Saturday, October 28, 2017

Beautiful Fall Day

It was a lovely day here, 15, sunny and lots of tree colour. We spent afternoon doing yard work. Got leaves from neighbour, and Richard went to Jones to spread them as mulch. I did some more yard clean up while he was there.
I have a bit of a nasty cold, was off 3 days from work, went in Friday because I couldn’t stand being off anymore and was going stir crazy. Last night I felt worn out and didn’t sleep great, but this afternoon was nice, even though I moved a bit slow.
Supper is cooking, and I was knitting. Charlotte trying to help me with the wool, so I brought out her ball of wool that Laura gave her and she is batting that around the living room and making chirpy noises.
We had lots of company this fall! Laura came at end of September, beginning of October, we had good visit, nothing too exciting, though did go to Mission Hill for lunch. Which always feels like a delightful and yet snobby thing to do.
Theresa and Geoff were here at beginning of September and as always fixed things for us! Now we have operating rug cleaner, and some lights that weren’t working are back in service.
Judith, Ramona, Evangeline, Annalise, Grady, and Uncle Fred were here last weekend for whirlwind visit. Richard constructed a Fort downstairs and we all wondered how Grady has energy given he only eats yogurt and crackers.
Allison and I booked a trip to Cabo San Lucas in February but extended time to 10 days! It’s nice because we will actually be in same plane as it starts in Edmonton and stops in Kelowna.
We booked our flights to Ontario for December for Gerry’s 90th. Jude is coming here while we are gone, and will cat sit.
I’ve been taking a mindfulness class, it’s 8 weeks, on Thursday eves, with a weekend 1/2 day silent retreat. I don’t know how I’ll feel about the silent retreat, but I’m liking the classes. It’s at Arion Farms in east Kelowna, so is a good place to do mindfulness in general.
Work for both is us is going fine, other than day to day crises which are just part of jobs. I did a leadership course a few weeks ago and co formed that once again I am INTJ. I’m thinking of what I want to do next for work-nothing stands out as something I want to do other than what I am doing now-which I do enjoy. Especially on days like Friday when I went to clients house who is hard to connect with and he offered me some Rolos, patted me on the back and said ‘I like you’. And a client who has been using substances all month said to me, ‘I’m going to cut back, the drugs are making me see things that aren’t there’. I really do like the client care best with work, but also want to be in a position where I can feel like I am influencing it in ways that I think are positive. Which really leads me back to staying in this job. At least for time being.

Ok, other people better post so I don’t feel like I am writing to myself

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Charlotte, Summer Visits, Overdose

Charlotte is sitting on my lap. It is unusual as she is very active! Perhaps more active than Nick! You can really tell she is a torti now, lots of brown and black markings and she has a bit of a cream coloured front.

Kris and Rhonda were just through here for a visit. Rhonda says there's lots of flooding in Houston. She was supposed to fly from Vancouver to Houston today, but flight cancelled.

Despite forest fire rightnear by, it isn't smoky. We had bad smoke for beginning of August, but considering the fires all over, we've mostly been spared. It really has been hot and dry though. I say that every summer, but I don't think we've had rain since beginning of June.
Allison was here for a week. We went to Salmon Arm Roots and Blues for a day-it is good music and not too crowded, but enough people watching to keep things interesting.
We went to beach while she was here and to some movies- she and Mom went to Dunkirk(Richard and I saw before), she and I went to Annabelle and RW, she and I went to Dark Tower.

Theresa and Geoff will be here next week, so I have lined up electrical jobs and offered any mental health support they need. They haven't indicated what kind of therapy they'd like.

Work is good for both of us. Richard still having weekends off. He is looking at tent trailers right now as we think we'd like something off the ground but not needing a travel trailer.

Our team had another client overdose and die this week. Fentanyl is really impacting here. We now have a safe injection sit which is seeing 90 people/day. They say most deaths are from people at home alone, which is scary. I've seen some good articles on how this crisis came to be, but nothing really that addresses how to stop the deaths. And I'm not sure what will work. Legalizing herion might help some, but there will still be people getting drugs from dealers.

I think we're going for a bike ride tonight and maybe ice cream?

Friday, August 04, 2017

Happy Birthday Kane

 Rocky Feb 2013

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Perfect summer

Summer is basically half over. It has been great staying home and puttering around, also not puttering but just sitting outside. The weather has been the best, so sunny and warm with the occasional rainy day or evening. The garden is doing very well, we will be eating peas soon. Lots of saskatoons, raspberries and strawberries. 
We pulled up all the patio pavers and are re-laying them, a job I am sort of sorry I started but will probably be glad I did it.
Grace and Dallyn came down last weekend and that was fun. We played Ticket to Ride outside a lot.
Just enjoying life a lot right now, it really doesn’t get much better than this.
Dick and Jo are coming for a visit next weekend, then Folkfest, then Will and Allie arrive. So maybe sitting around time is over.

Happy Birthday Sam

 Dunvegan 1989

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Happy Birthday Grady!!!!

Rocky July 2014

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Summertime in Nova Scotia

 Summertime in Nova Scotia sure is busy! People here sure do like to make the most out of the good weather. June was sort of rainy and cool, but by the time we had our church picnic on the last Sunday of June the weather had turned hot and lovely. We have the picnic at our summer church at the Amherst Shore, and then go across the street to the ocean side provincial park. There were games for the kids and we finished with a big water fight- mostly the kids against the rector!  Allie was on the kid's side.

We spent Canada Day in New Germany with Judi and Allies brothers and the kids. NG does a big parade and then there's a fair up at the Legion. People come from all over the area for the festivities.  We had a great time. Allie's nephew Malachi came home with us and stayed for a few days.

Malachi is ten, loves Pokemon Go beyond  all reason and has a soft spot for triple chocolate pancakes. He was here for four nights and we had a lot of fun. We went to a movie (Despicable Me 3)  and drove to see the fireworks in Pugwash since we had to leave New Germany before theirs. Malachi fell asleep on the way but Allie and I enjoyed them. We also went to the dinosaur museum in Parsborro, which was a lot like Joggins. It has the fossil of Canada's smallest dinosaur. Then we drove over to Moncton to the water park. It was so much fun- reminded me of Sylvan Lake. Moncton has a wave pool which is really fun, and a ride called The Lazy River which is this long gentle tube ride- just like floating around on a river. There were more exciting rides as well.

The day after Malachi went home, Mike and Kristen came to visit. Usually when we see them either we or they have to leave after one night but this time they stayed for two nights. We went to the beach- and I swam in the Atlantic for the first time. Because the water here is really shallow a long way out it's also really warm. And there are lots of jellyfish. But we didn't get stung, and had a great day at the beach. Our other friend Cate who was ordained two weeks ago also came up, and she was able to stay until today, and come to church.

Now Allie and I have the house for ourselves for a couple days. Bishop Feed, who was supposed to do the wedding, is coming on Tuesday to bless our house and take us out for supper. And I think next weekend we are camping on PEI, so I guess the busyness isn't going to end soon!

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Medicine Hat Visit

I decided to go to The Hat for the Canada Day long weekend. Ramona had the Friday and Monday off so it seemed like a good time. Tim and Court drove me to Red Deer, as they had to be there for something. My timing in arriving was perfect, the van dropped me off just before it was time to leave for swimming lessons. It was a pretty low key weekend. It was a pretty lowkey weekend, not a lot scheduled so lots of visiting time. A&E were highland dancing on Canada Day at one of the local parks where they were doing the festivities. We met Christine and Rhonda there and all enjoyed the dancing. A friend of Ramona's was having a Canada Day BBQ so we had supper there and spent the evening until it was time to leave and watch the fireworks. Just as we left the van to walk over to the spot to see the display it started pouring rain, but we toughed it out and it stopped halfway through. Sunday there was family BBQ at Ramona's, so got to see the whole family, except for Leila and her family. It was a fun weekend.

Happy Birthday Grace

1991 Rocky