Our Journey Helping Those In Need Throughout North America
We were delighted to attend the Heritage Senior Centre this past week and help Bill and Mary celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary! It was a lovely surprise for the couple, especially to see some of their family there who they did not expect at all. The afternoon was a joint celebration of their anniversary and the regular monthly birthday party. What a wonderful sight to see the hall filled to capacity with family and friends! My husband still isn’t “up to dancing” but the music was wonderful and it was great to see everyone else enjoy the dancing! And it is always very rewarding to have friends and even strangers come up to me and tell me how much they enjoy reading our article in the Shopper!
All this recent snow is certainly causing havoc at our house! It is piled up on every roof over two feet deep. Our first clue of a problem was having water dripping on the stairway to the basement… Although our house roof is quite “elaborate”, it is obviously not conducive to allowing the snow to slide off. Underneath the snow on the roof is a thick layer of ICE! And of course, all the eaves trough is full of leaves so as not to allow any snow that melts to flow freely. Time to bring out the extension ladders and get up there to alleviate the situation – makes the “old man” wish he was 20 years younger for sure! There is a good two feet of snow on the flat part of the garden shed as well. He went out and “cut off” the 3 foot overhang of snow and the rest is just sitting there now waiting to melt. Now the snow is hanging down on the side of the garage as well. It should be quite an avalanche when it lets go. Hard to believe it is almost the end of March, and still more snow forecast…
It is just about time to start going through our “stuff” and see what we can get rid of. The accumulation of what we thought we needed has become overwhelming and there are so many things that we stop and look at and say “why are we KEEPING THIS?” Thirty-two years of accumulation since we moved here.
Where have the years gone??? It has been 50 years on March 15th since I first met John in Calgary! As the saying goes: “How did we get this darn old this darn quick???” My younger sister and I were living together in an apartment in Calgary and went to a party with a group of friends from a nearby apartment. There were a lot of people there and John and I were sitting under a table getting acquainted while his roommate, Bob, and my sister, Joyce, were happy to mingle. The guys wanted to go to the White Spot before taking us home, but I asked to go home instead. My sister, on the other hand, decided to go with them. When she got home, she told me: “You won’t like that guy – he eats his steak RAW!”
Well, our neighbours on all sides are enjoying their snow machines in this lovely weather. One last kick at the cat while the snow is here, I guess… We recall the days when our kids were younger and my sister and her husband and family lived across the highway in Green Acres. In summer it was quads, and in winter it was snow machines. Long gone are the days for us… There have been many changes since then. Joyce passed away with cancer 13 years ago this August. How can it be that long already??? Her boys and their families all live in Albert now. We are thankful to have our children and grandchildren living here in Prince Albert.