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Friday, July 18, 2014

Mom - mom ... Well she has been moved into Hilltop care facility - she has not been placed in her permanent room, not until the first week of August. But she is at Hilltop not Vancouver and that is so good.
Reality is starting to sink in - she likes being there and hates it already as her health is really taking a downward turn and she knows she is no longer free. She fell again last night and so now her bed has an alarm on it. It scared the wits out of me and Dalhouise began his bark that he does whenever the smoke detector goes off... We went for a visit this afternoon ....
We got her to get out of bed to go for a coffee with us in the lounge Because she was just lying in her bed all day. Buzz.
Anyways after the coffee we got her back into her room and bed and she didn't want the alarm reset ... Stubborn .... We did anyways because as I told her we don't want you up and about without aid...

-- so we can begin getting rid of more things now out of our condo because we have a better understanding of what she can and can't bring with her.. We want our condo living room back.

- there is no internet - no phone and once she gets her room basic TV is given for 20 dollars a month - she needs more than basic...

- her birthday is tomorrow 78 years of age we are bringing her Canadian version Chinese food. I ordered it today already and will pick it up tomorrow at 4:45 pm. The owner knows I am taking it off and my two dishwashers will serve camp their food of Chile, baked potato Caesar salad and dinner rolls

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    How nice she is in a safe place for her now! Yes, I'm sure it hurts her pride that she has to have that alarm on, but hopefully she's realizing she's assuring you of her safety for having it on...
That's sad they don't allow a phone in her room! Are you sure only basic cable is offered?
Happy birthday to her!

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EDLEAR 7/19/2014 8:37AM

    I'm glad that at least things are starting to get settled for your mom. Such a lot going on, lots of upheaval in her life! How fortunate that she has you and Noni.
Happy birthday to her. emoticon

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REGILIEH 7/18/2014 11:34PM

    Happy birthday to your mom. So sorry for her and for you. It takes courage to get old.


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This user to be our favourite position

Friday, July 18, 2014

An older picture of what Dalhouise and I were doing before we found ourselves in the glacier fed Squamish River fending for our lives ....
I do not know about Dalhouise but the more I think about it at night and realize the actual danger we were in....

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    It's good you have the memories, and some pictures too!

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COLLEENROSTE 7/19/2014 6:03AM

    So glad you are still around to have happy memories. Might be worth investing in a PFD for Dalhousie when you get around to replacing the kayak

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REGILIEH 7/18/2014 8:10PM

    Great picture! Just so thankful you and Dalhouise are okay! Thankful! Thankful!

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Life and death adventure

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What an adventure - one that I hope never to repeat!
This afternoon I went for a kayak - went to the river -- so deceptive.
I saved Dalhouise and lost my hat, camera, binoculars, kayak.
There was never a question of what I was going to do - Dalhouise life at all cost must be protected and that is what I did without hesitation.
Let me explain... The river was fast moving - deep and wide but I was staying close to the shore where it was shallow and calmer. Then there was a channel I had to cross to be stay on the shore line - I turned into it and the main channel took hold of the kayak and pulled me .....
Now I was in the main river gaining speed and having very little control - no control actually...
I found myself emerging from the water and Dalhouise was beside me struggling so I grabbed him and held him close. I was wearing my life vest (always)
I could not hold both kayak and Dalhouise and besides that the river was taking the kayak I to bubbly water and I did not want to go there especially with Dalhouise. I let go of the paddle but grabbed it to help balance Dalhouise and myself in the river hoping to use it to guide/ steer.
I was calm and collected all the while as I just floated down the river trying to swim to the shore... Hanging onto Dalhouise. I seen the bridge getting closer, and closer - if I go under that I would be in deep deep problems as the water becomes much faster and white rapids with more log jams to deal with... God is good the river spitted me out right at the spot I began to kayak with my car parked at the top of the river bank. My keys were still secure around my neck..

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REGILIEH 7/17/2014 3:11PM

    Oh my gosh! Thank God you and Dalhouise are safe! Could you tell if Dalhouise was frightened? I really am so happy you could write this blog!

Hugs! Keep safe!


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BA5454 7/17/2014 7:34AM

    Oh my gosh--what a really scary thing to have happen! I would've done the same if my dog had been threatened. So glad you made ii out safe!

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    Oh no! I'm so glad you and your dog are safe, but so sorry you lost your kayak, camera and binoculars! That's great that key was around your neck just fine when you went to shore near your car- what a blessing you landed there! Whew!

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EDLEAR 7/17/2014 2:32AM

    Got your heart rate up, didn't this? So glad to see that you both got through this adventure safely. Cameras and hats and such can be replaced, you and Dalhouie, not so. emoticon

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014


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MAGGIEVAN 7/16/2014 3:38PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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Just a hot day

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Hot - hot days of summer are upon us and it is good.
Life in the kitchen -! A new male dishwasher started Monday - he seems nice - a little slow - I hope he can pick up the pace and get into a routine of things to be done.
Noni is still sore from the hike - I am fully recovered.
It has been so hot that I have been making use of the new pond the owner created at camp this year. By going swimming a couple of times a day or even just sitting in the water up to my neck to cool down.
We are on a full two week stretch with campers then there will be a three day off rest before new campers arrive again. - so I am looking forward to that break. Yesterday - today - tomorrow we loose many campers on day hikes so i hope to get a long break this afternoon and just maybe go for a kayak. I have not been out yet this year and I am sad about this - so if my food order is delivered in time I think today is the day.

The last food delivery was over 8 hours late - it came after 4 pm when we were guaranteed a deliver between 7 and 10 am.. Very upset I was...... There were some nasty phone calls and emails going back and forth.....

My mother still waits for a bed opening in a nursing home so nothing has changed there..

It is hot - so hot

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    I hope you do get to go kayaking. That is frustrating how they don't deliver anywhere near when they're told they will. Not good business...
I'm praying that your mom gets a bed in a nursing home closest to you soon.

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COLLEENROSTE 7/16/2014 4:48PM

    A dip in the pond sounds like a great way to cool off. Hope you can get your kayak out too

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