Links to the Present and Past


One of my neighbors moved out of state last week and gave me her mini dishwasher. She fondly called it her “link to modern living.” I haven’t lived in a home with a dishwasher in at least 13 years. I am thrilled but also a tad frightened that I will inadvertently flood my kitchen. I have to hook it up to my kitchen faucet somehow. Pray for me.

I picked up another link to modern living at CVS the other day: teeth whitening strips. I am a little scared of this as well. And a bit skeptical. Does everyone use these? Do they work? I’ll report back on the experiment.

And in “link to the past” news, I received my DNA results. I’m 82% Central European?! When I received this news, you could have pushed me over with a feather. Well, all of my Great Britain ancestors must have migrated from Central Europe. And remember how I prided myself on being 25% Italian? Well. Turns out I’m only 11% “Southern European” (Italy, Spain, and Portugal). And 7% of my ethnicity is uncertain.

Using my DNA sample, matched me up with other site members who could be my 4th to 8th cousins. I can’t even begin to comprehend that. OK, I just looked it up. My 4th cousin and I share great-great-great grandparents. Uh….I’ll need to map that out.



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