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.

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.

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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 – Sklapsky.ca

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).

Cheers