realized that this really is going to be more than a scrapbook!