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Spring is Here

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Hi friends, I hope you are all doing well as the new week begins. I had a pleasant surprise as the last week came to a close.  Debbie over at the blog She Graces Her Home in God's Grace touched me when she gifted me with a beautiful book and journal. It is perfect for me at this time because I've been thinking of journalling during my prayer time and this beautiful book and journal will get me going in the right direction. Take a wander over to Debbie's blog and you will see what a gracious woman she is.  The black, gray and white afghan the books are on is my latest project, a crocheted afghan. I think this will be my first make (not my last) of 2019. I've been super busy trying to get everything organized for spring. I know some people no longer believe in Spring cleaning. They say if you clean all through the year there is no need for Spring cleaning. I'm not sure I believe that because I do daily cleaning and larger clear outs and clean ups in betwee

Sunset Over Alberta

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This sunset was captured on the drive back from the recent trip to Grande Prairie.  The photos were taken while driving west on Highway 16 from Edmonton to Jasper (a few photos of Edmonton City can be found here , and photos of the drive north to Grande Prairie can be found here ).  I think the location of these photos was near the town of Entwistle as we hadn't yet reached the town of Edson. Joining up with Skywatch Friday and  Friday Foto Friends

Some Images of Edmonton, Alberta

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These are some quickly captured images as we drove around downtown Edmonton looking for a particular bank (which we never did find despite the fact that both of us had seen one in the general area in previous days). Hopefully you can make out the super moon in the centre of the photo. Rogers Centre where big concerts and events occur. Taken from the parkade at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. The hospital complex is huge. Gas/petrol was 24 cents a litre less than in Vancouver. A lovely church rooftop (I didn't get the name of the church). A picturesque view of the city and N. Saskatchewan River looking east from St. Georges Crescent. I did not have a chance to take a lot of photos but I hope you can see that Edmonton is a beautiful city. I can clearly see that the camera lens is very dirty and I hope I can get it clean again.  I've always liked my visits to Edmonton and the summer is especially nice with many activities around the city.

Sunday Reads

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I haven't written about my reading goals for 2019. I'm keeping my goal very modest this year indeed. I only have 20 books as my target and I'm already behind, lol. I'll likely catch up and read more than the goal but keeping the goal on the lower end gives me permission to do other things. I've completed three books to date and I highly recommend them all. In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married--she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son's powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations. Hospice nurses Maggie Callanan and Patricia Kelley shar

Update

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Thank you everyone for your comments, thoughts, prayers and questions. This post will update on the recent information I shared here . I made the journey from Vancouver to Grande Prairie, Alberta to attend the funeral of my cousin's son who was pallbearer at my late mother's funeral almost 2 years ago. He had been in hospital since around Christmas after finishing chemotherapy and radiation and passed away on March 8th, 2019 at the age of 46 years of age. There were a great many people at the funeral and his work mates and friends were a big part of the funeral services which was nice.  I was able to visit briefly with so many relatives most of whom had travelled from various places in the northern parts of British Columbia and Alberta. It took about 17 hours by car to drive to Grande Prairie from Vancouver (see the map for the route north which I'v marked in black ink).  My brother and I left last Thursday evening about 9 p.m. We arrived at our destination at approxi

Blogging Interrupted

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🙏 🙏 🙏 Hi everyone, I lost my cousin Vince to cancer last night. He fought a good fight. May he # RIP and may his family be comforted. He stared death in the face and chose to go out in a positive way. He was an inspiration to many and to those who cared for him in hospital too. May we all be as brave and as gracious when our time comes. Vince's dad just passed a few months earlier of the same cancer. Praying for his mom and brother left behind and for the funeral arrangements and the people wh o will travel on winter roads to attend funeral services. 🙏 🙏 🙏 🙏 🙏 🙏 Also praying for my friend Eunice currently battling for her life in Kenyan hospital. She has been ill for a number of years and was starting to show encouraging improvements. Recently she fell off boda boda (motorcycle taxi) and her health has been incredibly set back. Undergoing MRI and then we wait and see. Kindly pray for all needs to be met, wisdom for caregivers and healing of the body

A Tourist goes to Versailles Palace

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I wondered whether it would be cold in Paris in January and whether the cold might hinder my tourist plans. Before leaving I googled the weather trends in Paris and learned that the expected temperatures were not so cold. In fact, the temperatures were even a few degrees warmer than where I live. Nonetheless one can never be too sure and I wanted to make sure to be warm enough without packing a lot of heavy clothing. In the end I packed some walking shoes which I wore on the plane, some socks, a few long sleeved pullovers, a few pair of trousers, hat, gloves, scarf and a medium weight jacket with hood.  It was just what I needed for the weather we experienced and in the end I didn't wear all the tops I took with me. In my last post here, I mentioned that the hotel I booked was across the street from a laundromat and I made sure to do laundry the day before travelling to Kenya. That way everything in the suitcase would be fresh even though I didn't plan on wearing the same th