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Catch Up Time

Updated on April 24, 2012
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Welcome

My apologies for not being around much this past several days but life has a tendency to catch up on us all. Even since I have retired I find myself busier than ever. It can be good and yet it can get to be a little too much at times.

Yet another close to finished is called "The Fallen Barn" and now starts the real work of editing and reediting several times over.

Gather around and this hub will more of a catch up for those who follow just to let you know what has been happening. Take your time and rest awhile. Sorry we are close to running out of Fireside fires as the house is staying warm now. I guess we will just have to pretend. In any case welcome as always.

The Old and The New

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Life

I so appreciate nature when you take the time to stop and appreciate all that is at hand. This picture to me speaks volumes about the cycle of life and its meaning. This winter for many I know has been a winter of loss through family members and close friends.

No matter who when we hear of loss we all suffer some pain as we watch others struggle. I was asked a few years ago to do a funeral for a dear family friend. Devastating for a husband of 45 years and two adult boys. At the time it was hard for them to grasp what I spoke of that day and the meaning of her spirit living on through them. I had spoken with Gloria a few weeks before she passed away and she shared with me the things she wanted spoken of. They all centered on love and not loss. Her favorite saying was "Onward and upward" Greve not my loss but celebrate my life is what she wanted. There were well over 400 people there that day. We cried, we laughed and cried again.

The other day the husband called and we spoke at length and he shared with me that the message that day had finally sunk in and he said "Yes you are right Rolly, Gloria does live on through us, I can see it now in my children my grandchildren and the many friends Gloria and I had over the years."

The picture above is one that I used that day to explain that from death comes new life and hope for the future. Even though there is a loss there will always be some hope for those who look for it. The family I was told are all doing well and now can speak of the good times they had with Gloria. It was exactly what Gloria would have wanted for them all to carry on with life.

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Happenings

It has been busy here the past several days getting the last novel of a three book series called "Checkers Corner" up and running on Amazon. Reports have been coming in daily and it is doing well. Always good when you can see the sales and hear form people they have enjoyed what you have produced.

I have another near completion called "The Fallen Barn". It has come together nicely. I have allowed a few people to critique it and they are giving positive feedback. Then comes the hard work of editing over and over again. Writing is the easy part in my opinion.

I have a start on the next as well. Another fiction I have created a main character who is a rather salty old character with a past that has come back to haunt him. I find myself getting lost in this fellow and those who come into his life. The title is still up in the air as of yet.

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"Fast Eddie"

This is the resident squirrel that lives at the cabin in the mountains I like to go to. His name is Fast Eddie" as he is quick and can get in and out of any scrap of food you leave laying around.

I have been holding off going out there due to heavy snowfall a while back and muddy trails to get into it. Thinking maybe the later part of next week. This trip in will only be a few days but later in the season the visit will be more regular. Especially when the Brown Trout start to run in the river near the cabin. Eddie is due for someone to scold anyway. He just loves running across the tin roof in the very early hours of morning chattering the entire time.

Well friends there you have the latest from here. I do hope you have found a little rest. Stay as long as you like and know that you are loved here.

Hugs as always from here.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Vinaya... thank you for the kind words. Life truly is a wonderful gift when we stop and think of it.

      Rolly from Canada

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I loved your narrative and story telling technique.

      I appreciate your reflection on life. You write, "I so appreciate nature when you take the time to stop and appreciate all that is at hand." This is deep and profound. Life is a gift, we must learn to appreciate this gift.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi MM and thanks for the comment. Yes Fast Eddie is something and a frisky little man spitting volleys that I'm certain are profanities for invading his world. He certainly has a way of telling you off.

      Life is a hard thing for many and it is a constant learning process to come to the understanding we are all loved. Forgiveness at times can be hard to offer or obtain. At the end of the day the hardest person to forgive is ourselves...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Rolly, Fast Eddie is a handsome looking chap - what a great photo!

      Your picture relating to the old and new, is so beautiful as is the message.

      I have enjoyed my visit as always, thank you and best wishes Lesley

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Jackie... what a great idea... I have several lawn chairs and I think we can round up a log or two and the snacks will always be here. You are on...

      I do have net coverage at the cabin... right on the very fringe of 4G coverage but it works... a nice fire pit outside on the south side along with a small creek running through and a large meadow.

      Thanks for the comment and the suggestion... now all everyone has to do is find the cabin... its well hidden... just lock the ordinates in the GPS and drive till it says you hear that vice that says "You have arrived."

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Ardie.... great to see you here again... it has been a while... life gets so busy. I think that is the reason I love the cabin as much as I do... just too sit or lay on the south facing deck and soak in the sun and the quiet refreshing the mind, body and soul.

      Fast Eddie was there forst and I need to respect him for speaking his mind the way he does... lol

      Hugs from Canada

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      A story with real meaning and so true. That same tree will not grow back but it may nourish many sprouts. Life's meaning is really so deep, isn't it?

      Perhaps you could write to us from outside this summer with a bonfire, twigs crackling and marshmallows roasting? We will enjoy your stories though whatever you are doing.

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      Oh Rolly - I just love the little squirrel :) But Im sure he leaves you fuming rocking and rolling on the roof in the wee hours of the morning.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi lifegate... I do tend to drift in and out... trust all is well with you...

      Hugs

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      William Kovacic 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I knew you'd be back, but I must say I did miss you. Good to see you again, even if it is only by the internet.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Always... thanks for the comment and yes it is nice when you can sit back and watch the peace settle over someone knowing they have made a difference...

      Hugs as Always...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Thank you again for sharing with us. I enjoyed hearing about Gloria and her family, wonderful that she found peace..Very inspiring...

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      HiBilly... good to have you here and always good to know that we can play after so many years of work. Pass the coffee over will you... always good to visit with friends...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi prairieprincess... awesome to hear that you can see it in your nieces. Mannerisms, movements, speech or simply a loving caring heart will remind us always. At times it reminds us of our loss and other times it will bring great joy knowing the spirit lives on. God to have you stop by...

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have the same excuse for not reading this until now...being retired keeps me so busy I fall behind on my reading. Sigh! It is wonderful, though, to be free enough to be busy doing the things we love to do.

      Great work here; your writing is so easy to associate with, like sitting across the table with a good friend conversing about all things.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Good Morning LaThing... thanks for stopping by and say hello... good to have you with us. The message is simple really what we seed in life will grow and flourish... especially love and positive thoughts. That was Gloria even in the time of her slowly passing away.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Rolly, this is so beautiful and such a deep and profound message. It is so wonderful that a person lives on those he or she leaves behind. I can't help but think of my Mom and the way we see her so much in my nieces. Thank you for sharing this lovely writing again. Blessings to you and yours, Rolly.

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thank you for such a lovely Chat! That picture is truly symbolic..... Life ends, life begins. Appreciate your sharing it with us.

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