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2/19/20 12:15 P

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Your life has been busy too. Hoping your brother has success with his surgery and bounces back to good health full of energy. You both must be worried.. the doctors know what they are doing and they will do their best.. it sucks becoming old..
Iím so please to hear from you.. send me your address.. Iíll send you a postcard.. that might cheer you up..
Little Guinea pigs are cute but .. you better not cuddle them anymore...

My email is Marquettemarty@gmail.com

Tuesday I went to my employer, had a face to face talk and then handed in my resignation. I was hugged . The residents felt sad, some staff did too. I also had to go to the bank and pay back to the government some money they overpaid my mother for January.. since she passed in December.
Afterwards Noni and I went on an afternoon date.




It was nice to visit winter, but I think prefer spring here below



my first Redwing Black Bird in Squamish.. calling for a girl flashing his red bars to show off how handsome he is.
(To bad I couldnít get a clear photo) but spring here below has come



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2/18/20 9:33 P

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Oh my goodness Marty, you have had so much happening. Iím so sorry for your losses. I hope you like your new position and do well.
Iím still with my brother inNE Tennessee. I went home for five days this month to see two of my doctors. I had t been home since September 8th, 2019. I havenít had internet access since we left Florida on November 30th, 2019. While I was home my son and I traded iPads so I could have internet access while Iím away.
I donít know how long Iíll be at my brotherís house. He is scheduled for a carotid enderectomy on March 10th as itís 80% blocked. He doesnít have the strength or eenergy to do too much. I take care of everything. He gets exhausted doing everything, like eating, taking a shower and driving me to run errands. Iím worried as he was forced to retire January 3rd because UPS was buying out his office. He had worked for UPS 35 years. Since heís unable to work he had to retire since his office closed January 3rd. I believe heís depressed too. He had to cancel his five week vacation in Florida for the first five weeks of the year.
Iím doing okay other than a nasty case of hives. Plus another concussion about a moo thing ago. So Iím having problems with my head and balance.
My son has 3 guinea pigs that I met while I was home. Iím allergic to them. My arm broke out more when I held him. I already had hives when I went home.
I hope everyone is okay.
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2/17/20 8:21 P

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Up dating.. I was offered the job to work at camp as the special meals chef. I will feed all the guest and staff who are vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, celiac, dairy free, egg free, you name it.. it is my responsibility. Oh how did that happen??
Noni will be second cook baker . Responsible for salad bar and bake goods.
Tuesday I must give notice that I am leaving my present job.. I will miss the residents and most of the staff ... not my supervisor or co- cook. They made life miserable in the kitchen.
Start up will be 21 March.. I need to take a first aid course and get a police report done.
I have been on line looking for menu ideas and recipes and looking in different cook books .
This will be a new challenge for me.. not the actual cooking but the menu planning for each group of people..
I went and had a tour of the kitchen.. keep in mind it is closed for the winter and so itís a mess and out of commission.. but it will give you an idea where Iím going .




my special small kitchen separate from the larger one

I get to serve all my meals here everyone else go to a buffet table and help them selves.
But I have special plates that I serve their complete meal in.. I get to interact with everyone who I cook for. Iím happy with that..

If you have menu ideas or recipes.. please let me know ..
thank you



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2/11/20 6:35 P

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The doctor has gave me the note to return to work this Wednesday.. I met with my kitchen manager today handing in the actual form. I sent an email yesterday informing her and her manager of the doctors decision and with the request that I wanted to start any time after and including Friday. Today she said she wanted me to start Thursday.. f I canít start this Thursday then I must wait a week till next Thursday. It will mess up her schedule.. and she does not revolve around my time table.. since I have been off the two cooks work 10 hours per day and the dishwasher does prepping for them. My return messes up their little routine.. ( my manager does not like me .. she has told me this to my face before I went off..) well Thursday I have a second interview.. first one went very well... unless my reference are bad we have the job.
I brought my wife along with me.. not a normal thing to do but .. working at camp they need to know her as well.. somehow during the interview she also was interviewed for a position.
Donít ask me how or why..
The camp director who interviewed us knows well camp Summit owner and Noni boss now..
Our two main references are his personal friends.. this is either going to stop us dead or hand us the job.
Well Thursday we actually go see the camp and kitchen.. our interview was in the main office in Port Moody BC.

Before the interview we walked around near the office and after we celebrate Valentineís Day dinner early




Celebrate love


mixed seafood grill
Lamb Shank





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2/9/20 9:07 P

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Today was a good day to be outside. I walked home from church. Gathered my camera and back out I went to the pond .. not many birds around but it was an awesome walk in the sun. I even stopped to build a small fire, not so successful everything is damp to the core.
Monday ( tomorrow) I have an early morning doctors appointment.. hopefully I will be given the go ahead to return to work . ALSO .. tomorrow afternoon I have a job interview at a childrenís camp. Many decisions .. can I actually do the job as a chef ( standing up those long hours and heavy days) or do I need to change careers? Do I stay working at a senior residence or do I go back into camp ministry.. I have unknowns before me..
that is tomorrow for now we will enjoy my walk today..











Tiny campfire

Mallards
Hooded Merganser
America Crow









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2/6/20 12:26 A

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Monday was a perfect day to go Birding .. Tuesday was completely different






Blue Hero.


Canada Goose


Bufflehead








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2/4/20 5:34 P

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I was awake waiting for the sun to peak over the mountains. As soon as I seen it, I woke up Noni and out the door we went. 2.5 hour car ride to reach the destination Reifels Bird Sanctuary. A quick stop for gas and Tim Hortons ( coffee and biscuits breakfast) we were on the highway 8:05. Left the house 7:43 am.
I seen and identified over 34 species of birds today.. more than all of January. Then there are the ones I seen but could not identify..
Well letís go on a bird walk .. I wonít post all ..
here comes the sun
a mass flock of snow geese.. I wish you see my video..( follow me on Instagram)
Black crowned Night Heron
Blue Heron
Ring Neck Duck
Northern Pintail Duck
Shovler Duck
Sandhill Crane
Wigeon
Trumpeter Swan
American Coot
Wood Ducks
Bald Eagles
Brown Creeper
Saw-Whet Owl

It was a long day, my knee held up ó Iím only exhausted. We arrived home 4:05 in the afternoon



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2/1/20 8:03 P

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February first .. I had to get outside to start the month off right.. at first not sure if that was going to be .. Squamish had rain this morning and strong winds..
Noni gave me a haircut.. I prepared supper.. moose short ribs into the slow cooker..
I drew some some names from the postcard website.. and got them all written and stamped..
Noni leaves for work and I walk over to the post office and then around the pond. ( the sun came out) This is so exhausting.. I should be able to do this.. oh well it feels like many miles and hours but it was only just over an hour ..
at first I was so disappointed, no birds at all.. then near the end ( my turn around point ) I was blessed .. as always .. the scenery is beautiful especially when the sun is shining



Kingfisher

Hooded Merganser

Northern Flicker

Crow

Robin
what am I to do? My trail became a pond.. I gingerly walked on a fallen branch using my cane and got across. My balance is still in recovery mode .. I was sure I was going to slip in.. but I survived this challenge.








I must show my moose ribs preparation



6 hours later still not tender enough, but it tastes so yummy




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1/30/20 7:26 P

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Today (Thursday) was an inside day. This might be a good thing as I still have photos from yesterday ...





I have not walked this Trail before as it stands now. I actually didnít know it existed even though itís minutes from my work .





















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1/29/20 1:52 P

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I have been out and about... I have so many scenery photos that are gorgeous, how to choose the few to post. Pushing through leg soreness, itís almost like camp after working several days 10 to 12 hour days.. ( one of the reasons why I did leave camp) My knee is not the issue.. it is the legs, both legs and when hobbling down a incline itís actually both knees, the left one ( surgery one) causing the more discomfort, but both are letting me know Iím not in my twenties.
Bird life and animal life abounds in and around Squamish BC Canada.. where I call home right now.
I hope I donít bother you or cause you to roll your eyes.. here Marty goes again...
I will try to choose .. letís journey together...
(( I must mention this was in the afternoon on Monday.. I had to go pick up my wife ( Noni) from work after my early morning birdwalk. ))


Roosevelt Elk
Looking very pregnant...

House Sparrow











( a favourite)


( another favourite)






But the real delight was seeing these


Then it was a stop at




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1/27/20 3:03 P

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This morning very early, sitting in my chair enjoying the quiet time.. Ring ring.. our phone blasts off and my wife is called in to work .. not sure if she was happy about me waking her up and handing the phone to her. Well I decided to drive her to work and keep the car so that I can go for a bird walk a little further from Squamish.
Definitely no place will be as beautiful as this area if I should decide to relocate..
why.. well .. look at my walk this morning.. very early..

Harlequin Duck

Harlequin Duck







cormorant





Common Merganser

Barrow Goldeneye









Spotted Towhee

Blue Heron

Stellar Jay

Varied Thrush





here is a Harbour Seal . It was camera shy!

It was a pleasant walk as far as the environment.. but my legs are very much a concern.. they hurt and Iím becoming anxious about the idea that I should be returning to work in a couple of weeks ..



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1/26/20 4:29 P

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I was sitting comfortably in my chair yesterday, the sun was shining and I decided not to waste the day and head out to birdwatch. Well as soon as I got out the sunshine hid .. and it returned shortly after I returned home. Just my lot in life this day..
However it still was a glorious day and Iím so happy to had gone out. I was able to photograph two rare birds for me.. not lifers as I have seen them before but certainly a rarity.. and even more difficult to photograph the one.
Well letís go on a photo journey of my little hobble .. my knee is mending....
Golden crowned Kinglet


American Dipper

Rough Legged Hawk

Bald Eagle

Mallard Ducks

Hooded Merganser

Downy Woodpecker

Spotted Towhee seen just before lunch at my condo

the trail







the trail head



I walked in this








Today being Sunday, itís very overcast, I think Iíll stay in this day.. read, watch TV and have a nap.
Iím restless.. I think a change is or should happen.. I have this uneasy back of my mind that we should move ... leave Squamish.. to where I donít know... what would Noni and I Do? I donít know..
all I do know is there is a growing uneasiness.. an unhappiness ....

I think I posted before.. last year was the beginning of major changes..
Not returning to Camp Summit
Death of my beloved Dalhouise
Knee surgery
Death of my Mom.
All things that were tying me down to Squamish have been removed...




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1/20/20 6:18 P

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I went to see my family doctor this morning.. a cortisone shot in my knee.. it hurt. Doctor said Iíll be better in three days.. well I hope so but letís wait and see.
After the doctors visit drove to the estuary










Then it was lunch time


Then time for dessert

Sunday morning breakfast before church














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1/19/20 12:10 A

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If I had a choice I probably would have stayed inside all day. However Noni my wife had to go to work this afternoon. She has almost zero experience driving in snow or freezing rain. There is none of that in Indonesia. So I decided to drive her to and from work. Well Iím out so after I dropped her off at work I went a little further to a bird spotting area I knew about. White knuckles as I drove down a road that was not plowed and a hill that had me worried about if I could get back up. This is a new car to us, no worries .. front wheel drive and new snow tires on the vehicle. It drove through the snow with not a slip and that hill that I was worried about.. well I was on top before I even realized it was there.



Bald Eagle

Blue Heron

Ring Neck Duck

Bufflehead Duck

Mallards

















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1/17/20 2:53 P

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This morning is so beautiful with the sun shining. Not walking except at the grocery store for an hour and spending too much money for food. The drive to and from the grocery store was awesome.


























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1/16/20 7:47 P

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Another day of -6 c .. mostly stayed in the warm car, however I did step out into the biting wind a couple of times. The sun came out after yesterdayís snow storm and so I just had to go out.
I hope you enjoy ..
Varied Thrush

Blue Heron

Downy Woodpecker

























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1/14/20 6:39 P

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Today it is -8c so I stayed in my car to stay warm








variety Thrush

Song Sparrow































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1/12/20 7:54 P

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Between Facebook and Instagram, I get inspired and out the door I go.
Sunday afternoon walk was chilly and wet. However this time I wore my rubber boots
Now Iíll share some of the things I seen.
Blue Heron

Mallard 🦆

Common Merganser

Bald Eagle 🦅

Stellar Jay

a squirrel in a hurry























hereís that hill I climbed Geocaching











Well hopefully you enjoy our little walk together



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1/11/20 7:01 P

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I was scrolling on my Instagram account and was inspired to get out and go for a short walk in spite of taking some prescribed pain medication. I took it very slow and easy.





Great Blue Heron

Mallards



Common Merganser







someoneís garden









every time I look at this ďhillĒ I remember climbing to the top to those towers to find a geocache



Iím glad I went for this short walk.. but I am also drawn back to remember my Dalhouise who walked this with me or over 8 years




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1/9/20 9:09 P

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Today I stopped at a Birding area I have never been too before ... Serpentine Wetlands Management Area. Surrey BC.




























Must fill the belly








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1/6/20 6:41 P

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Rain, snow flurries and very dark and gloomy skies makes for a decision to stay in.. the icing on the decision was this road we attempted to drive was one pothole to another pothole and I didnít want to damage our car so I turned around.













Lunch / Supper








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1/5/20 8:38 P

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This afternoon I was going to have a nap, as I prepared to close the curtains because the sun was beaming brightly through the bedroom window, I came to my senses and decided to go for a walk instead.




I struggle with this section

my shoes are now a mess





American Dipper











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1/4/20 6:14 P

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Went for a short walk today.








as you see it was the brightest sunny day,

walked with friends who are dog sitting Ralph

. Noni






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12/29/19 3:56 P

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Times moves on.. emptied Momís room on Saturday and must go to Surrey BC on Tuesday to sign papers and identify her body so that the funeral home can proceed.

Still with that all in my head - I stop and look around me assured that I belong to the Creator of all that is seen and unseen. His love and Mercy and Judgements are right and true, He does nothing poorly or wrong nor unkind .
I am His and He is mine.. Jesus Christ the Son of God..











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12/26/19 7:07 P

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Red Tail Hawk ?

Northern Flicker

snow top mountain





Mom.. yesterday she seemed to be a goner, but today she is conscious again and breathing deeply.. yo-yo .. everyday I donít know what to expect when I walk through her room door.
Palliative care nurse says this is often the case..
so hard as this is all new to me..

In remembrance




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12/24/19 12:59 P

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Well here it is again the beginnings of a new year.
2019, was not so good
Circumstances led me not to return to Camp Summit,
I had to put my Dalhouise down after 16 years of being together
My mother is in palliative care just waiting to die as I write this
I had the long waited knee surgery, Iím still off work because of that.
And so here we are .. Christmas Eve 2019 ..




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