Monday, January 29, 2007

Perogie Party

Since Christmas I have been craving some of my Grandma's homemade perogies but since she probably will never be able to make them again, I was disappointed until I heard my Grandma's sister, my aunt Edna was coming out from Melville Sask. to visit us and my Grandma. If I can't have my Grandma my aunt Edna is the next best thing. So, my Mom though it would be a great idea to have friends come over and join us in the making of perogies, so Graham and his parents came over as well as Christine my best friend and her parents joined us. Graham's parents and Christine's parents and my parents grew up together so it was so fun. It was like the old days when my Grandma would invite everyone over and the kids would play together, the Dads would either watch sports or play cards together and the women would be cooking in the kitchen. It felt so comfortable and soothing.

The perogies were delicious but I think I had more fun just hanging out with everyone! Definitely a memory that we will have for a long time.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Walking on Thin Ice

Yesterday was a pretty traumatic day but everything turned out great. It's amazing how a simple pray to God in a crisis can make a difference. Yesterday, my friend Christine, Graham and I decided to take Bella for a walk. We went to Cresent park and at the park there is a duck pond that you can walk around. There was signs clearly laid out "Caution: thin ice" too bad dogs can't read, before I could catch Bella, she ran out onto the ice and towards the unfrozen part and she fell into the water, she tried to get out but she couldn't.The fear and the panic on her face was heartbreaking and it's an image that I am going to have in my mind for years.

Luckily, you could walk around the whole pond and to the side that wasn't frozen, we tried calling her to come swim that way but she was too scared, her yelps just put fear in your heart. I was just going to go in and get her but Graham wouldn't let me, he said that he would. I ran to the car to get towels and the blankets in my car, as I was running back to my car the only thing I could think of doing was saying a simple plea to God to keep Graham and Bella safe. Thank God the pond was only waist deep, so Graham didn't have to swim and hold Bella at the same time, Bella just laid in Graham's arms as they safely reached the bank. By that time I was back with the blankets, Graham and Bella were at the bank so we wrapped both up and dried them off. Everyone was safe and warm.

God is there in the quiet and traumatic. God is my protector and Graham is my hero.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Grandma business

The doctor's have confirmed it, my Grandma did have another stroke on Tuesday. This time she hasn't recovered so well, this stroke has not effect her legs or movement but more her mind. She has become confused and disorientated. She keeps thinking that my parents stole her good mattress and that my Uncle Steven (on my dad's side) kept coming over to get drunk with her. (kinda of funny, because lets face it you have to find humor in this.) With the social worker my mom insisted that she be put into long term care and that she placed at Zion Park Manor which is part of our Church and place that my Grandma has volunteered her time many times. It seems only fitting that my Grandma lives there.

The social worker was going to send my Grandma home but have home care come everyday but my Grandma's doctor and mom insisted that should not happen.

I have been thinking a lot of beginnings and endings. My Grandma has lived such a wonderful life and how her choices in life have effected my life now.

Like how my Grandma and Grandpa determined that they were not farmers and became the rebels in the family and moved to Vancouver from Sask. If they stayed there, I might be used to this kinda of cold weather. Do you think that God has a destiny planned out for everyone's lives or do you think he just rolls with the punches as we exercise our free will cards? Surely he knows what choice we are going to make.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Changing addresses... No not me

A lot can happen in 24 hours and a lot has. My Grandma has slowly been going down hill rapidly to the point that she can't remember how to get dressed in the mornings. Last week she had fallen in the middle of night, no broken bones but a lot of bruising. Growing up my Grandma has always had a high pain tolerance (she broke her leg, had polio set into it, got ran over by a car and all before the age of 10) but lately in her old age of 87 years she hasn't been able to handle a lot of pain. Early Wednesday morning she called her lifeline because the bruising was unbearable. She was taken into the hospital, where the doctors convinced her it was time that she moved into a care facility. She will be in the hospital for a couple days while they find her a bed in a care facility, she is really confused but we know that she will be safe.

This is a big relief but it is going to be a change. My Grandma has been so strong and independent and it is heart-breaking to see her so frail and childlike. But I guess that is the cycle of life.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

When the lights go out

Yes, my power went out again last night because of the wind storm. We have been having some crazy weather.

I got to use my cozy pink housecoat because at 3 in the morning the stupid fire alarm went off. But something even funnier happened to me, it was pretty hilarious sight to see because that evening I was complaining because I had this really annoying zit below my nose (because I have had a cold so I have been blowing my nose a lot) So Graham suggested that I put toothpaste on it because it's suppose to dry it out. So I did it, but with all the flurry and craziness of a fire alarm going off at 3 in the morning I forgot I had it on my upper lip, so I go running outside with this white mustache but thankfully my great roommate caught me before we actually saw anyone. But lets just say Christy and I had something to chuckle about while waiting to go back to our places.

So let's just say I am very tired today. Also the power didn't come on till an hour ago ( I heard from someone, because I am at work right now, on my lunch break :-) ) so I didn't wake up till 15 minutes before work started and so I had to get ready by flashlight. Do you know how hard it is to get ready by a flashlight. I wasn't sure if I matched till I got to work. And word to the wise, don't put mascara on by flashlight. Pretty painful.

Now we have a winter wonderland, actually scratch that we have a winter nightmare. Snow is no fun after Christmas. Go away Snow! Why can't we have our old reliable BC weather back? Rain is ok with me!

New book idea, Pickles the Fat Hobbit and the white mustache!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Vancouver Giants

Graham's parents has season tickets to the Vancouver Giants and on Sunday they gave us tickets to go. It was a great game, they played against Red Deer and we won!! It was an intense game.

During the break we decided to take a walk and Popeye's nutritional store was there with samples so we trying their meal replacement and protein shakes. Gross, Gross, Gross. We both took one sip and then threw it out.

The Vancouver Giant games are cool. It has become really popular. The attendance for that game was 10,000 that is really good for minor hockey.

For those of you wanting a picture of Graham. You are just going to have to wait till I get a digital camera for my birthday or Christmas. Plus, I am not going to say "hey Graham, lets take a picture so I can put it up on my blog because my friends want to see what you look like." Patience people patience!

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

I wished I had a digital camera

I know a lot of you are saying, "You want more just after Christmas, boy you are a spoiled brat" Well hopefully you aren't calling me a spoiled brat but I bet you all are wondering about my blog title.

The reason I want a digital camera is because I would like to take a picture of the 10 pink roses that Graham surprised me with last night. He chose pink because he knows that pink is one of my favorite colors. Then he took me out for dinner to Pasta Polio in Langley (great homemade pasta!)

So hopefully now you're not calling me a spoiled brat and more like, wow she is so cool she wants to show us her pretty flowers.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

New Year!

I am back, I have been on holidays celebrating with family and friends and haven't been near a computer so excuse my absence.

I had a great and relaxing Christmas. I got my pink Ipod that I wanted from my parents and a pink fuzzy house coat for those evening when the fire alarm goes off. I got some really good smelly body shop stuff from Graham.

I met my cousin Matthew and my Uncle Steve's girlfriend for the first time. Matthew is only 31/2 and so fun. They came to spend time at my parents place and we had a great time.

For New Year's Graham cooked dinner for me. Yummy steak and mushrooms! And we watched Superman's Return. It was a great movie. It was a good New Year's. It was quiet and relaxing and after the craziness of having family for a couple days it was well needed.

It really was a great Christmas and I am really looking forward to 2007. Happy New Year everyone.