|Saying a temporary bye bye to Owen.....|
|"Bye bye Nana......see you real soon at your BC lower mainland home....."|
A BIG THANK YOU for Deni and Courtney's hospitality, while we were at their home. We ate really well....and our accommodations were super. A special thanks to my sister Paulette and brother in law Rick for their hospitality too, when we were out in the eastern Alberta countryside. We enjoyed terrific meals there too. We did spend one night at Tom and Darlene's home and we thank them for their hospitality too. Great barbecue!!! It was all so much fun.
|Downtown Edmonton - photo taken from the river valley|
|Perfect weather for a drive|
|Deni up in an apple tree with a chain saw - trimming back the branches.|
|At the Edmonton recycling depot, Deni and I unloaded the branches from his 12 foot trailer. It was quite the load.|
|Before our pruning project, we moved some fire wood from one rental house to Deni/Courtney's house.|
|Courtney, Owen and Jeanette headed to a large garden centre while Deni and I were in the pruning business.|
|A beautiful and very well organized garden centre.|
|Approaching the Rocky Mountains|
|Awesome Rocky Mountain view.|
|Stopping at the Jasper National Park gates. We stated we were driving through to the Pacific Coast and no permit was required.|
|A lot of snow remains.....but the melt is well advanced.|
|Sure have to slow down for wildlife at this time of the year. Always spectacular to witness though!|
|When arriving at the British Columbia border with Alberta, we know that our watches need to be set back one hour. We gain an hour heading west.|
|Beautiful Moose Lake.|
|The unlucky fella in the navy car (right frame of photo) got some assistance to pull a white tail deer off the highway after he crashed into it. Sad!|
|L-R Jeanette, Owen, and Owen's maternal grandmother, Barb.|
We will get to see Owen while he is in the area visiting. He and his mom have a seriously busy agenda though. He'll get to see a lot of new faces, that's for sure.
|I was back at work once Courtney, Owen and Barb left our home.|
|Fitting all the top pieces to match the existing pergola on the opposite side of the yard.|
|Easton came to visit. His timing was great. I had finished my carpentry project and had the time to play.|
|Brie displayed her usual calmness. Other than feeding time and diaper changes, this little three month old is adorably good. What a sweetie!|
Once his thirst with the motorcycles was quenched, he was happy to return to his play mat and other toys. Sure was nice to see Easton, Brie and Ginette.
Following a busy day of outdoor work and visits with our grandkids (all three of them), I could hardly keep my eyes open after dinner. In fact, Jeanette poked me with the suggestion that I head for the bed. I guess I was nodding off in front of the TV - a good place to nap, say I.
I usually read when I first go to bed....but I think I was asleep within 20 seconds of touching the pillow. I guess the travel, visiting, long drives, visits, and outdoor work cooked me of energy. I slept like a baby !!!!
|Bright and early this Thursday morning.|
After that, some deep holes were on the order table for the second pergola. An hour or so later, I had two deep holes dug, the posts placed and, with Jeanette's help, everything was leveled and braced. Jeanette took several breaks away from her chores to check out my progress. She captured the photos. My inspector was approving of the work I had done. :)
|Next was the arduous task of mixing seven bags of post cement and placing it in the post holes.|
After a shower and lunch, I motorcycled over the USA border and into the city of Bellingham, WA. I had to return a quad battery that did not fit our son's Yamaha Grizzly. With the wrong battery returned, I was able to secure the proper battery from another auto parts supply store. The first battery was guaranteed to fit Deni's quad but I was given the wrong one. I was far more diligent with the replacement this time around. Hey....fool me once; never twice!!!!
|Pouring cement to fill the post holes.|
|The evidence......! Once cured, I'll happily finish building this pergola.|
And there you have it! Busy time around here....and there.....and everywhere. I wouldn't have it any other way....well....other than golfing or more motorcycling. But....that will come later.
With our regular golf round postponed tomorrow (Friday) I have gained an extra day to stain needed pergola materials.....and maybe even catch up on some TV PGA golf.....and maybe even a bit of reading. We'll see what transpires.
The weather is deteriorating and it appears we could face some showers tonight and possibly in the day(s) ahead. We'll see. The forecasters are far too often wrong when prognosticating forecasts on our coast.
That's it from here for now. This blog is a tad long.....but, then again, it is our blog and it serves as a historical record of our activities.
But we thank your for dropping in.....!