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- The Blogger manifests exemplary attitude, respecting the nuances that pervades amongst different cultures and beliefs.
- The Blog contents inspire; strives to encourage and offers solutions.
- There is a clear purpose at the Blog; one that fosters a better understanding on Social,
- Political, Economic, the Arts, Culture and Sciences and Beliefs.
- The Blog is refreshing and creative.
- The Blogger promotes friendship and positive thinking.
1. Create a Post with a mention and link to the person who presented the Noblesse Oblige Award.
2. The Award Conditions must be displayed at the Post.
3. Write a short article about what the Blog has thus far achieved – preferably citing one or older Post to support.
4. The Blogger must present the Noblesse Oblige Award in concurrence with the Award conditions.
5. The Blogger must display the Award at any location at the Blog.
So without further adieu and in the hopes that these bloggers will pass the award on to others, I present this award in alphabetical order to:
Anni at Hootin' Annis
Jackie at In the Land of the Living Skies
Pea at Pea's Corner
Peggy at Hidden Haven Homestead
Sammi at Bears in Exile Return Home
I hope you ladies enjoy the award and please pass it on to others who fit the criteria.
Please pray for my neighbor Marrianne. She had just received word that she had a job interview in Nunavut next week. She got the word on Wednesday and they had planned to fly her in for three weeks to get the feel of things. However, on Thursday she phoned me crying. She had gone out in her slippers (silly lady) to shovel the snow off her deck. She fell and hurt her knee badly.
When she went into the house, she went upstairs. (silly lady) and I told her to come down on her backside. She did but something went wrong and she fell down the stairs and put her leg through one of the spindles...the same leg that was injured in her fall outside.
She went to the hospital this morning about 2 am and is still there. They were to perform surgery at 10am, but all was delayed and she was still lying on a gurney when I went to see her at 3:30pm.
Do I see a pattern here? Possibly she is not meant to go to Nunavut or possibly she is not to go at this time. I ask you to pray that God's will be followed.
Enjoy your weekend and remember to take some time to spend having fun with family. ~Blessings, Mary~
Update: Marrianne has been admitted to hospital and her surgery is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. In the meantime, please keep her in your prayers. She's in a lot of pain and more serious emergencies will bump her back. This I can understand but it's still not very nice. However, she is more comfortable as of 9pm, when they found a bed for her and gave her something to eat and drink.
Wednesday, January 7
The other day the tenant told us that the taps on the sink weren't working. If he turned them on, water was running everywhere. Hubby checked it out and the sink needed new taps. He went and bought them and today he installed them.
About an hour later, I heard dripping and when I walked into the living room, there was water coming through the tiled ceiling. I called him and he went upstairs right away and corrected the problem. Trouble is, I guess about a gallon of water had gathered on that ceiling tile and when hubby touched it, it came crashing down and water went everywhere.
My first reaction was OMG! That poor laminate floor. When the Christmas tree stand leaked, it was flooded and now again today. They tell you not to get water on laminate flooring, but such is life. We can't always control things as we'd like. So hubby mopped it up and cleaned up the mess. He put the ceiling tile outside to drain and luckily by 6pm tonight, it was dry and ready to be put back up. Poor hubby. He had a difficult day for more reasons than this. I felt really sorry for him as he's been trying to do everything around here while I've been sick. He's done a fine job but enough is enough.
It all turned out for the best. As far as I can tell he got the water off the floor quickly enough that it didn't do any damage. The ceiling tile seems to be fine but probably only because of his quick action to take care of it. Now, he is sleeping peacefully. At 11pm, he will get up to get ready for work and then battle the snow that is falling. He sure has a lot on his plate right now.
In other news, Brandon, Jordan and Michelle didn't stay sick long. They recovered quickly. The boys have been in school all week and Michelle went back to work as well. Take care and try to stay away from this nasty bug that is going around. I am doing a bit better each day but am still far from well. I'm hoping that by early next week I've made a complete recovery.~Blessings, Mary~
Tuesday, January 6
The girls father died after being in an automobile accident. Before he died, he asked Sally to watch over Troo, her younger sister. Sally promised him she would. Not long after his death, their mother married Hall, not because she loved him but because she needed his help supporting the girls. They left their farm in the country and settled into a rented apartment on Vliet Street.
It wasn't long before things began to go dreadfully wrong. The girls' mother had to go to the hospital to have her gallbladder removed. Instead of returning home in a week, she developed an infection and was on the verge of dying.
Hall liked his drink and did nothing to ensure the girls were taken care of once that Helen went to the hospital. Their older sister, Nell, was infatuated with Eddy and spent all her time with him and neglected her sisters, sometimes not coming home. The girls were basically left on their own. They found unique ways to care for themselves.
Things became worse. The year before a young girl had been found murdered. The summer of 1959, another girl went missing and then the girl from next door disappeared. Sally had a vivid imagination and she figured she knew who the killer/molester was. She also knew that she was next on his list of girls to molest and murder.
Secrets both good and bad abound in this debut novel by Lesley Kagen. Will Sally become a victim of the killer/molester? What family secret will be uncovered that will change the girls' lives forever? So many questions...so many secrets...some surprising answers. This novel is a great read and one that every girl that grew up in the 50s and 60s in a small community can relate to. The book is a selection of the Readers Club of America. It's one you won't want to miss.
Ms. Kagen's pen shines in this bittersweet and intriguing novel. There is a conversation guide in the back and a list of questions about the novel that provides food for thought. Ms. Kagen has really outdone herself with this one. I picked it up and had a difficult time putting it down. I read it within 48 hours of opening the cover for the first time. It reminded me a great deal of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to be swept back in time to another era...an era I grew up in and one that I loved revisiting.
Thank you, Lesley Kagen for sending me a signed copy for review. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. This is the best book I've read in years. ~Blessings, Mary~
Monday, January 5
We headed out, skates in hand. There was my aunt, my brother, my uncle and me. We made our way across the road and down the lane to the pond. My uncle tested the ice, slowly edging out farther to make sure it was safe for us younger ones. We put on our skates and laced them up. Under the wooden bridge next to the pond was an old wooden chair. It was there specifically for those of us who were learning to skate. I pushed that chair around the ice doing my best to keep my ankles from bending to the side. Even at a young age, I realized that the blades of the skates had to touch the ice in order for you to skate.
For several weeks I pushed that wooden chair around until I felt confident enough to try skating without it. At first either my aunt or uncle would skate with me to help me keep my balance. Then one day my brother and I went skating alone. We put on our skates and I ventured out onto the ice on my first solo skate.
I fell a few times, but got up and continued on my way. I was determined to skate gracefully around that little pond with no help from anyone. It wasn't long before I was flying around the pond, enjoying the bite of the cold on my face.
The following year, I enjoyed "crack the whip" with the older kids and we had a lot of fun on that pond. Our laughter would ring in the cold winter air and we'd skate for hours. I always enjoyed skating at night when the full moon beamed down on us, lighting our path around that pond.
Today, many of the kids I skated with there have passed on, but the memories of skating on that pond will always be with me.
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Sunday, January 4
Hubby got me some chicken soup for lunch from Tim Horton's and I only ate a little of it and put the rest away for later. I just didn't have an appetite. I'm tired of reading but don't have the energy to do anything else. I talked to Mom and Michelle on the phone. Brandon and Michelle are coming down with this stuff too.
Being bored, I decided to get on the computer and do a bit of research. The other day when I was talking to Michelle, (she's a pharmacy technician) she told me that if I take Lipitor I was not to drink grapefruit juice as there is evidence that it causes a interaction that overloads the liver. It seems to be true. Be sure to read this article by the Mayo Clinic that lists some drugs that can cause interaction with grapefruit juice.
If you follow THIS LINK you will find where Health Canada has issued an advisory. Apparently it's been known since 1989 that grapefruit juice can cause drug interactions. This kind of thing makes me crazy. Why doesn't doctors and pharmacists advise people of the potential hazards?
Here are other links:
Grapefruit juice and medication a potent mix
Grapefruit juice and medication can be a dangerous mix
Fruit juice may affect medications
Canadian man dies after drinking grapefruit juice in Florida
Be sure if you are taking diuretics, blood pressure medication or meds such as lipitor or crestor (these are meds to lower cholesterol) that you do not drink grapefruit juice. If you are in doubt about the interaction between your meds and grapefruit juice, contact your doctor or pharmacist or avoid grapefruit entirely.
I'm off to lie down again. Writing this alleviated the boredom for a bit, but now I need a rest. Take care and have a relaxing evening. ~Blessings, Mary~