I am aware that I am less than some people prefer me to be,
but most people are unaware that I am so much more than what they see.
— Douglas Pagels

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Ancestry DNA

I was excited to be given the opportunity to send my DNA to Ancestry for heritage analysis. The process was easy, and they didn't keep me waiting very long. I'm happy to share the results:

I am 99% European and 1% Native American! Here's how it breaks down:

64% Europe West

Primarily located in: Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein
Also found in: England, Denmark, Italy, Slovenia, Czech Republic
I already knew this would be the biggest percentage, since I am primarily French and my maternal grandmother's mother was German.

15% Irish

YAAAAAAAY! I knew I was Irish because my paternal great grandmother was full-blooded Irish, but I didn't know it would show up as 15%. Awesome!

8% Iberian Peninsula

Primarily located in: Spain, Portugal
Also found in: France, Morocco, Algeria, Italy
Important to note that although IP is primarily Spain and Portugal, it also includes Southwest France, and that is exactly where one of my French ancestors is from. I will be genuinely surprised if I ever find an ancestor from Spain.

6% Great Britain

This is strictly England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland (however, I don't think NI is a part of this percentage, since Ireland is its own category).
I was expecting a higher percentage, but I don't doubt their findings now that I know I'm 15% Irish!

1% Americas (I am specifically Mississippi Choctaw)

This includes all of the Americas, and refers to Native/Indigenous ancestry. I agree with this percentage because my full-blooded Mississippi Choctaw Great Grandmother is from 7 generations ago. I'm just happy they recognized it at all!

Additional information:
As you can see in the first photo I shared, I am related to the first settlers of the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts. This information is spot on. Important note: The Alabama coast is included in this category, as you can see on the map.

It also tells me that I am possibly related to first settlers in North Carolina, which is accurate because that is exactly where my confirmed ancestor Alexander Elliott Clark was born. If only anyone knew who his parents were, I could close the gap in my family tree!

It also tells me I am possibly related to first settlers in the deep south region, which includes much of the Southeast. This of course is accurate also, not just because of the Gulf Coast settlers, but my German ancestor George Heinrich Seibel migrating to east central Mississippi. The family grist mill where my grandmother grew up, Sciple's Water Mill and Opry, still exists today.

I have absolutely nothing to contest, and that makes me happy.

If interested, my genealogy blog is in the beginning stages and can be found here.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

2017 Goal: MawMaw's Gumbo

If you've been following long enough, you know one of my goals for the year was to nail my late MawMaw's seafood gumbo. I decided today would be the day. You should see my kitchen right now...total carnage...but the gumbo is darn close to MawMaw's, and may very well be spot on tomorrow after the flavors mesh a little more. I'm happy to finally cross this off of my bucket list.

I miss you MawMaw, and I hope my attempt made you smile.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July so far (in pictures)

A gift for my stepfather

Southwest Frittata

Blueberry Shortbread Pie

No joke, an awesome friend gave me a laptop free of charge. I love it.
And not a moment too soon, as Bessie the Macbook was three keys in the grave.
She's retired on my shelf now. She had a great run of almost 8 years.

I participated in a gaming night at a great shop on the north side of Mobile, AL.
I was in a lot of pain, but I had fun and I hope to feel up to attending future events.

It is this angel's first birthday.
I feel very fortunate that I was able to spend a few hours with him.
He's my one and only nephew, and what a sweetheart he is.
He took a selfie in that last pic, haha.

I joined a rock painting group that paints rocks
and leaves them in public places for others to find.
When I'm feeling well enough to leave my home again,
I'll start dropping them around the county.

This every day. Every day.
I look and feel absolutely horrendous, and it is a daily struggle.
I am trying to function and be an occasional member of society.
I truly want to spend time with friends, family, and in the world in general
but it is hard, and frustrating, and exhausting, and not worth it sometimes.
I have been determined to get around without a power chair
but I pay the consequences of every bit of muscle activity I force on myself.
I am in more pain than I can describe, and weak, and without adequate rest,
and I know my condition will only get worse without a real solution.
I am better off than I could be, yet worse off than the world seemingly expects of me
and there isn't a thing I can do about that except remind myself and everyone else
that I did not f#@$%&# ask for this. Sorry for the language, but it's how I feel.

Last, but not least, I'm back on Instagram @ugottafriend.
Feel free to follow. I'll follow back unless you're a spam whore. :-P