Thursday, December 27, 2018

Time to start blogging again

Many people have asked me to start blogging again. Sorry, couldn't resist.  Would you believe two people?

I needed a break.  I was physically tired and mentally tired of idiots on the left and right that well deserved rants so I contented myself with trolling them in the comments section rather than blogging.

I had a couple of interesting things to do that kept my mind from rotting entirely. Did some consulting work for a long time client and learned how to convert current prices into inflation-adjusted prices. And I was coerced into chairing the 50th reunion of 1969 College of Agriculture Graduates.

Every year the Saskatchewan Agricultural Graduates Association (SAGA) organizes a reunion of graduates from the College in early January. Any graduate is welcome to attend but specifically, those who graduated 10, 20, 30 etc years ago are encouraged.  2019 marks 50 years for our class. There were about 60 of us, including a half dozen who were in 4th year but graduated at a later date or not at all.  I started with contact information for about half and set out to track down the rest.

People lose touch with each other over the years and so not every graduate was contacted in past years. Ten years ago, I could not have done it but with the internet, you can run but not hide. Facebook, Google, 411, all helped as did knowing people who might know people. I got all but two graduates. Email addresses and phone numbers included.

We are not getting younger. Several of the guys (only one girl in the class) had no interest in coming back in January from their warm winter dwellings so we will discuss a summer reunion. We lost 6 of our class to various causes so will likely look at summer reunions every 5 years too as from here on in there will only be fewer of us.

Tanya was home all summer, returned the end of September. My ileostomy was reversed at the end of October so I am rid of my pouch finally, though persuading things to work after a 16-month hiatus was no simple task. After two months things are returning to normal. My next and I hope last surgery is scheduled for January or February sometime. I am sick of being sick but at least I am above ground still.

The family was all in Regina for Christmas. First time we had been together in 9 years. Of course, we forgot to take pictures but my second youngest is getting married in July so for sure we get pictures then.  And by then I hope to be well enough to go home.  It will have been two years. Tanya and I celebrated our 11th and 12th wedding anniversaries in Regina.  Time to go home.


19 comments:

  1. Glad to hear that your health is getting better all the time and that's there's only one more surgery to go! Yes, I can imagine that you would be homesick after two years away. Nice that everyone was in Regina for Christmas though!

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    1. Thank you, Debra. It was a great Christmas. Happy New Year

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  2. I'm glad that you are back..even though I see you everyday on Facebook..I miss this.

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  3. I am SO happy you're back to blogging!!!

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  4. Welcome back! I'm glad things are slowly turning around for you health-wise - I can only imagine how eager you and Tanya are to resume your normal life. Wishing you all the best in the new year! :-)

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    1. Thank you, Diane. Happy New Year to you too. Yes, we are anxious to go home.

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  5. Glad you are back. Missed your post.
    The only time I hear from my universities is when they ask for money.
    Any plans to return to Ukraine?
    Best new years wishes
    the Ol'Buzzard

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    1. Thank you, OB. Happy New Year to you and yours too.
      We plan on going home end July after my daughter's wedding.
      The Saskatchewan Ag Grads Assoc was formed years back when we were all farm boys away from home many for the first time. The new grads are at least half urban and even the farm kids are very cosmopolitan. They are not as interested in joining SAGA. We old timers think something is lost.

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  6. You must be deliriously happy to get rid of that pouch! Good news that you only have one more surgery to go, let's hope it's just a minor one to tie up loose ends (so to speak!).
    I think chairing the College reunion must have been a fascinating project, especially challenging to track down the former students who have scattered all over the place in the past half century! Undercover detective work. Perhaps a new career for you?
    A family all together at Christmas is the way things ought to be, glad you all had a wonderful time. Was it a white Christmas in Regina? Here in S Ont it was greenish with a sprinkle of white.

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    1. Happy New Year, Shammickite. I was so glad to see the last of that pouch, I can't begin to tell you. I did enjoy tracking the guys and one gal down and will keep working on the two missing ones unless he hear they are deceased.
      It was a great Christmas with all the kids. Mostly we spent time together, talked some but it wasn't necessary. Just enjoyed being. We had enough snow and hoarfrost to be white with not cold temps to make it nice.

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  7. I have my next post half written but it takes time to research and think. I will start catching up on your blogs today also.

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  8. Really glad you are doing better and that you are back!

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