Saturday, April 15, 2017

Saturday afternoon April 15

I started working on transferring my clothes from winter to summer.  Got all the summer ones out but still have to wash some of the winter ones so i can put them away once my machine is either fixed or replaced.  I really miss having my washing machine!

I bet me doing this a little earlier than usual, will cause a big snow storm, joke, joke.

I wanted to go to the library also this afternoon and managed to return three books and take out four more!  I just love the library and am so lucky I can get there so easily.

When I was in the mall, I bumped into Carmelita, then Sandy who spoke about my "Doors" poem to me as she still remembered it all these  years later and she urged me to come back to the poetry group sessions. I may go back in September.  She told me I was a prolific writer and she enjoys my work and misses me not being there which is very kind of her.

I treated myself to lunch at Toby`s and brought half of it home for tomorrow`s lunch.  

After I had crossed the street, i  saw Joe who is legally blind, look very uncertain so I went up to him and asked him if he needed a hand.  It turned out that he wanted to cross the very busy street so I took him across the street and chatted with him letting him know that I remembered him from my time in the Villa.  He was absolutely delighted to hear that I knew him.

we had a lovely chat for a few minutes and then I wenyt back across the street and home. H e never knew that he had been in grave danger once before and I had written a poem anout it which was performed at Central Library a few years back.   I had also contacted the Hamilton Street Railway and my city councillor re the danger to blind people and how near he had come to putting his own life to an end but also the life of those workers who were gathered around an open manhole.  I  got some results to as the bus drivers were trained once again on how to communicate with blind people or hearing impaired people.

All in all, a very productive day.  I will work another day on getting my winter clothing away and gradually ironing my summer things.

Thanks for dropping by.




Sunday, April 9, 2017

9th of April

Feeling more like myself now.  Still contageous but by Tuesday I should be fine to be around people again.

I continue to downsize even when unwell.  So much good stuff to pass on to others who will, I hope, be happy to have it.

I am  feeling overwhelmed right now as I go into the little storage area in the apartment.  I am trying to do piece by piece but things are all jumbled up in there and I am no longer strong enough to shift things by myself.

I just hate to ask for help but I may need to.

Will take a little break right now and eat lunch and then try again to shift some of the things and put them for the donation pile.

Thanks for dropping by and wish me luck.




Saturday, April 8, 2017

April 8th, 2017 - sick again

This is getting a little too much. I will be glad when the winter is over and I can get out more in the sunshine and fresh air.

This is my third bout of Norwalk virus this winter and each time it seems to last a little bit longer.  Thus far, it has lasted six days and today I am feeling quite abit better but not very strong.

I am steralizing everything with Javex and water that I touch to kill the virus so hopefully that will help.

I had to cancel my doctor's appointment as I was too contageous to go into her office full of sick people!

She is only in the office each Friday so will have to make another appointment.

Still waiting (now four weeks) for the cat scan at St. Joe's, but have done everything that the doctor has asked me to do so now it is just a waiting game to get the scan and the results and see a specialist and then go from there.

We will get a second opinion and if necessary I will have an operation but I am not fussy about that at all.

This getting older sure is not for the weak of heart!

So many dear friends have been praying for me specifically over the last few months and I do believe God answers prayer.

As a matter of fact, I am now able to eat almost like normal again and actually enjoy the food, my energy level is still low but is improving and my spirits remain high which is of the utmost importance.

My pastor wanted to come and visit me this week but I asked her not to as I did not want her to get this virus.  I really enjoy her visits and we get along very well indeed.  She is about the age of my daughter.

I don'tthink there is much else new, haven't gone anywhere or seen anybody.  Did chat on the phone but am mostly resting, reading and watching Netflick at this time.

My dear cat is a wonderful cat and thankfully she is fine.  My son went to get me some fruit which I could tolerate which also was a big help and my daughter calls every day so I am indeed blessed.

Have a great day and keep well.


Monday, March 20, 2017

What a nice young couple

I really like the young people who bought the condo where I live.  They are very dedicated to repairing things and making things work well.

They came over and helped me with the fridge and hopefully we can make the fridge last longer.  It was bought in 1990 so it has had a very long life but there are some problems now.

They also offered to help me move the furniture around when I want to rearrange things which I really appreciate.  They also took two bags of things away for the charity shop which is a very big help to me.

They work very well together which I think is wonderful.

I was up at 4:30 a.m. today so will have an early night tonight!

Thanks for dropping by.



Saturday, March 18, 2017

This and that

I haven't had anything much going on in the past few weeks so had nothing to say.

I meant good things going on!

I somehow caught the Norfolk virus and was quite sick for about five days but thankfully am back to normal now.

I did see a family from Montreal who was visiting in Hamilton.  I have known this family since my daughter was born which is over 50 years.  It was so wonderful to spend time with them at Jackson Square.

The girls left their Mom and I to chat while they went window shopping, then we all met for lunch at the food court.

I am so blessed to have friends who mean so much to me.  Trudy and her girls are like family to me.

I love having my long distance plan so that I can call without worrying about the cost.  I call friends and family in Montreal, Toronto, Lachine, Cape Breton and Langley.  That and the internet, particularly facebook, keep me in regular contact with people which I like.

I also have two friends in the United States that I talk to.  One of them, goes back to when we were 14 or 15 years of age, so you can see that it is a very long and good friendship.

Weatherwise here in Hamilton, there has been a lot of snow - about 35 cm in the last week and it has started to snow again.

SPRING WHERE ARE YOU??????

I am longing to smell the flowers, walk by the water and just sit outside and read.  Not much to ask but still too early yet I am afraid.

Spring and Fall weather are more to my liking that the hot and humid summers we get here.  We had some really spring like weather and some of the early flowers got confused and poked their little heads up out of the ground.  Alas, the storm came and I would assume that they did not make it.

This winter, I have stayed in mostly except to go grocery shopping or to borrow tons of books from the library.  Once a month, six of us get together for lunch and fellowship at different restaurants in Hamilton.  Over the years, we have developed a very close friendship which is wonderful.

My son put in Roku for me and Acorn TV and Netflix and I really am enjoying it very much.  It is so much cheaper than cable.  I can watch the local news on my computer at six p.m. and I can borrow DVD's from the library of the two programmes I absolutely enjoy each weekday.  Little House on the Prairie and also The Waltons.

I love their  good values portrayed and neighbour helping neighbour.  I think we need to go back to that lifestyle (in a more modern way obviously) and rethink this rat race which is the modern way of rushing through life after the almighty dollar.

In the long range plan, all that will matter is the relationship to others and to the animals we cherish and to mother earth and our care of her.  We cannot take our money when we die, Even in old age, money will not buy happiness.  Though, money will help you get into a better retirement residence if that is the lifestyle you would like.  I personally prefer to remain in my home as long as I can cope.

Of course, the most important relationship is our relationship to the Creator as we are stewards on this earth and thus, have a reponsibility to keep it in good condition.

The snow has stopped now and perhaps I can get out for a breath of fresh air. Sure hope so.

Thanks for dropping by.



Saturday, February 25, 2017

77th birthday party for my friend

Her grandchildren put it on.  It was a lovely event andwell attended.  People from Grimbsy, Waterloo, Hamilton and one other place attended.

The food was very good and I managed to eat a little bit but not much.

There was a baby shower also in that same afternoon  for the St. John's people and people were invited to both so they had to split their time.

Zeff played the accordian which was a big hit!

All in all, a lovely afternoon.  I was able to get DARTS both ways which was good.

Tbanks for dropping by.






Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Just touching base

Well, it is settled, I will remain here for one more year and hopefully can renew it for many more years to come.

I like the young people I am renting from so that is good.

My health has been up and down - still seem to have that bug.  I guess my resistence is not good.

Another friend of mine has had the bug as well so I sure can relate to what she is going through.

The weather has been very cold so I haven't gone out much.  I am trying to get used to Netflick and Acorn TV.  I plan to cut out my cable to save some money.

Due to this bug, I have missed some really nice things but what can you do?  Health must come first.

When you don't go anywhere, there isn't much to say.  Thanks for dropping by.

Have a good day.