Monthly Archives: May 2010

“How does your garden grow?”

So, today Aimee and I interviewed a woman who has kept her garden going for almost 70 years! That’s a lot of dedication! She has grown potatoes, carrots, turnips, onions, lettuce, cabbage, even pumpkins! She even won an award for the biggest turnip in the province! It was really interesting talking with her, and learning more about gardens and such. She had the cutest dogs too! But then, I love dogs so that doesn’t really count, I guess. Haha.

I’m at my billets house this week. Did I tell you about the billeting week? Well, every rotation, the participants each spend ten days at someone’s house to get to know the community a little better. It’s really a great experience! I love billeting! They feed me a lot…..I like food…. 🙂

Aaaaanyway……Aimee and I get to learn how to make fish nets today. This should be exciting!!

Until next time…..Chow!!

Jenna 🙂


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It’s getting there…. :D

Yay! I’m making great progress with my Katimavik article! I just keep getting more and more stuff!! One of the past PL’s sent me a video of his group when they were literally living in tents and had no electicity whatsoever! That would be quite the challenge, I imagine! They were at a place called Caribou Lake. Do any of you know where that is, by some chance? I have no idea and niether do Aimee or Kelly. Oh well!! That’s life!

This past weekend, my group participated in the Bike Rodeo in town. We designed and construsted the obstacle course. A lot of sweat and tears were put into it, but believe me, it was worth it to see the smiles on the kid’s faces. They loved it! It was a beautiful day for it too! I was so scared it was going to rain or snow. But it wasn’t. I was so sunny, and warm, and an all around great day! Minus the many blistors I acquired as a result of hammering nails into wood for nine hours on Friday…Yeah…Good times…

Well, I really can’t think of anything else to tell you right now. But mark my words, there will be many more stories to come, and I will be keeping you posted!! Bon Journee!!!

Jenna 😀

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The long weekend is here!

I’ve been keeping very busy with my class – we’ve had two tests this week! The class is moving very fast, but I’m keeping up with it and learning lots. Soon I’ll be writing my blogs in Inuttitut! (Okay, not really, but it’s hard to believe just how much I’ve learned in the past two weeks.)

Ilinniavimmi itsivavunga (I am sitting in school)

Linda, me and Robin in our Inuttitut class

If you’ve been to the main Them Days website this week, you’ve probably noticed this:

Online finding aid

That’s right, our online finding aid is up! It’s got a few glitches right now, but after my class is finished and the next issue is out, I’m going to be updating the software on our server, and that should fix it. But for now, enjoy searching and browsing our holdings! You won’t be able to see what we have, but if you find something that catches your fancy, you can come down to the office and see it in person.

Also, here is a video from Youtube that you might find interesting. Bob Mesher sent us a link to it. He’s looking to see if anybody else is interested in singing this song, a poem written by his grandfather set to music.

Have a good long weekend everyone!


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Last week at Them Days…….

Sorry I didn’t write on Friday. I guess I just forgot. Anyway, last week went rather well for me. Other than the fact it took me a little longer than nessecary to complete the Genealogy list for Aimee. (Sorry Aimee!) It’s done now, so it’s all good. 🙂

I honestly feel so lucky to be working with Aimee and Kelly. They are so patient with me, even when I mess up. And I want them both to know, that I am going to work harder to make this the best work placement i’ve ever had! Thanks Guys! I love you both, and will miss you so much when I leave!

So yesterday, my group worked at Birch Brook, and apparently some people decided they were going to throw their garbage all over the place. Guess what our job was….But it was all worth it in the end. The place looks so much better, and Birch Brook has been restored to it’s rightful beauty. It’s a shame Birch Brook isn’t a work placement. That lucky participant would have a blast!

Well, that’s really all I can remember for now…..Oh guess what?! I get to finish the Katimavik article that Lauren finished and I’m interviewing a previous PL for it tonight!! I’m so excited, but nervous at the same time! Wish me luck!!!

Jenna!! 🙂

It was REALLY bad!

It was REALLY bad.....

Working it!

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If April showers bring May flowers, what does a May snowstorm bring?

We’ve had a nice bit of snow around here in Goose Bay lately. Seems more like November! On Wednesday, we got quite a wallop of snow, and classes were cancelled for students in grades K – 12.

A couple of trees in my yard Wednesday night. And my flattened rosebush!

Nice bit of snow for May! (And yeah, the tree always leans like that...that's not the weight of the snow)

Those of us not in K – 12, however, had to go to school and work. And, actually, some of us had to do both! That’s right, I’m now taking classes. I’m taking an Inuttitut class at the Labrador Institute for the next five weeks. I’m having great fun and learning lots! A couple of our board members are in the class, and our former summer student Amy is also in the class, along with a few other people I know. That’s pretty neat – when I went to U of T, I didn’t know anybody else in the classes…unless they had been in other classes with me in the same program. In all, I probably made only a dozen ‘class friends’, and I’m only in touch with a couple of them still. Anyway…

When I’m not in class, I’m busily working on the next issue. It’s shaping up, and I can’t wait to finish it…I think it’s going to be good! We’ve also been preparing for summer…I can’t believe it’s coming up so soon! (It’s hard to believe when there’s snow everywhere.) That means summer students…well, right now, it means waiting to hear whether or not we get the funding for the student positions we’ve applied for. Cross your fingers for us!



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So, I was trying to come up with a good blog enrty idea, and it occured to me….You guys don’t know that much about me. I mean, I told you about where I live and I have a ginormous family, but that’s really only scratching the surface. So, I am going to give you the “Big Picture.”

So, to begin with, I was born in Geulph, Ont. My Mom’s name is Sherry.   I have four biological siblings. Angel, Shane, Amber and Lacey. Amber, Lacey and I were adopted when I was five years old by our Uncle Dan and Aunt Judy in Alberta because of personal reasons. So anyway, we obviously moved to Alberta, and a few months later my Mom moved out to be with us. Once there, she started dating and eventually married.   The three of us also gained five new brothers and sisters (Reagh, Tim (also adopted) Melissa, Jonathan, and Justin) in addition to the other two, thus making me the youngest of ten children. There really isn’t much to delve into with my family. Tim got married about four years ago to my sister-in-law Sharon, and they have three beautiful children: Jayda (5), Keira (3), and Liam (1). My older sister, Angel also has a daughter: Cheyenne (4), and Jonathan got married just last summer. Her name is Jessica. Well….I really don’t know what else to tell you about my family-family…….But maybe I can tell you a little bit about my Katimavik Family…..

What you might not know, is we come into this program knowing that we will be sharing a home with eleven other people for nine months. Now, as i’m sure you can imagine, this came as no challenge to me whatsoever. Little did I know, something huge was about to take place. A few days after Christmas, we lost five of our group members due to personal reasons, leaving us with only six. This came as a big shock for all of us, but eventually we were able to move on and continue the program. We decided that no one else was going to leave. That we were in this together. Well, two days ago, we found out were losing a sixth member. He’s going home tomorrow, leaving us with only five. This is really difficult for me, because he is one of my best friends in the group and I’m sad to see him go. He will definitley be missed. But I made a promise to myself. I am not quitting. I am going to see this thing through to the end! I am so grateful that I have this amazing opportunity and I am not going to throw it all away!


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I’m baaaack!

Hello everyone,

I’m back from my visit to the Ottawa Valley area and Toronto. I had a nice visit with family (my husband’s family is in the Ottawa region) and friends (I went to university in Toronto). We had to come back earlier than expected, but oh well…more vacation time for other trips, I guess.

It’s funny…I didn’t really expect to find anything Labrador related on my trip, since we were pretty busy and didn’t have any time scheduled for things like that, but I found something anyway!

We spent a day in Ottawa and went to the Canada Science and Technology Museum. In one exhibit, they mentioned the 1905 eclipse and how scientists came to Labrador to get a good look at it. I kicked myself for not bringing my camera. This would be great for the blog! I thought. I usually keep a small camera in my pocket so I can take photos of interesting things as I see them, but since we had been travelling the day before, I put it in my carry-on bag and forgot to take it out. Darn!

Well, then we continued on through the museum and came across the communications exhibit. They had displays on the first telephones, Alexander Graham Bell, Morse Code, etc. Then I saw the cutest thing in the whole museum. A little HBC trading post! This could be interesting!

So, I run up to it (yeah, I’m a bit of a nerd!), and read the description. It was about how the posts were used to facilitate communication in remote areas…I think. Anyway, I got too excited because here was another Labrador link! You could pick up a phone receiver and listen to somebody talk about the HBC post and what it was like to work there…and that somebody was Leonard Budgell! Now, if you’re familiar with Them Days, you’re probably also familiar with Mr. Budgell, who was a frequent contributor and wrote long letters of Labrador memories from his home in Manitoba.

Again, I was kicking myself for not bringing my camera. Grrrr!

However, thanks to the wonders of the Internet, you can see the cute little post in this photo from the Museum’s Flickr account:
HBC post

So, after that, you can be sure that I kept my camera on my person at all times, but didn’t come across anything Labrador related. Booo!

Would you like to see a few unrelated vacation photos?

Time to get back to work!


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