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..