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Jul. 13th, 2016

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La La Land (2016 Movie) Official Teaser Trailer – “City Of Stars”

Wow. This looks so *pretty.* The song is kind of angsty, but it's a musical, so it must have a happy ending, right?

This doesn't come out until Dec. so I guess there will be plenty of time for spoilers.

Jul. 5th, 2016

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Eddie graduated from high school last Tuesday. He was chosen by his classmates to be class speaker, which is a great honor since only the principal and an adult guest speaker give speeches.

His speech was funny and thoughtful and very well received by his classmates. He was really nervous, but it didn't show. And he was one happy boy when it was over. I was so happy for him. He needed that feeling of success after a tough year. (His grandmother died, he had eye surgery, had his wisdom teeth out and he took all upper level academic classes). He wanted a higher grade average (He made honors, but not high honors), but I don't think he realizes just what he has accomplished.

Now the next step is university. I'm a wreck just thinking about it, but I have 2 months to get used to the idea.

We just got rid of all of our house guests and I'm exhausted. I'll be glad to have a few lazy days before I start in on some house projects.

Hope you are all well, my dear friends.

Apr. 14th, 2016

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Happy Birthday, Ros! And an update.

Happy Birthday, auntyros! I hope it's good one full of good food, congenial friends and books with happy endings. :)

I always remember Ros's birthday because it's the day before Eddie's. He's going to be 18 tomorrow.

I know! It doesn't seem possible.

He got into the engineering program at Dalhousie University in Halifax and he couldn't be happier about it. He's actually been doing his homework without prompting and is enjoying his all science and math semester. He really hated English by the time his grade 12 teacher got done with them. It was a shame she was so uptight and prescriptive about writing and lit interpretation. Hopefully, he'll find his way back to the joys of literature later on in life.

Graduation isn't until June 28th, so hopefully he can stay focused until then. It's helped that the weather has been so awful - cold and rainy and gloomy. Someday that sun will come out!

Feb. 8th, 2016

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Happy Birthday, Bel!

Happy Birthday, tdu000! I hope you have a great day, doing something fun. Although Monday birthdays aren't all that conducive to big celebrations. :)

We're under a blizzard warning. So far no snow, but the wind is kicking up.

Feb. 3rd, 2016

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One More Semester Left

Here's Eddie's graduation portrait. He calls it his glamour shot. :)

He has one semester left of high school. It's so hard to believe. He did very well on his final exams, so now we have the waiting game to find out if he is accepted in the program he wants. Engineering at Dalhousie University. Keep your fingers crossed!

Jan. 27th, 2016

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Happy Birthday, amamama!

Happy Birthday, Berte! I hope your shoulder is feeling better and that the sun is shining on you and your beautiful family. All the best for today and the year ahead, my friend. *hugs*

Jan. 20th, 2016

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January Blues

This has been a tough month for all of us - Eddie, mainly. He has final exams next week for the first semester. Eddie has always had test anxiety, but lately his worrying has been off the charts. The universities in Canada only use grades to determine admission - grade twelve grades, to be exact. So these tests count a lot. At Christmas he had 80's in everything. However, his English teacher backloaded all sorts of projects to be due in January and she hasn't graded any of them. So he has no idea how he's doing. Plus, with writing research papers, he let math slide and now he's playing catch up.

I wish I could do more for him. I'm trying to encourage him to get some counseling to manage his anxiety, but he's no quite there yet. Oh, this is hard. Keep us in your prayers.

Jan. 18th, 2016

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Happy Birthday, megan29!

A little birdie told me it was your birthday, today! I hope you're having a good time skiing, or eating in a great restaurant, or just chillin' out. *hug* All the best for a great year, my friend.

Dec. 31st, 2015

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At Year's End

I owe all of you an update. As you know, my mother-in-law, Addie, was diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer this summer. In November they asked me to come down and help now that Addie was bedridden. I left on the day after Thanksgiving and she died on Dec. 10. It was not an easy death and she was ready to go, but it was still terrible to say good-bye to such a wonderful person who was a huge part of my life.


My father-in-law took it hard and refused to plan the funeral for two days. When he finally faced up to it, he wanted to wait a week. This left me in limbo with Bill and Eddie freaking out in Nova Scotia and me stuck in Massachusetts with very little to do. I ended up flying back to NS and then all three of us flying to Massachusetts three days later. All of these flights involved two hour drives to the airport - at 4:30 AM. I shudder to think of our Visa bill.

We got back on Dec. 20th and I finally had a chance to deal with Christmas. Honestly, it's been exhausting, but people have been so kind. From the Air Canada lady who changed and arranged all these flights and then said in her French Canadian accent, "I send you strength" to the owner of the men's store in Bridgewater who outfitted Eddie with a suit to be pallbearer and had the alterations done in two hours because he didn't want us to have to drive back to Liverpool in such awful rain. And, my goodness, the hospice people were angels sent to us on earth. No exaggeration. We couldn't have done it without them.

So I'm grateful she's at peace, but I'm sad for all of us who are missing her. I'm hoping 2016 will be a year of beginnings and new hopes as Eddie graduates from high school and goes off to university. (Probably Dalhousie in Halifax).

I'm wishing all of you the best in the coming year. *hugs*

Nov. 25th, 2015

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Happy Birthday, grandma_kate!

Happy Birthday, grandma_kate! I hope you will celebrate your day, surrounded by your loving family. You are a dear lady and at this time of thanksgiving, I'm filled with gratitude to have you in my life. *hugs always*

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