“The RoseBouquet”

About and FOR friends of Ruthe’s Secret Roses

“The RoseBouquet”
Granny Kate O’Brien

You’ve met her granddaughters, Cathy and Muriel O’Brien in a previous Closeup, and I don’t want to spoil the surprises in the novel if you have not read the story yet, but I think I can dare to tell you a bit about her past, what brings her to who she is when Ruthe meets her. These details were not all part of the plot, so some got trimmed out.

November 2, 2005, Ruthe's Roses
Back from Beautiful Alberta

Yes, we DID have a wonderful weekend away, thank you! Cloudless skies for the
most part, and beautiful Indian summer weather and scenery. It was delightful
to get to know Margaret (my Grandpa Friesen’s cousin) and her daughter Kathleen
and her husband Doug at Medicine Hat. Kathleen and I kept discovering more ways
in which we are alike.

October 26, 2005, At My Place...
A Speeding Ticket

I suppose I should continue the above saga while it is still fresh, with
another “incident.” We left the Sinclair’s home after breakfast on Sunday and
were only about half an hour away, in Taber, when a police man suddenly waved me
over. For a moment I wasn’t even sure it was a police man.

October 26, 2005, What's New!
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October 26, 2005, Tips & Solutions
After Katrina – by Cheryl Speir

We expected the wind damage. You can’t be hit by a category four hurricane and
not receive some damage. We expected to lose power. Power lines are vulnerable
to the high winds. What took us by surprise was the loss of all communication.

When we were able to go out and look at the damage after hurricane Katrina, it
was overwhelming. Trees and power lines lay together in huge tangled balls.
Roofs were missing, homes were demolished, and concrete sidewalks were ripped

October 26, 2005, Ruthe's Roses
We’re Off to Make New Friends!

Dad and I are getting our inner motors revved up about going away this coming
weekend. We’re invited to a 40th wedding anniversary in Lethbridge, Alberta,
for my second cousin, Wayne and Hilda Kroeker. It has taken us long enough to
decide whether we can afford the gas, (at least 7 hours each way), and whether
we can risk the possibility of a snow storm. Here in the prairies that can
happen any day now.

October 19, 2005, At My Place...
Making the Arbour Still Tidier

Sigh)! I would love to rattle off a long string of accomplishments.
Particularly on the Ruthes-SecretRoses.com site. Mainly, I’ve plodded away at
re-touching up all the web pages in the Arbour section. I discovered a little
sub-program called Tidy, in my web design program called Quantra +. Tidy goes
“whist!” and shows me a list of html errors. . .

October 19, 2005, What's New!
Make Your own Natural Remedies for Colds and Coughs

If you find all these personal family stories too boring you’ll have to let me
know what you would like to see me write about. I tend to do more of what
readers write about and thank me for. But hey, I can go many directions. I have
a w-i-d-e range of interests. In fact, I’m deliberately holding back on some
area because I fear once I start talking about them, I’ll be hard to shut up. 🙂

Like for instance – alternative health remedies. I could talk your ear off!

October 19, 2005, Tips & Solutions
Sunday with Elise and Jalise – Part 2

Another Photo story of my niece, Jalise, and her daughter Elise in September.
Part 2 is ready now that I have the second film developed. I’m afraid it is
rather long, so rather than try to repeat it here, I’ll just give you the
online link.

October 19, 2005, Ruthe's Roses
Our Thanksgiving Weekend

We’re rather pleased with how our Thanksgiving weekend turned out. Sharon, a
niece that we seldom hear from, came from Calgary to spend a few days with us
before the weekend. She wanted a quite place to fast and pray. However, I got in
some precious little chats with her, and was thrilled to see how she has

October 12, 2005, At My Place...

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