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Newer Beginnings

I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I’ve blogged anything.  My life since last year has taken some unexpected twists and turns and while the year is still young, I’m still a little muddled at where this path is going to take me next.

Where to start.  Scottie is now a year and a half old.  He continues to be a constant source of joy for me and his parents.  It is simply amazing watching him grow from being a little baby into a toddler.  He is walking…no running…and climbing all over the place.  He is starting to speak and has wicked temper tantrums when he doesn’t get what he’s asking for.  He calls me “amma” and says “hi ya” “ee ya” (see ya) gives wonderful hugs and is just a big ham.  As you can tell I love him to death.  I have had the opportunity to babysit a few times, I think I’m suited for the role of Grandma!  Love it!

Erin is now in 12th grade, and is looking forward to Graduation.  She is still quiet and our bookworm, but hopefully soon she will be working and coming out of her shell somewhat in the next year.

As for me, in June I finished my 2 year program, and in August I found myself living in Kamloops, renting a room from a childhood friend.  By Sept, I found that my husband decided he didn’t want to move here with me, so now I’m separated, and making it permanent, I guess soon.  Life is full of surprises.  I am enjoying being in the city, lots of things to see and do.  I am hardly ever home, whether it be looking for work, shopping or just visiting with my adopted family.  I’ve made a few friends but I do miss my family.  Oh heck, I miss Clearwater, but not the boring life I led before.  At least now, I get out, take the bus downtown, sit in the park (when it’s warmer) or just go for a walk somewhere.

Let me see, what else can I catch you up on?  I guess that’s about it…Oh I am on a work trial for 30 days at a local retirement home, am enjoying it!  I am doing a bit of administration work as well as receptionist and kitchen work.  Answering the phones, and the door and building databases are part of my main duties.  No work is offered after this, but I figure it’s something else I can add on my resume as well as the experience which is something I can not give back!  LOL

So, I enjoy life one day at a time, take it as it thrown to me, and hopefully I don’t spiral out of control.  I’m doing okay with my good days outnumbering the bad days but I still have them.  I will be okay.  Yes there is a reason I am sure for this, but I will persevere.  I have to. I have 2 lovely daughters, a son-in-law and a grandson to love.  I will be okay.  Yes I will  🙂


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*A smile is just a smile, but a smile from the heart can change someone’s day. So smile like you mean it. You never know who you will have an impact on today*

I love this quote I got off facebook this morning.  I often go into the status shuffle and pick a quote or a funny little saying.  I admit some of them are just so disgusting that I frequently pass them by, but this one hit me this morning.

I like to smile, makes a day feel so good!  Yes, I have my down days, and quite a few of them I might add, but it makes my day when I see my girls smile even for fleeting second.  And it makes me feel extra special when I see my husband smile.  He has had some really hard times, and I do all I can to make him happy.  He’s a good man, deserves a whole lot better, but he’s getting better. We’ve had 27 years together and things are good.

Anyway…smiling is good for all of us, young and old, big and small. So smile a little smile or a big smile, it’ll really make you feel good and you will make another, who may or may not be having a good day, feel so much better!

:>) :>) :>) :>)

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This is something I made for my website design and maintenance class.  I took 3 pictures from my camera and merged them as one. I kinda like how this one turned out.

This is one I made earlier.  This is the lake where I spent my teen years and every picture I have is different.  It’s a lake of many faces.  It’s so pretty!  So..I’m done with my class for now, just trying to decide if I want to use either of these pictures or design yet another one. I think I’m in my element, here!

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This morning a friend posted this on the WD in the valley, and I just had to share.  This is a very unique look into the past, one that has never been seen before. I’m going to share what she wrote about this video and you can see for yourself what an amazing find this is!

San Francisco, 1906

This film was “lost” for many years.  It was the first 35mm film ever.  It was taken by camera mounted on the front of a cable car.
The amount of automobiles is staggering for 1906. Absolutely amazing! The clock tower at the end of Market Street at the Embarcadero wharf is still there. (I’m also wondering … how many “street cleaning” people were employed to pick up after the horses? Talk about going green!)

This film, originally thought to be from 1905 until David Kiehn with the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum figured out exactly when it was shot. From New York trade papers announcing the film showing to the wet streets from recent heavy rainfall & shadows indicating time of year & actual weather and conditions on historical record, even when the cars were registered (he even knows who owned them and when the plates were issued!).. It was filmed only four days before the quake and shipped by train to NY for processing.Amazing but true!

Great historical film worth watching.


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Uveitis.  Just what is it anyway, and will it ever go away???  Apparently not, this is my 4th year of dealing with this crap and I’m really getting sick of it.  Uveitis, or iritis is an inflammation of the iris. It’s quite painful, makes your eyes light sensitive, and I don’t mean just a little, I mean a lot.  I’m a sufferer.  And there are lots of us. I’ve researched this condition, and there is no cure for it. It’s a condition that can be caused by an auto immune disease or in my case, they can’t find a cause other than the marker gene, HLA-B27. This gene is a marker for diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoid , lupus , scleroderma , Behcet’s disease , anklylosing spondylitis, Reiter’s disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and B-27 disease. I haven’t had any of these, thank goodness, but it’s would be comforting to know why I’m getting these attacks so often.  I don’t mean to whine or complain, but why can’t they find a cure?  All they can do is treat the condition with eye drops, (steroid drops), eye injections (oh doesn’t that sound like fun???) all of which can lead to glaucoma and cataracts.  Is this what my life is going to be like?  I know my ophthalmologist by his first name and all the staff. You know have been going there a lot, when they look at you and say, hi Leona, how are you? as soon as you walk through the door.  Yep.  I think I’m going to figure out a way to raise awareness, to raise money for research, and to get the word out there, that this condition is just as important as anything else. Sight is important!  For more information on this check out this site:


As for me, I’m having a better day, but after the pain I went through this weekend, I am glad.  I just want this episode over and done.  I’m tired, grumpy and just want my life back to the way it was.  Since that can’t be done, I’ll try to smile and carry on. Pick myself up and say..there are worse diseases out there.  Suck it up, girl, you can do it.  :>)

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a very entertaining, informative blog.  I am not getting money for promoting this blog. No, he didn’t write me and ask me to promote the blog. I generally enjoy his humour, his insights on life around him. He’s a news reporter, for our Vancouver Global station, who does about  a 10 minute spiel on living in Vancouver. The oddities of life. Just ordinary people, like you and me. Read the blog, learn something about human nature and about life in general. I’ll guarantee you’ll come away smiling, no matter what! Find the link in BC blogs to the right or here

No, this is not a paid advertisement! Just a fan who never fails to miss his newscasts at 6:50 pm most weeknights.

Enjoy!  :>)

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I found this article on sympatico.ca and thought I’d share it with you all.  If you think Canada is cold, wintery and we all hibernate, here are some things to do this winter (minus the polar bear swims that happen each January 1!) There might be something that catches your fancy…I think being in an ice hotel would be kind of cool!  I’m not going to the olympics but never thought of volunteering at one of the many venues would get you in the action..hmmmm…wonder if it’s too late????

Enjoy the article!  :>)

Top things to do in Canada this winter | Sympatico.ca Travel.

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