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Dad home from hospital and doing much better..

I would like to thank everyone for all their continued interest in my blog, and apologize for being missing in action. This time it has not been my tendonitis (which has actually been doing rather well), but real life that has kept me away…

My Dad went into the hospital with his fourth heart attack. He then had a fifth and sixth heart attack while in the hospital. Our community hospital decided to send him to a larger city centre, so he was ambulanced five hours to the nearest big city hospital.

He was supposed to get an angiogram and then an angioplasty… well after days and days of every test OTHER than an angiogram – they decided they need to do surgery on his three aneurysms!

He tried to explain that we’d addressed this issue years ago, and an expert in Vancouver had told him NEVER to have surgery…. but this was difficult for him to explain – he was head injured in 1979 and isn’t good with details, dates and those specific particulars that doctors like – AND he’s 75, so they didn’t listen to him and kept pressuring him that the aneurysms needed surgery and they were “pretty sure he’d be okay”!!! AAaaahh!

With none of us there, my family was communicating with doctors over the phone – Dad was alone there – they STILL hadn’t done the angiogram that had apparently been SOOOO important that they ambulanced him all that way for it….. it has been very stressful and anxious for all of us.

Dad finally said to blazes with all of it – I’m checking myself out of here and going home… my brother and his wife drove there to get him … and now he has nitro spray and a prayer!

Needless to say, my blog has received less attention. BUT! he’s home, he’s taking it easy, and everything’s going to be okay, right?

I am going to be responding to my backlog of comments as batches, and will respond to everyone in as timely a manner now as possible!

Thanks for your interest everyone,


Congratulations America on your Choice

Yes!  Still alive!

It’s been a ridiculous amount of time since I blogged – there is really no excuse for it.  True, I’ve been sick, working, crocheting my brains out for Xmas gifts and trying to get the new, revamped fructose malabsorption site up…. but I still should’ve blogged.

What moves me from my procrastinating is my happiness and satisfaction at the election of Barack Obama in the United States.  I hope he will be very good for their country, and feel sure he will be better for Canada than McCain would’ve been.  Obama strikes me as a thoughtful person who truly thinks about a question before answering and makes an honest effort to see others’ points of view.  In my humble opinion,  he has the potential to greatly improve how America is perceived around the world.

America is often referred to as the “policemen of the world”.  Though this is frequently said derisively, I think Obama could make it into a compliment.  My father was RCMP Auxiliary for many years when I was young, and a HUGE portion of policing is reconciliation.  Police are often the neutral third party who calm disagreements before they get out of hand, the voice of reason when people are letting anger and wounded pride take them down a path they wouldn’t normally go, or the uniformed reminder that actions – even those you can justify – have consequences.

Places like Georgia, Congo and the seemingly-now-forgotten Burma “could” benefit from such a third party.  Obama has the potential to make America the policeman you want to call when you are in trouble, and not the cop you fear.

I wish America good luck with their new leader,



Happy Canada Day! Like jazz…..?

Well, this has nothing to do with writing or Fructose Malabsorption Disorder…. this has to do with being a happy and proud Canadian on Canada Day, and wanting to share my sister’s awesome singing with the world!

My Gorgeous Sis, Claire:


My sister Claire is the vocalist for the jazz band Playmore Junction, and they played at the park today for the Canada Day celebrations! I have uploaded Claire singing “Georgia on my Mind” and “Fever”.

Both fantastic! You go girl!

(pardon the shaky camera work at the beginning…I was trying to balance the Coolpix on my knee! Yes! AVT – Ace photographer!

Georgia on my Mind:


Tonight, there’ll be fireworks!

I think I’ll edit this post tomorrow to include them as well!

Happy Canada Day!!



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