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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.