Ruby McBeth: Keeping calm and drumming on

There were many good things that happened in this past year. In January, I was asked to write this column for seniors. That has kept me challenged and entertained all year. At the end of January, I played with the Rotary Band for Burns Night at the Legion.

In February, Lorne competed in archery tournaments in Prince George and Grande Prairie. We went on from Grande Prairie to Peace River. We were thankful to have made those little trips.

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In the lockdown, we would go out to the farm most days to clean up the barn and outbuildings to get them ready for our daughter and son-in-law. The house had been emptied when we moved to town in 2019.

We put in the usual big garden at the farm. Cleaning and tending the garden made the lockdown less of a trial for us. I avoided stores and just did curbside pickup for groceries.

We did realize that the lockdown was harder on many people than it was on us.

I found WI more meaningful this year as we had two coffee times each week on Zoom. Church online was also good as I watched services in Washington, D.C., and in Terrace. This helped to take the place of not travelling.

Because there were no band practices I started doing band online. I attended a week in the summer on Zoom and following that I decided to take a weekly lesson. I have done that since the beginning of August and have advanced more in five months than I did in the previous five years.

Yes, I missed out on swimming Kalamalka Lake, the North Peace Fall Fair, and travelling every second week to an archery tournament. May we all have a happy and less stressful New Year.

Remembering Donalda

Donalda Cochrane of North Pine has died at the age of 80.

Donalda will be remembered by many as a barrel racer. While that was a meaningful part of her earlier days Donalda went on to become an accomplished horse woman in other ways too. She raised purebred quarterhorses and raced them.

A short video made in 2017 when she was 77 shows her as a woman who did not stop doing what she loved when she got older.

The caption of the video called her the "Energizer Bunny” of quarter horse racing — "she never stops going and getting things done!"

Quote of the week

“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.” - Author unknown

Ruby McBeth is a community columnist and lives in Fort St. John. 

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