Ruby McBeth: Settling in and staying home

Settling in

When I phoned people to see how they were making out staying home, I was surprised by the variety of circumstances. Pat Ferris and his wife Patricia Emery had just returned from Vancouver Island. Pat is working on another novel while Patricia has been reading.

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In lieu of their usual spring holiday Don and Maxine Perry are cruising around Perrydise — their home place in Gordondale on their tracked ATV.

Sheri and Gordon Davies were all set to return home from Telkwa as his job there is ending. They are just glad to be getting back to the North Peace. I told Sheri to tell Gordon this was a good time to practice his chanter.

I am trying out a new soup recipe most days while Lorne is getting into genealogy.

Spinners and Weavers

Fort St. John has an active spinners and weavers group. I would hear about it over the years from Jill Sutton, Marjo Wheat, Laura Lee Life, and more recently Renee Giesbrecht and Norma Currie.

Every spring these ladies would go to a conference in northern Alberta where they got together with spinners and weavers from the Alberta Peace country.

My path crossed with some of the Alberta ladies at the end of February when Lorne and I chanced upon the little town of St. Isadore just south of Peace River. In their cultural centre was a spacious room with 11 looms. Three ladies were weaving and one – Marie – was organizing.

Marie told me to say hello to Jill Sutton and Renee Giesbrecht. When I got home, I phoned Jill and passed on the greeting. She remembered Marie well. Jill told me that if some of the ladies just smiled it was because they didn’t speak English. St. Isidore is unapologetically French.

Renee explained that the Fort St. John club has looms at the Arts Post but their space is cramped. Most members have their own looms at home.

Did you know?

The 2-1-1 number is being ex- tended to the north in British Columbia. If you phone this number it will match you with a person to help you. They will deliver groceries, answer your questions and provide other services. Just phone and ask. Isobel McKenzie, the Seniors Advocate, has done this for us.

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It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness. – Unknown

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