A favourite trail in Hi Knoll Park, Langley, BC
I wish it weren’t necessary to bring you this message, but I know Norma wouldn’t have wanted to leave her cyber friends in limbo, wondering why she was no longer posting here. She would have said a personal goodbye if she could, and told you all how much she valued your friendship, and appreciated your many visits and encouraging comments.
But Norma left us last Thursday morning after a fall from which she never regained consciousness.
Our hearts ache with the loss, but also rejoice for her. Her faith has taken her beyond the bend in the trail and into the glorious light of eternity with her Lord. – C.G.
A memorial service was held on
Sunday, January 25, 2015
in the Chapel at the Evergreen Care Home
where Norma had been living in
White Rock, BC
NORMA GRACE McGUIRE
May 9, 1923 – January 8, 2015
“Come to me,
all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.”
My son and I were talking about old times this afternoon….brought back lots of memories. Maybe I’ve already written about these things before… I don’t know.
Back in the old times…I was sixteen. I had been wearing hand-me-down clothes for a few years because there just was no money around.
I picked strawberries… for one cent a pound, and they had to be hulled as we picked because they were for jam. The most I ever picked in a day was 146 pounds, and got $1.46 for the whole days work.
I drew Christmas cards for ten cents each, or a dollar a dozen.
And I learned how to play a 24 base accordion that my brother gave me. Turns out he bought it on time, and didn’t pay for it. They came to take it away, but my Dad payed the amount owing and I got to keep it. Later on I had a 120 base accordion.
The community at Otter had a Whist and Dance every Saturday night. They played Whist for two hours, then danced for two hours. The accordion player was leaving and that left just the drummer.
They asked me to take his place…so every Saturday night I played for two hours, and made $2.00
I eventually had enough money to buy a beautiful plum coloured coat. I was so proud of that coat!
You probably have heard of the Advent calendar…with a treat for every day as you wait for the arrival of Christmas. Mostly for children.
Well, my niece and her husband came for a visit yesterday. They brought me an advent calendar…..except it isn’t a calendar. It’s a whole box full of goodies. Today, package number three brought a lovely ceramic Christmas tree, all decorated…..and you know what? it’s a music box!! Wow! I love it!
It brings memories flooding back. And they didn’t know that it would.
When my husband and I first started going together, and our first Christmas came around….what do you think he gave me?
Yep… a music box to hold my powder puff…things like that were used in those days! I’ve got enough memories running through my head to last for the rest of the day…maybe even longer.
Photo from Carol J. Garvin
“We’re here for a good time…not a long time…. The sun can’t shine every day.;
“When you don’t like what you’ve got, why don’t you change it?”
Words from a couple of “Trooper” songs…written by my son, Ra, some time ago.
When is the ‘good time’ over? And where do we go from here? I have many thoughts running around in my head…trying to give me the answer to a few of my questions. Like…Why have I been here on this earth?
My son Ra and I had a two hour meeting with a nurse today for her to tell me what my new classification will mean…and what they can do to make me comfortable. I have now been placed in “Palliative”.
Ra and I
For more than two weeks now, we have been putting up with one elevator to move us up and down as we need to travel up and down, or meals andw activities. It has become more annoying as each day goes by.
I probably told you that we had a new, five Star chef,,,,boy, is she good. Last night at supper was a ‘topper’ as far as I’m concerned.
Souvlaki, Tzatziki (spelling?) and a Greek Salad…with her home made ice cream, which was served in either a bowl or a cone! Talk about delicious! Things are looking up around here!
My niece and her husbands’ black Lab became ill on the weekend, and had to be put down. Reading her blog about Tynan brought back memories from our little ‘Skippy’. His legs were so short he had to skip to get up the curb. He was a ‘Heintz 57 breed’……you know, a mixture!
Shortly after we put a new carpet in the front room, my husband ended up with a broken leg. He was lying on the chesterfield… and called Skippy to come to him. Now Skippy knew that he was not allowed on that new carpet. He also knew he had to ‘come’ when he was called. What was he to do?
You could almost see the wheels turning in his head!
There was an easy chair between the couch and the hall. So, Skippy jumped up on that chair and walked across it and right over to the couch…and on up to the other end and gave my husband a big LICK. He did not touch the carpet!
My dear friend, Janice, has had Parkinsons for many years..She copes. Now she has other complications, and is back in the hospital, where she had a procedure just a couple of months ago.
Please, my dear friends, please pray for her.
Flowers on Display.
Along with the Fall decorations that I used in my last post, we have a basket full hanging on the wall. I took a picture, but I was sitting on my motorized chair…and the basket is not straight… and I cant remember how to straighten it! Tilt your head just a little and that will straighten it for you!
Have you seen those Phony flowers? They come in all shapes and sizes. We have some of those, but also ‘live’ plants. The real thing!
Time to wander!….
My friend Janice has two green thumbs… and she loves her ‘garden’. A lot of it is in large pots out on her deck, but more fill up the spaces in her suite. She is generous in sharing, and when there is something special in smaller containers, she takes them down to the craft room, or the main lobby for all of us to enjoy.
Right now she has three fabulous Amaryllas in bloom!
They all belong to the ‘WOW’ family! All three are on display where we can enjoy them. She was really pleased to get the photos I took for her records.
I am so thankful that I had figured out how to use my camera in time to get photos in the past couple of days.
I have just started taking pictures while sitting in my ‘mobile’ chair…not that easy! I do stand up to take some of them, but I am a bit shaky working that way.
Today is Thanksgiving, and is a holiday. We had our turkey dinner and stuffing with pumpkin pie at noon yesterday…At supper tonight we had a delightful surprise. Cream cheese and lox on a croissant. Our new Chef is really making a difference!