Thursday, December 31, 2009

No Resolution To Loose Weight This Year




Happy New Year my friends, I wish you all love, joy, happiness and good health in 2010. I want to take this opportunity to say how much you have enriched my life with your words of wisdom, encouragement, support and prayers. I found myself laughing, crying, happy and sad as we shared our stories and our lives with each other during 2009. All of you have been such a blessing. I am very much looking forward to sharing 2010 together.

Every year I make a resolution to loose weight and exercise more.....Not This Year. It's the same, same, same.......Instead I am going to learn to "Appreciate" (my word for 2010 thanks to Dani) each day and whatever it holds for me. I am going to appreciate all that I can do, and not worry about what I am unable too, I am going to show my appreciation in every way I can. I want to continue to forgive, love and laugh easily. Goals I have made and met before and by doing so has made my life much fuller/brighter so next it's "Appreciation"......my life has been so blessed in so many ways now it's time for me to show my appreciation for all that I am and all I hope to be.

Tonight I am bringing in the New Year with 2 friends....we are going to see the movie Avatar and having dinner at our favorite Chinese restaurant. Tomorrow I am going to Mass then watching football all day as I cook a ham and vegetables for dinner which I am going to serve with a good bottle of Champagne....yummmmmm! Now that will be easy to appreciate, don't ya think?

I am looking forward to getting back to my normal routine. "It was good while it lasted now I'm past it". I want my house back to normal and I am ready for some quiet time. I want to begin a novel I had purchased before Christmas and one that I received for Christmas....it is going to be so nice to enjoy a fresh new start to a wonderful New Year, new decade really and all the challenges and greatness that it holds for all of us.

Happy New Year and God Bless..........:-) Hugs


Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year



Hello my friends, I am home, in my own bed and it feels wonderful.

I had such a wonderful Christmas, we were so busy and every moment was full of fun, family, friends and food......my favorite was the time I spent with the children. I am blessed to have the sweetest great nieces and nephew in the world. Now Fallon and I spent hours sharing stories, jokes and just laughing together. One night at 3 in the morning we both woke up and laughed for an hour, we were tired and silly and everything seemed funny to us. I hold this memory close to my heart. Olivia is so sweet, she is beautiful and quiet....a real little lady. Olivia is very easy to entertain and so contented just being with Auntie Bernie....my heart overflowed with love for this little angel. Dylan is all boy, very busy and loves his mom. He is so cute, he rolls his eyes at me trying to figure out where I fit in with his family, gives me a grin and says in a very deep voice "Mom".....he was so easy to love and cuddle when it was just Auntie Bernie and Dylan time. I gave all 5 of them UGGS boots for Christmas and they were a great hit....

Our weather was cool and crisp, no falling snow and with my nephew doing all the driving I thoroughly enjoyed visiting their family and friends. All made me feel welcomed and this Christmas was one of my best ever.....My life is good, my heart is over flowing with love for my wonderful family.....I do hope you all enjoyed your Christmas as much as I did. I am so thankful tonight.....for all my blessings.

I still have a full week ahead of me and have to admit I am quite tired. My Christmas Tea was lovely....it was suppose to be for a couple of hours, but the first friend arrived at 1 o'clock and the last left at 7 o'clock. We opened stocking stuffers and gifts, ate delicious food and played parlour games. Pictionary was a great hit. These wonderful patients held the true meaning of Christmas in their hearts and I am proud to call them friends. They have taught me how special time is when it is filled with love and laughter. Oh yes, quality over quantity every time.

Before I began this post I began by trying to download my pictures....only to receive the message "no image found" that's right, having taken several pictures somehow or someone erased them.

Tonight my legs and feet are aching, my body is screaming for a good night's sleep and yet I have never felt happier in my heart. Life is good my friends, and it is only going to get better in the New Year Ahead......I know I plan on making it my best year ever.....what about you?


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Merry Christmas



Hello everyone, it has been a few days since I have been able to post. Life has been so very busy.

We actually thawed out here on Wednesday, it never did get as warm as they said it would but anything was an improvement. I have been on the go every day since. Unfortunately I lost my key chain while cleaning off my car. These included my house, mail box and safety deposit box keys as well as a few others. We searched for hours the past few days but I'm afraid they will not show up until the Spring thaws. It cost a small fortune to have them all replaced but I really had no choice, I now have a new set of keys for everything and finally was able to open my mail box....note to self.......be more careful. Honestly I would rather give something away than loose anything.

Monday will be my last day of shopping, Tuesday I have my course and Wednesday I am hosting my Christmas Tree. It will be so much fun. I have wrapped and filled stockings for all my patients and on Monday I am picking up trays of vegetables, fruit and sweets. I have already got in the wine, cheese, crackers and chocolates. I am so looking forward to sharing my home and decorations this year.

Thursday, Christmas Eve I am going to my nephews. We will all go to Mass then over to friends for a full Christmas Dinner. Christmas Day these same friends will come to my nephew's for another full Christmas Dinner. Christmas night, Monique my nephew's wife, family arrives as well as more friends and it is always lots of fun. I am really looking forward to having this time with the children, they are 12, 4 and 2, just the right age to enjoy Santa Claus.

I come home on the 26th as I have a party to go to in Beaumont on the 27th. I have a good friend visiting from Washington DC who will be at her daughters for Christmas. Her daughter is hosting a party for all her mother's old friends. I am so looking forward to this as I haven't seen her in several years but we have always kept in touch. My only problem is the driving as I have never driven there before and I don't know what the weather nor the highways will be like on that day. Oh well, will just take one day at a time and enjoy the moment.

I will not be posting until the Christmas rush has calmed down though I will still read and comment on all your blogs I promise. I want to take this time to tell you all how much you have added to my life this year. I feel as though you are all family and I have so enjoyed being surrounded by loving, kind and caring "village" people. You know I can't think of another Village in Blogland where I would rather dwell.

I wish all of you and your families a very Merry Christmas....may you only know love, peace and health during this most beautiful time of year.

God Bless.......many, many hugs......:-)



Monday, December 14, 2009

Almost A World Record.....Brrrrrrr

Hello my friends, I wasn't going to post anymore on the cold weather we have been having but since we almost broke a world record yesterday I just had to tell you. Now doesn't everyone talk about the weather when there is nothing else to say.

This morning at the Edmonton International Airport the thermometer read -59 with the wind-chill. I know it is hard to believe eh!. I live in Morinville, north of the airport and my thermometer showed -48 but it doesn't show the wind-chill factor, or at least I don't think it does.

I went outside for approximately 10 minutes to clean my car off and almost froze, I had dressed to go out in a long faux fur coat and hat. I wore mittens and my UGGS and the only part of me that wasn't cold were my feet. I thought my fingertips were going to fall off....now it is suppose to warm up beginning on Wednesday and then on Friday they are calling for plus 1 and rain. Hard to believe the weather will turn around that fast but oh I am so hoping it will. In Edmonton they found a man on his front lawn frozen to death.....so close yet so far away. We still are in the wind-chill warning area and are being told to stay inside.




This is a picture of Highway 2, on December 4th the day of the blizzard. This is the highway I use to go into the city. I don't plan on going into the city until the weekend and I am so looking forward to it as I am getting a bit of cabin fever.

It is still suppose to be cold tomorrow but I am going to teach our course as it is held here in Morinville. I was speaking with Danielle earlier and she is not sure any of our patients will be there as some of them travel the back roads to Morinville and they are not in very good shape.

God Bless my friends and please stay warm.....many, many Hugs.....:-)


Friday, December 11, 2009

Frozen Friday



Oh my but it is cold. This morning I set my alarm clock as curling playoffs started at 8:30am....I wanted to be up and dressed, take my insulin and have breakfast before it came on TV. Canada is deciding which men and women's teams are to represent them at the Olympics. It has been on all week and I have enjoyed some excellent shot making. Since I really can't get out very much I am really thankful to have such good TV to pass the time. I am also enjoying TCM and all their old movies, especially the black and white ones. No matter what I find one can always find the good in any situation if they are open to it.

When I tried to open my front door to get my newspaper from the mailbox it took a lot of effort as my door was frozen. In fact everything outside is frozen solid and it is suppose to get worse before it gets better. It is -41C which is -41.8F, with the wind-chill factor. In fact it is very dangerous and one can get frost bite within 3 minutes of exposure......this Arctic freeze is suppose to last until Wednesday when they are calling it to warm up to -15, in my area that is bathing suit weather. Living north of the city we are always colder out here. Not many cars started in our parking lot this morning, everyone was trying to help each other but I am sure many are late for work or not going in at all as the parking lot is still full.

I have done some baking this week and am hoping to go into the city next week as I want to go to Costco to pick up fruit, vegetables and dips to make up some trays for my Christmas Tea.....all will depend on the weather. I am so happy I have my gift cupboard as I was able to fill stockings for all of my patients. I am sending a couple of gifts home with our little patients sister for her to open Christmas Day.
Sorry blogger friends, I had plans on sending small gifts to each of you in the village but know you all will not mind my using your gifts to make this Christmas a little bit better for those who are not well.

Oh no, I just heard on the news we are getting more snow tonight.....brrrrr! Time to light the fire, cover up with my snuggie and watch Curling.

Have a great weekend everyone, stay warm.........:-) many, many hugs


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Welcome To My Home

Hello my friends.....this has been a sad day for me, one of my dearest blogger friends mother passed away and my heart is breaking for the pain she is now feeling. I love her so much so in celebration of her mother I am going to post my happy memories and how I got to where I am.

As most of you know I have lost many of the one's I have loved most in my life, my son, my husband, my parents and my brother as well as several beautiful friends. For many years now I didn't decorate a Christmas tree, nor did I decorate anything. The memories were to painful. This year instead of running from the memories I decided to embrace them and so began the trek from the crawl space in the basement to my favorite room in the house, the cosy living room.

Let me set the scene for you...we were in the middle of a very cold blizzard. I couldn't go out and no one would be visiting. Though the weather outside was brutal the feeling in my heart was warm and wonderful, I have waited many years for this feeling to return on my favorite holiday and I wasn't about to let the moment pass. I have to admit I shed tears as I unpacked certain favorite ornaments, like the one my son made for me in school, or the beautiful heart with grandmother on it from my granddaughter.....I didn't cry very long, I knew they all would want me to be happy.



The finally decorated tree.....it's been eight years!



These trees are very special, my mother in law had made me the small one and my husband had given me the large one....I can still see the sparkle in his eyes as he presented me with his gift with much love.




I won this stained glass nativity scene in a curling bonspiel...I remembered the happiness we felt and all the laughs my team shared when we won this prize.




I turned all the lights out except the for the Christmas trees and with the fire glowing I was enjoying complete bliss.




This is my very favorite nativity scene, the last one my husband and I purchased together on our last Christmas we shared together.




My Dining Room Table




At the end of a emotional long day I made biscuits and they were so good with my clam chowder....perfect for a snowy day don't you think?

Now I have decorated most of the main floor....did I mention I have a Christmas clock which plays a Christmas song as the hand touches each new hour of the day...needless to say I was awaken last night with these beautiful tunes....note to self, turn off music when I go to bed.


Good Night and God Bless and many, many hugs to you all especially my dear friend Diana who is so close to my heart tonight.......:-)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Grab a box of Kleenex

Hello my friends, please take a couple of minutes and watch this video, I guarantee you will shed some tears. My beautiful cousin, Sharon e-mailed me this today and I just had to share it with you.



I have been thinking a lot lately about the holidays. Most of us enjoy this time of year but I realize many of those who are lonely, sick, depressed or have lost loved ones this past year will find this season very painful. Thankfully most people are surrounded by family and friends who love and care about them and their priorities are to have everyone together sharing faith, turkey dinners, decorations and gifts. They enjoy just being together and appreciate all the year has brought them. I am grateful to have this in my life......but I still feel for those who don't. Once someone said to me "Bernie" I have family that love me but don't care and friends who care but don't love me". I have never forgotten this sentence but I never quite understood it either because too me when you love someone you care about them just as when you care for someone you love them. Yesterday while at my class I realized I may be wrong, you see one of the patients said everyone was concerned about her but they were so busy living their lives and that life didn't include a sick person who needed to be helped each day. She wasn't being mean or feeling sorry for herself, she was speaking her truth. My heart ached for her and I said then why don't you decide who you would like to spend Christmas with and ask them if they would mind. She said she would think about it but I am not sure she will ask anyone as she cannot afford to buy gifts nor is she well enough to help someone with shopping, baking or decorating (this seems to be very important to her)......last night I couldn't settle just thinking about her and I had to accept the fact that I cannot fix everything for everyone, sometimes I just have to do my best and let God handle the rest. I am thinking of calling my nephew and asking him if I can bring her with me to his place for Christmas. I would like to be able to help her and I don't mind caring for her. I haven't called him yet....I feel I may be imposing....what does that say about me? Perhaps I should have Christmas here in my own home and share it with her but then would I disappoint my nephew and his family. We have had every Christmas together for 10 years. I know my niece e-mails me every day excited that I'm sharing Christmas with her and we will do our traditions we do every year. Okay so back to the prayers, not only so that I may settle but for the patient who is feeling so alone.....

Good Night and God Bless......and many, many Hugs.....:-)


Monday, November 30, 2009

Winter Has Arrived

Hello my friends......is everyone full of turkey? Well it is time to prepare for Christmas and I still haven't decided if I am going to decorate or not.....oh what to do?

In Canada we don't have the Super Bowl we have the Grey Cup....the game was yesterday. I was cheering for a team that was losing badly at half time but came back in the second half of the game.....it came down to the last play of the game and they needed a field goal to win it....he kicked and missed it... but wait there are flags all over the field and he got to kick again. No time left on the clock, he kicked it dead center through the goal post and anyone living within 40 miles of me must of heard me cheering.....my team won...28 - 27....WOW what a game, one of the best I have ever watched.

I awoke through the night with a few aches and pains and knew we were in for some bad weather.....I got up early, showered had breakfast and headed out to do my errands "just in case" I had to go to the bank, drugstore and mail. Sure enough by 2 o'clock the snow was falling and has been falling off and on ever since....and it is so cold outside, -12C but with the wind-chill I feel it's much colder.

I had a happy day today, my blogger friends are wonderful....a beautiful picture from Joan of The Retirement Chronicles, a lovely card/note from Diana of Welcome to my World and A/C who just happened to find my favorite Carpenter tape on a CD and I have already ordered it....thank you my friends, I so appreciate all of you.

My friend Terry called me this afternoon, her son had given her a Sirius/XM radio last year for Christmas which she never uses in her home and she has one already in her new car so she mailed it to me today.......I had just decided to get one. Her husband had to change the registration over from his name to my name but hopefully within the week I will be hooked up to listen to some favorite talk show host and music. Ahhhhhhh life is good.

I have my class tomorrow and am going to ask you all to pray for Greg, he is our terminal patient and is not doing so well right now. His wife called tonight to say they wouldn't be able to make it tomorrow, he has a bad cold and fever.

Good Night my friends and God Bless.......many, many hugs:-)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

It's Been A Busy Week

Hello my friends, oh it has been a beautiful and busy week for me. I am not sure I can even get it all into one post but I'll try.

My friend Terry and her husband came into the city to pick up her new car and his new truck....they are beautiful, with all the bells and whistles, Terry's car is silver and Rick's truck is white......as we picked them up was I ever tempted to shop for a new car as well but common sense took over as I know my little yellow car is in perfect condition with low mileage so I will keep my car and enjoy driving in Terry's when she comes in to visit.

I also saw the doctor on Thursday, not much to report as not much has changed. Her office is about an hour's drive from me and when I left home it was cloudy but the roads were dry and clear. About forty-five minutes into my drive it started to rain and was raining quite hard as I entered her office. When I came out it was pouring and before too long it turned to freezing rain, some spots were like driving on a skating rink. I drove slowly and made it home safe but was I tense by the time I arrived here. I wasn't long lighting a fire and pouring a glass of wine. Oh I love the safe haven of my home and really appreciated it at that moment.

I also read the book, Going Rogue by Sara Palin this week.....she is beautiful, talented but this is only my opinion, not nearly ready to be President of anything. I enjoyed learning more about her though and there were many things I respect about her especially how she allows nothing to keep her down....she is a survivor. She is not Going Rogue at all people she is going to the Bank!

I also saw the movie The Blind Side, I love any movie Sandra Bullock is in and I think this is one of her best.....perhaps because it was based on a true story that made me love her character even more than other characters she has played. She played the part of a woman who is a bit rough around the edges, a bit of a control freak who always likes to be in charge. A great movie everyone, if you get a chance to see it you won't be disappointed.

I have completed my Christmas shopping but still have to wrap gifts and do my Christmas cards. I still haven't decided if I am going to decorate or not this year as I will be at my nephews for a few days for Christmas and it is so much work only to have to take it all down, pack up and put away when I get home. I will say as I listened to my favorite Christmas music I did get the urge to get at it. By the way my favorite Christmas tape (yes tape) is by The Carpenter's. To me there is nor was a more pure voice than Karen Carpenter. I only wish I could get it in a CD as this poor tape must be 30 years old.....but it still plays well.

Well I also managed to nurse my cold and do all the normal things I do like housework, laundry and grocery shopping. It was a full week and I am so thankful I was able to enjoy it.

Good Night and God Bless........as always, many, many Hugs :-)


Friday, November 27, 2009

This Use to be A Tradition Recipe

Hello my friends, Cathy @ A Bit of The Blarney is sharing a traditional family recipe along with a story about it. I think this is a wonderful idea. The only problem I am having is that I have seldom made this recipe....my late husband always did. He loved seafood and he always made this after Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas when he was tired of anything turkey. I loved it as well so whenever I have the opportunity to have this meal it brings a smile to my face and many warm memories.

Seafood Lasagna -

Lasagna Noodles (we used Catellie Express-oven ready)
First Mixture - 2 Tbs. of butter - melt and cook 1 chopped onion in frying pan
In a separate bowl beat
1 egg
8 oz. softened cream cheese
1 1/2 cups sour cream
2 Tbs. basil
pinch of salt & pepper
Add melted butter and onion to this mixture

Second Mixture - Combine 2 cans of Cream of Mushroom Soup with 2/3 cup of milk
1 package simulated crab - cut into 1" strips
3 cups of shrimp
3 cups of scallops

In a 13 x 9 lasagna dish start with a little of each of the first 2 mixtures, then place a layer of noodles followed by 1st mixture, then 2nd mixture. Repeat layers and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes top with 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Brown under broiler and let stand for at least 15 minutes before serving.....I always serve this with warm rolls or French Bread.

I know it sounds like a lot of work but it isn't really, and it is totally worth it. It is so good. Now my favorite part is the chilled glass of white wine that goes so well with it.

Good Night and God Bless........:-) Hugs

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving




Happy Thanksgiving to my friendly neighbours to the South, may all of my blogger friends travel safely, enjoy their turkey dinners, families and friends. I will be thinking of you all and smile as I know you will be sharing hearth and home with those you love.

Good Night and God Bless



Who Says You Get Smarter With Age....Not Me

Hello my friends, I am posting with a red face and feeling kind of dumb right now. I love all my blogger friends and miss them when they don't post. Now Jackie sent me an invitation to her blog, I accepted and have been wondering why she hasn't posted. I kept checking my reader and going back to her blog from there and was always disappointed when she still hadn't posted. I didn't know I couldn't reach her from my reader.....so Jackie finally figured out what I was doing, and e-mailed me. Thank you my friend for showing me how to find you, now I am taking comfort in knowing you missed my comments as much as I missed your post. I have spent the past couple of hours catching up with all her news and boy did I miss lots.....so today I am thankful for a friend who took the time to let me know what I was doing wrong, who cared enough to show me the way. Also another blogger friend, cinner sent me an e-mail with instructions on how to do something a little different and more personal with my blog....I will try to do it this weekend. Oh I feel so blessed to have such wonderful blogger friends in my life. As cinner would say sometimes I can be the tool box with a hammer.

It is cool and cloudy today, but I am relaxing by the fire as I nurse a bad cold and a horrible headache.....this cold just doesn't seem to want to go away....so go away germs and let me be me again. Tomorrow I see my hundredth specialist (exaggeration) so maybe she will prescribe something to help aid in the healing process.

I want to wish all my American friends a very Happy Thanksgiving.....I know you don't need to be reminded of all your blessings, you are all well aware of them, but I want you all to know I am so thankful for all of you. May you enjoy your wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner's, family and friends.

God Bless you and your families always.......:-) Hugs

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Think Positive...and...Be Positive

Hello my friends, I want to share an e-mail with you that I received, why? I have not reached John's level of optimism but I try and I do believe and love how he thinks.

John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, "If I were any better, I would be twins!"

If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, "I don't get it!"

You can't be a positive person all of the time....How do you do it?"

He replied, "Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or....you can choose to be in a bad mood.

"I choose to be in a good mood."

Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or...I can choose to learn from it. "I choose to learn from it".

Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept their complaining or... I can point out the positive side of life. I choose the positive side of life.

"Yeah, right, it's not that easy", I protested.

Yes it is "he said. "life is all about choices. When you cut away all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to situations. You choose how people affect your mood.

You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: "It's your choice how you live your life."

I reflected on what he said. Soon hereafter, I left the Tower Industry to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.

After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was released from the hospital with rods placed in his back.

I saw him about six months after the accident.

When I asked him how he was, he replied, "If I were any better, I'd be twins...Wanna see my scars?"

I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through his mind as the accident took place?

"The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being of my soon-to-be born daughter," he replied. "Then, as I lay on the ground, I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or... I could choose to die. I chose to live."

Weren't you scared? Did you lose consciousness? I asked

He continued, "the paramedics were great. They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But .... when they wheeled me into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read.."He's a dead man". I knew I needed to take action.

What did you do? I asked.

Well, there was big burly nurse shouting questions at me, said John. "She asked if was allergic to anything, "Yes, I replied. The doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply... I took a deep breath and yelled, "Gravity"

Over their laughter, I told them, "I am choosing to live. Operate on me as if I am alive, not dead."

He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his amazing attitude...I learned from him that every day we have the choice to live fully.

After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

You have two choices: Ignore John's wise and humbling words or you can live your life as fully as John has. I have made my choice........have you?

Have a wonderful weekend everyone....God Bless and many, many hugs....:-)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A Pink Carnation



Hello my friends, what a lovely surprise I received today when I answered the door bell and received a dozen carnations from a friend who had watched a curling game with Terry and I on Saturday.....it was such a thoughtful thing to do.

Our weather has been absolutely beautiful, yesterday it was 17C which broke all records for that date in November. Today was much cooler but still sunny. I have enjoyed these unexpected beautiful days as they are calling for snow on Saturday.

My class went well yesterday, I do have a concern over one patient but then that is me. I don't know how one can try and help someone yet detach from the illness. I have not been able to do this yet but Danielle says I will get use to these things and eventually be able too.......but I find myself getting very involved and the emotions are just a part of who I am. I am able to deal with the chronic illness patients really well but we have one who is terminal and I find myself wanting to do more for this patient than I am able too. Sometimes we just can't make things turn out the way we want to.....I have learned to appreciate each day and find comfort in my prayers. I only know that Danielle and I will do all we can to help him and his family, we had to read a book "A Good Death" as part of our own development but unless the patient brings this up to me I am not going to bring the subject up, at least not now. My burdens seem so light compared to others.

I hope you all are doing well and that your weather has been as lovely as we are having here in Canada......it is strange for November but very welcomed.

Good Night and God bless.......:-) Hugs

Monday, November 16, 2009

Life is Happening

Hello my friends, it has been a few days since I posted, I want you to know I am well, I have just been busy with life.....and enjoying every moment of it.

First I want to tell you all that I spoke with Mrs. Houle's niece on Friday morning and she seemed the lovely woman her Aunt had said she was. She had taken Friday off work and was spending the weekend with her. She told me her Aunt was no longer dizzy and was feeling quite well. I was so happy that she had her niece with and that she was better, I was able to enjoy my weekend with my friend.

We had a wonderful weekend, we shopped all day Friday, picked up one of our other friend's and went out for supper. We had gone to Costco to shop and I had stocked up on many things so it was near 10 before we got home and had everything put away. I now have enough non perishable items to last me until next Spring when we will make out next trip to Costco. Terry and her husband leave next month for Arizona and California for the winter.....they love it, golf almost every day and have many friends there and I miss her terribly when she is gone but am very happy for her and her husband that they get to spend the winter months in a warm climate.

Saturday morning we were up early, out for breakfast and off to do more shopping. Terry had to pick up many supplies for her husband's business. She was driving the truck this trip and we sure had a lot of laughs as she manipulated her way through the busy streets and parking lots of Edmonton.....I know I wouldn't want to have been driving. After shopping we picked up a bottle of wine, invited a friend over and the 3 of us watched a great Curling match and drank wine Saturday night. The fireplace was lovely the game was competitive and the company was wonderful. We were cheering for different teams so it made for a lot of fun.

Sunday morning we were up early again, Terry ate a piece of toast and had a yogurt then left for home.....I went to Mass. Honestly I was so tired after such a busy week that I slept off and on all day yesterday after church. I really needed the rest.

Today I had my hair trimmed, and then prepared for my course tomorrow. I had to read a book and do much paper work which took me most of the afternoon and evening. I have finished it and am well prepared for tomorrow's class.....I hope.

Our weather has been absolutely wonderful, sunny about 25 Fahrenheit today, it has been beautiful for the past few days. I am really enjoying this weather as one never knows when it will abruptly change here on the Prairie....life is so good right now everyone, I am very happy and contented.

I will try and catch up with all my favorite blogs in the next couple of days, I love hearing from all of you, you are the best.....Good Night and God Bless...:-) Hugs

Thursday, November 12, 2009

What Has Happened To The Family

Hello my friends, I had a day that still has me shaking my head.....I am wondering what has happened to the close unit of family. I have to believe that most families are still all about loving and caring for each other but there have been a few incidents that has caused me to question where has the compassion and even responsibility for parents, children even siblings gone.

Why this is on my mind tonight is that today after meeting my friends for a lunch which was great I had to stop at the drugstore to pick up my insulin and needles. While there an elderly lady was sitting down and I noticed she did not look well and so I asked her if she was okay.....she said she was dizzy and the pharmacist had taken her blood pressure which was very high so he was trying to contact her son to come and get her. I sat down beside her to keep her company until the pharmacist returned and told us that one of her sons was 2 hours away and asked him to call his brother who lived only about 5 minutes from the drugstore. He did this and was told that this son was very busy and if she couldn't walk home herself then the pharmacist should call an ambulance and have her taken to hospital as he would not be available until this evening......well this lady was 82 and as soon as the pharmacist mentioned the word ambulance her blood pressure went even higher. I could feel her heart beating so fast as I put my arm around her.....I got her drink of water as the pharmacist called the first son back who said yes to call an ambulance and he would meet her at the hospital as soon as he could. I would of drove her home, she only lived a short distance from the drug store but I was concerned she may have a heart attack, she said she had no pain but she had broken out into a sweat. My gosh I felt sorry for her. The pharmacist did call for an ambulance and I followed it to the hospital and stayed with her until her son arrived.... four hours later.....by this time they had given her medication and her blood pressure was almost normal and she said she was feeling fine. The doctor agreed she could go home as long as someone would be with her at least until tomorrow. I can still see her little button eyes filled with anxiety so I assured her I would stay with her until her son arrived. She held my hand even as she took a nap. When her son finally arrived he was curt with her and said he couldn't stay over night and she would have to call her niece. How sad she looked as she mumbled she would and thanked me for everything while her son barely noticed I was there, he may of thought I was working at the hospital but I still found him rude......one day he may find himself in the same position and I pray he will have someone to help him with a bit of compassion which he didn't show his mother. Anyway she gave me her phone number and I will call her tomorrow to see how she is feeling. I am still feeling angry at her only sons.....she raised them with love and sacrifice and they made her feel like a burden. She had told me they had changed a lot since her husband passed away 2 years ago and they hardly visited or called her, but she did say her niece was lovely and treated her well. I wish the pharmacist had called her niece but then he didn't know about her and when I asked her if she wanted me to call her she didn't have her phone number with her and couldn't remember where she worked.....

This isn't the first time I have seen a parent treated this way but I hope it is the last. I know there is much I don't know about this family and perhaps the sons have their own reasons for acting this way but in my opinion there is no excuse to treat a mother that way whatsoever, I don't care what she may or may not have done. She is 82 years old, sick and alone. Tonight I will pray for her and her family and all families that are divided including the divisions in my own family.

In all fairness I will say I know many more families that are kind and loving to each other than what I witnessed today but knowing even one family like this is one too many. A gentle word, a smile, and a genuine concern for each other is so much easier than what I saw today.

Just had to get this off my chest tonight as it is playing over and over in my mind and my heart is aching for this elderly lady who deserves to be loved.

Good Night and God Bless..........:-) Hugs

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

So Much to Do....So Little Time

Hello my friends, sorry I have not posted for a few days but I have just been so busy.....just doing things that needed to be done.

Our weather has been lovely.....sunny and cool, finally a true beautiful Fall. I love this weather as Fall is my favorite season.

Yesterday was a full day, I had my course yesterday and thankfully all the patients took their injections for the H1N1....we had 5 more deaths just last week. This flu is frightening. My friend Terry is just getting over it, thankfully she only had a mild form of it but it still took her a few days to get back on her feet. Terry has been blessed with such good health that it worried me when she was ill, she is coming in on Friday for the weekend. Our patients were so good yesterday, they co-operated with us and supported each other....I love it when they are so receptive and allow us to help them with a plan that will make their life the best it possibly can be....I love seeing the hope in their eyes and the appreciation in their hearts. So far no anger or bitterness from anyone.

Last night I went to a Purse Party, oh what fun. My friend Pat, you know the lady I bought my condo from over 10 years ago well she hosted the party and there were 25 ladies there, some I knew some I didn't but we all laughed so hard and helped each other choose purses, scarves and gloves. It was so funny as someone would like something someone else had picked out and they would follow them around to see if they were really going to buy it or put it down where it would be immediately snapped up. Pat had the most beautifully arranged buffet table. The food was delicious, and oh the ladies were great, I am going to another one on Dec.13th, not to purchase but to enjoy the ladies company again.

I did buy a new purse and a really pretty butterfly purse charm. I know I don't need another purse but this one is so cute. It doesn't show in the picture but the top part by the zipper has a row of leather roses......I found it different than anything I have, just couldn't resist.



I am going to the Legion this morning to show my love and respect for our fallen soldiers and to the men and women who are serving our country today. My late husband served in the Air Force for 25 years, he loved the military life and I was blessed to have shared this time with him. I will gladly stand with others in a moment of silence for all those who have given so much for all our freedom...Lest we forget...

Have a wonderful day my friends, God Bless.......:-) Hugs

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Bliss

Hello my friends, I have been home a couple of hours now and am still trying to warm up. We had a wonderful weekend just wonderful. We arrived at 9 o'clock Saturday morning, put our overnight bags away and sat down with a cup of coffee for orientation.....it was very basic, our beds were wooden bunks, we shared one bathroom, kitchen and a huge conversation room. The conversation room had big, over stuffed chairs and many sofas. The focal point of the room was a massive fireplace surrounded by a rock wall....it was all made by the natives and you could see their hard work and pride in every nail and in every craft......these are are the most wonderful, spiritual people I have ever met. Before each meal a native elder said grace....more like a prayer really and when the meal was finished another prayer was said......our meals were simple and everything had been grown on their property. We had many fruits, vegetables, homemade bread/muffins and soups, no meat or even fish yet the meals were delicious in their simple form.

We walked through the woods and along the riverbank....we did yoga, we said good night to the sun as it set and welcomed its return this morning.....I spent my weekend in awe of our first nations people and their creative arts but I also spent much of my time in prayer and reflection.....I thought of the young soldiers and their families that were killed and wounded on Thursday....I thought of how blessed I was to feel so safe at this precious retreat and prayed that all those involved in Thursday's horrible event would eventually feel the safety, peace and contentment that I was experiencing. My friend's tried to discourage me from thinking about this terrible day but I couldn't help myself.....my prayers were for them and their families.

I had a wonderful massage this afternoon, I am a bit sore tonight as it was a deep muscle massage.....I didn't go in the hot tub.....way to cold for me to venture out in a swimsuit. The main building and bedroom were comfy but I found them to be cold....I think it made me realize how fortunate I am to have the comforts I enjoy every day of my life, at times I think I even take them for granted.....This weekend was special and as we spoke on the way home we all were grateful for the time we spent at River Lodge as well as with each other. A special bond formed between us this weekend, we have been friends for several years but something special happens when you share nature and prayer together. We all felt it, that feeling of calm and comfort and agreed that we should do this every year......as I sat shivering in the car I said oh we should for sure but let's go in the Spring or even better the Summer. We all chuckled and it was the end of the perfect weekend.

Good Night and God Bless.........:-) Hugs

Friday, November 6, 2009

Prayers for the Fallen, The Wounded and Their Families



Today I am feeling sad for the fallen soldiers who gave their lives as they readied themselves for deployment, the wounded and all of their families and friends.

Give your loved ones an extra hug today, we do not know what the day may bring...and may God grant those who mourn comfort and peace during this horrible and painful time in their lives. May he heal the wounded and grant them the peace and hope for a world of unconditional love, understanding and love for all.

God Bless the USA

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Time for a Retreat and Especially a Massage

Hello my friends, I have had a busy, productive and a very happy day. It was sunny and cool here today....all our snow is gone....for now.

I busied myself today defrosting the freezer, cleaning the fridge and though I have a self cleaning oven in my stove after it went through it's cycle I wiped out and polished it inside and out.....the appliances look brand new and the fridge looks empty.....grocery shopping will have to wait until next week though as I am going on a spiritual retreat this weekend with 3 of my best friends. I am not driving but Avanish is and it's about a 2 hour drive north west of here.....The four of us are staying in a log cabin. It's called the River Lodge and has walking paths through deep woods and for the very energetic there is a wonderful hiking path as well. It has outdoor fire pits and inside fireplaces. It has the bare necessities, well it does have a hot tub and a lady who gives massages but the main focus is to be on nature, walks, prayer and meditation.....all 4 of us practice different religions but that doesn't matter to any of us.....it will be a quiet,relaxing time that all us ladies will experience and enjoy together.

Oh I meant to tell you I saw the movie Amelia the other night.....now it didn't have me sitting on the edge of my seat or anything but I did find it very interesting. Hillary Swank played the part really well.....it must of been hard to be a woman back then, especially a shy yet aggressive one as she was. Here I am frightened to climb a ladder and this lady was very impressive with her courage. She had big dreams and she didn't let anything keep her from living them. I wouldn't pay to go to the theatre to see it again but I would rent it.

Have any of you seen the documentary "Alone in the Wilderness"....it's absolutely brilliant and I recommend it to everyone. I sat there and watched it in awe, I have ordered a copy of the DVD from Amazon as I could and have watched it over and over again. It was on one of our PBS channels.....Wanda I really feel you and Richard would enjoy this documentary very much.

My friend came over for supper tonight and for the second night in a row we enjoyed a bottle of wine as we watched the World Series.....Way to go Yankees....honestly I didn't relax until the last batter was out, I was really happy as I didn't want to see it go to a seventh game.

I am still having problems with blogger, but it has been better since yesterday, at least it is letting me open my own blog, now let's see if it let's me post.

Good Night and God Bless.........many, many hugs...:-)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Pass the Wine Please.........Now

Hello my friends, are you still there? I have been having a horrible time with blogger these past few days, it has not allowed me to post, open other blogs or even comment.....sometimes it allows me to comment but not often. I have missed you all so much and each night I do a post only to be told it can't be processed. I had more luck earlier with blogger so I am trying again.

I really enjoyed Halloween this weekend, the children were so cute, they were little bees, princesses, frogs, ballerinas and even Michael Jackson. This year I had just over 30 at my door....there was a time I would get well over a hundred but I think door to door trick or treating is going in the direction of the malls and house parties. I want whatever is safe for the little ones but I will miss the tradition.

Was back at my course today, now this is why I need the wine! All 5 patients had changed their minds during the week and have now decided to get the H1N1 shot. Can you believe it? Danielle is able to get the vaccine and will do their injections next week. They wanted their care givers to receive it as well but she was only able to guarantee them right now......now we did have a good session today. It was very informative and I know that everyone enjoyed it as I honestly could see the hope in their eyes as the afternoon progressed. I had taken an extra coffee pot I had for Danielle to keep in her office but someone ask for a cup of coffee so after we finished Danielle, myself and two others sat and chatted as we enjoyed our coffee. Not as good as Tim's but it was good. This group is going to be a challenge but already I am enjoying them, I love to see the smiles on their faces when they make a connection with something we either say or show them.

I arrived home around supper time and they came in this evening and installed my curtains. These are not very good pictures but I really am pleased with them. I will rearrange pictures tomorrow so that I have one with more pink hanging above my fireplace.






It will take me a few days to catch up with all of your posts but I am really looking forward to it. I think I am addicted to blogging and went through withdrawal these past few days.......I missed you all so much.

Good Night and God Bless.........many, many hugs.......:-)

Friday, October 30, 2009

Lunch with Terri

Hello my friends, we are back in a winter wonderland. I woke up to a blanket of snow this morning and it snowed off and on all day, tonight we had freezing rain. I am hoping the weather clears for the children tomorrow to trick and treat without freezing. I so look forward to seeing the little ones at the door.

Today I drove into the city and met Terri, from Do The Write Thing, for lunch. I know all of the village will be glad to hear she looks really good. She has been very busy and is now keeping her granddaughter for 10 days as her daughter's fiancee has the H1N1 flu. I will let Terri tell you why she isn't blogging as often but I will say she has been very busy working. She brought a shopping bag filled with lots of goodies from Cover Girl and gave me so many lovely things as well as some for my friend Avanish.....what she didn't give me she gave to our waitress. I thought this was very kind of her. After lunch she took me to a bookstore where they sell books for little money, in fact I bought six second hand books in excellent condition for under $10.00, all the money goes to support the hospital. I have so many books here that I am going to pack a box and donate them to this great cause. We also went to a second hand clothing store, neither of us bought anything there but they had some really nice clothes with great prices. Rebecca, you would of loved it there if I had space for more clothes in my closets I would of picked up some things.....but that is something I really don't need, in fact I have many things that still have the price tags on them and even more that I haven't worn yet....I think it's because I am not working anymore. ummmmmmm more things I can donate now that I think of it. I just want you all to know Terry is doing well and working through these cloudy cold days and it was good to see her. We had a nice chat at lunch and before I came home. She is much stronger than I realized and I am very proud of her. I am sure she will post soon as she loves her blogging friends. Wanda I passed on your message and she was pleased to hear how much you care about her and how important she has become to you.....she feels the same way.

Tonight I watched CFL on TV as I sat by a warm fire. Again I had another lovely day sharing it with a friend, good food and conversation......the kind of day that brings me contentment.....so I encourage everyone to share your day, share yourself with others, not only will you support your friend but she/he will support you. That's what friends are for.

Good Night and God Bless.......and many, many hugs......:-)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Proud and Productive

Hello my friends, I am thinking of my friends in Colorado tonight. I watched the weather tonight on CNN and it looks like you all are in the middle of winter. Stay warm and please drive safe if you have to go out on the roads.

As I was leaving my house today my neighbour was standing on my doorstep about to ring my doorbell. He had noticed the little door to my gas tank was open and the top of the gas tank was laying on the ground. I turned the car on to check to see how much gas was in my tank and noticed it was okay, my neighbour felt around it and smelled and said there was no residue or odd smell so he thought it was okay. He thinks someone was trying to steal the gas and heard someone coming so just ran away. I was a bit frighten to drive it as I wasn't sure but I have AMA and thought if it stops on me I will call them so went on to do my shopping. The car sounded and drove alright so I think it is okay. I had only a few errands in town so I will know tomorrow when I drive into the city. I feel like taping a note on it saying if you need gas so bad you don't have to steel it, knock on the door and I will take you for some.....at least the car won't be damaged. I have lived in this condo for over 10 years and this is the first time something like this has happened.

It was cold here today because of the wind....we have no snow left and I hope it stays that way so the little ones can enjoy Halloween. We are suppose to get snow next week and that's okay. I am almost prepared for winter now. I am having my living room curtains installed on Tuesday and they are insulating the attic on Friday.

It's been a great day my friends, I am feeling great and managed to finish all that I wanted to do and the Yankees won.....Go Yankees. I was a bit anxious after last night's game.

Good Night and God Bless.........and many, many hugs.....:-)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

What is Wrong With People

Hello my friends, what kind of day did you all have? The weather here couldn't make up it's mind......freezing rain, snow, freezing rain, snow then rain....this continued for most of thee day and the temperature was around 0 or a little below.

I was back at my volunteer work today, and I was so happy about it. Our course, living with chronic pain and terminal illness is a wonderful course for those who suffer with disease and for their family members and care givers. We had 5 patients today, 4 with chronic illness and one terminal with cancer. The course began well, and I was pleased to meet everyone and finally be back doing what I love to do. This was the second week of the six week course and I went in early to meet with the RN who brought me up to date with every one's charts and I thought we had a group of people who would and should blend well together and they did.

As we were finishing up I asked who if any had received the H1N1 flu shot....well did I open Pandora's box or what. They all started talking at the same time and all of them were complaining about the long line ups and not being well enough to stand in line for hours on end. I agreed and felt strongly that they shouldn't and so did Danielle (RN) as we chatted about their frustration Danielle went into her office to make a phone call to see if she could arrange to have someone come to our clinic and give our patients the shots or see if she could pick up some vials to inject them herself....we do have a large area and work together with many others who give the same course. Anyway she was told they would find out what they could and call her back. She came back and explained what was going on and I noticed a few people were fidgeting....(now remember we had 5 patients who all had someone with them today so together there were 13 sitting around the table. One couple had their eldest daughter with them.) I don't know why but I asked if we could arrange for them to have the shot at the clinic who would be there to receive it.... NOT ONE was planning on having the flu shot but all of them were complaining about the long line ups, the government not having enough nurses available to administrate it.... I was dumbfounded. Danielle and I just rolled our eyes at each other and she went in and called our central office and cancelled her request. Now my question is this, if they had no intention of even taken the injection why were they sitting there, expending good energy complaining about something they had no intention of using anyway. Why do people do this? Do you think people feel if they can't complain or blame someone about an issue they don't have anything to say....so, so sad. With everything we are providing for them, at absolutely no charge, the nurses provided to them and home care to help them in their home and they are still complaining. I know it is not their illness as we had such a good productive afternoon with them and all of them were willing to discuss and share their situation with everyone at the table, which did have a lot of complaints but these were honest and reasonable complaints, these people are ill and one is seriously ill, these complaints I totally understand but to complain for 15 minutes about long lines to receive a flu shot that they had no intention of even getting now that is a different story.

God forgive me but both Danielle and I tried to explain to them that their illnesses suggested they were in the high priority group and really they should reconsider and have the shot....well that just got them going again. Finally I said well people its your bodies and you have every right to refuse this injection, if you wanted it we will do everything we can to see that you don't stand in line, perhaps even have someone give you the injections here but it's a lot of work for someone so if your sure you don't want it then we won't bother.....and none of them wanted it.

I understand how they feel about the injection, I really don't want it either but was going to get it because of them, I don't want to get the flu and pass it on to them...... but I know one thing. I will not complain about not being able to get it, or stand in long lines or complain no one knows what they are doing if I have no intention of getting it.

Sometimes I don't think I will ever understand people, but I know I will keep on trying to understand them and I will be back with them all next week and in the meantime I will pray they don't get the flu.

Good Night my friends and God Bless......many, many hugs....:-)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A Happy Sunday

Hello my friends, I hope each and every one of you had a great day. I truly did.

I went to Mass this morning then joined friends from church for breakfast at a local dinner in town called Friendly Neighbours...it was packed as so many had the same idea as we did. It is a very plain but warm and friendly, owned by a family here in town. The food was very good the coffee great and I so enjoyed my friends.

When I got home I settled in to watch the finals of the Curling Masters, it was a great game and before it finished my friend called me to go over as her daughter and her granddaughters were visiting. I told her I would be over as soon as the game was over. My team won the game and off I went to visit.

What a treat it was to see her and her family. Her daughter has 3 little girls, all under 5 years old and they are so sweet. It was sunny outside and cool but we bundled up and took the girls for a walk.....when we got home I read them stories and played with them as my friend and her daughter made supper. It was so nice to share supper with them and I laughed so much watching the girls, such a sweet age.

I came home in time to watch the baseball game and yay my Yankees won. It was quite a day.... filled with good friends, beautiful children and great food. I feel very blessed tonight as I get ready for sleep.

I am thinking of my friend Di, and am praying as I know you all are, that her husband gets well and comes home from hospital very soon.

Good Night and God Bless and as always.....many, many hugs.....:-)

Friday, October 23, 2009

A Lovely Fall Day

Hello my friends, I had another lovely day today. My day started slowly as usual, I enjoyed my coffee while reading the morning newspaper, then spent a while on my computer. It was cool and frosty this morning but had turned quite nice by afternoon.

My friend called me as he had some business to attend to in Red Deer and asked if I would like to go for a drive, I wanted to get out for a while and he wanted some company so it worked out quite nice for both of us. Now Red Deer is about an hour and a half south west of Edmonton, just a nice drive. We drove there on the main highway but on the way home he took the old roads so we could see see some Fall colors. They were really nice, but I miss the crimson red's of home. The trees here are mostly, birch, evergreen and Pine. I forgot my camera.....I just have to keep it near the front door so that I see it when I go out. One of my girlfriend's daughter works at Zeller's in Red Deer so I stopped in to say hello just in case she was working. She was and took her break so we could have a coffee together. It was great seeing her, I love the young people, they are so full of plans and excited for life.

My friend and I went to the Olive Garden for dinner, honestly I think they make the best pasta in the world. As usual we had to wait about half an hour for a table, they are always so busy....but the food was worth it.

My friend Diana's husband is not well and is in hospital. Please remember him and her family in your prayers tonight. I am sure most of you know Di as she is part of our wonderful village and we all love her, right now she needs us. So let's do it again everyone, let's pray Jake back to good health.

Good Night and God Bless ......and many, many hugs.......:-)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Magic Bag went Poof!

Hello my friends, isn't life wonderful. I am so happy today. I am sure most of you have heard that God has answered our prayers and Janine is going to be just fine. I have been smiling and thanking God all day since I received her e-mail...Oh life is good.

Now I am sitting here tonight by a cosy fire in a sparkling clean house that smells like a burnt corn field. I had put my magic bag in the micro wave to heat for my back and must of pushed the timer for longer than the normal two minutes required and boy what a mess it made. It melted and broke the cloth. My microwave is only a few months old, it is fine, no damage except it is badly stained inside. It is the smell that is horrible. I had all my windows opened today but I think it will only be time that will get rid of the smell. I have tried everything to removed the stains but they are there for good I'm sure. Another lesson learned.

My cleaning lady was here this morning and she cleaned my windows and blinds while I did my laundry and ironing. This afternoon I went for a walk and was outside for over an hour. It had rained earlier this morning but this afternoon was beautiful. The sun was shinning and the air was cool and crisp. A beautiful Fall day.

I watched my Yankees loose tonight, so now we go back to New York, that's okay we will win there....Go Yankees!

All in all just a great day full of wonderful news about Janine, and I am feeling happy and healthy again. I do hope you all enjoyed your day as I did mine. Be well my friends;

Good Night and God Bless.......and many, many hugs........:-)

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

An Afternoon With An Angel

Hello my friends, oh I do hope you had a wonderful day....mine was surreal and lovingly so.

The day started with heavy fog, it wasn't warm but not really cold either. I readied myself for my day after spending time on my computer. As I was finishing my morning coffee and newspaper a dear friend called and asked me to take an elderly man for groceries. This is something she does on a regular basis but was feeling really bad with a cold today. I said yes as I wanted to help her feel better and not worry about the gentleman from her church.

I picked him at his home around 1 o'clock. He had a kind of scooter that collapsed so I could put it in my trunk. It also had a little basket for carrying things at the front. Oh I so wish you all could of met him, he was so kind and appreciative. His home was immaculate and he was ready with his jacket on when I arrived, his shopping list in hand. We immediately hit it off. He was so easy to please and care for. We managed to find everything on his list and when I took him home and carried his groceries in he asked if I would like a cup of tea.....now I hadn't planned on staying but I felt he wanted some company so as the kettle boiled I put his groceries away and we chatted as if we had been friends for many years. He showed me pictures of his late wife and spoke of her lovingly. His 5 children no longer live in our area so he finds himself alone most of the time. He doesn't live in an old age home but an independent duplex which is part of the home. This allows him to grow his flowers and enjoy some independence. They bring him a hot meal every day and he makes his own breakfast and supper. They also provide a health care worker who checks on him daily and a house keeper who cleans an hour a day and does his laundry. He is quite pleased with his living arrangements and his neighbors are an elderly couple who he is very good friends with. They share many things and enjoy playing cards and watching hockey on TV. I fell in love Mr. M. His outlook on life, his experiences and his love of family would make the coldest of hearts melt. As I hugged him good bye he said you are a lovely, lovely lady and my heart melted again. He offered to pay me, I absolutely refused, as it was my pleasure to spend over two hours with a man who had lived so many years, lived through historical moments, was blessed with knowing great love and great sadness. I felt I was blessed to meet such a man who never once complained about anything, only spoke of love and life with much respect for both.....We need more people like Mr. M. in this world and I definitely need more time either with him or more people like him. Driving home I thanked God for allowing me to meet such a wonderful person and I immediately called my friend to tell her how everything had worked out, I also told her to call me anytime she needed help as I know she does help the elderly as part of her church group.

I then went for a walk, after the fog had lifted it was sunny and a perfect afternoon to be outside. The sun was warm on my face as I watched the kids coming home from school so excited with their colored papers in their hands.

My curtains are going to be installed on Nov. 3rd, and I am looking forward to that. This gives me time to clean my windows inside and outside as well as wash my blinds.

Well my friends today was as close to a perfect day as I can imagine. I encourage all of you too spend some time with a shut in or an elderly person, if only like me, for an afternoon. It will fill your heart with joy and appreciation for the generation before us. It made me very happy.

Tonight I watched my Yankees win their game, they are now up 3 -1 in the series. Go Yankees!

Good Night my friends and God Bless.....and as always, many, many hugs.....:-)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Warm Rain

Hello my friends, another good day today. We had a cloudy day, warm and it rained off and on.

I had many errands to do today so my day was full and productive just the way I like them. My morning started early, shower, hair and make up. After breakfast I caught up a bit on my computer projects. Then I met a friend for lunch. We ate at the Tea House here in Morinville where they make the best Cream of Broccoli soup and biscuits ever. It was nice to laugh and I so enjoyed her company.

Later I had to go to the bank, bought groceries, went to the dry cleaners, hardware store and the post office. I was out for almost 4 hours and was quite tired when I got home. I managed to put everything away and sat down to watched the end of the ball game.......did I tell you I am a Yankee fan, well they lost today but that's okay tomorrow is another day.

I received 2 cards and a letter today in the mail. I am really enjoying receiving hand written letters and cards. I had just come from the post office where I had mailed 2 cards and a parcel.....thank you Jackie, so loved your card.

It is amazing the little things that are neglected when one gets ill. I think it will take me a couple of more days to get everything done that needs doing. Oh but it is so good to have the energy and feel well enough to do them. Life is good.

I hope you all had a wonderful day, and an even better day tomorrow.

Good Night and God Bless and many, many hugs...........:-)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Doing Well

Hello my friends, sorry it's been so long since I posted but so much has happened. Without going into the sordid details I have to tell you all that I have had my best day in several weeks. I am so happy just to be feeling well.

I had my cat scan, blood work and other test Friday morning, by 12:15 I was having my IV's and I was home at 6 full of antibiotics, gravol and demeral. Needless to say I slept all evening, on and off Saturday and had a wonderful day today.

They feel they found the reason for my infections and also feel I should be okay now that they have figured out the problem and have treated it.....for all my complaining about having taken antibiotics since the end of July it has worked out to be a good thing as it prevented poison from an abscess going into the blood stream.

Our weather has been great these past couple of days, and with the warm sunshine and slight wind almost all of our snow has melted. I have my deck furniture stored, the pot plants emptied and the pillow/cushions are packed away in the basement. The deck has been swept and hosed down.....so happy to have that done.

After Mass this morning I went for a walk. It was beautiful outside and I enjoyed the fresh air. Everyone was out cleaning and clearing their yards for winter. We were all caught unaware with the snow last week but I think everyone in Morinville is prepared for our long winter now. It was nice saying hello and chatting with everyone even those I didn't know. All the children were laughing and jumping into piles of leaves....it was fun.

This afternoon, I spent sorting paper work and catching up with phone calls to family and friends. Just a beautiful day, and I am so thankful for it.

I hope everyone is continuing their prayers for Janine, I lit a candle for her this morning at Mass and also one for peace as Marcy requested. Congratulations to President Obama for wining the Nobel Peace Prize.....he is being so challenged right now and needs our prayers, yes even Canadian prayers. Prayers are needed for families carrying extra burdens due to the economy, estrangements and health problems....I sincerely believe prayer can and does work miracles so whatever one's faith is let us continue to pray for all those we love.

Good Night my friends and God Bless......many, many hugs......:-)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Productive Day

Hello my friends, I had a better day and managed to do a few things around the house. I cleaned my bathrooms, kitchen, changed my bed linens, did laundry and ironed. It felt good to do these things.

We had a major snow storm and the caretakers of our condos had a hard time keeping the steps and walkways cleaned off. I did my most favorite thing, cosied up by the fire and read a book this afternoon. I even enjoyed the snow storm as tomorrow they are calling for rain and plus 8 temperatures.....I know our weather is unbelievable. At least everything will melt before the next storm hits and we may even get some sunny weather to enjoy over the weekend.

I received an e-mail today and something said in it really struck my heart: It said there are 4 things in life we can never get back:

1. A stone after it is thrown
2. Words after they are spoken
3. Occasion after it is over
4. Time after it is gone.

As I thought about these four things I realized I knew about them but I have never given them a whole lot of thought......now I will. No matter how many times we apologize and it has been accepted those words are still out there and unfortunately someone, some where will believe them, and how many times have we missed a wedding, baptism, funeral, graduation etc. only to realize we will only ever hear people speak of these occasions and not be able to participate in the conversation or have our own memory, and time.....it is so precious and goes by so quickly, we have to enjoy every moment and always let those we love know how we feel. We are not promised more than the moment we have. I really loved this e-mail, and saved it for future reference when I need a reminder of how blessed I am for not throwing stones, or to think before I speak, and attend all important occasions and appreciate all the beautiful time God has given and will give me....Words for thought I am sure.

Let's all keep our thoughts and prayers for Janine going, she has been on my mind all day. Such a sweet and loving spirit.

Good Night my friends and God Bless.......many, many hugs.......:-)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Prayers for Janine

Wednesday my beautiful friend Janine of Sniffles and Smiles is having surgery. My heart and prayers are with her and her family today.....I also for pray for her surgeon's hands to be guided by God and all his angels will fill the room to watch over my beloved friend.

This photo is of The Wings of Hope and is dedicated to Janine as well as others who are living with challenges or whose burdens are heavy.



I had another good day today. I finished my errands and spent two hours in the dentist chair, uncomfortable yes but I am so relieved that appointment is over and I am off the dentist list for another six months.

I had a couple of special surprises today....a beautiful bouquet of flowers from a dear friend but the most special was a hand made card from my friend Diana of Welcome to My World. It is the most beautiful and thoughtful card I think I have ever received, and she enclosed the loveliest crochet book mark which will forever be in whatever book I am reading. Just knowing she made both the card and bookmark with me in mind filled heart with love and my eyes with tears. Thank you my friend, we do have the most wonderful people in our village......and you my friend made my day extra special. Love you.

It was very cold again today with snow and we have more snow on the way tonight and tomorrow morning.....The wind would give anyone frost bite in minutes today I am sure. Now the good news is that we are suppose to warm up by the weekend and be in double digits and I am looking forward to a break from the cold and all the snow.

I have changed my appointment from Wednesday to Friday with Dr. John because of the weather....I don't like driving on a slippery highway let alone when it's snowing. He was okay with that as a couple of days will not hurt anything. I am finished with these antibiotics on Thursday and he promised me on the phone today I will not have to take anymore antibiotics by mouth again....now the IV's is a different story. I may be in hospital next week for 2 -3 days for the IV's and my test. I will know more when I see him on Friday. I am okay with this as I just want to feel better and get my life back.

There is a baby shower for baby Lucy on Saturday and I am praying that I am well enough to be able to attend. I purchased a gift and card and am ready and willing now I just need to be able.

Good Night my friends and God Bless........:-) Hugs

Monday, October 12, 2009

A Good Day

Hello my friends, I had a quiet day today again but it was a good day and for that I am thankful.

My phone woke me up this morning just before 9 am and without asking you to guess who it was.....Dr. John. I said it's Thanksgiving, why are you working. He then proceeded to go over a few things with me and I said okay, but don't you have a game to go to or something? He just laughed, remember I told you he was the team Doctor for the Edmonton Eskimos (football team) and the Edmonton Oilers (hockey team). He is so busy and I am so thankful that he always finds time to call and check it with me. I am going to see him on Wednesday.

I managed to go out for a walk today in the snow. Thank heaven's for UGGS, I had to wear a winter jacket, scarf and gloves. It was wonderful to breathe in the fresh air even if it was only for a short time. When I got back home I came in and got my camera to take a couple of pictures for you. It was -10 and the wind was cold. It snowed off and on all day. Sometimes is came down heavy but when I was walking it was falling softly and I really enjoyed being outside.

These are taken from my front door step, and the snow isn't showing that well really.






I have a dentist appointment tomorrow and a few errands to run so I am hoping the roads will be good. Terry called today and said she heard it was going to turn nice next week for a few days. That will be nice as our last snow storm was May 31st and for snow to return Oct. 6th ......well 8 months is a long winter.

Annie called me from Nova Scotia and she was out golfing this afternoon, then my friend Dale from New Brunswick, who is visiting her daughter in Calgary called tonight and they didn't get any snow there all weekend, although it was very cold. She is going home tomorrow morning and it was so good to chat with her before she left....A nice day to hear from my best friends.

Good Night my friends and God Bless........many, many hugs.....:-)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

There's A Reason

For ev'ry pain, that we must bear
For ev'ry burden, ev'ry care
There's a reason.

For ev'ry grief, that bows the head,
For ev'ry tear drop that is shed,
There's a reason.

For ev'ry hurt, for ev'ry plight
For ev'ry lonely, pain-racked night,
There's a reason.

But if we trust God, as we should
It all will work out for our good
He knows the Reason.

...........(author unknown)

Hello my friends, I am so happy to be able to tell you I had a much better day today emotionally. I feel happy, content and very blessed. Thank you all for such beautiful kind comments. You are all so wonderful and encouraging. My heart is full of thanks for how much you all care.....I honestly love all of you who responded to my pity party with so much love and understanding. Thank you all so much....

It was very cold here today, we had flurries off and on all day and again the wind was very cold. I was so pleased sitting beside my fire enjoying all my sports especially The President's Cup. Soooooo love my golf.....Go USA! Honestly guys at one time today I was going from golf to football to baseball while watching a curling bonspiel on my computer. So glad I have no arthritis in my thumb, the way I was changing channels....LOL

One of my sweet neighbours brought me a beautiful plate of turkey dinner and pumpkin pie with whip cream for dessert. How wonderful was that? It was the same neighbour I had babysat for a couple of weeks ago, she called and invited me for dinner but I told her I wasn't feeling well but thanked her for the invitation....a few hours later the door bell rang and there she was, my eyes filled with tears at her thoughtfulness. Another one of my many blessings.

I hope you all had as pleasant a day and to all my Canadian friends, Happy Thanksgiving, I hope you are surrounded by the love of family and friends and are full of turkey and stuffing. Oh my supper was delicious as I know yours will be.

Good Night my friends and God Bless.......:-) Hugs

Friday, October 9, 2009

An Angel On My Shoulder

Hello my friends, it has been a long day and tonight I am tired. It started with a phone call from my doctor, I had to go and see him before I went for my cortisone shot. The day was cloudy, windy and cold. As I sat about getting ready I said a prayer that it wouldn't snow and that the highway would be clear and also added a PS to my prayer that I wouldn't be in between tons of traffic while in the city.

Just as I was going out the door the phone rang and it was my dentist office, reminding me of my appointment on Tuesday and that my dentist wanted me to take an antibiotic before they do what they have to do......Unbelievable! I asked her if there was a sale on antibiotics or not as everyone was trying to get me to take them. When she learned I was already on one she said I didn't need anymore. Thank you God for that blessing.

The wind was brutal as I made my way to the dry cleaners, grocery store, bank and filled my car with gas. The sky was dark and eerie even though it was only 11 o'clock.

My doctor changed my antibiotic to a stronger one and for no reason I started to cry. Now he has been my doctor for 10 years and has been through everything medical with me but he has never seen me cry. I was just so frustrated with all these infections, test and antibiotics and I was feeling terrible as I had to cancel my hospice visits for next week. I had two of them but until I am finished with these pills I have to stay close to home. I guess it all just caught up with me, he was so sweet and said "Bernie, you are only human and anyone who has gone through what you have these past few weeks would feel the same way," and this is what made me smile, he said "I would feel the same way if it were me" We both laughed at the same time, anyway for one who said she wouldn't complain anymore only yesterday I sure blew it today.

I then drove downtown Edmonton, my least favorite thing to do, no problem at all. Had my shot and made my way home....new antibiotics in hand and a small envelope with 2 pain killers to take when the freezing came out of my spine. I brought in my groceries and dry cleaning and put everything away and within ten minutes of being home it began to snow. It is still snowing now and is -10.

Terry called and we chatted for an hour and she had me laughing within minutes. I am so looking forward to her coming in next week. We were laughing about how swollen my stomach is and wondering if they make maternity clothes for 62 year olds....honestly I look like I am 9 months pregnant, okay I am exaggerating maybe only 7 months.

Tonight I am so warm and cosy by the fire watching football. I am only a bit uncomfortable and have no pain. I am counting all my blessings, a doctor who cares, no traffic while in the city and the snow holding off until I arrived home. Yes, there was an angel on my shoulder today. I have a clean warm home, lots of food in the cupboard, a beautiful fire in my fireplace and as of this moment my team is winning the football game. Oh life is good.

Okay I am going to start over, as of now....no more complaining.

Good Night my friends, love you all and God Bless.......:-) Hugs

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Snow Day

Hello my friends, what a day I had today. I woke up this morning to an out and out snow storm. Terry lives 2 1/2 hours north of me so I called her right away as I was worried about the roads....she had already left. About an hour later she called me, the RCMP had stopped her and told her the highway was closed, she had to turn around and go home. By this time she was closer to my home than her own but they wouldn't let her through, she passed many cars in the ditch and 2 accidents. She doesn't mind driving in the snow, but didn't like having to turn around on the slippery highway. She called me after she was home safe and sound and I was so relieved. She told me the weather was much worse heading north and Bonnyville was having a blizzard by the time she drove into her garage. I promised her I would still keep my appointment this afternoon and would call her when I got home. It was only 10:30 and my appointment wasn't until 3. I was already showered and dressed for the day as we had planned on going out for lunch with a friend and then to Costco.

I enjoyed my morning coffee by the fireplace reading my newspaper. Actually it was a nice day as I was able to watch golf, baseball and hockey. Tonight my eyes are shaped like squares.....am waiting for Grey's Anatomy to come on, I love that show.

The snow stopped by early afternoon but I still had to clean my car off before I drove into the city. There were many cars in the ditch on the highway, must of been from early this morning. It was -7 and the wind was cold but the highway was melting and clear. Winter has come so early this year.



This was my car about 3 hours after the snow had stopped. I am hoping the weather is good tomorrow as I have to drive into the city for my cortisone shot....Unlike Terry I don't like driving in the snow.

Not much to report from my appointment, I need a cat scan, MRI and some kind of scope )sorry I don't know how to pronounce the name of it) but it's to check the bladder, liver and pelvic area. They want to find the source of infection before treating me.....are you ready for this, I have been put back on an antibiotic. Dr. John has consulted another doctor who feels we should do the test and know what we are treating before admitting me to hospital for IV antibiotics. So, here we go again my friends. I promise not to complain anymore. I will do what has to be done as it is what it is and complaining will not help me one bit.

I am not upset by any of this, as I love this time of year for sports. I have the World Series, Canadian Football playoffs, Curling trials for the Olympics and of course hockey season has begun. If I have to stay inside I will have lots of sports to watch which I love and also have time by the fire for reading ..... now what do I have to complain about. Terry will be here next week for a couple days as we both want to stock up on some things from Costco for the winter. All is well my friends and I had a day with no pain or discomfort....love it!

Good Night my friends and God Bless........:-) Hugs

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A Wonderful Day

Hello everyone, I can only hope you all had a wonderful day as I did. I didn't do anything special but I am well rested and watched baseball and hockey most of the day. I love these kind of days. Pain free and relaxed beside the fire.

I woke up to a dusting of snow this morning, it soon melted but they are calling for more snow tonight and tomorrow. Terry is coming in early tomorrow morning as I have several appointments and she is coming with me. Dr. John called early this evening and said so many things that I honestly can't remember our full conversation. Anyway Terry is coming with me tomorrow to see him and between the two of us we will know what this plan and procedure is all about. Will let you know when I fully understand everything....just know I am feeling really well now. Terry will also go with me for my cortisone shots on Friday and I am relieved about that as I have to drive into the city and back, with her doing the driving I will just relax.

I had told you I have been writing to a pen pal in Scotland, he is a friend of my sister's. I am enjoying reviving the lost art of letter writing very much. Thought I would share Tommy's picture with all of you.




My friend, Tommy

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone, Good Night and God Bless....:-) Hugs