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The Wolf is Calling... Rolly A. Chabot

Updated on August 20, 2016
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Welcome

Seems as though I have a few words left in me for the day, so I thought I would rattle them off here. Stormy weather outside with the odd flash of lightening and crack of thunder rolling off in the west. Looks like it will be another wild night. They have even issued frost warning, this is really early for us.

So gather around, make yourself comfortable and lets see where my fingers lead us in an effort to close another day. Feel free to put your feet up on any surface and help yourself to what ever you can find for munchies. Above all else know that you are loved.

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Seasons

We are fast approaching fall again. Driving through the country we see that hay crops coming off and in all directions crops beginning to change from different shades of green to their final golden colours near ready for harvest. Time has past so quickly this summer, it seem like we were just watching the first spring plants appearing after the earth took its winter rest.

In years past fall would mean harvesting my winter meat, fish and wood supply. How times have changed in the way I gather now. The days of hunting moose, dear and other game has come to basically standing in a herd of animals and pointing. The wood has primarily been replaced with Natural Gas, the fish well I choose to enjoy catching them now only to return them to continue to grow and flourish.

I have begun to see the seasons of life come full circle as the years have passed. One may say I have entered the fall of my years in many years as I have slowed in so many ways. The days of tossing a 70 pound pack, a canoe and a rifle onto my shoulders and trudging through dense forest have long past. They give me many fond memories now knowing I have often been places few if any had gone. The Fall period of life is maybe the hardest to think of, yet it does have many rewards.

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Dad

I find myself thinking of my Dad often these days. He passed away 11 years ago already and hardly a day goes past I do not see something or recall something of the man he was. This picture was taken after a day Dad suggested we go shopping. One thing led to another and the result was we decided to be twins this day. It was comical watching the response of people as we walked through the mall.

Some of my fondest memories of Dad was the way he would just turn and talk to a total stranger. He just had a way about him and people would respond and before long there would be a conversation taking place. I have been accused of being the same, I mean really why not turn and talk to the person behind you in a line up for something or other. I have found I suppose like my Dad there is much to be learned by listening to others. If nothing else maybe some sense of connection has been left with that person.

I was recently in a restaurant and it saddened me to watch a mother with a young boy with her. The mother spent the entire time texting on her phone while the young boy ate. The only words she exchanged were words of correction to him. I am certain the mother loved the child but what I saw was this lack of communication. What of the child's spirit, what is he learning from his mother? Will he as well pick up this habit and come to the place of being disconnected with the world around him.

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Enjoy

Once a person resigns themselves to where they are in life it gets easier to just say why not and take life one day at a time. Each morning I wake up, can still breath, see, walk becomes a new adventure. I laughed today thinking all morning it was Friday when it is Saturday. I suppose that is a blessing of the fall of the year, maybe one day is the same as the other. There are times when I miss waking up to a purpose like going to work, then there are times when I stand on the front deck and watch all my younger neighbours taking care of that for me.

This has been a great summer in comparison to the last. At this time last year I found myself very ill and heading for surgery to have a Gallbladder removed. I had lain in hospital waiting for a full 5 days before it finally was removed. Surgery times were precious but in the 5 day wait infection had taken hold yet each day I would be told I would be next on the list. One day led to another until the morning I stepped into the conversation of the doctors where I suggested they send me somewhere to have the surgery done. I was lucky to have it done that same afternoon. 5 days on Morphine every 4 hours is no way to live. But again grateful to the Doctor who stepped forward and promised he would take care of it for me.

I will be forever grateful to that Doctor for his compassion. I know the system in the heath care is busy and I understand to a point there will always be another more in need than myself. Just happy it is something which has passed. One great thing about it all was I dropped so 30 pounds and now sit at a nice comfortable 170 pounds.

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Sunny Days

I do love watching things grow in nature and even more so in people. We are meant to be social and yes kind to each other. I again take the lesson from my Dad and find I am doing as he did, just say hello. It is something which is so easy to do, you just never can tell you may have something very much in common.

So has the body begins to break down, aches and pains begin to take their toll. Staying active both physically and mentally is so very important. Health issues will come and go. Glaucoma has been a concern for 16 years. I have suffered a 40% loss of vision in the left eye and now it is beginning in the right eye. What I have lost ij eyesight can not be given back. Comical as my specialist has decided to do cataract surgery in January. Hopefully it clears the vision some anyway, I smile at thinking of the loss of this that and or the other thing. It is special today to have such technology is it not.

Well I have chattered enough here this evening. I do hope I have not bored you to tears. If nothing else you can take away from my blathering take this. "Enjoy each day you have been given, take the many blessings we take advantage of and hold them dear. One of the greatest assets we have is each other. Know that you are dearly loved and treasured here at the Fireside...

© Rolly A. Chabot

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 10 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Rolly, I'm sorry to inform you that the video has been disabled. I hate when that happens on my hubs, but it says that you can watch it on YouTube. I can relate to your comments about slowing down when we age, I'm there. I miss going to work. I do live in a friendly community, who is just a call away. Family and friends are important. I am active in my church which is a blessing. I spend too much time on the computer, but I love to write and I think it keeps the mind working. Ha. You remembering your dad was interesting. Not a day passes that I don't think about my mother. We are promised that we will see them again someday, so that makes me happy. It is still hot here, but in September it will start to cool. I love the fall, but not the winter. I'm glad you decided to write again. It's always nice to read your thoughts. Hugs..

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      John Hansen 10 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This is a wonderful fireside chat, Rolly. Yes, unfortunately as we age the body begins to break down. I have so many friends who are battling various forms of cancer at present, or who have actually passed away. We just have to continue embracing life as best we can while we have the opportunity.

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      Rolly A Chabot 10 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Ruby...

      Thanks for the heads up, I did add another that should work. So glad you are blessed where you live with plenty of love and support. It is indeed one of the benefits of living and being a part of such a loving group of people... Happy for you...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 10 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Ho Jodah...

      So right you are I have seen so many of my friends slip away over the years. It has been hard to watch, they leave spouses to maintain the household and life a lonely life. A dear friend I worked with for several years had just retired. He was clearing snow along his roadway. One slip and the tractor flipped over onto him. Of all I think it was hardest for me as we rode motorcycle, snowmobiled, hunted and fished together for so long he became like a brother to me. Each and every day when I awake I am thankful I have yet another day... life is so short. Peace be with you as you watch those close slip away...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am at a point where I can still do all the "things". I am just a hell of a lot slower at them. It is fun with my elder son. We have seriously hiked together for about 22 years. We laugh each time now when he gives me a hand in my old age as I did in his youth. It constantly reminds me that as I slowly move out of the way it gives room to those who now deserve their shot.

      Great stuff here friend.

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      Rolly A Chabot 10 months ago from Alberta Canada

      HI Eric:

      You are lucky then to continue to be challenged by your son. So often I have watched men retire who have little to do, they have worked hard all their lives and have no hobbies. Soon the TV becomes their pastime, a few extra pounds become several extra. Staying active is so key to a healthy lifestyle. Good for you for staying active... Hope you are safe from any of the wildfires in the area...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Shauna L Bowling 9 months ago from Central Florida

      Rolly, as I read this article it dawned on me that our bodies may slow down as we age to force us to look around and appreciate the beauty in nature and each other.

      Thank you for sharing your reflection and memories with us.

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      Rolly A Chabot 9 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Bravewarrior ...

      You are so very right, I know for myself it would be nice to go back and recapture some of those places I have been. Just to see them in the same light as I do today... Thank you for the visit...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Deb Hirt 9 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Seasons come and go and I always manage to find something new that I have not encountered. It has been a good year for me, and I think of your often in the wilds of the north. I miss it, and perhaps one day, I will find myself there again. Glad that all is well.

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      Rolly A Chabot 9 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Deb...

      I am certain you will again find yourself north. I can see you on an assignment with a major publication. You have done so well with your work and we are all proud of you...

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Rolly A Chabot 9 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Shauna...

      Asd always your comments are heartwarming and encouraging, thank you. I am so glad you were able to step away and find your own peace, there is something very satisfying on doing so. You are so right people to carry much to the grave, it is such a shame they do not look deep into their own lives and realize their true potential...

      Hugs from Alberta

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