Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Our usual spring storms

Since last Tuesday evening we have had six straight days that it snowed ALL THE TIME!! Enough, enough, enough!!  It didn't snow yesterday so we went out and got a few groceries. We had a skiff of snow over night and now it is bright sunshine but still cold.  We are suposed to get +1C for the next 3 days and then back to the minuses and more snow.  We have had over 65cm of snow so far.

We did get some great news last Friday. Garry will have his hip replacement surgery on May 2nd! That took 6months from the referrel to the surgery.  Much better than the 2 years it took for me to get my knee replacement! He/we can't wait for it to happen.  He is in a lot of pain right now and only getting worse as time goes on.

GD Annika is working on The Abandons, a Western action drama series that is being filmed here.  She is the head lead paramedic. She is really enjoying it but it is very long days.

And just a few pictures to end on a happy note!!

Walker, 18months old!

Friday, March 1, 2024

Books 5-6

 The Innocent by Posie Graeme-Evans

The year is 1450, a dangerous time in medieval Britain. Civil unrest is at its peak and the legitimacy of the royal family is suspect. Meanwhile, deep in the forests of western England, a baby is born. Powerful forces plot to kill both mother and child, but somehow the newborn girl survives. Her name is Anne.
Fifteen years later, England emerges into a fragile but hopeful new age, with the charismatic young King Edward IV on the throne. Anne, now a young peasant girl, joins the household of a wealthy London merchant. Her unusual beauty provokes jealousy, lust, and intrigue, but Anne has a special quality that saves a vast knowledge of healing herbs. News of her extraordinary gift spreads, and she is called upon to save the ailing queen. Soon after, Anne is moved into the palace, where she finds her destiny with the man who will become the greatest love of her life -- the king himself. 

 If your looking for a book that is historically correct then this isn't the book for you. If you can ignore all that then it isn't a bad story.  It follows the life of Anne from peasant to living in the royal household. 

Man in the Water by Jon Hill

An attempted murder.
A missing spouse.
And an international conspiracy that could change the world.
Jack Green has always been skeptical of so-called facts. Though he's forced to confront the reality about his wife's recent cancer diagnosis, he puts his own needs aside to make the best of what may be their last vacation. But he's shocked to be rudely awoken in his stateroom, abducted by masked men and thrown off the cruise.
Plucked from the ocean's cold grip of death, he fears the worst when he learns his spouse has disappeared. But when he returns home to find his mother-in-law and son missing, his frantic search reveals a staggering secret he refuses to believe... until someone tries to kill him.
Can Jack uncover the conspiracy surrounding his family before the next attempt on his life succeeds?
For me this story was so far fetched and ridiculous. The absurdity level at times really went beyond belief. Between the FBI, CIA, KGB, FSB and Russian spys nobody was believable. This was the first book in a series but I will not be reading any of the others.

Only two books for February but I do have 3 other books that I am more than halfway finished so they will be in the March group.

We are having quite the weather event at the moment. Yesterday morning it was -2C and sunny. Kelsey was at work downtown and would be coming here when she finished work. Kelseys husband, Joel, GGS Walker and DIL Rhonda would be coming from their house and picking up pizza for supper on the way. At about 5pm it was like someone had flipped a switch.  It became very windy, instantly dark and a blizzard was happening. We couldn't even see the end of our driveway it was coming down so hard.  I phoned DIL and they had already picked up the pizza and then it took them 30mins. to make a 5mins. drive to our house. Of course, when they left home it was quite nice.  I phoned Kelsey and she said she had been on the road 20mins. and she had gone one block. We decided that she should just go home as by the time she got here it would be past Walkers bedtime. It is 26Km. from her work to her home.  Normally it would take her 20 mins. but it took her almost 3 hours.  As soon as we had eaten the ones that came to our house were on the road to go home, a 14Km. drive which usualy takes 15mins. but it took them over an hour.  Fortunately everybody got home safe and sound. The temperature had also dropped to -22C.
I got up at 7:00 this morning and our wonderful neighbours had already shovelled all our snow, including the driveway.  It hasn't stopped snowing and is supposed to continue until Sunday. I think March came in like a lion!!