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Hand-me-up

It’s getting chilly here in Winnipeg.  We’ve already been experiencing below zero C temperatures.  We’ve turned on the heater in the house and we’ve been wearing our thicker jackets.

I don’t really have a good fall weather jacket.  I have this black artificial leather jacket lined with purple taffeta.  I have to wear layers of clothing underneath to keep myself warm.  The other jacket I have is already my heavy winter jacket, which is still too warm for a minus 6 temperature.

My oldest son, Reggie, had this navy blue jacket with a detachable light blue fleece lining, which could also be worn on its own.  This is where the term hand-me-up comes.  I first saw this term in Earth Ember’s post when she wrote about how her second oldest daughter wears her younger brother’s shirts.  Instead of hand-me-downs, the sister is wearing her younger brother’s hand-me-ups.  I don’t even know if that term is already in existence or if Earth Ember just made it up. 🙂  She probably did.

Well, anyway, Reggie doesn’t wear that navy blue jacket anymore.  He has outgrown it.  He wore it when he was in sixth grade and, I think, until the seventh grade.  His younger brother, Ryan, doesn’t want to wear it because it is not his style.  He prefers the sporty kind of jackets.

It is I who wears Reggie’s navy blue jacket.  It’s usually the parents or older siblings who pass down their clothing to their children or younger siblings, but I am short and petite and I am sure that all my children will at some point out-grow me.  At least the two older ones already have.

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Just look at these runners that we wear now.  I lined them up (nicely just for the sake of this picture) 🙂 from biggest to smallest.  On one end are my husband’s and on the other end are mine.  My youngest son, Ryland, is still shorter than me and my feet are still bigger than his but his runners are just about as long as mine.

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Let’s go back to the navy blue jacket. I like wearing it because it is very appropriate for the fall weather and also early spring after the snow has melted.  I like the feel of the fleece (it’s not the itchy kind) on my skin.  And it keeps me warm.  I wear it when I go for my walks, when I go to the 7-11 store around the corner, when I do my groceries, or run my errands. But when I go to the mall, or to the office, or to church, I wear my black leather jacket.  I went downtown yesterday and it was quite nippy.  How I wished that I wore Reggie’s navy blue jacket.  When you live in a cold city like Winnipeg, you sometimes have to sacrifice looking stylish if you want to feel warm and comfortable.

I was wearing that jacket here in our front yard when I tried to finish raking the leaves which my sister started the previous day.  We are in the final days of autumn here.  Most of the leaves have already fallen on the ground.  Better rake them and clean the yard before the snow falls. 

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Raking is one of my least favourite chores.  It used to give me lower back pains.  My husband wouldn’t rake the leaves.  He’d rather do the dishes than do the leaves.  He mows the lawn and shovels the snow.  So I don’t fight him anymore in regards to raking.  I’ve pretty much learned how to choose which battles to fight with him.  The older kids wouldn’t do it either.  I think they don’t want to be embarrassed just in case any of their friends or classmates pass by in front of the house and see them raking the leaves.  There was a time when I could still make them do it, but now they always find an excuse like: I have to do my homework, or I have to practice my instrument, or I have sipon (runny nose) or  a headache, etc, etc.

It’s the younger kids who are eager to help.  So Wednesday night found me and five kids (Ryland and his young cousins) raking our front yard.  I don’t know if you can see them in the pictures.  It was already dark when we finished raking and bagging the leaves.  Actually, I asked them to finish it, as I had supper cooking on the stove. 🙂

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October 28, 2007 at 11:54 am 15 comments

Seeing Red

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seeing red

seeing red

October 20, 2007 at 8:33 am 10 comments

Autumn in Winnipeg

We’ve had a rainy, cold and gloomy week. And what a treat to see the sun shine today and I was out there walking for close to an hour enjoying the wonderful colours of Fall (Autumn). Here are just some of the pictures I took. I hope you enjoy them.

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Autumn sight

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Do you see the yellow motorcycle in the last picture?  It matches with the tree, eh?

September 22, 2007 at 11:19 pm 14 comments

The Canada Geese

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Every Fall, our dear family friend, Nanay Ayo, always goes back to the Philippines and stays there until Spring.  She’s about 70 years old and already retired.  She escapes the extreme winter temperatures that we get here in Winnipeg.  How lucky is she to be able to do that.  I also know a few retirees who do the same thing.

Also every Fall, the Canada geese fly south to warmer temperatures.  I’ll hear them honk and see them fly up in the sky.  And I am just fascinated at how they fly in the V formation.  I have seen a TV documentary on this topic and I found an article on this website that explains it very well.  I just thought I’d share it with you.

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Geese Facts

Next fall when you see geese heading south for the winter… flying along in V formation…you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way:

As each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in V formation the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range, than if each bird flew on its own.

People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another.

When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone… and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are. When the head goose gets tired it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs…with people or with geese flying south.

Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. What do we say when we honk from behind?

Finally…and this is important…when a goose gets sick or is wounded by gunshots, and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies, and only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group.

If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.

I guess it wouldn’t hurt to follow the example of the Canada geese, don’t you think?

October 21, 2006 at 10:00 pm 22 comments

More Fall Sights

I have been too busy and too tired to compose a decent post these past few weeks.  Not that I don’t have anything to write.  The notes in my ideas folder are actually piling up.  I just haven’t got the time to sit down and write or finish some of the things I have started.   Or perhaps I’m just not in the mood lately to write.  I blame it on the weather. 

In the meantime, let me just share some more pictures I have taken a few weeks ago, just before the strong winds blew off most of the leaves from the trees.  Maybe having these pictures up here will cheer me up too.

Just an update to those who are asking about my cousin whom I mentioned in my Thanksgiving post. She’s back home safely and feeling much better.  Thanks for all the concern and prayers. 

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October 15, 2006 at 11:16 pm 17 comments

Windstorm

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We experienced very strong winds for a few days last week and we’ve had quite a windstorm on Thursday night, actually it was the wee hours of Friday morning.  The wind was howling at 60 with gusts of up to 90 kmh.  I haven’t seen any damage in my neighbourhood but it was a different story downtown.  The strong winds blew the windows of a hotel parkade and this “forced police to close several streets for fear more glass would rain down from other buildings onto pedestrians and vehicles,” according to the Winnipeg Free Press.  Also, one vehicle was struck and the windshield smashed by a falling window pane.  And a huge oak tree snapped and fell on this guy’s Dodge Caravan.  Nobody was hurt though.

October 14, 2006 at 11:45 pm 13 comments

Early taste of winter

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We’ve had an early taste of winter today.  We had rain mixed with snow.  I took this picture at around 3:00 p.m. before I went out of the house.  Here are the weather conditions at that time just to give you an idea of what it was like.  (This is a screen shot of our weather channel.)

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Temperature 0 degrees Celsius           Wind North 20 gusting 35

Humidity 96%                                    Rain/Snow

Visibility 300 meters

Windchill minus 5  (This means that it feels like minus 5 although is only 0 because of the wind.)  It was cold but this is still mild temperature considering of what lies ahead. As we were walking home, my 11-year old niece was asking me why the snow turns to water when it drops on the ground. Well, it’s because the temperature went up to plus 1 C, I told her.  The snow melted.  And we all know that water freezes at 0 degrees.  That’s another Science lesson for you guys.  But of course you already know that. 

October 10, 2006 at 10:35 pm 21 comments

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