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Busy is Still Busy... Rolly A. Chabot

Updated on August 20, 2016
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Welcome

Hi all... sorry it has been a busy past few weeks here at the Fireside wrapping up the last manuscript in the three book series called Checkers Corner. Number three is completed now the hard work starts editing.

I already have a good start on the next project named "The Fallen Barn". A story of a man who made a serious mistake in his youth and has just stepped out into a far different world that he left 16 years prior. It deals with the finding his way back into society.The changes he finds are challenging but rewards are many as he heals from his past.

Welcome to the Fireside and I do hope this finds you and your families well. May your time here today be a blessing as it is for me to have you sit and just relax. Pull up a chair, a pillow and a blanket if you like and rest. My home is yours.



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Cabin Fever

I still have not made it to the cabin. Life has taken over it seems. I think all of you know the feeling. Thus I think of the importance of setting boundaries and saying no. Seems like it is something I have forgotten about and need a reminder. Maybe a yellow Sticky on the mirror in the morning with two words "Say No."

It is so easy to get caught into the trap of getting involved. What I have found since I have retired is the fact that now I have some extra time on my hands and there are so many things I can be doing.

I was just going over my day planner from the last few years and looking at the meetings and commitments and I wonder where I found the time. It was a reminder to begin to say no again.

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Down Sizing

I have been slowly working my way through the years of collecting and down sizing. The kids have been doing well so far. Every little nook and cranny is stuffed with goodies and keepsakes from years gone past. A few I will be keeping.

This is "Drifter" a problem bear I was called about years ago and asked if I could come and take care of him. A lady in a community I lived in while in the north had this fellow coming right up on the deck of the house. Her husband was away and she called me. I found him a few hours later out in a wooded area and took him down. I managed to keep the hind quarters and the tenderloin which I had cured and of course the hide which you see mounted. He was one of the largest black bears that had been taken that year and now he lives on the floor near the Fireside.

I do hate to take life but have learned over the years should you take it, then be thankful and use all you can.

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Date Set

Mrs. Quill, Quigley and I have the date set for the cabin get away. Looks like we are going to be away the last two weeks in February. We are looking forward to some time tucked away in the mountains. The game should be moving again. The calender has been cleared and now the sights are set. It is very rustic in this setting. I will be cheating and bringing a small generator and a convertor for the laptop as well as the internet stick. We are right on the very edge of the 3G network there and that is a blessing.

Mrs. Quill has a week long quilting conference in Canmore Alberta in the mountains. World class instructors come in from all over to teach and share their secrets. She is looking forward to having the time away. She gets back on Feb. 8 then I'm off for a three day writing conference in a northern city from here. It will be a time to learn some new skills and maybe attempt to apply them.

We are still a ways away from spring here but this winter has been unlike anything I have ever seen. It has been well above seasonal averages and with very little snow. What ever we get disappears with what are called Chinook winds coming over the mountains from the west. Warm winds and the water is running in January. Very unusual. We are trusting we wil get the winter blasts come March and April so the farmers at least have some moisture for the crops.

Well I had better get out of here. Mrs. Quill will be home in a few minutes from work. Retirement has moved me into the kitchen now and tonight I will temp her pallet with a new creation. I made cookies the other day and failed to tell her what they were called "Garlic Chip Cookies". The only comment I received was "This is so wrong" but I see the cookie jar has been slowly diminishing.

Blessings to you all as always and may His light shine upon you and yours. Know that you are loved first by the Father above then by all whom lives you touch including mine.


Quigley P.S.

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Note from Poor Quigley

Quigley asked me to pass this along in her words:

"Never mind if you drop cookie crumbs on the floor I can out do that noisy central vacuum dad has to run all the time. I will love you for the crumbs"

You can read her mind if you look close she is really suffering.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      It is always so relaxing visiting you. Feet up in front of fire and a cup of tea and cokkies. Quigley looking for the crumbs.

      What does bear meat taste like, I am curious, is it like beef? I had to laugh at the garlic chip cookies, can't make my mind up about those.

      'The Falling Barn' sounds like a very interesting story. It must be so hard to pick oneself up again.

      Thank you for sharing the image of that beautiful sunset.

      Hugs to Quigley she looks so cute with the marshmallow on her head... :)

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      itakins 5 years ago from Irl

      I know a man who needs to learn to say no too!I can;t see him changing at this point......but one never knows.

      I hope you have a really relaxing stay in the cabin .....oh my green eyes are feeling greener!

      Is Quigley really not doing so well ?such a pity and she's still so young-poor thing.

      Gorgeous hub ,I really do feel like I;m right there sitting beside your fireside.God Bless.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Rosemay50... thanks for the visit and the comment... good to hear Quigley will find a few crumbs. Hard life being the smallest in the house and yet I think really the best feed of us all.

      Bear meat is very rich, a bit grainy in texture but very high in protein. Not many people like the though of eating meat fro an animal that eats meat itself or carnivores. They do have a varied diet though with berries and grains when they can find it. To me when it os cooked right it is a wonderful meal.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Itakins... Hopefully he will learn to slow soon and get on with enjoying the family and spending time with you. Keep at him... hugs

      Quigley is only trying to pull your leg... she is fine a going concern most days. I had her to the vet the other day for a checkup and the vet waved her finger at me over the extra weight she had gained.

      Glad you find some peace here with us...

      Be Blessed and know you are Hugged.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      It is good to hear from you again and to be updated on the activities of you and your family. Quigley looks great. Good luck with your newest book. God bless.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Pam... THanks for stopping in and saying hello. You always brighten the room...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      William Kovacic 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Quill,

      You are so right. Busy is still busy and it's been like a bee hive around here lately, too. Glad you can get away. Be sure to relax, not just change scenery (lol)!

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Saying no is certainly right and even if it doesn't make us popular it should make us happy with no guilt. Life is too short. We have had no winter yet and I have been running around in short sleeves snapping pictures of God's beauties. The groundhog says we will have to pay though, I will let you know, lol.

      Hope you and the Mrs really enjoy your get away.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I always feel calm and relaxed reading your fireside chat's. Thank you for sharing your stories with us. Enjoy your time spent at the cabin, sounds like a wonderful getaway. Blessings to you and yours. Quigley looks contented.Hee..

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Every retiree I have ever known has said that they were never busier in their lives until they retired. There seems to be some truth to that. I wish you a peaceful and productive writing excursion.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning lifegate... you are so right when you speak about rest. Again and again I have been reminded it is key to happiness and peace to simply sit and listen to the call of the wild out at the cabin. The sounds are incredible after you shut out the rest of the noise like the chatter we all have happening in our minds. It is then I can hear Him speak the real truth.

      Blessings

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Jackie... thanks for assuring me the winter or lack of it we are seeing is shared by others. We are indeed being blessed. No doubt there will be a price to pay before the flowers bloom again.

      I heard rumour the groundhog is protesting this year for better wages and food and accommodations.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Always... good to have you cuddle in close to the Fireside with Quigley and the gang. It is always a blessing to hear others can relax and feel at home.

      Looking forward to the getaway... just have a feeling it will be cold when it happens. I guess one of the benefits of having all the wood split and stacked in advance.

      Blessings

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Tammy... God to see you here and thank you for the insight and wisdom. I think I will change the word from retirement to refirement. You see I think it is much like a season after working all those years. The way I look at what I do i the community now is putting something back.... smiles.

      The time at the cabin will be well spent.

      Blessings and Hugs from Canada

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Rolly, thank you for a lovely warm and relaxing fireside chat, I had to pass on those garlic cookies - I just wasn't sure about them, so Quigley didn't get any crumbs from me!

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and good luck with your book.

      Enjoy the cabin, my best wishes Lesley

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi MM... you missed out in that case... just a hint of garlic but filled with chocolate and carmel flavour, butter and very creamy. Quigley could pass on the crumbs anyway... smiles.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      DavePrice 5 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      I'm with the Mrs - Garlic cookies? So wrong on so many levels :)

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Dave... I can send the recipe if you like...

      Blessings

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      skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Rolly Brother this was a very special read. Did you see the movie say yes?? It was too funny the guy could not say no especially to baking the cookies. JK. Love drifter. Poor dude got shot down. Well it was probaly a good thing. He does make a warm rug indeed. I pray you and Mrs quill have an awesome retreat away. You are busy indeed. God will balance it all for u. He can make a way when we can not. He will have His way anyway hey. I love ya bro and enjoyed the visit. More books? Wow God is using you to shine bro.

      Hugs as always. Your sista.

      mrs quill is an awesome quilter someday maybe i will take a dive into that art. Big maybe. The quigley has a great doo!!Did you cut his hair? He is too cute.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Skye2day... always a good day when you drop in and share your thoughts and that special love you leave in the room. Sorry never seen the movie... lol

      Drifter was a problem bear and once they become so... well afraid the alternative is to live on the way you see him.

      I have said many times I should do a hub on Mrs. Quill's work and I better live up to the suggestion. She is fast approaching a level where she could actually teach. I have told her I could provide the comic side of things and be her personal Sherpa.

      Quigley get clipped by a groomer... tried that and I think I will leave it to the pro's.... lol

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, missed my weekly visits to the most relaxing hubber! lol! garlic cookies? haha! sounds like you are both going to be really busy so your trip to the cabin will be a wonderful rest, love the Quigley picture! lol! take care, nell

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Nell... good as always to see you and hear you are well. Looks like the cabin visit has been put off for a while. Quigley sends a huge kiss your way... she loves the attention.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

      I envy you for your get-aways...I dream of a little house on a hill, far far away...maybe someday. But I have so much to be thankful for right now. I guess I keep the dream just to have a dream.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Enlydia... Dreams are good. They give us a place to go even if in our minds. Hang onto your dreams and be thankful for what we do have. We are truly blessed to live where we do.

      Hugs and Blessing

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      Tammy 5 years ago from USA

      I had to re-read that line a few times to realize you meant garlic cookies for Mrs. Quill. I guess I better put on my glasses, because I thought they were for Quigley...LOL! I have enjoyed your relaxing moments by the Fireside. Looking forward to more. :)

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Tip... you read it right Garlic Chip Cookies... they are not all that bad and certainly healthy. I took soe to a function the other day and they were a big hit.

      Hugs

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