Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day 2013

This is my Facebook post on Father's Day:
To all the Fathers that have helped make us who we are, thank you. To the Fathers of the future, raise your children with love and discipline. To the Fathers of the present, hold your baby(s) today - no matter if we are 2 or 62, we are always your baby.To the Fathers of the past, this is a difficult day for those of us that watched you slip away from this world because the love you gave us is stronger than time and you're always on our hearts.Thank you Wally Bishop & Ralph Grew for being my fathers!Thank you Frank Gallant for being the father to my children!Thank you Bryan Thorne for giving my sister stability and love to raise Tavis Thorne & Tyler.
I have been so incredibly blessed in my life with wonderful men. First it was my dad, Wallace Meldon Bishop (1915-1983), and then my step-dad, Ralph Levitt Grew (1932-1997) and now with my husband, Francis Robert Gallant.

My drive & strong work ethic comes from my parents.  My compulsive movement is from my dad. When I was a pre-teen, say 8 to 10 years old, I was sitting on the couch either knitting or sewing. My dad looked over at me and said to me with his famous big teasing smile, "My mother always said an idle woman was a useless woman and I'm glad you're not going to be useless".  My grandmother was born in 1888, before the days of factory made socks, food and clothes.

That one comment 30+ years ago started the drive in me to make him proud and to make the grandmother I never knew proud. He likely wouldn't have even remembered making the comment but I cherished everything he said.

From that little girl on the couch learning to knit came the woman that was working on this today:



Saturday, June 15, 2013

Second Cup Knit In



The Fundy Fiberistas met for the first time for Knit Knight on King Street at Second Cup. Service was so so but the atmosphere was truly a pleasure.
Our group is now in our 5th year together and the bond grows stronger as the months and years progress. It's a wonderful experience to have a group of women to socialize with and share our life experiences. We're all strong, independent women that have strong family ties and I think it would be fair to say there's a streak of feminism that runs through the group. Not the bra burning feminism but the feminism that celebrates each woman as a strong contributor to society, family and community. We are all religions, socio-economical status and family structure.  Our group ranges in age from 20 - 95 with the average age in the mid-thirties.
I encourage all women to find that special group of women with common interest and enjoy the interaction.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Report from Courtney coming all the way from Namibia!!

Hey!Honestly, this place is amazing. I've done my first build week (oh my god, so hard) and one patrol week. Too much happened to write in an email in the amount of time I have, honestly. But it was all amazing. Really. The desert is.... I can't even explain how beautiful. It compares to my love of the ocean, really. But its been 40 degrees in the SHADE some days. Shorts that when I first put them on were so tight, and after a week barely fit from working so hard and sweating so much. I really love it, though. I've made two amazing friends... Sam (from Switzerland) and I have been inseparable haha he's sitting next to me now, actually. When I first got to Swakop we were in the same room, and then in the same tents at camp, and now in the same room again lol He leaves soon though, and I'm upset. I don't know that I've ever spent so much time laughing and being involved and making people laugh. And the other is Carli.. she's great! She's one of the staff and we just laugh all the time. We are always joking around and it's just really great. She's given me a really amazing idea for my future, and when we drive the 4 hours back to base camp on Monday I'm going to question her about her schooling and everything. I don't know how I will live without this place, honestly. I hate being in town now, I feel really uncomfortable. I can barely sleep in a bed, with a roof because I feel claustrophobic without the sky. When I get home, I'm seriously sleeping outside. Every day. I can cook amazingly over a fire now, too. You have no idea. So we should set up a firepit and I'll cook bush-man style. It's.... so good. Really.I wish I could tell you about Patrol week! It was hard, and it took us days to find the elephants. But when we did... I can't even. I was sitting on the roof of a jeep with Carli and if I had reached out my hand, I could have touched them. Wild elephants. There was something wrong with one of the herds and we thought a cow and her calf were killed but it ended happily and they found them yesterday.There is just... so much to tell. My life is changing, really. Johannes, who started this (in the video we watched, he was the guy tracking), is giving me a whole new outlook on everything. Carli is too. I feel so different. Last night when we went out to dinner, Carli was saying how the first Friday that I was here and we all went out I was really quite. Already I'm different, talking and laughing. It's really great. I never want to leave this place.Oh! And the river came down on Friday!!!! We got to base camp (seriously, no showers. for a week) and everyone unpacked the jeeps so fast and just ran into the river in the clothes we were wearing. Everyone was laughing, splashing and playing. It was so perfect.Everything is closed here on Sundays except for Church. But if I can, the next weekend I'm here, I'll get more time online and send you a proper email. I'm okay for money for now, but I'm not sure. My binoculars broke, and my work boots fell apart because of the heat, so I have to get all of that. And it's more expensive to eat here than I had thought. But, we will see. I love and miss you guys!

I read the words of my oldest daughter, holding my breath. She's so alive that I don't want to inhale and disturb her universe.  How can a mother express what she feels when she sees such amazing joy and growth her beautiful child. The world will be a different place now and she's going to make it that way.  To hear her laughing and joking fills my heart with immense happiness. It will be so amazing to see her in  51 days.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Get ready for RIMS 2012



This is the event I will be attending in April and I'm super excited to do so.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tromping with Elephants

Oh, it's been a whole week now - exactly - since my beautiful daughter, Courtney, left for Namibia to work with a volunteer organization protecting elephants. It's not possible for a mother to be more proud of anything or anyone as I am of her.

She's 22 years old and worked her keaster off to save the money to travel across the world to fulfill a dream. Courtney is brave to step so far outside of her comfort zone to spend 3 months with strangers, a very difficult thing for her. When she's in base camp, she sleeps in the coolest tree house ever!!! Oh, would I have loved having that as a child! 

There's no Internet or phone service where she is, so there's zero communication until she gets to go into the city every couple of weeks. She'll likely spend her time horseback riding and not be on a computer ;)

She took a journal with her to record, in her elegant and charming style, all her experiences. That will be the best book ever read by this ole lady!

I'm in awe of you, my girl! How simply wonderful you've made life and how honored I am to have been given the opportunity to raise, know and love you.  Thank you for being my daughter!

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