Busy is Still Busy... Rolly A. Chabot
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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