Wednesday Afternoon

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Found on Facebook

Found on Facebook

I spent the morning first paying bills, then working on my ancestry charts, while David took my car to Eduardo, our new mechanic, came home and walked the dogs, and then shopped for groceries. Eduardo fixed the car in two minutes.  The windows would not open and he knew exactly which switch was causing the trouble.  He replaced the switch, and charged David a pittance. I don’t do cars, David (from NC) and cars go together like horses and carriages.

In fairness, I buy part of the groceries through Amazon.  David buys the fresh stuff, produce, dairy, and meats.

I won’t be buying much in the gluten-free range from now on.  I decided I was not gluten intolerant and am back on my WW plan after undergoing tests I probably did not need and gaining six pounds.  Some of that gluten-free stuff is just too tasty.

I blame the check-out instructions from the hospital.  They told me to forget dieting and eat to regain my health.   Fooey on that.

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Yesterday, Justin my PT provided me with a strap to bind my hips.  He says they are misaligned causing me to hurt my hip and knee when I walk.  The misalignment could be the result of an old injury, a maladapted walk owing to long term pain, or the surgery on my hip last fall.  There are many possible culprits, including a break in my back when I was a young athlete, plus falling off roller skates, out of trees, off horses, etc.

Justin says we will clear up the pelvis issue and then begin working on my knee again.  After he manipulated my hips into place, he had me place the strap over the top of my hip bones (top of the pelvic girdle) and pull it tight.  I wear it during the day, sleep in it too, and mostly don’t notice it except for feeling warmer.  Given the weather is very cool here, this works out well.

Meanwhile, all my exercise equipment has arrived…mats, ball, etc. for home use.  We have an upright bike, but I hate it, preferring recumbent bikes. Nicole told me these days you can find used recumbent bikes on Ebay, but I’ll use the one at the gym.  The treadmill is in David’s bedroom, and I’d like to haul it off or sell it, but I have a feeling it will be the last thing removed from this house.

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Now that I have found most of Second Great-Grand Uncle Edmund’s records, I am going to spend the rest of the afternoon with one of my books on the US Civil War.

 Edmund is one of the seven boys in the Nichols family at that time, who signed up for duty in July 1863.  Coincidently, the Union drove back the Confederates at Gettysburg, and Vicksburg fell July 4th.

We imagine the 4th as a federal holiday, but it wasn’t then, apparently, because the recruiter signed up three of the boys that day.  Lorenzo Adley had been in the Union Army since 1861.

Edmund’ sister-in-law Ellen was Lorenzo’s sister.  Got that? Lorenzo is the fellow whose photo I featured in my last post.  Most of the boys, including Lorenzo, and probably more cousins I won’t track down moved to Janesville Wisconsin after the war and worked for the Chicago and Northwestern Railway.   I am working hard to find the rail road records, but will probably have to scour sources outside Ancestry.com. Meanwhile, I found another photo yesterday of the grave marker for Great Grand Uncle Thomas, one of Edmund’s younger brothers, who survived the war and died from Rheumatic fever few years later at age 35.  Notice the rail car on the marker and the Union pacific shield?

Thomas Nichols, Oakwood Cemetery, Janesville WI

Thomas Nichols, Oakwood Cemetery, Janesville WI