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me-barbie last won the day on February 4 2016

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  1. BBQ supplies ready! I am hoping for an extra special fireworks display, cause I do love me some fireworks.The day started out sunny, it has now clouded over, but as long as there is no rain, it's all good...a storm in the distance against the fireworks tonight might make for some awesome photography though.... And yes, I know many people are protesting today, and I respect that choice. My choice is different, I am choosing hope. I am choosing hope because I am hearing *for the first time ever*, "oh my god, why weren't we taught this in school?". I am seeing people starting to really talk and reach out to understand First Nations issues, and to take those first, and really uncomfortable steps, towards understanding the multigenerational effects of colonization. I am hearing less and less "why can't you just get over it?". I am hearing less and less "Well *I* didn't send anyone to residential school, why should I feel guilty". I am seeing people trying to heal that. It won't happen over night, and not everyone will agree with me. But I see hope.
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    *Update* When I posted this back in March, there was no funeral or service, at Jenna's express wishes. I was fine with that, funerals are really for the living. Jenna had already gone on. A few weeks back, her oldest child posted that, rather then, and I quote "a sad and boring funeral", a camping weekend in August was being organized, and all who wished to attend were welcome. Camp, or bbq, or enjoy the bonfire, doesn't matter. Now that's Jenna. I am sure she will be dancing in the sparks of the firewood.
  3. BBC also did an Edwardian one: Manor House (which you can both see on YouTube and buy on DVD). My house is Edwardian (of a family with enough money to have pretensions! ). Manor House is quite interesting as well, although one does wonder what the volunteers for the downstairs thought they would be doing....they do not cope well with the sheer hard work and lack of 21st century worker's rights.
  4. While I would not want to make a slum mini, even for historical purposes, it's been a fascinating series!
  5. I am another Craftsman fan. I did as a child live (twice) in such houses. Now, I am in a 1970s mock tudor townhouse, lol. But if I could, this would be my dream house: http://www.antiquehomestyle.com/plans/stillwell/18stillwell/r856.htm
  6. +9 C today, can get to the bbq and I heard geese last night!!
  7. {{{hugs}}} to you and yours. May the good memories comfort you.
  8. you shall have to come to visit, and I will introduce you to maple fudge, maple candy, maple drinks....
  9. Actually, I won't put the stuff on pancakes, I prefer home made jam for that. But in baking, candy making and believe it or not...cocktails....it adds a wonderful depth of flavour!
  10. Do not blaspheme the maple sryup!
  11. So, tonight I hosted a wee dinner party, where each guest brought a dish honouring their heritage. We had Irish, English, Ukranian, Chinese and First Nations. Me being the FN. I made Three Sisters soup....well my spin on it (beans, corn and squash) and Indian pudding. I had never made this pudding before, but I was daring enough to put my own spin on that too...I added maple syrup to the milk, molasses and cornmeal mixture and baked it. Smelt amazing as it baked Then when I served it? Gingerbread. I made gingerbread.
  12. Woke up to -43 windchills It's "warmed up" to -32 windchill
  13. We've got the wrap around cold now. -40 windchill tonight.
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    A friend of mine died of cancer the other night. We've known it was coming, but still. The last few months I have taken my coffee breaks and gone up to her room when I could. 5 yrs ago, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 colorectal cancer. I swear, she willed herself to live long enough to see her youngest child graduate and hit legal age. Within weeks of him graduating, she found the cancer was not only no longer responding to chemo, but had spread to her liver, brain and spine. She went for radio therapy, complications resulted in paralysis. We raised the money for a ramp and electric chair, so she was able to go home for Xmas. Small pleasures become large ones. Note I don't say she fought, or lost the battle, or any such terms. She hated that with a passion. In the 5 yrs since her diagnosis, she came into her own, and lived her life to the utmost. Sometimes our humour got black, but that was how we were with each other, lots of laughs at ourselves and at life. I shall miss her.
  15. I did try to post a before and after, but the photos on my phone are too large and I don't know how to resize them
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