Wendy Hackney Richardson

Thanks for reading my blog

I am not sure why I haven’t blogged sooner. Years ago, I had a blog but I let it go when life got in the way and technology has grown so much that it is literally like I have never used a keyboard.

I have always loved to just grab a piece of paper and jot down my feelings about something. Seems like it makes me think more about a situation to just write and rewrite my thoughts a few times and read it back to myself.

Then I started to think that it would be nice if someday my sons could read the things that I said and maybe it would mean something to them. But the more I wrote, the more I loved the process and here we are.

I scrapbook. So, it is a natural thing to need to capture a feeling for a scrapbook page. When I first started scrapbooking, it was just photos on a page. But now, I won't even make a page without a journal thought for the photo on the page. The pages won't mean anything to the next generation without the stories that go with them.

Anyway, most days I have a thought. Sometimes those end up here. Thanks for reading them and sharing your thoughts as well. If you have a blog be sure to comment so I can learn more about you.



All Past Blog Posts by date

Complete Visitors Guide for Hatfield McCoy Feud Sites

By whatwendysaid | Apr 21, 2018

April 2018 this page is under construction Hatfield McCoy Country is an area that covers about 50 miles square but if you drive to each of the locations as I have them listed here you will travel many more miles than this. I have tried to give you the most direct route for seeing everything without any more backtracking than is necessary.  So, it’s a very long  journey for a single day. In a perfect world you can do it all in a weekend visit. Come in on Friday and stay in one of the main towns. Pikeville Kentucky Matewan…

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Bullet Journaling FREEBIES

By whatwendysaid | Apr 14, 2018

FREE. That’s right, You can print these pages for your own personal use, Absolutely FREE. I have recently discovered BULLET JOURNALING. I have been a SCRAPBOOKER for many years and designed and developed several scrapbook products for the scrapbook industry that are still very useful in making your scrapbook pages. But recently, I began to use those same products for my new passion…Bullet Journaling. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclosure policy here.   Now, before you start to tell me about how busy moms don’t have time to bullet journal or color pages in a day planner,…

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My Son Michael’s Family Tree

By whatwendysaid | Apr 10, 2018

Michael J Baisden & Son, Michael Jaye Baisden, II Mikey was named after his father. I have so many photos of them together it is insane. I followed them around when Mikey was little and captured every single moment of them because somehow in my head from the very start I knew that they would not have enough time together. I love all those photos now and especially love all of the scrapbook pages of them together. (This photo is from when he came home from the hospital and a few days later his step-sister, Leann came to see him.)…

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My Hackney Family Name

By whatwendysaid | Apr 8, 2018

The Results are in…I am a Hackney !! Here are the results of my ancestryDNA test. England, Great Britian 91% Ireland, Scotland, Whales 4% Eastern Europe 2% Western Europe 1% Southern Europe 1% Caucasus 1% I started trying to track down my daddy’s name a week ago using Ancestry.com and their FREE trial membership. In that week, I have 368 years of our family name traced back to London, England near the area where Hackney’s began. My results from my DNA test came in this week and I was excited. No big surprises with my name, Hackney and my DNA results….

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10 Questions to Always Ask Your Friends

By whatwendysaid | Apr 3, 2018

Questions for the People I know Random Questions for the People I know Completely Random Coke or Pepsi ? I grew up on Pepsi. Today I would probably get a coke if I still drank pop. I miss pop but gave it up when I realized I was too old to mess around with anything that might possible kill me. LOL Coke or Pepsi ? When was the first time you climbed a tree? When I was a tiny little girl we had four trees in the corner of the yard at my house. I have many reasons why I…

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By whatwendysaid | Apr 3, 2018

National Geographic Diggers Bill has loved the history of the feud for many years now. Long before it was ever on the History Channel he was studying and working to build tourism in Hatfield McCoy Feud Country.  Bill has worked in tourism for the last 20 years in Feud Country as part of his position as Associate Professor for WVU. This moment was something he had waited a long time to see.  DIGGERS In the Diggers series, Saylor and Wyant scour the country for lost pieces of American history — from Civil War buckles to family heirloom rings and silver…

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Blood Feuds

By whatwendysaid | Apr 3, 2018

BLOOD FEUDS Another exciting moment in our area. Blood Feuds, the show on American Heroes Channel came to do an episode about the Hatfield~McCoy Feud. Bill, my husband was interviewed on this episode and talked about the historic family feud. We had several on this episode that did such an amazing job speaking to our history. Reed Potter looked awesome and spoke so well about the feud on this episode, I thought. I am adding the story below from one of the many stories about this but I also want to add a few behind the scenes photos of them…

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Carnevale 2018

By whatwendysaid | Apr 1, 2018

  In February 2018 we had the great pleasure of attending Carnevale in Venice, Itlay. This page is dedicated to the memories from that amazing trip. Over the week while we were in Venice we had four days that we were in costume. During that time it grew exceedingly fun to play with the men who approached me for a photo. I found that after a time I understood the whole idea of wearing a mask to hide and become a new personality. To masquerade became exciting each day. Bill giggled that I had four proposals during the four days….

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Paris, France

By whatwendysaid | Apr 1, 2018

The Wedding Day It was June 14, 2016 and we had just been in Paris a couple days prior. It was our wedding day. Nothing in my lifetime will ever be more amazing than getting married at the Eiffel Tower. Okay, we actually exchanged our vows in front of Notre Dame Cathedral after the wedding photos at the Tower. The entire day was so amazing. GEOCACHE TRACKABLE Those of you who know me know that I am a geocacher at heart. You can see lots more about that on my site page for geocachers. And those of you who are a cacher…

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Paris Wedding

This was the most amazing day of my life. I won't say I married the man of my dreams. The truth is, I never even dreamed of anything as wonderful as him.

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Venice Carnevale 2018

Attending Carnevale in Venice would have been the most amazing thing in my lifetime, had I not been to Paris. So, it's the second most amazing thing. But I admit that it competes in my head for the top spot sometimes.

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Hatfield McCoy Girl

The third thing that I say is the most amazing thing that ever happened in my life is the Hatfield McCoy GeoTrail Event. Sounds silly to write it but when I lay my head down to leave this world, it will be one of the things that I recall and think about.

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Had awesome experiences
Married the man of my dreams
Was Thankful