Our Journey Helping Those In Need Throughout North America
We got home to learn of the flooding in Texas in the Marble Falls area where we volunteered for several years and have many friends there. The pictures on Facebook were of waterways overflowing, cars and houses floating down the river and the water under bridge in Marble Falls nearly flooding the main bridge as well. The main street of Llano where we used to go to the flea market on the weekends was covered in water. It’s a very good thing that the Camp of the Hills main buildings are on high ground – it is certain that the land below the hill where the Dining hall and Offices are located is covered in water! Mother Nature sure can be nasty! We are thankful that our elderly friends’ house is on high ground, and our friend Georgie Porgie (so we call him)’s home is up on the top of the mountain behind their place!
Our morning entertainment in Kelowna was looking out of sister-in-law Mary’s large front dining room window watching the crows as we had our breakfast! A “murder” (that’s what Mr. Google says a BUNCH of crows are called) were feasting on Mary’s walnuts on her lawn. We obtained quite an education watching them. They pick up a walnut, but then have to figure out how the heck to open them! They obviously have this down “pat”. We watched one crow in the middle of the road, waiting for a car to come and drive over the walnut that he has his eye on. Missed. So then the crow would fly up to the power line with the nut in its mouth, beside all the other crows lined up up there. He would then proceed to very methodically drop the nut onto the ground. It still did not open. The crow then picked the nut up off the middle of the road and flew up to the power line again. He then dropped it where it could see the next car would drive over it. Voila – it was finally cracked and he picked it up and ate it. It then proceeded to do it all over again! What determination! Plus there were other crows around waiting for their nuts too. It appeared that they do not try to impose on the other’s attempts to retrieve the walnut meat, but there are plenty to go around, so they go and get their own nut and use their own techniques to get them cracked. VERY INTERESTING! Better than television…
We surely did have a lovely Thanksgiving, even though some of the family members were not able to come home. Granddaughter Chelsea and her husband took advantage of hunting season at their favorite spot just out of Calgary, and bagged a large MOOSE! As we were travelling to Kelowna, they were coming to Gray Creek to help Dad cut up the elk and deer he had bagged, and then Dad will be heading to Calgary to assist them in processing their huge moose! No doubt there will be some meat swapping so each has some of all of the meat. We really were not aware that we are a part of the “Moose Dynasty”… But they love to hunt and their freezers are always full!
Well, I guess it was inevitable! Our intention was to head out West today, but a drive in the snow is simply not appealing. In addition, our little Yorkie dog appears to be in need of some veterinary attention, as our daughter-in-law who does his grooming (which was long overdue) advised he apparently has an ear infection that requires antibiotics. So here we sit, watching the snow coming down…until it’s time to take the dog in.
Although the “wedding season” seems to have wound down, we are now waiting for the “thank you cards”. They certainly appear to be a thing of the past. Nowadays it appears that CASH is the preferred wedding gift (of course, the more the better), but it seems so “impersonal” that we have included a small gift in addition to a “contribution to the cause”. Two months later, we have received no confirmation or thank you whatsoever. Old-fashioned common courtesy seems to be non-existent.