Issue 2.12 – New Neighbours

“Well hello there!” Charlie greeted his new neighbours with a smile. They were busy working with a moving crew who were carrying the last few items into the suite. The gentleman gave an awkward smile back, but didn’t say much more. Inside, the man’s wife was doing her best to direct where everything was to…

Issue 2.11 – Senior’s Week at the Manor

It had been a busy Seniors Week at the Manor. Hazel enjoyed leading the daycare children in a milestone activity in the garden. While she had enjoyed working on all the flower beds and planters with her fellow residents, she and the gardening group had also worked with the site manager and daycare director on…

Issue 2.10 – Loneliness

Hazel was enjoying moving about the community freely without any hassle from Ruby and her friends. In fact, the group had splintered off into smaller pairings, affording Hazel more opportunities to get to know the ladies and interact pleasantly with them. She was also grateful to have Millie’s company again, not only to help with…

Issue 2.9 – A Proper Introduction

Hazel’s frustration with the group of gossips was growing. It had been a week since it all began. In that timeframe, Hazel had dealt with snickering behind her back, not being invited to participate in a number of group-led activities, and having to sit alone in the morning when she had her tea. Millie had…

Issue 2.8 – School Girl Nonsense

“Did you hear about the episode in the dining room yesterday?” A group of ladies were gathered in the activity room and were already gossiping about Walter’s outburst that took place the evening before. Hazel did her best to focus on the task at hand, washing out old planters left over from last year and…

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…