August 14, 2017

Blocks 118-120 Week 40 - Crabapples Galore

This year we had major winds in early spring and my crabapple tree never had any blossoms. I figured that there would be very little if any crabapples. Boy was I wrong. There are more crabapples than ever before. The branches bending from all the weight.

This week the lessons I learned are participate in what you love not because it is cool, always have things in writing and learn survival skills.

B l o c k s   1 1 8,   1 1 9,   1 2 0

118 Kaila Mussell
119 Shaaw Tláa (Kate Carmack)
120 Taqulittuq (Tookoolito)


August 7, 2017

Week 39 Blocks 115-117 Downsizing

My mom is 92, Lord love her, and she is still teaching me. It's been one of those 2 weeks for all of us. The night before she moved to a seniors lodge I think she decided that OMG her children haven't packed all her worldly possessions, I better finish packing. The next morning, moving day, we get a phone call, "I hurt my back." She was packing and moving boxes. The first days were very positive and the lodge is excellent but, where are her boxes and the pain has not gone away. You have to love her for acting 50 in a 92 year old body.

Moral of the story is be kind to your children and start downsizing at 50-60 even if you are not moving to another home. Do not save your worldly possessions for your children or grand children or great grand children or great great grand children. Give it to them or the thrift stores or churches or shelters, NOW. Five years from today the object will be obsolete. Plan and tell your children what you want done should anything happen. I tried to get mom to plan 20 years ago. Her answer "I'm not that old." It is surprising at how little you really need for survival.

Week 39 - twelve more groups of Canadian women remain. It's so close can you feel the excitement growing. These next three women traveled across Canada or to the US to do what they wanted to accomplish. If men can do it women can do it as well. Where there is a will there is always a way.

B l o c k s   1 1 5,  1 1 6,  1 1 7

115 Audrey Marlene McLaughlin
116 Jenny Dill
117 Dr Emily Howard Jennings Stowe


July 31, 2017

Happenings - Blocks 112-114

What's happening is it is really smoky and summer is half over. For those with school children you are half way to back to school. New clothes, new books, new pens and pencils, new this and new that. 

As a kid, those days were great days. As a mom or a dad it was even better days. The days of hearing I'm bored, there's nothing to do will soon be over. As an adult, doing nothing is now a blessing and definitely not boring. I have learned how to piddle a day away, no problem.

Which brings me to the next three women. They definitely did not piddle their days away. I'm exhausted just reading about them. They went all out throughout their lives. First at this, first at that. Kim knew what she wanted and went for it. Grace proved that women are just a capable as men. Elizabeth wasn't going to put up with any shit from the hired hands and sold the farm.  

B l o c k s   1 1 2,  1 1 3,  1 1 4

112 Kim Campbell
113 Grace Annie Lockhart
114 Elizabeth Catherine Bagshaw