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It’s My Birthday

Today I turn the ripe old age of 48.  The guys got me up early and gave me my gifts.

  • Oliver gave me some Pink Kiss perfume,  a new shoulder bag, and some Saskatchewan Roughriders ear rings.
  • Mark gave me a Starbucks mug that will keep my chai tea lattes warm until I am done with them
  • Jordon gave me a House of Marley Get Together Mini speaker.  It sounds amazing.  If you are looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker with great sound, I’d get one of these.

Houe of Marley Get Togther Mini Speaker

  • Speaking of audio, Gloria and Jerry gave me a Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald record and a relaxation candle.
  • Our Aunt Pat gave me two Christmas plates.  Perfect for entertaining over the holiday season.
  • I also got a fun birthday morning call from our Aunt Bev. 

By noon, we had to go to RUH for Jordon’s chemo treatment.  It was a long three and a half hours but we made it through it together and with the help of the always amazing Cancer Clinic staff.

Supper was a bit of a challenge.  Jordon was super sick by that time and we tried ordering some fish and chips but Jordon couldn’t handle a bite.  Even cake and ice cream were a non starter with him.   The reality of cancer.

Thanks for everyone who called and talked and was a part of a great day.  I appreciate all of you.

The Cooper Family History

I found this history of Jordon’s grandparents.  I thought I would save it here since if the server goes down, I’ll have a copy for the boys.The Cooper Family History

Here is the text

Cooper, George & Minerva (Grenerud)

I was born February 7th, 1900, the fourth son of Christopher and Ada Cooper.  I started school at Keelerville with Wray Wylie as the teacher.  After three years I attended school in the village of Keeler.  On leaving school, I worked for several farmers in the district and helped my dad who was the in the draying business as well as farming.

I enlisted into the army in 1939, and, later transferring to the R.C.A.F.  I spent time in Brandon, St. Thomas, Ont. and in Dauphin, Manitoba.  It was was while stationed in Dauphin that I became ill and spend nine months in Deere Lodge in WInnipeg before being given a medical discharge.

On returning to Keeler, I operated a general store for several years.  I married Minerva Grenerud of Broderick, Saskatchewan in 1947.   Our first daughter Patsy was born in 1949.  She is married to Bob Prior and they live on Vancouver Island.  They have a son Jeff and daughter Michelle.  In 1952 Lloyd was born.  He married, was divorced, and has three children by this marriage.  Jordon, Jolene, and Lee.  He now lives in Edson, Alberta and has a daughter Dani Lee.

In 1961 our youngest daughter Beverly was born.  She is married to Roy Sztym and has a son Scott.  They live in Red Deer.

I rented and farmed land from 1951 to 1979.  I also operated a garage in my last years in Keeler.  We took over the post office from W.F. Fowle and operated it until we moved to Red Deer in 1980.   I was a village councilor following the death of C. Stuart and was the town secretary-treasurer for 19 years.

During our time in Keeler I tried we always tried to keep an active part in our community and served on various boards while we lived there.

This one is Jordon’s great grandparents. Christopher and Ada.  Of course Jordon calls Minerva and George “grandma and grandpa” while his aunts refer to Christopher and Ada as “grandma and grandpa”.  It’s a tad bit confusing.

The Cooper Family History

The Cooper’s are hilarious story tellers, both accurate and ficticious. The stories of Tip (the dog) are amazing and worth a book all by itself. I don’t care of any of them are true (there are some great true stories but the stories of Tip the Dog as a powerful local politician who was brought down by scandal aren’t the most believable).  They are hilarious though.  If you want to see the Christopher and Ada family homestead, Jordon posted some photos here.