Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

Genealogy – a good start

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

I think most people have some curiosity about their family history.  However most of us, including myself, are reluctant or unable to spend a lot of time researching previous generations.

So I really appreciate coming across people like my 4th Cousin Terry, of the St. Louis area of Missouri.

Terry is the most dedicated (fanatical?) genealogist that I have ever met.  I first bumped into Terry a couple of years ago when a random Google search turned up a reference to my father, Clifford.  I emailed the website’s contact person, volunteering some extra information such as Dad’s death date and more.  Terry emailed back with reams of interesting information, including the fact that he had spent time in the Rindal area of Norway where he had visited some relatives that I’d met on my 1984 trip and subsequently.  Since then we have from time to time emailed back and forth, and this week the time was right for Terry and his wife Barbara to visit our area, timing it to coincide with a visit to my Shell Lake relatives from Norwegian relatives  Jon, Liv and Gunnvor.

I now have a new genealogy software package installed on my computer, and have imported Terry’s GEDCOM, containing data on my family tree back to the early 1600s.  If I were starting from scratch, I would need to devote countless days to accumulate the data that I’m starting out with.  I don’t expect to do a lot of original genealogical research until I’m retired, but I hope to find some time for it.

On a personal note, it was fun getting acquainted with Terry and Barb these last few days.  Here are a couple of pics.

Supper with Terry and Barb

Supper with Terry and Barb at the Yellow Fender Eatery, Christopher Lake

Gunnvor, Barb, Janet, Jon, Terry, Liv

Gunnvor, Barb, Janet, Jon, Terry, Liv

Garage sale

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Garage sale.  Tomorrow.  Our place.  Excited?  No.

A good day to Walk for ALS

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

I’ve put some pictures of the 2009 Walk for ALS in a gallery.  Click on the Team Glen picture below for more pictures of the walk and of the time socializing afterwards.

Team Glen at the Prince Albert Walk for ALS, May 30, 2009

UPDATE: Team Glen raised a total of $6,016.50 for the fight against ALS.  A big thanks to the Team Glen members who walked and collected donations, and an equally big thanks to all who donated to the cause.

Last chance to donate to Team Glen – Walk for ALS

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Back in late April I posted about Team Glen, which had just started recruiting members to participate in the Prince Albert Walk for ALS.  The response has been overwhelming, with 21 team members/walkers registered.  The walk will be happening this Saturday morning, just a couple of days away.  If you would like to make a donation to this great cause, there is still time to do so online at the Team Glen Website.  Alternatively if you chase down any of the team members listed at that website, I’m sure they would be glad to add your donation to their pledge card.

Yesterday was Syttende Mai …

Monday, May 18th, 2009

… so today must be Charlotte’s birthday.


I still think it would have been cool if she’d have been born on Norway’s National Day, but she delayed a day.

And 18 years later she still does things her own way.

Planting trees on the woodlot

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

On Saturday our family went out to our land, and together with co-owners Pastor Glenn & Gloria and family, we pounded in the tree and shrub seedlings that we had ordered from Shand Greenhouse.

Iain Chentunkel  dropped by and entertained us for awhile.

It was a good day.  I’ve uploaded some photos to a gallery. Click the image below for more.

Last day with Luke for awhile

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

I mentioned awhile back that Luke and Charlotte will be spending some time in England.

Luke’s departure day is upon us.  He will fly out of Calgary on Monday evening, so he will be taking a bus from P.A. to Calgary tonight.

We’ll all be going out for Mother’s Day brunch today, and saying our good-byes.

And our family moves through another stage.

The colour of music – news story

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Today’s Prince Albert Daily Herald had this story about Charlotte’s art show …

Student brings art and music together

The Prince Albert Daily Herald

As she sits at the table, Charlotte Loseth explains how music has influenced her life and especially her art.

“Music and art have always been together for me,” said the Carlton Comprehensive High School Grade 12 student.

“When I was painting each portrait, I was listening to their music to help me along.”

Loseth is set to present her art – four portraits of musical artists – on Friday at Turks Coffee House, with another show to be held at Carlton next week.

The four artists Loseth chose are singers she has a strong connection to, whether it was growing up listening to Bob Dylan or her own enjoyment of the indie rock band Animal Collective. Loseth said she painted each singer in a way that shows what she feels their music would look like if it were to become physical.

The portraits were completed as part of an independent extra credit course Loseth took at Carlton. According to Carlton principal Dawn Kilmer, the program is one that requires the student to not only be self-motivated, but also asks them to design their own curriculum and marking scheme.

“It’s always in a passion area,” said Kilmer. “They always come up with incredible products.”

Loseth’s art teacher, Dawn Marie Anderson, said she was impressed with the work and skill Loseth put into her paintings. One of the challenges Anderson observed her student go through was the struggle to push herself and her art beyond what she had done before.

“She was just so fearless in what she did,” she said. “She’s gone past the point of where I would have thought she would go.”

For Loseth, the project is the end of a year of artistic challenge, but also serves as the start to a new life beyond high school. She hopes to use the artwork as part of her portfolio to apply to art schools next year.

“I’m applying once I have built up a portfolio,” she said. “I’ve just always thought art school would be an awesome place to be.”

Loseth’s work will be on display to the public at Turks Coffee House from 8-10 p.m. on Friday. It will also be open to the public in the Carlton rotunda for the week starting Monday.

More street hockey

Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Last year I put up some pictures of Janet playing in the annual street hockey tournament of Saskatchewan Rivers Schoold Division staff.  Here are a couple of pics from this year’s tournament (the PACI team fought valiantly, and won one of their three games, but didn’t make the playoffs).

Janet and the PACI team playing the River Rats

Janet waits for the ball to come loose

The colour of music – an invitation

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

The colour of DylanIf you are in the vicinity of Turk’s Coffee House between 8:00 and 10:30 p.m. this Friday (May 1, 2009), consider taking up Charlotte’s invitation.  She’s worked hard at this project, and I think she’s done well.