Apr 21, 2016

BUTTS–OF THE LITTER VARIETY

Repost:  The fires have started up aleady for this year. Six new fires and it is only April. Felt it was time to repost this message from last year. 
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Are you a smoker? Do you know a smoker? Share this with them. Here's the deal. Don't throw your cigarette butts out of your car. Don't throw them on the ground. Would you take a burning coal from a barbecue and toss it out where it can start a fire? Would you walk around dropping lit matches everywhere? You shouldn't do this any time of year but during the hot, dry weather it is critical that you don't do this. Forest fire season is in full, early swing and we are low on water. There is a large patch of burnt grass on our highway right between the lanes. Use some common sense people. Don't even get me started on the dirty mess part of this issue.
STOMPIELINE

Apr 12, 2016

BLOGGER MEET-UP IN VANCOUVER

I was so excited when I heard that Jane from Blondie’s Journal was going to be in Vancouver for a few days. I have been reading her blog pretty much since I first started blogging and like many of you feel like I already know her.

The first thing I noticed about Blondie when I found her blog (or she found mine, I can’t remember) is how generous she is with her time. She always takes the time to actually read your posts and to comment on them. It didn’t matter where I went in the blog world I would see that she had left a lovely comment on them already. She is a busy lady and yet always has time to share with others and acknowledge the work they have done on their blogs and in their lives.

Her schedule here had some room in it on Sunday so the lunch date was on. As a lovely surprise she was also in touch with another local blogger whom I did not know. Nancy from Stonecrop Sister was able to come too.

Lunch with BlondieJane/Nancy/Lori

We had a lovely visit, although Nancy couldn’t stay for lunch. It was great to meet her. I am looking forward to digging through her blog and getting to know her better.

Jane and I had a delicious lunch at Mahony & Sons Restaurant in downtown Vancouver. She had the brie & chicken sandwich with a bowl of their yummy tomato soup. I had the Panang curry with chicken. Delicious.

There are so many places to dine in Vancouver with fabulous views and Mahony’s is no exception. Right downtown next to the Trade & Convention Center it is situated on the inlet with a great view to the North Shore. It was a little chilly so we sat inside but on a warmer day the patios would be the place to be for sure. Whether watching the sea planes land or the interesting mix of people out walking around you could spend a lot of time relaxing out there.

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Photo used with permission of Vancouver’s Best Places

Our visit came to an end after a quick 4  hours and we had to be off though I think we could have talked for hours more. I have met bloggers in person before and it has so far been a wonderful experience. Our blog buddies are like pen pals of old when the letters were exchanged over a period of years and you get to know them better than the person who lives next door to you.

Have you met up with a blog buddy before? Was it wonderful? Would you do it again?

Share your experience with us.

Mar 30, 2016

DARNED CHANGES IN FREE SOCIAL MEDIA!!!

Or how I lost the ability to see my news feed of the pages I follow with my Facebook page for my blog.

Imagine my surprise last night when I went on to my Facebook page for this blog and tried to get to the news feed portion to see what everyone else was up to.

The news feed shows the postings of the other pages I follow from the FamilyTreesMayContainNuts profile. Every time I tried I was redirected back to my personal Facebook page with the news feed from my friends and family.

Don’t get me wrong. They are nice people and I am interested in what they are doing too but I had already spent some time with them last night and was moving on.

The news feed for the blog page is mostly other blogs and some businesses. I am sure everyone will notice a drop in their visits due to this issue.

There is a solution I have found. Not one that I like but as always I will give it a go, as if I had any choice, and see what I can learn from it.

If this is happening to you here is what you need to do. Go to https://business.facebook.com/

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Create an account in a few easy steps. Going forward you will access your business Facebook account via this Business Manager, like it or not.

You will still go on to your personal Facebook and log in. Then in the little drop down menu you will see your Business manager and link to the page you want. It is just a little lower down on the menu than it used to be.

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Once you log in you are taken to your manager’s page. To go to your active page click on the name of it. This will open up to your Facebook page but only the page where you post!!!

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If you want to see the news feed of the people/pages you have liked and followed you will need to choose that from the sidebar.

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I understand the need for a better way to manage business pages in Facebook. This gives you the opportunity to add employees in with their own logins and to keep your business details private from them. You can limit what they can access. I am sure there are many other good features for business reporting and tracking.

What is not cool is once again a change has been made and as far as I know nobody told us. I see online that this has been going on for almost a year!!!! Switching people a little at a time. A very frustrating change. Just notify people of what changes you are making. They certainly must be able to put a message in everyone’s box.

Did this happen to any of you? How did you find out about it? Just by shock or did you read it somewhere beforehand? Have you followed my Facebook page yet? What? Get over to my sidebar and click that button!!

Mar 19, 2016

FAMILY MIGRATIONS

Throughout my life my family has lived mostly apart.

I started out in Ontario but have live in British Columbia for most of my life.

I have an older sister that stayed in Ontario when the rest of us moved West as she had a family of her own there.

Eventually she, and her family moved West too and it was wonderful. Then my other sister moved away for many years. We did not see her often. She was living up country and a good portion of the year the roads are not for the faint of heart.

As the years went by the eldest moved away to Vancouver Island as did her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters. Not that far away but it was an expensive and trying ferry trek to get to the island. It was not a trip that was made often, in either direction.

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Boy were we cute!!!!

My nephews and their families stayed in the Lower Mainland but the nieces did not…for a while.

During most of this time we stayed in the same house in a Vancouver suburb. Thirty two years to be exact.

Then, as it is with families, children grow up and move out. The children and grandchildren made their way back to the city and suburbs of Vancouver. Babies were born. We moved further out from the city to an area none of us would have ever even considered 10 years ago and then it happened.

Gradually my sisters both came back. By mid April this year they will both be within a half hour drive from us as will most of the other family members. At this time in our lives we are all living close to our families again, the kids, the grandkids.

This is giving me great insight to researching family trees. Those moments when people seem to disappear from the family and how to understand the thought process to see which family members they may have followed somewhere. Then to follow the path of their children to see, perhaps, where they ended up.

It has also brought me great joy to have my family close together again. To be able to meet up for a quick dinner. To pop by for a visit to see their new digs.

Do you live close to your siblings? Is that a good thing? Family ties can bind or they can bind… take it any way you like.

(There is a brother in this family as well who has chosen, some years ago to no longer be a part of our family no matter how hard we have tried. He is living not far away although he doesn’t even know that we know that. Hey… I am a researcher after all.)

Mar 18, 2016

I LOVE FRIDAYS

I used to do a Friday post every week on Facebook because I couldn't wait for Friday to get here.

Now it is just for fun because I love my job!!! Fridays come up so fast. Still my favorite day of the week.

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