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Tales of my imminent demise

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@loribmt and all. I just got word this week, after a four month wait, that there's finally a bed for me at a Long Term Care facility in beautiful Victoria, BC. Gulp. Even the name of the place, Sunset Lodge, conjures up ideas of termination! I leave next Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021.
My sons planned to drive here from the Okanagan area to help with the move and offer moral support, but the highways and byways are all washed out from the floods, mudslides, landslides, sink holes, and many bridges washed away lately. BC has been declared a State of Emergency for some time.
So, I'll go it alone, on my virtual white charger, and bravely face this new adventure! You guys know me well enough to know that all will be well and I'll be just fine. The Sunset Lodge Social Worker, Dietician and Medication staff have phoned me numerous times, are sounding very nice, friendly, intelligent and welcoming, and say they're excited to have me join them. The building has the Gorge Waterway running along right in front of the building, beautiful gardens, looks and sounds like a great place. I'm excited, scared, nervous …
… I'll miss all my friends at Assisted Living but know I'll meet new friends there.
I'll still keep in regular contact with all my wonderful Connect friends, for SURE! My lifeline!! 😊
Merry Christmas, everyone! Laurie ❤

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Laurie – I know you have been waiting and preparing for this – but it is still daunting, to be sure.
I will be with you in spirit as you make the journey, and can't wait to hear about your next adventure.
Your spirit is an inspiration.
Hugs and Safe travels.


Moving from one place to another is always difficult, but your gracious attitude will help you greatly. Just reading your post has helped me!!

The outdoor environment sounds lovely and I'm sure you will find the gardens and the Waterway to be relaxing and peaceful. Perhaps you could ask them to change the name to Sunshine Lodge? I'm sure your sunny disposition will encourage them.

It's so nice to hear that you will keep in touch with your Connect friends. I'm glad to hear that Connect has been a lifeline for you as it has been for so many others.

I look forward to hearing from you again and seeing the view outside of your window. Be assured of the care and concern we all have for you.

God Bless from New Jersey

I am so sorry to know weather and road conditions do not allow your family to be with you. Thank you for sharing with us and know we care and keep you in our prayers.

Hey Laurie, I’m very happy you get to explore having a new home. It sounds beautiful! Hopefully the food will be good too. I know you’ll find positivity…just think of horses and all the valuable compost they make! 🐎

BC has been through so much this year with the weather. I hope you get to see your family soon.

Be sure to post a window view photo and let us know how it goes. Enjoy the holidays in your new abode!


Reading this today, December 23. Hope your travels went well yesterday and you are settling in for the experience of many sunrises at Sunset Lodge.

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