200 Recipes Books 1 and 2

My occasional reminder that these are available to you. Actually, they are always available using the links in the rightmost column in this blog. 

Free Recipes From Family and Friends. No commercial today - no requiring you to sign up or give up anything - and safely hosted at ISSUU 

When mom passed, a close friend help me get the old family recipes into an online booklet form. There are recipes from the Italian side and the German side - and a mix of others from friends.

Sadly, the friend who helped prepare the recipe book for publication passed away about 2 years later. A group of us got together and created the second of two books. She was a military wife and her recipes are from friends around the world.

You are free to use the recipes and share. The only thing we ask, is never make it monetary - they are always FREE. Who knows, maybe you will find something you have been looking for - or something new. On the first book, since the recipes are mostly family going back to great grandmother - I am privileged to say I think ALL of them are good!

BOOK 1 -   https://issuu.com/cannistra/docs/200_recipes 

BOOK 2 -   https://issuu.com/cannistra/docs/the_book_of_joy

Attack By Robocaller

This happened the beginning of September - just have not had the time to share it with you until now.

The calls started in the afternoon and I let them go into voicemail. I listened to a few of the messages and the caller represented themselves as Apple and stated something was wrong with my iCloud account.

The calls kept coming over and over and I finally caved and made a HUGE mistake - I answered. All I said was "who are you" and the guy hung up on me.

Then the calls kept coming every 5 to 12 minutes or so - for over 5 HOURS.

They were calling, leaving messages and texting. This was SO bad I called T-Mobile and alerted then to what was happening. I did not want to shut off my phone - but it was tempting. TMO has a higher level robo blocker software that they enabled and in a very short time the calls stopped. 

So, why am I sharing - this can happen to anyone. These callers are bad news. About a week after this happened, a friend's senior mom was called by "Social Security" - they asked for her social security number. And, she gave it to them. So, y'all be careful.

OK - smile....  it is only 3 months until Christmas!

Cousins, Cousins, Cousins


The ancestry analysis takes you to at least the level of 8th cousin. Last time I shared all of this with you in 2018, the list was about 135 pages of cousins. The updated list is 271 pages of cousins. There is about 15 cousins per page!

This is one family reunion that is NOT going to happen. We would need to rent a small town. Thanks for reading and if you have any unique ancestry stories that you would like to share reach out to me.

How Did I Get Here?


They ancestry folks got this part right. The mix of my German and Italian families settled and "merged" in Chicago. And that is how I happened.
THIS is a big surprise! The latest analysis suggest a 26% origin in Western Europe (German) and the UK. I had heard there was a guy from France somewhere in the mix, but none of the family could authenticate that. As for the UK - that is new.

Will it change next time?

On the Italian side, my grandmother was northern Italy and grandfather was from the south - Sicily actually. 
Much of the Italian side is from - and still there - Sicily. Happy to say thanks to the internet have managed to connect with some of them. We still need to get down who is related to who - and how.

Tomorrow, more about the increase in the number of cousin links! Come on back.

I'm Not Black Anymore

Well, I have the latest update about my ancestry records. When I shared the information with you in April 2018, they said I was part African and part Middle Eastern. Somehow that changed. I am not the expert on this stuff for sure, but the revised information gives rise to questioning the authenticity of their results.

For now, it seems I am primarily Italian and German by descent, however they added a new surprise to the mix. At least, there is new information about "what makes me who I am" - for now.

Nothing has really changed for me. As I said in 2018, I am AMERICAN all the way - but a look back piques my curiosity. More to share with you tomorrow! 

I Had To Tell My Son

The following is a guest post - and our first opening this blog to touching and inspiring stories. If you have one to share, we would love to hear from you. I am not moving the blog away from real estate – I am opening it up to an ethical life stance that we, as humans, are more encompassing than simply a narrow focus on our own abode. Humans are about altruism, generosity, benevolence, humanitarianism, and so much more.

Our Guest Poster:

My name is Al Manges. I would like to share my story with everyone.  I am a truck driver and I am away from my family for weeks at a time.  I am lucky to work for a company, Schneider National, that values family. With approval, I am allowed to have passengers when I drive. 

Every two weeks I trade off passengers.  I take my son AJ and daughter Sabrina with me.  They really enjoy coming out on the road.  We get to see many different parts of the country that most people do not. 

On one of my bi-weekly trips that starts in Indiana and goes down to Texas then on to California.  I had my son AJ on this trip out to California.  After I delivered to all of my customers we started our trip back.  We picked up our new load and headed out.  Part of the way home we stopped at a Walmart in Nevada.  By the way it is not easy to park at a Walmart in a semi-truck.  I have to make sure they allow trucks to park there and have space to park. 

I made a list of groceries we needed and headed in.  I knew exactly how much money I had in my bank account so I was careful picking out my items so I didn't go over my limit.  AJ and I gathered all of our groceries and headed to check out. 

This is where it gets interesting.  I generally use the self-checkout with the conveyor.  We loaded our items on the belt and began scanning our groceries.  When we finished and went to pay I looked at the total and knew I had enough money to buy everything.  I inserted my debit card in the card reader, put in my pin the computer said card declined.  I did not understand why the transaction was declined.  I logged in to my bank account and saw that my balance had changed since I entered the store. 

I then had to tell my son that we would have to put some of our items back.  It was frustrating to say the least.  As I contemplated what to put back a customer at the checkout across from us overheard my son and I talking.  She then asked me how much we were short.  She then gave me twenty dollars to cover the rest of the difference I could not pay for. 

I was very touched by the generosity of a complete stranger.  I thanked her as my eyes welled up with tears of happiness.  We were able to purchase all of our groceries thanks to the kindness of a kind woman. 

I would like to thank Debbie that was at the Walmart in Fernley, Nevada.  I have always tried to help others in need.  It was refreshing to have it happen to me.  I didn't realize until that day that paying it forward really meant something bigger to me.  Thank you again Debbie.


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Beware The Movers

Going to share a personal experience with you – this happened to me on my last move.

I hired professionals – the company shall remain nameless as I am not looking to engage their lawyers. And, in truth – this can happen with any moving company. It simply depends upon the integrity of their employees.

The movers placed and connected the washer and dryer. Apparently, “connecting them” is a service not provided by the moving company, but the guys offered - if I would just make their total tip generous. I kept my end of the commitment – each got a nice bonus and I thought everything was fine.

My new place was brand new – no one lived here before – everything was bright and shiny. So a couple months later when I started noticing “a heavy dust” in the laundry room I started examining the ceiling, the water tank, the shelving – and found nothing. It went on and got worse. All that was left to do was check the washer and dryer – and yes common sense says I probably should have done that sooner.

When I pulled the dryer forward, I was shocked that the exhaust vent and hose had separated. The hose also separated from the dryer itself so the dryer was venting into the laundry room and spewing dust that would normally have vented. On examination - the reason for that – NO CLAMPS. Not disconnected, fallen clamps – but NO CLAMPS. I know that there were clamps from the previous installation and I know the clamps were not left behind because we cleaned up there right after the move. The clamps are not worth more than a couple bucks – so who knows what or why.

Obviously not complaining in sharing this post. Instead, giving y’all a heads up. Double check what movers do. Most movers are hardworking guys and take pride in their work. But take nothing for granted. What happened here could have caused a fire. Luckily it just made a mess and I learned a lesson. And life goes forward.                                                                                

Interview With Al


Just thought I would share the .homes interview with you. Probably so many new followers now that the majority of you have not yet had the opportunity to read it. And, hard for me to believe it is over a year and a half since this interview took place. 

Y'all be sure to call or contact me if I can help you. No matter where you are located, if you need a licensed real estate agent, call me. Chances are, we have someone in the network for you!