We visited my Uncle John in December (2008) when his health was already declining. Regardless of how he felt, we had a wonderful visit with him, his son, Doug and Doug's two daughters. As it happens that was our last visit with him. He bravely fought cancer for over a year and his wish was to be in Heaven so God finally heard his prayers. His wife, Aunt Marie, passed away in November 2008 and so now they will once again be united.
Uncle John was my father's youngest brother. He is part of a set of twins. Aunt Mary, the other twin now remains the only living sibling.
Uncle John remained a bachelor for many years when he met a widower with four children. Soon a wedding followed with the lovely stylish Marie and Uncle became a father immediately. When I visited with them over the years, there were always lots of stories of children, travelling, dogs and Uncle's various jobs. They were always welcoming when I travelled to BC where they lived.
I will always have a special place in my heart for both my Uncle John and his twin sister, Aunt Mary. It is a sad day to lose another Uncle as one generation is slowly coming to an end but I am happy that their generation knew God and Jesus and knew where they would reside after death. Praise be to God!
This winter we have had some of the prettiest frost on the pine trees. There must be a lot of humidity in the air because it seems to be almost daily. This is definitely the handiwork of God - He alone is able to coat each tiny needle until there is no longer any green showing. When the sun comes out, there is a sparkling of thousands of diamonds. Living here in northern Saskatchewan with the four seasons does have advantages.
So I have a dilemna regarding our new house. We put some drywall in so that I could paint the walls; in our previous home all the walls were natural pine and I craved some color. Already the drywall is cracking due to the ground shifting due to frost. That is a major problem in some areas of this resort and our land seems to be one of those areas. So I decided to put up more pine but was thinking of staining it or painting it in the bedrooms on the second floor. I had Hubby put the pine from floor to ceiling so it looks more like beadboard. Then I started to read online about this project and they talk about having to seal the wood first or the knots will bleed. So now it sounds like way more effort; much easier just to varathane all the boards and leave them natural. Color might have to be added with furnishings, rugs, and accessories. I did spray paint some pine white for the ceilings on the main floor and it seems to be okay so far and I did not seal any of it. What would you do? Need advice. Lots of folks like the wood look for a cottage and since this place is at the lake perhaps drywall is best left for the city!!!
Why are doctors the only professionals who can never see you at your scheduled appointment? I drive 2 1/2 hours to Saskatoon yesterday, with the dog I might add, to see a doctor at 12:30 noon. I am there fifteen minutes early, having parked, fed the meter, etc. I am ushered in immediately as I will be the first patient. So I strip the bottom half and I wait and I wait....luckily I have brought in a book. Then the bladder starts getting full as I just had a big coffee so I call out to the nurse to see if there is a bathroom. She points to a door so I do my best to shuffle over there with this piece of paper covering half of my body. Okay that is relief so back to the room and wait. Finally I ask when he might be coming - she has no idea and is not allowed to call him. It has now been 45 minutes. Okay another 15 minutes and I need to check the meter and the dog. Fortunately it has warmed up to +1 or he would be freezing as I can't start the car from this basement room I am sitting in. 15 minutes goes by and I get dressed. The nurse gives me this dirty look and I tell her where I am going. She advises I get right back!!! I find the dog shivering although the car is not that cold so I start it and move it into a lot where I pay by the 1/2 hour. I debate not going back however this is an appointment with a specialist so decide I better make the effort. I step in and the nurse is now frantic because the doctor has appeared and is already with the next patient. I just give her a look and go back to my lovely paper sheet outfit. The doctor spends maybe 5 minutes with me, does a procedure (which then spoils the rest of my day) and says he is sorry he was late. I just want to bill him for my time. Has anyone ever done that? Do they overbook - are they in the hospital - are they having a nice long lunch - are they with their mistress? Maybe there should not be an appointment at 12:30.....just wondering. Maybe there should only be one appointment per hour. My dentist never is late, my optometrist is never late, my lawyer is never late, my banker is never late, my friends are never late, even Hubby is never late....do I make my point.
Mel has spent the last few days installing our Oak laminate floor into the dining room, back entry and now the kitchen. I was not sure about putting it in the kitchen but everyone else is putting it in their kitchens so it must be durable. I may regret the color; it is quite dark; it looks awesome but does show everything. Right now with the building process, it will not be easy to keep it nice looking. Hopefully when the house is done, it will be somewhat easier. It did go down really easy so it did not take Hubby long to install. Of course, Sparky had to stand on every board so dog assistance is not as asset.
I have a great friend, Madelaine, who is an avid book reader. I would not even want to guess how many books she might read in a year. When we see each other (which is only once or twice a year), we always manage to find a way to shop for books. She is very helpful in deciding what to purchase. She started including a book list with her Christmas cards one year and has done it every year now for 3 or 4 years. I thought that was a wonderful idea. I decided to keep track of what I read in a year, the title, the author and a bit of description. Now my list does include most of what I read, which probably is not a lot compared to some of you readers. I am amazed though how many I do get to enjoy considering I work full-time at the shop, am a homemaker and am helping Hubby build the house. Most reading is done late in the evening or while travelling when Hubby drives. My favourite books are always the ones that are true.
Here is my list for this past year: BOOKS I’VE READ IN 2009: Sweeter than all the World Rudy Wiebe Hard book to read, had to start over when I was half way done, interesting if you want to know some Mennonite history. Swings back and forth between different generations. Helps to make some notes so you can track the people in it.
The Shipping News E. Annie Proulx Book about life on Newfoundland, found it interesting but was difficult to read with the dialects. If this is an accurate account then it is almost as if Newfoundland is a country all on its own with its own language.
Faith when Dreams Die Olaf Friggstad True story Saskatchewan farmer who turns to manufacturing but loses it all. Flexi-coil buys his company. He has to learn to accept God’s way when he is deeply hurt.
Vinegar Hill A. Manette Ansay Story of Ellen Grier and her family who have to move in with her in-laws. Cruelty is a way of life in this loveless home.
We Were the Mulvaneys Joyce Carol Oates I had to start twice to get through it. Lots of descriptions. Interesting story but did not captivate me. Family life with tragic consequences.
The Orange Trees of Baghdad Leilah Nadir True story Memoir of author’s Iraqi roots. Current regarding the USA invasion. Harrowing, touching and painfully human.
The Man who Lost Himself June Callwood The Terry Evanshen Story CFL Hall of Famer sustains severe brain damage from a car accident. True story of courage, loss and love. 44 years of memory wiped out! He must relearn life.
I am a Hutterite Mary Ann Kirby True story Couldn’t put the book down. Lots of insight into Hutterite Colonies. A story of love, courage and faith.
The Hundred Secret Senses Amy Tan A challenging book to read – took me over a year of going back to it. A story of sisters and ghosts set in San Francisco and China.
Sweetness in the Belly Camilla Gibb Hard to put down. Set in Ethiopia during Emperor Haile Selassie’s rule. Lilly, born to British parents becomes a white single young Muslim woman. Lots of hardships, with war, poverty and exile.
Man and Boy Tony Parsons A father learns how to parent and look after a young son after a separation and divorce. Story line good but lots of the “f” word which did not sit well with me.
The Undomestic Goddess Sophie Kinsella A lawyer gets thrown into a domestic job with hilarious results. Nice light reading.
Confessions of a Shopaholic Sophie Kinsella Being a writer about financial situations and being a shopaholic just don’t go together. More light reading but fun.
The Heart of a Woman Maya Angelou True story Maya marries an African man and moves to Africa with her teen-age son. Interesting but not captivating.
Three Cups of Tea Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin True story Amazing true story of Greg’s mission to promote peace by building schools in Pakistan and Afganistan.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place Aron Rolston True story Aron Lee Ralston (born October 27, 1975) is an American mountain climber who became famous in May 2003 when he was forced to amputate his lower right arm with a dull knife in order to free himself after his arm became trapped by a boulder when he was mountaineering in Utah.
The Outcast Sadie Jones Story of Lewis Aldridge, who had love denied to him and it had brutal consequences. Set in the 1950’s in England.
The Time Traveler’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger A love story of a different kind. Henry finds himself periodically displaced in time, sometimes in the future and sometimes in the past. Clare has to learn to deal with many times of Henry missing. The odd thing is he always leaves and returns naked. An author with an imagination.
Suite Francaise Irene Nemirovsky Written in 1941 but only published 65 years later. Irene died in 1942 at Auschwitz. This book is set during the time that France fell to the Nazis and is outstanding considering when Irene was writing this. The writings were saved by her young daughters as instructed by their father who was also killed by the Nazis.
Vision in White Nora Roberts This what I would call a fluffy book – easy read in one day – four girls play wedding as children endlessly and land up running a company called Vows, where all you wedding dreams can come true.
Their Eyes were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston Published in 1937 and is the story of Janie Starck, a black woman with dreams. Kind of hard to read as written with the black accent eg: “De nigger woman is de mule ah de world”. Interesting in terms of what black people went through.
Postcards E.Annie Proulx New England farmers who must confront the twentieth century. As the family slowly disintegrates, its members struggle valiantly against the powerful forces of loneliness and necessity, seeking a sense of home and place forever lost.
The Christmas Shoes Donna VanLiere If we’re open to it, God can use even the smallest thing to change our lives…. To change us. It might be a laughing child, car brakes that need fixing, a sale on a pot roast, a cloudless sky, a trip to the woods to cut down a Christmas tree, a school teacher, A Dunhill Billiard pipe… or even a pair of shoes.
Gianna Jessica Shaver True story As an unborn baby she survived abortion. God is using Gianna Jessen to remind the world that each human being is precious to Him. It is beautiful to see the strength of the love of Jesus which He has poured into her Hear.
Hope there may be some books in here that you might enjoy reading. Today I bought another 4 to get me started on my 2010 list.
Happy New Year to all of our good friends and relatives and family! Hope you had fun celebrating last night.
We had a friend over for a yummy supper consisting of two kinds of rice, Thai and wild mixed with brown, fried pickeral, shrimp, salad, and Red Lobster biscuits. It was delicious. Dessert was Christmas baking which never seems to end....did I really bake that much! After supper, my friend and myself worked on the super large crossword puzzle that is always published at Christmas time in one of our Saskatchewan newspapers. We did quite well when we used two heads instead of one!
Here's hoping our house gets finished this year. We are making progress but it has been slow this month with all the goings on. And here is hoping I get to see my kids more this year. Once last year just does not cut it!
We are back to work now with lots of kitchens to work on. Should keep us hopping until Easter time.
For all you fans of the Red Lobster biscuits here is the recipe: Red Lobster Biscuits
Preheat oven to 375
1 cup of grated cheddar cheese 2 cups of flour 1 TBSP. baking powder 2 tsp. sugar 1/2 cup of melted butter 1 cup of milk pinch of salt ( may be omitted if prefered)
Mix in a bowl, scoop onto greased baking sheet (about a heaping tablespoon or I use an icecream scoop , that way they are even in size)
In another bowl combine: 1/4 cup melted butter 1 clove of garlic ( can use more to suit taste) 1 TBSP. of parmesan cheese
Brush this mixture over the biscuit dough. Bake 10 -12 or up to 15 minutes depending on the size of the biscuit. Enjoy! ( I usually put more of this mixture on after I pull them out of the oven.)
I got this from a friend who knew someone that had worked there. Thanks Nancy. They were great!
Our Christmas Day this year was kind of different. We were staying in Saskatoon and needed to have some breakfast. The only place open was Macdonalds where we had coffee and muffins. It was quite busy though and Sailor Dan was there drawing pictures. We bought the sailboat picture from him for $20.00. Hubby said it was for me, but then asked me if I had $20.00 to pay for it. So I guess I bought my own gift!!! Anyway it was an interesting morning.
Late afternoon, we did get to have a big turkey supper at our niece's house. We thank her so much for having us over and for putting on this big meal one day after the death of her mom. What a gal! Above picture is of her sister enjoying her plate of all the fixings! The turkey was huge and very delicious as she roasted it in one of those special clear roasting bags. Keeps the meat nice and moist and tender.