25 02 2017

Here it is, almost the end of February. The holiday season has passed, the groundhog has seen or not seen his shadow and spring is just around the corner!

I moved last month, and think I will enjoy living in a small city. The people are much friendlier in the shops here than the staff in the big city. They tend to look right through you when they wait on you.

I am about to begin a new cross stitch project. I have several short stories that I must edit in order to get an ebook put together to sell on Amazon.

I have purchased a book on drawing, something I have wanted to learn for a long time. I hope to progress to the use of pastels and/or acrylic paints later on.

Has the year been good to you, reader, so far?

The losses of the family members and other persons in my life has stopped for the time being. I have not got a lot of other people left to lose! The numbers are dwindling. I suppose I could join the senior’s center and find some new friends, but I am something of an introvert and like to be alone with projects. My older sister is the same way.In fact, my mother was that way too. Mmmmm I guess it is in the family then!

Speaking of which, my genealogy research suffered somewhat with the busyness of moving too. As you see I have all sorts of excuses to not work on this blog! That may yet change.


Our Pets

4 03 2014

I have a cat who will be nineteen years old in May of this year. He has been with me since he was two years old. We found him advertised in the Pet Classifieds, in a local paper. This was before the arrival in Kujiji. When we went to see him, the girls at the house, who also had three other cats, told us that he’d been given to someone was a kitten, and that someone had then returned him to them, as the pet owner had a “life threatening illness.”

While I do not know anything further about this person, I did learn more about this cat. When we took him to the nearest vet, for a checkup and shots, they noticed the tattoo in his ear. It was one of theirs! The vet was able to identify the cat, and access the records for his shots history and neutering! Small world.

He has been a wonderful pet, very intelligent and gentle, despite weighing nearly twenty pounds.

He has a long haired coat, and we have a groomer who is not afraid of cats, to shave his coat every few months.

I probably do not need to point out that kitty is strictly an indoor cat. I feel very strongly about this issue. There are far too many dangers to a cat, let outside. The vet has mentioned that the average life of an outdoor cat is about two years, at most. For an indoor cat, perhaps eighteen to twenty.

While I am not a dog owner, I will say that I also believe a dog deserves to live indoors as well. Not tied outside and left alone for hours at a time.

So far kitty is healthy and appears ready for his nineteenth birthday celebrations. I think he will have a small treat of tuna on that day.

Health Issues

6 04 2013

I’ve had some health issues going on, and I have not been able to post here as often as I’d like.

The inlaws are doing well in their new lodgings. My father-in-law phoned when he learned about my health problems and wished me the best. He is a dear person.

My mother-in-law has also been in touch often. So I have their support which helps a great deal.

I hope to continue to post here, once the health problems are resolved.


From One To Another

23 12 2012

The father-in-law has been hospitalized for 2 weeks now, after the HomeCare nurse/co-ordinator found that he was very ill. His kidneys were failing – possibly from overuse of Advil along with Arthrotec. The MRI discovered a massive growth on the hip muscle, a possible cause of the severe pain he has been feeling in that area. We are awaiting biopsy results now.

We hope that he will be alright.

I will not post again until we have the results.

The mother-in-law is happy at the lodge where she has been for about 3 weeks now. So that is all good.


27 10 2012

We got the in-laws settled, as mother-in-law went home this past week, temporary until she  goes to a lodge. Father-in-law will follow. He is a bit better to cope than she is, with staying at home, with HomeCare coming in.

She has quit smoking! She started at age 13, and is about 73 years old now, but 2
months in hospital and the temporary lodge got her settled to be a quitter.

I am encouraging her twice a week,when we meet on the computer via Skype to
continue to not smoke, and keep her goals in mind.

We are very proud of her, to stick with the no smoking. Her voice is stronger and she no longer coughs after a bit of conversation.

For any smokers out there, it is never too late to quit. If she can do it, so can you!

The Cycle

29 09 2012

The mom-in-law is back now in her home city, sent from that hospital to a care centre, until either 1. she will be ready to go home with Home Care coming in or 2. a spot opens in a care center for her right away.

I suspect she will need to go back to the house to wait. We will be going up soon to organize the house contents some more – taking to the landfill, or donating or setting aside to wash and then consign clothes at that time.  It is a huge job.

Just now listening to The Living Years by Mike and the Mechanics on WinAmp thinking about when this song first came out – my mom and stepdad were still alive. Now it’s time for the inlaws to move into a senior’s centre and so it goes.

Again music unites the past and the present and the future.





And So It Goes

8 09 2012

Mother-in-law is doing well and should be home soon, or in a senior’s lodge. Son has still not been here to visit or to bring our coffee, which his company sells. We get our orders from him, but have to wait until he has time to bring the supply.

I have been stressed out from the visiting at the hospital, but of course that is what one does when family needs us and is ill.

I am so tired. Does it get better? I don’t believe it does. When one crisis is over another seems to appear.

I have been thinking about the educational system and a news report that students at one school were not to have marks of 0% even if they did not submit a report for grading. The teacher who gave a 0% is probably going to lose his job. No wonder we have such poor quality young people that cannot show up for work because they have no ambition and no sense of self respect or initiative.

What happened to the teachers with training in university that learned psychology
and how to interact with young people? Seems to be lost in the sea of political correctedness and that is a major loss to society.

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