So lucky to live here

With every beautifully distinct season, we are reminded how lucky we are to live in Saskatoon. This is all within a short walk from our home and in our backyard. Lucky lucky. Even with a early snow day.

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Remembering Glen

Volunteers were out in full force raising money for cystic fibrosis so I stopped to say hi. My old pal Glen Moxon in New Zealand was the first person with CF I ever met. He was eight when lived with the family–that’s him building something in 1980. He had a twin brother Brent, and older sister Paula. I lived with the family on the farm and grew to love these little kids (that’s Glen and Brent a couple of years ago below), and I got over my squeamishness about pounding on Glen’s back every night to loosen the mucuous from his lungs. If I didn’t do it hard enough, he’d encourage me in a tiny little boy voice. “Go ahead, it’s all right! Give it a good go!” Glen lived far beyond his expected lifespan. He married, had two children. He fought CF and died defiantly. So when I stopped at the Shinerama booth, I told them about my friend Glen.

HOME is here

The Fall 2018 Saskatoon HOME magazine is here. Meet a pack of local big thinkers who are working on various inventions like Will Topping, pictured below; isn’t every good invention is fueled by Tim Horton’s coffee? Some even end up on Dragons’ Den. These creative souls carry on a great Saskatchewan tradition of innovation. Learn about the iconic Webb Block downtown, and take a look back to the great Household Incinerator Experiment, that ultimately failed. Prep your grocery list for creepy Halloween food your kids will love. Meet Franco, the Italian-born crazy Blue Canuck and take a stroll through his ultimate sports fan cave (apparently his mamma makes the best canolis). ‘Saskatoon’ your home with local creations, and aside from all that, here are a couple of fun facts about issue Fall 2018 HOME issue:

A Home Reborn–Before and After in Buena Vista, page 10

When HOME publisher Amanda said a cute little house in Buena Vista would be featured, I mentioned I once lived in the area. We were coming back from an interview at Crossmount (page 42) so she said, “I’ll show you the house.” Turns out, the charming little house used to be mine! When Rick and I first got together, we lived there until we bought our current home in December 1988. We had our wedding reception there in 1986. We have great memories of summers when our kids were small. The refreshed outside looks exactly the same, but wait until you see the inside! It’s been fun to revisit over 30 years later to see what Arielle has done.

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55+ Community–A Fresh Approach to Support Aging Seniors, page 42

A fun day with Amanda and Crossmount co-owner Heike Heimann as we tour this unique community just outside of Saskatoon. We visited vibrant retirees Roger and Dianne who welcomed us into their home. They’re one of the first couples to move into this “aging in place” village. And a visit here can’t go without a visit to the Crossmount Cider Company where we indulged in tasting a flight of the wonderful ciders produced on site. That visit was the same week when I spent an afternoon with Father Demetrius at St. Peter’s Abbey. Find out what the life of a monk is like in the Fall issue of Prairies North. I love my job.