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SylviaInCanada Report 22 Dec 2013 23:16

Merry Christmas, everyone

we're going to friends for Christmas, leaving tomorrow morning.

We should be back by next weekend ......................... the weather reports are pretty good for this area.

I hope you all have a lovely time, not matter what you are doing, or where you are spending Christmas.



Cynthia Report 22 Dec 2013 09:54

My word, so much to catch up on. As with everyone else, life is so busy at the moment and, I have also been catching up on some family history, I discovered an obituary via the newly released 1921 Canadian census, which related to a family member I thought had long since died. Nope......he only died in 2009 aged 97!

I am in the middle of working out how best to make contact with his family so I can sympathise with Arthur over his dilemma re contacting Cathy. Maybe a snail mail letter wouldn't go amiss, but after Christmas would probably be better.

Poor Josie, I am so sorry to hear of all your trials and tribulations and will miss seeing you popping in on here. However, the fact that you got the new job is a bonus and I really hope it works out well for you and that you can juggle all the various factors which are going on in your life. <3

Many of us seem to be facing all sorts of problems at the moment, but it's good to be able to just pop in and out of this thread as we feel able to and to chat to the lovely people on here. Even if it is only occasionally, we can still stay in touch and catch up now and again.

Much love to you all......Cx <3 <3 <3


SylviaInCanada Report 19 Dec 2013 21:24

Hi Sue, and everyone

Josie ............... I've just seen your message. I'm sorry that you will no longer be posting, but quite understand!

Good luck with your new job, and hope your OH gets better xxxx

Arthur ............. I think Sally has a great idea there ............ that is, if you have her home address???

it was a lovely sunny day, with blue skies, yesterday ......... but there was a strong wind coming down from the north!

And, sure enough, there was a change today ............ very cold overnight, gorgeous red sunRISE, and snow in the forecast for tonight %3A-%28

I've been spending a lot of time with my ancestors .............. trying to sort out some of the siblings of our direct ancestors (his tree and mine). You know, did they marry, who, did they die, etc. Not going too deep into their lives ........................ but still hard at times!

We have so many that have relatively uncommon names .............. except in the town/village where they actually live.

Combine that with the frequent recycling of the same few names, and you can end up with a mess!

I went to the dermatologist yesterday afternoon to have the squamous thingy removed ........... only he didn't remove it!!!

His copy of the biopsy report said it was basal cell, and he said that was what it looked like!

Anyway, I have to go back on Jan 8 to have it scraped off .....................he couldn't do it yesterday because he considers that the shin is a difficult place, and susceptible to infection. So I have to get a prescription antibiotic ointment, apply it for 7 days before he does the scraping, and then for the healing period afterwards.

Now we can think of Christmas.

I think everything is done. No food to buy as we go away on Monday to friends for the week.

We have to put the evergreen wreath up outside the house ......... probably from the sundeck railings.

I have to buy some gift bags to put the pressies in for the people we will see over Christmas ................ apparently we are having Christmas Eve lunch with 1 couple, Christmas dinner at another place, and Boxing Day lunch at the 3rd!

First though .................. OH has to take me to the Mall. My watch stopped at 12:15 am this morning, so it needs a new battery.

And, my printer had to be sent to printer heaven last weekend ................ so we must buy a new one. He's spotted one that might be good, and it is on sale this week. So we have to try to get to that store!

take care everyone



Sally Report 16 Dec 2013 21:57

hello all

Arthur I would send a letter and put a stamped addressed envelope in it may encoureage her to sort some pics out

I hope every ones ailments are improveing

I emailed gr to see if they would extend my subs for a week as I was unable to get on and they have result :-D

sally w <3


Old Report 16 Dec 2013 11:39

Would appreciate some advice on how to approach a relative to obtain family photographs.

Last year I obtained the address of the daughter, Cathy, of my cousin Robert through someone on GR searching Electoral rolls. I had wanted to make contact with Robert who I had not seen in 50 years in an attempt to get photographs of our grandparents.

Robert's father, my uncle Joe, was my mother's brother, Their father, my grandfather William Joseph Freeman, had died before I was born. My grandmother died when I was 18 and that was the last time I saw my uncle and my cousins, Robert and Peter. They lived in Barnstaple and came to live in east London to look after my grandmother who was dying of cancer. They stayed in London, but we lost touch when we moved to Kent = looking back I find it odd that we lost touch as my mother was very close to her brother.

Sadly Robert had died in 2010, but Cathy replied positively when I wrote to her in November 2012. She explained that she had recently had a baby so would not be able to do anything for a while. She also said she would contact her uncle Peter.

Having heard nothing I emailed her this May - I have just started again on my Family Tree, and wondered if you might be able to send me copies (Scans) of the family photographs you have. Any spare originals would, of course be much appreciated. Did you contact Peter as I have not heard from him.

Again I have heard nothing.

What would be the best way to approach Cathy? I really would like to establish contact with Peter.
I have lots of photographs on my father's side of the family, but very few even of my mother as a child. and none of her parents or grandparents.

Any suggestions would be most welcome.

Thanks in advance



Tabitha Report 15 Dec 2013 18:39

Josie - just had a chance to read up on the thread

I will really miss you - but understand the situation - hope your OH gets better soon - please PM me your email & we can keep in touch if only on birthdays & holidays - we have great ambition in life to get to New Zealand & I would love to be able to see you for a cool drink one day.

Its one of my goals to get to the other side of the world one day. You have to have a dream.

Sue glad your OH is on the road to recovery.

Have to go - Christmas cards to write - feeling very behind with it all this year and no tree yet either - may not get round to it this year the way we feel

Take care all - we need a party before you leave Josie

Reece hope all is well for Christmas in your new home

Will try & pop in when I can

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3


Susan Report 15 Dec 2013 11:04

Hello Friends

Sally yes my OH's Op went is the aftercare that gets to me are not good patience :-D

He is good though still using crutches but will get rid of them wednesday as his stitches come out then.
We are just pleased that something has been fixed as his neck is going to be a long drawn out affair.

Josie I am so sad you are not coming back you have been good fun to have around but I do understand ...I wish you and your family lots of luck in the new year and a very merry Christmas to you.

Anne I am having a lot of fun watching the Cricket ,it has been very hot in Perth (40c ) for the English boys not good weather to try to play Cricket in.
Looking forward to tomorrow and I hope your workmate is not giving you to much grief,I have learnt from last year not to count my chickens just yet :-D
A bit busy just now seeing as I have to do all the odd jobs around as Oh is out of Action.

Off to put the christmas lights on and water the lawns. :-(

Love to you all

Suex :-D <3


Tabitha Report 12 Dec 2013 13:51

I am sorry - i am so busy here this week - as on my own

No lunch & in early

will try & catch up another day

Take care all


Sally Report 11 Dec 2013 22:36


I e works fine on all the other sites I go on it is genes they have something wrong at their end I have been told it is a broken linck

sue did your oh op go well

sally w <3


Old Report 11 Dec 2013 18:21


If you have to work then your job sounds just the ticket. Hope all goes well in the future for your husband.


I found the same problems with Internet Explorer 11 that you had. My solution was to uninstall it quickly. Not sure what the benefits of the new Internet Explorer are, but think I will not miss them. Hopefully it affects other programmes and Microsoft will be inundated with complaints and have to do something.



Sally Report 10 Dec 2013 22:32

Josie I shall miss you it is allways interestjng to hear about our life we had a good time in Australia at the party

I hope your oh surgery goes well

god luck in your job will you get first pick of the clothes

although the wind and rain was quite strong in lincs there was no flooding where I live

take care sally w <3


Kiwibird Report 10 Dec 2013 21:30

Hi everyone, It's December already :-0
Am now another year older :-( time just seems to get away from me, I was horrified to see I had not posted since August.

I hope everyone in the UK is okay following the terrible weather they reported on the weather a couple of days ago.

In regards to Susan shutting down this thread, I am very sad to say that this may well be my final bow on here. :-(
I came across this thread about 4 years ago having been made redundant and feeling a little lonely, Frank was saying how he would love a cup of cocoa and I tentatively joined the conversation, have had some great times especially 'Our virtual Party ' I have enjoyed spending time with you all.
On the 3rd Jan I start a brand new full time job and will no longer be able to spend hours on my computer. At this time of life I did not want to have to go back into full time employment I was enjoying part time hours even if it meant we did not have much money.
But have no option now My OH had a CAT scan 3 weeks ago and he is facing major surgery in the next 6 months.
The Femoral Artery in his left leg is blocked and the Femoral Artery in his right leg is partly blocked and he will have to have bypass surgery on these Arteries otherwise they will be forced to amputate both legs above the knee.
They also discovered an Aneurysm on the Aorta which is 3cm in size which they will be monitoring when it reaches 5 cm they have to operate and put in a stent otherwise it could burst and he could bleed to death in minutes.
He is only 2 years off retirement and the chances of him ever going back into full time work is unlikely, so I had no option but to try and find full time employment.
I went for an interview which took an hour in front of a panel of 3. It was very daunting and I did not know whether I had done well or not.
So It was with great relieve last night when I got home from work, having done my final shift at the Call centre for 2013.[ Everyone is to busy to do surveys at this time of the year] to get a call to say that I have the position of Store Manager for a local Salvation Army Boutique [quality second hand vintage clothes and accessories].
It is going to be fun going back to retailing and while I am not looking forward to the long hours, I am looking forward to the variety and the opportunity to let my creative side blossom in display and merchandising.

So to all my dear Genes friends, Susan, Anne, Sylvia, Cynthia, Robert, Reece and Sally thank you all so much for your online friendship I will miss you all.

My prayers and thoughts will be with you and your families this christmas may 2014 bring health and prosperity to you.

Take care all my love and best wishes Josie

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Susan Report 10 Dec 2013 05:53

Hello Friends

Glad you are finally back sally,I seem to be OK at the moment re GR and I do use IE.

The OH is having surgery on his knee as we speak ...his surgeon had a cancellation for the 10th so we grabbed it.

Sylvia my prayers are with you and your family for your SIL.

I am waiting for Hospital to ring to say he is back from surgery .

I will be back on tonight :-)

Love to you all <3

Suex :-D <3


SylviaInCanada Report 9 Dec 2013 21:52

welcome back Sally!!!

At least, you are on here now :-)

I use only Firefox ........... gave up on IE for GR, and have never tried Chrome.

Lovely to "see" you xxxxx


Sally Report 9 Dec 2013 21:18

hello hello hello :-D :-D :-D :-D

it took just over two hours for the person to sort out they tried all the suggestions gr and others on fb had given me none worked

tried chrome it froze

and guess what I will only give you one but you will not have try very hard

gr have a broken linck :-| :-| :-| :-| :-| :-|

so in the end they tried putting gr as my home page and here I am and still on I e

Sylvia sorry to hear your news of your sil but pleased your test went well
I think I gave you the wrong email it is .com not co silly mebut thankyou for trying to help me

the girls on g r a asked me if I needed help it is a very interesting site

I wonder how reese is she has not been on for ages

hope everyone is all right

sally w <3


SylviaInCanada Report 9 Dec 2013 19:24

Hi Sue, and everyone

We have had several days of very cold bu sunny and dry weather ................. around -4 or 5C during the day. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Today it was very cloudy when I woke up ............. and now here is white stuff coming down!

It is very fine and dry snow ........ which is very unusual for Vancouver. We usually get the heavy wet type

Things are not good for my sis-i-l. The radiation does not seem to have helped the brain tumour, there is still a lot of swelling there, and she has not recovered the use of her right side.

She is back home, with care givers, and is using a wheel chair to get around.

I have got everything for Christmas, just have to make up one parcel, and get the Christmas letter printed and cards written.

We are gong to friends for Christmas.

Take care everyone



Cynthia Report 9 Dec 2013 13:14

Hello everyone......I'm guilty of neglect yet again.... :-(

Your news is very sad indeed Sylvia....such a shame. <3

There have been a lot of complaints on GR's FB page about people being unable to access the site. I can get on OK but often get the error message when posting on some threads. I wonder if GR will ever get their act together re this site??? :-S

I've nearly finished my Christmas shopping - just a few bits and bobs to get now. Will be glad when it's the middle of January to be honest....... :-D

We don't put our decorations up until the week before Christmas and I they come down as soon as possible afterwards!!! Couple of killjoys we are!!

Have been fairly busy as usual and now have a mountain of ironing to tackle.

Hope everyone is okay - even if they only pop in periodically...Love to all. Cx <3 <3


SylviaInCanada Report 8 Dec 2013 22:12

Sally is having problems getting on to GR ................ it's been going on for 8 or 9 days already.

She has been asking GR to help on their FB page ................. but it isn't working.

She has someone coming in tomorrow to try to sort it out for her.

I think it is the same problem that a lot of people have been having.

They use Internet Explorer, and it has been upgraded to IE11, which has problems interacting with GR.

There is a fix, but I think Sally has been having problems working out how to do it. :-(

She's asked me to tell you all why she has been absent.


Susan Report 3 Dec 2013 04:19

That is wonderful news about yourself and good news about your SIL, you just never know with all the new drugs coming out .

Anne I am the same but I think I may have gotten rid of a few Kilos with this latest bout of Flu.

Off to Bunbury today for the OH to see his surgeon for his knee,at least we should get that fixed sooner that his neck.

Check in later
Suex <3


Tabitha Report 2 Dec 2013 13:51


Join the club - I cannot seem to lose weight either - all i have been told is I need to eat a lot more & then I will lose weight - apparently I don’t eat enough food to ever get slim again

I just physically cannot eat a lot of food at any one time – I also do not have any appetite for food.

So cant win any way