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Standing in the Gap, Porcupines, and Dr. Seuss

Standing in the Gap, Porcupines, and Dr. Seuss

Hard to believe it is September 1, 2018

We will soon be seeing travellers who appreciate cooler temperatures and less busyness on the roads. Being born in 1956, I notice many who are my age or older at different stages in wellness, and it certainly has me counting my blessings.

Perhaps, you like me tucked away into the corner of your mind are questions on how you will fare with the ageing process, or maybe you are reading this and already know. So I started to do a little research this week. 

One thing I do hear from others is the loneliness factor for those who have lost loved ones or contact with family is not frequent for one reason or another.

Recently, I was reading about a non-profit in California that created a service to stand in the gap for this needs like this.

Volunteers lift the spirits of lonely seniors, giving them peace of mind by giving them a friendly voice to chat with. What a great idea! It sure seems to be filling a need with over 1.6 million calls since it’s inception.

Trained volunteers place calls seven days a week, 365 days a year to older adults who live alone. The calls serve as a “wellness check,” also provides an opportunity to socialize. The program started in 1996 as a community service to older adults in the greater Sacramento region. Home visits for isolated seniors, having a personal visit makes all the difference in the world. Caring volunteers are partnered with homebound older adults based on common interests and location and provide companionship two to four times a month. 

This is such a great idea. 

Older people who are lonely are more likely to develop dementia than their more socially connected peers. Studies have shown that loneliness produces physical effects that are among the most problematic in modern medicine.

If you wish to read more about this, in Britain there is a program called Befriend Networks. Read More Here.

Also, The Surprising Effects of Loneliness on Health. New York Times article here

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”  ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Our favourite encouragement this week is:

Your delicious preserves have spoiled us - we won’t eat any other brand. Your easy mail order service makes this possible. Thanks! Jayne H-M

When hear from our customers to acknowledge a job well done goes a long way to keeping "fuel in the tank."

We can always be someone's cheerleader perhaps a co-worker, friend, employee or family member. A kind word goes a long way to lifting up the receiver as well as the giver. 

School season is upon us and Prince Edward Island is very fortunate to have one of North America’s premier schools of veterinarian medicine, students are making their way here from all over the world.

So coming to the close of this blog, I share a wee bit of veterinarian humour.

A local veterinarian was known for his wry humour. He surpassed himself one summer day when a woman, who was visiting, brought a dog to him after an encounter with a porcupine.

After almost an hour of prying, pulling, cutting and stitching, he returned the dog to its owner, who asked what she owed.

"$150 dollars, ma'am," he answered.

"Now that's simply outrageous!" she stormed. "That's what's wrong with you people, you're always trying to overcharge summer visitors. What do you do in the winter, when there is no one here to overcharge?"

"Raise porcupines, ma'am."

Last but not least, we did have a dry summer and seemed to get rain just in the nick of time. We could use more and will to celebrate when it comes.  

This is one cheeky farmer who is caught celebrating the end of a drought in Austraila is not how I will be celebrating!

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life's realities.”  ― Dr. Suess

We are still taking bookings for tea. Tuesdays and Thursday's through September. 

With love from Prince Edward Island,

Have a great week ahead! 



While writing today, I listened to Igor Levit. Bach: Partitas, BWV 825-830

I love this album. Take a sample listen here

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Judy Mannino - September 8, 2018

1950 here! I’m actually 42. Until I look in the mirror! 😆

My mom lived a healthy life to 98. She lost nearly everyone, family and friends. She still thrived, but I wish I’d understood more about loneliness. God bless Befriend Networks. Thanks for addressing aging.

Cindy Wohl - September 2, 2018

Love your blog. Had to make sure I had quiet time to read and enjoy it. Waiting for rain here in Northern California. Thanks Bruce.

Xandra van der Geer - September 1, 2018

I simply LOVE your blog!! Always a blessing to read!!

Paula Mueda - September 1, 2018

Wish we could see some rain like that farmer experienced in your Blog today! Wahoo!!

Robin Petty - September 1, 2018

Another good Saturday read – Thanks Bruce! For my part, I hope to be able to stay in my own home forever, and have the means to afford care in house if necessary. When I saw the Dr Seuss reference in your title, I thought you were going to reference the broadcast I listened to this morning on CBC – Under the Influence – interesting facts about Dr Seuss!! I will try to find the link to the episode and email you if you haven’t listened to it. Cheers to Fall on PEI

Dr Bob Griffin - September 1, 2018

I have been looking forward to September 1st. As a remembrance of our visit to PEI (and your lovely place) a few years ago, we ordered a case (12 jars) of preserves. We discipline ourselves to wait until the 1st of each month to open a new jar.

My wife will surprise me at lunch today with her choice for the new month. I do not worry that I might not like it; I’ve never found one that was not an immediate “favorite”. Nor one that does not conjure mental images of a world far away from Wyoming.

Ken Lenhart - September 1, 2018

Enjoy your Blogs . . . Some day I’ll make it to your fair isle!

Gilluan Keane - September 1, 2018

I brought my 5 yr old grandaughter, daughter and good friend to tea while we were in PEI this summer. It was delightful. My grandaughter now asks for tea in a fancy cup! My English Mom is smiling down delightedly I am sure. Thanks for such a fun and delicious experience.

Mike Nicholson - September 1, 2018

I hear you loud and clear Bruce! I was born in 1953 and I am still working full time and when a customer gives me a compliment I consider it as “fuel in the tank”also. Keep on doing what you do and I will too!

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