Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Goodbye Neighbor we wish you well

Saying for the day:Nothing ever stays the same .

Sometimes one moves into a neighborhood and begins to make friends.
It is a slow process but little by little it happens.
After a time you begin to enjoy the people around you.

Then one day the big truck pulls up at the house of one of your neighbors and soon they are gone.
You didn’t even know they were moving.
You feel bad.

That’s how I feel today.
One of our neighbors has moved away.
Her name was Josie.
She lived or lives in Canada.
She worked in the Canadian health system.
She wrote an interesting blog.

But yesterday she stopped in at various blogs and said goodbye .
She closed her blog down.
All I have left is the link which I now will have to remove for it links to nothing.
Josie if your still reading blogs we will miss you.
We are thankful for the time you spent with us.
We enjoyed your comments and your blog.
Good luck in your new adventure whatever it is.

Today I was going to run a mini-marathon but since Chana is sick I am postponing it at least one week.
I wait to see how she is doing and join with so many others in praying for her.

News from Pigeon Falls– the little town in my garage where the trains still run and dragons fly– Will Pigeon Falls waited to see if the dragon would fly on Halloween . Which , of course was last night. It was so cold the children had three layers of clothing and a costume as they carried their little pumpkin baskets from house to house. No self respecting dragon could be expected to fly under such conditions. Why its poor little wings would ice up. But still they hoped. The big party was over at the Masonic building and it ran until ten . Just as it was letting out the dragon made its appearance. He flew right down the main street breathing fire as he went. He seemed a bit slower and his wings seemed to move less than usual, like he was gliding part of the time. But he was there. Suddenly at the end of the street a big net appeared , pulled from one side to the other. Eino had sprung his trap. The dragon hovered like a humming bird and turned its fire on the net which burned apart and fell to the ground then the dragon flew on. It turned the corner and flew out over the woods. It was far too cold to chase it. Poor Eino he thought this time he had it . If they had waited just a little longer to pull the net they might have.
Mrs. Trumble was in to Nancy’s this morning saying that this proves it’s a demon. A real dragon would have gotten caught. The town’s only hope is the Dragon Slayer and silver bullets with a drop of Holy Water. Of course, as Nancy pointed out, the dragon has yet to hurt anybody or even damage property . Unless, of course, you count the net.
Mrs. Smythe has decided that no matter what her children think or the neighbors she is going to Hawaii. Its her dream and she is going to live it. Her husband was beginning to have second thought with all the pressure not to go at Christmas. But she told him if he doesn’t go she is going anyway and so he is going. When that women makes up her mind there is no changing it.

Today's Link: Bianca's Blog-Because of the content just leave a comment and don't put Dr. John. But I do want you to see this blog. Check HERE for yourt total JCPOINTS. In case she posts again I really want you to see her post for Saturday.(Ralph you should see it too)
In the morning visited all my links and left comments on the ones that had new content. It was an interesting set of readings. Betty went to Tops. In the afternoon it was back to the garage until we got so cold we had to come in. Well I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger Kat Campbell said...

Isn't odd how attached we get to the people we read. I'm the same way.Poor Eino, he must feel so discouraged this morning.

4:05 AM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

This proves it's a demon. A real dragon would have gotten caught.

LOL. Oh really?

4:36 AM  
Blogger The Rev. Dr. Kate said...

It is amazing how close and attached we get to our blogger friends and how we miss them when they are gone. I am worrying about one of my on-line friends who isn't posting and not responding to her email either.

4:38 AM  
Blogger Sunflower Optimism said...

Hmmm - if the dragon HAD gotten caught in the net, it would have been able to burn it to ashes and escape anyway. What Eino needs is a stainless steel mesh net if he wants to catch it. But then what do you do with a dragon once you've caught it? I'm glad the dragon escaped.

I had seen the photo on Bianca's blog before. It breaks my heart. Everyday my paper prints the names and a bit of info about each soldier killed in Iraq - name, age, branch of service, hometown - I say a prayer for each one. It is devastating, so many the age of my own babies, 18 and 21 - what unbearable pain their mothers must feel. The loss of any of our soldiers in Iraq is a sin. We see the fatality numbers going up every day - but do we really understand the toll it exacts, on their families and on our country?

Sorry for the rant, this upsets me so much.

5:20 AM  
Blogger sleeplessinoklahoma said...

I lost a friend in Iraq in the beginning of the war. The pic on Bianca's blog touched me so much. It is a terrible war, Oct had the highest losses to date--sad so very sad, it just breaks my heart for all the families.

Sounds like much excitement was had in Pigeon Falls last night. Dragons aren't demons===they are magic. Perhaps Eino should start trying to figure out the message the dragon is trying to bring.

Have a wonderful day. Stay warm!!

Blessed be...

6:27 AM  
Blogger QuillDancer said...

Yay, Mrs. Smythe. I don't think she is being the selfish one. The people trying to stop her from experiencing a lifelong dream are the ones who need to look at themselves.

6:34 AM  
Blogger bazza27 said...

I didn't know chana was poorly, I hope she gets better soon. I'm not surprised it's cold in Pigeon Falls, but it sounds like the dragon warmed things up a bit.

6:49 AM  
Blogger ArtsyTartsyViray said...

I love the little blog community you have created in your own little way.. and it's always a little sad to see someone leave it..

7:49 AM  
Blogger Cuppojoe said...

First of all, Doc, I wanted to thank you for the Blogger Cup... You did an awesome job!

Second, thanks so much for keeping Chana in your thoughts. I watched her last night, stubbornly trying to comment on your blog and the daily link, lest she sacrifice even one coveted JC Point! There she was, lying on the bed with her laptop, which was tilted at an awkward angle because she was keeping her weight off the sore part of her back. And she kept getting frustrated that her fingers couldn't find the right keys! Maybe it was the meds, maybe it was the zero-g, astronaut-like pose she had assumed that prevented her from getting her fingers in the right place. I don't know. But, in the end, she did it!

Just so you all know, she's still in lots of pain, has to spend pretty much the entire day in bed, and can't bear to be on the laptop for more than a couple minutes at a time. But, she says she feels like the pain is slowly getting better (Going away? Becoming easier to handle?) and wants you all to know that she'll be back in full form soon.

7:51 AM  
Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Hi Dr John,
it is 'funny' howpeople are saddened when neighbours move, or children leave the nest for university or to build their separate lives, and when dear and loved ones depart beyond the reach of phone or internet (blogosphere).

But alas as a traveller, here one day gone the next, it is normal or an everyday occurrence to me.

There is however one thing I like about the Chinese & the Irish wakes
At least they know how to give people a send of, specially when it is known they are going to a better place.

Hoping all is well at pigeon falls, I gather from your post Chana is the driving force (grace) behind your marathon blogs!

11:46 AM  
Blogger butterflies said...

I wish things would stay the same!!!! I miss people when they leave....
breathe easy Dr John

12:45 PM  
Anonymous sandy said...

It is surprising how quickly strangers can become friends; how they can reach out and touch us, so that we seek them out and miss them when they are not there. Something I have learnt from Blogger.

Noooo the dragon must not be caught!!! All nets must be destroyed.

3:05 PM  
Blogger Chana said...

i went to her site and it broke my heart. it puts my little bumps on the road in perspective. i got to tell you that love is what makes the world go around. and you and Betty are so dear to me. i am so grateful for your friendship and that is why i can't stay away for long. as much as i'm teased over my love of JC points is it you both who keep me coming back. if you can sacrifice your daily physical struggles and Betty can work so hard to send us all the goodies and you both can spend so much of your energy doing a daily post for us to enjoy than the least i can do is come here and leave you a message. i give you my words and heart for that is all i got but i know it's all you want.
JOe took the kids halloweening. it was freezing i hear. hardly any kids out. only one to our door. sad. glad dragon was not caught. he deserves to fly. Mrs. Smythe: i hope you have agreat holiday.
my friendships are all of the most important. no matter if they are here in calgary or have met them in blogger. you are all dear to me. i can't and don't want to be without anyof you. don't stop blogging pls. my heart would die. it is so hard to say goodbye. i hope Josie is happy.

5:18 PM  
Blogger Miss 1999 said...

I know exactly what you mean. It's so hurtful to lose someone whom you've become close to. I know that there are times that people come into our lives for a reason, or a season, but it hurts to let them go.

5:49 PM  
Anonymous andrena said...

I hate it when people leave..especially when they haven't said that they were going in the first place...

6:33 PM  
Anonymous cindra said...

Wow. Mrs. Smythe is really an empowered woman!

Hope Josie is happy, wherever she landed.

Prayers go out to Chana...still.

10:10 PM  
Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

That link was really something. I was really so touched with that story. Thanks for making her your link today. Never had I heard a story with this love so strong.

9:28 PM  

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