Thursday, February 22, 2018

It has been awhile since I wrote on my blog

It remains cold here in Canada although we did have a mild spell for a few days which has put several areas under a flood warning.  Several are near here in Hamilton.

I don't have much to say as I haven't been going anywhere much.  Yesterday I went out with a bunch of friends for lunch which was very enjoyable.  We were 7 people in all and then Grace's husband came for coffee as he was there to pick her up.

We had a lovely time and we celebrated our friend Jeff's birthday.  I am most fortunate as Jeff picks me up at my back door and brings me home, again to my back door.

Yesterday was a bit of a busy day for me, as it was my club's annual meeting.  I left in time to get there by 4 p.m.  but I could not get into the wheelchair accessible entrance so had to walk around and buzz the front door. One of the staff answered that bell and I told her I needed to use the side entrance so she went over there.  Miss missed about half of the meeting due to not being able to get in.

I hate being late!  I stayed afterwards and visited with Henry, the musician and then went into the lounge to listen to him play.  My usual group arrived a little later than usual but most of them turned up.  It was nice to see everybody. 

I have not gone regularly as I cannot hear people talking when the musicians play and I hate to ask people to speak up.

Another friend had given me some sleep tea and I took my first tea from it.  It helped a little bit but I had to get up three times during the night so in some ways it was not good.  I find essential oils are helping me sleep better than anything I have tried.

I seem to be catching a chill right now so hopefully it will pass and I will have more energy to do things around here.

Thanks for dropping by.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

A summary of some of the wonderful events in Decembe 2017

I am writing this on January 1st, 2018.  We had some excitement in our building this afternoon. the firebells went off, the firemen came in, a man was taken out on a stretcher and the fire people were here for a very long time. The fire was on the 4th floor and I heard it was a frying pan which caught fire.  I could smell the smoke up here on the 9th floor even.  I have a friend on the 4th floor and she was told to keep her door tightly closed and not come out.  I called to make sure she was okay and she was, fortunately.  She is about ten years older than I am.

Let's get back to December's news.  The club event was very nice, but there was only four of us gals. Jeff was sick, Mohamed had a bridge game, Andre is out of town, and Ruby and Joanne were sick.  We had a lovely time though in spite of their being less people.

Part of our group for our Christmas luncheon.

Many of us are missing due to the flu.

The next event was also at the club - a lovely buffet  and I invited my son to come along.  We had a nice time and he was able to help me afterwards with some paper work for the government and he sent it all in via email so hopefully I will get an answer soon.  That was about two weeks ago.

Our lovely Christmas tree at the club
Christmas in the lounge at the club
                                           In the lounge where Henry Strong plays each Wednesday.

Here is a picture of my son Ken at the club.

The little train that runs at Gore Park in downtown Hamilton, Ontario
The Manger scene at Gore Park
The mail box to mail things for Santa Claus
Daniela at our Christmas tree in the building
Part of the lobby decorated for Christmas
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the manger scene at Gore Park

Me in the dining room at the club

If these wonderful events were not enough, my friend Linda treated me to two tickets to the Hamilton Philamonic Orchestra and I invited one friend but he was sick so I invited my friend Dani and we had a lovely time.  The music was wonderful and very festive.

Decemnber has always been a special month to me as my daughter was born in the middle of December.  I remember trudging up the hill to get to the Royal Victoria Hospital so that she could be born.  It was a life changing experience, especially three days later when my body ran into difficulties with hemoraging.  It was then that I walked on the lighted path and had the near death experience which was the best thing that ever happened to me.  It made me a better person, more understanding and more compassionate.  It coloured the rest of my life and I am most greatful to have had this experience.

Now onto other things.  I was supposed to go to visit Andrew and Rahel in Woodstock but I had a really bad bout of vertigo and slammed into my metal front door with my shoulders.  Fortunately, I was able to stop myself from falling by hanging on to the door knob.  It was a very frightening experience as I had no control of my body at all.

Once I coiuld feel well enough to stop clinging to the door knob, I sat for half a hour and did nothing.  I felt week for the rest of the day.

In the meantime, I have had some minor vertigo episodes since then but I am finding that putting a little peppermint oil under my nose and breathing it is, seems to help.

Due to this episode, I could not go plus the little girl was sick with pneumonia and the hospital told her parents to keep her away from anybody who was elderly or very young.

We will have to make it another time.  On Christmas Eve, Mohamed and I went to the early service where there were 350 people in attendance.  At the 7 p.m. service, there were only 30.  Families come from all over to be with their elderly parents and that is why there were so many in the church.  It was a wonderful event. By the time we got out, the snow was really coming down and Mohamed called for a taxi for which I was glad.  I had only brought my cane as we went by taxi as well. 

To round off the wonderful month of December Ken had invited me for Christmas dinner and that was very enjoyable as well.  On the Wednesday, Joanne, one of our group, invited us for lunch and we had such a good time there. Stayed until four p.m.  Asma was supposed to come on the 28th but she was sick so we postponed it.

As you can see, it was a rather busy December but all nice except for the vertigo problem.

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you all will have a very nice New Year.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tuesday the 12th of December

I went to the mall to get a few things at Harts today.  While I was in the mall heading towards the CityCenter, I saw  a man about 35 asking many people for a quarter and not one person helped him. He must have asked at least 10 people.

As I progressed into the City Center, I found out from looking down on the bottom floor that Solomon, the head of security, was escorting this fellow out of the mall.

This man was not harrassing anybody, asking very politely and even when people refused him, he wished them a Merry Christmas but not in a sarcastic tone of voice.

He was not drunk nor disorderly.  People are becoming more and more selfish.  Most people can spare a quarter surely?

Even if they couldn't, would it hurt to be polite to this fellow instead of just ignoring him like he was invisible?

As you can see, I am somewhat upset with the selfish behaviour of some people.

He got ahead of me and I could not catch up with him.  I had enough money with me to buy him a coffee which I intended to do.  It is a very cold day today.  Anybody can be down on their luck, and nobody knows what their future holds.  Could it be one day that they too may need a little help?

Would they like it if they were treated as an invisible person?

I think not!

On that note, I shall sign off for today. Have a good day. Looking forward for our annual luncheon at the Club with our group of friends.

Thanks for dropping by.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

December seems to be getting very busy.

My friend Jeff's concert was at 11 o'clock on the 3rd of December and Mohamed and I went to hear him and the other singers.  It was very nice.

On the 5th of December, it was our Lutheran Women's regular meeting but with a Christmas theme.  I  was requested to read a poem.  Every member was asked to bring a pair of socks for MacSoc which is a programme run out of St. John's for people in need as well as with physical and mental disabilities.  It has been running for many,many years. Student Nurses are part of the programme as well which is a good experience for them.

On the 8th of December it was our Bibles and Bagels potluck which was held in Hanna's building.  It was just lovely.  Unfortunately I forgot my carmen so there are no pictures at all.

It was a potluck and there was a wide variety of main courses dishes as well as some very yummy desserts.  German baking is wonderful!

Pastor Dani picked me up and also brought me home, which I appreciated. I was going to try and book DARTS but happily for me, she invited me to go with her.

We are such a lovely group and I have known most of them for 14 years ever since I arrived here from Toronto.  I was so fortunate to find them.

I had a little health problem in the late morning and was not sure if I could make it, but I took some meds from the pharmacy and it seemed to work.  Jennifer picked both Jennifer T and I up and drove us out to Stoney Creek which is at least half an hour from downtown.  It is lovely out there but too far if you take the buses.

It was again a potluck  which is always nice.  There was a fair turnout but not everybody was able to come.  I did remember my camera, thanks to my friend Jennifer, who reminded me, so I will post a couple of group pictures here.

As I said, it was not the whole group who was able to come but a fair number of people came out and enjoyed  food, fellowship and the reading of Christmas poetry.

AsI have not been able to write any creative things for the last almost two years I did not bring anything to read.

Some people read from other people's work.

We stayed until about 5 p.m. and then  we made our way home  - thanks to Jennifer F.

Thanks for dropping by and I hope that you will all have a pleasant day and if it is night time when you read this, a good night's sleep!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

This and that

I don't really have much to say right now.  I have been out for lunch with some good friends of mine twice this month and went to our ladies group last Tuesday.  All nice things.

Since the weather has turned cooler, I am not so interested in going out places unless it is a short hop to where I am going.

I have been fighting with a cold since Thursday and almost lost my voice. It started with a sore throat, and then progressed with loss of voice (almost) and no sleep hardly at all.

I seem to get up at 3 a.m. and remain up for the rest of the day and into the night.  It really does away with energy when that happens.

I am hoping that once the silly cold goes away, my sleep pattern will improve.  Today I was up at 1 a.m.  It is amazing how much house work one can do at that hour.

I continue to downsize and probably will do so for the rest of my life. 

December is filling up with lots of nice things coming up.  I don't know if my son is cooking Christmas dinner or not - will have to wait and see.

Once a year, although this year, our little group went to eat on the patio of the club so that was nice also, we get together once the club is decorated for Christmas and enjoy a nice meal together.

It is my friend Jeff's Christmas concert coming up and I plan to go.  Mohamed and Anita also usually come to that as well.

It will be the first of Advent service at St. John's  coming up as well and that is always a really great time.  My friend Mary tries to come from Toronto for that but this year, she is unable to do so. Mohamed always come to that as well and enjoys it very much.

Mary and I met at the Lutheran Church when we were in our early thirities and now both of us are in our middle seventies so it is a very long and good friendship.

I have been very busy crocheting dishcloths for the bazaar and brought about 8 to sell for the church and its work.  As usual, for that bazaar I poured coffee, tea and herbal tea.  It was also the Santa Claus parade the same day at 4 p.m. but the route was changed this year for some reason.

Jody, Ken and little Eve went to see it and called me to see if I wanted to join them but alas, I did not get the message till it was almost over. I was just too tired anyway to go.  It would have been so great to see the excitement on little Eve's face.  Perhaps next year?

I lost my watch about a week ago. It may have just dropped off my wrist in the house and the cat may have decided to play with it.  Hopefully I will find it eventually.

In the meantime, I had an old, old watch (pocket style) and I crocheted a leather chain for it and had the jeweller put a new battery in it so that will do for now until I find it.

It was an old watch but I liked it so hope I find it.

Thanks for dropping by.