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Redeeming the time

Has there ever been a person who didn’t look forward to a restful vacation? Perhaps there has been but it wasn’t me, at least not this year! I could hardly wait!

Our trailer continues to age and each year I open it up in spring while holding my breath! Will the roof be leaking? Will the fridge start? Will the propane system be safe?

We are well into summer 2017 and enjoying our getaway spot. Here’s a few photos to make you wish you were with us!

Summer is a wonderful time! Join us at the lake….

 

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!