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Chloe

Who knew dogs were so much like kids!  Chloe has opened my eyes.  She can be very sneaky and is certainly clever.  She remembers everything and she knows what's going on.  She knows what you are saying, if not by words, then certainly by our tone of voice.  I can't believe that the minute I get on the phone, Chloe runs and gets something she knows she is not supposed to have, like mine or Wynn's shoe.  She, then, proceeds to run into her cage.  When we are not home, she gets on the table - (found evidence on the floor).  She pouts if you tell her No.  She is constantly underfoot and wants attention all the time.  She's hungry all the time, but only for treats; doesn't want the healthy food that I make for her.  She only listens when she wants to, and the same goes for being obedient.  And to top it all off, she's cute and we can't help but love her.

Jan. 6, 2017

Chloe is now 7 and just the best dog ever.  She still can be very selective with her listening and is highly motivated by treats.  But other than that she is a wonderful pet and a lot of fun.  Here is a picture of her from this Christmas.

 


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Children

I love working with children!  They are so straight forward and honest.  Just today, one of the little children asked me if I had my hair done.  I said, "no" and asked, "why?"  The little girl said, "Your hair looks a little more white and brown."  And I thought I was hiding the gray. 

On another day, one of the children asked how old I was?  I asked, "How old do you think I am?"  The response - "Well my mom is 28 and my dad is 30, so I think you are older, maybe 32?"  I'll take that.

Yet, another child's response was "Your face looks young but your hands are old."  I knew there was a reason why I shouldn't be washing dishes and cleaning.

It occurred to me today that I should be writing down all the funny things that the children say.  Who knows when I may need a good laugh in my obvious old age.

I will tell of one last story from my JK class one year.  It was the first day of school and I met the first student at the front door.  While we were waiting for the others to arrive, I asked, "Is that a new back pack?"  The response - "Yes, I got it for school."  I asked, "What do you have in it?"   He replied, "New shoes!"  "Oh!," I replied, "are they for gym."  "No," he replied, "They're for me!"

If you get the chance, hug a child today and tell them how wonderful they are! or for that matter anyone.  We are all wonderful in our own unique way.


Spring

Ah!  Spring!  At least here in B.C. on Vancouver Island.  Fresh air!  Sunshine!  And rain, rain, rain!!  It seemed that I was wearing my winter boots forever.  Now, I am already tired of wearing my rubber boots.  But wear them I must.  Walking the dog always seems to lead me in the muddiest areas of the country.  But the grass is growing and some of my flowers are up.  Wynn has actually even cut the grass already.  I am waiting for my lilac tree to bloom.  It is just outside my front door and whenever I go in or out, I get to smell the beautiful aroma. 

This spring will usher in my second retirement.  May 31st in fact.  I have tried to retire before; but to no avail.  I do love my job.  But it is time to focus on my husband who wishes to be able to pick up and go at a moment's whim.  I do find myself with an extra bounce in my step.  It will be great througout the summer and part of the fall.  But I wonder about next winter. Will I be content in my home all day?  I think not!  So I wonder.  Volunteering is certainly an option.  But where?  There are so many needs.  The cancer clinic has crossed my mind as has working at a youth center.  Possibly, even working in an orphange on a short term mission trip. I do like to sew.  I did make some really cute doll clothes for my granddaughters at Christmas time.  Lynn, a friend of mine, who works at Strong Start, a program for preschool children and their moms, liked the clothes so much that she hired me to make a few for the dolls in her school. So, maybe I will make some to sell at a Christmas craft show. 

What are my priorities?  I believe it is time to draw nearer to our creator, God, who is the source of all life.  He is my great comforter and I have no doubt that he will guide me into what I should be doing and what will ultimately give me the greatest joy.  In the meantime, I will keep on keeping on and enjoying everyday to the fullest.  How about you?


My very expensive IPod

Last weekend, I decided that I would like to have an IPod.  Actually, I have thought about it many times before and talked myself out of it.  But, this time I did it.  I bought a 4th generation IPod.  Simple enought, it didn't really mean anything to me, until I got home.  I plugged it into my MacBook and nothing.  It just so happened that my computer was "too old".  At least, that is what the support people at Apple told me.  However, I learned that what they really meant to say is that my computer's operating system is out of date and will not support the new IPods.  So now what!  I have to buy a new operating system.  I have Tiger, and apparently there has been Leopard and now Snow Leopard operating systems since then.  You can't buy Leopard any more so I have to get Snow Leopard.  Sure, that means going up two systems and that is apparently tricky.  So I have to get a single user family pack.  Another $130.00 according to Apple.  A local computer store said I just have to buy the Snow leopard operating system, only $35.00.  Yippee!  He said it wouldn't be a problem.

However, I was advised to back up my system in case anything goes wrong.  I would be extremely upset if I lost all my pictures, not to mention my book that I am writing.  Yes, I am still working on it, ever so slowly.  Another computer store tells me that the best way to back up is to buy an external hard drive.  Really?  More money!  But it did make sense to me so that's what I decided to do.  They told me, when I bought it, that it was very simple to do.  Well, it's not that simple especially if you don't know your password for your computer.  When we set it up, 4 years ago, I guess I gave it a password but for the life of me, I couldn't remember it.  Alan, tried to help me back it up without the password; but it really wasn't going that well. 

Another phone call to Apple and now I have a new password.  With my luck, and lack of computer knowledge, I decided to phone support for the external hard drive and after about an hour, my computer files were backed up.  Now, it was time to install Snow Leopard.  I followed the instructions and sure enough, it began but said it could not complete the installation.  I phoned Apple again, they said, again, you need to buy the family pack.  Now, I'm really frustrated. 

Back to a computer store.  "No!", they say I do not need the family pack.  They can install it for me for $200.00.  My goodness, all I wanted was an IPod.  I'm not paying that.  Off, I went to another computer store.  When they said, they could install it for me for $50.00 and guarantee that everything would be working fine, I said," Go for it!"  Later that day, I picked up my computer.

This was 3 days after my initial purchase.  Now, I can finally charge my IPod.  A few lessons later from my grandson, Tyler, and I'm good to go.  This turned out to be a very expensive IPod; but apparently now my computer is good for another 4 years or at least until the battery dies.  So all's not lost.

In the meantime, I am enjoying my new IPod.

 

 


Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!  Take some time this season to be thankful for family and friends, and to be grateful for what you have or, perhaps, do not have.  The fall season provides us with such a beautiful array of colours to enjoy; and as I write this, it is a warm, bright, sunny day here in Sidney, B.C.

Last Tuesday, I went for my annual check-up at the cancer clinic.  I am happy to report that I am still cancer free or in remission as they like to say.  My blood work was excellent and I do not have to see my oncologist for another year.  Too bad, really, I like him.  He understands me and I so appreciated his working with me to eradicate cancer from my body.  While another oncologist, would not listen to my alternative suggestions, he did.  He may not have totally agreed with me; but at the same time he did not disagree.  I believe he is now seeing the fruits of my labour.  Even though my immune system has been compromised, it is now strong.  Working with young children every day: I am quite healthy and do not get the many colds and flu that seem to be going around.  

This thanksgiving, once again, I realize how great it is to be alive and am truly thankful for all the blessings that I have.  Some have said that I was robbed during those years from 2001 to 2006 when I was dealing with the cancer.  Looking back, I don't see it that way.  It was definitely a difficult time in my life and brought many challenges.  But, I have learned so much about how to take care of myself, physically, emotionally and spiritually.  I believe that I have gained a deeper respect for life and the things that truly matter, like family and friends.  The work-a-holic in me is gone and I am not the perfectionist that I once was.  I have also learned to say, "No!" when it just isn't right for me. 


Speed Limits

Speed limits.  What are they for?  Well, actually, I do know; however, have you noticed very few people drive the speed limit anymore.  Most people are in such a hurry to get some where.  I'll admit I don't drive the speed limit most of the time.  I have a heavy foot and I push the limit by 5 or 10 km.  But sometimes, it's even more.  That's because I'm just going with the flow of traffic.  And even then at 15 or 20 km. over speed, people are passing.  A while back, a friend of mine was stopped for speeding on the highway.  She wasn't weaving in or out or anything, just driving with the flow.  When stopped, she asked about all the other drivers that were driving along with her and the officer's comment was.   "Well, we can't catch them all."  How frustrating!  I sympathize with her because, let's face it; if you drive slow, or the actual speed limit, people are passing you like crazy.  Fair enough; but, if they can't pass, they are right on your tail.  They blink lights at you or honk their horns.  Yes, it has happened to me when I try to obey the speed limit.  Very frustrating! 


How was your day?

I did it again, today.  Lost my keys, that is.  I don't understand, I had them one minute and the next they were gone.   Where could they be?  Of course, I would be at my daughter's house.  I was getting my grandchildren and Chloe packed into the car to take Tyler to school and bring Tava to my house, after she and I walked the dog.  I picked up lunch bags, backpacks, etc. and I had the keys in hand, or so I thought.  Because, after everyone was strapped in, I couldn't find the keys. I was sure that I picked them up; so, they have to be here somewhere.  I quickly checked and sure enough, they are no where to be found.  I retraced my steps into the house and I still couldn't find them.  Realizing that there really wasn't a lot of time to look right then, I had to tell everyone to get out of the car; we have to walk to school.  Oh, did I mention that it was raining this morning?   Tava and Tyler got their umbrellas and off we went.  Neither were too pleased.  Tyler finally got up to speed with Chloe; but Tava was tired and complaining that we were going too fast. I thought we would never get there.  After, a very leisurely stroll home, I began the search.  First, I checked the car again.  Then, I looked everywhere else I could think of.  I searched everywhere that I had been, Tyler's room, Tava's room, the bathroom, etc.  I fed them breakfast; so, I even checked the cupboards and fridge.  How could they just disappear like that.  In my search, I did find the extra set of keys that I had given Tricia.  Thank goodness! I was not looking forward to walking Tava to preschool at lunch hour.  I gave up looking.  Tava went to school and Chloe and I went for our walk.  Later in the day, I picked up Tava and Tyler from school.  They played outside at the school with friends for about an hour and then we went home.  I had one last look when their dad came home and alerted everyone to be on the look out for my keys.  At the end of the day, when I was unpacking the car at home, I found my keys in the bottom of a shopping bag with a loaf of bread in it.  Go figure!  And how was your day?



Hello

Here I am again.  I initially started this blog to keep friends and family informed of my shenanigans.  I also wished to be an encouragement to people who have cancer and let them know that there are survivors out there.  But, I just don't seem to find the time to write on my blog, as often as I would like.  Why?  Well, I am a busy person, working, babysitting and, well, you do need to sit down and take time.  However, lately, I blame the puppy.  Remember Chloe, well she is 9 mos. old now.  She wants to play all the time or at least have my undivided attention.  She follows me from room to room and plops down.  Even if I'm only there for a minute, it makes no difference.  As I leave, she gets up to follow me again.  Seriously, she's always underfoot or at least close at hand.  Understandably, she needs exercise and fresh air everyday; so, off I go to take her for a walk, rain or shine.  It's true, I benefit; but I have things to do.  We have a good sized backyard and after Wynn fenced it in, I thought she would play outside and get fresh air.  What was I thinking?  Of course, she wants us to be out there, too, or back in she comes, when we do.  I keep telling myself she's just a dog.  She should just lie and wait until I have time.  But have you seen her eyes, oh my; she can lay quite the guilt trip.  I wonder, where do dogs learn to sulk like that?   So, I am a slave to my puppy.   Now, before you get the wrong picture, I adore my puppy and she has brought a lot of laughter to our home.  I can't imagine my life without her now.   In addition, she has brought many challenges to us.  How do we carry her, in her crate, in the car, along with Tyler and Tava, our grandchildren who are in booster seats, plus Wynn and I?  We were almost thinking about trading for a crossover vehicle because of the dog.  Then, we gave our heads a shake.  Also, how do we get her to stop barking in her crate when we are in the store, or restaurant or for that matter when we leave her at home?  The biggest challenge, lately, has been how do we take her on the motorcycle, apart from the side kayak that is?  Well, we found the perfect solution which works in the car as well.  Hallelujah!  It was a lot cheaper than a new vehicle.  It's a 5 in one backpack, tote, car seat, shoulder carrier or a pull behind.  It's funny; Chloe picked it out herself, climbed in and made herself quite comfortable, while I was talking to the store vendor about what she might have for our motorcycle.  The best part is, it fit perfectly on the back of motorcycle as well as in the car.  I will try to put a picture up for everyone to see as soon as we get going.  It has been pretty cool here in B.C. lately.  Well, that's enough for now, I must really take myself, oh, I mean the dog for a walk.   


A Trip to Mexico

My husband and I have just returned from a trip to Mexico.  (in January)  The first 5 days were spent at the Iberostar Resort at Playa Del Carmen.  My sister's son, Craig and his fiance, Brittany, were married on the beach.  It was a lovely wedding and just as they were taking pictures on the beach after the wedding, it began to rain.  Apparently, that is good luck.  It was a special time for all, including my mom, who made the trip from Ontario with my sister and brother-in-law. 

The next week, Wynn and I, stayed at the Park Royal Piramides in Cancun.  The weather was lovely and warm and we really enjoyed our time together.   The highlight was a trip to the Mayan Ruins which are now one of the new seven wonders of the world.

It has been a busy time since we have returned home, getting back to work, babysitting and of course enjoying Chloe, our puppy.

Right now Chloe is wearing a cone around her head to keep her from licking or biting her tummy after being spayed on Thursday.  She looks so sad when she looks at us.  I can't help but think that she must be wondering "What have I done?"  She seems to be healing well and hopefully it will only be a few more days until we can take the cone off. 


Birthdays

Alas, another birthday has come and gone.  This year was spent very quietly, doing nothing really.  And it was fabulous!   Wynn made my breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I have just been so busy lately that it was great to just sit around and do nothing.  So, what did I really do.  I did a few Sudoko puzzles; I love Sudoko.  I read some magazines that had been sitting around just waiting for a time when I could look at them.  And I did some sewing; I also love to sew.  I was finishing a fairy costume for my granddaughter, Tava.

My birthday is on Nov. 11th.  So, Wynn, Chloe (puppy) and I went to the service at the City Hall, as well.  There were hundreds of people there.  It was cool, but a nice sunny day.  I think it is very important to remember the men and women whose lives have paid for the freedom we enjoy in so many areas.  As well, my grandfather fought in the second world war.  He died a few months before I was born.  

The next day was Tava's 4th birthday.  She and I celebrated by going to Dairy Queen and picking out an ice cream cake for ourselves.  It said, "Happy Birthday to Grandma and Tava" and it was delicious.

Hope you have a happy birthday when yours comes around.