Where has the time gone!

My apologies for not writing in my Blog since March….For many of us the world has been upside down. But in our house we remain focused on what is important during this crisis the world has been go through.

In early March we went to Georgia for 6 days, and while we were gone so many things changed. Upon our return to Canada we had to self quarantine for 14 days. That sure was interesting, no opportunities to leave our home. Many of you were faced with the same thing.

It was during day 2 of our quarantine that an idea dropped into my mind and I know that the idea was from God. I went on Facebook live on March 18th to encourage all my friends. Giving a daily message of hope and inspiration.

Today was Day 111 of the “Live at 9” Facebook posts…. People are telling me that they are being encouraged and that is why I continue them to today. I am trying to remind people that the Lord is with us and that He will never fail us. The calls are between 10 and 15 minutes in length. For someone who doesn’t like being in front of the camera it has been interesting.

That is also the reason why I have not been writing the Blog, much of my spare time is used to get ready for the calls.

I have also started to mentor some individuals using technology to communicate and that has been an absolute blessing to me.

I know that this time has very difficult for many people, but I know that we are going to get to the other side. I don’t want to be the same, and I don’t others to be the same. During a crisis we can grow and I have seen so much growth in my life, and I thank God for that. I have realized more than ever that I want to be used by God to impact people. He is currently using the Facebook live calls and I am so grateful for that.

I know that God has big plans for all of us, we just have to be open and receptive to His leading. It’s July 8th, let’s use the last half of the year to really make a positive difference in the lives of people.

The 2 hips are now just over 15 months old and are doing great. I still will say without hesitation if you need your hips replaced, do both at the same time if the doctor makes that offer. With the “hips” being 15 months old I am reminded that I have now been retired for 20 months. I still am enjoying retirement, and I know I would not be able to do all the things I am doing if I was still working.

Yesterday I was on my hands and knees staining our deck for about 3 hours and did not have any issues at all. Another blessing from the Lord. Without the new hips there is no way I could have done the work.

I have also been spending more time with my parents as one never knows how much time they will have left. Roxanne and I recently took them to Jasper with us and everyone had a great time. Cherish every moment that you have with family. As for travel I think there will be lots of “Travel Alberta” vacations this year.

We are going to get through the Corona Virus, we are going to get through everything that is going on at present and when we do we can be reminded that God is faithful.

Psalms 126:5-6 (Passion Translation) tells us this, and we can always be confident that He will be with us.

Those who sow their tears as seeds
will reap a harvest with joyful shouts of glee.
They may weep as they go out carrying their seed to sow,
but they will return with joyful laughter and shouting with gladness
as they bring back armloads of blessing and a harvest overflowing!

I appreciate your time in reading today, and I do commit to writing on a more frequent basis.

Have an amazing day everyone and remember God Loves You So Very Much.

Eating Healthy On A Cold Winter Day

Daniel Fast Meal

A very quick post for today. Trust that everyone is having an amazing day. Roxanne and I have started the year doing a “Daniel Fast” that we started on the 6th of January. Since that time in addition to the prayer time we have been able to improve our diet considerably. I don’t even miss not drinking “Coke”!!!!!!

Last night’s dinner which I made was easy to make and very healthy. I wanted to share it with all of you. The taste far exceeded my expectations.

Ingredients.

Garlic….Onions……Mushrooms…..Zucchini….Red Peppers….Tomatoes…..

It was very easy to make and took very little time. The meal made for a perfect dinner.

That is another benefit of retirement, I have really enjoyed spending more time learning how to work in the kitchen.

Everyone have a great day, I have to get on the treadmill as I have committed to doing 20 miles per week of walking to enhance my recovery.

Have a wonderful and blessed day everyone.

9 months!!!!!!!

Roxanne’s extended family get together July 23

I woke up this morning realizing that today is 9 months since I retired. Where has the time gone? It seems just like yesterday that it was November 1st. This really shows me how fast time really moves and I must be diligent in impacting people everyday. That is one of the things that I miss most about not working. I knew everyday while working that I had an impact on people. I truly believe that is one of my talents and gifts. I have the ability to impact people in a positive manner. Am I always perfect? No! But I sure try my best, because we have to use the talents that we have been given.

Wow, what a way to start today’s BLOG posting. Today is also 4 months and 11 days with my 2 brand new hips. Things continue to go well, and the healing and recovery is fantastic. For the last couple of weeks I have been telling people that I am feeling better now than I have at anytime in the last 2 years. I used to love to walk and then it became a real chore and not something that I liked to do. With these 2 new hips I once again love to walk. This morning I went for a walk, and according to the FITBIT I have walked 5000 steps so far this today. I will reiterate once again, that having the hip replacement was the right thing for me at this point of my life. I now sometimes wonder if I would still be working for the Bank if I had had the operation before retiring. I really did not realize how bad I actually was. I know it had been impacting my day to day activities. I have to say how thankful I am to the Lord for His strength during the healing process.

A great day at the Calgary Zoo

Speaking of steps, 2 weeks ago Roxanne had to go to Calgary for work. I decided to go and keep her company while she drove. Six hours in the car there and back and I did not have a problem sitting. The best part of the story, I went to the Calgary Zoo to spend the day. 15000 steps and I did not get tired. Seeing the zoo was great as I had not been there in 30 years. More importantly that day taught me that my healing was going well. At that time I was down to one cane, and for the most part I am only using it for my walks or when I will be away from home for a while. I am trying to get close to 10,000 steps everyday at this point in time. I am not always hitting 10,000 but I am sure trying.

GOAT (The Greatest Of All Time)

Retirement has allowed me to do many other things that I was not able to do while working. Last week Roxanne had a couple of extended family events one during the week. It was great to be able to be out during the middle of the week and not have to worry about phone calls or emails. Roxanne has such an amazing extended family. I have enjoyed meeting everyone of them over the years. A positive trade off of retirement is being out during the week. Then last Friday I was able to take my parents and my aunt to Smoky Lake. It was a great day and we made lots of wonderful memories. Also you will see the picture of the pies. The apple pie I bought was the greatest pie that I have ever had. If you are ever in the Smoky Lake area stop in at Serben Farms. They have the absolute best food.

I keep saying that I will write the BLOG more often and I will, in saying that I appreciate all the people that are reading the BLOG. I trust that you are enjoying the story of The Retired Banker. Have an amazing day. Today I want to close by saying if you have any prayer requests let me know, and I will add them to my prayer journal and commit to pray for you daily. Take care.