Monthly Archives: June 2006

One less deer in the world!

I just got one of those phone calls; “Mom, I had an accident.”  Patrick was on his way to Saskatoon, driving David’s big new truck.  He hit a deer.  Smuked it directly on the grill.  Has done enough damage that the truck cannot be driven.  He however was not hurt at all.  Thank God.  And the dogs are also fine – they are Michelle’s babies and it would be serious if they got hurt.  Ebony is likely traumatized – poor thing.

David’s vehicles have the worst luck. 

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Three weeks and counting

Here we are at the last week we do sedation till the end of the summer.  I am done work as of today for the long weekend.  Holidays start for my partner at the end of this week.  Our summer student arrives and starts on Monday.  Summertime.  I can hardly believe it will be only three weeks till my vacation begins.


And now I have received the list of books to read for the Spiritual Direction course I am taking this summer.  I need to find some time to read.  I have read the main text already and one of the additional reading books but with my mind that acts as a sieve sometimes, I think I’d better re-read them.


As well, there was mentioned that we need to bring some kind of 300 word personal life story narrative to be shared. 


So the next three weeks are going to be very busy ones.  And our visitors from England arrive today, I believe.  We do want them to see everything.  And try some of our local delicacies – like bison and deer and … oh, yeah Tim Horton’s   And share with them the vast array of local “ancient” history dating back to the early 1900’s.  It would be fun to visit some of the real ancient sites like the petroglyphs but they are a long way away.  They may have to settle for the more recent wall paintings by the local natives – ie: graffiti. 

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Till Some Time Suspended

There are times when my poetic mind

Is flat broke for inspiration.

Life presses in too tightly

And there is hardly room to think,

Let alone create with rhyme and rhythm.


The guys come home hungry from work

How can their mother refuse to cook them food?

They look right fagged out from

Building small bits of paradise. 

In someone else’s yard.


And the girls need things from the store

Mostly they need my money

I think.  Or my car to get there.

Girl stuff.  They don’t want to be seen

By the boy – a classmate at the counter.


And I let them use me, knowing that

Too soon they will be gone.  My house

Will echo with empty walls

I will prepare food for a full table

And no one will come to eat the leftovers.


So for now, I will rest my mind.

I will gather memories,

Set them in store rooms till some time,

Winter descended, time suspended,

I will work on them;

Knit them to a cozy blanket

To cover myself in the wonder my life has been.

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Grad Photos

I promised some pictures of Grace’s big day.  I am going to post some here and some over at Flikr

Ain’t she beautiful!

And Zaka was pretty good looking in his little suit.

At the grad mass.

Grace and her escort for the evening.

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Grad day

We have about made it through the day.  Diploma is in hand, gown has been worn – and she was beautiful.  I will post some pictures but this day has just been so full that I have had no time. 

The ceremonies were very long this morning and hot.  It was good to see a lot of the girls I have come to know a bit from Sara’s soccer team take home many of the awards.  Kirsten, the Governor General’s Medal and Scholarship.  Leo works with her mom and so we sat next to her and Kirsten’s aunt this morning and they were pretty proud.  Rightly so. 

Next on the agenda was getting the hair done.  Grace had missed her appt time so big sister came to the rescue.  I think it looked wonderful and cost only what the bobby pins and sparkles cost at the dollar store.

Then over to Ecole Valois where all the kids who attended there and their families had supper together.  Lots of good pictures of good friends in their finery.  Shared lots of old elementary school memories.

Then the Grand March.  Another session in the hot gym watching the beauty of young men and women parading by dressed in gowns and tuxes that each cost enough to feed an African village for a month!  All to wear for a couple of hours.  It was good to celebrate with them even if it is rather extravagant.

Now Leo and I are home with Zakariya.  He did pretty well making through the day, looking spiffy in his little tux himself.  He is a handful.  Lugging him around is work!  We are babysitting while Grace celebrates with her classmates tonight.  I am glad he is sleeping now and hope the night is quiet.

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Today is going to be a big day – grad and all that entails; ceremonies, special meals, friends, gowns, pictures, and parties. 

Friends – they can last for a lifetime, those friends formed during the growing up years.  I think I envy my children their enduring friendships – something I was not good at establishing in those growing up years.  I protected myself too often from relationships I knew would be broken by moving away, from the inevitable changes of life.  It took me a long time to realize how I had guarded myself by holding huge parts of me back from my friends.  I am glad I finally learned to trust some of the people around me so that now I can say I have good friends, friends I can lean on in tough times.

Yesterday, Eric got news that the second of the guys our church is sponsoring as refugees will be on his way soon.  Yaunde will arrive Sept 5 or 6.  He, Massa and Yaunde(sp?) were the best of friends and that friendship has endured the test of separation and the waiting through the whole refugee process.  Now they will be reunited.  Hope come to fruition.  Eric is pretty elated.

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Posting pictures

I seem to be doing most of my posting to this space from my laptop.  That makes sense I guess.  The home computer is, however, where we have stored almost all of our photos and where we have programs installed to work with the photos.  It takes me awhile but I am gradually getting the programs I need to handle our digital images set up on the laptop.  These things take me time – more than it would for a real computer geek.  But I can do it(most of the time) with no outside help.  I can figure it out.

So, today, I have posted a couple of pictures from my retreat on my entry from Sunday.  Well, one so far – I will put the other up when I have gotten my next patient looked after.

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