October 14, 2019


Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

Last week Thursday and Friday we were hit with a snowstorm caused by a Colorado Low.  Western Canada was hit with a blizzard the previous week so I guess this week it was our turn.

Thankfully, we did not get as much snow as Western Manitoba.  The picture below is not a river but a road in southeastern Manitoba.  We have had enormous amounts of rain in the last few weeks.  Roads are washed out and flooding has occurred in many areas.  The ground in many areas of Manitoba is saturated and the water has no place to go.  This includes our backyard.  I noticed that the geese were flying south much earlier this fall.  I guess they knew something we did not know.   Apparently, there is another storm heading our way from the West.


The above snow pictures were taken on Friday, October 11th.

I found some interesting facts about Chronic pain.  Chronic pain is a sure-fire way to disrupt one’s mental health and perhaps lead to a change in character. It will change moods, behaviors, and personality characteristics, and it will not take long. … Notice your mental health suffer as your life continues to grow isolated. – https://www.practicalpainmanagement.com.

If you have painyou may also have anxiety, irritability, and agitation. … Usually, as the pain subsides, so does the stressful response. But with chronic painyou may feel constantly tense and stressed. Over time, stress can result in different emotional problems associated with depression. – https://www.practicalpainmanagement.com.

When the body experiences the latter, it can change the central nervous system (CNS), and influence sensory, emotional, and modular circuits that would otherwise inhibit painChronic pain is now looked at as a neurological disease of its own with symptoms of anxiety and depression. – https://www.webmd.com

Approximately 70% of chronic pain patients have reported feeling angry at themselves and at healthcare professionals,  but this may be an underestimation. Among individuals with chronic pain, high levels of anger are often associated with greater muscle tension, pain severity, and pain behaviors. – https://www.practicalpainmanagement.com

At present, I am still working on my genealogy project.   I took two weeks off because my pain was such that I could no longer concentrate.    However, we must preserve and keep going no matter what the cost.  I am hoping that the research and writing that I am doing will keep my brain functioning.

This week I have spent my time researching Holodomor.  Holodomor was a man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine from 1930 to 1934 that killed millions of Ukrainians and other ethnic groups.  In the Ukraine it is also known as the Terror-Famine and Famine-Genocide and sometimes referred to as the Great Famine or the Ukrainian Genocide of 1930–34. Wikipedia  My great grandparents, Bernhard and Helena (nee Zacharias) Giesbrecht both starved to death during this horrendous time in Soviet Russia.  Throughout Canada, in each and every year, the fourth Saturday in November shall be known as “Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (“Holodomor”) Memorial Day”.  I will remember my great grandparents.

The funeral of my great grandmother, Helena (nee Zacharias) Giesbrecht. Cause of death was Stalin’s man-made famine.


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4 Responses to October 14, 2019

  1. jan judge says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Luealla.
    Wow can’t believe that is a road. So much rain.
    Hope you and your family are doing well.
    Love jan


    • widebertha says:

      Jan, it was so good to hear from you. How is the little grandson? Would love to see some pictures.
      Sent you a proper email today. I am so behind with my correspondence but will try to do better in the future.
      Love, Luella


  2. Cynthia Fedak says:

    I found your article interesting, I have read lots about that famine. Good you are digging into family history. I am Ukrainian and I know the ordinary person went through so much back in the day, I could not have seen myself raising a huge family, working so hard, almost never seeing a doctor, broken bones, then they might see a doctor. It was a hard life! I was diagnosed in May to have laryngospasms, have had them for about 30 years, but was never told before. This is also called dry drowning, very scary, even a drop of water can set it off if one is anxious. I don’t drink water anymore, barely drink anything and crave liquids. I eat a popsicle off and on. I seem to be the only one with this that I know of. It is good to talk with others about any medical condition and if they have the same thing then it is great to compare notes. Cynthia


    • widebertha says:

      Hi Cynthia, Thank you for your comment. The famine in Ukraine was a horrible thing. Actually, there were two man-made famines. One in 1920/1921 and the other from 1930 to 1934. Both my great grandparents starved to death in the 1930s famine. I was sorry to read about your medical problem. I had never heard about laryngospasms before. It must be incredibly scary. I hope you continue to read my blog. Luella


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