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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Let me reassure everyone my city is not in danger of flooding that will damage any homes. Our river banks are quite steep and houses were not allowed to be built along the shore as the city wanted green space for all to enjoy near the river. Their foresight keeps paying dividends again and again..
The weather has been cool and rainy, but our high river is coming from all the excess water from the flooding in Calgary, their rivers flow into ours and we are downstream. It just takes a while to get here, giving us plenty of time to prepare. There is a First Nation community, Cumberland House down river from us, which has already been evacuated as they will flood. It happened to them last time our river went high.

Mom and I walked along the river from the low lying areas to see how it looked:

She looks back at me, "you want ME to get my feet wet?"

The boat launch area is always the first to go underwater, being the lowest point along the river:

The pathway to it from the other side was completely blocked with water:

The weir, normally a 4 foot drop of falls was no longer visible:

No more walking on one of my favorite trails unless I want to wear long rubber boots ;P

We would get a nice morning, maybe sunny, and then the clouds would start forming and moving in:

Over view of the flooded area:

Light standard reflecting in water:

After viewing it from the top, I got down to the street level view:

All of a sudden, we spotted a critter swimming across.

It was the beaver!

He bit off a tiny twig of leaves and then swam back to the river:

Today I enjoy my last Tuesday Boxercise class with the incredible Dani. She worked us hard. There wasn't a single person who wasn't red faced and pouring sweat at the end of class. She is retiring from teaching at the facility. She will have one more class Saturday. I have never had an instructor more motivating, energetic and challenging then her. I will sorely, sorely miss her :((( I wish I could get someone to video tape her class so I could do it throughout the winter.
Unfortunately for me, the gabapentin isn't up to pain relief for me :( I am struggling with back pain that sometimes radiates all the way through my hip down my leg. I find it hard to get comfortable sitting or standing or even moving around. It is just not loosening up. That coupled with my right elbow problems is going to force me to seek out a physiotherapist and pay for treatments. Its too long a wait for the publically funded ones and they are only allowed to work on one problem area at a time :( I have many :( What is happening with my right elbow is I have no lateral control. I find it difficult to use a mouse, or to type accurately and when I am trying to cut my veggies, my knife wavers back and forth and I have to try and hit it just right, but uneven cuts are the norm.
My Father informed me my Uncle has been moved into Palliative Care. He says he hasn't much time left, so will come and pick me up tomorrow morning so I can visit him before bridge. I have to get my injection at 9:30 am so he will pick me up after that.
I got a letter, a copy of one from my family Doctor that my Rheumatologist is closing her practice. She has Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and B Cell Lymphoma. She is waiting for a stem cell transplant. I have seen her since August 1988!
My mood is as dark as the weather. There just hasn't been much sunshine or any good news in my life lately. Its very frustrating and I feel lost.. If it wasn't for my responsibilities at the bridge club, I would have no purpose or worth.
Thanks, as always, for your wonderful support, kind words, great goodies and just being here for me..
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  • ENUFF81020

    I'm so sorry that it is pouring on you right now--and I sure know the feeling. I was deep in it myself about a week ago and I don't know how to get past it myself. It helps to have others to chat with and things to do that you care about that help you to use some healthy energy.

    Please know that I am available to email or talk to in any number of ways. I'll send you a spark mail with more on that. Be sure that you keep talking to anybody otherwise, it might just eat you up. I care about you and all that is going on.

    Gentle hugs, my friend!!
    1630 days ago
    emoticon for you, dear Linda. Hope that the flood waters recede soon and you get comfort for your other woes soon too. I'm thinking of you with love and more emoticon
    1634 days ago
    Wow pictures are amazing emoticon
    1634 days ago
    Just want to start of with a big emoticon
    I am so sorry to hear about your uncle (read you last blog too)...although you knew it was inevitable it is still sad nonetheless. No one likes to see someone suffer a terrible disease like that. No one likes to lose a loved one.
    That is awful about your Dr. too! I don't blame you for feeling blue, especially with all the bad weather and flooding too. Hang in there! I hope you get some better relief for your pain! Take care and hope you feel better soon! Thanks for posting the pics.
    I appreciate your support and commenting on my blog! You are the best! emoticon
    1635 days ago
    Please know that you will always have purpose and worth for your many Spark friends here. You are an amazing human being. I truly appreciate how all of the bad news and pain you are dealing with have to create a pretty dark mood. So completely understandable. But: the flooding will dissipate and the dark mood will too.

    Thanks for your cheery and kind comment on my anniversary trip blog: so very kind of you, especially when you are NOT experiencing "perfect days" right now yourself. But then that's just the kind of person you are . . .
    1635 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    emoticon I am so sorry about your doc and your uncle!
    Thanks for sharing such wonderful pictures - I wondered whether or not the water would impact you. Your mom is so cute about the water!

    I learned today that a former coworker and former policeman died about 10 days ago - speculation is a heart attack in his sleep. That and a few other things make my mood match yours.
    1635 days ago
  • LINDA!
    This is a very tough time for you. I am praying for yo and your family. emoticon

    I have been watching the news and seeing the terrible flooding. It is so sad.
    1635 days ago
    What's the old Conway Twitty song? Five Feet High and Rising! LOL

    "How high is the river, mama?"

    "More than 5 feet high and risin', little Conway! Time to get out the inner tubes so we can float!"
    1635 days ago
    You are brimming with worth, never doubt it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    1635 days ago
    I'm so sorry to hear about your doctor, Linda! I've been praying for you and your uncle
    1635 days ago
    Bah to losing your instructor and doctor and yikes for the water. I hope you've got a sturdy pair of wellies! I love the picture of your mum - she looks like a spunky lady. emoticon
    1635 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I am sorry about your pain and your hard news from doctors, family, exercise teachers. Plus you are dealing with the flooding. My thoughts are with you.

    emoticon I am glad you have bridge in your life and your mom!
    emoticon I love your beaver pictures.
    1635 days ago
    So sorry you have so much to deal with at this time. Just remember tomorrow is a new day and things will change back for the better in time. Hang in there. Remember all your Spark Friends are thinking about you and sending positive wishes your way.

    Your pictures are great, very interesting. We have had so much rain this year, so much better than last year's drought.

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    1635 days ago
  • C8TSON
    Wow Linda, so much bad news and trials to face right now in your life. emoticon My heart is so sad for you as I read all of the bad news. I'm so sorry to hear that you are having such pain, and what a difficult bit of news that your rheumatologist is retiring from her practice, especially for the reason of being so sick! That's just awful! As for the instructor leaving, that is always difficult to deal with. Over the years I have seen wonderful exercise class instructors leave and it's always a big adjustment. Sorry to hear that your uncle is declining so rapidly. It just sounds like things are going rotten right now, and my greatest empathy and thoughts go out to you. Hang in there and hope the floods don't take over too much more. As always, you are in my thoughts. emoticon emoticon
    1636 days ago
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