A Box of Chocolates…

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The Fiery Pete Eades

Poem and Prose Pre-intro to "The Fiery Pete Eades." In the 1960's, before there was "Hockey Night in Canada," there was the British Columbia, Lower Mainland Commercial League of Hockey Teams. ...

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XXX – Not For the Faint of He...

When wine and thoughts mix... XXX -  Some swear words ahead...You have been warned:)   ...

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The CP Holiday Train is Coming!

Hi Neighbours, I hope you can make it this Saturday?  What a magical night it will be! CP Holiday Train Schedule. ...

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The UR (You’re) Syndrome

I am a little older than you, I see life and the future through a different lens. I know history for what it was - worldwide poverty, and the world wars - before the 'net, and the electronic age that ...

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Rise Up

Yup, a couple more shoot-outs have just occurred in our 'hood.  What's going on, right? Didn't it used to be that gangsters were kind of the "cool" people,  the James Dean kind of cool? Now... no ...

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Fox and the Whale

Just in case you needed yet another reason to be a very proud Canadian well, here it is — the little movie listed below — Robin Joseph and his team created it. He is ...

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As I Get Older, I Realize:

 #1  — I talk to myself, because there are times I need expert advice.  #2  —  I consider "On Trend" to be the clo ...

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Words of Wisdom – Darline

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The World In Turmoil

The World in Turmoil Please pardon my use of the old expression but some days it seems to me that, ‘the world is going to ...

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Freedom

I speak with my neighbours all the time about our current and continuing lack of privacy - the Apple Home stuff, the 3rd party tracking, the mind scraping (yes, it's a thing), facial recognition (Face ...

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Teamwork

At 67, Wade plans to continue working “as long as I am able,” and maintains his passion for “assisting other seniors and persons with disabilities within my commun ...

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Numbers

I don't get numbers anymore, do you? Oh, my friends get so frustrated with me - "Michelle, Yes, people earn $11 an hour while others earn a billion gazillion an hour. It's just the way it is." Well, t ...

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The Vision

I remember when I was a little girl there was this fantastic shop in Kerrisdale - oh, how I loved it. It was my happy place. It was a magical place filled with trinkets and clothes and so much more.  ...

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What?

What's going on, right:) Well, well, well - it's been quite a hellish couple of weeks, I'm not going to lie:) First off - Mats and Pats gets hacked. What??? ...

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Mission Christmas Bureau Now Open

This year’s goal is to top the $100,000 mark to help those in need during the holidays. Can you read this? There was also a picture and info about where to go. ...

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Our Overnight Cruise

Oh, What a Night! It was everything we hoped for and more! The scenery, the food, the music, the dancing and the entertainme ...

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Trust

Trust - it's a funny thing, isn't it? It's so very hard to come by and so very easy to lose once given. Who do we trust?? How do we know? Honestly, I have no idea.... I don't come to trust ea ...

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Not what you think…(x)

My brother has taught me to notice and look for the small blessings. The little things that just make ur heart sing. He makes me notice. Yes, he does... ...

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Finding Happiness

The interesting thing about happiness - it wasn't something that I found rather, it was something that was expected of me. It's weird to think of it in those terms but it is the most accurate way of l ...

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Our New Anthem (X)

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Here’s a Fun One!

How do people end up where they do? Well, in my case, it was owing to my brother. Yes, it was:) Mom, Dad and Tom - they towed the line - this is how I came to be a Wiboltt. Mom was a social wor ...

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SEO

SEO - I don't like it and I've instructed Dan to do as little of this as possible:) He says we have to have certain links so that we get google traffic? But I told him, I don't want tracking and all t ...

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Starting a Business

Well, well, well - it really is a hard journey, I never expected that:) There have been wonderfully fun bits - like designing my logo - Vista Print really makes it easy. Once I had hit on my ...

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A Class Act (XX)

Hello Neighbours, My name is Michelle Wiboltt and here’s a very small part of my story… ...

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Tom

Personal note to my brother Tom - You handsome devil:) You have a story that I would love to read - so no worries, you'll never be mentioned in mine. Love you!!! ...

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I Thank You

Well, I was watching the news last night - we lost another good one yes, we did.  There was a big shoot out in Abbotsford and the results - a family is without a father, a Mother and Father are witho ...

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Dear UU (unauthorized user)

You skills astound me, yes they do! But your actions miss the point. The Mats and Pats site isn't about tearing one another down - it's about building one another ...

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The Inner Harbour

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Cheats Cont.

I was just watching a local news program and I wanted to scream at the TV! One of the hosts was suggesting that they NEVER offer up fake news. Yeah, right. Well, when you spend all day discussin ...

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Trivia Thursday – 9th Edition

Here are some tough trivia questions:) Or not? 1 - What's the difference between BC's temperate rainforest and a tropical rainforest? 2 - What do temperate rain forests do much more slowly than ...

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Trivia Thursday – 8th Edition

How many birds do you see? Yup, it's a tough one:) Here's a hint... ...

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Guess who?

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Trivia Thursday – 7th Edition

It's that time again:) Good luck! 1 - What is the name of a building in downtown Vancouver that opened on October 7th, 1930? 2 - What popular television show used this building (above) as its f ...

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Riotous Rachel (X)

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Roger

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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Lisa’s Story

She owns the salon and I am her client. Her name is Lisa and she calls me Mom. The very first time I entered her shop for a m ...

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Trivia Thursday – 6th Edition

It's random Trivia Thursday - Do you know the answers? 1 - Why do x's at the end of a letter signify kisses? 2 - Why do men's clothes have buttons on the right while women's clothes have button ...

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Interesting Days:)

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Words of Wisdom – Jeannie and...

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Food Porn – Devilled Eggs

I guess I asked a time too many:) Thanks for sharing, Sophia! 12 eggs / salt - pepper to taste / 2 tsp. sugar / 1 tsp. mustard powder (not dijon) / 1 tsp. curry powder / Miracle Whip (no substituti ...

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Rolf (X)

Our province is fighting a losing battle. We've got a billionaire floating around our harbour with Oprah but he can't pay us a living wage. We've got doctors and other affluent people complaining that ...

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Trolleys and Trains

MY friend and I went into Vancouver on the train a couple of times...to do city stuff like visit the museum and art exhibits. Our train ticket is good all day for transport into the city. It's a grea ...

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She’s Back:)

A guy is 72 years old and loves to fish. He was sitting in his boat the other day when he heard a voice say, 'Pick me up.' ...

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Cheats (X)

I was recently made aware of an absolutely heinous atrocity!! Yes, I was. Did you know...a local, made in BC grocery chain is paying its employees $11 an hour. What??? I know, right. Why I find ...

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Trivia Thursday – 5th Edition

More BC Trivia. Can you guess the answer? 1 - What is BC's provincial tree? 2 - What is BC's provincial bird? 3 - Where is the longest unsupported cable car located? 4 - When do the humpb ...

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Rachel’s on a Roll:)

My buddy Tom was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business. He knew that he would inherit ...

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Jeanne Louise Calment

Jeanne Louise Calment had the longest confirmed human Lifespan on record: 122 years and 164 days. It seems that fate strongly approved of the way Madam Calment lived her ...

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Memories that Bind

When I was a boy I always wanted to be just like my Dad and when I was around 4 or 5 years old, I was no different. One day, I decided to take a pack of Dad's cigarettes to kindergarten. Remember, I w ...

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40 Years Strong

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Trivia Thursday – 4th Edition

How many "c's" can you find? Yup, it's not easy:) ...

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Unveiling the Corn

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XXX

There are a lot of off-coloured stories just waiting to be told, some hot topics that need to be discussed and some bawdy humour that would be fun to share - with some of us:) For everyone else, pl ...

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Trivia Thursday – 3rd Edition

Can you name them? 10 of BC's most notable personalities... 1 - She was born in Victoria, BC in 1871? 2 - He was named the American Baseball League's Most Valuable Player in 200 ...

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I’m so excited and I just can...

Life can sometimes spin you on your head, can't it? One moment you're in the dumper, the next - you're on top of the world! I experienced such a moment this morning. It started innocently enough - ...

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The Kerrisdale Arena

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Guess where?

Thanks for sharing Rachel. ...

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Trivia Thursday – 2nd Edition

BC History - Can you answer all 10? What year did BC join the Canadian Confederation? The world's largest hockey stick resides in Duncan, BC - how long is it? Wher ...

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Words of Wisdom – Rosemary an...

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Onward and Upward

It's the little things...  On Aug 10, 2017, at 7:48 AM, Robert Charles LeMoal  <hisemailaddresswashere> wrote: ...

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Trivia Thursday

Famous Quotes - Can you match the quote to the person who said it? Answers posted at the beginning of next weeks Trivia Thursday. "Be the change you want to see in the world." ...

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Moments – They Matter

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Time

I received an email from the Google people - they informed me that I should do all these things in order to reduce the time it takes for my website to load - a long load time is a very bad thing, they ...

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In The ‘Hood

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Privacy Policy / Terms and Conditio...

At Mats and Pats we value you as a customer and respect your concerns about privacy. As part of our reg ...

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Goodbye Facebook!

I did it! I finally disconnected from Facebook and I gotta tell you - I'm already feeling lighter, brighter and a whole lot more at peace:) I did it because it had just become so overwhelming. My O ...

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Our Dream Vacation Continued…

Meanwhile back on the ship.  Since I first wrote about our trip I have been asked what there was to do on those long days at sea. Well, here's ...

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Chat Rooms

Someone mentioned to me that chat rooms are sooooo 1990's:) Their thinking was that the new type of social media platforms are much better... I can understand why someone would feel this way. It's ...

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Reflections by Rose

I have enjoyed reading the many wonderful stories that others are sharing on Mats and Pats. ...

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How to?

Margaret wasn't sure how everything works on the Mats and Pats site and I'm sure that there are a few more people that might have been wondering the same things so ...

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Evolve

I’m turning 55 at the end of this year. What?! When and how did I get here? I remember back as a 12 year old talking to my friends about the year 2000, having a hard t ...

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Memories

As countless studies have shown - the more we remember the good stuff well, the easier it is to keep remembering the good stuff; which in turn, can cause the release of dopamine, a neur ...

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Agnes Cameron

Hello, everyone.  My name is Agnes Cameron and I was born on December 27, 1918, which means that I am fast approaching my 99 ...

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Mats and Pats Monthly Chin Wag

As all of our monthly chin wags go, we were over at my place in Mission. Six fabulous 50+ gals were here and one husband came for the last hour. We were discussing Trump. Yes, we were:) Isn't everyon ...

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Sleepless in Puyallup

To you, my dear woman, What you are about to read is my search - for you - in this form of a poetic tale, ...

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Reflections by Rose

I have always tried to live my life as a cup half-full kind of person. To look for the good in every situation and be thankful. I kiss the day when I get up cheerfully r ...

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Rachel’s Big Day!

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Community

I had just finished my articles and got my first lawyering job and I bought this 1/2 acre with a trailer on it in Langley. When it came on the market it had to be sold r ...

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You Only Live Once!

Holy Moly - some big stuff is going down tomorrow! Big, big stuff! Stereotypes left, right and centre are going to be smashed tomorrow!  Whoa Nellie- Stop the Presses! Nope, I'm not going to tell ...

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Change – It’s a bear...

What is it about change that we all find so scary? I mean, lots of people bemoan their situation but then balk at creating the ...

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Words of Wisdom – Judi Huta

I had the great good fortune of meeting Judi last year at a trade show, of all places. I can't remember what the show was for or about and I think it took place in Abbotsford? Truth be known though, I ...

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The Not Retired – Not Expired...

I was speaking with a friend recently who mentioned that she had applied for a new part time job. She's 68. She said that she really does want to work but that she also really needs the money. Her pe ...

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Nowadays…

Nowadays is kind of scary, isn't it? People are being decimated left, right and centre. Here in BC it's the gangsters who do the most damage, in the rest of the world, it's the crazies. There's always ...

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The Big 6-0 !!

In less than a week, I will turn 60 years young.  I think that’s what they say now—we are no longer “years old,” we a ...

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Father’s Day with my Dad

Here are a couple of stories that bring a smile to my face - The day would be planned out for either a Car Show or a Picnic At Harrison Hot Springs or both.  If Dad h ...

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Father’s Day

Another Father's Day has come and gone and for some of us this is a blessing, for others a curse.  I'm lucky because I'm in the blessing camp. I had a good one, a really good one. If you ask my br ...

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Coming of Age

I don't know if you are anything like me but I kind of like getting older. I mean, I will be 50 soon and I finally feel like an adult. Yup. Most days I feel like WOW, look at all the stuff I know! I k ...

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A Party for the Ages!

George Greenwood has arranged a "weekend away" for over 100 of us 50+ and better folks:) Oh, and he is doing it with panache! We will be leaving from Abbotsford and travelling to Seattle in 2 very plu ...

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Our 40th Anniversary Dream Vacation

He had a dream, to see Spain and Portugal; I had a dream, to see the UK; we had a dream to have a wonderful long boat cruise to see some of the Mediterranean. So when "Epic" Cruises sent us an offer f ...

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A day in the life…

So, last weekend I travelled to the bustling community of Prince Rupert to do some training in this area. An interesting journey no doubt. Only 2 flights per day. So, do I get up super early or arrive ...

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What Happens in Vegas…

And so it begins (AGAIN)...January 9, 2017. His eyes still piercingly blue, his megawatt smile mesmerizes, polarizes and hypnotizes me AGAIN with the first contact we have had in almost 18 months. A s ...

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Inclusivity

From the Oxford Dictionary - "Not excluding any section of society or any party involved in something."  Please note - the Mats and Pats ...

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Every Story Matters

For all of us over the age of 50 we've lived, more than likely, half of our lives already. We've experienced joys, stresses, tears, relationships, marriages, jobs, children, travels, homes heartache, ...

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The Mats and Pats Manifesto

THINK... T - is it true? H - is it helpful? ...

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Everyday Blessing

Rachel's 10 year old friend wrote this story. EG thank you for sharing! This story happened about 6 years ago. We were moving to a new hous ...

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Expect a Miracle Everyday

I got the idea for the buddy bench after reading of an elementary school that had installed a brightly painted bench in the centre of the playground. The "Buddy Bench" was for any child who felt hurt, ...

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Dear Kidney

Wow, it's been an almost 2 year journey since I made the decision to give one of you to my brother. You have been a rock to my body, but it is time for us to part ways. Brother needs you! It didn't se ...

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Sandy and Jim

We have an artist in our midsts! These paintings were done in oil by Sandy and they are available for purchase. If you are interested in learning more - please give us a call here at ...

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Bonanza

From a friend - the title of this post is in honour of her dad. He enjoyed the show - inside joke:) My mom, known to many as "Grammy", fell near the end of a walk back from a local pharmacy. Fortun ...

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I Found Purpose in Retirement

After thirty-five rewarding years in Public Education I experienced some anxiety as I approached retirement. What would I do? How would I feel not being able to contribu ...

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The Golden Years

 My mother has just celebrated her 85th birthday.  As I look back on some of the things she’s said to me I now find myself saying.  She said ...

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Knowledge is power

Mats and Pats would like to thank Julia for sharing! Cheers to you Julia! Julia Beaulieu - a local investment advisor with Freedom 55 Financial - helped Mary li ...

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Growing old (Gracefully?)

Lynne, a Fraser Valley local, wanted to have her Mom (Elaine) share with us her journey through her senior years and I can completely understand why. Elaine just makes it sound so easy and there cer ...

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A Simple Airing

From a friend - thanks so much for sharing! My mom, 80 years old, lives in a care home in Surrey and she almost always jumps at the opportunity for an outing: she refers to these outings as "airing ...

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Care aides and their role?

  The provincial government is looking for feedback regarding this question and it would certainly behoove us to provide that feedback.  The big consideration ...

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Mats and Pats

We've just created our brand new website and we're very excited to share it with all of you! So, thank you very much for visiting Mats ...

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An interesting afternoon

For you, Sherry. Thanks for the suggestion! We had our first discussion group and wow, was it ever interesting! There were 5 people in attendance and at first, a whole bunch of silence…how does o ...

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Charlie’s Wonderful Adventure

Charlie (all names have been changed or have they:) had quite an interesting night a while back; a night which involved several North Vancouver firefighters and her 90ish year old Mom.  Yes, it did:) ...

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A chin wagging kind of day

My oh my, what a wonderful time we had! Not that this is in any way surprising. I mean, when 6 ladies get together you can be sure a heck of a lot of fun is going to be had:) We weren’t disappointed ...

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Terrifying Ted

Terrifying Ted gave us a call here at Mats and Pats because his health is declining and he wants to make sure that he doesn’t end up in a retirement home:) We na ...

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Lisa’s Story

She owns the salon and I am her client. Her name is Lisa and she calls me Mom. The very first time I entered her shop for a m ...

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Interesting Days:)

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Cheats Cont.

I was just watching a local news program and I wanted to scream at the TV! One of the hosts was suggesting that they NEVER offer up fake news. Yeah, right. Well, when you spend all day discussin ...

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Trolleys and Trains

MY friend and I went into Vancouver on the train a couple of times...to do city stuff like visit the museum and art exhibits. Our train ticket is good all day for transport into the city. It's a grea ...

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