My DNA Results are in!

My DNA Kit

After years of wanting to give it a try, I jumped at the chance to have my DNA tested when my mother offered to order a kit for me as a Christmas present.  I chose Ancestry DNA because it is the service used by my in-laws as well as a great uncle.  Ancestry is currently running a deal where the kits are 79 dollars instead of 99.  Please be aware there is around a 8 dollar shipping cost.  Bonus:  If you are a member of Ebates you can also receive 7.5% cash back on any Ancestry product!

Anyway, I was curious to see how my genealogy research has stacked up to the realty of my own DNA.  So I would like to take this moment to walk you through the process from beginning to the reveal!

My predictions:

Before ordering the DNA kit, I thought about all my previous research.  I predicted based on my physical features and my own family research.  I predicted the following results:

  • 40% Spanish
  • 15% Croatian, German (Bavarian), and Swiss
  • 10% French
  • Less than 10% British
  • Maybe 1% Native American

I thought about this considering the distance between generations of my family story.  The Croatian, German, and Swiss all come from great great grandparents.  While I know there is French on both sides of my family they came to the US in the early 1700s.  The Spanish was consistent through generations of my father’s family.  Plus I have very Spanish features.  (It has made my travels in Spain an easy going experience because I am never mistaken as a tourist!)

The PRocess:

Ordering a kit is a simple process where you create an Ancestry account, and place the order with payment.  It took less than a week or a small box to arrive. (Photographed above.)  It is the size of a small VHS box, and fits easily into the mailbox.  The kit includes two tubes, a prepaid mailer box, and clear instructions on how to complete the test.

You cannot eat, drink, or chew gum up to thirty minutes before collecting saliva.  You have to spit into the clear tube.  (They claim its only 1/4 of a teaspoon, but I had difficulty getting the tube filled!)  You then place the blue tube on top and shake in the blue stabilizing fluid. This step preserves the DNA.  Make sure to register your kit before sending in your results!

There is no need to go to the post office desk.  You can drop it in the mailbox since it is pre-paid.  I ordered the kit on November 5th, received my kit on November 10th, sent it out the next day.   My results arrived on November 23rd.  The whole process took 19 days!  Ancestry does say give 4-6 weeks for processing.  

My Results:

I was very surprised with my results.  I did not anticipate so much of my DNA to be from Great Britain!  It also showed way less Spanish ancestry than I expected.  There was also very little western Europe countries like France, Germany, and Switzerland.  It was amazing to see how my research has been off.  However, on further thought some makes sense when considering migration patterns and the history of these countries.

About 16% of my DNA is a prediction.  These are markers that are further in m family’s past.  Therefore, it is less accurate or trackable.  The amount of Middle Eastern, and central Asian is expected when considering that both Croatian and Spain have been under control of eastern countries.

My main DNA results!

Estimated DNA results!

 

My Thoughts:

Although my results were surprising for me, it was such a easy and interesting experience.  I would recommend the Ancestry DNA tests due to how easy it is to complete and receive results.  The whole process is sent through e-mail, and updates come in frequently from Ancestry.  You also have the option to link your DNA with other people in order to see possible matches.  (This can be waived if you would like your results to remain private.)  My great uncle showed as my first match, and I see this as a good sign of consistency within the test.

Ancestry uses genetic markers collected all over the world in order to predict your DNA.  Some of these are guesses depending.  Keep in mind that your family may be from other places, and migrated around.  (For example: think of the Irish who left Ireland during the potato famine.)  Also, other relatives are only part of your story.  A uncle only gives you a small portion of possible DNA results.

I look forward to using these results to guide further research by looking more carefully at last names and further into records.

Close to White Christmas

As I scanned pictures from my grandmother, I can came across these snowy day memories.  I was excited to see the pictures by the Christmas tree with the snowy window.  It was shocking since it was in D’Iberville!  This snow happened on New Year’s Eve 1963, and was reported up to five inches!

Snowy House in D'Iberville

My Grandmother’s House in the Snow New Year’s Eve 1963

D'Iberville Snowman 1964

“For many delighted children, it was the first glimpse of that white stuff they had heard so much about in Christmas Carols.” -Daily Herald December 31, 1963

D'Iberville Snowman 1964

My Uncle Bobby having a great time in the snow!

White New Year's Eve 1963

Uncle Joe and Uncle Bobby with the most unique Christmas picture I have ever seen on the coast. (Look at the snow out of the window!)

White New Year's Eve 1963

My dad enjoying the cozy snow day!

Most of my family enjoyed Christmas yesterday in shorts and flip flops.  It has been fun for me to revisit cold weather through these family photos!

Do You Want to Build a Snowman in South Mississippi?

In my scanning adventures, I came across several sets of snow pictures.  These were taken on March 6, 1954 in Woolmarket.  (An area of north Biloxi for the non-coast residents.)  It goes without saying the snow is rare this far south.  So when it happens it is a big deal!  For years, my friends and I dreamed of a real white Christmas that has not happened yet.  We had a close call in 1996 when it snowed the day we dismissed for Christmas break, but of course it was gone by the weekend.

Make a warm beverage, and check out these snippets of a snow day gone by…

Woolmarket snow

“The First appreciable snowfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast since February, 1936, sneaked in at the early hours today and laid a blanket of white beauty her the three coastal counties. it measured generally two inches.” ~The Daily Herald

Mississippi Gulf Coast Snow

“You never know–when the king of winter paid his impressive call, the kids had only yesterday been flying kites in the March wind and were planning picnics for next month. It was early Friday morning that coast residents reveled in the first light trace of snow in 18 years– and that didn’t even stick. Today they went out to inspect the magic stuff.”- The Daily Herald

Mississippi Gulf Coast Snow

“From the Pascagoula to the Pearl River, the snowman marched. Youngsters who had never seen snow before learned of the mighty sting of the snowball. And motorists who thought they would drive around and sightsee were pretty soon slipping and tossing in soggy streets of messy slush.”-The Daily Herald

Car in Snow Mississippi Gulf Coast

“Photo shops were rushed for film as picture-takers and snow-lovers feverishly shot scenes they could show their grandchildren.” -The Daily Herald

Mississippi Family Snow

“Everette Necaise, Fire Station 2, Gulfport called to say the firemen were building a five-foot snowman stead of playing checkers and would build it higher if anyone wanted a picture.” -The Daily Herald

Snowman Mississippi Gulf Coast

“Every yard along the Coast was its own wonderland. The trees the bushes and grass were trimmed in white lace and the setting from any angle like a Christmas card.”-The Daily Herald

Snow day fun Mississippi Gulf Coast

“People came to work singing the Yuletide songs; and at least one man rushed to his porch in his underwear, braving the 35-degree temperature to see if it was real.”- The Daily Herald

Mississippi Gulf Coast Snow

One last photo for the road!

I love sharing these photos on this muggy and foggy December morning.  Stay around for some more snow day memories this holiday week!

Fun Finds: Unique Christmas Mugs

I always  keep a look out for interesting mugs.  The more random the better.  It is a bonus if the mug is Christmas themed!  Throughout the holiday season, I indulge on hot drinks.  Cider, chai, tea, hot chocolate, egg nog, and flavored coffees I love them all!  I cherish the few cold nights we have in South Mississippi.  You can see the extent of my love on my December Daily Instagram feed.

This fun finds is a gallery of Etsy Christmas mugs that I admire, and would love to have on my coffee table this holiday season!

This stackable tupperware set could last for many Christmas parties to come!

This stackable tupperware set could last for many Christmas parties to come!

All is merry and bright with these mugs!

All is merry and bright with these mugs!

Saw a mug like this at a Thrift Store in Ohio, and was immediately curious. These work for New Years and Christmas.

Saw a mug like this at a Thrift Store in Ohio, and was immediately curious. These work for New Years and Christmas.

Milk glass is so classically vintage, and so are the Christmas trees.

Milk glass is so classically vintage, and so are the Christmas trees.

Cannot go wrong with a vintage cup of egg nog.

Cannot go wrong with a vintage cup of egg nog.

These classy holly mugs would look great next to the coffee maker on Christmas morning.

These classy holly mugs would look great next to the coffee maker on Christmas morning.

This holly set is made by a brand called Termocrisa that is as durable as pyrex.

This holly set is made by a brand called Termocrisa that is as durable as pyrex.

It is not the holiday's in the Hornsby house without a santa mug!

It is not the holiday’s in the Hornsby house without a santa mug!

Another great santa mug with character and charm.

Another great santa mug with character and charm.

Thank you to my new friends on Etsy for allowing me to feature your shops this week!

Fun Finds: Ceramic Christmas Trees

Last week, my grandmother gave me one of her many vintage ceramic Christmas trees.  It is photographed in my last post and is so cute on our buffet.  These trees are such great nostalgic reminders of the past.  When I started looking at them awhile back on Etsy, I realized they come in any style imaginable. Here are a few of my favorites from my new friends on Etsy just click the picture to get a closer look!

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Who does not love a classic flocked tree?

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Red and Green perfect for the holidays

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This one makes me think of all the trees on a Charlie Brown Christmas

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I chose this one because it reminded me most of my own ceramic tree

What a sweet white tree with a variety of lights.

What a sweet white tree with a variety of lights.

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I know this tree is not technology ceramic, but it is vintage adorable!

Thank you to the following shops for allowing me to feature their products in this post:  CindysCozyClutter, beadsbymavis, DeliciousCastle,  MyBarn, PherdsHolidayFinds, and RedsRustyRelics.

New Name, New Site, New Mandy

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     This post comes after a significant personal journey.  Over the years, I have been a fair weather blogger.  I get distracted, or let other things get in the way.  My disappearance from blogging and most social media for most of the summer was due to an illness.  Last May I went to the ER with my eyes swelling and my blog pressure extremely high.  It started a series of tests, resulting in the diagnosis of primary hyperaldosteronism.  My condition was a hormone producing benign tumor on my adrenal gland that caused me to lose potassium and gain sodium.

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      On July 10th, I had surgery  to remove my right adrenal gland along with an overnight ICU stay.  Almost instantly my left adrenal gland took over and corrected my electrolyte imbalance.  I still felt that something was not right.  I tested positive for h. pylori in October, and after an extensive round of antibiotics finally starting to feel normal.

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Now that I am on the other side of all this I can finally look toward the future.  Normally this is not where I get personal, but there are things to be said everything considered.  I am so lucky my condition was curable and caught before causing major problems to my vital organs.  So now I want to take this opportunity to focus on what makes me happy.

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This holiday season I am refocusing on reading, research, and writing.  This is resulting in my decision to revamp The Sassy Starfish self hosted on a new platform and name.  Look forward to new content this upcoming month and into 2016.  Maybe a few other surprises as well!

Thank you for your continued support and I look forward to a much better year!

Audrey Hepburn Movie Brunch

For awhile I have had a goal to host a Audrey Hepburn movie marathon at my house.  Leah and I have always said that Breakfast at Tiffany’s is a movie to watch in order to understand life.  So last weekend seemed as good a day as any to have a girly movie brunch.  With a little planning ahead, I was able to pre-make nearly everything and just do some baking in the morning.  

The Friday before, Leah and i fired up the hot glue gun in order to make her famous sleep mask (photoed below) using felt and gold fringe from Hobby Lobby.  The yogurt parfaits were made the night before in stemless wine glasses. (Such a great idea found from Pinterest!) The hash brown casserole was put together, placed in the refrigerator, and baked fresh that morning. I stuffed crescent rolls with semi-sweet chunks in order to make mock pan au chocolats.  
My brunch table spread. 

Goodies close up. 
DIY Sleep Masks 

Quick selfie before brunch. 
A few of the morning’s Audrey Hepburn selections
 The three of us met up at 9 A.M., and ate while watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  We watched Paris When it Sizzles and Charade for a Audrey filled day.  I forgot how long the movies were, and hope to have another movie morning Sunday sometime soon! 

One Dollar Book Haul Part II

I was lucky enough to catch another ten for a dollar Book Sale at the D’Iberville Goodwill last week!  It was fun to dig through the shelves and tables for hidden treasures.  Here is a break down of my finds…

Vintage Children’s Set for my Shop!

 A few fun reads for my ever growing list…

Some older books for my personal collection.

A few more items for the shop.

No sure what I am going to do with this book, but I read it a few years ago and enjoyed it! 

Until next time, happy reading! 

Throwback Thursday: Sunday Morning at a Parisian Flea Market

This summer on a five week adventure around Western Europe, I had the opportunity to visit a vintage lovers dream.  On a bright and warm Sunday morning we took the metro to a Parisian Flea Market.  We visited Marche Vernaison off of the Port de Clignancourt metro stop.  By stepping off the busy street we entered a world of shabby chic beauty.  There was stalls of all kinds ranging from the rare and random.  The morning slipped by exploring the shady alleyways and crowded booths.

Tips for visiting Marche Vernaison:

  • Plan ahead!  The market is only open Saturday to Sunday 9 A.M. – 6 P.M. and Mondays from 10 A.M. – 6 P.M. We had to prioritize our trip because other Paris attractions are also only open on certain days as well.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.  The market is a labyrinth of stalls and streets. 
  • Ignore the booths you will see on the way to Marche Vernaison they are loaded with random items such as cheap cell phone covers and knock off clothing.  Keep walking to find the good stuff.