Newfoundland revisited

It was a busy week…well, 10 days, in St. John’s as we journeyed for the NL Congress and the territorial commissioning event. My first NL Congress was in 1975 so in 2017 it was a very different experience. That Congress featured General Arnold Brown. You can find my earlier post about Arnold here. What also made this such a great visit, of course, was being able to spend time with Jason, Susan, Rachel, Ted, and Beth. 20170701_190113

Of particular delight for us was being able to bring Rachel and Susan to one of the meetings. The children’s program through the weekend was amazing, and above is a slide of the opening platform image geared for the kids…I played a small role as Colonel Courage. It was great fun.

The days with Ted and Beth saw a marked development in their interaction and play. Ted is extremely cuddly and loves nothing more than to climb up on your lap give you a big hug and kiss and say “I love you Wampa!” He shows signs of a tender heart and is genuinely concerned about his family – especially Beth.20170703_21045220170704_131636

Beth could be summed up in one word: rascal. She’s full of fun and vigor. She’s got energy and runs whenever possible. She loves to play but can turn on the tears in a moments notice. Her smile is wonderful and she too loves to give you a hug…but then needs to run!

Rachel is growing into a lovely young girl who is anxious to be heard – she’s got stories to tell – and watches out that the rules get followed. More than once she informed me “that’s not the way we do it Grandpa.”  We had two sleepovers with Rachel.  She also joined us at Starbucks…”I like ice tea” she said! 20170708_135425 (1)

It was a great time and here’s two little videos to bring you a smile.

 

Happy 90th birthday

My Mom comes from a family of girls – well not all girls – there is one brother, but when there are five sisters it seems like it is a family of girls. I grew up with my grandmother and aunts! Along the way, uncles joined the family – John, Don, Richard, Ray, I watched them build and repair around the cottage, join us for family occasions like Christmas. They were all so very different from one another. But I always enjoyed their being around.

The eldest of my aunts is Eileen – though I grew up knowing her as Bubs. She has now had her 90th birthday and below she is pictured with my Mom and Aunt Freda. She’s also in the B&W photo with my grandmother and all the sisters. She’s the tallest with the big fluffy hat. She was always one to dress (and drive) with style.  I remember her red Impala convertible – with white leather interior. The next car (a couple of years later) it was a white Impala convertible with a red leather interior!

So now she’s 90 years of age and still living on her own. Happy birthday Bubs!

A day in Montreal

The old train station in Montreal represents the flavour of the city as you see how the architects of old embraced the old world look in a new and grand way. I suppose I could have taken a picture of one of the many great restaurants as well for if there is a city in this country that has consistently great food it would be Montreal as well. I’ve been here many times in the past few years and I am never disappointed.

This trip was a bit of a whirlwind as we visited a number of sites in a short time for some very specific reasons. Included in that was our largest thrift store in the country. What a remarkable team we have working in the Montreal area. They are great people.

I found a few remarkable items too including this through back to another day. It has two doors that slide to the right and left to give it a finished appearance when not in use, but the slide out turntable and colour television are wonderful. If you are from the age of flat screens and i-pods you may not be able to truly appreciate what it is that this family furniture item brought to the home. This would have been someone’s pride and joy.20170614_095017

A few thoughts about us as a family and our interests.