Mostly the talk has been about the weather and how cold it has been. How cold was it? Here the lowest was -30C and my car has failed to start three times now, so I guess it’s due for a new battery. I wish it was so easy to recharge a person! We have been luckier than our Maritime friends as howling winds and snow knocked out power lines and filled roads.
Of course, anyone my age can recall when this was a normal winter; roads were often blocked and temperatures well below freezing, Fahrenheit in those days, a good deal of the season. For some of the taller kids walking on the snow banks along the road to school, they could touch the hydo wires, (who remembers HEPC? We used to say “help every poor cat”, more on that later), and snow often came as high as the eaves of outbuildings. It’s not faulty memory. I have photos!
Speaking of cats, there seems to be an epidemic of cats/kittens being abandoned to perish in the cold. Some may be feral, but most are kittens born to a house cat, because they usually try to seek shelter in someone else’s home. Several tiny kittens have been found with frozen tails and feet which necessitate surgery or lots of recovery care.
If you have feral cars around, feed them yes, but with an eye to capturing and taking them to SPCA where they can be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and eventually tamed. Cats kill millions of birds every year, so allowing them to roam free again, although it will cut down on the number of cats eventually, will not save birds, many of which are becoming alarmingly scarce.
Happy birthday to my granddaughter Charlene who turned 14 on Wednesday! In 2004 she was the first baby born in Uxbridge Hospital for that year. Best wishes also to anyone else unlucky enough to have a birthday or anniversary at this season, when so many other celebrations are going on; they often get overlooked.
Brenda and Brian Moore spent a wonderful holiday in Alberta visiting son George and fiancée in Okatokes, and sister Margaret and family in Calgary. Going south rather than north, David and LeeAnn Ball and boys have spent a great and hot week in Mexico. Sounds wonderful!
Friday was the Celebration of Life for Clarence Wilson, a life-long resident of this neighbourhood. One of at least half a dozen boys, he farmed on the 7th and was still active right up until his untimely massive stroke on Christmas day, having celebrated family Christmas at his house on the Saturday and attended church on Sunday. There was a large crowd, as between he and his wife Helen, their family ties stretched far and wide, as well as his multitude of friends. Son Steven and daughter Christine delivered eulogies and nephew Craig Wilson conducted the service.
Next Saturday there is the celebration of life for Harry Johnson, who defied the doctors predictions for many months after being operated on for brain cancer. Harry lived many wonderful experiences after being born in England during The Second World War, coming to Canada, joining the air-force, and working at IBM for many years. The service is at Low and Lows at 10:00 a.m., with visitation from 9:00 a.m.
There was a sparse congregation at church this Sunday, perhaps because of the cold, and others besides myself had car troubles, but we were lucky to have two cars in the driveway.
Casey Spencer filled in for Melinda. Rev. Eiko’s sermon was about the circumstances of the baptism of Jesus, and why it was necessary.
Next week, is the Second Sunday after Epiphany, Adele Boy will be conducting the service. Adele has recently completed a two year lay ministry course and this is the final testing. She has already conducted several weddings for friends and family.
Carolyn Hicken has requested that all annual reports be submitted to her by January 15th, in preparation for the AGMs in February. On Thursday January 18th, the Zephyr church council will meet and the Sandford one on January 23rd.
Our U.C.W. will hold their A.G.M. on Thursday January 25th. All ladies are welcome to our potluck lunch at 12:30 p.m.
February 7th we will again be hosting the Soupers lunch at St. Andrews, for the Food bank. Soup, cookies, bread, butter etc would be welcome donations, or cash to purchase. Contact Deborah Clements if you can help.
We are intending to set up a Prayer Shawl group soon. If you would be interested in knitting or crocheting a shawl please contact Deborah as well.