Oliver Community Hall – Friday and Saturday
Archives for November 19, 2016
November 14th and walking by a local fast food outlet, their Christmas lights catch my eye. On further inspection I see a decorated tree and other decorations. Three days ago we stood nearby to honour our veterans, now it’s time for Christmas. Next weekend is the town light up.
I love the atmosphere of the Christmas season but does it have to start so early? Didn’t our town light up used to be the first Friday in December? I really feel that when the Christmas season is extended, it loses its meaning.
Remember when we were kids and Christmas seemed to take forever to come, then it got down to so many “sleeps” before Santa came. Our tree used to go up the weekend before Christmas and was a real event. All the kids took part in hanging the precious decorations, some were old and had silly stories involved in the acquiring of them, others were home made and my eldest daughter had definite opinions that they should be hidden round the back of the tree, or discarded altogether. She was only one year older than her nearest sibling but was very mature and opinionated.
The house was cleaned from top to bottom before the tree went up and then was just given a “quickie” each day, until it was time to take it down again. The day after the tree went up I would take all the decorations out of storage. Over the years I had made all sorts of cross stitch and quilted wall hangings, so the regular pictures came down to make room for the Christmas stuff.
Ornaments were packed away to make room for festive decorations. We had the usual, made at school, Christmas “treasures”. The lovely jam jar with macaroni glued all over, spray painted red, sparkles added and a candle inside. Fat candles covered in sparkles, half walnuts that were made into cradles for the tiny, peanut shell baby Jesus, keeping warm under his cotton wool-ball blanket. Again the sprinkles were liberally added. Pine cones, again with the ever desirable glitter sprinkles. My girls were all very much into glitter during their younger years and they seemed to spread all through the house. I quite often had some in my hair or on my clothes, much to the amusement of my friends.
We always had a special place for our nativity set, no glitter, except the star so this could be the special part of Christmas, without the glitz.
I remember how hard it was for the remaining week to get my excited girls to think about anything else but Santa. Letters were written and rewritten to the man in red and I assured them that he would be able to make his way down through our gas fireplace.
Christmas Eve saw the girls bathed and in bed before 8.00pm as we then had to assemble the gifts. Over the years we assembled dolly prams, beds, strollers, complete with home made blankets and pillows. There were also, doll houses, tricycles, bicycles, desks and a hundred and one other things. How come when you chose a toy in a store, it doesn’t come in the assembled state? Christmas Eve was such a busy time and we were sometimes working till almost dawn .
Christmas morning usually began around 6.00am when the first child woke up and discovered Santa had already been. We had a rule that only stocking would be opened before the Grandparents would arrive for breakfast. I always made sure there was something good to play with in their stockings and Dave and I would sit and watch the excitement with bleary eyes. A cup of tea usually refreshed us enough to face the day.
How do children maintain this excitement when Christmas starts six or seven weeks before Santa comes. I really feel that they probably get jaded by all the festivities starting too early and we are doing them a disservice.
Christmas isn’t special when it starts so early, can’t we slow it down?
What is such a versatile word. Even just pairing it with a punctuation mark can change the meaning. For instance ‘what?’ can mean ‘pardon me, what did you say’. It could also mean to say, ‘what do you mean?’. If we add an exclamation mark, as in, ‘what!?’ it then means all other meanings but with disbelief attached. I say, XX won the election, you say ‘what!!!!?’ Yes, quite a versatile word.
The word ‘what’ is used in a host of ways. For instance we can say, ‘what time is it?’ and also say the time is what it is, what goes around comes around, what is your excuse, the list goes on. One that is kind of fun is the related word ‘whatever’ which is meant to mean it does not matter. Even that variation has a different meaning when spoken as, ‘whatever you say’ meaning I will do as you wish.
The ‘what’ of a statement can refer to a thought, as in, ‘what was I thinking?’. It can also be an equivalent to the word ‘which’, whether bad grammar or not, some people say, ‘what one?’ vs ‘which one?’. To say ‘what is it?’ is like saying ‘which is it?’. What little I know about the many uses of the word ‘what’. In this case ‘what’ refers to the sum of my knowledge on the use of the word.
When I asked a roomful of writers to define the word ‘what’, I got nervous laughter. It is a kind of floatie word, in that it seems to be floating around in all kinds of ways. It can refer to quantity as in what amount or what level of… or. It can be a kind of filler to make things feel more gentle and conversational, as an invitation to add to an opinion, ‘looks like, oh, what, 23 or so?’. ‘What’ seems to be a chameleon word.
What there is has been wonderful. The ‘what’ in that statement refers to all that there is. So ‘what’ can mean all. I do wonder how we evolved this word. What was it that gave what such range? The what of it, to me, is that I am a what user, addicted, what, every day? What I also admit is that I really do not give it what ‘what’ is due. What say you?
Mind the Light
After many years of minding the lighthouse on Robbins Reef off the shores of the New England states, Jacob Walker contracted pneumonia one cold, stormy night. His decades of faithful service now ended in death. His wife arranged for his body to be buried on the hillside shore of the mainland opposite the lighthouse. She then applied for, and received, the appointment to take his place as a keeper of the light. For 20 years she carried on alone. A New York City reporter came to the lighthouse for a visit and an interview before those 20 years were over. He asked her what motivated her to keep going for all the years alone. Her answer was: “Every evening I stand at the door of the lighthouse and look across the waters to the hillside where my husband sleeps and I seem to hear his voice say with the same urgency as when he was alive, ‘Mind the light! Mind the light!’ This is what keeps me going.”
There are troubled waters, dark times and stormy events all around us too. I think of the children’s song I learned many years ago.
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.
The community around us needs that.
Blessed by more than I deserve, and challenged by more than I can handle alone.
More on Feet. Most of us neglect to take proper care of them. Yet they are the foundation to most of our movements. Last week shoes were the focus. Comfy shoes have caused our feet to become stiff & weak. When our feet are not healthy, this can lead to issues with our ankles, knees, hips& lower back.
What about socks? How do they affect our foot health? Compare how mittens work on your hands to how socks work on your feet. How well can your fingers function with mitts on? Well, socks are like mittens. Now that it’s getting cold, it may not be so pleasant walking around in bare feet, so you may want to give toe socks a try. Toe socks are more like gloves for the feet :) I’ve seen them in town.
This is another transition you may want to take a little slow especially if you have issues with your feet. I am not suggesting any method or exercises to people who have serious foot problems & have already been prescribed a different treatment process from a health care professional.
More exercises for mobility & strength:
1) Toe Lift: Lift and lower your toes. You want your pinkie toe to rise to the same level as your big toe. Repeat 4 times. Then, on the lift, spread your toes as wide as you can 4 times.
2) Big Toe Down: Leave all 10 toes up. Press just the big toes down and up. Repeat 8 times. Then do the same with the pinkie toes 8 times. Then alternate big toes and pinky toes 8 times.
3) Rock Out: Rock onto the outer edge of your foot and then the inner edge a few times loosening up the ankles.
4) Heel Raise: Lift just the heel of your right foot so you’re on the ball of that foot. Slowly drop it down to the floor. Repeat 8 times. Then, with the heel lifted, roll the ball of the foot from side to side. Repeat on the other side. 5) Doming: Grip the ground with your toes and release. (Grip it rather than curl the toes under.) Repeat 4 times. Take a few minutes to do these moves each day. You should find this will improve your balance, flexibility & alignment. Healthy, happy feet will result in less pain & increased stability from the tips of your toes all the way up.
Practice makes Permanent. Move more to feel better.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way & I can find a way that works well for you :)
The Hornets fell in straight sets to Fulton this morning in a Semifinal match at the BC High School Boys Valley AA Volleyball Championships, being held in the SOSS Main Gym.
After straight-set wins over Princess Margaret and Sa-Hali, SOSS found itself in tough against the province’s fifth-ranked team, falling in straight sets to Fulton from Vernon.
The other Semifinal had GESS beating Seaton in straight games.
SOSS and Seaton will now meet in the Bronze medal game, which begins at 1:45 p.m.
The winner will advance to the provincials in Langley.
ESS and Fulton will meet in the Gold Medal game later today.
The top three teams advance to provincials.
“We have two nominees running to be our Candidate Colleen Ross from Grandforks and Brenda Dorosz from Osoyoos.
They have both gone though our vetting process.
We will be holding a nomination meeting for our members to vote.
Sunday Jan 15th 2017 at the Oliver Community Center – Room One.”
Rhonda Bruce Boundary Similkameen President
And Southern Okanagan Secondary School is in the final four at the BC High School Boys Valley AA Volleyball Championships, being held in the SOSS Main Gym and at Oliver Elementary School this weekend.
After a straight-set victory over Princes Margaret, the Hornets took out Sa-Hali in straight sets in a Best of 5 Quarterfinal match Friday night.
In Semifinal action Saturday at the SOSS gym, GESS faces Seton at 9:30 a.m., and SOSS takes on Fulton at 11:15 a.m.
The Bronze final goes at 2:15 p.m. and the championship game at 4 p.m.
At stake – a trip to Langley for the Provincial Championships.