Archive | May 2014

Schools

School

 

I’ve wandered all over the place  on my blog… maybe I should go back a bit . I started school at Maple Grove Elementary when we lived on Angus Drive. I went there until we went to the Cariboo, where I missed  a couple of grades. I was getting lessons for two years from Victoria, but Mom and my siblings were doing the work and having me copy it.

 

When we moved back to Vancouver I went back to Maple Grove! Although I had missed two years, I was promoted for one, so was only one year behind. I had missed ‘long division’ ….but we had a school teacher living next door to us, so she tutored me until I had figured out how to do it!

 

From there it was to Point Grey Junior High where we took cooking and sewing. I made a dress from “Pussy Willow” silk? I doubt that it was silk, but that’s what my memory says!!! Anyway, it got to be  on display in the show cases in the front hall.

 

We lived about a mile from Point Grey, and I walked, even went home for lunch! If it was raining I ‘took the interurban’. If I hurried too much at that time I would get a nose bleed!

 

Someone told mom to feed me Jello… even drink it before it ‘set’, and that worked! I stopped having the nose bleeds.

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I took part in the games at Point Grey…even grass hockey…but I was not a good runner…and I disliked ‘tumbling’, really disliked it!

 

I joined the “Pen and Ink Club”…the only girl in it!   I have always wanted to be an artist….. maybe some day I’ll get there!…Miss Faunt, the art teacher , was the one that told me I should go to art school. I never did get there!

 

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Meanderings

Wandering.

 

My blog gets you to a lot of situations and places because I wander…but thats how my mind goes, so I have to follow! So here we go awandering!

 

We moved to Langley when there was still ten days left of Grade ten, and I had to go. Didn’t do much, but did meet some of the other kids.

 

When School started next session I was voted class President. We had a rather odd principal… his name was Manzer… Doing genealogy in later years I’m pretty sure there was a relation between him and me. The daughter of William White, (Susan) the Loyalist, married Bernard Manzer’s,( Loyalist) son, Henry. I never followed it through, but the possibility is there. We would have had the same great great grandparents!

 

Mr.Manzer decided he would call all of the girls by their  last name as he had enough to remember learning them. Except for me, class president, he called ‘Norma.”!

He taught Math, and would have things on the board to get the class started if he was a bit late getting there and I would have students up at the board working on them when he came. He was a good teacher.

 

We had another great teacher..Donny Rodgers…He drilled the lessons into us during classes so that we hardly had to do any studying.

 

And then there was Mr. Leonard, the music teacher. He decided that we would put on an operetta, and bought one…”The Wishing Well”. In later years he wrote the operetta! They were going to have auditions to see who would play the parts.

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Three of us gals had nothing to do, so decided to try out just for fun! Two of us got roles. I was picked for the leading lady, Mary. We had to sing “Brahms Lullaby”.

 

This was part of one of the songs….

 

Mary,  my own, McCushla,

My Irish colleen fair,

Cheeks with the tint of roses,

Mary, with auburn hair… that’s all I can remember!

 

We even made our own costumes!

 

The day came when we were to perform the operetta. In the theatre in ‘down town’ Langley in the afternoon for the whole school, and another performance in the evening for parents and friends.

 

And.. we were presented with roses at the end!!!

How’s that for exciting!!!

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Prince

 

Prince was a beautiful sorrel horse, with a fantastic  light coloured mane and tail…another one of the beautiful   work horses.

 

Al took a look at him one morning and saw that there was a big lump on his right shoulder… a fistula…. and it would have to be taken care of right away.

 

Al came in the kitchen and noticed no one had had their breakfast yet, including me and him.

 

“Come on Norma, you can give me a hand holding on to Prince while I cut into that fistula to drain it.”Prince

Al had everything set up… Prince was tied to the fence, but he wanted Prince to have someone controlling his head. That was me!

 

Ready? Set! Stick the knife in…Even the smell was overpowering as the ‘gook’ squirted out, and the ground came up and hit me. Al had to leave me laying there as his hand was all tied up looking after Prince. I came to after a bit, no worse for wear,  and Prince was feeling quite a bit better. I had to take a lot of teasing for the help I gave Al!

Wandering

Wandering.   My blog gets you to a lot of situations and places because I wander…but that’s how my mind goes, so I have to follow! So here we go awandering!   We moved to Langley when there was still ten days left of Grade ten, and I had to go. Didn’t do much, but did meet some of the other kids.   When School started its next session I was voted class President.

We had a rather odd principal… his name was Manzer. Doing genealogy in later years I’m sure there was a relation between him and me. The daughter of William White, (Susan) the Loyalist, married Bernard Manzer’s( Loyalist) son, Henry. I never followed it through, but the possibility is there. We would have had the same great great grandparents!

Mr. Manzer decided he would call all of the girls by their  last name as he had enough to remember learning them. Except for me, class president, he called ‘Norma!” He taught Math, and would have things on the board to get the class started if he was a bit late getting there, and I would have students up at the board working on them when he came. He was a good teacher.

We had another great teacher…Donny Rodgers. He drilled the lessons into us during classes so that we hardly had to do any studying.

roses.And then there was Mr. Leonard, the music teacher. He decided that we would put on an operetta, and bought one…”The Wishing Well.” In later years he wrote the operetta! They were going to have auditions to see who would play the parts. Three of us gals had nothing to do, so decided to try out just for fun! Two of us got roles. I was picked for the leading lady, Mary. We had to sing “Brahms Lullaby”.   Mary,  my own, McCushla, My Irish colleen fair, Cheeks with the tint of roses, Mary, with auburn hair… that’s all I can remember!   We even made our own costumes!   The day came when we were to perform the operetta — in the theatre in front of the whole school, and another performance in the evening for parents and friends.   And… we were presented with roses at the end!!! How’s that for exciting!!!

Little Geese!

Little geese.

 

The village of Likely had a very small population, but they had a school house and a teacher. The teacher was Albert Pattenaud, and he lived out the other side of Horsefly. He came home every weekend and holidays.

 

In the winter when sound travelled so far and so clearly, you could hear him coming as he always had this bad cough. His wife and a couple of kids travelled with him.

 

Some body had given me a couple of baby geese…goblets?  I don’t think so.  Maybe they were cygnets, but not sure of that.  Now I remember… they are called Goslings!  I dearly loved them and was taking really good care of  them. Had them outside in the daytime, but put them in the chicken house at night so they would have protection from the weasels.

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Back to the teacher! His youngest son, Phillip. was about six or seven years old. He would pick up one of my toys (many of my toys, one at a time. ) And Say “It’s no dood, Norma doesn’t want it. I’ll take it over to Likely.”  And, in most cases it worked for him.

 

This trip they were going to Likely and only staying over one night…and they asked me to go along with them! Mom and dad gave me permission to go and I was all excited.l

 

We arrived at their friends home just before supper time. That had been the arrangement… have supper there. Well, there  were ten of us, and she used six eggs for an omelette. Not going to put on too much weight with that amount  of food! I was glad to head for home.

 

It was a very sad arrival for me. They forgot to put my goslings in the chicken coop, and the weasel got all of them, draining all the blood out of them  and leaving the bodies there for me to find. I wished I had never gone to Likely with the Patenauds!

91st.

91st91st Birthday!

 

Imagine that! I am 91 years young! My niece, her husband, Ra and Debbie came for a birthday party and we had a very enjoyable time. A day ahead, because Trooper are playing in Sasketoon, Saskatchewan Tonight. Ra phoned from the airport this morning just before they boarded the plane.

 

If you live in Sasketoon, go see Trooper tonight!

 

My son Gary can only come on weekends and he was here last weekend.

 

 

 

At Last!

At Last!   Last November, six months ago, I was hospitalized with pneumonia. I had been on oxygen at night for quite a few years, but when I came home from there, I was put on oxygen 24/7. It does make it a little more difficult to do things, and each time I leave my suite I have to change to the portable oxygen, and when I get home, go through the changing all over again.

I was weak, with little or no energy… and had no desire to do anything! Eventually I began wanting to draw and paint…but still lacked the ambition to do either. It is not a good thing to just sit around doing nothing or watching TV.

So, after six months I finally got out my pencils (and eraser) and I drew a rose. It was another four or five days before I got out my paints, brushes and some water, and went to work painting it!

6 month rose copy I give it to you! With love! For all of my faithful followers who kept coming to visit. I appreciate each and everyone of you and sincerely thank you!