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Apr. 22nd, 2019

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grandma_kate news

Sad news to report. Grandma Kate sent me an email letting me know that her husband, "Dear Oatmeal" died on April 7, 2019. He had been in surgery on April 4 for a blood clot in his leg, but suffered complications the next day. He was unconscious for three days until he died.

Grandma Kate and his family got to say goodbye, although he could not respond.

Kate is staying in their house. Her first daughter and husband are moving in with her after some of the furniture is cleared away and rooms are painted, etc. . . It sounds like they have given a lot of Dear Oatmeal's things to charities, etc. . .

I'm sure Kate would be comforted by any comments you leave here. She still misses her lj friends!

Feb. 18th, 2019

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World Curling Championships in our little town.

Big doings this week in our little town. We are hosting the World Junior Curling Championship. We have people here from Europe, New Zealand, China, the US and of course Canada.

It's been fun to see all the new faces in town. I don't know a thing about curling. Even watching the highlights with a commentary, I don't get it. Watching it live is even more confusing. LOL

Feb. 11th, 2019

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Netflix Offerings I've Enjoyed

This was a sweet documentary of a good man. The ending had me tearing up a bit.

And Schitt's Creek, which I can't praise highly enough. The first season starts out slow - and the characters are rather unlikable - but boy do they change and for the better. The character development in this is great. As is the shipping. *swoon*

I think the opening scene where the Revenue Agent says: "This town may be your saving grace." is the theme and the show never loses that focus. There is a lot of grace and forgiveness and kindness and love in the story lines. The writing is sharp, the humor is low-key Canadian and my not be for everyone, but I've been loving it. Four seasons are up on Netflix. But I've been able to watch season five on CBC.

Feb. 8th, 2019

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Happy Birthday, Bel!

Happy Birthday, tdu000! I hope you are staying cool and are enjoying your birthday. I'm wishing you all the best in the year ahead.

Feb. 5th, 2019

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You Tube Channel I like

Thought I'd share this You Tube channel I like. It's Doctor Tracey Marks, a psychiatrist. She has lots of good videos on mental health and self help. She also answers questions in the comments! I found her bi polar videos to be very informative. Eddie enjoyed the video she did on the mental health benefits of video games. She covers anxiety, depression and personality disorders as well.


Feb. 1st, 2019

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It's funny because it's true.


Jan. 28th, 2019

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Happy Birthday, amamama !

Happy Belated Birthday, Berte! I hope you had a good day surrounded by family and friends, eating something delicious.

*hugs* Be well and happy, my friend.

Jan. 25th, 2019

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Thinking About All of You in the US

I can't believe the craziness these days.

Jan. 18th, 2019

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Happy Birthday, Megan29!

Happy Birthday, megan29! I hope you're on the ski slopes or eating a fabulous dinner or doing something fun on this day!

Dec. 25th, 2018

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Merry Christmas!

This painting of Jose y Maria seeking shelter by Everett Paterson made me think.

Here is what the artist had to say:

This was our Christmas card for 2014, depicting Jesus’s parents in a modern setting. I was inspired by a number of evocative “imagine what it would have been like”-type sermons I heard earlier this year, and also (as usual) by the work of Will Eisner, who so often depicted, with religious reverence, noble individuals enduring the many minor discomforts and petty indignities of urban America.

The main goal of this illustration was to pack as many clever biblical references into the scene as possible. I won’t list every one (there are at least a dozen), but a few that I’m proudest of are: the verse from the prophet Ezekiel in the graffiti on the phone kiosk, the way the “Save More!” behind Mary’s head looks kinda like “Ave Maria!,” and the two ads for “Glad” and “Tide” on the newspaper (get it?).

A word on perspective: for this image, I chose very, very wide vanishing points. The result is what I occasionally call “middle-class white people perspective.” Rather than feeling immersed in the scene, the viewer is looking at it as if from across the street or from the warmth and safety of his or her passing car. I have a small hope that this Christmas image will come to mind when we see other “down and out” people huddling outside of gas stations, reminding us that our Savior’s parents (and indeed, Jesus himself) were at one time similarly troubled.

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