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52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #34 – Smells

The smells of different foods often take me back to one of Grandmothers’ kitchen as they were cooking a holiday dinner.

But the smell that most triggers memories for me is the smell of a farm. Still today, I can smell “fertilizer” spread on a field and I am back on the chicken farm of my Mom’s parents. I am playing in the yard and the wind is blowing from the chicken houses. To this day it makes me think of Grandma and smile.


 

Week #34 – Smells
Week 34: Smells. Describe any smells that take you back to childhood. These could be from meals, fragrant gardens, musty basements, or something entirely different.

This challenge runs from Saturday, August 20, 2011 through Friday, August 26, 2011.


 

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

 

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52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #33 – Nicknames

I didn’t have a nickname when I was a child. My Dad, however, was known as Buster. We don’t really know why! But that is what he was called. The story behind his nickname is one of our family mysteries!


 

Week #33 – Nicknames
Week 33: Nicknames. What was your childhood nickname, and what was the meaning behind it? You can also discuss the nicknames of other family members, both past and present.

This challenge runs from Saturday, August 13, 2011 through Friday, August 19, 2011.


 

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

 

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52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #32 – Dinner Time

Dinner time is usually called supper time in our house.

When I was a kid, Mom and Dad both worked. We would have dinner a couple of hours after they got home. They would spend a few minutes talking with us and each other and then they would fix dinner together. As we got older, we would help them with fixing the dinner.

I became the main cook for dinner by the time I was a teenager. Cleanup was a family affair from the time I can remember. As teenagers, we were assigned chores to do around the house and one of us would have to do the dishes each night.

When dinner was ready, we would put the food in the middle of the table and everyone would fix their plates and we would sit and eat dinner together. Sometimes, we would take our plates into the living room and we would eat dinner while we watched TV. We wouldn’t just sit there and silently watch TV though. In our family, it has always been common for us to talk about the topics raised in the TV show. Dinner was the time when everyone would talk about everything that had went on that day at school or work.

We have always been a family that spent a lot of time talking about everything that goes on in the world. We would watch the news and then spend the rest of the evening discussing what we heard about on the news or the events of the day.

Dinner time is now very similar to then. Dinner is the time when we catch up on the days news – whether it is the personal news of a family member or news from the world we have heard about through the news.


 

Week #32 – Dinner Time

Week 32: Dinner Time. On a typical childhood evening, who was around the dinner table? Was the meal served by one person, or was it a free-for-all? What is dinner time like in your family today?

This challenge runs from Saturday, August 6, 2011 through Friday, August 12, 2011.


 

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

 

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52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #31 – Grandparents’ House

The house I remember from my Mom’s parents (Grandma and Grandpa Treat) was their house on the Don 1 Tyson Farm in Springdale, Arkansas. They lived in that house from around the time they moved to the Springdale area from Big Flat, Arkansas until the mid 1980s. The house was an ordinary house that sat in the corner of a chicken farm. They had a few chickens in the yard much of the time, dogs, a milk cow, and some pigs. I loved visiting them.

The house is no longer there. It was torn down in the early to mid 1980s and they were forced to move to other homes as they continued to work for Tyson’s until my grandfather retired a few years later. The farm was removed when the Tyson Sports Complex was built in that area.

The house I remember from my Dad’s parents was the house at 205 Old Wire Road. It later became 316 Old Wire Road (Same house just a different address when Springdale was renumbered due to the installation of the 911 system in the area. The house was a few houses from the corner of Brogdon street where my Great-Grandpa Stout and his sister, my Great-Aunt, Mabel Stout Parsons lived. So, when we went to visit my grandparents we could walk up and visit them as well. In the late 1970s or early 1980s, Grandpa Thompson built a porch on the front of the house and then later closed in part of the carport and added another room to their house. Grandma lived in the house until her death in 2006.


 

Week 31: Grandparents’ House. Describe your grandparents’ house. Was it big or small? How long did they live there? If you do not know this information, feel free to describe the house of another family member you remember from your childhood.

This challenge runs from Saturday, July 30, 2011 through Friday, August 5, 2011.


 

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.