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
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.
With love and best wishes. Merry Christmas and a very
Happy New Year.
Best wishes from Allan and Gloria.
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