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We live in a two family house; our oldest daughter and her husband, and their two children live on the top floor. My husband and I live on the ground floor of their house (no—it’s not the basement!).

We are friendly neighbours: when you live like we do you really need to be, so there has to be give and take, respecting each other’s ideas and circumstances.

Do feathers get ruffled once in a while? We’re all human, so of course the potential is there, but truthfully that has very seldom happened. The time or two that conflict has raised its ugly head, communication has been the best cure and we’ve never allowed anything to get serious. We don’t intrude on each other’s space—many times one family does not know what the other is doing on a given day, but at least once a week we get together to have a morning coffee break and visit for an hour or so.

There are many benefits in this arrangement for both families. We are there for each other when we need to be. Our son-in-law is pretty handy with a wrench, so we have a mechanic/repair man on site when anything needs fixing.  When it comes to experience with animals or ideas about equipment, Grandpa’s wisdom is often sought. We never have to look for a house sitter when we go away. And, because there is always someone around, we don’t have to worry about who will water the plants, feed the animals, keep an eye out for intruders—both animal and human, and all the other little nit-picky things. 

Our grandchildren meet the school bus at six-forty-five every morning. On the days when both their parents are at work in the morning, my husband or I drive them to the school bus.  I am a morning person, so very often I make that run.  It isn’t far; in fact a neighbour girl who lives down the road drives the bus.

Some days this is a crazy, hurried experience and since we live on a gravel road that is narrow and in some places winding, you cannot speed. You never know if, by chance, you will meet an unexpected vehicle on a corner, or have a deer dart out from the forest, or find a stray moose right in front of you—and then of course there is an abundance of rabbits that dart in and out along the road this spring, and I have no wish to run over those cute little creatures.

This morning everyone was ready a few minutes early and it was a pleasant, relaxing drive. Our grandkids are the first ones to get on the bus, so I always drive right into the neighbour’s yard, and stop by the bus. This morning, I was surprised to see a spare driver behind the wheel, instead the usual familiar smiling face.

There were several vehicles parked in the yard by the house, and then it suddenly dawned on me that she and her husband were being wonderful neighbours, billeting family and friends that have come to say farewell tomorrow, to an incredible man who fought a courageous battle against cancer for the past six years.

I started thinking about what a terrific community we live in, and how fortunate we are to be here. We can look all around the world today and see conflict and vindictiveness.  Yet there still are wonderful places, where people know their neighbours and work together to help each other. Horsefly and area has a diverse collection of people from many countries and walks of life. It always warms my heart to see how tolerant and inclusive most of the people who live here are. For me, it’s hard to beat life in a small community and country living. I love the small community of Horsefly!


map from Horsefly to Bella Coola0003

(Click on the map above to bring it up to a full page view)

A week ago my husband lined up a trip to Bella Coola to market his books.  I usually go with him on all these trips because I do not want to see him make long trips by himself anymore. Lately I have been overwhelmed with computer work, dealing with his publisher and the publishing process for three of his manuscripts, as well as trying to catch up on my accounting and book keeping for 2013, so I was grateful when he found someone else to go along with him.  Then at the last minute his companion for the trip couldn’t go so I put aside my work and said I would go with him.  And it turned out to be a spectacularly beautiful journey and I was so happy things had turned out the way they did!

The trip is about 1000 km round trip from our home at Horsefly to Bella Coola. 

We’d had cloudy, showery weather but Tuesday morning when we left home it was a sunny spectacular day.  I’d been watching the weather network from Alexis Creek, to Anahim and on to Bella Coola and the forecast looked good for the days we would be travelling.  The weatherman didn’t change his mind–we had sunshine and clear sky all the way there and back.  Fall is my favorite time of the year  and the colors were a feast for the eyes.  It was a fabulous trip!

Friday, January 6, 2012

A little romance on The Lit Chick Show

In this program, we feature author Gloria Antypowich and her romance novel “Hearts at Risk”. Gloria truly lives the happily-ever-after romance myth, and after 50 years of marriage she confesses that she still has the “hots” for hubby. Woo hoo! What a wonderful and inspirational thing this is. I’m a bit envious, Gloria :-)

Gloria lives in a little town called Horsefly, located in the central interior of British Columbia, Canada. She’s a little bit of celebrity there and even her hairdresser has organised a book signing.
It’s so wonderful when the spirit of a town gets behind its authors. I wish more of this would happen.
I’d like to thank Gloria for sharing her novel and story with us on the show and to wish her every success for the future.

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