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1995 Christmas Newsletter



Date: 1 December 1995

Dear Family and Friends:

Well, another year has come and gone. It seems like only twelve months ago that Christmas was almost upon us! Itís been a fairly eventful year her in "The Hat." In May my brother Brian came and visited us for about six weeks. He came just in time to see the South Saskatchewan River at its highest levels in one hundred years. It rose thirty meters above normal levels. It was quite a sight to see huge trees and propane tanks floating down the river. The police had to shoot holes in the propane tank because it posed a threat to residents. He also saw one of our nicest parks go from a place to walk every evening after dinner, to a water logged and flood damaged mess. Brian had no sooner gone back than Julie his daughter came for two weeks. Julie brought with her, Sarah, her daughter and Christopher and Michelle, the children of Elaine; Brianís other daughter.

The low point of the year was in September, when Juno our pet for thirteen years died. All I can say is, I am glad we went for our final walk that evening. We went to Police Point Park same place the river took its toll during the flood. Juno did not mind though, she enjoyed running around sniffing at the strange smells the flood had left. Happy days. On the brighter side we are getting another Doberman in January. The pup was actually born on November 24; it will be six to eight weeks before we can pick her up. We sure had to go far enough afield to find a registered breeder. The breeder lives in Edmonton, which is a six-hour drive from Medicine Hat. We only hope the weather cooperates for us and stays fairly mild. January is not known for being a kind month here in Alberta. Temperatures can fall to forty below zero.

We finally built a garage this past September. Itís something we have been meaning to do for some time, and the good thing about it is the amount of lawn it reduces for cutting. Itís a good size at 26 feet wide and 24 feet deep. It gives me some place to put all the tools that I have collected over the years. The fact that we do not have to scrape the ice off the windshield is a bonus too.

I am still doing Genealogy. Although now I am doing it via the Internet. If any of you are "On line" and are interested, I can be reached at the email address below. I would dearly love to hear from you. I am still quite new to this electronic highway stuff, but itís fun.

Gloria had an eventful August and September. During this time the staff where she works went on strike. This is the first time she has ever walked a picket line. I even managed to carry a picket sign a couple of evenings after work. For a strike they sure had fun. It lasted just over a month. They did not come out as winners, but the cut backs the company wanted were not as deep either. Gloria works at a senior citizen extended care home. Even the folks in the home were on the worker's side. They were sure glad when they finally came back.

Well, we both hope this Christmas brings all the best to you and your family, and that the New Year is full of good luck and happiness. If you get a chance raise a glass to your friends and relatives on this side of the "pond," we will be sure thinking of you all. Peace On Earth

With love and best wishes. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Best wishes from Allan and Gloria.

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