This was such a surprise this morning to see this very tiny guy run across our front lawn. Now I have to confess that this picture is not the actual fawn I saw. He was too fast so I stole a picture from google images as he looked exactly the same. As you would know by my blog we have lots of deer in our neighbourhood and have had for many years but I have never seen one this young.
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Friday, May 7, 2021
Midnight in Broad Daylight by Pamela Rotner Salamoto
A prisoner escapes. A guard looks the other way.
Why does Ursula Hermann risk her life and brave the Gestapo to save a man she barely knows?
Ursula has always lived the law, never broken the rules in her life.
That is until the day she finds escapee British airman Tom Westlake and all the right she’s worked so hard to maintain goes wrong...
And she does nothing to stop him.
Torn with guilt about what she did, Ursula battles with her decision when suddenly Tom returns, injured and pleading for her help.
This is her opportunity to make things right.
But shadows from the past tug at her heart, convincing her to risk everything, including her life, in order to protect a man from the nation her country is fighting. As they brave the perils and dangers of the ever-present Gestapo, will Ursula find a way to keep Tom safe?
Or will being on the opposite sides of the war ultimately cost both of them their lives?
Sarah's Child by Linda Howard
Thursday, April 22, 2021
After the comments on my last post I thought I would fill out the story a bit.
I am one of five siblings, second in the pecking order. When my older brother and I were probably about 7 and 5 my parents were thinking of going to Australia. That was when you could go for 10 pounds. Apparently my grandparents made such a fuss about us going to the other side of the world and never seeing us again that my parents relented and said we wouldn't go. Add three more kids to the mix and the subject came up again, this time to go to Canada.
My dad had been a policeman for 20 years and my mum did piecework sewing from home. She made everything from baby dresses to suede coats to tents!! My brother and I spent many evenings sitting on the living room floor turning out dozens of collars and miles of piping with a knitting needle to poke the corners and end out, always worried we would poke the needle through the end and my mum would have to make another one. She always said that the reason she did the sewing was so that the family could go on a holiday every year-which we did. The last holiday was to Hasting. We had a big army tent which we pitched in a farmers field. My youngest brother was 6 weeks old!!!
At that time in Manchester (1965) my parents didn't think there was much of a future for the five of us and we would have a better life and more opportunities if we went to Canada. After going through all the hoops to emigrate off we went. We brought two tea chests full of household goods and in my Dad's passport, that I still have, it said that he had 60 pounds!!
The friends that we were coming to lived in Calgary. My parents original plan was to go to Edmonton but when my dad started corresponding with his friend he suggested we come to Calgary where he and his family lived. We decided to do that. The only reason we took the train to Edmonton was because it didn't go to Calgary. He came up to Edmonton and picked us all up and we drove to Calgary.
It was pretty cramped quarters at their house as there were 11 of us in the house but my parents were very grateful that we were able to stay with them. A few days after we got there my dad went to an employment centre and got a job at an iron foundry. It was hard work and long hours but we needed money so we could move into our own house. It wasn't long before we were able to do that, and about a year later my parents bought a house-something they would never have been able to do if we had stayed in England.
My older brother had finished school in England so he decided to take an apprenticeship for a trade. I was going into my last year at grammar school in England but I was put with my age here which meant I had to do another 3 years. I was not a happy camper.
Not long after my dad got a job with the Provincial Government as a social worker/investigator. He stayed with that job until he retired at 55. At that time my parents moved to British Columbia where the house they bought overlooked the Okanagan Lake. My sister had moved to British Columbia when she finished college and has been their ever since. As my parents got older they decided to move back to Calgary as they felt there was more support for them here. All siblings have married and have children. My sister is the only one that doesn't still live in Calgary.
I don't think there were any regrets about coming to Canada. About 3 years later my dads sister, husband and 2 kids followed in our footsteps and came to stay with us until they got settled here.
That turned out to be longer than I thought it would be but I hope you enjoy reading it.
Monday, April 19, 2021
Friday, March 19, 2021
The little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin
Sunday, February 28, 2021
The deer came back today. Haven't seen them for ages. There were 3 of them but I couldn't get a picture of all 3 together unless it was a picture of their rear ends or the mailboxes prominently featured. So I just picked this one guy as he was looking at me.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Yesterday was the first day that people over 75 could book an appointment for the covid vaccine. We had been hearing for days that the system had been tested over and over and there should be very few glitches. ROFLMAO
As DH falls into that category I was ready at 8a.m. when it was to be operational. I had my cell phone, the landline, my laptop and an ipad at the ready. On the dot of 8a.m. we hit the phones and the computers. The phones were giving busy signals immediately and the web sight kept crashing. Refresh, refresh, refresh. I did manage to get to the form that you have to fill out on the website 12 different time and almost at the end it crashed every time and that took forever to get back to that point. Spent from 8a.m until 6:30pm (with a 11/2hr. break to go and get my cortisone shot in my hip) to finally book an appointment on line. He gets his first shot on Saturday and the second one April 7th. What a fiasco! Thank goodness it's done so we didn't have to go through the same crap again today!