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Some Menu Changes

We’re eating more soft foods and drinking delicious meal-in-a-mug meal substitute drinks.

Dad had his second batch of teeth extracted yesterday. The first four came out two and a half weeks ago. He has two more appointments to go, and then he’ll let the gums heal thoroughly before he goes to have dentures made.


February 8, 2006, At My Place...
Why Mom Would Laugh

If Mom had seen me yesterday she would have laughed. She was a very serious person and didn’t laugh often, but somehow I could hear and see her doing it.

You see, for many years Mom was too weak to do any housework, but she liked to stay at her chair at the table after meals to watch me work in the kitchen


February 1, 2006, At My Place...
We’re Hopeful Canadians!

I don’t discuss politics too quickly as it tends to divide even friends. However, you might be interested in our level of involvement in our Canadian federal elections.

In the previous election I had agreed to have a lawn sign, and act as a scrutineer at our local polling station, on behalf of our conservative candidate, Maurice Vellacott. (I used to go to the same country Sunday School years ago, as his wife, Mary).
So when their campaign office called and asked abou


January 25, 2006, At My Place...
The Christmas Cacti are Finally in Bloom

Last year they disappointed us altogether, but when I called Aunt Margaret she advised to put them out in the cold for a few weeks to give them a shock; then they would bloom. We did, and we had fine, beautiful pink blossoms on all of them for Easter week.

I put them out in the cold sunroom again at the beginning of December, and noticed about a week before Christmas


January 18, 2006, At My Place... Ruthe's Roses
How we Do a City Trip

We’re interrupting my business schedule again for a couple of days. This afternoon Dad and I are going to see the doctor.

Yesterday we were in Saskatoon for the afternoon and evening. I had a Board meeting at the mission to attend, which happens every other month. When it does, because Dad does NOT like to stay home alone, we go early enough to take a supper over to my brother Tom’s and enjoy a little visit with him.


January 11, 2006, At My Place...
Hoarfrost Diamonds and Rain in 100 Days

Do certain kinds of weather bother you?

I generally don’t dwell on it much since it’s out of my control, but yesterday when Dad and I were in the city, he complained several times that the fog was making him feel depressed. I’d mentioned various times that we needed new windshield wipers and yesterday he wanted to know where we could buy them. Canadian Tire, of course.


January 4, 2006, At My Place...
Learning to Play with Dad’s New Toys

Dad has never really got the hang of buying or giving gifts. Not that he doesn’t want to – he just doesn’t know how. Sometimes I’ve helped him out, but I hate to appear manipulative, so often I’ve just let it go.

However, this was the year that both his sons gave him more expensive electronic gadgets.


December 28, 2005, At My Place...
All I Need for Christmas is a Toilet

Whew! What a week! I got antibiotics from the doctor last Wednesday, but seemed sicker for a couple of days. Strength began to return towards the end of the week. Just that crazy cough to conquer. Then, Sunday the coughing cracked a rib on me! Dad noticed that the toilet in my bathroom downstairs had […]


December 21, 2005, At My Place...
Go to the Doctor? Yes. No…

Do you ever have trouble deciding whether to go see your doctor when you’re sick?

I’ve been wrestling with this for several days now. I came down with a flu bug on Saturday night.


December 14, 2005, At My Place...
Carol Festival Conversations & Singing

Every year, the first or second Sunday of December, there is a Carol Festival in our local school gym, put on by four participating churches. I always look forward to this. Some years each church has a choir practiced up, or sometimes they have smaller singing groups, even the school prepares a children’s choir. This year they tried the mass choir idea again.

Anyway, I often end up sitting beside someone that I haven’t talked to for years, or have never met before. This time I was beside a nice retired lady


December 7, 2005, At My Place...


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