Restored Photo -What are your Thoughts!

I have two photos for today that I have been working on. Those that read this Blog knows that I can’t help myself to try and fix an old photo.

These belong to Su Leslie that has a knack for taking awesome photos!

 

5-generations
© Su Leslie Original The little boy -bottom portion is almost gone.
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© Su Leslie
©Su Leslie Original
©Su Leslie Original
©Su Leslie
©Su Leslie

 

My Ancestory Video Submission

Most everyone here know that Genealogy is one of my hobbies and passions of finding lost relatives. Ancestry was having a contest and the winner would be selected from a vast pool of submissions. I thought here is my chance for my 15 minutes of fame and glory -so I thought.

I was excited and nervous at the same time. I was like Ralphie from A Christmas Story fantasizing of that Red Ryder BB rifle. I gathered material I would need, wrote a rough draft, made sure equipment worked and proceeded to shoot my video submission that I thought would lead to certain destiny calling me. I took three videos and edited the best one that I was sure to bring me the Oscar or at least nominations. I carefully selected still images for branding, employing key animations thinking to myself this would be the icing on the cake.  Once I was sure with my delusions, I enter their site, I found the link to add my video that would lead to stardom waiting. All big eyed dreaming, salivating and fantasizing of glory to come, I caressed the mouse with deep breaths and clicked the button to upload a masterpiece -so I thought.

I waited patiently for any type of communication, one if by email, two if by phone, three if by Facebook, but no words, no communication came, and that was that. The dream crushed and grinded like refined chopped nuts, spirits shattered and shared to the delusions of grandeur in the moment.

The Doctors In

I have some photos that I worked on, I was asked by Ann’s Words to see if I could attempt to repair the only photo she has of her great grandfather. I replied to her right before I had to enter the building for that delightful meeting yesterday saying, I would take a look at it after the meeting I had. The photo has deep layers missing from the gentleman’s right eye.  I can relate, while some old photos can be brought back, yet even with Merlin and Harry Potter casting spells can not put humpty Dumpty back together -it is a reality that must be faced.

To jump the track for the moment, I remembered I received that third blogger award that I need to attend to and two days ago I noticed I had this new message. “You’ve been chosen as one of today’s nine blogs in That’s So Jacob’s Ninth Month Blog Challenge (http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com)! I challenge you to find nine blogs you find interesting and give them a comment to brighten their day…well, eight other blogs and mine 🙂 Copy this message in your comment and enjoy your new blog friends!”,

I am still debating on this one.

Melanie, my beautiful friend I have some more for you to look at.

Nena, from Youinfolded

Derrick from derrickjknight

Georgia Platts that has an amazing site!

Howto$tuffYourPig has an excellent site and tips for saving money

I recently had some new followers join my site and I would like thank them for following I won’t have room to mention all, but I will figure out something in other posts.:

Let’s welcome these wonderful people:

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The unveiling:

First, I will Show photos that belong to Pacific Paratrooper first:

This is a comparison of before and after, and I must admit, I could not resist this one for it was of a beautiful young woman from the past.

Beautiful woman, sexy women
Please let me know what you think.

 

Joan
Joan

Soldier

military

Now for the photo that belongs to Ann’s Words of her great grandfather. This one a tough one, mind you this is just a preliminary 1st attempt, I will have to employ more intricate techniques on this one later,

Ann's_Words_1stAttempt

 

 

Out of the Office -I just wish it was for Fishing

So today at 1 PM CST I have this meeting with two state workers to discuss possible classes and reenter the workforce. I hope it involves letting one be creative utilize one’s brain and or to write, but I have a feeling not.

So in the meantime, please enjoy my last post WITHIN THE SHADOW OF DARKNESS if you have not already read it -it just might frighten you.

And for other readers, I do have some retouched photos and I know Melanie really enjoys seeing old photos brought back to life, I hope other do as well.

This comes from Ann’s Words

Ann's Words
Original

 

Let there be light
Let there be light

 

Original
Original

 

Brought to life _tough to work on small pictures
Brought to life _tough to work on small pictures

 

The next few belong to Pacific Paratrooper

Original
Original

 

What do you think?
What do you think? This was one a challenge!

 

Let me know!
Let me know!

 

Photos of Time Past III

Here are some more photos that have been fixed. Once again these all belong to Jackie Dinnis    Jackie, My email address is michaels.origins@gmail.com, please email a message with the word Hi and I can start to send the larger photos.

© Jackie Dinnis Small version Original
© Jackie Dinnis Small version Original

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brought back to life!
Brought back to life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Original
Original

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Reconnecting with Family – Under A Sad Event Part 2

Tuesday July 14, 2015 around 3 PM

I left off with meeting my first cousin Karin and Aunt Patricia. If you wish to review that post then please read: Reconnecting with Family – Under A Sad Event Part 1.

Around 3pm  or a bit after, my cousin Bob picked up his grand nephew and me. While Nicholas ( grand nephew) was swimming, I got to enjoy a one on one conversation with Bob.  We caught up with our current lives and reminisced of old days-it was a blast. Here is one kicker, for the past twenty-three years he has been employed as a Computer System Administrator, and me having a fondness for computers obtained an A.A.S  Degree in Network Systems Administration.

Five O’clock and on.

Williams CaliforniaThe most part of the time I spent in California was setting around, small light conversing and meeting new cousins I have never met. I am the one with the camera around my neck.

I will say the heat in California since I have been away for some time, was HOT! Eight in the morning and sweat would be pouring off you. Hell my balls were yelling no more! The nights while sleeping even with a wall ac running reminded me of -the nights of past of waking up with the pillow soaked from your sweat.  My body temperature I do believe has acclimated to South Dakota.

Wednesday July 15, 2015 the day of the service.

Funeral
Me lighting the candle of life and remembrance.

This was the rough day. When my mother past in 2002, I had thought all tears were gone from that point on…. I was wrong. First was the lighting of the candles by family members then friends. I was strong, I was doing good I had thought-no tears and throat not choking.  But, when I placed the candle on the table next to the other lit ones, that is when it hit me. She is gone! My throat was closing up as I fought back Niagra Falls.

 

Reconnecting with Family – Under A Sad Event Part 1

Those who read my blog, will know that I recently left Sioux Falls, SD to attend a funeral in California. As I mentioned before, Sheila was my paternal first cousin and my Dad’s favorite niece. Those of us who were raised or around her were blessed in everyway for knowing her.  I created a virtual memorial at Find A Grave so that she will never be forgotten and so that other relatives who were not able to attend may find the virtual memorial. For those who do not know what Find A Grave is – here is the definition: [Find A Grave is a commercial website that allows the public to access and add to an online database of cemetery records.]

Colusa. Ca, Williams, Ca

Sheila, whom I addressed as Aunt, was a strong willed individual. At birth, I remember my Dad telling me she was born premature and very tiny. I was reminded while in California that her nickname was Inky for she was in an incubator for a month or two before coming home. They used a dresser drawer to place Sheila in and that became her bed for awhile. She survived and became a person whom we cherished. Later on in the early 90’s Sheila suffered a major heart attack and she was not expected to live long after that, yet she did. Hit with another ailment, she was not expected to survive more than three months, yet she did. Sheila was a fighter to the end. May we grow our own strength of survival from her.

Tuesday July 14, 2015 1:30PM

Karin, Aunt Patricia and me.
Karin, Aunt Patricia and me.

During my stay in California with my cousins, the day before the services I was fortunate to have finally met my first cousin Karin and her Mother my Aunt Patricia whom I have never met before. This side of the family comes from my Mother. Patricia is my Mother’s sister. The visit lasted for about an hour and it was a very good visit despite the nerves of visiting with a part of your family that you thought would never happen. We caught up on the regular stuff that most would and talked about what my Mother told me about growing up in the Bradford house and compared notes per say.

I must admit I was taken by surprise when I saw them face to face, for cousin Karin has the same hair color as my Mother. When I heard Aunt Patricia speak, the tone and the manner was the same as my Mothers.   Stay tuned for part 2 of this posting

Update using Gofundme

I am very grateful that I received my first donation using Gofundme, still along way to go.

Although it is hope against hope, I am staying positive that this will happen so that I might pay my respects, share stories and reminisce the loss.

If you haven’t heard, Delta has a contest for free airfare, I entered that as well for they will announce the winner by the 12th of this month.

Here is the link going to their facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Delta-Air/119954585008805?fref=photo

While, I am on the topic of airfare, Southwest Airlines is offering airfare as low as $73.00. This will not help me but maybe one of you can use the deal.

Here’s the link for Southwest Airlines:

https://www.southwest.com/html/promotions/nationwide-sale-150707.html?src=socl_14_25649557_11415805_25735482&

The below photo is a generation photo of Moms. Left to right. Aunt Sheila, her Mother Mary (Aunt Mary),  Her Grandmother as well as mine, Grandma Loreto taken in Colusa, Ca.

Family Photo
Generation Photo

Funeral Service Update – Seeking Help

Here’s the scoop,
I just received word that services for my Aunt Sheila will be on the 15th of this month in Colusa, California.
I am trying to raise money so that I can attend the funeral. The current airfare from Sioux Falls Sd is $873.00
The average cost to drive there and back-basing fuel at three dollars per gallon and a car getting twenty seven miles per gallon would cost $400.00 on the low side.
25 h (1,717.1 mi) via I-90 W and I-80 W: Sioux Falls, SD to Williams, California by car.

I created a gofundme page at http://www.gofundme.com/yzck6p4

Any help would be appreciated. Thank you sincerely.
Here is the Obituary notice: 

Obituary notice
Patricia “Sheila” Reister

Obituary for Patricia Sheila Reister
Patricia “Sheila” Reister passed away July 6, 2015 at Colusa Regional Medical Center at the age of 69. She was born on November 5, 1945 in Colusa. She was a lifelong Colusa County resident.
Sheila worked as a cook at Colusa Regional Medical Center for over 10 years and Travelers Inn for several years. She enjoyed playing Bingo and cooking.
Sheila is survived by her children Bill Reister of New Hampshire, Bob Reister (Linda) of Los Banos, CA, Sonia (Russ) Wilson of Phoenix, AZ, Ed (Cyndy) Reister of Colusa, CA, Toni (Tom) Ballestero of Peoria, AZ. Brothers Rick Wilmoth of Colusa, CA, Clyde Loreto of Fresno. 19 Grandchildren and 38 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother Jonny Loreto and her Mother Mary Wilmoth.
A celebration of Sheila’s life will be held at 10:00a.m. Wednesday July 15th at the McNary-Moore Chapel 107 5th Street Colusa. Private burial will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in Patricia Sheila Reister’s name to the Colusa Regional Medical Center Foundation 199 E. Webster Street Colusa, CA 95932

Update on program I am writing

Since, I last posted for the post “The waiting game” I am still waiting to get a response back from the person I believe to be my sister living in Carson City, NV. I have not got the dreaded return letter, so that is good news. The bad news, we got hail today in South Dakota, just glad it did not last long.

So in the mean time, I keep busy on the program I am writing in Visual Basic and am making progress on that.

Genealogy program for images
Genealogy Program in concept

Right now, the program can write on the bottom portion of the image to add text.

Add text to the bottom portion of image.

Mirror image the photo.

Am able to flip the image over to add text to it the back side. Similar to holding a physical photo in your hand and flipping it over to see the backside.

The font, as long as using truetype fonts, can be changed to ones liking and the font color can be changed as well. I did notice that on certain photos that were not at a 96 DPI would not except the text the correct way when adding the text at the bottom portion of the image, so had to figure that out and is why at the bottom right hand side of the program there is a function to correct that problem.

So, while I wait to get a response this is what I have been upto.

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