Winter is fast approaching and we set our sites on our snowbird travels. That will begin in earnest this coming November. But we will be changing things up a bit. More on that in a blog to follow.
So since we last blogged, we had left you at Barriere Lake in British Columbia. We had spent a few lovely days there with our daughter, her husband and two grand kids. It was fun being with Ginette, Trevor, Easton and Brie. And the weather was great. In fact, the entire summer, here in British Columbia, was fantastic.
What else did we do?
|Well......a fair bit of this.....|
|....and a fair bit of time with our Langley based grand kids, Easton and Brie.|
|Fun playing in the local parks, local forest and more.|
|Nana spent a good bit of time teaching them about the local flora and fauna.|
|And I did get to spend time with my long time golfing foursome.|
And we did get to play many of our favourite golf courses in our coastal area.We also traveled to Edmonton, Alberta - on several occasions - and got to spend time with our prairie based family; Deni, Courtney and their son Owen. He is seen pointing the finger (photo below) at a piece of construction equipment that struck his fancy.
|"Hey, what's that?" He is an inquisitive and energetic little fella....! I call him the energizer bunny!|
|Getting set up to dig and place huge ties for the landscaping project.|
|Owen lends Dad, Deni a hand to mark some of the ties for cutting.|
|Owen was busy watering flowers and more......|
|Deni is making it all fit.|
|Making headway on the landscaping job.|
|Jeanette's mom - only a few short weeks back.|
How's this for a factoid:
- Jeanette and I had a boy (Deni) and a girl (Ginette).
- Ginette and husband Trevor have a boy (Easton) and a girl (Brie).
- Deni and Courtney have a boy (Owen) and a new baby girl (Kaylie)
So......it's BOY/GIRL for us all.
|Kaylie, Courtney and Deni|
|Jeanette (Nana) flew out to Edmonton and got to meet Kaylie only a couple of days after her birth. Brother Owen is overjoyed with his little sister.|
After a nice visit with new baby Kaylie, Jeanette headed further east to where her mother was receiving medical intervention. The news was not good. Mary was slipping and the medical intervention was not working.
Only a couple of days after Jeanette' arrival on the scene - September 30th, at the long term care facility - Jeanette's mom passed away. She was 88 years of age. It was more sudden than anyone would have expected. After all, she had been doing well only weeks earlier when Jeanette had been with her on one of her visits.
When I received the call from Jeanette, I planned to drive the 12 hours from our home, on the coast, to Edmonton, Alberta. The plan included a stop in Edmonton to meet Kaylie, hold her and spend a bit of time with brother Owen, and their mom and dad. I was looking forward to meeting baby Kaylie. And what a good baby!
Following the visit and time spent with Kaylie, I was on the road to one of Jeanette's sisters' home in the country where everyone would gather to plan Mary's funeral.
|Meeting baby Kaylie for the very first time. And what cutie!|
|The birthday cake that Jeanette and her sisters presented to their mom only weeks before she succumbed to an infection that would subsequently end her life.|
|Mary is celebrating her 88th birthday.|
|And only a few weeks later, she was laid to rest here, along side her husband, John.|
So.....in spite of all the spring, summer and early fall visits, it came as quite a surprise when we all had to gather to say good bye to a truly wonderful person. My mother in law was quite special. From the very first time I met her - going back 43 years - I was always treated respectfully. There is a lot to miss with her gone.
Jeanette and her sisters were very, very close to their mom. Her passing leaves a huge hole in their collective lives. Their memories are strong, however.
|We remember Mary with fondness.|
|Deni, Courtney, Owen and baby Kaylie were enjoying some fun while at Jeanette's sister's farmfor a family Thanksgiving day. Deni trailered his quad out for the day.|
|Maintenance and adjustments once the wheat crop was harvested. Canola was next.|
|Busy with the Canola harvest|
While some enjoyed sitting outdoors to digest the fine meal, others got right back to a busy harvest. And it was such a fitting way to remember Jeanette's mom and dad who were long time farmers in this area. The dinner and farming activities were a nice follow to the sad loss of mom (Sept 30, 2015) and dad, John only three short years ago.
|Back in Edmonton and focused on the new arrival, baby Kaylie.|
Our summer and fall was a whirlwind of events and activities. I skimmed over the major ones in this report. We'll fill you in on more in the days ahead,
Jeanette and I now focus on a special 40th anniversary trip we have planned for next month.
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