Monday, April 22, 2019


I have a few posts that I need to get written, such as going into the experience of the recent CPHR conference and the award I was presented with, but it seems more appropriate to remember my Uncle Richard who passed away last night.

We were in Oliver visiting my parents for the Easter weekend when we learned of the sudden decline in his health.  He is one of my dad's younger brothers and has been part of my life growing up in Oliver.  He leaves behind his wife Linda, and grown children Barb and Dean.  My fondest memories of him are seeing him at the Oliver Arena in the concession stand (he volunteered for the Lions Club) and in the Oliver Town Pool every summer. We would often drop in when we were visiting and we would find him there taking a cool dip.

He will be missed. (In the photo he is at far right).


Sunday, March 03, 2019

Skating and Skiing

We seem to be all in as far as winter sports go this year. Between hockey, figure skating and skiing, we have been busy!

Vic and I took Fynn up to Silver Star today.  Being March 3, we are never too sure how much more good ski days are left before the conditions turn to more spring-like.

Today was probably the best day we have had. It was crisp, clear and snow was beautifully groomed.  I think it was ski day #9.  Sophie had dance practice, but she has easily skied about 11 or 12 times as she is picking up extra skiing as a member of the high school ski club.  This video shows Fynn really tearing it up!  He's really come a long way this season. 

When we got home from the mountain today, I headed out to public skating, as I am trying to get as much skating in as possible.  My skates are getting more comfortable, but still not 100%. I had my 8th lesson last Thursday, and I think today was my 4th-time public skating in 2019.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Figure Skating

One of my 2019 intentions (or goals) was to become a better figure skater.  I took lessons for two years in 1976 and 1977.  I liked it but I think due to my shyness and general anxiety, I didn't really want to continue, plus my mom had 2 other kids that took skating too and I think it got to be too much.  Fast forward to this past December when my work did a fun family skate.  I really enjoyed it and realized how good it felt to be on the ice and not worried about anything or "in my head" as that is where I seem to spend a lot of my time.

We skated a couple of more times over Christmas and it really twigged something in me.  I started checking into adult skating lessons and found out that I could take them with our local skating club.  They are not true adult lessons, as there are kids (I'd say early teens and a few 10 year olds) but there are a couple of adults too.  It's kind of cool, but my co-worker Randi has also joined in the lessons after seeing a few Facebook posts I made about skating.

After a couple of lessons my coach suggested a new pair of skates would be in order.  That brought me to being fitted with new skates at Blade Runner (which was a two trip process).  My skates had to be ordered and then heat molded to my feet. They are beautiful skates, but the first time I put them on I hated them.  They really hurt and I could not imagine actually skating on them.  I wore them this past Thursday to lessons and it was a little scary getting a feel for the blade.  The right boot in particular hurt like crazy and I formed a painful blister about 30 minutes into the class.  Everyone at my lessons said it will take some time to get used to them.  I was really second guessing my decision to spend $300 on new skates after the pain I was feeling. I decided to public skating today and I must say they are about 75% better than Thursday.  The left foot feels good and the right foot is almost bearable.  My front cross overs and my edge work are coming back.  I did the lunge and several small two foot jumps and they all felt good.

So far (since I am a counter) I have had 7 lessons, and gone public skating 3 times this year.  I'm hoping to get in as many times on the ice before the season ends.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Fynn - hockey

Here is Fynn (#20) playing defense for his hockey team.  It's the PeeWee tournament this weekend, so lots of hockey for us.  Not relishing the early start tomorrow morning, but proud of how he is playing, working as a good team member, building his accountability (he packs his hockey bag, I don't) and giving him focus and something to do in these long Canadian winters.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Christmas 2018

The weeks leading up to Christmas were the usual stressful gauntlet run that I typically do.  The parties, recitals, dance program,s, shopping, and decorating. 

A few things did help this year to keep the month of December a bit more manageable:

- we stayed in Salmon Arm for Christmas and didn't head down to my parents until the 28th.  They visited Salmon Arm which was nice.

- we bought a tree that, I swear, has not dropped a needle yet. It is a Nordman Fir.  It has excellent needle retention and just a light scent so if you have allergies, they are great.

- I did a lot of shopping on line.  It is just plain easier.  I did a bit of local shopping too, so I wasn't guilty of not supporting our local economy.

- I stuck to my tried and true routine for sending out Christmas cards. I get them in the mail early, so even if I don't do anything else, I feel very productive about that.

Here is a photo of a sleigh ride my aunt planned for the family on Christmas Eve. It was lovely.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

My Birthday

My 51st birthday. Mixed feeling about birthdays these days. While I enjoy the festivities, it isn't the most pleasant getting older.  I don't feel 51 however, and I have a lot to be thankful for.

Some of my workmates and I went out for lunch today.  Vic got me a lovely Jenny Bird necklace and the kids got me a new hair dryer and mine died a few months ago and I  have been using Sophie's.  On Saturday evening, we went out for dinner with our friends, Kim, Bryan and Patti.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Sophie got a job!

I'm so proud of Sophie. Earlier this fall she had a goal that when cross country running club wrapped up, she would try to get a job at McDonald's.  A couple of weeks ago, we went on line and found out how to apply (including uploading her resume).  Within a few days she had a return email requesting an interview. She had her first interview this past Friday and then a second follow up interview today.  She got a phone call later today that she got the job!  She goes and picks up her orientation package this week.

I'm so excited for her. Such a big step in her independence.