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Welcome to the forum for our family site. A blog would be more a place for postings/content, as the main purpose and not the commenting. Whereas I wanted to create a forum for discussions by allowing comments or posts.

 

Well to start off I'll explain where I am trying to go with this site. I began putting together the PowerPoint projects for each journal by scanning the pages and finding the pictures, slides, movies I could bring together that dad actually writes about taking throughout each book. I originally put the WWII letters project and the first 1955 journal on CD and sent them out. Some people were able to play them and some were not, so hopefully I'll get them up and running here.

 

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April 1, 2011 - So the beginning of the month is a good place to start this new site. I will copy below this post some of the responses I received from the first web site survey I made. It was nice to hear from everyone and I would like to share them with you and I have asked everyone if it is alright if I share them here. I just finished up an eight-week Dreamweaver course, which I took to improve upon the original website and try to actually get the PP projects to work on this site. In the HTML class I was able to put together a basic website by following each lesson but to try to update it myself or do anything more with it wasn't very realistic for me. The Dreamweaver wasn't really any easier to learn but then we went through a 300 page book in the eight weeks, so it is a lot to try to absorb. I could see as we went along though how much easier it is to do all the things we did in the last class with the Dreamweaver program. In this program you can work in this design screen and the HTML is written for you but you can also see it in the code view. It isn't easy though by any means. When I work in my scrapbooking program or PP things are much easier to position and move around.

The teacher says that what I am trying to accomplish here, while not impossible, is too much for a beginning class and she was right, as I had my hands full just trying to learn this program and re-designing the old site. But it is done now and can fairly easily be updated daily or whenever I want to work on it. I asked in the original survey what you wanted to see and the majority voted for having all of dad's book spines lined up on a book shelf with each spine being the link to each PP. So that is what I have started to create on the home page. Eventually I will get them all up there on the shelf and working the way they do on my computer. I enjoy working in PowerPoint and creating them more then I ever enjoyed simply scrabooking so it is a fun hobby for me. Whenever you bring up this site now you should see improvements, as I go along.

I have some ideas for other pages, like I want to do family tree page up through all the great-grandchildren who seem to be arriving right and left lately and then I can keep it updated with new arrivals. If you have any ideas for what you would like to see on the site let me know through this forum.

 **** NEW WEEPING WILLOW FORUM*****YAY******FOR NOW WILL JUST LINK FROM HERE: weepingwillow.us/forum

A very nice website designer at melodysharp.com set this up for me and I would ultimately like to have it just installed on this page but will have to wait and see.

Starting with the 1958 Journal, which is linked in the Picasa Slideshow format, you can comment on any of the slides, just X out of full screen and right below the slide you can comment, memories, etc. You can also e-mail me still at empress90@lycos.com, link here and at the bottom of every page of site... Betty Fix-Marketello

I also just noticed that the original site that I built in the first HTML website class I took is still up. I don't know how long the teacher will keep it up. All of the images and responses below, I received from that original site. We've come a long way since then. Until the teacher takes it down, here is the link to it... Original Weeping Willow Site

 

 

1955 collage

1955 Journal

 

Here are some of the images from the original survey page

 

Mom and Betty

When I am weary and in need of strength, I remember her. When I am lost and sick at heart, I remember her. When I have joys and yearn to share, I remember her. So long as I live, she too shall live, for she is now a part of me, as I remember her - Mom and Betty (ages 41 and 3) in 1963 with Helene and Joe in profile (ages 8 and 5).

 

Dad 1946

Circa 1948 (radio announcing school after the war, although he ultimately became and retired as a quality control engineer for Lockheed Missiles and Space Co) - This picture was taken off of his granddaughter Collette's FB - Back in the Day - album and I wanted to quote Helene's (child #5) FB comment here - Loved/love this man sooo much. A flood of memories come back to me, just by looking in his eyes on this photo. We were more than lucky to have him for a father. Thanks dad for all the love and hard work you did for all of us. Now, the grandkids and great-grandkids reap the benefits as well in so many ways.

 

RESPONSES FROM THE FIRST WEBSITE SURVEY-

Which image do you want? Journal spines all lined up on a book shelf
Who would you like more information on? The Whole Family
thank you
name? Benny Midulla
year? 1971-75
feedback? Good job Betty. The site looks great.

Who would you like more information on? The Whole Family
name? Diane
year? 1979

Which image do you want? Journal spines all lined up on a book shelf
Who would you like more information on? The Whole Family
Why I would come back to this site.
learned something
enjoyed pictures
enjoyed movie
enjoyed all
thank you
name? Diane
year? 1968
feedback? Questions or comments? Thanks Betty ! I can't imagine what this family would do without you! You're incredible, I can't wait to see the latest... Your biggest fan, Diane

Hi Betty,
Diane Fix commented on your link.
Diane wrote: "Betty you're amazing!! THANK YOU!"

Which image do you want? That year's collage
Who would you like more information on? The Whole Family
Why I would come back to this site.
enjoyed pictures
enjoyed movie
enjoyed all
thank you
name? Helene Christine Fix - Child #5
year? 1960
feedback? Questions or comments? Thank you soooo much Betty for all you've learned and all your hard work. Love you, Helene

Which image do you want? Fairy with magic wand pointing to year
Who would you like more information on? The Whole Family
Why I would come back to this site.
thank you
name? Mary Midulla-Henson
year? 1973
feedback? Questions or comments? Great job little sis!!

Hi Betty,
Leslie Arlyn Fix commented on your link.
Leslie wrote: "Beautiful... i saved it in my favorites for Amarus Hope to see you soon xoxo"

Why I would come back to this site.
learned something
enjoyed pictures
enjoyed all
feedback? Questions or comments? Hello, Betty! I am Janice K. (Chapin) Anderson, the oldest daughter of Elsie Chapin (McLaughlin). My mother, Elsie, is a cousin of your parents as well as Betty and Rudy Zagar. I do remember your brother George, Jr. and some of the older ones in your family. I think it was in the early 50's when I last saw anyone from your family. Since then, my father (Leonard Chapin)passed away in 1954. Mom remarried in 1966 to Earl McLaughlin-he passed away 2008 and my youngest brother, Lenny Chapin (1954) passed away from cancer in 2004. Mom is now living here in the Twin Cities in an assisted living apt. My sister, Charlotte, lives in St. Louis Park, MN and my husband and I live in Bloomington, MN and have two children and two grandaughters. I love what you've done with your family's history, etc. If Kendall can do it or has the time, it would be nice to have that for all of our families likewise. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.  Love,  Jan Anderson

Betty, how wonderful! I've just been through your web site and am tickled with all the info and photos. I've already forwarded the information to each of the nine Kleen families. I know that my aunts and uncle remember your mom and dad fondly and that they will be so pleased to look at all these pictures and recall old stories. What a wonderful gift--and always right at their fingertips. I can think of nothing nicer and hope to emulate your work when I get my own family history in order. I made a web page at school so I have a general idea how to do it, but we used programs rather than actual HTML--although the school workshop did have us make a few things in code just to get the gist of it--lots of work! My skills are pretty basic, and whatever I end up doing will probably be pretty basic, at least to start. But I just want the information to become widely available, so it has a better chance of survival! Again, many thanks and congratulations on a job well done! A toast to you will be drunk this evening! Kendall

I so enjoyed the efforts displayed on your website. It just brought these people to life again for me. Being third youngest child of the Kleen clan, I was pretty little when these folks were around. But I remember each of you very well, although I did not meet you more than a very few times. It was so good to see Aunt Helene and Uncle August again. I'll never forget the time he took us fishing on Lake Clitherall (I think it was Toots, Bev, Kathy and me) and a tornado came up, sucking up a great amount of the water in the lake and pouring it back on us and making immense waves. We rowed to the nearest shore, which was a grassy slope, and hung on to the grass for dear life while the rain and wind pelted us. Truly, we were lucky to get out of that alive! When we drove home, there were animals, buildings and trees all scattered everywhere around the lake. Uncle August was most worried about losing the boat! He always used to say, "Oh baby, oh baby!" whenever he got any little fish on his line! But I am sure you remember that also. He was surely a dedicated fisherman and always took us fishing whenever they came up. I did not know Adeline was already a relative when she married Wally, but surely remember them well. Guess I must have seen them in the Cities with Bud or somebody? Or maybe when I stayed with Don and Jean for awhile down there. You were all such warm and fun-loving people. I am glad to have this info and the pictures are wonderful. Pretty
exciting stuff! Thanks, Betty. Love, Cousin Marilyn

Hi again Betty. After leaving my computer last night, I realized that I was writing to you as though you were the "original" Betty Fix -- your aunt, who passed away fairly recently I believe. It says a lot for your efforts that your website took me back in time so well, I thought that you were her! Anyway, it's all straight in my head now. I wondered though why the survey page with the photos and names did not show all of your family, as there were 12 of you, were there not? I always thought Kay and George were such a lovely couple, and I remember her mom too. Your mother was so Chapin! All the best to you in your efforts to make history come alive. I'll look fwd to reading your dad's journals. I like to write too but have never kept a journal. p.s. I live in Victoria, BC, Canada, with Peter, am 74 years old and have three grown children (Marcus and Carrie live here, Bob is in LA) and five grandchildren (four here, Bob's daughter in Montana) Love, Cousin Marilyn

Wow!!! Thanks for creating this! I LOVE the name--I remember my mom telling me about the weeping willows from her childhood.  Whenever I see one, I'm reminded of her and grandpa. The weeping willow is the symbol for the Fix side and the pecan tree (I got to pick pecans from the tree Harvey grew as a kid) is the symbol for the Adams side. My computer crashed a few days ago---horrible timing, so I haven't been able to answer your last question about power point. I'm still deciding about what to do--ipad or save up for a new mac. Again, thank you so much for all of your hard work! Collette

Which image do you want?
Who would you like more information on? me
Why I would come back to this site.
enjoyed all
name? DAVID WAHL
feedback? BETTY!! This is amazing, I could not imagine a year ago that you could make this. Looks great! Keep it up. P.S Ask me if you need any help. (David is daughter, Laura's boyfriend)

Which image do you want? Journal spines all lined up on a book shelf
Who would you like more information on? The Whole Family
Why I would come back to this site.
enjoyed pictures
enjoyed movie
enjoyed all
thank you
name? Marty Fix
year? 1962

 


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