Quarantine Day 15

Today was okay. I got very little research done on Thomas Donaldson because I was working on another project. I did try to locate counties on maps of Virginia and Maryland to ascertain where Thomas Donaldson might have possibly lived before coming to South Carolina.

I have a Revolutionary War Pension Application for Thomas Donaldson’s brother William. It says William was born in 1762 in Hillsboro, NC. If William Donaldson was born in Hillsboro, NC in 1762, then the older brother Thomas lived in Hillsboro also. More than likely the brothers came down from Pennsylvania, Virginia or Maryland. I need to find concrete evidence though.

In other news, Governor McMaster finally closed the public accesses to beaches, lakes, and rivers. He should have done that 2 weeks ago when schools shut down. The longer we stay at home collectively, the faster the Coronavirus will go away.



Quarantine Day 14…..

Today was a really good day. We had church service online. Then I had a prayer time with the sisters in my family group at 12:30 via Zoom.  At 4 pm, I had bible discussion with family group on Zoom. I love my church family. I took my dog, Ladybug, for a walk.

My son, the extrovert, is getting restless from being in the house. Wiley can’t go to school, can’t see his friends and can’t go to the park. Dennis takes him on long walks to get energy out of him.

I am hoping and praying the Coronavirus goes away by May at least. It is not good for people mentally to stay cooped up in their houses for long periods of time. My family has a history of mental illness so it isn’t good for me to stay in the house all the time. I am making myself either sit outside for an hour or walk the dog.

I have been listening to Cat Stevens (Yusef Islam) lately. My mom had his record growing up so his songs are very calming to me.  I also found a Youtube channel with beach sounds on it and calming ocean views. That helps my mood as well.



Quarantine Day 13

Today was a good day. Dennis and I went to the Walmart Neighborhood Market and got food today. There was actually food in the store today but not a lot of paper products.

It was a beautiful and hot day outside. I walked the dog. I sat outside for a while and soaked up the sun.

I did some research on the Thomas Donaldson from Maryland (death in 1743) but didn’t find anything new. I am still looking though.



Quarantine Day 12….

Today was pretty good. It was beautiful today.

I decided to take a break from researching my Cook ancestors and refocused on the Donaldsons, specifically the Donaldsons in Maryland.

I found a Thomas Donaldson in Anne Arundel, Maryland. He died in 1743. I think he was the same Thomas Donaldson who was indentured to Richard Cheney in 1716. According to his estate record, Thomas had sons, Thomas and John, and daughter, Mary. I will be researching this more tonight and tomorrow.


Day 11 of Quarantine….

Today was an okay day. My husband’s hours got cut and his pay got cut at his job. He repairs coffee machines and sell coffee to offices. I wish this Covid 19 garbage would just go away so everyone could get back to normal routines. I really would like to have a nice summer, wouldn’t you?

My son’s teacher, Ms. Bollard, had a Google Hangout time with her students by video call. Wiley enjoyed seeing his friends. I video called one of my friends today. It was nice talking to her and seeing her face.

I discovered that I can read articles on the “Post and Courier” news website (Charleston SC) for free during quarantine. I always have enjoyed reading the ‘Post and Courier”. I miss living in Charleston sometimes.

I didn’t look at any estate records today for Cornelius Cook’s and Mary Cook Donaldson’s parents. I did come to the realization that there are 6 houses that are connected to my maternal ancestors that are still standing in South Carolina. I might do a historic house blog in the future.

I really like writing my blog posts. I am kicking around the idea of writing a short story but I need to overcome my anxiety about it. I would love to write for a historical magazine as well if I could find my ancestors that are missing. Email me or comment below if you own a magazine that is looking for freelance writers. My work speaks for itself.



Day 10 of quarantine…..

I am starting to get a little bit restless. I hope coronavirus goes away soon so we all can get back to a normal routine.

My 8 year old son, the extrovert of the family, is getting bored from being in the house. All the parks in Fort Mill are closed so he can’t go there and get his energy out. He has been playing lacrosse with my daughter, Amelia. She is 13 and a goalie. She plays on the team Carolina Ladies Lacrosse which is based in Waxhaw, NC. Her season is postponed because of coronavirus until May 16.

I did some genealogy work today but didn’t find anything interesting.

Tomorrow is another day!


Quarantine Day 9……

Today was a good day. I found out that Governor McMaster extended school closures until April 30. I think that it is a good idea because schools are a germ factory.

I did some genealogy research today. I need to look at estate records from Caswell Co NC and Granville Co, NC tomorrow in hopes that I can find the parents of Cornelius Cook and his Mary Cook Donaldson.

My daughter, Amelia, got her lacrosse uniform for Carolina Ladies Lacrosse today. She is #89. There is something about seeing your daughter’s last name on a uniform. I pray that this Covid 19 will go away by May so she can still play lacrosse. She has been working so hard and only got to play 3 games. I also want to see her play in her uniform.

Good night all and sweet dreams!

Day 8 of Quarantine…..

Today was an okay day. Cases of Covid 19 are surging around the world so that is a bit unnerving. I know that whatever happens God is in control. He wants to be my COMPLETE security.

Dennis bought  2 weeks worth of food today. I feel like I am preparing for a extended hurricane warning. I started reading a new book called “Revolutionary Road”.

North Carolina is extending school closures until May 15. I think that is a wise decision. I think South Carolina schools should cancel the rest of the year personally. I hope and pray I still get to go the beach in June. I need beach therapy something fierce.

I talked to my soul sister Ashley today on Facetime. That was encouraging. I miss her.



Day 7 of quarantine…..

Today was a good day. I watched my church’s church service on Youtube at 10 am. At 11:00, I had prayer time with the women in my family group from church. It was encouraging. i miss seeing them in person.

I read tweets on Twitter for a few hours. I have to be careful reading Twitter because sometimes the tweets are not good for me mentally or spiritually.

I ordered a new bathing suit from Lands End. I sprayed the package down with Lysol and wore gardening gloves while opening it. You can’t be too careful with Covid 19 going around. I hope we still get to go to Sarasota in June. I need beach therapy after this time of uncertainty.

God put the scripture Psalms 46:10 on my heart today “Be still and know I am God.”

I feel hopeful that things are going to get better in the future and Covid 19 will go away.


Oh, I forgot to say that my cat fell out of the upstairs window last night when he leaned against the screen. He is ok but it scared me like crazy.

Day 6 of Quarantine….

Today I actually put make up on for the first time in 2 weeks. I am contemplating getting some of my summer clothes out and putting the sweaters up. I might wait until April 1st to do that.

I swept the kitchen floor and used the dustbuster under the cabinets and in the corners. I cut a cucumber for a salad. I looked up hot dog casserole recipes in a cookbook and found a “frank and kraut” recipe. My husband bought a lot of hot dogs at Lidl today because there was no other meat in the store. He did stock up on ground beef yesterday so we are good for now. I see a lot of hot dogs in a future if we are quarantined longer than expected. It is protein at least.

I sat outside for 2 hours because the weather was beautiful. I saw a butterfly and a yellowjacket. The wood boring bees are back….Fun!!! I love sitting outside on a sunny day. It calms me. I hoping to facetime some friends later. I also need to do some genealogy work. Until tomorrow!!! Stay healthy.