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Our Green Valley, from our backyard!


This is not Bambi, or a member of her family!


Our bird feeder welcomes a variety of birds...


Our resident squirrel who thinks he's a bird!


Thanks to Mama Black Bear, our Bird Diner has been closed indefinitely.


Here are our latest visitors from the great outdoors. Young black bears were just curious, looking for the bird feeder. They can't be hungry because there are a lot of berries on our bushes. Mama Bear must be nearby, keeping an eye on them. We observed them from the warm side of the glass!



In our home, we rarely have absolute silence. We enjoy background music to create a calm atmosphere. We play a variety of styles ... gospel, classical, country, jazz, Celtic and instrumental; but never rock, hip-hop, or any of that other stuff that is now called music.


I now do most of my reading on my tablet and e-reader. It's so handy when I'm waiting ... wherever! It's better than reading five-year old magazines. They travel well, when necessary, and eliminates a pile of books by my favorite chair.

"The Message", is a modern translations of the Bible that reads like a story. Eugene Peterson's desire was to engage his congregation in the Word of God in a way that would make its relevancy obvious in their lives. His goal was to bring into English the rhythms and idioms of the original language. He says, “I hoped to bring the Scriptures to life for two different types of people: those who hadn’t read the Bible because it seemed too distant and irrelevant and those who had read the Bible so much that it had become ‘old hat’.


This year, I am reading through 'The Voice', another modern translation. I love to read this modern translation of the Bible. It is a collaborative process whereby scholars and writers could work together to create a translation that was faithful and accurate to the original languages while at the same time beautiful and readable to an English-speaking audience. In some cases scholars and writers worked closely together; in others, they worked at some distance or even anonymously. Members of the translation team from Ecclesia Bible Society and Thomas Nelson coordinated the overall process. (Copied from Bible Gateway online)


Some of my favorite authors are:

- Wayne Jacobsen
- Lee Strobel
- Jim Henderson
- Brian McLaren
- Michael Yaconelli
- Eugene Peterson
- Tony Campolo
- Donald Miller
- Larry Crabb

My current read is:

"Beyond Sundays" by Wayne Jacobsen. Why those who are done with the religious institutions can be a blessing for the Church. It's a fascinating read!

Is there such a thing as an "ugly" color? I can't think of one. When we downsized some years ago, we had many items and wall hangings that we treasured. We solved the problem by having our walls in a neutral shade, eliminating the need to have "matching" anything.


Our family and friends add color to our lives. I'm so glad that we are all different. Life would be so boring if we were all the same.

My Blogs can be read here... I AM a "person of words" more than a "person of graphics"! If I'm not talking, I'm writing words! The one thing I can't do with my "words" on The Hill is to make hand gestures for emphasis!!!!


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  • I am a native Albertan … I didn’t come from anywhere else, and I’m not going anywhere.

  • About my siblings … I don’t have any! I never wanted to be known as an “only child” because it would then be assumed that I was a spoiled brat! I wonder if I fooled anyone?

  • I graduated from Calgary General Hospital School of Nursing in 1961.

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  • I am happily married to my best friend. We celebrated our 56th wedding anniversary in May 2019. We didn't have a party, where guests are expected to say nice things about us, and show reams of old pictures. It's just not our "thing"!

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  • After working in a 19-bed hospital for two and a half years, I took on a new career as a full time wife, mother, and domestic engineer.


  • Both of our children have recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversaries. We couldn't have done a better job in picking a spouse for either of them. We are so thankful to have a great relationship with the "other" families. Our grandchildren are teenagers!

    I have a deep spiritual commitment, but no longer call myself a Christian. The word has been so misused, giving a wide variety to its meaning. Now I just want to be known as a lady who is on a journey of following Jesus, my Savior, and loving God, my Heavenly Father.

    I like...
  • Conversations with friends in quiet, peaceful surroundings.

  • Music in my home.

  • Learning new 'stuff'!

  • Computers that work! Thanks to TC and EB!

  • WORDS...Lots of them! On NOTH, I most enjoy receiving two sentences or two paragraphs of words in a message or comment instead of a "pretty" graphic that doesn't help to get to know my friends.
    I love to receive invitations to join someone's group of friends, but I draw the line when I discover that they have blocked their page to anyone who is not on their Friend's List. I want to be introduced to them first by reading their page.
    I'm "old school" when we had penpals who were friends we would never meet. We got to know them by exchanging letters and sometimes photos.

  • ...and, of course, a giggle from Maxine!

    I don't like...
    • Going to bed early.

    • Getting up early.

    • Spicy food

    • Gossip

    • Opinionate people ... they DON'T know everything!

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    I collected telephone and telegraph insulators for many years; glass, clay, and rubber. I have never had a sensible answer when asked why I have collect them, other then that I like pretty glass. Recently, I was asked if I would sell my collection, and because not one person in our family was interested in it, I gladly agreed to having my collection transferred to a new home.

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    Damaged insulators are lined up on the retaining wall at the front of our house. I love the color reflection in the sun.


    I love Garage/Yard Sales, Consignment shops, and Second-Hand stores. One never knows when we'll find an item so cheap that we can't afford not to buy it. Sometimes we even find something that we didn't know we needed.
    If we don't need it, we can give it to someone else... as an unexpected gift.

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    09/17/2019 16:39:24

    Someday... cute memes animals cat cats adorable kid animal kittens pets meme kitten funny animals funny kidsTrying to move on with our lives, since losing our son, Steve. God is our strength! Hugs Shirley

    09/17/2019 11:36:11

    09/16/2019 12:07:06

    Good morning!. Hope your having a  pleasant Monday.In our area we are going to have a  glorious heat wave into the 80's for the next few days.  Going to do abit of the  household duties and  then enjoy the out of doors with all this sunshine .  A good time to clean out more of the flowerbeds and put them to rest for the season. In the mean time I believe I would like to have another cup of coffee.  Smiles  Gloria

    09/12/2019 15:13:25

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    When life is getting you down, and you need a little hope.
    Look deep down inside yourself, and you'll find the way to cope.

    When life is getting you down, and you need a little love.
    Go to the person whom you are the closest, as the rest they are above.

    When life is getting you down, and all you need is a laugh.
    Find the friend that makes you smile, they may even be your staff.

    When life is getting you down, don't allow it so.
    Change the way you think of life, and life will be better, you know.

    When life is getting you down, don't sit and mope
    Take action and always have hope.

    When life is getting you down, take time to pray
    Don't allow yourself to frown God will help you see the blessings of the day.



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