A Short Timeout

I know all of my faithful followers are used to my posting schedule, but unfortunately, we have a bit of a problem this week.

Call it:

Garden: 1
Roberta: 0

We finally had a nice day and I went to ready the perennial beds for summer.  Apparently, that was a mistake.

I did something that did not agree with my back on Sunday and have been rather incapacitated ever since.

OK, enough with the niceties – it hurts like bloody hell.  And you cannot blog or write in a prone position.

So please bear with me for the next few days as my normal publication schedule is interrupted.  I do have a few articles nearly prepared and I’ll see what I can do with those.

And as for that cliffhanger…I really didn’t do that on purpose.  Seriously.

In the mean time, there are almost 700 articles on this blog and it’s fully searchable by key word in the search box in the upper right hand corner – so maybe this is a good time to read about something new!

My apologies.

daffy and bug



I receive a small contribution when you click on some of the links to vendors in my articles. This does NOT increase the price you pay but helps me to keep the lights on and this informational blog free for everyone. Please click on the links in the articles or to the vendors below if you are purchasing products or DNA testing.

Thank you so much.

DNA Purchases and Free Transfers

Genealogy Services

Genealogy Research








95 thoughts on “A Short Timeout

  1. I just did the same thing last month so I understand this completely! I rested but not enough, so please try to stay down a bit longer than you might want so that you can heal.

  2. Definitely take a time out and the time to heal! This time we can say “you deserve it” and really mean it! We can easily busy ourselves with reading all the amazing things you’ve posted already. Take care.

  3. I’m sorry about your back. I think it’s ironic. I am laying in a recliner as we speak recovering from an L4-L5 back fusion. Just got home from the hospital yesterday, so still figuring out “no bend, lift, or twist” for 3 months until the bone graft sets up. Also I’m supposed to move, lots, correctly ( like take walks with the back brace in). Anyway, here’s what I’m going to try today. I got a “lap desk”, and I’m going to try to prop it up on my lap as I lay in the recliner, and put the laptop on that and just start on looking at all my e-mails on the computer and see if I can compute from this position! Good luck, I hope you start to get better soon! Might want to consult a doc (who knows what kind!) to see if you are doing the right thing thingis to get better. When I hurt my back the first time, in 1980, I was put on complete hospital bedpan bed rest. Horrible thing to do! Things just spiraled down and I got weak. New treatment is much more movement oriented. Good luck! Clytee from Utah.

    Sent from my iPhone


    • I had back surgery in 1986 and things have definitely changed s lot. I was hoping that a few days of rest and pred would do it but it hasn’t. Back to doctor tomorrow and expect a referral. The medical system works slow as molasses. Glad you’re on the mend.

  4. My sympathies. I will miss your articles, of course, but hope you take all the time you need to feel better. Virdie

    Sent from my iPad


  5. Please take all the time you need to heal. You have given us so much in the way of information, education, insight, support and encouragement through your blog that I can’t imagine any of us not understanding and wishing you a full recovery. Thanks for the treasure trove of articles.

  6. I had cervical spine surgery last May and still have a lot of pain. So do not feel rushed and do things too soon. I think I overdid too soon and now I am paying for it and hope I will not require additional surgery.

    We can wait and we appreciate all you do. Best wishes that you feel better soon and do not worry about getting back on schedule – take care of yourself.

  7. Sorry to hear you are under the weather. Rest is what is needed for the back. I do back exercises every morning & evening hoping to avoid surgery. My husband has had back surgery twice & is still not right. Oh well, that’s my story & don’t mean to bore you with it. Please take care & we’ll all do fine reading your past articles to refresh our brains. REST & let others do for you.

  8. Hope you are feeling completely well again soon! I too love gardening but cannot do what I used to do! I love beautiful flowers & fresh summer vegetables. But my knees and back don’t enjoy pulling weeds too much!

  9. Take care and don’t rush your recovery. Time is the best healer for a back injury.

    On Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 11:36 AM, DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy wrote:

    > robertajestes posted: “I know all of my faithful followers are used to my > posting schedule, but unfortunately, we have a bit of a problem this week. > Call it: Garden: 1 Roberta: 0 We finally had a nice day and I went to ready > the perennial beds for summer. Apparently,” >

    • Fans. How funny. I never thought about it they way. I think of you all as friends, many of whom I just don’t know well yet. And I’ve met so many cousins through DNA testing.

  10. Dear Roberta,

    I hope your doctor can take away the pain. We will all miss your delightful and informative blogs but getting better is much more important.


    Alberta L. Schumacher

  11. OUCH !!! Unfortunately, been there done that. Rest easy and with I knew if you are to heat or ice the back ~ sorry. – Ally

  12. Worst thing I ever did TO MYSELF in the garden was pull a big weed. Bent my legs so I wouldn’t hurt my back. Back was fine. Broke two ribs !! AND I DID IT TO MYSELF!! Love gardening and your blog. Please take your time and make sure you are 100% ready when you return to us.

  13. Ah, nothing like the “can’t sit, can’t lie down, can’t move without pain” dance necessitated by a back injury. (ugh)
    Heal fast. We’ll be here, waiting, with bated breath. ☺

  14. With needle in hand
    You don’t need to stand.
    Piece a quilt
    Without guilt
    For the time away
    From your regular day!

      • Roberta, yes, I happily know you’re a quilter and ‘they’ are among my favorite people. You wrote an interesting blog once that included some quilt history. It was so well done that I forwarded the link to my American Quilt Study Group List.

        Should you need fabric for your step-father’s grandmother’s quilt, I’ll happily raid my period ‘stash’ and send some to you. Hey, quilters NEVER turn down free fabric!…or any kind of fabric, for that matter!

        • What a sweet offer to make. As soon as I can I’ll take a look. I need to finish that for “him” anyway. I did buy some civil war period fabric for it. The biggest problem I have is that some of the original red pieces have deteriorated and need to be replaced. I’m trying to decide whether to be a purist or not😊

      • Have you had it dated or, do you know the date on it? I’ve done a lot of restoration work so I have all periods if you decide to go purist. I can likely help with fabric. Except, if you’re dealing with a 19th century turkey red. I’m working on an 1870s basket {red, green, and orange} right now that needs a lot of turkey red. Interesting, 19th century reds usually hold up well. It is the iron oxide in those blacks and browns that usually disintegrates first. I’m happy to send what I can so keep me in mind when you decide.
        PS send a photo when you get around to it – love the old ones to death. I’m deaccessioning my quilt and textile collection and it is like auctioning off my kids.

  15. Best Wishes from Yorkshire, UK. Get well soon. At least I will now have time to catch up with the excellent articles I haven’t read yet on your site!

  16. A backache is the worse. I was working in my front yard this morning and tripped over the brick border this morning while planting flowers. Smack down with my face in a shrub. Had to crawl on my knees to get to something strong enough to pull my self up. Both knees replaced and it is hell trying to get up and being 80 doesn’t help. Nothing broken, a lot to be thankful for. Take care and find what drugs you can to take. Melba McGee Niemuth

  17. Been there, done that. We sometimes forget that we are no longer xx years old, much to our chagrin. Get well soon.

  18. I hope you heal quickly. My back is permanently like that with limited mobility so I know how frustrating and painful it must be for you.

  19. Rest but not too much it will not help your back, heat and some movement is the best. Begin flat on your back, deep breaths as taught in yoga, best way to begin ! Good luck, he’ll to get old – I know 😀

  20. I hope you get well soon and there won’t be lasting trouble from this misadventure.

    I’ll make sure to be careful when I’ll tackle my own garden in a few weeks (there are still a good measure of snow).

  21. I never forget for even a moment how old I am. Every bone and muscle in my body reminds me every second of every day. But life is worth the pain when we can pursue our addiction to genealogy.

    • I hear that Helen and you have a few on me😊 But you’re right about still being able to pursue the things close to our heart. Right now I’m particularly thankful for cell phones that are smart.

  22. Sorry to hear about your back. i will look forward to your next blog contribution, after you feel better! Take care.

  23. So sorry to hear of your garden hazard. I just returned to Mi to my gardens and my body is also protesting. That bug looks like a strawberry root weevil – beware – however they usually eat at night.

Leave a Reply to gjohnsCancel reply