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

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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 link below will take you to "The Voice", a modern translations of the Bible that reads like a story. It can be read online and the New Testament can be downloaded for free. I've enjoyed reading it and like to share it with my friends.

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I have 'The Message' paraphrase version of the Bible on my tablet, which is also an adventure in reading, being that I was brought up on King James Version of the Holy Bible.

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:

"Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality " by Donald Miller.

It is also being made into a movie, which should be interesting and thought-provoking.

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 make hand gestures for emphasis!!!!

03/02/2017 19:00:57
02/12/2017 12:29:26
02/06/2017 23:10:34

Still working on it in our area... no crocuses yet! It's also too early for dandelions, so posted some here.


  • 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 50th wedding anniversary in May 2013, on a cruise ship in the Panama. We didn’t want a party, where guests are expected to say nice things about us, and show reams of old pictures.

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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.

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  • Both of our children have recently celebrated their 24th Wedding Anniversary (they were married three months apart.
    Our daughter and family (3 granddaughters) live on an island west of Seattle, Washington, and our son and family (1 granddaughter and 1 grandson) live near us. In 2013, our oldest granddaughter finished high school and attended Capenwray Bible School in England. This year is her third year of university in Victoria, BC, studying Fine Arts.Her brother is attending Capernwray Bible School this year in B.C., and has been accepted at SAIT to study Graphic Design.

  • My husband, Ed, retired in 2011 after 51 years as a Realtor. When we met in a central Alberta town, he was the telephone installer and repairman, his work for 10 years. He is now an antique telephone collector and tractor restorer. He is the ‘paper and pencil’ guy in our home who has never had much fascination with computers. I did create a page on NOTH for him, thinking that I may get him interested, but I’ve had no success. If you would like to see his page, his username is ‘oldphoneman’. Click on the red phone below to visit his page!

  • Call the Old Phone Man!

  • We live in a rural area in the Foothills of the Canadian Rockies, in south-central Alberta. We downsized almost 20 years ago, and plan to live here until we need the Handi-Bus to take us to the city.

  • I no longer call myself a Christian (too many negative attitudes to the term) but I am a follower of Jesus, who has asked me/us to love Him with all of my/our heart, soul, mind and strength … and my/our neighbor as myself/ourselves. I know that He loves me and gave His life for me, so that I can have life everlasting. I am still a work in progress! Denominations no longer have any room in my life!


I have a second page on 'The Hill' ... too much to say, and I don't like 'clutter'. Mona's Digital Scrapbook is a collection of STUFF, but it hasn't received much attention lately. I hope to spend more time on The Hill when the snow flies, and I'm not travelling! I need more hours in my day!

If you haven't visited that page before...

Click on the "old lady" graphic below to check out this page.

  • I love to help wherever I can. I certainly don’t know all the answers, but I will do my best to get the help that you need. I also do my best to be a ‘peace-maker’ because I don’t enjoy strife in any form!

  • I’m a person of WORDS … I love to talk (sometimes too much!) and I can type fast, with all eight fingers and two thumbs. I tend to be “long-winded” here at times!

  • I’m not a big fan of sparkly graphics (my personal opinion) but I am fascinated at the lovely graphics that my friends find online, and then share with me. One thoughtful graphic per message is preferred. PLEASE do not post LARGE graphics in your comments; they use up so much bandwidth on your friends' page. Remember ... BIGGER IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER! If you don't know how to resize your graphics, ask me how! I appreciate the personal contact with anyone here, but I don’t respond to comments or messages that are only pretty graphics … I just don’t have unlimited time to be online. Of course, there are always exceptions.

  • I usually set my page to block HTML graphics and/or restrict the width of accepted graphics. Why, you ask?! Like many on The Hill, we spend a lot of time to design our page just the way we like it, and don’t appreciate the large graphics sent in comments that stretch the width of our page(a resized graphic that will fit in 400 pts is just as lovely to the viewers}. I set my page to block HTML because some dear friends seems that to prefer to send multiple graphics in the same message. When that is done, and the graphics are below each other, that comment uses up all the space on the front page, causing any other comments received to be off screen. Other people also have wonderful things to share, and when you see their comment on one of your friends' page, you may have met a new friend! However, never fear, I see every comment as it was sent to me, when I view the Comments Alerts. Because of limited computer time, I rarely respond to generic graphics that are just pretty pictures with no included comments. I thought I would have more time when we retire ... what a silly thought!

  • If you haven’t heard from me for some time, check the Blogs or Bulletins. That is how I try to stay in touch when life is interrupting my fun on my 'puter! 

  • None of us are the same or perfect … we have our own personalities and preferences. Life would be SO BORING if we were all the same. Now you know a little more about me, here on The Hill!

I love to laugh, and I don't take myself too seriously. Maxine is my favorite lady ... she tells it like it is!


  • Going to bed early.

  • Getting up early.

  • Spicy food

  • Gossip

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

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I collect telephone and telegraph insulators, glass, clay, and rubber. I have no sensible answer when asked why I collect them, other that I like pretty glass.

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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. If we don't need it, we can give it to someone else or give it as an unexpected gift.

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03/22/2017 04:25:42

Mona, I'm about ready to close down for the night, but figured I'd better stop by and have a look at your Spring page...before you change it to something else!  Love the music/birdsong I get to listen to while reading the new bits here; it's beautiful stuff!

Having our fair share of rainy, cloudy days so not much is getting done in the yard. Dennis did get his little chainsaw out and made plenty of noise zapping down the damaged branches (and in one case, taking down a small tree that was leaning so far over that it was horizontal, rather than vertical).  I'm the one who hauls the mess to the burn pile and it's gonna take me quite awhile to pick up all the sticks.  It would probably go quicker, but I'm a card-carrying Virgo.  Which means, I'm a bit obsessive about having things "just so".  In order to get more in the burn pile (and since there is so much damaged wood to put in it), I've been trimming off the twigs that stick out in all directions so the wood lays flat on the pile.  Works great, but is time consuming and makes fat little me kinda sore because I don't know when to quit.  No, that's not right.  I do know when to quit.  But I just keep thinking to myself..."I'll just get this one...this one...this one..." and then I pay for it when the muscle fatigue sets in.  Never mind, I WILL LEARN!!

Hope you and Ed are feeling fit as fiddles and enjoying the change of seasons!  Stay healthy and I'll try to get over here a little bit more often!

Love and Hugs,

03/18/2017 01:18:28

hi Mona you have done a nice page her as well as nice photo's, i must start cruising more often, bye for now, arthur

03/17/2017 11:29:50

May you never forget what is worth remembering or remember what is best forgotten. 

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