Thursday, November 16, 2017

Football and Christmas

Football season is almost over in Canada. Eastern and Western Finals are next Sunday and the Grey Cup is the following week.  Our beloved Saskatchewan Roughriders made the playoffs and won last Sunday to advance to the semi-final against Toronto. The Riders belong to all Saskatchewan and all Saskatchewan turns up to cheer for them. Including ex-Saskatchewanians.  The stands are a sea of Green and White when the Riders play, even away games.

My son-in-law and his family live and breath Rider football.  The first game my daughter went to, she took a book so she would have something to do.  Now she goes to the games with him and watches the away games at home or in the sports lounges. She is a good wife.  SIL immediately bought tickets and airfare to Toronto when the Riders won last Sunday.  Daughter will join him in Ottawa the next weekend as SIL already has tickets to the Grey Cup.  SIL and his sister will go to the Grey Cup game and daughter will visit former Regina neighbours who now live in the nation's capital.  She is a good wife. . . to a point.

Tanya is going home for Christmas.  Flies out Christmas Day and back Jan 16, all for under $1500 CAD. She deserves it, having nursed me 24/7 since July 1.  She is excited but not nearly as excited as the granddaughters. I will cope.

Christmas Day is a good day to fly. Youngest is coming home from London, and Second-Youngest from Vancouver on Christmas Day. Son is driving in.  Christmas Dinner is on Boxing Day at Oldest daughter's house. We have booked our favourite photographers (Free Lense Photographic) for some time that week to prove we are all in one place.  The photo will have a disclaimer printed on it saying Photoshop was NOT used to put everyone in the picture.

Winter arrived Nov 1st and stayed.  Snow means I cannot use my wheeled walker so I am using a cane. Ice picks on the bottom sure help with the slippery roads. I can walk (and even run a bit) without it but am unsteady on my feet.  Besides if I am shuffling across the street it buys sympathy from the cars waiting for me to get out of the way.

Other than that, not much happens on a day to day basis. Just putting in time.  The sun comes up and the sun goes down. The hands on the clock go round and round. I just get up and it's time to lay down. Life gets teejus, don't it?






12 comments:

  1. It just doesn't seem right to put Saskatchewan in the Eastern Division for the finals. I KNOW numerically why it has to be done but it's still grating. I'm looking forward to the BATTLE OF ALBERTA between Calgary and Edmonton for the Western Final on Sunday too. I'm not going to the Grey Cup but at least I already have my Grey Cup pool tix!

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    1. Halifax needs a football team, the Maritime Mariners, or something. Owned by the people of the Maritime provinces. Problem is a stadium is out of the budget. Maybe Irving would build it? Bwahahaha

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  2. Canadian football moves a lot faster than the U.S. version making it more fun to watch. And being smarter you don't play through the crappiest weather of the year. Wonder if I can watch the Grey Cup online?
    I wish we were as successful as Canadians. This close to the border I can see that happiness from my front porch. Please don't build a wall!
    I sometimes translate Canadian for my American friends who live way down south in Minneapolis. They think they live in the far north, but forget that there is a whole country between them and the North Pole.

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    1. Comes of a much larger playing field and only three downs. And far far fewer teams, though we need one more in the East.
      You should be able to get the Grey Cup game on TSN. It is channel 15 on cable here in Saskatchewan but I just learned that.
      You can come and visit Canada as often as you want. Even move here but that would be fewer nice persons living in USA.

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  3. We've been too embroiled in our construction debacle to stay on top of football, but we'll be watching the Grey Cup. Depending on how the finals shake out, I might have to cheer for both sides.

    Stay safe on that ice! :-)

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  4. I've never quite managed to understand football, either Cdn or US versions, but I'll watch the Grey Cup game with the rest of the family, even though I'm not always sure what's going on. There's usually some beer and good nibbles to keep my strength up, which helps a lot.
    Love the attachments. Canada... the best country in the world, and America should understand that it would take a lot of effort to catch up with us. But I've never heard of cigarettes being called darts.... perhaps that's a Saskatchawanian expression?
    Have fun in your home town at Christmas, Tanya!

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    1. Some of those expressions were new to me too, like Darts. Maybe regional?
      I too have no idea what is going on when watching football. Just the basics. The plays totally escape me. Baseball I understand.

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  5. they used to show Canadian football here..but haven't seen it in ages but I always liked it..it's faster than ours..

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    1. There should be some way on satellite TV to get it.

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  6. You are lucky you are not shuffling across the street hear in the US - you would either get run over or shot.
    the Ol'Buzzard

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