DNA Testing-Ancestry.com


Posted by kat | Posted in Family Happenings | Posted on 18-11-2015

I have been doing genealogy since I was 14, and needed a good project for a my church’s youth program.  The Personal Progress program, was founded to help Young Women ages 12 to 18 to grow and become well rounded youth. What does this have to do with DNA testing with Ancestry.com?  I am getting to that, but first I sort of have to lay some backstory.

I started by talking to my parents and finding out who would be the best to talk to about family names.  I called my grandparents and got what I could from them.  This is what I started out with.

Dad’s side of the Family
Grandfather: Frank Walter Lochner born Feb 10th 1916 Clevland Ohio
Great Grandfather:  James Vaclay Lochner  he was born in Czechoslovakia
Great Grandmother: Rose Eggert born in New York

Grandmother: Helen Imogene Glass born Sept 28th 1918 Tucson, pima, Arizona
Great Grandfather: Earnest Truman Glass
Great Grandmother: Bernice Granville

Mother’s side of the family
Grandfather: Philip Berkley Kraus
Great Grandfather: Charles Augustus Kraus
Great Grandmother: Fredericka Fietshans

Grandmother: Majorie Regina Patt
Great Grandfather: Rev. Herman George Patt
Great Grandmother: Mary Alvina Wackerbath or Wackerbarth

Most of my mom’s side of the family came from England or Germany and my dad’s side came from Germany, Ireland, and Czechoslovakia.  Both sides of the family had stories that I remember hearing, about how we had several Native American Indian family members, but we were never able to prove this.  This is where the DNA testing comes in, when I first heard about it, they wanted several hundred dollars for the test.  I of course couldn’t afford that, so I waited, since it was still a fairly new concept as well, I figured it could only come down in price and get better the longer I waited.  So I stuck it on my Birthday/Christmas wishlist and one year, I got a test from my inlaws.  It was from a company called Connectmydna and this is the results it came up with from strongest to weakest.    Asia- Veitnam           Middle East/North Africa- Iran       Europe-Bosnia      Central/South America- Puerto Rico       Africa- Nigeria.  If you clicked on each area, they did list all the countries that were part of that region.    This did not match anything I knew,  and so I waited again for them to go on sale and asked again for a test.  This time it came from Ancestry.com and their results were as follows  38% Europe West  37%  Great Britain  12% Europe East and 6% Ireland.  I also had trace regions,  5% Iberian Peninsula  2% Italy/Greece and less than 1% Scandinavia, only surprise was that they didn’t detect any Native American Indian.  A friend of mine did mention that they only test 40 genes out of 700,000, so I could have some and it just wasn’t one of the random genes tested.

We are even having the kids tested to see what they end up getting with my husband being 63% Great Britain.

Healthy Challenge March 24th to April 24th.


Posted by kat | Posted in Cooking, Family Happenings | Posted on 01-04-2014

We start a healthy challenge as a family, I had two kids that needed to gain some weight and one that needed to lose some as well as I needed to lose some weight.    I started the challenge as mostly a way to set an example of being healthy, I cook most of if not all of the food we eat from scratch and try to make it well balanced.  I put a garden in each year and that also helps us with eating healthy.   I wanted to teach my kids that portion size is what helps keep us healthy just as much as watching what we eat,   I showed them two different video’s one of the guy who ate nothing but Subway and lost weight and the other of the guy who ate nothing but fast food but watched how much he ate and still lost weight, I also encouraged them to stay active as well.   So far it has been up and down with the weight, but they have all been fairly excited about the challenge.   We will celebrate the winner, by percentage and will be going to Menchie’s for frozen yogurt

Brewed Chocolate anyone? How about Choffy????


Posted by kat | Posted in Cooking, Family Happenings, Uncategorized | Posted on 29-06-2013

About a year or so ago, a friend of mine started selling something called Choffy.  It’s ground coco beans that is then put in a french press, hot water is added and then you wait a few mins, add some creamer and you have an AWESOME drink.  Wait????  What is a french press???   A french press is a container that has a filter on it, to keep the grounds from floating to the top.    It looks like this, you can also brew it in a coffee pot, if you have a really fine filter.  I have also read that a tea infuser works well too.   Well!  back to my story.    So the first time I made it, I didn’t do it right, and it still tasted pretty good.   The next time I tried it, I did it right and it was AWESOME!!!!  While Choffy seems pretty pricey, if your used to going to Starbucks or some of these other coffee shops, Choffy is cheaper and far healthier for you.     Currently there are three flavors, Ivory Coast, IC Dark and La Espanola.

Choffy has the following:
20 Calories
2x the antioxidents in one serving  as 2 servings of  blueberries
It has about the same of caffeine, as a 1 oz. of dark chocolate (20-24mg).
No Gluten
No Sugar- Except for what you add
No Fat

For more information you can go to http://www.drinkchoffy.com/about-choffy/faqs/ or to order go to www.drinkchoffy.com/katgowen


DIY-Catan Game


Posted by kat | Posted in Family Happenings | Posted on 25-11-2012

So I asked my sister what she wanted for Christmas, and since my family tries to keep things practical and thing people need, figured that what ever she told me shouldn’t be too hard.  I was right and WRONG at the same time.   So where to start????  She mentioned a game the family loves to play called Settler’s of Catan.  I had heard of this game, but had never played it.  She wanted items to replace the cardboard pieces that are very easily worn over time.

So let’s start with the pieces (from my understanding) that would come with the game if you bought it and an expansion pack for 2 players.

19- Hexagon shaped cardboard pieces
19- Numbered circles
1- Robber ( think this is one of the few wood or plastic pieces)
9- Small triangle ports
30- Small houses= Settlements
24- Large houses= Cities
84 Straight pieces = Roads
2 dice
1 pack of game cards

Here is what I used.  Just a side note, getting enough for one means that you could make up to THREE full sets, if you had that many card sets.

Hexagon shaped 2 inch wood from  http://www.woodnshop.com/CRAFT_SQUARES_RECTANGLES_OVALS_CIRCLES.htm


Circles bought in a pack from Hobby Lobby


Ports ( They were out of triangles, so I cut them in half with an exact o knife)



Bought at Walmart in the craft section.  They are called Skinny Sticks and it was a bag of 75

So here is the next step.

I cut the roads to be 1 1/2 long, they need to be just shorter than your hexagons.

Weight loss


Posted by kat | Posted in Family Happenings | Posted on 07-09-2012

I have never considered myself fat or have ever considered I had a eating disorder.  So when I mentioned to some friends, that I wanted to lose weight, they kept telling me that I didn’t have any to lose.   When I got married, I weighed 115lbs, when I got pregnant with each of my kids I weighed 115lbs.  After having had my youngest, I had some hormone issues and had to go on Birth Control, to try and balance out my hormone levels which were either too high or too low.  When I started my weight loss, I was at the heaviest I had ever been and not been pregnant, with my first two pregnancies, I weight 175lbs when I they weighed me at the hospital a few hours before I had them.  With my youngest I had Gestational Diabetes and had to be very careful of what I ate, I weight 150 lbs with her, and it ended up being my smallest baby at 5lbs 13oz.
So when I weighed myself at the start of trying to lose weight, I was suprised that I weighed 140.5lbs, to most that might not seem like a lot, but I am only 5 ft 3in tall and while I looked like I might only weigh 130lbs, I could feel the difference, but didn’t realize just how much a few extra pounds really could make you feel.  I couldn’t walk up my driveway without huffing and a puffing like the big bad wolf,  I couldn’t find in any of my clothes( depending on who makes it, I could wear a size 5-10)  I was stuffing myself into my clothes, because I din’t want and couldn’t afford to buy new clothes.   I was tried all the time, and not just because I am a mom with three kids.  So how did I get started?  I didn’t start counting calories, like I had to when I was pregnant with my youngest, I started not going back for second’s, I made sure I always drank a glass or two of water or milk, to fill in the cracks. I also made sure that I had fruit and veggies on hand.  I can get the same satisfaction, out of eating an apple or a small bowl of carrot’s, that I can get out of eating candy.  Don’t get me wrong, there are some day’s when I want the candy more than I want the veggie’s and fruit.   I decided I was only going to check my weight Monday – Friday’s and that Saturday and Sunday’s were going to be the only day’s. that I would allow myself to eat how I wanted.  I figured out what I wanted to weigh.   Several year’s ago for my birthday, I had asked for the Wii Fit, I couldn’t find my Wii Fit game disk, so I went to my nearest GameStop and bought a used copy of the Wii Fit Plus.  I started doing either exercise routines for 30 mins everyday, then I moved to the yoga and did that for 30 days.  I admit, that I didn’t keep the exercising up and that I really should, life sort of got in the way, so I was only doing body tests.   I am still watching what I eat, I still eat junk food, but I don’t let myself eat it like I was eating it, I have been eating it in smaller amounts.   I have never quite understood the BMI(Body Mass Index), but for my height it said I should be about 124lbs, I had figured 120-125 would be a good weight, as I doubted that I could get down to 115lbs.   I won’t say that it was easy or that I didn’t get discouraged, because I did.  But it is worth it!!!!!  I can walk up my driveway with out sounding or feeling like I couldn’t breath,  I can’t run up the driveway without sounding that way.  Granted, my driveway while not long is at enough of a grade that it doesn’t help much, I would say the grade is at least 45 degrees.
I can mostly fit in my clothes, I still have a few that are tight and a few that I still can’t get buttoned without sucking in air.  I still need to do a lot of muscle toning, but on a whole I feel much better about where I am.   Today when I stepped on the Wii Board to do my body test( I can never get smack dab in the middle) I weighed 125.4 and had 1.1lbs to loses to reach my goal of 124 lbs.   Now I am going to get to see how much of a struggle, that I am going to have to maintain that weight.  While I am still told that I didn’t look like I had almost 20lbs of weight to lose, I could tell and sometimes that is all that is important, is what we know and how we feel about our body’s.  Will I ever be Supermodel thin?  NO! And I wouldn’t want to be that thin either.  We all have an optimum weight that we should be at, that helps are bodies to heal and stay healthy at.  Finding that optimum weight and feeling good about being at that weight is what I was striving for and I think I am just about there.

I haven’t really changed my cooking style any, I still cook from scratch as much as possible, but I will buy processed food items.  I do not read the labels at all, to me it’s a waste of time.  I am not on the NO High Fructose Corn Syrup hype, I feel that if you eat healthy enough that a little of that will not hurt you.  As with anything, even good for you items, too much can be bad for you.  Moderation in all thing’s, is so far how I have lost 16.5lbs.

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