Hubby Turns Seventy!

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When you are a child you can hardly wait to turn twenty. Then as the years go by, thirty starts to look pretty good. When you turn fifty you start to wonder where the years went. At sixty you know they have gone for ever and they seemed to go far too quickly. Old age seems forever at youth. Youth seems far too distance at retirement. Its a peculiar paradox. This week, April 15, 2015 my hubby turns seventy, quite a milestone. Some forty years ago his doctors said he wouldn’t make forty. He had severe asthma. Today even thought the wrinkles have multiplied he seems younger than ever. He can walk ten miles, watches what he eats and works out on his elliptical trainer 30-40 minutes every day. He may be seventy, but he doesn’t act, look or feel it. I only hope I get as lucky when my turn comes!

Seniors Being Sent Home Too Early

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In the last month I have noticed an alarming trend. I know of three seniors who have recently been sent home from the hospital with intestinal super bugs. In all three cases the individuals could barely walk. Two had been kept in isolation, visitors having to gown, mask and glove up right up to the very moment of discharge! The super bugs had not been cured, the patients were still weak and unable to fully care for themselves. One lady was in the line up in front of me at Costco waiting for a prescription fill. She still had a hospital Id band on her wrist and could barely stand. She leaned heavily on a shopping cart and shook like a leaf in a storm. I let her in front of me worried she wouldn’t make it. That’s when she told me her story. She had JUST been released after weeks in isolation, told me she had an intestinal super bug and was contagious…but only to children she added. I took a step or two back. If it was contagious to children would it not also be contagious to me? She also looked too ill to be out and about, let alone shopping!
Then there are the two cases I know of where a senior was sent home too soon. One involved a well known local, he happened to be in emergency when we took a friend of our in who was experiencing breathlessness and dizziness, he was waiting for a heart valve replacement. I overheard the doctor in the next stall tell the old fellow he had pneumonia. I could easily hear his labored breathing. To my astonishment he was sent home with the orders to take meals in his room. He lived in an assisted living complex and the doctor did not want him exposing others to his illness. The next day this poor fellow was dead!
The man we had taken in has fared a bit better. He was sent for the valve replacement surgery. In his mid seventies, recovery was not swift. He was weak and could not walk, but…was sent home anyways! He lasted a few days before ending up back in the hospital. His legs were ballooned with edema, he could barely walk. As I write this he remains in hospital but we worry that he soon will be discharged before he is well enough.
What is going on here? Why are the elderly being sent home before fully recovered? It risks them for further harm and if sent home with a super bug, which by the way they contracted while in the hospital, are they not risking their fellow residents, in all the cases we know of, each person lived in assisted housing.
Our Senior’s deserve better care. They have paid taxes and been productive members of society for years and in their twilight years are being neglected. This is just so wrong. We all need to speak out about this, for the next person sent home ill may well be you or someone you love!

The Perfect Picture

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In our family my husband and son are the photographers. Most of the images I post are taken by my husband. Last year we went on a family outing. Our son had come home from school for a few weeks in mid spring. We knew of a lovely back road drive to Douglas Lake, so off we went. My son and hubby each with their digital SLR cameras and big telephoto lenses. They were hoping to get some great bird shots. They got pictures of eagles and hawks, but each was hoping to get a great picture of a blue bird. But the little feathered characters were elusive, flitting out of camera view whenever we got near. The guys gave up. After a bit I asked if I could try. Both men snickered and a camera was handed my way. I could take pictures of still life and scenic shots, but birds, never had any luck, they were always blurs. So I waited for one of the bird to alight on a nearby post. Both men said it was too far. I held my breath tweaked the focus and took one single shot. When we looked at the preview we we all amazed, I had caught the perfect image of a blue bird! Both men were impressed, me more than they. It was purely fluke, but a very lucky one!

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The Truth About Oil Companies

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Per barrel oil prices have plummeted, yet the price of gas at the pump has gone back up. I dimly recall that the last time oil prices were this low, gas was almost half the cost it is now. I ask myself why? After much deliberation and contemplation I have arrived at a reason, divined in part from media campaigns and oil company replies to accusations of gouging. Her it is…the truth about oil companies. They are our friends. They care about us, the environment and the earth. Their high budget glitzy commercials tell us so. They have kept gas prices high to help us deal with the environment. Their self sacrificing goal to get us to walk more, ride bikes, car pool or use transit. They want to lead us into becoming more responsible consumers. So to that end they raise their prices in hopes that we do. NOT LIKLEY! They have in fact achieved the ancient secret to Alchemy, they have managed to turn bull shit into gold.

16,000 Users Can’t Be Wrong

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We have just topped 16,000 users on our blog! We are very happy that so many of you out there find our little posts worthy of visiting. It is often a challenge to find inspiration for posts. Daily life is busy and often mundane. But we try to see the special things around us.
Just this week the Red-Wing blackbirds returned. There are countless number that visit our pond and fill the air with their song like trills. The Robins have also returned and fill our hours with their antics and hunting skills, heads cocked ,ears to the ground as they search for tasty earthworms. A plump bee flew by me yesterday.
Calves are being born as are lambs, we have seen several in the past few days.
There are plump buds on the lilac and maple trees, and the winter grass is beginning to transform to that brilliant green of new growth. It’s official….Spring is here!

Immature Senior – New Page

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I have just done a tidy up of our pages, removed a few, and added one. TAHU- A JOURNEY THROUGH ALZHEIMER’S is new. It is a short story about being part of my father’s journey through end stage Alzheimer’s. I have updated the MY LINKS page– adding direct links to each of my now published books including my art lesson books. These links take your right to the books giving one the choice of paper back or e-books.

Nicola Valley Blockades Sewage Sludge!

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Last week local residents and members of several bands began to blockade trucks importing sewage sludge to our area. We would like to give these individuals a big pat on the back! Thus far we have heard they have turned away at least five trucks loaded with the noxious substance. We are a bit upset to hear that they have found alternate places to dump their undesirable loads. We have been told loads are possibly going to Clinton and to Murray lake area. Not sure how true this is, but locals are saying so. Which means that this practice could soon be coming to an area near you. And if you think it won’t happen in your back yard think again. The stuff being imported into Lower Nicola was being stock piled right across a subdivision. The Nicola river wanders right by the spot, and you can see the piles from the road. The smell also can’t be missed!
If you think this stuff is begin then ask yourself why they are not keeping it in their own communities. It comes to our area from the Okanagan and the Chilliwack area, both with ample agricultural land to spread the stuff upon.
The truth is that sewage sludge is not benign. Anything that can be flushed down a toilet or sink drain will be in it. With each layer the load of contaminants concentrates more.
Lead and cadmium are found in sludge. The organic colloids in sludge facilitates the leaching of metals into surrounding substrate and eventually groundwater.
Bio-solids of inhalable size can contain coliforms as well as an array of organic chemicals, some toxic which become more toxic as they combine with others.
Bacterial regrowth can occur, as can antibiotic resistant bacteria. Sewage treatment plants are an important point source of antibiotic and antibiotic resistant bacteria in the environment. So we ask, why transport it and spread it around?
Although sewage sludge can be described as fertilizer, it also contains harmful chemicals, pathogens, and toxic substances produced by human activity. Thee include pharmaceuticals, cleaning agents, scents, hospital waste, industrial waste, anything than can be flushed or put down the drain goes to the same sewage plant and end up in the sludge. Just think about it, think about what you flush or drain away, then multiply it by the homes near you, the industries, the medical facilities. Even the pills you ingest end up in the sludge, not to mention the ones people flush down the toilet. Nail polish remover, hair coloring, bleach, perfumes from shampoos and soaps, insecticides, depilatories, paint stripe, drain cleaners….the list is endless.
So when you see our blockades remember, these individuals are acting for all of us, protecting our health and land and neighborhoods. What they hope for is government action so that big business can’t indiscriminately dump on us, and at present is is totally legal, they can and will. It is up to us to stop them and force them to find better alternatives than exporting sewage sludge to residential neighborhoods! The sludge should remain at point of production and dealt with on the spot, rather than be dumped on unsuspecting communities.

Spring Frog Song

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After the long silence of winter it finally happened! Last night just after dusk we heard the very first frog sing. He didn’t sing for long, nor was his voice loud. No other frogs joined in. But he was there, somewhere in our little pond, singing in the spring. I smiled in the dark knowing now that winter was truly over and that the life burst of early spring was about to launch. Over the next few nights I know our solitary frog will be joined until there is a froggy symphony to listen to every night. I look forward to it every year, and have heard it year in a year out for decades now. That frog song is one of the things that makes our home special, that and knowing that we share it with several creatures great and small.

Immature Senior On Horse Play

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Our neighbors have horses. A pair are kept in a small pasture beside our fence. I often watch them from my kitchen window, while I cook or do the dishes. This morning they had a ball. It was an old slightly deflated soccer ball. One had it in his mouth. They stood together, close and side by side, heads parallel.
One held the ball nodded and prodded while the other tried to sneak it away. Their bodies were absolutely still through most of the exchange. But their heads were nodding and turning as they each tried to take the ball. It was a restrained form of play and went on for over five minutes. Now and then the ball would drop and they would begin again, one picking it up then the other nudging to take it. It was delightful to watch and a great way to begin my day!

SNOWY OWL

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Two and a half weeks ago there was snow everywhere. Now it is almost all gone. I was going through my recent photos and was reminded of that fact. We had been on a drive to Kamloops, did a Costco run and were returning home when I spotted a commotion along the road side. Several crows were diving at something in the snow. That something moved. It was a Snowy Owl! He looked none to happy to be so harassed. We pulled off the road and with great care walked closer. My husband was able to snap a few pictures. They were not spectacular but show the bird well enough. I have chosen one to share. Snow Owls are rare to see, elusive and blend well with the snow. Had it not been for the crows we would have sped by and never known of it. It truly pays to keep your eyes sharp and look out the window!

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