Monthly Archives: October 2009


The activity of Halloween has been going on for about three hours so far.  The count for trick or treaters is standing at less than 30.  I should know that this is the number I should plan for by now but I always over anticipate the numbers of kids that will show up.  I think I would like it if more came – little kids anyway.  They are cute and creative and having fun.


This is Kieran.  A scarecrow.  However by the crow perched on his shoulder I’m not sure how effective he has been at scaring away the birds.  But the costume won him the first prize for costumes in Grade one at his school.  He was pretty proud of that.  The missing teeth are very authentic – three gone so far.


And Nea is a pretty cute flower too, don’t you think?


And the other grandkids should be by sometime tonight.  So there may be more pictures later. 

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I am waiting in the airport in Calgary, in the Maple Leaf Lounge.This is a good place to wait if you have studying or reading to do.  It is quiet and there is free tea and coffee and other things.  Leo decided that if I was going to travel, he would get this little perk for us.  And it is well worth it.  Otherwise airports are no fun at all!

Anyway, I am on my way back to Saskatoon after ALIVE, our church’s adult retreat.  I’m not sure if these things should be called a retreat since in the true sense of “retreat” it was not.  We did a lot of visiting, some worship with music and we heard God speak to us through Ruth Hill.


Ruth and I have known each other since back in the Congo.  Now it seems we are on a similar sort of faith journey, discovering that in our late 50’s/early 60’s, we are hearing God call us on into new endeavours that involve study. 

We also both have a weakness for chocolate and after spending our free time on Saturday in our books studying, happened to head out into the hotel corridor at the same time. We drove into downtown Canmore thinking we’d walk around and browse some shops.  Instead we just happened to walk by a Creperie within the first block and were divinely led inside to enjoy some wonderful crepes – Chocolate and Nutella.  What could we do but indulge?



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Right after work tonight, I hit the road and head for Saskatoon to board a plane to Calgary then drive again to Canmore. I hope to make it to my hotel there by 10:30 or so. We’ll see. Last time I estimated the time it would take to get up to Kingsfold, I underestimated by a good hour. Of course I got lost and it was snowing and raining so hard it was easy to miss my turn off.

So, I guess we will see. I will get there when I get there.

I am attending Alive,an adult retreat (which usually means over 50, you young things that do not fit the description) Ruth Hill is speaking and since we did time together in the Congo, we always have lots to talk about.

And I am now waiting for the School Dental Program people to arrive so that I can finish a job that ended up being a bit too complicated for them. I do not want to have to speed too fast on the way to Saskatoon and my meeting scheduled for there at 6 before my plane leaves.

Such a hectic life I lead. Sometimes it seems as if the crazyiness comes totally unbidden and unplanned putting an end to all my nicely timed out schedule.

Life. Is Too Full Some Days.

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Happy Birthday First Born

Who would have thought 36 years ago?

Cut of Eric

That babies grow up to be so adult and balding?

Love you, Eric. 


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Notice to Tooth Fairy

I got a call from my grandson tonight.  He has lost a second tooth.  And yes, he really lost it.  It will be found somewhere in the grass outside where he was playing when he banged his teeth on his dad’s head. 

So, dear tooth fairy, look really carefully out there and I am sure you will find it.  You can have it if you leave Kieran a nice little sum of money.

It was important for Kieran to tell me so that I could get a good word in for him with the tooth fairy I guess.  We do work closely together.

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of a tiny life.

Logan Mathew-Alexander Lanoie-McEwen was born eight years ago today.

He lived a brief two days.  Still remembered.  His impact was bigger than he was.


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O Mother,Where art Thou?

Today was quite the day. It was one of those morning when I sedate little kids so we can get some simple dental work done in a more pleasant way than the wrap and let scream method.  It is actually pretty hard to hold down a little kid that does not want a needle.  They become suddenly incredibly strong and make totally unpredictable movements.  Lovely when trying to do a mandibular block – and dangerous too.

I had just finished the first case and was measuring up the dose for the second child when I got a phone call.  Zaka’s day care was on the line.  He needed to be sent home since he had a “pink eye” and was not welcome to stay.  They could not reach his mom.


Well, the other day, Zaka’s mom had her purse stolen and although she found it and all her ID and cards were left alone, her cell phone was smashed.  Today she was in class at SIAST and it is pretty near impossible to find someone there it seems.  The messages I left on the program head’s phone got no response. 

So, I sent a staff member over to the day care and Zaka spent the morning at my office.  At first he was having a great time but several hours later he was very bored and getting noisier and noisier as he played in the waiting room with our big blocks. I needed to get him out of there so that I and my staff would be able to work in the afternoon.

So, off we went to the golden arches for a drive through lunch.  Could not locate his mom but we did find Uncle Christian who was still at home and volunteered to watch him for the afternoon even though he would have to miss his own classes. 

Then it just so happened that Zaka also had a dental appointment with me in the afternoon. At 4.  Thought for sure that his mom would remember and in going to pick him up to bring him for the appointment would discover that he was now at my house with his uncle.  It got close to the time of his appointment but no mom. So, Uncle brought him over. 

It really is not so great to be left at Grandmas when Grandma is the dentist and a filling is needed.  Mom was really the one he wanted by that time.  The dental visit was a bit less than a success. We did get a temporary patch job done and then I packed Zaka up and took him back for more time with uncle so I wouldn’t miss a hair appointment.

Finally, just before 6, mom showed up. She called Christian to see if he could give her some help with her computer and when he said he was at home looking after Zaka, she was pretty surprised. Poor mom.  She was upset that she had caused such a lot of work for all of us because she had no phone and because she had forgotten an appointment. 

Life as a single mom trying to go to school gets very complicated when the boy gets sick. 

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