Trees in our yard
50 YEARS AGO, July 10,1969
-After months of discussion
and planning, the Wadena town council has finally set in motion the machinery to build a new lagoon, dispose entirely of the present one, and build a second well to add to the present system.
-The Wadena crop picture
brightened this week with steady rainfall Monday that lasted for about nine hours and deposited just over half an inch of liquid gold.
July 10, 1969
Smilin’ Johnnie and his Prairie
Pals will be entertaining at the
Lintlaw Jubilee on July 20.
-SaskTel’s buried cable
construction program is in full
operation with cable plows on the
job at various projects throughout the
province. –Wadena News, Looking Back
Nineteen years ago, Scott and I attended a performance by Smilin’ Johnnie and his wife Eleanor Dahl at a seniors’ centre in St. Albert, Alberta. We laughed our faces off – they were so goofy in an old-fashioned way that we may have enjoyed even more than our elders did. He’s been gone for some years now and I don’t know about Ms Dahl, who was the comedian of the musical duo.
I might have pretty much perfect office hours: nine to four, with an hour off for lunch. Can’t get much easier than that. Well okay, 10:00 to 3:00 but hey, you can’t have everything! These hours are pretty nice ones. I do have to drive 25 minutes to get there so six hours of work makes it more worth my while, too.
I took my lunch and went over to Aunt Shirley’s (a whole two blocks away) at noon today and it felt so good to walk on the familiar streets of my childhood. Certain places I passed brought back memories that are sweeter than ever, now.
Dad turned up from Kelowna yesterday and said he’s only staying a week. He came bearing saskatoons.
We had a wild thunderstorm around 3 a.m. and a couple forceful rains. None of it kept me awake much longer than to put Duckie Doodle in his kennel in the porch so he wouldn’t keep Scott from sleeping. Scott felt sorry for him and got up anyway to sit with and cuddle the dog, who pants and shakes with fear during these storms.
My alarm is set for six these days and I set it out of reach so that I have to get up to shut if off (or the noise would drive me crazy). If I can reach it without sitting up, I shut it off and lie down to doze, and you know how that goes … you end up not rising and shining when you wanted to. I usually wake up before the alarm though; the body knows, doesn’t it, and prefers not to be jarred awake.
Today was a migrainey morning though, so I skipped the walk and took an anti-inflammatory, threw up, and went on about the day in a not-too-bad way. I had to take another pill shortly after supper; figured why suffer till bedtime, let’s feel good now! It worked. Lord I love feeling normal.
I’ve given up the supplements I thought might’ve been responsible for the reduction in Jan/Feb from 8 migraines a month to 3. I gave them a fair shot, but frequency increased to 4 in March/April and then to 6 and more in June. I’m back to needing to medicate 7 or 8 times a month. What’s next?
I’ve had a certain kind of treatment (“Exactly what can I tell people it is that you do?” I asked; the reply: “Just tell them I’m the lady who’s going to make them feel better”) and it’s said that after the second one I’ll feel 10 or 15 years younger and no more migraines and no more treatments either, except for injuries. We shall see. Fingers crossed. If it’s true, I’ll tell you about it. What I can say for sure is that after whatever adjustments were made, my hips are moving differently. They’re looser and damn it does feel good.
Anyway I have to get to bed. Thanks for stopping by.