June 15, 2021

cropped-24237604_225x225My husband and I are getting our second Moderna vaccination on June 17th. It will be such a relief to finally get the vaccinations out of the way and hopefully, after a two-week waiting period, we will be able to venture out into the big world. Mind you we both decided to keep wearing our masks when in public places and avoid shopping centres and restaurants as much as possible. There have been COVID19 outbreaks among people who have been vaccinated

Healthwise the past four weeks have been rather miserable. The dosage of my thyroid medication, Synthroid, is much too low. As I have mentioned before the doctor removed Cytomel 25 mcg from my medication regime and lowered my Synthroid dose from 200 mcg to 175 mcg. Instead of being able to talk to my family doctor about my medication concerns I have been relegated to one of the RN’s working at the clinic. I realize that the clinic I go to is one of the testing locations for COVID as well as a vaccination site. This of course puts extra work on the family doctors working at the clinic. However, I have been dealing with these medication problems since July 20, 2020, and no one is listening to me. The RN I see takes down my complaints and shows them to my family doctor. The answer I get back after their consultation is that they are not willing to up my Synthroid and so I suffer.bathroomscale

This past Monday I met in person with the RN. We discussed the sores on my legs and arms and he made an appointment for me to see a nurse practitioner on June 21st. She will take biopsies of the infected areas and hopefully, that will give us some answers. He also gave me my third pre-surgery checkup. Dr. Murray is the plastic surgeon who will be performing the breast reduction and panniculectomy. I was pleasantly surprised when two weeks ago I received a letter from Dr. Murray stating that the surgery was still in the works and would happen as soon as possible.

I thought I had a phone appointment scheduled with my family doctor on June 11th to finally discuss my thyroid issues. However, it was a nurse practitioner who called and took down my concerns. She called me back a short time later to tell me that they were having no luck scheduling an appointment for me with an endocrinologist. She gave me the number and suggested that I keep trying to call the endo’s office to make an appointment. So far no luck.

It seems that the government is lifting some of the restrictions that were put in place to try to deal with the increase of COVID19 infections in Manitoba. Sadly there are always the people who think they know best and try to convince others to ignore the restrictions and refuse the vaccinations. I think it is especially pathetic when a pastor leads his congregation astray by giving them false information from the pulpit. This is a pastor of a fundamentalist church whose women are degraded by the way they have to dress and by the way they are expected to raise their children. There is an arrest warrant out for this pastor and hopefully, he will be behind bars sooner than later.

Normal Thyroid Enlarged Thyroid

Image of a normal thyroid and an enlarged thyroid.

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May 21, 2021

Good morning.  I have been up since 3:45 AM and no matter what I do, sleep evades me.  Thankfully I do not have any pressing obligations or appointments today so can have an afternoon nap.

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Before I continue further I would like to wish all my readers who are moms a Belated Happy Mother’s Day.  Due to restrictions imposed just prior to Mother’s day, families here in Manitoba were not allowed to get together to celebrate their moms.  We can only hope that by the time Mother’s day 2022 rolls around the virus will have lost its hold on us.

Today is the start of our May long weekend.  The forecast call for clouds with a 30% chance of showers this morning.  Showers will continue throughout the afternoon.  Numerous wildfires scattered across southern Manitoba and northwestern Ontario are burning and causing poor air quality and reducing visibility. Smoke is expected or occurring.  Showers are to end this evening with a risk of more thunderstorms beginning overnight.  Thankfully it has been raining off and on since Thursday.  We badly need any moisture we can get.  In the past couple of months it seems as though the rain has bypassed us as often as not.  My mom used to sing a song that came out of the depression that included the words, “the rain she’s gone around.  I managed to find a copy of the lyrics.

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This past Sunday we had a short but lovely visit with our grandson and his partner.  It is a good thing that we did spend some time with them since Manitoba Seniors Care Minister Heather Stefanson announced on Thursday that more restrictions will be added to take effect May 22.  According to Stefanson and I quote, “”These additional measures are necessary right now, as Manitoba has seen some of its highest case counts ever in recent days.”  Doctors are seeing more and more people in ICU, especially younger people.  The good news this week is that second-dose appointment bookings will begin today.

The following additional public health order restrictions will be in effect on Saturday, May 22 at
12:01 am:

  • outdoor gatherings with anyone from outside a household are no longer allowed and this applies to all recreation spaces including playgrounds, golf courses, parks and sports fields; and
  • only one person per household will be allowed to enter a business, with some exceptions, such as a single parent with children, or someone who requires a caregiver.

This past Monday I received a letter from my plastic surgeon asking me if I was still interested in the breast reduction surgery and Panniculectomy.  I informed him that I was still extremely interested and hoped that I would not have to wait too much longer.  I should have had the surgery in the spring of 2020 but COVID19 put a hold on all non-essential surgeries.  

Health wise not much has changed.  What has become somewhat worrisome if the small sores that are appearing on my arms and legs; sores that are not healing as they should.  Yesterday I faxed my family doctor pictures and hopefully he will be able to tell me what is causing these sores and how I can get rid of them.  

It is time to put these weary bones back into bed.  Enjoy the coming long weekend and KEEP SAFE!

The following is for my mom who celebrated her 15th Mother’s Day in Heaven:

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Mother’s Day in Heaven

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April 10, 2021

Adrenalawareness

It is 6:39 AM and I just spent another sleepless night.  Once I read the forecast for southeastern Manitoba the sleepless night made more sense.  At 4:27 AM CDT Saturday 10 April 2021 a special weather statement was issued for southeatern Manitoba.  A pair of low pressure systems will merge to bring wintery weather back to southern Manitoba on Monday and Tuesday.  One weather system will approach from the west while a second moves over the Great Lakes. The combination will bring snow and much cooler temperatures to southern Manitoba Monday and Tuesday.  Snowfall amounts are particularly uncertain.  At this time, snowfall totals of 5 to 20 cm are possible.

The National Adrenal Diseases Foundation (NADF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing information, education, and support to patients diagnosed with adrenal diseases such as Addison’s disease, Cushing’s syndrome, and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. The foundation also provides support and information to family members, medical professionals and caregivers. The foundation connects patients with the 30 NADF affiliated support groups across the nation. Established in 1985, NADF provides quarterly newsletters, educational pamphlets and fact sheets.

National Adrenal Diseases Foundation  (NADF)  P.O. Box 566
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
Telephone: +1-(847) 726-9010
E-mail: nadfmail@nadf.us
Website: https://www.nadf.us

JaniceJudgeandDexterMy dear friend, Janice Judge is the co-ordinator for the South New Jersey Support Group Meeting.  The next meeting is on Friday, April 23rd at 7:00 EST.  Contact Janice to join:  janipt@comcast.net. 

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April 9, 2021

ApriladrenalawareneddGood afternoon to my family and friends.  Sitting at my desk in the den I am watching the rain clouds pass by without shedding a drop.  The sun is trying to peak through the clouds but hopefully rain will win in the end.  Farmers desperately need the rain as well as the firefighters who are fighting the many brush fires that are burning in Manitoba.  

Public health officials have confirmed 179 new cases of COVID-19 in Manitoba.  Public health officials announced today that 37 new screened or sequenced cases of the variants of concern have been detected in Manitoba.  My husband and I were fortunate and got our vaccinations Wednesday afternoon at the Pat Porter Centre in Steinbach.  A sore arm and fatigue are the only side effects that we have felt so far.  Since I am plagued with fatigue on a daily basis I cannot in all honesty blame the vaccine.  My husband insists that the Moderna vaccine played a huge role in clearing up a bladder infection that had been bothering him for several weeks.  The symptoms of the infection began to clear up the day following his vaccination.  In a news broadcast a few days ago we were informed that the Pop-Up Vaccination centres would run out of vaccine by April 15th.  Our provincial response level is listed as critical.  The province of Manitoba moved to the Critical level (red) on November 12, 2020 and this has remained in effect until now.  The province has decided to maintain this level of Critical response to protect it’s citizens.  The nurse who gave me my vaccination spent some time explaining what to expect from the Moderna vaccine.  I had no idea that having an autoimmune disease could potentially reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine. 

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Easter has come and gone and we decided that it was in our best interest not to gather as a family.  It was a bitter disappointment but my husband and I were getting our vaccinations within three days so we decided to forego a gathering.  We had originally planned on celebrating my birthday, our grandson’s birthday (April 5th) and Easter on April 4th.  However, we have now decided to celebrate the three birthdays (our granddaughter – in -law has a birthday on April 25th) on April 25th.  

Two things happened every Easter at my childhood home.  Weather permitting my dad wouldpaska hide our Easter baskets outside.  If winter decided to keep spring at bay he hid the baskets inside.  We would each get a chocolate Easter bunny with an assortment of candy and a gift.  The other “thing” was eating the incredible tasty Paska my mom would bake and decorate with icing and sprinkles.  Coming back to the Easter basket hunt, my dad insisted on keeping up this tradition even after we girls were married.  He would hide the baskets for his seven grandchildren and their spouses, four great grandchildren as well as for his five daughters and their husbands.  The Easter basket hunt would take place on Easter  Sunday afternoon.  

IMG-2430 (2)This past week I decided I had enough of sitting indoors so I made an appointment to have my hair cut and coloured.  The hairdressers at the salon I went to were very careful and obeyed the COVID restrictions.  On the spur of the moment I decided to again try a purple dye in my hair and was very happy with the outcome.  Just because I am 73 doesn’t mean I have to forego purple hair.  

April is Adrenal Awareness month. National Adrenal Disease Awareness.   My dear friend Janice is the co-ordinator for the South New Jersey Support Group Zoom Meeting.  The meeting will take place on Friday, April 23rd at 7:00 PM EST.  Contact Janice to join at janipt@comcast.net. 

Patches and Gaby spent an afternoon at the groomers this past week.  Their “other mom” Fran was coming out to see them.  Fran was their “first mom” but when she got sick and became unable to care for them we were lucky to be chosen as their adoptive parents.  Patches and Gaby have always seemed happy in our home but they certainly remember Fran. 

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Before I close I would like to wish my readers a belated Happy Easter.  Please take care and keep safe.

To view Easter Card click on the link below:

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March 26, 2021

It is almost the end of March.  Our temperatures are still fluctuating too much which plays havoc with my old bones.   All our snow was gone but it snowed overnight.  We need several days of constant rain.  The farmers are worried about a drought this summer.

Because of COVID19 Code Red restrictions, the hairdressers and beauty salons have been unable to open their shops until recently.  I decided I might as well try out different colours and styles while I am still able to do so.  I chose purple mixed with the usual dark brown and really like the end result.  The reason I did not post a view of my face is that my eyes are swollen and  Rosacea has gone on a rampage on my face.  One truly has to wonder how many autoimmune diseases can attack one person.  So far I have Graves’ Disease, Arthritis, Liver Disease, Lichen sclerosus, flareups of Menniere’s Disease, and the list goes on.

As if I do not have enough medical issues I was recently diagnosed with Lichen sclerosus.  It started with a suspicious-looking, painful lump in an unmentionable area of my body.  When it would flare up it would bleed.  I did nothing about this problem for too long.  When I called my gynecologist for an appointment on a Friday afternoon her nurse booked me in on February 22nd which was the following Monday afternoon.  I must mention here that I have an amazing gynecologist by the name of Dr. Lucy Rogozinska.  She is incredibly busy but absolutely worth the wait for appointments.  However, when she feels that a patient’s problem could be serious she will see you within a day or two.   Dr. Rogozinska did a biopsy of the lump and told me that the results would take four to five weeks.  She booked a phone appointment for March 23rd.  Words cannot describe the immense relief I felt when Dr. Rogozinska called to tell me that the biopsy was benign and that I had a treatable condition known as Lichen Sclerosus.

According to the NORD website and the Mayo Clinic website, and I quote, Lichen sclerosus is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder that most commonly affects women before puberty or after menopause. Although rare, it can also be seen in men.  Lichen sclerosus is characterized by skin changes of the external genitalia.  Other parts of the body may also be affected. In fact, this skin condition can affect any skin surface. Some patients with lichen sclerosus do not have any symptoms, whereas others experience intense itching, discomfort and/or erosions/ulcers. Lichen sclerosus typically has a remitting relapsing course that is complicated by permanent scarring of the affected areas. Current research supports that it is caused by a combination of a dysfunction of the immunological system and genetic factors. The understanding of the causes of this disorder is still incomplete. The mainstay of treatment is potent topical steroids in the case of genital involvement in women. Studies have shown that regular use of potent topical steroids in women prevents the problems of scarring and decreases the risk of skin cancer developing in the area of lichen sclerosus.   Because lichen sclerosus is associated with an increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma in women with genital involvement, it is important for those affected to have lifelong screening examinations as well as continued treatment to keep the disorder under control.

Rarely, lichen sclerosus can also affect other areas of the skin such as the breast, wrists, shoulder, neck, back, thigh, and mouth.

The exact cause of lichen sclerosus is not known. Most research indicates it is an autoimmune condition. Autoimmune disorders arise when the body’s natural defenses against “foreign” or invading organisms (e.g., antibodies) begin to attack healthy tissue for unknown reasons. Some cases of lichen sclerosus may be linked to the formation of certain antibodies (e.g. a thyroid protein (thyroglobulin), or certain cells that line the walls of organs).

People with mild lichen sclerosus may have no signs or symptoms. Signs and symptoms usually affect the skin of the genital and anal areas, but may also affect the skin of the upper body, upper arms and breasts. They may include:

Redness

Itching (pruritus), which can be severe

Discomfort or pain

Smooth white patches on your skin

Blotchy, wrinkled patches

Tearing or bleeding

In severe cases, bleeding, blistering or ulcerated sores

See your doctor if you have signs and symptoms common to Lichen sclerosus.  If you’ve already been diagnosed with lichen sclerosus, see your doctor every six to 12 months to be checked for any skin changes or treatment side effects.

For more information on this condition check out the NORD website at Rare Diseases Lichen Sclerosus; the Mayo Clinic website at Mayo Clinic Lichen Sclerosus.

After more searching I found pictures that I was absolutely sure I had lost.  I have decided to add a few of these that I took during our month-long stay in Southern California.  We left Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on December 24th, 1976 and arrived in San Fransico, California in the wee hours of the morning on December 25th, 1976.  Prescott and Natasha got a second wind when they realized that there was no snow on the ground.  They spent their first half-hour in California rolling around on the grass.  We were lucky that our trip happened while Peter’s sister and brother-in-law, Alfrieda and Harold with their three children, Jeff, Lorie and Kevin, lived in Reedley, California.   They picked us up early morning at the airport in San Fransico and took us to their house so we could spend Christmas day to New Year’s day with them.  We had a wonderful time checking out the big trees and picking oranges from Harold and Alfrieda’s rental tree.  Peter enjoyed several games of tennis something he could not do during the winter months in Edmonton.  We spent the remaining three weeks in Palo Alto, Los Angles, Wax Museum, Disneyland.  Half Moon Bay, sightseeing among the coastal mountains etc.

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February 21,2021

Don’t give up – remember Moses was once a basket case, too

This has been an incredibly rough couple of weeks. My blood pressure has decided to go as high as 149/90 to as low as 60/40. When it is low I feel like death warmed over. The fatigue I have been experiencing since the late fall of 2020 is much harder to deal with when my blood pressure too low. Enough complaining.

I have finally decided on what to give our grandson for his 27th birthday coming up on April 5th. My dad left me about 12 Norman Rockwell prints. My grandson decided that he would love to have the sports prints framed and hanging on his wall. Our birthday gift will be four of the sports prints framed and ready to hang.

Manitoba seems to be rather slow in providing COVID19 vaccinations for their citizens. Hopefully, our federal government will eventually get their act together and provide us with a safe vaccine. Sadly it seems that playing politics is more important than taking care of the citizens of Canada.

It is back to bed for me. Thank goodness for Amazon.ca books and the Manitoba online library. I have been reading an average of 5 books a week. Please take good care of yourselves, stay safe and enjoy the following.

I love this picture of my mom and my sister. It was taken at the Mennonite Heritage Village Museum in Steinbach, Manitoba. My mom volunteered many hours at the museum which included being a member of the Ladies Auxillary, spinning in the house/barn during the summer months, and teaching the children that participated in school tours during the winter months. She told stories of her life in Russia as a small girl and taught the children how to make schnetki. (Not sure of the spelling). The school tours were geared to Grade Two and Grade Six students.
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February 9, 2021

Bette Ann Bednarick drew a caricature of the Fat Lady. In my opinion, the caricature resembled the Fat Lady perfectly.

Greetings from a very cold Manitoba.  To begin my post today I will give you some idea about the weather conditions we have been facing since late last week.  Friday, February 5th weather announcement included an extreme cold warning.  It continued on to say that a period of severely cold wind chills continues.  This extreme cold will persist for a few days.   An Arctic ridge of high pressure has allowed for a very cold air mass to settle over southern Saskatchewan and southern Manitoba. Along with winds of 10 to 20 km/h, extreme wind chill values between -40 and -50 are expected over most of southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan once again today.  The bitterly cold air will remain over the Prairies for much of the next week.  Extreme cold puts everyone at risk. ¹Steinbachonline

I had a CT scan at St. Boniface hospital on February 6th. The temperature was -28C with a wind chill factor of -41C. There was a 30 km wind.  Waiting rooms are very different in this time of COVID.  During the wait for my CTS can there were only ever 3 people in the waiting room.  We were placed in different corners of the room.  The chairs we sat in were wiped down as soon as we moved to a different location. 

Now begins the wait for results which is always stressful.  After my last two CT scans the result was not a pleasant one.  Thankfully the doctors realized later that the bad results were a mistake.

It has been a really rough couple of weeks health-wise. I will be seeing an endocrinologist and hope I can convince him to up my thyroid meds. My dilemma reminds me of a blog entry I made in 2002. The entry reads as follows: “On June 11, 2002, the College of Physicians & Surgeons of British Columbia succeeded in temporarily suspending the medical license of Dr. Derry, a Victoria, British Columbia MD who has successfully treated about two thousand thyroid patients. His success was often after specialists had been unable to help these patients. The College did this after removing Dr. Derry’s thyroid prescribing privileges in November 2001 and assuring a Supreme Court judge in December 2001 to investigate Dr. Derry’s thyroid treatment practices. Instead of carrying out their court assurances, they looked through files of Dr. Derry’s patients +with other health conditions and used the non-thyroid-related deaths of two patients as grounds for suspending his license.”

Dr. M. Derry listened to how his patients felt and prescribed thyroid medications accordingly. He did not prescribe by the results of a TSH test.

“The College had thus left Dr. Derry without the ability to prescribe thyroid medication for seven months, and then without the means to earn a living. This interim suspension had been planned to coincide shortly before summer when the College Executive Council members would be taking vacations. All this had happened without a fair investigation into Dr. Derry’s treatment and despite his huge success in treating thyroid patients.”

On June 25, a Supreme Court judge, Mr. Justice Pitfield, stated that self-governing bodies must be more accountable. Unless the College holds an investigation into Dr. Derry’s treatment by September 30, 2002, the suspension of Dr. Derry’s thyroid prescribing privileges and medical license will no longer be valid. This investigation, if it takes place, must be based on clear evidence.

The College will tell you that this hearing is about a doctor whose treatment is “dangerous.” Patients of Dr. Derry will tell you that it’s about a witch-hunt of a successful MD who treats patients the way he was taught in medical school because it works—but which doesn’t fall in line with what pharmaceutical companies push or what sometimes misleading lab results may indicate.”

This excerpt was taken from http://www.bites-medical.org/dderry/.

Sunday was apparently not cold enough. I guess we are being tested to see if we could survive the next ice age. The temperature was -31C with a wind chill factor of -42C. Thankfully the wind died down by Monday afternoon.  Monday morning the temperature was -31 C with a wind chill factor of -44C. My poor dogs have to tolerate this weather for as long as it takes them to take care of business. Several school districts have cancelled classes.  Today it was a balmy -23C with a wind chill factor of -32C.  

In closing I wish you all good health.  Keep warm and keep safe.

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January 6, 2021

Христос Рождається’ Khrystos Rozhdayetsia – Merry Christmas Christ is born.

Wishing all my readers a Very Happy New Year.  Today is Ukrainian Christmas Eve.  Orthodox Christmas Eve is Jan. 6, with Christmas Day following on Jan. 7. The difference in date is down to the Orthodox Church continuing to use the Julian calendar, which predates the Gregorian Calendar used in the West.  The Ukrainian song “Shchedryk” became the basis for the world-famous Christmas carol, “Carol of the Bells”. 

I have discovered a new Swedish author, Arnaldur Indridason. Since we are restricted as to where we can go and what we can do I have read four of his books since New Years Day. One has to do what one can to drive the boredom away. Another Swedish author whose books I quite enjoy is Torquil MacLeod.

After a bad experience with a holistic doctor, I stayed away from them. After being plagued with thyroid issues since the fall I decided to do some research and came across Dr. Sten Ekberg. His explanation of TSH numbers was an eye-opener for me. According to Dr. Ekberg, the optimum TSH numbers range from .05 to 1.8. After much experimenting with doses of Synthroid, my optimum number is .01. However, my family doctor feels this number is a danger to me. Quite frankly I would rather give up a year or two of life in order to feel good for as long as possible. Lying in bed all day and sleeping for 18 hours a day is no way to live. I have included Dr. Ekberg’s lecture on optimum TSH numbers. According to YouTube, this video can be shared so I hope I am not ignoring copyright laws.

I would love to hear from any of my readers who are also experiencing difficulty in achieving a TSH number that is the optimum number they need to function normally.  

As of today, Manitoba has 13 new cases of COVID 19. Another 10 Manitobans have died. Our provincial government is extending the provincial wide state of emergency for another 30 days. Please everyone TAKE CARE and KEEP SAFE.

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December 27, 2020

Christmas was different this year but we made the best of the restrictions.  We had a great video chat with our grandson Benjamin and his partner Danika on Christmas Eve.  They opened their gift during this chat and it was almost like we were with them in person.  Hopefully next year we will again celebrate in person.  Their gift to us was an Amazon gift card and we are busy making our order today.  

On Christmas day we chatted with our daughter Natasha and her family.  Natasha and Mike were exhausted after an incredibly busy week with Natasha’s gift basket business.  Natasha’s dad went into Winnipeg for two days during the week before Christmas to help deliver baskets.  Christmas day we also had a video chat with our son and his wife in Seattle.  No snow for them but they had experienced several days of heavy rainfall just before Christmas.  

Peter and I put up a small Christmas tree with lights at my parents’ headstone on Christmas Eve.  I took several pictures that did not turn out that well.  I will post one of them so you get an idea of what I am talking about.  Private individuals and businesses decorate trees around the hospital each Christmas.  The result is really quite beautiful.  I took several pictures on Christmas Eve.

Christmas Day my husband cooked a wonderful Christmas dinner for the two of us.  We also ate too many New Years Cookies which were amazing especially when combined with a Caramel Macchiato coffee from Starbucks.  Portzelkys (New Year’s Cookies) are a Mennonite tradition in our family.  They are only made at New Years’. According to Wiktionary Portzelkys are a Mennonite dish of raisin fritters — fried, roughly ball-shaped pieces of dough with raisins in them — eaten especially on New Year’s Day.  My mom would roll them in icing sugar to make a wonderful glace.

I have been hunting for new authors.  Helen Pearson, a dear friend has been sharing her favourites with me as have a few other readers of my blog and Facebook page.  Last week I discovered another Swedish author by the name of Helene Tursten.  January should see the release of several new books by some of my favourite authors.  Some of them are Reginald Hill, Ann Cleeves, Minette Walters, Martha Grimes, William Kent Kruger, Elizabeth George, Peter Robinson, J.D.Robb and Louise Penny to name a few.  

Before I close I want to wish all my readers a wonderful and Happy New Year.  May 2021 bring you much joy, good health, many blessings and leave you with many memories to cherish.  

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December 18, 2020

Christmas is only seven days away.  This will be a very different Christmas for our family and for all the other families in Manitoba.  During the month of November, Steinbach, Manitoba with an approximate population of 15,000 people had the highest incidence of COVID infections per capita in Canada.  Code Red restrictions have been extended until January 8th.  Family gatherings are not allowed under these restrictions.

Since my husband and I will be celebrating Christmas on our own I decided to forgo decorating my house and yard.  Hopefully, we will be able to manage a Zoom meet up with our children and grandchildren.  Strange world we live in.  Since I did not decorate this year I decided to share some pictures of decorations done in previous years.

COVID is coming closer to home every day. We received news last night that my husband’s sister who has been living in assisted living accomodation has tested positive for COVID 19. She has underlying health issues and the virus has hit her hard. All we can do is keep her in our thoughts and prayers. Sadly visitors are not allowed. It must be so incredibly lonely for people living in similar situations to have to face this virus without the company of family and friends.

A huge thank you to Jacquie Lawson https://www.jacquielawson.com/ for making her amazing cards available to the general public. The cards are beautiful and a yearly subscription is reasonably priced to make it affordable for most people. My health being what it is these days has really hampered my ability to get letters and cards out this Christmas. Thanks to Jacquie Lawson I was able to send out cards via email with room for a short personal message.

Christmas Greetings from our house to your house.

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