Christmas A Normal Family

The Annual Christmas Letter – 2009

I’ve been sending out an Annual Christmas Letter since 1984. The first letter was a way of responding to all the notes that were in the Christmas Cards I had received that year. People were summarizing their year with glowing accounts of how successful their career was, how brilliant their children were, and how “Martha…

How to Replace iTunes with CopyTrans Manager

I’ve inherited several iPods from my husband. He has graduated to an iTouch, leaving me with several Nanos that he no longer wants. I decided to put my Christmas music on the smaller size one, and the rest of my music on the other. I downloaded iTunes onto my computer. The installation took quite a…

Flower Power – Butchart Gardens, British Columbia

Butchart Gardens, Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada, (near Victoria on Vancouver Island). This world-renowned garden was built in an exhausted limestone quarry. It covers 22 ha (55 ac) and features stunning floral displays. In 2004, the Gardens were designated a National Historic Site of Canada. Post 03

Climbing Preikestolen, Norway, in Comfortable Shoes

A few years ago we  hiked to the top of Preikestolen in Norway. Preikestolen is a steep cliff that rises 604 metres (1982 feet) above Lysefjorden, opposite the Kjerag plateau. It has an almost flat top of approximately 25 by 25 metres (82 by 82 feet), and is a very popular hiking destination. We were advised…

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Did you Get the H1N1 Flu Shot in 2009?

H1N1 was probably the most talked about topic in the whole world in 2009. Worldwide, annual flu epidemics are estimated to result in about 3 to 5 million cases of severe illness, and about 250 000 to 500 000 deaths. In 2009, H1N1, or Swine Flu was the pandemic. It was hard to pick through…