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Thursday, December 9, 2010

NLT

I am an avid reader. One important book to me is the Bible and I have discovered that the New Living Translation is a translation I can read with greater ease. I have entered a contest to win a "One Year Bible" and not only would I win one but I'd win another one to give away.

As the end of the year approaches, many people begin to make a plan for new things to tackle once January 1st hits. Diet plans are made, book club lists are tuned, and the idea of filing your taxes begins to slowly creep into your thoughts. What about your Bible reading? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a Bible that laid out an easy plan to read the entire Bible in just a year? Oh wait, that already exists, it’s called The One Year Bible.
Go here to enter for yourself :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

'Tis the season...

..to shiver and shake and freeze our buns off! Snow is falling and so are the temperatures....Brrrr!! Ok, I have a pet peeve which is not to be mistaken for the gratitude I have to the guy driving that huge monstrosity called a snow-plow. Please, for the love of those of us who brave the frigid wind, will you consider NOT plowing the snow in a beautiful high ridge along the entrance of my driveway. You must realize that the height of said ridge is perfect for taking out my car muffler, or for that matter, the entire under-carriage of my small Ford Focus. I am forced to park in the Cul-de-Sac, trudge back and shovel that packed, heavy snow away before I can park in my own freakin' driveway. Humpf!!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December

Already??!! Well, the calendar doesn't lie! The countdown to Christmas is in earnest now. It seems that once Christmas Eve arrives, in the blink of an eye it's January because we all know that time spent celebrating Christmas just blends into celebrating New Years.
For the first time in years I'm not ready for Christmas and since that's the case I figure I may just as well wait until the pre-Boxing Day sales begin :)

"Christmas is a time of little time.
How we get there is a mystery.
Racing madly mall-to-mall, we climb
Into fields of sunlit harmony.
Shopping, cooking, clearing walks and yards,
Trimming house and tree while working, too;
Making phone calls, wrapping, writing cards,
As all worn out we do what we must do
So that this day of joy might joy renew."
- Nicholas Gordon

Sunday, November 28, 2010

"A Thousand Villages"

A very pretty lazy, soft snow fell last evening and part of today, leaving just a thin new layer to cover the dirty slush-covered curb sides. I just stood by the window last night and watched the snow drift thru the orangy hew of the street light...there was just something so peaceful about it.
This morning, getting ready to drive over to over to where Hubby works, while I brushed the fluffy snow from the car, Hubby shoveled the sidewalk and driveway. We did a bit of shopping at the "A Thousand Villages" that had set up in the empty store space located next door to where Hubby works. They were there just for this weekend and Christmas shoppers flocked into the store in crowds! The unique merchandise is appealing and I love the fact that when you buy Christmas gifts there, you are supporting Third World people struggling to support their families. We are so blessed here in Canada, that even on a tight budget, most of us can celebrate Christmas with more than millions of homes in those Countries. I am reminded that Christmas is about SO much more than gifts.

Friday, November 26, 2010

My poor aching feet....

Yes, they are still throbbing and burning from a day of shopping with Mom. Let me just say right up front....Mom was tuckered right out too, BUT she got pushed around in a wheel chair....just sayin' :P
We won't get into our "wonderful" Walmart with it's packed aisles soooo full you can't get from one side to the other without having to go to the far end of the store. Ok, that out there, we did have fun looking at all the glittery decorations and all the little neat gadgets that only seem to be around at this time of year. TEMPTATIONS....oh the decadent chocolates, the cookies imported from Belgium, the toffee-covered nuts...*sigh*
We managed to fill a cart and Mom's room will be SO pretty, glittery and sparkly. You'll just have to visit her and she'll happily serve tea and delicious cookies and hazelnut chocolate :) I brought over a mini-tree, complete with lights and ornaments. All I can say is that this year mom will celebrate Christmas because she won't be in a dumpy hospital room...Hallelujah!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Another "First" to live through....

Today would have been Dad & Mom's 56th Anniversary! I can't imagine losing my spouse, especially on the first Anniversary celebrated since Dad's passing, today must be brutal, for an Anniversary truly marks that union between a husband & wife.....it's THEIR special day!! I stand in awe of my Mom, who has endured so much this year and still manages to laugh, love and sing. Mom, I love and respect you deeply.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

November 14, 2010 - World Diabetes Day

Do you know someone with Diabetes? Most of us do.Take some time to get to know more about the disease that affects more than 9 million Canadians today.
Sunday, November 14 is World Diabetes day. At 2 pm, local time (wherever you live), do the Big Blue Test:

1. Test your blood sugar.
2. Get active for 14 minutes.
3. Test again.
4. Enter your results at BigBlueTest.org.

The Harsh Reality
Today, more than 9 million Canadians live with diabetes or prediabetes - a condition that, if left unchecked, puts you at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This means that nearly 1 in 4 Canadians either has diabetes or prediabetes. More than 20 people are diagnosed with the disease every hour of every day.

The serious complications
Diabetes can lead to serious complications and premature death:

* 80% of Canadians with diabetes die from a heart attack or a stroke;
* 42% of new kidney dialysis patients in 2004 had diabetes.
* Diabetes is the single leading cause of blindness in Canada;
* 7 of 10 non-traumatic limb amputations are the result of diabetes complications;
* 25% of people with diabetes suffer from depression;
* The life expectancy for people with type 1 diabetes may be shortened by as much as 15 years; and
* The life expectancy for people with type 2 diabetes may be shortened by 5 to 10 years.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Remembrance Day 2010

It's more than a day off. It's a day we remember those who have given their lives to protect the freedom our country often takes for granted. Having buried a grown son makes watching film clips of parents mourning a son who has served this country, break my heart. And it also fills my heart with gratitude that these young men and women go out there willingly, putting their lives on the line, losing their lives for us. Thank-you!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Grandkids, Pizza and Coffee Squares

What do these three have in common? Our home :) We picked up our grandkids this morning to come over for a visit. Our Grandson is 13 and loves challenging his Grandpa to an x-Box game. Hubby practices not only for the sheer pleasure of playing the game but to get a leg up on his grandson, who is a whiz at these games.
Our Grand-daughter is 8 and is really into helping me do things. As their parents were going to come over later on for a lunch of Pizza, I thought having her help me bake up some Coffee squares would be fun. I think that the reward of slipping the pan into the oven to bake, is being able to lick the bowl, spatula and beaters clean, which is probably equal to that of a treat of candy. The icing on the cake makes for the very best treat yet.Then we hunker down by the coffee table and colour while the squares bake. It's an activity we've enjoyed doing together for years now. All in all I think it was a fun day, snuggled indoors while snow fell outside.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Last Day of October

Can you believe it's the final day of October and Halloween?? Yes, the time is flying by as fast as usual and the worn out statement of, "Can you believe it?" once more rolled off my lips. No, it's not time to celebrate Christmas, but there are precious few weeks left until Christmas parties start!! According to a News clip last eve, this is the beginning of the FOOD season and most people put on approximately 10 pounds, indulging in all the decadent food, sweets and drink recipes. Even a simple splurge of Pumpkin Spice Latte, which happens to be my most yummy Fall indulgence, comes in with a whopping amount of calories.
So, what are your favorite, sinful treats?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Late Night Muse

It's late....I'm tired....my back and feet hurt even as I sit here. I'm watching Hoarders and am SO grateful for my cozy-clean-organized-slightly dusty-crumbs shuffled under the the counter from baking this aft-home.
I'm feeling a bit sad cuz after doing some grocery shopping, I cooked up a large Shepherd's Pie and a slow-cooker full of Chili and baked up a Coffee-Sheet square and pumpkin/Orange squares to take over to a gal who is going thru grief and hell after hearing her Sister was killed violently. It's overwhelming, incredibly sad and angers me that someone as wonderful as this gal has to cope with the evil of a sick psycho. All I need to do is take Tylenol to help ease the pain in my body...my friend will need more than that. I can pray, give hugs, take over food. Bless her.
Tomorrow is a new day...Goodnight all :)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A "Quiet" aft

Have you ever just sat and listened to an xbox 360 game being played? I am sitting here enjoying this Sunday aft and hubby is playing a game. The xbox is hooked up to the TV's sound system and so every little sound is amplified...from the twitter of birds to the clip-clop of horses hooves, the noisy market place with snatches of conversations, to the sudden clang of swords clashing in fight!! I admit, I can handle that far sooner than the constant rat-a-tat-tat of gun fire and dying groans of men gunned down. Every now and then I look up to watch Hubby play and am amazed at the detailed graphics of the game, although I have no interest in playing the game myself.
I far rather stick my nose in a book, visit with friends on Facebook, knit a baby blanket or challenge my skills at an online Scrabble game. That's more my style :)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Month of Transition

October is a good month for me. It seems to hold so many special days....our Anniversary, my Birthday, other family member's Birthdays. Yesterday my niece had her baby girl, making yet another brother a Grandpa. I mentioned to Mom today that the oldest 5 out of us 9 kids are grandparents now. For Mom it was such a special feeling to snuggle and hold yet another great-grandchild...sweet & bitter at the same time, because this was the first great-grandbaby my Dad would not hold. It made Mom sad not to share this experience with Dad...a new addition to our family. But ultimately there is joy that life goes on and we have a reason to celebrate. I think God created in us the need to celebrate the birth of a new baby, whose life is pure and innocent and just beginning, after grieving the loss of a loved one who has lived a full life.
October is also a month of transition. We have the cooling fall days, with trees showing off their glorious coloured leaves. Suddenly a day or two of wind and we walk on those leaves, pungent with earthy perfumes.The air suddenly fills with swirling flakes of snow and our world is transformed from rich colour to the stark glittering white blanket of winter, which reminds me of swirled frosting on a cake. We bravely display the orange of harvested pumpkins, knowing that the first snowfall or two will melt perhaps long enough for children to dress-up and venture from house to house unhindered by bulky coats, boots and mittens for the Treats and not the Tricks :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fall weather

Yes, Fall is here!! The leaves have changed into gold and most have fallen to the ground and crunch beneath our feet already. Thanksgiving has come and gone and we look forward to that Spooky night that arrives on witche's brooms the final day of this month.

"O Autumn, laden with fruit, and stain'd
With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit
Beneath my shady roof; there thou may'st rest,
And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe,
And all the daughters of the year shall dance!
Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers.

'The narrow bud opens her beauties to
The sun, and love runs in her thrilling veins;
Blossoms hang round the brows of Morning, and
Flourish down the bright cheek of modest Eve,
Till clust'ring Summer breaks forth into singing,
And feather'd clouds strew flowers round her head.

'The spirits of the air live in the smells
Of fruit; and Joy, with pinions light, roves round
The gardens, or sits singing in the trees.'
Thus sang the jolly Autumn as he sat,
Then rose, girded himself, and o'er the bleak
Hills fled from our sight; but left his golden load."
~William Blake

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sunshine, Lollipops, Rainbows and Everything Wonderful

We're moving thru summer on a super fast ride. It feels almost like there is hardly enough time to catch my breath let alone stop to smell the roses. BUT, it's all good :) I think I'm having the best summer I've had in a long time. Yes, it may have busy times or even stressful moments (you just don't travel without some of that!)I have had many chances to laugh, relax, swim, see amazing thunder storms, watch sunsets, see the moon rise, rarely see a sun-rise cuz I can sleep in, read books, spend time with family...well, you get the picture :)
I've had the opportunity to travel to Ontario with Mom. Mom suffered her stroke in mid-December but has recovered enough to travel with me along to help her. Mom has always enjoyed traveling,however was unable to really go far the last couple years of Dad's Alzheimer. Now that dad has passed away, Mom is raring to go and is a bit frustrated that her body has let her down somewhat. We learned a lot on this first big trip and plan to make more, now that I know what conditions need to be in place before leaving home.
Summer is the best season here in Northern BC, so I wanted to be home to enjoy it. I know the hot, dry weather hasn't been the best for the farmers, but I have enjoyed all the sunshine and day after day of dry weather.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Back from a long vacation....

....I certainly did not intend to be away for SO long, but somehow my days were full with all sorts of activities and although I've been home except for a three week trip to Ontario with Mom, Blogging has taken a back seat.
Now I'm back feeling refreshed :) I will share all the fun facts over the next little while. For now I just want to say a big HI to my Blogger friends :)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Raindrops on Roses....

....and whiskers on kittens....well, on this overcast Saturday there has been a bit of rain to leave refreshing drops on the rose petals, and because of the cooler day my kitty has spent time sleeping on the couch beside me and I am just that wicked that I had to tease her by tickling her whiskers and see how comically she twitches and pulls away in her sleep *grins wickedly*

I hope tomorrow is nicer weather because we're going to the church BBQ after the service and then a staff BBQ in the evening. Tis the season for outdoor cooking and delectable food. Mmmmm!

As I was reading thru my Blog list, I also came across the chance to enter and win a Coach handbag. Sylvia at A Purse Full of Cheerios tells us that they decided last year that "that even the most frugal of fashionistas invest in a new handbag for summer and well, what can I say?", which inspired this giveaway.
The coach handbag brags Graphic, gleaming, and great organization in one timeless tote. Take the time to visit Sylvia's Blog and enter the giveaway.

Have a great weekend :)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Time Marches On

Another weekend past and a new week ahead. It was a good weekend. On Sat. aft Hubby, Mom and I went to my brother's 50th Birthday Party. How fun!! We ate great food, had a slice of yummy Black Forest birthday Cake and laughed at all the humorous cards and a few gag gifts.
Sunday after church turned into a quiet, restful afternoon. It's a time to catch up on some Zzzz's and maybe some yard work.
Yesterday I went with Mom to the Doc and she got clearance to travel. The Doc filled in a "Travel Assistant" form to fax off to Air Canada, meaning I can now travel for virtually free as Mom's Medical Assistant. Our first trip will be to my youngest Sister's home in Ontario, on the beautiful Lake-of-the-Woods. Our plans are to spend lots of time at the beach, on the sail boat and her porch, sipping frosty drinks and maybe a glass of wine or two :)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Mid-life

Mid-life is when the growth of hair on our legs slows down. This gives us plenty of time to care for our newly acquired mustache.

In mid-life women no longer have upper arms, we have wing spans. We are no longer women in sleeveless shirts, we are flying squirrels in drag.


Mid-life is when you can stand naked in front of a mirror
and you can see your rear without turning around.


Mid-life is when you go for a mammogram and you realize
that this is the only time someone will ask you to appear topless.

Mid-life is when you want to grab every firm young lovely
in a tube top and scream, 'Listen, honey, even the Roman
empire fell and those will too.'

Mid-life brings wisdom to know that life throws us curves
and we're sitting on our biggest ones.

Mid-life is when you look at your know-it-all, cellphone
carrying teenager and think, 'For this I have stretch marks?'

In mid-life your memory starts to go. In fact the only
thing we can retain is water.

Mid-life means that your Body By Jake now includes Legs By
Rand McNally--more red and blue lines than an accurately
scaled map of Wisconsin .

Mid-life means that you become more reflective. You start
pondering the 'big' questions. What is life? Why am I
here? How much Healthy Choice ice cream can I eat before
it's no longer a healthy choice?

But mid-life also brings with it an appreciation for what
is important. We realize that breasts sag, hips expand,
and chins double, but our loved ones make the journey
worthwhile. Would any of you trade the knowledge that you
have now, for the body you had way back when? Maybe our
bodies simply have to expand to hold all the wisdom and
love we've acquired..

That's my philosophy and I'm
sticking to it!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Welcome June!

A brand new month....June!! Not only is June filled with Birthdays in the family, it is also the month we celebrate Father's day and the first day of summer. Sounds lovely :) In two more days Hubby &  I will have both our sons in their 30's when Colin celebrates his 30th Birthday.YAY! How did they both get this old and we both stay this young? Hmmmm???!!! Hahahaha :)
So, looking forward to this new month.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

How to Wash a Toilet

This was simply too much of a time saver not to share it with you.
1. Put both lids of the toilet up and add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl.

2. Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.

3. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close the lid.
You may need to stand on the lid.


4. The cat will self agitate and make ample suds.
Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.


5. Flush the toilet three or four times.
This provides a 'power-wash' and rinse'.

6. Have someone open the front door of your home.
Be sure that there are no people between the bathroom and the front door.

7. Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift the lid.

8. The cat will rocket out of the toilet, streak through the bathroom,
And run outside where he will dry himself off.

9. Both the commode and the cat will be sparkling clean..

Sincerely,
The Dog

A Senior Moment

It's a dull, rainy Spring day and my mood is just a grey as the day....so this brought a much needed chuckle.

Friday, May 14, 2010

STONE

TWO FRIENDS WERE WALKING
THROUGH THE DESERT .
DURING SOME POINT OF THE
JOURNEY, THEY HAD AN
ARGUMENT; AND ONE FRIEND
SLAPPED THE OTHER ONE
IN THE FACE

THE ONE WHO GOT SLAPPED
WAS HURT, BUT WITHOUT
SAYING ANYTHING,
WROTE IN THE SAND ,

TODAY MY BEST FRIEND
SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE .

THEY KEPT ON WALKING,
UNTIL THEY FOUND AN OASIS,
WHERE THEY DECIDED
TO TAKE A BATH

THE ONE WHO HAD BEEN
SLAPPED GOT STUCK IN THE
MIRE AND STARTED DROWNING,
BUT THE FRIEND SAVED HIM.

AFTER HE RECOVERED FROM
THE NEAR DROWNING,
HE WROTE ON A STONE:

'TODAY MY BEST FRIEND
SAVED MY LIFE'

THE FRIEND WHO HAD SLAPPED
AND SAVED HIS BEST FRIEND
ASKED HIM, 'AFTER I HURT YOU,
YOU WROTE IN THE SAND AND NOW, YOU WRITE ON A STONE, WHY?'

THE FRIEND REPLIED
'WHEN SOMEONE HURTS US
WE SHOULD WRITE IT DOWN
IN SAND, WHERE WINDS OF
FORGIVENESS CAN ERASE IT AWAY.

BUT, WHEN SOMEONE DOES
SOMETHING GOOD FOR US,
WE MUST ENGRAVE IT IN STONE
WHERE NO WIND
CAN EVER ERASE IT'

LEARN TO WRITE
YOUR HURTS IN
THE SAND AND TO
CARVE YOUR
BENEFITS IN STONE.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Mothers

With Mothers Day just a few days away, there are some cute e-mails and posts going around. This one is one of my faves :)

Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's mom like me.

What kind of a little girl was your mom?
1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms and dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

Happy Mothers Day!! :)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A little Blip....

....in the weather! Mother Nature seems to get confused in May. All this hard work goes into getting this frozen part of the Earth to the blissful state of fragrant spring green bursting out all over the place, with warm breezes blowing and longer sunny days....then suddenly a blast of cold gusts in and dumps a skiff of snow! Ah well...the sun is trying to push thru the clouds and before we know it, it'll be lovely again.....just don't put those nursery plants out yet :P

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Month of May

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Red Hat Society




I was introduced to the Red Hat Society a few years ago through a book my girlfriend sent me for my Birthday. Now, any woman or girl can join, but there are guidelines :) If you are 50 years old and over, you wear a red or purple hat. If you are under 50 you wear a pink or mauve hat....that's it! Once a month the Care Home holds a Red Hat Tea with various fun activities along with tea and dessert. My Mom has joined some of the Ladies who love to sing and this has become the theme song:

Favorite Things
sung to the Julie Andrews tune from
"The Sound of Music"

Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazine tied up with string,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cadillacs and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings --
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the pipes break,
When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favorite things --
And then I don't feel so bad.

Hot tea and crumpets, and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heat pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Back pains, confused brains, and no fear of sinning,
Frail bones and fractures and hair that is thinning,
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things --

When the joints ache, when the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad! 



I proudly wear my Red Hat :)


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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

"It is in the quiet crucible
of your personal private sufferings
that your noblest dreams are born
and God's greatest gifts are given
in compensation for what you've been through"
~~Wintley Phipps.

The Pill Turns 50

Since the "Woman's Lib Movement" started women of all ages have experienced the pro's and con's of the dramatic changes that have developed. From there we headed right into the "Sexual Revolution", made possible by the huge success of "The Pill"
The Pill turned pregnancy into a choice, but it weakened marriage, allowing adultery without the risk of pregnancy. In reading this article on Crosswalk.com I realized the significance of the past 50 years The Pill made it's break through.

Executive Editor of Time Magazine Nancy Gibbs who wrote the story "Love, Sex, Freedom and the Paradox of the Pill" is particularly adept at pointing to the Pill's significance. It "rearranged the furniture of human relations in ways that we've argued about ever since." It was "the first medicine ever designed to be taken regularly by people who were not sick." The Pill became "the means by which women untied their aprons, scooped up their ambitions and marched eagerly into the new age."

National Organization for Women president Terry O'Neill: "There is a straight line between the Pill and the changes in family structure we now see."

After reading the article in it's entirety,it concludes, "As the conversation of the past half-century makes plain, science alone will not resolve questions that reach this deep into our relations with one another."

Read more: Time.com


Monday, April 26, 2010

Ontario Rellies Visit.....


We had the pleasure of a visit from My Aunt and Cousin this weekend. We hadn't seen each other for many years and had much catching up to do. It always amazes me that, although we have communicated via e-mail and Facebook, finally sitting for hours visiting, we were able to just hop right into a conversation  and spend hours catching up on our lives (to the point of staying up until the wee hours of the morning)!! Mom was thrilled to have her youngest Sis come to see her. It just felt so special that Aunt and Cousin came to spend time with Mom after she's gone thru such stressful months.
We topped off the visit with a family get together here and sharing a potluck chili dinner, with a blueberry cheesecake dessert....Mmmmm!! I used Mom's recipe of the cheesecake she always made for large family gatherings when we were growing up.
Thanks for coming!!  :)



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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Happy Earth Day

It's a day to celebrate this wonderful planet we live on...let's treat it with RESPECT!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

It's Been a While...

....since I've posted anything.
I'd like to tell you that my life just got too busy, but in all honesty, that really isn't a good enough excuse, because I should always find time to be with friends :)
Our family took 3 days a couple of weeks ago to help pack up Mom's home. The packing part wasn't really the most work though....it was taking every last thing and deciding whether to throw it away, give it to Salvation Army, send it home with one of us, set it aside to put in Mom's room in the Care Home or set it aside for a garage sale. Yikes. It was an emotional time for Mom and so very, very difficult for her to reduce her life all down to one small room!!
On April 13th we moved Mom into the Care Home. Now that she has a new flat screen TV and a leather recliner with a remote to lower/raise the back and foot rest, which after the stroke, is so much easier for Mom to get in and out of the chair.
Mom is much happier living in the Care Home rather than the hospital and it's such a relief for us kids to see her happy. This has been such a year of loss so far for her.
Hubby & I have just accomplished a huge spring clean in our home, shed and will be finishing the yard by the weekend. As new blades of green grass pokes thru the brown stuff and fresh budding leaves burst on branches and shrubs, we patiently wait until next month before filling our planters with Annual flowers. Can't wait!! But remember....last year we had snow on the May long weekend :P