Sunday, October 18, 2015

Well.....Hello There....

It has been several weeks since we've last blogged.  And that time went by very, very quickly.  But....we're back.  

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.
I took the previous photos which proves that I was along for the hikes, play time and nurturing.
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!
Having traveled to Alberta a few times, we got to take Owen to the local park near their home and to help his dad with a back yard landscape project. 

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.
I dug the 5 1/2" trenches for placement of the 4X6" landscaping ties.  It was a project that transformed their back yard and gave it some nice lines.  It also cut down on the amount of lawn to look after.
Owen was busy watering flowers and more......
Deni is making it all fit.
Making headway on the landscaping job.
While we were busy with this project, Jeanette was about 75 minutes due east of Edmonton city on a visit with her mom, Mary.  She got to spend several days enjoying the visit and helping to celebrate a special 88th birthday too.

Jeanette's mom - only a few short weeks back.
Deni and Courtney were overjoyed when Kaylie, their beautiful baby girl was born this past September 26th.  Healthy and happy, little Kaylie has brought such joy to all of our lives.  Kaylie is our fourth grandchild.

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)'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.
Jeanette also flew out because her mother  - who was earlier thriving - had taken a quick downward spiral, health wise, following an infection.  And although it was felt she could rebound with IV and antibiotic intervention, her health continued to slide.

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.
We are all of the belief that Mary willed herself to refuse food and drink - as she battled a survivable infection - and it eventually (quickly too) led to her demise.  It is not unheard of for older folks to refuse intervention and choose their own demise. 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.
With the funeral and internment concluded, there was a good bit of business - legal and accounting - to look into.  As the enduring Power of Attorney, Jeanette had a busy post funeral agenda.  I took the time to visit with my sister Paulette and to have dinner with my brother Bernie and his wife Rita.  Both live within 30 minutes from where we were. Bernie and Rita call Yuma their winter home.

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.
With the funeral, and all the business that goes with it, concluded, Jeanette and her sisters mounted a special Thanksgiving Day dinner that was enjoyed by everyone. Under clear blue skies and fantastic temperatures, we could not ask for better weather for a family gathering.  Although many farmers were busy with harvesting, we too lent Tom (Darlene's guy) a hand with harvesting.

Maintenance and adjustments once the wheat crop was harvested.  Canola was next.
Jeanette got busy making the meal while Darlene was operating one of the two combines.  With barley safely stored in the bins, wheat was the next harvest.  I drove several of the grain trucks that Tom had running from field to home. The bins were filling up quickly.
Busy with the Canola harvest
Everyone took a break for a noon time Saturday Thanksgiving Dinner.  Although I did not capture any photos, I know that many were taken by others.  Suffice it to say that everyone enjoyed a five star Thanksgiving meal that no one will easily forget.  

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.
As it is in life, baby Kaylie was the joy that so quickly filled the sadness of losing Jeanette's mom.  

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.

Thanks for dropping by......and for your patience during out blogging furlough.

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  1. So sorry for your loss. It looks like Mom was well loved though.
    And a happy 40th to you!

  2. Sorry to hear about the passing of Jennette's Mom.
    Hope all goes well for you guys in the future and hope to meet up with you again on the road.
    You have had a busy summer too I see.

  3. Sorry to hear about your loss but as you said many older patients do give up the will to live and there is no reversing that. Part of that thinking comes from the loss of a spouse that leaves them yearning for that intimacy that only that one person can give them.
    Congratulations on the new addition to your family and we are quite sure that we won't see you two spoiling any of the grandchildren will we. (Right!)
    looking forward to reading of your snowbirding adventures as we are going to have to sit this one out.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  4. Sorry to hear about Jeanette's mother.

  5. so very sorry to hear about Jeanette' mom..she was most fortunate to have such a loving family!
    congrats on your newest addition too...and welcome back to blogville.

  6. So, so sorry to hear about Jeanette's Mom. Read with joy about the birth of your newest grandchild. May all those memories comfort Jeanette and your family. It was good to see you had written a blog!

  7. So sorry to hear of the loss of Jeanette's mom, especially so soon after a big celebration. Sometimes they have their own agenda in life and perhaps it gives them some comfort having that control over their last days.

  8. So sad to read about your loss. Thinking of you.

  9. So sorry for your loss, what a blessing to welcome Kaylie!