Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Photo a Week


My son and his girlfriend made me a very cool gift this past Christmas.  They created a box of weekly photo prompts and included a gift certificate from Blurb, my favourite photobook company.  It's been a creative and thoughtful few weeks and I thought I'd share what I have so far.

Week 1:  Joy


There were a lot of people enjoying themselves in Stuart Park in January, but these two lovebirds caught my attention.


 Week 2:  Free Choice


I had a very interesting chat with 87 year old Johanne, whose photo I have added to my 100 strangers collection. Originally from Montreal, she moved to Ontario and then to British Columbia where she attended UBC and became a nurse at the age of fifty-two.  As a fifty three year old woman who's most common uttered phrase start "where's my...." I am extremely impressed.  Johanne's traveled extensively through the U.S. and Europe, including three trips to Italy and I believe her most recent trip was to Turkey.  She's a busy woman who rises at 6 a.m. each morning and after breakfast goes to church where she prays and says her rosary.  She attends mass every day and by one o'clock on Tuesday afternoons, she's across the street from Kelowna General Hospital with a small group of dedicated Right To Life advocates.

I thought this photo fit week two's theme well because it's my belief that every woman has the freedom to choose what's right for herself and her body, including the freedom to choose to protest in  support of her beliefs. 


Week 3:  Self Portrait


Sometimes gravity is your friend.

Week 4:  Flat



Week four was my most challenging week so far.  I didn't just want to photograph a flat piece of land or water.  On a sunny day last week I took some time to visit a few favourite photography spots from the summer.  I had no theme in mind, but when I looked back on the results, I realized the flat tire made for a creative choice for week four's theme.

Week 5:  I Spy

This week could turn out to be a challenging one as well, but I do have a couple of ideas... if you live in my neighbourhood, you might want to keep your curtains closed.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

A Very Ladner Christmas

Had a great family Christmas at the home of my little Sis and her family.  
Special people, special times, much gratitude.

 The Connector:  foggy as per usual.

 We never made it to the Coquihalla on the way there as an accident had it closed by the time we reached Merritt.  Highway 8 to Highway 1 was slow but much better conditions.


 Our first dinner was a big family dinner at the home of Adam's girlfriend's folks where
Kayla made two tasty Chilli's one ConCarne and one Veggie, and delicious 
pumpkin cornbread for which I forgot to get the recipe.

 Selfie for Carmie



 A rousing game of Junior Headbandz

 Christmas morning the Elf on the Shelf made snow angels in the flour.


 Visited Adam and Kayla's place in Vancouver and met Sheba, our newest grandkitty.

 Went to the annual Heald-Paris Boxing Day Bash


 Such a talented bunch of people!

 More cowbell!


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I have attempted to rotate this video a few different ways and have had no luck. 
I still think it's worth posting though.

 Our artistic talents, or lack there of, made for a fun game of Pictionary.


Merrytime Seafood night with lobsters 
Larry, Lester, Marvin, Jeff, John and Bisque as named by Shane.

Marvin was the blue one.

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 Surf or Turf on our final night at Steph's



 The Poole gene pool:  Marlene, Ron, Brad and Shane.

 Little buddies Pitou LeChien and Steph's Frenchie; Hank LeTank

 Much better weather for the drive home on the Coquihalla...

 and the Connector
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Because You Know I'm All About That Pump

Here's the bravest thing I've done as a Type 1 Diabetic.  I've written a little ditty about my pump to the tune of All About That Bass and recorded me singing it on my smart phone while playing the YouTube karaoke version on my computer.  You might expect more from a "professional" singer, but it's just not in a good key for me, so the singing's not my best. I guess I could have just posted the lyrics, but I think you need to hear how the words fit the music.  And it was fun!

I also wanted to make it clear that "it's all about that pump" for me in my own personal experience.  I'm not saying it's the best way for everyone.  Some T1's don't like the thought of something attached to them at all times.  I know a blogger who took a holiday from her pump and found she could get good control without it and hasn't gone back.  I have a friend whose father was diagnosed in the 1940's and is quite happy without having tried one.  He's got no complications despite being a T1 for 70 years.

A couple of definitions for the uninitiated:
Basal - a slow rate of insulin supply, in this case set up by the pump user.  The value changes throughout the day and night.
A1C - a test number found via a bloodtest that shows how well your blood glucose control has been over the past 3 months.

Here's the audio file, you can copy and paste into your web browser now that I've done such a great job selling it.  I've included the lyrics below in case the recording is muddy.
https://soundcloud.com/user-663547090/voice-022

All about that pump
Because you know I’m all about that pump,
‘bout that pump, no syringes
I’m all about that pump,‘bout that pump, no syringes
I’m all about that pump,‘bout that pump, no syringes
I’m all about that pump,‘bout that pump,

Yeah it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no type two
And so I pump it pump it, it’s what I like to do
‘Cause I want the A1C that all T1’s chase
I’m gonna set my basals at the right pace.
And when I’m counting carbs, you know I can’t be guessing
I know that shit ain’t real
It with my health I’m messing.
You got a scale or app, it’d be a crime
Not to calculate the carbs you eat ev-er-y time.

Yeah my momma she told me don’t sweat the occasional high,
Sometimes it ain’t workin’ no matter how hard that you try,
You can start with perfection and suddenly things are a mess,
Could be hormones, or new medication, an illness or stress.

Because you know I’m all about that pump,
‘bout that pump, no syringes
I’m all about that pump,‘bout that pump, no syringes
I’m all about that pump,‘bout that pump, no syringes
I’m all about that pump,‘bout that pump.

I’ve brought the 90’s back, that’s what the folks are thinkin’
They see my pump and ask, if that’s my pager blinkin’
Inside my head, I roll my eyes but say:
“This insulin pump saves my life every day.”

Yeah my momma she told me don’t sweat the occasional high,
Sometimes it ain’t workin’ no matter how hard that you try,
Do the best that you can and you’ll find that for most of the time,
Your glucose will be within range, and you’ll be feeling fine.

 Because you know I’m all about that pump,
‘bout that pump, no syringes
I’m all about that pump,‘bout that pump, no syringes
I’m all about that pump,‘bout that pump, no syringes
I’m all about that pump,‘bout that pump,