GRAND MANAN, N.B.

FRIDAY, MARCH 31/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:41 AM GMT on March 31, 2006

Clear, slight draft from south, 6C temp. Mid teens celcius for temps today, bring it on.

Bettys' grandchildren heading out today, and others Sat. & Sun. then down to packing up for move to Ottawa.

Halibut trawl successful with three fish coming in near three hundred pounds, largest @ 160lbs. Seems to be early, but with lobster prices down, and still fairly scarce guys are diversifying wherever possible.

Parent teacher last night, Nanny learned what she suspected, Rob a great social child - to the detriment of his scholastic results. Talks with buddies rather than paying attention to the teacher. He is capable of an A average, but barely maintains a -B. The ultimatum has been given, shape up or no skatboard, bike and grounded for extended period. He acknowledged her decree, but smiled at her at the end, and that usually changes the water on the beans - to his benefit.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 30/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:33 AM GMT on March 30, 2006

Clear, calm with slight draft from north, temp 3Cwith a high of 13C forecast.

Ivans' Memorial was very well attended and he would have been pleased with content and how it was presented. It done run a little over the alloted time, but Otis(brother) give some personal memories. This was a pleasure to hear, and not a dry eye in the house. The social fellowship after in the vestery was a great reliever for all concerned.

A few more lobsters showing up, and this is a good thing.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:29 AM GMT on March 29, 2006

Clear, calm, 8C temp, a slight draft from SW. Forecasting a high of 13C by days end.

A great day to say farewell to Ivan. I anticipate a full house, and if such is the case he would be both gratified and embarassed. Betty's family from the west coast arrived yesterday, and this is a good thing.

A hard week on GREEN family, Ivan, his cousin and fostor brother all crossed the bog, and being laid to rest today and tomorrow.

Fishing news some good and some bad. A few lobsters starting to crawl, but price and demand going south.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 28/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:31 AM GMT on March 28, 2006

Clear, calm, 3C temp with a high of 10C in the forecast.

Spent the afternoon in Calais yesterday, purchased a smoker for the upcoming season. Have not done any, alwalys a BBQ, so will feel my way along. Opted for the propane burner rather than charcoal.

British Colombia family members arrive this afternoon for the service tomorrow. Anticipate a good turn out have had lots of queries on the eact time. Better be on time as Ivan wanted will be out the door within half hour.

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MONDAY, MARCH 27/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:19 AM GMT on March 27, 2006

Clear, calm,1C temp. Temp rising to 8-10C today, and same for the rest of the week.

A few geese, and brant visible this AM at dayllight, but no honking from them as yet.

Off to the mainland, it dosen't take long before the legal aspects of person passing have to be attended to. Meeting with lawyer and other executors to have Ivans' Will looked after.

A lot more traps going in the water this week, as scallop quota has been caught. Those fellows will switch to lobster for the rest of the season - end of June.

The lobster I mentioned being in the mud are lobsters that were placed in a "pound" an enclosure they are released into after being caught offshore. The pound will hold approx. 100,000lbs live. The idea is to buy low and sell high, does not always work that way. When the pound is nearly empty of lobster we drain the pound at low water and walk the bottom looking for those that we were unable to get in the drags earliar.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 26/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:56 AM GMT on March 26, 2006

Slight overcast, draft of wind from north, 1C temp. Temp improving, but still chilly with a hint of the easterly in the wind.

More traps going in the water yesterday, as a good day to get some overboard. Haven't checked to see how things are going catch wise. Drained the pound during the week, and very few morts over the winter. Lots of mud for some reason, and the lobsters had buried themselves entirly with just the feelers sticking out. Made it interesting getting them out they were in that deep.

Yardwork starting to loom, but still able to get by thinking, and talking about it - rather than any action.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 25/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:56 AM GMT on March 25, 2006

Overcast, high tide and water has an oily sheen this AM, no birds so far. No wind & 4C temp.

Betty's family starting to gather for the Memorial Service. Some from Ottawa expected to arrive on last ferry tonight, and group from B.C. by Tuesday. She continues to do well, lots of laughter when Ivan is discussed. She will return with her daughter to live near Ottawa sometime within the next couple of months. Betty has accepted that, and looks at it as another chapter in the book of living.

Lobster finally beginning to show up a little more. This is historic as the temp increases the lobster crawl. One of the observations is that no lobster will be caught until the leaves on an alder branch are the size of mouse's ear.

Haven't heard any preditions for summer weather. This should occur when spring is declared. Depends which way the wind was blowing on the first day.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 24/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:30 AM GMT on March 24, 2006

Slight overcast, 6C temp, northerly @ 10-15KPH. Temp not below the freezing mark overnight, and no frost this AM. A sign of things to come.

Daylight a factor earliar in the morning. Bedroom faces east, and will have to close the blind if want to sleep in past dawn. The rising sun is just to the north of the window just yet, but before too many more mornings will be right in the window.

Community has been very understanding and compassionate. Have lots of baking, flowers and good wishes coming our way along with other members of the extended family receiving same.

Children doing well, and moving on quite rapidly.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 23/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:37 AM GMT on March 23, 2006

Overcast, 5C temp, wind northerly @20-25 KPH. Forecasting warm and sunny for the weekend.

More signs of spring, late yesterday afternoon gazing out the window watched sevral hundred Brant make their way up the harbour. The largest flock I have seen so far, and sevral hundred geese in the area now. Some will summer here, but the majority will keep on going to the north.

Emily returned from a successful day on the mainland. Missed school, two new pairs of jeans, junk food during the day, and a stuffed frog - go figure.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:40 AM GMT on March 22, 2006

Overcast, dreary morning, northerly @ 15-20KPH, 1C temp. Risk of rain this afternoon and evening.

Strange not giving an update on Ivan's condition. As one of his sisters told me last night "sad&glad", a strange mixture of emotions. A memorial service a week from today, and I will spread his ashes next fall on opening day of lobster fishing season down at the ledges as per his request.

Emily taking his passing hard, but had an opportunity to miss school, and go the mainland today with a friend took the edge off her heavy heart, and she was smiling by last night. Life does go on.

No local gossip or fishing news to record.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 21/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:26 AM GMT on March 21, 2006

Slight overcast, sw @25KPH, -2C temp.

Ivan give it up this AM after being comatose for the last sevral hours. Miss him already

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MONDAY, MARCH 20/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:39 AM GMT on March 20, 2006

Clear, cold -8C temp with NW @20KPH gives a windchill of -15C. Supposed to warmup during the week as the spring change is supposed to be today.

Ivan no change yesterday, visited on two occasions, the first he was asleep. Last evening he did come around enough to acknowledge we were there. He did eat most of a dish of soft ice cream. He was unable to feed himself, but he enjoyed the treat. Still a hellish process to observe, and unimaginable what his mind must be dealing with.

Tide not out far enough and probably too cold for any clamming this early in the AM. Have heard lots of geese honking, and noticed more pairs almost every day.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 19/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:03 PM GMT on March 19, 2006

Slight overcast, NW @ 15KPH, -5C temp. The longrange gives this type of weather for a few more days.

Hospital called to get family around yesterday AM. Crowd gathered, and limited number with Ivan at any given time. He slept most of the time, and around 3:20PM, he come too seen what was going on. Announced he wasn't going to die today, and for everybody to go home, and repeated it again so the crowd broke camp as instructed. I returned last night, but no difference in his condition. He didn't know I was there, but was sleeping relativly calmly. A greater level of morphine keeps him rested practically all the time.

Two fellows clamming infront of the house this morning. It would be a bit cool, but with a few layers of clothes and that type of work will keep a guy warm.

Kids overnighted Friday around the neighbourhood so needless to say tired last night, and in the bunk early.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 19/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:00 PM GMT on March 18, 2006

Clear, draft of wind from west, -2C temp.

Visited with Ivan yesterday AM, and thought his journey would be over at anytime. He was barely concious, and breathing was unsteady. However went last evening, and he was sitting up watching the news. Still very weak, and eyes giving him much pain. Voice very weak, and an effort for him to contribute to conversation. He was laert to say the least.

Betty got up yesterday afternoon, but saw him at his lowest, not a good thing for either one of them. She is holding up pretty well but the stress on a weak heart is of concern.

A clammer on the beach in front of home this AM, not cold enough to freeze the ground. This area one of few open so will no doubt have more at it as the tides come around. Price of clams pretty good, and with not much going on elsewhere it is cash money when clams are sold.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 17/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:41 AM GMT on March 17, 2006

Clear, -2C temp, westerly @ 20-25KPH. Weather to remain cool for the weekend, and start to move up next week.

Ivan still in the land of the living, but sleeps a lot of the time. He had a book of formulas he had gathered over the years working as engineer in tugs that we looked at last night. He had me quiz him on some of the contents, and he was right on. I suppose he was checking to see if his mental faculties were still intact.

Betty visited yesterday, and no problems. Last evening lots of visitors, and had to control the amount of visitors. No one was out of joint, and the visits very orderly.

Quiet around the community as Ivan says so much so not any good gossip going.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 16/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:42 AM GMT on March 16, 2006

Overcast, SW @25KPH, -2C temp. The dampness makes the temp outside seem much cooler. It gives same weather pattern for the rest of the week.

Ivan very weak yesterday in the AM, but had rallied some by last night. Has difficulty speaking on some occasions, and eyes are causing him pain. Stoic is the term that comes to mind on his acceptance of this process. He is 'moving away' further into his zone and for longer periods these past few days.

Betty didn't get up to see him yesterday as she was under the weather, and didn't feel she was able to get out of the house. A little activity causes her great difficulty in her ability to breath.

No fishing news, a few of the scallopers are off St. John, and more traps going in the water. Not much activity but will pick upas the weather improves.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:39 AM GMT on March 15, 2006

Clear, westerly @25KPH, -2C temp. Half tide, and see a few ducks pairing along the shore, and noticed a couple of Canada Geese as a pair in the harbour a couple of days ago.

Overnight and great moon, and the harbour lit up like daylight after the rain. The seasons are changing with sun having more power, and the daylight is hanging on more it seems daily.

Ivan continues to amaze me, he complains that he has a day old growth, but doesn't feel like shaving himself. He will not ask for assistance as that is another piece of his independance gone. He told me last night he didn't know what would come first blindness or death. He has trouble seeing to feed himself, and that is of concern to him. Rather than advise the staff of any discomfort he lets one of us know with the knowledge that we will pass it along to the nursing station, and he is not the one 'complaining'. Morphine keeping him comfortable, but very drowsy most of the time. Still insists on seeing all visitors, limited time and numbers in the room.

Betty home, and doing well in her own surroundings, hopefuly she will be able to visit Ivan at least once a day.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 14/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:43 AM GMT on March 14, 2006

Overcast, NE@ 25KPH, has been a little rain overnight, and severe weather warning for the remainder of the day.

Ivan in a downer last night, and barely with it while I was there. He tries to be on top of his game when he has visitors, and they were coming when I left. Still no complaints of pain, and the girls are certainly looking after him. His every request for ice or whatever does not take anytime and it is provided. A very professional group of nursing staff we have.

Betty doing well for the shape she is in, and now wants to return to her own digs. Will wait and see what the doctor thinks today.

A few more traps going by the house, and the fellows who went up the Bay had four good days last week. The weather co-operated, and they averaged over a thousand pounds per boat. Makes for a weeks pay for all concerned.

Updated: 9:38 PM GMT on March 14, 2006

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MONDAY, MARCH 13/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:28 AM GMT on March 13, 2006

Clear, draft from SW, 4C temp. Calling for heavy rainfall late tonight, and tomorrow.

Ivan had a good day yesterday, unbeknownst to me, he made arrangements with a couple of his cronies to go to church. He made it and stayed for the whole service. He was buoyed by the experiance, and was certainly happy he could go. Said he should have been going fifty years ago, and assured me that FORD was a great speaker, and possibly I should go and listen for myself. He continues to surprise and amaze almost on a daily basis.

Betty feeling much better, but still feeble.I imagine she will be returning to home base within the next couple of days.

March break is over, and children back in school today. The weeks always go fast, but this one did for them also. Next respite for them will be summer holidays, and they are already planning what will take place over that time.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 12/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:58 AM GMT on March 12, 2006

Clear, draft from SW, 1C temp. Beautiful sunrise over Ross Island, and coming earliar in the morning. No ducks or Brant to report this morning, but lots offshore.

Ivan in better shape last night after the night before. His morphine is every four hours, and he advises that no aches or pains, and very comfortable. He has refused it till now as he has had terrible reactions to it in the past, and he knows that sleep is a side effect. Betty in for a visit from her bed while we were there, she is making some progress, but when she gets released remains to be seen. He knows a small family gathering for dinner today, and he let Donna know how much he will miss her culinary skills tody. He was assured that his portion will be infront of him for supper - drew a smile.

Fishing news very quiet, but a few more traps going in the water as the temperature warms.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 11/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:04 PM GMT on March 11, 2006

Clear, 6C with westerly breeze @ 20-25KPH. Looking like a good day to get the yard cleanup started. Still have some wood to get home, but will have to hope for another couple of days of overnight freezing.

Ivan very low, started on morphine yesterday morning. He tries to fight sleep to visit, but not much success. A ten minute visit is plenty for him now.Always asking about the children, and would like to see Emily on her bike.

Betty still much the same, am worried about her memory loss as it seems to be getting more pronounced even as she regains some strength.


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FRIDAY, MARCH 9/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:42 AM GMT on March 10, 2006

Overcast, slight drizzle, SE @ 35-40KPH with gusts to 50,1C temp,forcast to remain until this PM.

Visited with Ivan last night, he is having problems with short term memory, anymore than two visitors in the room presents a challenge to him. He knows this and requested that it be posted to that two people and short times, but turn nobody away. Very uneasy and goes to his zone quickly quite often. Betty just holding her own, but that is far from good. Still seems as the race as to who gets out first has started once again.

Emily's bike a hit as she had it out around the neighbourhood, and her peers were quite impressed.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 9/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 4:28 PM GMT on March 09, 2006

Clear, slight draft from NE, -2C but wind makes it cooler than temp. indicates.

Stopped to visit with Ivan and Betty on way home last evening. He had a poor day, but had righted himself for the evening visitors. Nausea and vomiting during the day - a new step in the process. Betty slow to make progress, but is going in the right direction. Ivan glad to hear of the days activities.

Emily was on the boat, but had not recovered as much as she had thought. She returned home and by afternoon felt pretty good as she contacted her nanny about every hour to insure that we would be home in the evening. She has new wheels, and Rob a bedroom music system. The gifts well received as they were termed 'awesome' and greater acceptance is not known in the language at this time.

Donna enjoyed here visit to the shopping world, and as the weather gets better will no doubt get herself up to proper shopping condition. It was a welcome change and a diversion for sure.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:12 AM GMT on March 08, 2006

Overcast, calm, -2C. Donna will have no problems with sea conditions today so will be able to save her energy for the shopping experiance.

Emily also going, but overnight with a friend. This will be her second trip over the spring break so she is quite excited. Rob has served his time so will be on the go, but I don't think it will be without proper permission and safety gear.

Ivan doing pretty well, and seemed better emotionally last night. Betty coming back in a hurry so that makes him feel good also. Funny how things remain the same over time, men in Ivans' room, and the women in Bettys' room. Cursory visits to the other gender in the house it would be thus only in the kitchen and livingroom.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 7/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:38 AM GMT on March 07, 2006

Clear, no wind, -2C. Sunrise over Ross Island certainly gives the impression that spring is around the corner.

Emily's cold getting under control, so she says, if not the case her trip to the mainland is in jeopardy. Rob grounded, nan caught him on skateboard with no helmet and over the harbour without permission. He is grounded for today to reflect on his disgression.

Betty back in the hospital with same symptons. Ivan quite upset that she is having a hard go, and is making him somewhat depressed. He wants the trip to end, and go onto the next level, whatever that may be.

Taking Donna to Calais for some crossborder shopping tomorrw. It will be her first trip off the island since before Xmas, and a welcome diversion. WalMart, etc will catch hell tomorrow so stand back fellow shoppers.

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MONDAY, MARCH 6/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:32 AM GMT on March 06, 2006

Clear, draft of wind from west, -2C temp. Weather looking good for the rest of the week.

Short visit with Ivan yesterday PM, and he is much the same. Still a little more regression most days, but otherwise in good spirits, and more than aware of what is going on around him.

Emily returned from her foray to the mainland, overtired, still excited,and a cold. Cold could be allergic reaction as she was exposed to cigarette smoke, and she dosen't handle that well. However she is ready to go in a couple of days again.

Donna hosting her mothers' surprise 85th birthday this PM. Has approx. 30-35 confirmations, hard to believe there are that many of her peer group still around. All are within her age, and some are older. A party is hard to turn down. When the girls prepare for a tea at the Anglican Church the formula is lots of tea and three sandwichs,plus sweets, per guest. Anticipate lots of cheese and cherry sandwichs to go over the bay this afternoon.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 5/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:02 PM GMT on March 05, 2006

Clear, -2C, westerly @25-35KPH. Moderating temps to plus side as the day goes on.

Emily will have a good day to return even in this breeze it shouldn't be too rough. Haven't heard from her so the trip must be going alright for her.

Drained some fluid from Ivan's abdomen yesterday, and he was having the best day he has had for days. Visited last evening, and room full. Reminded me of the gatherings that used to occur 40 yrs. ago in the den. Lots of conversation, stories and do you remembers going on. Ivan in the middle of things with his observations was good to see.

Got some wood down, and three trips in the yard. Hope to get a few out today, as long as the ground dosen't get too soft.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 4/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:07 PM GMT on March 04, 2006

Clear, westerly @20-25KPH, -6C temp. Temp to moderate during the day to above freezing.

No kids this AM,Emily on the mainland Rob at a buddies so will get in the woods early to get the final trees manufactured.

Ivan still remains the same, at least as far as we can see. I have noticed he spends quite abit of the time in what I refer as the'zone'. He looks straight ahead, listens to the conversatin, but no input. Pain is an issue most days, but the medication is assisting keeping it under control.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 3/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:47 AM GMT on March 03, 2006

Clear, VERY COLD -15C windchill -30C, winds westerly at 30-40KPH. Still giving moderating with a high around -6C, but will have to move along way to reach that. Colder than a mother-in-laws kiss as they say.

Emily off the mainland for a couple of nights with a friend. Her first experiance in a hotel, and she is certainly looking forward to it. She recieved another invitation for the middle of the week in St. John. She will have a good March break.

The children in to see Ivan before they went off the island. He was pleased to see them, but went into the zone pretty early. Four kids all 12yrs and up to 16 quite abit to take in on a good day. Weaker is the only descriptor that can be used when describing his condition.

Looking for warmer weather this weekend, and should make a made tear to get my wood down, and a big chunk home.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 2/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:44 AM GMT on March 02, 2006

Calm, overcast, -10C. Temp to moderate as the day progresses. A beautiful sunrise over Ross Island, but no sign of the sun now.

No fishing news as the water temp has dropped the lobsters aren't moving. The fellows aren't going to traps for this reason, and the cost of fuel is a consideration these days.

Had mom to visit Scott yesterday he is content, but has no idea who she is or where he is at anytime. Still active, but will not get out of wheelchair which he uses for mobility.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 1/06

By: GRANDMANAN, 1:50 AM GMT on March 02, 2006

Just checked the blog, and found lost in cyberspace this AM. Must have left the site before sending the message.

Clear, and cool all day, did get in the woods for a little. Frustrating as all small engines rebelled by refusing to go, or stay going, and finally pulled the cord off the chainsaw.

Had Emily to see Ivan this evening. He is very weary, but lit up when she walked in his room. She sat on his bed, and they held hands for a bit. Emily understands well for 12yrs. of age, but not very accepting of Ivans' situation. We spent only a few minutes, and good hugs and kisses when we left. I don't know if he knew I was there or not as he had only eyes for her.

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