New “Old” Photos Added

Some progress has been made on the genealogy front with the addition of  new ‘old’ photos to the Photo Gallery. For those of you that are not aware of this feature you can click on the words “Photo Gallery” in the menu at the top of any of the website pages, in this case the Blog page. That will take you to the website location where all the photos are stored. There are Madden photos as well as Genealogy photos. As with the blog and website in general it is a dynamic site, that is the photos may change a bit over time, if I do some cataloging or adjustments to the pictures.

As I’ve mentioned before I got many photos from family that I’ve scanned and begun organizing. In some cases I’m not really sure who the family is in the picture, with that I’d like some help and feedback. Also some of the photos seen in this post may not (or may) be seen in the Photo Gallery yet.

In this case I know who this is in the photo below. I always have a warm feeling looking at old pics. Where the picture was taken I’m not sure.

Bernice (Grandma) Sklapsky and her sister Aunt Eleanor
Bernice (Grandma) Sklapsky and her sister, my Great-Aunt Eleanor (Renshaw)

Another photo I like is:

Sklapsky Family
Sklapsky Family – left to right: Audrey, Verla, George, Bernice, Lou, Dallas, and Gene kneeling

These folks I know. Unfortunately Aunt Muriel (Gale) is absent.

(Grandpa) Frank Sklapsky and ??
(Grandpa) Frank Sklapsky and ??

This one above is of course my Grandfather Frank, my Dad’s dad. I’m not sure who the young girl is.

I’ll put a few more in a collage below. Just click on the photos to enlarge.

This was only a fraction of the photos I’ve scanned. I will continue to add and update. I should also add I’ve been spending quite a bit of time on updating the family tree which includes Sklapsky, Reeves, Olsen and a number of others. I’m not sure how wide I’ll go at this time. This research is done and recorded online on a site called I’m not sure at this time how visible the site is to those who aren’t members of I’ll look into making it more widely visible.

As always any comments are appreciated.

Behind the Times

I’ll have to apologize, I’m behind the times, late in any Reeves updates or any other info for that matter. I seem to be a day late and a dollar short.

I hope to have a little more time to spend on the blog coming up. It’s not that my circumstances will have changed (sis is still quite sick) but more that my use of that time may be modified somewhat. Regardless I’m optimistic, and that in itself is a good thing. Optimism, or positivity (I like that word) is a good thing to have and build on.

Part of the issue is that I’m away from my home computer and with it the photos, Reeve memoir, and any other associated family history info I might want to use. C’est la vie, I may have to improvise. Work with me, not agin me, eh?

No Action

According to Google Analytics there has been virtually NO traffic on either the Blog or website. There have been a few hits on the Gallery, I suspect originating in Kelowna.

In order to determine shortcomings of each of those sites I’ve been looking at the whole SEO (Search Engine Optimization) thing, looking for ways to improve the site and increase traffic. First off you have to make an interesting site, I think this is at least in part where I fall down.

Obviously there is work to do.

Visit with the Fam’

We are visiting our daughter and family again, can’t ever seem to get enough, especially with my grandson and lil buddy Madden. We had some great bonding time today, we went for a walk and even though it was cold enough to see your breath the chance to hang with the ‘Mad” made it worthwhile. I tell you, he warms the cockles of my heart.

20130126-210800.jpgWe’ll be back home tomorrow and take up life where we left off. I’ll get back to the routines of reading, writing, and relaxin’, sorry no ‘rithmatic.

I shall try to accomplish some of those tasks that have fallen through the cracks, that of updating the photos in the gallery, adding more pages of Charles Reeves memoir, and just generally trying to do a little bit of everything. The fun and games never ends, so much to do and so little time.

The weather here has been so so, better than many years in the past but not as good as some, and certainly not as nice as other areas of BC or Alberta. It’s the sun I miss, the inspiration and invigoration it gives me. It chases away the winter blahs and perks me up. I am so looking forward to spring, and I know it’s not good to wish away you life but come on I need some sun. Soon I’m told, soon.
grandmother, grandson, love

Update to Genealogy Research

Progress has been a tad slow on the genealogy front, although I have made a few contacts and avenues I can pursue. My challenge is that I have too many interests in life and go in too many directions at once.

I’m still trying to connect the dots from Joseph Sklapsky’s arrival here in North America to his departure country in Europe. One of the genealogy sites I visit has provided a contact that is very helpful with both ideas and European resource websites I can use to follow the clues. See the Blog page “Links to Genealogy Sites” for those sites.

I’m also fortunate enough to make contact with a couple other family members (Fay and Angel) that are doing, or have done, research on different “branches” of the Sklapsky tree.  Stay tuned to see where that leads.

Blog is proceeding

Jan.14.13 07:36 pm

I know I said I wouldn’t post here but in the interests of time I’ll say the blog is proceeding,

I am trying to post there somewhat regularly. I am still trying to wrap my head around the best way to put information out there without becoming an onerous task for me.

I am still considering morphing the blog into the website, or visa versa, to minimize the number of pages and streamline the editing process.I am also “waaayyy” behind in posting photos in the gallery. It appears to be working ok although until I get a larger number of photos in the “public” gallery there won’t be too much to see.

Another Christmas Photo

Ok, so here’s one family-type photo posted of the many taken. I put all of them up on the gallery site but depending on your access you may or may not be able to see the bulk of them. The gallery can be accessed from the site and it appears I should put a link on this site as well.

In this blogging process I frequently feel as if I’m talking to myself, or at best like Tom Hanks talking to the basketball in his movie “Castaway”. Is there anyone out there? No matter, I do it for myself as much as anything.


Snowy weather

The snow has assaulted us for the last few days. There has been a reprieve this morning but the piles of un-shovelled snow from previous dumps has beckoned me. Unfortunately my back is telling me that I’m not as young and virile (well, at least young) as I used to be.  Continued bombardment with exercise has enabled my aches to announce themselves, subtly if nothing else.

Accumulation of snow on our deck, with flowers blooming

I took this picture of the snow accumulation out on our deck.  I believe it was about 14+ inches, and that was over 3 days.  As you can see in the photo we still have flowers on the deck.  We do have awesome green thumbs after-all.

Clearing of this snow will be another of those tasks on the “to-do list”, as if there isn’t enough of those.  I seem to create as many jobs as I clear off, and I thought retirement would enable me to make the list disappear, by completing all those things that’ve hung over my head for years.  Time will tell I guess.

Website –

As far as the site goes I’ve made more progress on the Piwigo ‘Gallery‘, uploading hundreds of photos and trying to learn enough to begin generating log-ins and access for general users.  After all it does no good to have a gallery if nobody can see it.  At this time only my daughter Ayron, her husband Stefan, and my wife have full access.  Of course I have to sort the photos in the gallery in some fashion too, by determining which can/should be seen by John Q Public and which should not.  Another brick in my wall.

So as usual I’d love to hear from someone, anyone, if they’ve seen any of this stuff.  In the big picture perhaps it doesn’t matter, but realistically I think it does (at least to me).



Another Late One

Dec.15.12 11:48 pm

Well…., another late one. It’s not that I work on this all day/night, just that I tend to start later in the day and don’t get finished until at night.

I’ve updated the theme to something I like more, I hope you do too. It’s a tad dark so I may tune that up somehow but at least now it fills the page and looks more like a normal website. I’ve also tuned up some of the headers, titles, links, graphics, and I’m much more pleased. Aren’t you happy too?

  1. I deleted the ‘Updates’ page and menu link and added a ‘Gallery’ link, both in the top menu bar. There is little in the Gallery now but that will change.
  2. Fair warning here and now, this ‘News’ page likely won’t be updated much after this. I am going to start working on the blog, reached of course from the ‘Blog’ link on the main menu bar. Hopefully the menu bar remains where it is in any future themes I may apply to the site. That being said see you on the Blog.