Weekend update time

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Weekend update time
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Sat, 07-06-2013 - 1:44pm

What is everybody doing this weekend? Did you have a good 4th of July (if you were celebrating)?

Are you having normal "seasonal" weather or weird weather? The other day I heard that there was a tornado warning in Calgary which is very unusual? Did that front move east to affect Dee or Nora and iTea?

Anything else to share?

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Avatar for shirley_v
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-29-2000
Sun, 07-07-2013 - 12:38pm

If there was a tornado warning for Calgary, I sure didn't hear of it!  Yes, it's unusual for Calgary, in our location does not favour tornadoes as such, but then it's not completely unheard of.  It usually would happen outside of the city - more out in the prairie areas around the city.  We are close to the foothills which somehow mitigates tornadoes affecting us.  But we did have a cold front meet up with a warm front and there were thunderstorm warnings - however, this did not happen in our southern end of the city.  There was some severe rainfall on Friday in the middle to north part of the city and some 'flash' flooding from the rain that affected one community near the river - in other words it only affected a few homes  - still an unfortunate occurrence for those people as they had been flooded by the first flood and again their basements were flooded by this rainfall...which made the sewers back up in the streets and water running down the streets and some into homes' basements all over again.  Ugh.  

After the first big flood we had a stretch of hot  humid weather and now it is back to being much cooler and some rain showers here and there. 

This weekend was not too eventful so far.  On Saturday we had close friends, a couple, join us for an order-in pizza dinner here at home and we then watched a rented movie together.  Today Patrick and Eric should be here for supper.  We'll barbecue hamburgers.  Tomorrow Ray's cousin and wife from Montreal are visiting and we are going to take them to Drumheller - north and east of Calgary in the 'Badland' area to a museum to see dinosaur fossils and reproductions, along with other fossils and such of the history of the area. 

It was Christine's birthday on Friday - but we didn't see her - haven't seen her for a while.  I don't think we'll see her today, as Ray spoke with her just the other day and she didn't say she 'd be here.  As far as I know she is probably working today at the bar/restaurant she is employed at.  This is an ideal time to work in a bar - it being Stampede time in Calgary.  Lots of partying and whooping it up for this 9 day event here!  Lots of tips for Christine, I assume...though the behavior of the clients can be a bit obnoxious the more liquor they consume, of course.  And Stampede time seems to be an ideal excuse to party hard and drink early in the day!  Oy!

I don't even know if Ray and I will go to the Stampede this year.  Maybe.  But first Ray has to have a colonoscopy on Wednesday!  We'll see what we do later this week.

Shirley

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Sun, 07-07-2013 - 3:43pm

Not much doing this weekend. On Saturday morning I went to the nursery and got some plants for the front. Later watched the Tour de France on tv, then news coverage of the plane crash landing at SFO. In the afternoon I read a book on the iPad. Today I worked in the yard, then washed my car in the driveway. The mornings have been cloudy so good for outdoor work. The sun came out around 10am today and at this time of year it feels very strong on my skin so I try to limit my exposure.

On the 4th we went to a party at a friend's apartment in a high rise downtown. In the late afternoon the low clouds rolled in, you could see the ocean from his unit but the clouds were at maybe 1000 ft. When the fireworks started they put off a lot of smoke, which got trapped under the cloud deck and before long we couldn't see the fireworks because of the smoke! There were other displays farther away, one we could partially see between some other high rises. Fortunately we could see some other cities' displays along the bay. 

Talk about downsizing! His apt is maybe 900sf including two small balconies. He used to be in a good sized house, I didn't want to ask what happened to all of the furniture...he was living with a SO and they split up, she moved to a mobile home in a park, which probably is no larger than his place. Later dh said that he would be claustrophobic in a place that small. Funny, because our first home was 980sf interior and we lived there from shortly before ds was born until he was 12 and dd was 10. We may end up in a place that size again someday...but not before we get rid of a lot of stuff!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-24-1997
Mon, 07-08-2013 - 2:01pm

It was very hot in NY's Hudson River Valley.  I was at a retreat house that was mostly un-air conditioned.  I thought I would have lost a couple of lbs just from sweating, but no such luck.

We got an email from DS in Peru on Friday - the first "real" email in the 2 weeks he's been gone.  They have one router at his excavation site for 50 people, so wifi is very unpredictable.  Sounds like he's learning a lot and having a great time, even with sleeping on straw mattresses and being continually covered in dust and bugbites.

Kelly

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Registered: 01-13-2010
Mon, 07-08-2013 - 6:54pm

It is very hot and humid here in the midwest...which is pretty normal for this time of year.  Dh and I, too, spent much of yesterday watching the news regarding the plane crash in SF. It's amazing as many people walked away from that crash that did!   I was at that airport just less than a year ago to visit my DD29 in Napa.  Anyway, dh's parents came on Thursday to go to our city's fireworks with us that night, then left on Friday.  Dh's parents are 70 and 75 and are in much worse shape than mine who are 78 and 80.  His mom had foot surgery last summer and then her back got screwed up, so she's in constant pain.  I love her to death...is one of the nicest people I've ever met, but she complained the entire time they were here.  FIL didn't mention HIS pain until Friday morning.  He fell while walking one of his DDs dogs they were babysitting as the dog took off, so he fell.  This is the 2nd time in the last few months he has fallen and cracked a rib.  So, as much as we always enjoy their visits, this one just made us worry.  They are both still working, but are retiring soon and are heading to Yellowstone this Fall for a vacation.  Dh and I both are worried about them going so far.  I told dh HE should go with them (which his father actually kind of hinted at), but dh can only  handle being around his parents for 48 hours TOPS, so that won't happen.  Dh has 4 sisters and they won't take their parents on a vacation with them knowing how their dad is (can get moody, grumpy and testy). 

Saturday, dh and I ventured to a fairly new winery a short ways out of town.  They were having a "Bourbon & Blues Fest", so we just ate there and I did a bit of wine tasting.  Dh is more of a beer guy, so didn't partake.  I also tasted a "Apple Pie" liquor (something like Schnapps).  It DID taste like Apple Pie, but had the consistency of cough syrup!  I was a bit under the weather yesterday, so we were basically lazy and just laid around most of the day and ran a couple errands. 

As for this week, I'm taking the time to spend with friends and probably my DD21 as it will be my last full week off before starting my new job next Monday!  I have enjoyed my free time, but know it's not for me.  I LOVE people and cannot imagine being home all the time. 

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Registered: 10-30-2011
Tue, 07-09-2013 - 9:10am

Well, I certainly missed the weekend part of the update didn't I? It's Tuesday already! But Mom was here on the weekend, & when she is here, I seriously limit my computer time.

So my weekend was quiet while she was here. We try to have her out for a couple days 2 or 3 times/month. One of my brothers feels that she spends the money to stay in that Retirement Residence & she should be there except for an occasional dinner out. But she enjoys being here-she went into it from a rural setting, where she could watch birds & enjoy the flowers & garden-which is pretty well what she does here with us. We don't plan anything terribly exciting with her-which is how she prefers it. This time I had some sewing to do-so I put a firm chair in the sewing room (she has a bad back)& put her to work measuring elastic for crib sheets, & we took our talking & visiting into there. I had to laugh because she told Mike that she knows to never worry about bringing books here-she knows I have lots to read.

The weather was pleasant enough to spend great amounts of time outside-the rain held off until after she'd gone. We ate some meals on the deck-which she especially enjoyed. And when I was taking her back, I picked some of the roses from my Rose Garden for her room. They are smaller than the ones I bought a few weeks ago for her-but they certainly smell prettier. (she was pleased when I said they reminded me of her mother's garden-my grandmother grew the best roses!)

So my "weekend update" is late-but it's pretty good.
The only down part was going to Adam's grave to be sure the shrubs were watered & doing okay-but while I hate to think of him being there-I also seem to need to feel close to him there. Our little Inuksuk looks good-our neighbour (aged 12)found a wee plastic toy of 2 Pugs-looking very like ours, the black one even slightly 'pudgier' than the fawn, so we added that for Adam.

Nora

 

Avatar for elc11
Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Tue, 07-09-2013 - 10:49am

Nora, can you please explain about the Inuksuk? I know that it is a stone landmark of some sort...in this case is it in lieu of or in addition to a headstone? 

Avatar for nora_mcl
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Registered: 10-30-2011
Tue, 07-09-2013 - 12:02pm

An Inuksuk (also Inukshuk) is a stone cairn traditionally built by the Inuit of the north-it could be used to guide people across the treeless north, or to store supplies or notes or even built big enough to be 'pretend' people & thus guide caribou to where they could be successfully hunted by real people. We have them on our property-a few to commemerate lost pets & last year made one on a rock cut overlooking the road-just to say "We are here"-something also common up north. About a month before Adam died-I found a huge flat stone-& just laid it on 2 smaller ones, found a pointed one to balance on one end of the big one & a round one on the other end & called him to look-asked if he thought it looked like Lady, the dog we'd had euthanized a few weeks earlier. He agreed & was thrilled to see it. He couldn't walk over to see it-but it was early enough in the year that the bushes did not hide it-he could see it from the deck.

When Adam died, we looked at the marble slabs-nothing seemed to say "ADAM" to us. He died at 28-but really, was younger than that mentally. So we thought we'd build an Inuksuk from stone from our property. We found some that would balance properly-we built it up enough to be tall enough, & since he loved to bird watch, found some small ceramic birds to add to different levels of the stone. And I put the very small car that he & Cleo fought over most often on, surrounded it all with white stones. It seems a unique memorial for a unique person.

Nora

Avatar for suzyk2118
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-30-1997
Tue, 07-09-2013 - 12:48pm

That is awesome.

Avatar for mahopac
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-24-1997
Wed, 07-10-2013 - 11:10am

Oh Nora - that is beautiful.  Thanks for telling us about it.

Kelly

Avatar for elc11
Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Wed, 07-10-2013 - 5:13pm

Very nice. It sounds so much more personal than a traditional marker. Is Adam's the only one there?

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