BRING ON 2014! Happy New Year to all!

On the eve of 2014, I am feeling reflective, thankful, and hopeful.

The temperature is a cool -20 today, not one bit unusual for those of us who have lived in Central Patricia On. & Snow Lake Mb, and Chibougamau Qc. etc.

I’ve had a wonderful life with plenty of ups and downs and at this stage I only recall the ups. My life has been blessed with a family who all “turned out” and despite my many muddles, I “turned out” too.

I value the valuable:  good health, good friends, inner peace. 

I wish everyone the same in 2014!

With love,


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4 Responses to “BRING ON 2014! Happy New Year to all!”

  1. Randall Peasley Says:

    Hi Pat,

    A very happy new year’s 2014 to you also, from Portland, Oregon.

    Where there is no vision, the people perish.

    Cheers, Randy

  2. Alex Mirka Says:

    ……………………………………….Hello Pat, it is nice to see someone from my old hometown… of Snow lake…. I was born there in 1953… moved with my family.. to ontario… in 1958…. I have vague memories of snow lake.. and have never actually gone back.. though part of me would like to see it……it looks and sounds as pristine as ever there… there was no golf course…. and i dont actually remember the mine… but i do remember living on the outskirts of town…. and the only thing behind us… was a path… (that led to the hospital)… and beyond that.. a lot of berry bushes… i also remember it being so cold.. that one weinter the oil froze in the tnk under the house…. my father had to crawl under and heat it up…. brrrrr…..anyways… i just had to post to you and say hello and give a little recollection of my first few years…

    Hoping you have a fine day….

    Sincerely, Alex Mirka

    • littlepatti Says:

      Greetings, Alex- Did your parents move on or stay in mining after 1958? We were there in the opening days and recall all the blasting to lay water and sewers, kids don’t remember discomfort, we were too busy playing. I’ve never had a desire to go back but I always have fond memories of those early childhood days. I don’t remember a hospital there-maybe it was built just after we left. Berry picking was the summer pastime in mining towns. It was a real treat, because fresh fruit was not available to us very often. Our parents were resourceful too.
      Share more of your memories and tell us if living there made a difference in your life.
      Best regards,

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