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Ruby McBeth: Signs of Spring, no foolin’

Mourning the loss of Tommy Ardill
Ruby McBeth receives her COVID-19 vaccination. Have you registered for yours yet?

My friend Laura Lee Life sent me an email telling me about some signs of spring at her place: “There are 3 willow clumps/shrubs along the half mile or so I walk every day that really believe in an early start on the ‘pussying’ effort. 

“The biggest started showing a few back right after that February cold snap, and has really got in gear since. I have seen it start as early as mid-February for several years now. The other two – along my driveway, haven’t been all that far behind… Great morale boosters at this time of year. 

“A couple of years ago, I happened to look at the earliest willow when its catkins were backlit by the late afternoon sun and made a discovery. When backlit, the catkins light up like LED lights! It is quite spectacular - and as the catkins grow fluffier, the effect is amplified. They must act like little fiber optic bundles. I am constantly amazed that it took me a lifetime to discover the effect. Seems like something that should be shared so others can enjoy seeing willows showing sprays of light!” 

Tommy Ardill

Lorne was saddened to hear of the death of Tommy Ardill. They became friends when they took flying lessons together. Because Tommy had only Grade 6 schooling, he needed help with some of the more technical written work. As you know, when you teach someone you really learn the material yourself, so we know that Tommy helped Lorne to do well on his exam. Tommy also did well. 

Palliative Care Society

At a recent Zoom meeting of the Nor’ Pioneer WI, there was a speaker from the local Palliative Care Society. Their mission is “to enhance the quality of life and death of persons facing death and bereavement through skilled and compassionate physical, social, emotional and spiritual care.” 

The Palliative Care Society has a room in the office area of the Peace Lutheran Church. Phone 250-787-2814 for details or google Fort St. John Palliative Care Society. 

April Fool’s Day 

In honour of April Fool’s Day here are a few real groaner puns:

- What do you call a pig with laryngitis? Disgruntled.

- Why do bees stay in their hives during winter? Swarm

- Just so everyone’s clear, I’m going to put my glasses on. 

- Never buy flowers from a monk. Only you can prevent florist friars. 

- Why is “dark” spelled with a k and not c? Because you can’t see in the dark. 

Ruby McBeth lives in Fort St. John.