Issue 2.7 – The Outburst

The sky was grey and gloomy, and despite weeks of gorgeous weather, Charlie and Hazel found themselves moving in cushions from the patio set they had on their balcony, to get it out from the imminent rain. “It doesn’t look like we’ll be enjoying dinner out here tonight,” Charlie thought aloud to Hazel. “Such a…

Issue 2.6 – Not Enough

Charlie had just come up the elevator after taking some things down for the ladies, who were busy outside planting. He could hear the phone ringing behind his door. “The thing never seems to stop ringing these days,” he thought to himself as he opened the door and set the keys down on the credenza….

Issue 2.5 – Fears

“I hope you don’t mind me calling, I’ve just been giving things a lot of thought after my visit with you, and I think it’s about time I look into supportive living,” Bea began to explain over the phone. “I have so many questions though. I don’t even know where to start.” Hazel remembered what…

Issue 2.4 – Not a Good Day

Charlie was in a bad mood. His team had lost another playoff game, he had gone down to do his laundry and all the machines were in use, and now as he sat patiently waiting for the “Machine Hog” to come and collect their things, he was told that his favourite dining room staff member…

Issue 2.3 – Eggs

Hazel was half-way through a movie on her new Netflix account that John had set up for them when there was a knock on the door. “Hi there Hazel, are you heading down to paint eggs? I think it starts in about 20 minutes.” Millie had a carton of eggs in her quilted bag that…

Issue 2.2 – Renovations

While Hazel was out for the day, on a bus trip to Calgary, Charlie decided that a visit with his good friends, Bob and Bev, was long overdue. Bob had taught with Charlie many moons ago, and although their time at the same school had been brief, they had remained very good friends and had…

Issue 2.1 – Road Trip

It was a beautiful day for a road trip. Hazel made herself comfortable in a seat next to Millie. It had been quite some time since she had visited the Calgary area and she honestly couldn’t remember if she had ever travelled by bus anywhere outside the city – it was pretty exciting. “Have you…

1 Year Anniversary Issue – Full Circle

It had been a year since that fateful day in the church hall, where they had celebrated their 60th anniversary only to have Charlie rushed by ambulance to the hospital half-way through the festivities. Though it had only turned out to be a mild stroke with no major permanent damage, the incident had sparked a…

Issue 50 – Pet Day

It was the most excited Charlie had been in a long time. He held his beloved Cleo against his chest as he boarded the elevator. Ralphie, Josephine’s little Yorkshire Terrier excitedly ran around in circles, barking at the sight of the cat. Charlie gripped her a little tighter, expecting her to react, but she just…

Issue 49 – Personal Interests

The sun shone down onto the crisp, white snow. Outside, it was cold but in the solarium Hazel was warm and cozy. She listened to the silence, felt her breath rising and falling in her chest, listened to the crunch the soil made when she dug into it. She was present in that moment, at…

Issue 48 – Spring Break Visitors

The cab pulled up to the front door, and Marie and Tina ambled out slowly after paying the driver. They had been sitting for hours– on the bus from Banff, and then on the cab ride from the bus depot. Charlie watched from the window as Tina drew a sharp breath, the cold Alberta wind…

Issue 47 – Dinner Guests

had been a fantastic Family Day weekend, but a busy one. They had enjoyed the company of their dear friend, Bea on Saturday, whom Hazel had known since her years in nursing school. Bea was reluctant to come at first, not quite knowing if Hazel was yet “up for company.” But upon hearing that she…