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A little bit about me and a lot about the things we do.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Graduation/Training/Referrals!

Life at work has been busy with the end of the school year approaching this weekend.  Grad events are being planned and lots of activities are going on.  It brings me back to 8 years ago when our family travelled to Regina to celebrate Ron's graduation from depot. 
It hardly seems like it was that long ago but since then so much has happened.  We have moved to three postings and still waiting word for number four.  It certainly has been a journey with still more roads to travel.

This month we were also celebrating the Leafs making it to the playoffs.  They fought a good fight but were taken out in the first round but it was still fun to watch.  We will be looking forward to next year when they can make it further.
The longer days have been wonderful and you would almost think it was Spring.  It says it on the calendar but then again this is what my deck looked like this week.
Ron used it as another training moment for his trainee.  Rookies get to clean off the vehicle especially if they are living at your house.
Our house guest will be moving out tonight.  He will be starting is own life here in the town and our bedrooms will remain empty for awhile but always ready for anyone who wants to come and visit.

Update on my appointment with the Endocrinologist....follow closely, you can get lost in this.  So Dr. 1 (GP) requested an ultrasound on my neck and then referred me to Dr. 2 (ENT).  Dr. 2 did a scope and referred me to Dr. 3 (Endocrinologist) who did a biopsy and ordered more extensive blood work.  Results went back to Dr. 1 & Dr. 2 who didn't call me back.  I finally called Dr. 2 who said that they had emailed me (didn't get it). They set up an appointment for me to come in.  I called Dr. 3 to get the results for my blood work.  That is when I found out that I had the Hashimotos disease.  Dr. 2 confirmed this at my appointment and referred me to Dr. 4.  Dr. 4 wasn't taking patients until July.  When I called back to Dr. 3's office they reluctantly gave me the Central Booking number for Endocrinologists to see if I could get in earlier with another doctor.  I got an appointment with Dr. 5 for May 10th.  I sure hope this doctor will do something and my referring days will be over!

I am also hoping that the snow will stop coming and I can sit on my deck and enjoy some sunshine before we hear about our next move.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Catch Up Time

I recently received an email from a dear friend.  It was short and sweet...okay maybe not really that sweet.

"We are disappointed over the lack of blog lately.  It's been a whole month since you have put anything on.  We live vicariously through you."

I was a little flattered to know that someone actually is reading my blog so I thought I should do an update.

So what has been happening this last month?  After Cheryl and Haylee left life seemed to slip into some normality...wait a minute....my life is never really that normal.

Ron hurt his back again and was off a week and then when he went back to work he started training a new member fresh out of depot.  They spent one lunch hour at the church that we attend serving tacos to the students of our town.
This new member didn't have a place to live so he is staying with us right now until he moves into his apartment in May.  He is a perfect house guest and since they work on the same schedule it works well.

We were thrilled to have a visit from some of our Deschambault Lake family.  Dan, Tiffany and Copper came for a short stay but it was such a thrill to have them.

We had cinnamon buns, a steak dinner and of course, a couple of games of Catan.  Dan and I each won.  The next morning they left for Edmonton and I went to a specialist in Calgary.

Soooo...a few years ago I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism.  I have been on medication for that but I noticed that things just weren't right so I asked my family doctor about it in the fall.  She sent me for an ultrasound on my throat.  Something showed up.  I was referred to an ENT who did a scope and referred me to an Endocrinologist who requested thorough blood work and did a biopsy on my thyroid.  I then went back to the ENT who is referring me to another endocrinologist as I need to have my medication regulated and whatever else they need to do as I have Hashimotos disease.
 So I am waiting to hear back for when that appointment will be. 

On Friday, I made an Easter dinner for Ron, John (the new member), and Andrew and Brianne (our wonderful Three Hills' kids). 

On Saturday, Ron switched to nights and I left to go and spend time at Rachael's and cook a turkey dinner for her, my boy and another family member.  My cousin's daughter, Richelle has been staying with Stephen so it was fun to spend time with her. 

We spent Saturday night watching hockey and knitting.  I was pretty excited that the Leafs are doing so well this year.

Richelle and I went to church Sunday morning but a lot of the time I was left with these two since work was getting in the way of our celebrations.

Easter brought snow but fortunately it didn't last too long and we were able to take the dogs to the dog park.

We tried to have a quick game of Catan before the night shift.  It was nice spending time with this bunch for a little bit.
So now I'm back on the prairies.  I've got my few followers caught up on our life.
Oh, one more thing....my hubby has been applying to some corporal positions and so we will wait and see what is next in our lives. 
Doesn't he look scary!  This picture was taken by a student in the Digital Media at the college where I work.

So Bruce and Lynne, there you have it....you now know what the last month was like BUT if you really wanted to know what was going on with us you could have come to visit!!!! 

Monday, 20 March 2017

From My Perspective

I shared Haylee's amazing photos of our explorations but I thought I should add my perspective.  I was either driving or sitting in the backseat because Haylee was always given the best view so that she could truly enjoy the scenery. 
Our first couple of days was with just the girls and we enjoyed trying to catch glimpses of the mountains which mostly chose to hide behind snowy skies.
It was interesting that when we took Cheryl to Lake Louise in the summer a couple of years ago it was raining and now it was snowing.....but always beautiful.

We drove up to Sunshine Mountain to see a couple special snowboarders and stopped for another photo opportunity.


It was pretty cold but these girls were real troopers.  They bundled up and breathed in the mountain air!

Once Ron finished work early on Sunday morning we took off for a few days with him as the chauffeur.
Haylee was always ready to take pictures to remember the moment.
In Radium we found a quaint little motel that overlooked amazing views.
 This handsome guy was out on my balcony enjoying the scenery.
And right next door on the balcony was this familiar face.
When we drove north from Radium the skies seemed to open up and allow the un-forecasted snow to fall around us.
We knew that the mountains were there but they weren't providing us with beautiful views that we knew they could.

I took lots of pictures of the dog sleds when we stopped in Banff so I thought I would share one of mine since it was so exciting for me.  It is amazing to me how loud the dogs are as they anxiously wait for their musher to let them go.  As soon as they start running their focus is on their running and silence takes over.
We spent the next night back in Canmore....one of my favourite mountain towns.  We took a nice walk in the morning along the boardwalk.



Canmore is known for the mountain range called "The Three Sisters."
The rest of our trip was pretty much documented in my last post from Haylee's pictures.  This morning I drove the girls to the airport.  The sky was beautiful.  We saw the sunrise in the east and the mountains in the west.  We said a teary goodbye.  Special friends are a blessing to have....and it is so much fun to share so many memories together.

Now ...back to work for me tomorrow.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Through the Lens of Haylee

Imagine how excited I was a few months ago to get a message from my wonderful friend, Cheryl when she asked if March would be a good time to visit Three Hills.  Of course, any time is a good time to come and visit me! Even more exciting was that she was bringing her daughter, Haylee.  This would be the first time for Haylee to fly and see the mountains.

Thursday - I picked them up at the airport and we headed to Canmore.
There was snow on the ground and the sky was heavy with more.  We weren't getting a clear view of the mountains but on we went into Banff to explore.
 After a good tour of the town we met up with my son for a nice dinner out.  We were bundled up due to the cold and it felt good to get back to our hotel room with a hot tea and to turn on the fireplace. 
 
Friday - we got up and had breakfast at the hotel and then headed to Lake Louise.  Once again the sky was full of snow but we went for a nice walk along the lake.
 I was excited about having Cheryl and Haylee here!

At the end of the lake Cheryl just had to be a kid again.

As we walked back across the lake there was more childish behaviour or some would call it angelic designs.
It is an unique experience making snow angels on Lake Louise. 


After a full day we headed out of the mountains and into the prairies.
 
Saturday - We went for a little drive around Three Hills and tried to get a good picture of the three hills....it always seems to be a difficult job for everyone who tries.

 Sunday - We all went to church and then loaded up the truck again for another trip into the mountains.  We drove to Radium.



In the evening we went to the hot springs and enjoyed an hour of relaxing in the pools.  It was right around -2 degrees C in the air and the water was 39 degrees.  It felt so good.  We spent the night in Radium.
Monday - We decided to head north through Golden, B.C.  It was another snowy day.  We stopped in Lake Louise and we all skied across the lake.  Another new experience for Haylee. 
We also got to watch some dog sleds take off which was exciting for me to watch.
We drove through 1A and then stopped at Johnston Canyon to do a hike.



That night we stayed in a hotel in Canmore and had a great night's sleep after such a good day.
 Tuesday - We went for a walk and explored Canmore in the morning.
We continued in to Kananaskis but unfortunately it was snowing quite a bit so we couldn't get the views that we normally would.
We drove home and settled in for a few days in Three Hills.
 
Wednesday and Thursday - Ron and I both worked and the girls explored Three Hills.  In the evening we went to a missions conference at the Bible College so they could experience a little bit of my life here.
 Friday - We drove to Drumheller so that Haylee could see the Badlands of Alberta.



She can now say, "Been there, done that!"
 
In the evening we went to a concert at the college featuring Tim Neufeld and the Glory Boys.  It was a fun night.
 Saturday - We made a full day of shopping in Calgary with an extra tour of the city by my boy.
 
Sunday - That's today!  We went to church and then Haylee and Cheryl cleaned my downstairs, packed and had a quieter afternoon because tomorrow we have to drop them off at the airport.  It has been a wonderful visit and I have so enjoyed having Cheryl here and getting to know Haylee all over again. 
 
All pictures above were taken by Haylee.  I so enjoyed seeing her smile as she experienced so many firsts.  Can't wait until she comes back! (and Cheryl too, of course!)
 

P.S.  There are so many more stories to tell about our trip.  We had lots of good laughs and talks, saw so much, drove over 2000 km and enjoyed lots of food....some at the restaurant and some we made here.  The best has to be the peanut butter cheesecake....YUM!