October 26th – Camp Marjorie

These days, the  news in Regina features articles such as this one found in the Regina Leader Post.

Upwards of a  hundred nylon tents have been set up in a small park at the centre of town  to shelter the homeless in our city.    Sleeping bags, food and other necessities have been donated and secured.  Kitchen areas  and  port-a-potties have been set up.   A windbreak has been built to surround this make-shift community.   Those who are homeless continue to arrive at  ‘Camp Marjorie’ and the camp expands to meet the growing need.

I certainly applaud the efforts of the volunteer organizers and the community groups who have worked to provide assistance for the homeless in our city.   But, this is Regina, Saskatchewan and this is the end of October.   Our temperature is drifting above and below freezing.   Frigid winds whipped through Regina yesterday, followed by rain.    Snow is in the forecast.  I cannot imagine nylon tents supporting the considerable weight of  snow – or giving much protection from the wind and the rain for that matter.

‘Camp Marjorie’ is not a permanent solution for the homeless crisis in Regina, but it is bringing much needed attention to the situation.    The local police and fire department are attending regularly, doing what it is within their jurisdictions to do.   Social service care workers are attending and doing what they can to resolve issues – ma y of which have been created by their government employers.   Some of the needy have been placed in hotels temporarily , while permanent arrangements are being made.   Others wait.

Housing and feeding the vulnerable  in our community is a start – and it is a good start.  But hopefully this is just the start. There is so much that needs to be addressed before our homeless can experience the security and quality of life that they deserve.    There are so many support programs that would provide a hand up to those who have virtually nothing and nowhere to go. And there are those who are, and will always be, incapable of proving for themselves. Our city and our province need to do better to help those who are in need, regardless.

‘Camp Marjorie’ in Core Community Parker

That is my sad, but hopeful, news story of the day.

Take care and have a great day. 💞

July 9th – Road Trip!

It was supposed to cool off this week as Dan started a run of five days off. Since it has been more than a few years since I have made a solo trip (or done any highway driving), I asked Dan if he would like to take a magical trip to Gravelbourg with Kat and I. He came, he drove, and we just got back. 👍

Most of the two hour drive to Gravelbourg was relatively uneventful.
The worst part was a little rain between Moose Jaw and the turn off to Gravelbourg. This is always the worst part. This is a narrow, two way traffic, winding road. I have driven it in blizzards, gale force winds, and pouring rain. I have been caught between snowplows, in the middle of heavy construction, surrounded by a herd of pigs, and buzzed by the Airforce ‘Snowbirds’ who put on aerial acrobatic shows.

The main objective of this trip was to visit my parents gravesite, clean up anything that required cleaning and set out some fresh (immitation) flowers, to brighten thing up for them and for both of my sets of grandparents, plus my Uncle Herman who is buried with my parents.

Dan and I had not been back to Gravelbourg since Mother passed away eight years ago. We were both so worried about what kind of a neglected mess we would find at the graveyard, that we drove straight there when we arrived.

Gravelbourg graveyard – the grass is very dry but everything was neat and we’ll maintained.

We were relieved to find everything in fairly good order. In fact the entire town of Gravelbourg looks extremely well kept. The pride that the residents have in their small prairie town is obvious everywhere.

The pandemic has left its mark. There were businesses that are permanently closed. There are also many homes and businesses that are up for sale. Even these properties are well maintained.

The motel we always stayed in is still operating and, thanks to a road construction crew working on the highway to Thompson Lake, it was filled to capacity!
Kat was delighted that she had her own bed! I think we should remodel our spare bedroom as a dedicated ‘Kat’ room. Dan does not share my enthusiasm for the idea.

I took a number of photos in Gravelbourg and on our way through Moose Jaw yesterday. I will share the best in the next few days.

Magical courtyard of the Cafe Paris where we enjoyed a perfect breakfast this morning. Because we chose a table in the beautiful little courtyard, Kat was able to join us. How magical is that!

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful day! Take care and see you tomorrow. 💞