Good morning, Vagabonds. Did anyone else have a problem getting into Azcentral? It’s very frustrating.
Yesterday I wrote all my overdue letters and went to the PO on 125th St. in Harlem to weigh (the ones that went to foreign countries and also my cousin’s clippings – she likes crossword puzzles and today is her birthday) them and mail them. I refuse to go to my local PO as the letter may never reach it’s destination.
Then I went to visit a friend who lives in a town house in Harlem. As you may know, Halem has been transformed and is gentrified in many places. My friend has a little patio in front of his building. As I reached his home before he got there, I sat on his patio bench reading my papers.
When he came he couldn’t find his keys (he has parkinsons, which may be why he had trouble finding them). I found themm in the torn lining of his coat pocket.
Once inside, I saw how elegant his 188os home looks like. He’s on the 1st floor and his bathroom has handrails to accomate his disabliity. he has pots of plants that grew beautifully as well as stained glass and tiffany objects. His backyard patio was very large – it’s hard to believe it was Harlem. If it weren’t for his Parkinsons he could host fantastic gettogethers there.
I gave him a year’s supply of clippings that I’ve collected for him (he’s in the real estate business, owns a building in the South Bronx and is interested in articles abouit the South Bronx – an area called Mott Haven – as well as Harlem).
We’ve been meaning to see each other for a long time and as I’ll only be NY another 18 days, I’m glad I got the chance.
I still must visit a friend in Westchester County and a 2nd cousin once removed wants me to come to see him in Long Island (we usually meet in Bryant Park, but now it’s too cold). I may decline his invitation as I’m somewhat overwhelmed.
I re-made 2 genealogies online. My maternal grandfather’s tree is only 31 pages when when handwritten and my maternal grandmother’s tree is 108 pages long. I decided to make an outline version of both trees but used | ‘s to connect the siblings, making it easier to follow. My cousin whose birthday it is today emailed me that the smaller tree is so clear I won’t have to scan it.
David, you’ve seen my scanned version – I’ll send you my outline version if you want to see it.
Things like this, plus getting my NY home in order and packing up the things I’ll need for the 4 months I’ll be in Florida keep me busy.