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Ruby McBeth: Visiting those resting at St. Emile’s

'You will step forward into growth or you will step backward into safety'

Last weekend, we visited the St. Emile’s graveyard just east of Dawson Creek. While by European standards this would be a recent graveyard, by our standards in the Peace Country it is old. 

This graveyard was consecrated in 1916. The graves date from 1916 to 1932. I have been looking forward to visiting the site, but we had to wait until the trail in was dry. I had been told that a Dawson Creek Roots Group had cleaned up the site. We found it tidy and securely fenced against wild animals. We were able to drive right up to it, although it was more a trail than a road. 

The oldest grave is that of Melania Dewetter. She was the mother of pioneer Joseph Dewetter who came to the Pouce area in 1911.

Seniors on Facebook

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Powdery mildew

My cucumber plants developed white blotches on them. This, I figure, was my own fault as I had not taken the trouble to keep water off them when I watered the plants around them. I googled and found out it was called powdery mildew, and it recommended that I spray the plants – both sides of the leaves – with milk mixed with baking soda. I am watching them carefully, but it looks as if it has worked.

Learning the lingo

The word of the week is ‘update’. When your computer tells you it has an update to install do not hesitate. This is not something to be afraid of; updates can make your computer work better and sometimes even prevent scam artists from causing trouble for you. Some updates take only a few minutes and others take hours. That is why people usually arrange for updates to happen automatically overnight.

Some computers like my iPad require that the computer be plugged in while the update occurs. This is not, of course, an issue with desktop computers as they are always plugged in. My desktop when I go to turn it off at night will have a symbol telling me there is an update to install and asking if I want to install and close down or to install and restart. When your computer has an update to install, always install it as soon as it is convenient to do so.

Quote of the week

“You will step forward into growth or you will step backward into safety.” -  Abraham Maslow

Ruby McBeth lives and writes in Fort St. John.