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Working from home has worked well for me, so I have been able to remain engaged in my role as Parish Health Facilitator for the Diocese. Ross and I have been able to have some outside visits with family which have been very special, considering the times. Ross and his son did a deck reconstruction at our house (like everyone else!). We now have a lovely new deck that is four feet longer and is covered with a maintenance free plank.

Sadly I lost my Mum in July and because of Covid restrictions in her long term care home, hadn't been able to see her. She was 91 and had a peaceful, lucid and holy death which was a blessing, but it is always a hard thing to lose your mother and under these circumstances it seems somewhat unreal. We will be holding her funeral on the October Long Weekend, but it will be a small and quiet affair because, again, of Covid restrictions.

We just got back from a nice visit to Saskatchewan. It was particularly good to be with family. We stayed with a sister and brother-in-law in Prince Albert (where I grew up) and then spent a few days at another sister's and brother-in-law's cottage at Martin's Lake, west of P.A.  In both cases we toured about and I really enjoyed being a tourist in the area in which I grew up. From crooked trees to the largest trees to abandoned farm yards to historic churches and graveyards amid maturing crops of wheat, barley, canola and hemp, Saskatchewan can be quite underestimated in it's beauty. Believe me there is way more to it than table flat dried out prairie!!

This picture was taken at Waskesiu Lake in Prince Albert National Park. I am constantly appreciative of the diversity and beauty of this country and we don't need  airplanes or passports to see it!

I am now back in the saddle in my newly tidied up office ready to move ahead into the unknown, wishing our children and grandchildren well as they are out in the midst of things. I like to remember that my mother used to have a party on the Labour Day weekend, calling it a New Year's party, because really September does herald a new year for us in our culture. So, in the spirit of Mum, Happy New Year and blessings to all of you as, like me, you and yours are facing..... who knows?! Remember, that Paul, in his letter to the Romans said that nothing (and that includes pandemics) can keep us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.