Better Late than Never!

As time passes I am once again reminded that this site is waiting patiently for an update, something from me to ensure its life continues as a viable organism, a blog with some potential and purpose.

The title “Better Late than Never” just seemed to fit, but what’s that quote’s origin? This from a quick Google search…..

Geoffery Chaucer appears to have been the first person to have put the proverb into print, in The Yeoman’s Prologue and Tale, Canterbury Tales, circa 1386:

For bet than never is late. [Better than never is late.]

Now that said and out-of-the-way we can move on……

I have been persisting in the genealogy realm, almost every day and/or night I’ve been doing something in this regard. Often it’s collecting old photos of family near and far. It’s my passion (the photos) and while I can’t explain it I’ve fallen to its lure and succumbed to its pull.

Of course the other research is being done as well, but I will admit here in front of God and country I’m one of the laziest genealogists in that I’ve yet to leave my chair in search of a real story, the real deal of family history. It is my failing, or one of them, and I’ll own it.

In addition to the ongoing Sklapsky research I’ve been drawn into a quest for information on a line possibly connected to the Sluchinski family. Two of my Great/Grand Uncles married Sluchinski girls, thus my interest, and I love a great mystery.

To that end I was contacted by a lady who knows of that connection, and she is in search of information on her Father’s family. Her Dad was adopted and given the name ‘Sluckinski’ (close to Sluchinski). She is on a mission to find his real family before too much time passes. I’ve caught her inquisitive bug and now also want to find whatever connection there might be. Being that I have Sluchinski in my line I feel drawn to help.

On my own home front we have survived our move to Kelowna and have settled quite nicely. We both love it here and feel quite content in our new digs. We see the g-kids almost daily and have found ourselves going back to work, out of retirement, at the daycare the g-kids go to. Maureen teaches pre-k (pre-kindergarten) and I do the after school pickup of kids who come to the daycare after school. Not quite the life of leisure but a good life nonetheless.

So, here’s snapshot of Madden on his 5th birthday, I apologize for the ‘no edit’ status. Had to be done.

The next one’s of Ivy, hamming it up. Refusing to eat her hotdog and instead using it for a moustache.

To wrap this up I’ll say I truly enjoy the hunt, the look for info and any connections that might be made. Sometimes I just wish it was a bit more fruitful.

Take care, and I’ll (hopefully) talk to you within the year.

Home, Away from Home – Part 3

Part III – Move to the City

After doing what had to be done to prepare for an extended time away from Castlegar we returned back to Kamloops to do some additional searching around the area. I’m a bit saddened to say but the challenges of finding a place I’d be happy to stay at was indeed a challenge. If they were nice they were largely unfurnished, if they were furnished they were largely ‘not nice’. In the end though we finally found what would become my new home for the next few months, a furnished basement suite in the area of Kamloops called “Juniper Ridge”.

My Place

From that point on I began to develop a love for the clear skies and broad vistas of 1300 Finlay.


Over the coming months I’d take hundreds of photos I’m sure. The changing skies and beautiful sunrises and sunsets provided me with lots of enjoyment.

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My work days would be a bit limited the first few weeks however as I’d stipulated before I began that some ‘blackout’ days would occur. We had a few trips planned over the next months and I wasn’t going to change that, after all fun is fun and work is work.

It was our delight to take Madden with us again as well.

On our Adventure

After only a few weeks in Kamloops we departed in early August for a driving vacation through Washington, Oregon, and back into BC. The culmination of that trip would be my nephew’s wedding.

July – Let the Adventures Begin, Part II

Part II – Job taken

If you recall my previous post we had just decided to make a quick trip to look at a job I (Dwayne) was offered at Domtar…..

Needless to say my abrupt return to the role of gainfully employed was not without it’s challenges. The first of many was a quick trip to Kamloops to complete the formal interview process. While I essentially had the job I felt it prudent to at least go to site and at least see what I was getting myself into. That and my potential employers could size me up and see what they were going to get for their efforts as well.

Our, Maureen and I, first order of business was to de-camp in Christina Lake, where as I said we were comfortably set up and enjoying our visit with Madden. Did I mention it was his first camping trip? And we were so happy to have him, it blessed us with many memories.

At any rate we left the lake and made a quick trip home with the trailer, to drop it and the truck off and to quickly repack for a brief return trip to Kamloops. Some things had to be taken care of first though, one of which was to go see Dad and tell him of our plans. He could see Madden again too which was always a treat for him. (Forgive the photo, it was taken by one of the Care Aides. I don’t think photography was her niche.)

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We soon loaded the car and set out for some more fun and adventure. A road trip was in order and Madden was up to the challenge.

Off on our adventure

Our travels to Kamloops led us back through Kelowna where we Had to stop and say Hi to Ivy, our new Grand-daughter. Couldn’t pass up a chance to connect with her again. After all it may be days before we see her again, and you know how young’uns change.

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We started off our visit to Kamloops by finding and setting up shop in a local hotel. We expected to be there a day or two and having left the trailer behind we had no place to stay. Maureen tended to Madden’s needs in the pool or back in the room while I went to the mill for the morning to determine my fate. Madden quickly adapted to the trip and being away from home though, and his behaviour continued to be exceptional throughout the coming week. Bear in mind these are all first times for him as well, and I hope he enjoyed being with us as much as we did with him.

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The rest is history as they say. After hearing the offer and understanding that it was only going to be 3 – 6 months (ya right) I chose to take the job. It was a new adventure for us and now additional plans had to be made. We had to return Madden to his folks, travel yet again back to Castlegar, and prepare for a somewhat longer stay in Kamloops. Finding a place to live there would soon prove to be interesting.

Stay tuned for the next phase….

Been a While

It has been a while and sometimes it seems like I’ve fallen off the face of the earth. In fact it’s been so long I’ve forgotten (almost) how to create a post and add pictures. Bear with me if things are not as pretty as they could be.

My saga here in Kamloops continues. It’s been 3 months now and the period of time the mill requested me for was 3 – 6 months. Half way there. I’ve been asked a number of times to stay on permanently but I don’t think that’s in the cards, at least not at present. Dad isn’t doing well and he couldn’t survive another move.

Maureen is still in Castlegar holding down the fort as it were, and doing a swell job of it too. My brother in law Jake is helping with yard work and his assistance is very much appreciated.

We have a new grandbaby as of May. Her name is Ivy Vivienne, the Viv part in memory of Maureen’s Mom Vivienne. Ayron was especially close to her as a kid.

To move things along I’ll post a few pics and if things go well I’ll see about getting more up soon.

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A New Addition to the Family – a Granddaughter

Well the blessed event has occurred and we are all relishing in the beauty and happiness of it all. Ivy Vivienne has arrived.

Ivy is our new granddaughter, a sister for our grandson Madden. Here’s a few photos to show some of the fun.

Madden days

The last couple weeks have been steady shall we say. I drove to Kelowna to pick up Madden and then brought him back Sunday the 2nd after his swimming lesson. We kept him from Monday until last Saturday when we took him home to see his Momma and Daddy. I’d forgotten what effort it is to raise a 2 year old. Saints preserve, will I ever be more respectful of parents now. It is work, plain and simple.

The days before I brought him back I was fortunate to see him in ‘Sportball’ and swimming lessons. That should’ve clued me in as to his energy.

Once we made it to my home though we settled into somewhat of a routine, and as the days went by I/we got better at the whole ‘daycare’ business.  All in all a good time. I miss the little guy already.

A Little Something

You know, in the interest of providing some continuity of posts (as infrequent as that may be lately) I’ll hang some blog space on the good looks of my grandson.

Lil buddy-Holiday Park

This photo was taken at Christmas. We were staying in a timeshare near Kelowna with my sister and her family and we also had the distinct pleasure of hanging out with Madden for a couple of those days. One of the afternoons we strolled around the complex and I delighted in the wonderment he showed with his surroundings. He never ceases to provide me with either humour or entertainment with his antics. It’s really quite amazing what these little creatures can do to us.