Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Geneology Poem

Many, many years ago.........
Many, many years ago
When I was twenty three,
I got married to a widow,
Pretty as could be.

This widow had a grown-up daughter
With flowing hair of red.
My father fell in love with her,
And soon the two were wed.
This made my dad my son-in-law
And changed my very life.
Now my daughter was my mother,
For she was my father's wife.
To complicate the matters worse,
Although it brought me joy.
I soon became the father
Of a bouncing baby boy.
My little baby then became
A brother-in-law to dad.
And so became my uncle,
Though it made me very sad.
For if he was my uncle,
Then that also made him brother
To the widow's grown-up-daughter
Who, of course, was my step-mother.
Father's wife then had a son,
Who kept them on the run.
And he became my grandson,
For he was my daughter's son,
My wife is now my mother's mother
And it makes me blue.
Because, although she is my wife,
She's my grandma too.
If my wife is my grandmother,
Then I am her grandchild.
And every time I think of it,
It simply drives me wild.
For now I have become
The strangest case you ever saw.
As the husband of my grandmother,
I am my own grandpa!
Author unknown.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Earthquake

Last night, I made hubby go to bed "early".  We were in bed by 11: 15 a.m. about 30 minutes later, I felt my first earthquake.  I have lived in BC for the past 13 years and have had people talk about "feeling earthquakes" throughout but last night was the first time.

It was a 4.3 or 4.8, depending on what news report you are reading.  Hubby and I were in bed. I was almost asleep when it felt like the bed was shaking and the nightstands were rattling.  I woke up and accused hubby of waking me up on purpose with his shaking.  He had to tell me that it was the WHOLE HOUSE that shook.

We could see/find no damage.  Neighbors went out onto the street to converse but other than that we could not tell what effect this had.

My thoughts went back to Swissair Flight 111 . In 1998, I had just moved back to Wolfville, NS for my second year of my masters degree at Acadia.  I was living with my now best friend, Jenn.  She lived near the site of the crash and told me stories of her friends and neighbors dealing with the aftermass.  One story in particular was that there was a man she grew up with who was outside when the plane went down.  It went down so low that he could reach up and touch the belly of the plane as it went down.  She told me of how violently the houses shook, dishes falling from the shelves.... this is what the earthquake reminded me of.

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VANCOUVER - Many residents of Metro Vancouver felt shaking late Tuesday night, as a moderate earthquake struck near Victoria.
The quake struck at 11:39 p.m., about 20 kilometres north of Victoria was felt across much of southern British Columbia.
Earthquakes Canada said the quake measured 4.3 on the Richter scale. Alison Bird, a seismologist with the agency who lives in Victoria, said she was woken up by the shaking.
She said it was unlikely there would any major aftershocks because they are rare in the Juan de Fuca plate, but said the quake should serve as a reminder to residents to be prepared for a much larger one.
There were no reports of damage, she added, but residents as far away as Chilliwack and Maple Ridge reported feeling the ground shake. A Vancouver Sun reporter, who lives in the West End of Vancouver, was woken by the bed shaking for several seconds, while another said her whole house in East Vancouver shook. A Canadian Press reporter in South Surrey said it felt like a truck passing by.
Others on Twitter noted beds shaking, dishes rattling, and Christmas decorations tinkling. The City of Vancouver said there were no reports of any significant damage from the earthquake.
In Metro Vancouver, SkyTrain temporarily shut down until crews determined it was safe to operate the train on the guideway. Service resumed Wednesday morning.
On Vancouver Island and in the Gulf Islands, the quake was felt in varying degrees, with some people saying it rattled their house, while others reported they barely noticed it. One Twitter user on Saltspring Island, Lynda Monk, called it “scary” and said it was the largest earthquake she had felt in 16 years living on the island.
BC Hydro said it had not detected any quake damage and there were no disruptions to transmission and distribution systems.
Authorities on the Island and in Vancouver posted messages on social media asking people not to call 911 about the quake unless there was an emergency.
The quake followed another that measured 4.4 and struck several hours earlier near San Bernardino, California. The U.S. agency said aftershocks of magnitude 3.8 and 3.2 came minutes later, and dozens of tiny aftershocks followed in the next few hours.
After the quake struck B.C., residents turned to social media to share updates, post tips, and comment on B.C.’s preparedness.
Mayor Gregor Robertson tweeted that every earthquake is a “crucial reminder for your family and business to be ready” while Vancouver School Trustee Patti Bacchus observed, “Tonight’s relatively minor #earthquake a subtle reminder from Mother Nature we need to get all seismically at-risk BC schools upgraded ASAP.”
Bird encouraged anyone who felt the earthquake to use the “did you feel it” button on the agency’s website at earthquakescanada.ca. “We gain more insight into what happened and what may happen in the future,” she said.
Meantime, south of the border, authorities reported that the quake was widely felt across the northwest Washington State. The U.S. Geological Society, which listed the quake as a slightly higher 4.8-magnitude, recorded more than 10,000 reports of the quake being felt.
The quake followed another that measured 4.4 and struck several hours earlier near San Bernardino, California. The U.S. agency said aftershocks of magnitude 3.8 and 3.2 came minutes later, and dozens of tiny aftershocks followed in the next few hours.
Last year, a 6.6-magnitude earthquake shook much of southwestern B.C. in the spring after it hit on the Nootka fault zone off the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Aftershocks in that quake were felt from one end of Vancouver Island to the other and parts of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. There were no reports of damage but aftershocks were felt as far as Kelowna and Penticton in the province’s Interior.
ticrawford@vancouversun.com
With files from The Canadian Press, The Associated Press, and the Victoria Times Colonist

Saturday, August 22, 2015

So my daughter just had a tantrum of epic porportions while strapped to her booster seat at the kitchen table.  It is 8:05 a.m. She calmed about 5 minutes ago and is now watching TV and eating her breakfast.  The tantrum was sparked over a Thomas the Tank Engine train.  The trains are still on the table, ironically.  The tantrum lasted 5 minutes maybe... (started again everytime I went near her, she wanted to kick me, hit me, when she wasn't throwing her toy on the floor.)  All I could think was "gee my tenant is probably not too thrilled to be woken up this way, if he is home, but then this isn't a picnic for me either."


Monday, August 10, 2015

Phone calls

What a day! and it's only 11 a.m.

Yesterday I made a list of things that need to get done. On this list, is 4 phone calls.
So far I have made 3 of the 4, but the 3 morphed into 6 because a) I called my GP for an appointment and was told that this person has returned to the US. Sure someone has taken over her cases but it would have been nice to have been informed of this change.
b) I'm trying to get the low down on pre-school.  message left, maybe they will call me this century.
c) I'm trying to get an appointment figured out with a new clinic.  First, I can't remember the name of the person exactly, hence I don't know the right extension. I call the extension listed on the website.. it is a totally WRONG department.  Like really? huh?  This person calls me to alert me to the error of leaving my rambling voicemail on this exension and transfers me to switchboard.  The switchboard operator figures out who I want and transfers me there.  This person is surprised I called and tells me that I didn't talk to her last week but I need another person, for booking. *sigh*

So..... I leave a message there for booking.  The phone rings again. It is a TOTALLY different name than any I have called. It is the switchboard operator telling me that she has followed up on my comment about the wrong extension on the website, but the person with website access is away. 

Now I am contemplating phone call #4... getting an appointment for a new hearing aid.  I probably need a new aid. I think I have had this one about 7 years.  I know that I was still working when I got it.  

Oh I was about right. It is 6 years old and the last time I saw their office was 3 years ago. 

I better get off the phone now as I am waiting for 3 calls.... let's see if/when that happens eh?


Sunday, May 10, 2015

On the question of Sacred space .. thoughts about a sanctuary.

I am 41. I have been a church member since I was 12.  This is now my 7th church of attendance.  I realize that over the decades that worship has changed, that people have changed, that society has changed... God never changes by the way, just our understanding/perspective does.....  but perhaps I have a different understanding of the sanctuary than my fellow congregation members.

Today I was privileged to have my mother with me.  She is from the other end of the country so this is a rare visit.  We were seated in the middle left section of the church but with a good view of the speakers.   The gentleman to our left was older (I'd say late 60's) Asian, and pulled out a thermos with hot liquid, tea or water, and a mug from the church kitchen and poured a drink for himself during the service.  I'm sorry but since when do we allow this to happen in our sanctuary??  I have seen people EAT in the middle of service like this is just a show or something!!

To make it worse, the gentleman spilled the liquid all over the pew, and floor, splashing the young couple behind him (who I think might have been visitors) and leaving 2 rivers of liquid flowing under the pews towards the front of the church.

I know it was an accident, but really!!?  is this appropriate for the sanctuary?  This is where I ask if I have become a fuddy-duddy or just have a different opinion about the sanctuary of a church.  I get that the "sacred" can be created anywhere, that all life is sacred, that all things are sacred... but it seems to be that when we take the awe out of worship, out of a holy place and make it like our living room that something is wrong, or has definitely changed.


Thursday, February 05, 2015

Over due post

Oh darn, I haven't posted anything since Christmas day.   Well, I have been busy and spend more time on Facebook and other places.  It is hard to think of what to say or what NEEDS to be said sometimes.

Last weekend was my birthday. I went out for a "Girl's Night Out" to the Keg with 3 other friends.  We enjoyed it so much that we didn't bother getting tickets to the improv show and plan to do the outing monthly.






So I have been engrossed in my twin mommy group as I learn my role for next year.  I am currently Vice-president for the Fraser Valley Multiple Miracles Association, and next year I will be president.  Not great timing as I am trying to chair the planning committee for a National conference for my professional Association in 2016.  (Spiritualcare.ca)

The kids have started waking up earlier these days.  Micah was up at 6:30 a.m. today... usually they sleep til 8 a.m.  *Sigh*  One of my twin mommy members at the meeting last night gave me a look when I told her that.  She has 23 months identical girl twins who get her up early so I think she thought I was crazy for complaining as that is likely her norm.