What a wonderful time we had at the Park in North Battleford where people from our Cowboy Church in Prince Albert and several others around the province gathered to have a good time and celebrate the success of all of the Cowboy Churches which have grown up in the province. There was gospel music, great food, lots of friends and a good time had by all. We were thankful for the good weather. We were also happy to have our friends from Alberta meet us there. We decided to rent rooms in a motel there for one night, where we spent time reminiscing with him and getting acquainted with his new wife. She is certainly a treasure and we were delighted to meet her.
We are thankful to hear that two special people are recovering from their heart surgeries in Saskatoon, but cannot imagine how “put out to pasture” one must feel to be released from the hospital just three days after such serious surgery - because of the long weekend!!!! Our sister-in-law Alice from Neuanlage, as well as her hospital roommate, our friend, Greg Dion, the Mayor of Prince Albert, who were both in hospital for heart surgeries last week, both suffered the same fate! We are praying that they are both recovering and will be back in circulation soon!
On the way home from North Battleford, we made a “pit stop” at the gas station at Blaine Lake where I spied some bags of pink candied popcorn and simply HAD to have some! My fingers were pretty pink by the time we got home – and it will be a long time before I have a hankering for that popcorn again…. After we arrived home, I was looking for my wallet in my purse. No wallet! I searched the car and double-searched my handbag. No wallet. By that time I was pretty frantic, as it contained all of my ID cards and other information (which would have been a nightmare to replace), as well as some cash. I managed to find the phone number of the gas station and the asked the lady if by chance I had left it there. She said “It was laying on the counter and I have the wallet here in my safe”!! Talk about a sigh of relief! So our daughter drove me all the way back to the gas station and the young fellow who had taken over from the other lady in the meantime, opened the cupboard behind the counter and there was my wallet, totally intact. Thank the Lord! Could have been some pretty expensive candied popcorn (and it wasn’t really THAT great).
We called Mary in Kelowna to check on brother George this week and his situation has not changed. He is out of the hospital and back in the Nursing Home, with little or no “quality of life”. She is having a very tough time and is no longer driving her car, but thankfully the next door neighbour is willing to bring her to the nursing home to visit as often as possible. Such a sad situation to be in, with no children to take care of her.
Before we head back out west, we are planning to go and visit Rita, our sister-in-law in Brandon. It is always a pleasure to visit with her, but we have heard that her health is deteriorating as well. She is over 80 and has to use a walker to get around. She is very happy in her senior condo and her son Rick checks in on her as often as he can. She is so blessed to have had the ability to cope with the loss of her husband when he passed on after suffering from cancer for several years, and she looks forward to our visits whenever we have the opportunity to get out to see her! One very special lady!
So that’s it from “the over the hill gang” for this week! I am looking forward to celebrating my birthday party at Heritage Centre this coming Wednesday – some sandwiches, some birthday cake, some wonderful music and dancing – a big celebration for all of us who have September birthdays. Thank you Heritage Centre for all your hard work in keeping this senior birthday party going!!