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John & Linda Braun


Getting down to the nitty gritty here!  That last game was awesome and we look forward to the next one!  Hope the Riders can hold it all together and show us some more great football before the season is over!  We were thankful for the timing of the game, as we had other commitments that may have taken a back seat.  As it turned out, the game did not interfere with any other activities we had planned, which was really nice - we didn’t have to choose one over another.

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1. SAG, you’re it.

2. Pin the toupee on the bald guy.

3. 20 questions shouted into your good ear.

4. Kick the bucket.

5. Red Rover, Red Rover, the nurse says bend over.

6. Doc Doc Goose.

7. Simon says something coherent.

8. Hide and go pee.

9. Spin the Bottle of Mylanta.

10. Musical reminders.

11. I finally got my head together and my body fell apart.

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Well, another Hallowe’en come and gone…   We had 50 enthusiastic trick or treaters at our front door.  The little dog was determined he had to help John and our daughter distribute the treats, or at least check out who was at the door, but we didn’t want him running out into the yard, so he spent some of the time locked in the bedroom until he figured it out that he could be at the door if he just observed and did not go any further…

At coffee the next morning, we learned that our friends in the city had over 100 children at their door!  We would have long since run out of treats, that’s for sure!  In years gone by, we used to participate in Hallowe’en parties.  One year, when we lived in British Columbia, we went “all out” and attended a dress-up “Hard Times Dance” put on by the Kiwanis Club, of which John was a member.   We trussed me up to look like I was 9 l/2 months pregnant and put various sizes of dolls in a baby stroller.   John found some kind of get-up outfit to look like he could barely support such a “family”, and off we went to the Kiwanis dance.    We must have been quite a sight out on the dance floor!  We won first place for our efforts.  It was great fun!  Oh, the good old days…..   At this stage of the game, we simply can’t be bothered….  I was determined to find the picture that we took before we left home for the party and drug out every photo album we had to try to find it, without success.  Nothing like a trip down memory lane.  Finally, I decided to look in the bundle of “my favorite photos” that I put in one envelope and there it was, but not a good enough picture to share.  Now we have to figure out what to do with all these photo albums we have filled over the years.   My sister’s husband had gone through their many photos albums after she passed away and put the best photos on CDs.  However I believe it was a very costly venture and our pictures are just fine in the albums.

As we will not be going south this winter, we decided to volunteer to “man” the morning coffee at the Senior Centre when they need help.  Our first shift is November 2nd.  We are very impressed with the goings-on there.  The November birthday party was this past Friday (the first Friday of every month).  We missed it! 

One of our Texas friends who is on Facebook with us commented on my post about “a skiff of snow” that we had received.  She asked “what is a skiff of snow?”  Makes me real homesick for Texas!!!  Actually, one year when we were down in Texas, we did have a skiff of snow overnight Saturday.  By the time we came home from church on Sunday, the snow was all gone…and we never did see another snow there that year.

We are sorry to learn that the grandfather of the Duck Dynasty family who attends the same church as we did when we were in Texas, is battling cancer and is rapidly going downhill.  He is a wonderful Godly man who has had a lifetime of Christian service and who we are blessed to call a dear friend.


As we had never been to the Battleford Cowboy Church, we decided to make the trip on October 19th, after John met with his doctor in Saskatoon.  It was a lovely day for a drive.  We arrived early and John took me on the “grand tour”, having had customers in the area when he was travelling with All Weather Windows years ago.  After sitting in the car on the trip, I asked for the opportunity to walk along the street to see what kind of stores they had while he went on to the grocery store where we would look for something to contribute to the supper.  I went into a very interesting curio shop and was astonished to see the most beautiful stuffed four foot high moose standing on the top of a display cabinet.  My curiosity got the best of me – there was no price on it, so I simply had to ask how much that moose would be.  Just about fell over when she said it was $120, but was on sale for $100!!  I was amazed at that low price for such a unique treasure, but had no place to put such a conversation piece, so I asked if I could take a picture, and they said “by all means”.  I then walked around the shop and came across a selection of pretty bras.  Checking out the price of the first bra on the rack, I was flabbergasted to see it was $89!!!!  Unbelievable in comparison with being able to buy a MOOSE for only $10.00 more!!!  I came away with no purchase, as I would never pay $89 for any bra, and did not need a moose. 

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We are wondering if this wind is going to blow us into the middle of next week!  It is a doozy.  With the forecast we received, we spent a day out in our yard battening down the hatches.  We needed to put all the lawn ornaments and summer stuff away for winter anyway….  Now if John could just find a serious buyer, before the snow flies, for all of the new siding laying on our lawn we would be laughing! 

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