Monthly Archives: September 2016

Poems & Songs

Tonight the Burns Lake Public Library had Robert “Bob” Hamblin a poet from Houston, BC come to recite his poems and songs. His style reminds me of “Cowboy Poerty” simple yet deep and heartfelt.

I love meeting Authors and Poets from our surrounding area. I love learning about the history of an area through the stories of our Elders. Bob has lived in the Houston area since 1955. I believe Houston is about half and hour from us. He has a tremor in both hands that are only noticeable when he is turning pages. He has the kindest eyes and a genuine grandfather smile. He talked to each of the girls, shook their hands and made them feel welcomed.


It is the first time Milena actually sat through a reading without me having to “shush” her numerous times. She sat drawing and listening quietly. Seren was enthralled. Neither girls have been to a poetry reading. I was worried they’d be bored. I am glad I was wrong. I hope this inspires them.

Bob told a story behind each of the poems he recited and songs he sang. These are a few that he shared with the 8 of us:

  • CN Corridor
  • Hello Operator
  • The Bobs
  • Brother Doug
  • Camping at Francios
  • Memories of a Loved One
  • Avalanche
  • Highway of Tears
  • Old Dave Fishing

He spoke of his Brother Doug. The death of so many Moose on the CN railroad. The anguish of all the Women/girls who have gone missing on the Highway of Tears. The Bobs is about a group of guys who got stuck in a snowstorm in 2008 when 4feet of snow fell in 33hrs. Avalanche speaks of 3 young men killed in a Ski-doo accident.

All his writings are from the past and stories that inspired him to write.



I can’t wait for him to come back to Burns Lake to read from his next book…which he says is halfway written. I will definitely enjoy reading his poetry.

Great Job Bob!

❤ D




Seren 14 and Milena 8 playing with Bill’s Childhood Tonka Toys


They made many roads in my garden beds today. 🙂

This what makes my heart sing. ❤

My 14 year old is still interested in play!!

She play with Littlest Pet Shops(LPS), Monster High Dolls, Barbies, Farm Animals, Dinsaurs…she has a great imagination. They play Elves and wolves in the bush around the house. Sure her play includes a lot of teenage circumstances. Boyfriends, sex, parties, popularity…the whole kit and kaboodle. It is never overboard and usually consists of facts regurgitated from Our Bodies Ourselves or The Care and Keeping of You. I love it! I love to secretly listen to her and her 8 year old sister play together. The ideas of how and what to play and how to say things is…wonderful….refreshing.

I think this is why we have such a hard time making friends. My girls are still into play. I don’t know how to explain it. SO many kids their ages are into technology and adult things. My girls are in no hurry to grow up and I love that. I want them to enjoy their time as children. Technology is very limited and neither has a phone or gadget. They also don’t ask for it. They have actually found it quite annoying that kids are too busy with their noses in a gadget and missing the beauty around them or to play. Actually Play…running and laughing.

I know they have to grow up and they do have many responsibilities that are grown up. BUT…I require them to go outside and play. Explore. Use their imaginations.

Seeing this has helped me acknowledge that we, Bill and I, are doing something right.


❤ D

Summer Craziness

We have been so super busy this summer. Every time I sit down to write something comes up…

I spent my entire summer driving Seren into work at the Library. Which was exhausting for me, but was a great experience for Seren. She learned how much working wears a person out, even when it isn’t physically taxing work. She never used to understand why Bill and I were so tired after being at work all day. Haha! She learned about pay cheques, banking, spending…and there will be more of that this year. I am going to get her to concentrate on basic Business Math.

Poor Milena got dragged around with me to and from town. She did go to the Library reading club every Thursday during July and August. She enjoyed going to hangout with the other kids.

Bill was busy during his time off/family time doing a stereo system for a buddy of his. That didn’t make me happy. I know this is his passion, so I threw up my hands, shook my head and silently grumbled about not doing family things like we were supposed to. *sigh* He is so skilled at his passion, I just wish it hadn’t affected family time.

The garden and greenhouse got forgotten and doing the market on Saturdays was put on hold because I was so busy dealing with everyone elses stuff. I did donate 5 big herb bouquets to the Burns Lake Summer Market for the end of season Raffle Meal Bags.

My garden and greenhouse didn’t do to badly despite the neglect. Harvest was here and there…


At the end of August we started our Homeschool year…grades 4 and 9!


…….on Thursday, Sept 1st at 1am my father-in-love died. He waited until an hour after his 25th wedding anniversary. ❤ Our life and that of my Sibling-in-loves came to a grinding halt. Our week became full of funeral arrangements. I spent 3 days looking through all the photos at my Mom-in-love’s and our house. I had the sibling-in-love’s send me photos of Henry. I put together a slide show of photos from his life to play at the service and Faspa after the service. I did up the Funeral Bulletins(which I am proud of as I am not tech-savvy what-so-ever) and spent the rest of my time hugging my Mom-in-love. Henry’s death was not unexpected, so Justina was prepared emotionally and in a way so were Bill and I. He was very sick over the past year…anyways. That week was a learning week for me. There was tons of family and people to meet and I don’t remember half of them.

Now our world has flipped again…school is back in order and there are so many things that have yet to be finished or started. We started the forms for the back porch posts and built a set of shelves for more canning storage in my cold room.

Well, break time is over…back to schooling and a run to town.

❤ D