Wednesday, July 29, 2009

In Loving Memory of my Dad

In loving memory of Murray Boyd Carter January 27, 1935 - July 22, 2009

In loving memory of Murray Boyd Carter, age 74 years, who died in the Dryden Regional Health Center on Wednesday, July 22nd following a brief illness. Born and raised in Fort William, Murray was a man of strong faith.
He met and married Ellen Mills there and became father to her four children. Together they had two more daughters completing a family that was very important to Murray. He loved speding time with his family, especially taking the grandkids fishing at the dock, for donuts at Robin's, and swimming at the Best Western.
An avid sports fan, it was his letters of opinion to the editor that helped seal his first job at the Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal as a teenager. Mainly covering sports for many years, he wrote under the name Moe Carter in various locations across the country, including Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal, Winnipeg Free Press, Calgary Herald and a period as editor of the Dryden Observer. His work enabled him to meet many people over his life and he kept in touch with a large number of those friends via the internet. He always had a story or joke to share.
He was predeceased by his wife Ellen, his daughter Judy O'keefe Polhill, brothers Jim and Howard Carter and sister Mayme Tangness.
Murray is survived by his children Kathy(Paul)Waller of Dryden, Terry(Steve)Gadd of Dryden, Frank(Linda)O'keefe of Thunder Bay, Cheryl Coulter and Debbie Johnson of Winnipeg, by 13 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Murray Carter were held Saturday, July 24th at 10:00 am in the First United Church with Alice Bloomfield officiating. Interment followed in the Dryden Cemetery. Visitation was held Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Stevens funderal Homes "Moffat Chapel".
Should friends so desire donations to the Crohns and Colitis Foundation or the Heart & Stroke Foundation may be made through the Stevens Funeral Homes, P.O. Box 412 Dryden, ON P8N 2Z1

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Too Much Going On

Okay it's been awhile but I have an excuse.
My dad took a fall last Tuesday morning, about 1 am, and has been in hospital since. He needs to rebuild some strength in his legs and he was having some other issues as well. He had a CT scan this Tuesday (the 14th) for which we haven't got any results, but he has had a rough few days. He was pretty much okay until Wed morning, he is now sleeping almost constantly and is feeling really crappy, not sure what is going on, waiting to hear from docs about that. His vitals are all good though, so I will take that as a positive sign. Will keep you all posted as I can and as we learn anything. Prayers are most welcomed.

In other news, my MRI for my neck/shoulder has been scheduled for Wed Sept 2 in Thunder Bay. As of now, the plan is for my darling niece Megan and I to do a little road trip together for it, hopefully there will time to visit a few people while we are there, but no promises.

To keep me occupied and my mind on stuff other than hospitals and sickness, I have been enjoying the free class by the amazing Jessica Sprague and finally learning how to use my Photoshop properly (much less cursing going on with her step by step videos than when I was trying to muddle through myself.)

Here are a few of the photos I have played with so far, not going to take the time to list what day the classes were or what exactly was done, but if you want details let me know and I'll do my best to explain

Vintage Look



Multi Textures and Edges


Frames and Word Art


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Great day at Sandy Beach Park yesterday!

Finally the sun showed it's face and we decided to head out to Sandy Beach to play away the afternoon. A good time was had by all.
For those unfamiliar with the park, there is a HUGE hill leading down to the water here is a shot I took from about 1/2 of the way down looking up

and here is one that I took from the same spot facing down towards the water.

Logan (age 12) decided he wanted to roll down, being a good Mom,I said "go for it" he began rolling with me running alongside him yelling "keep going, keep going" and he being the dutiful son obeyed.
I was not aware there was a big drop off right near the bottom of the hill that had some rocks etc, and Logan just kept on rolling, right over the edge and into the water..bwahahaha

Amidst my hysterical giggling and scrambling for the camera you could hear quite clearly Logan's voice as he screamed "I hate you!" and "I can't believe my own mother betrayed me" and of course the one said most often "Stop laughing, that wasn't funny" Perhaps the funniest part was when the fishermen in the boat just off shore yelled back "It looked pretty funny from here" LOL

Logan being the good sport he is even said he would attempt it again so I could get the video running and capture it better, but of course by that time I had seen the sharp rocks and the danger involved so I didn't take him up on the offer.