Happy birthday Catherine. I think I’m one of the few people who call her that. Most know her as and call her, Cathi. As a young teen, she decided that if she was going to be Cathi they it would be with an i…not a y.
I was with my Nanny and my uncle Jim (who is 18 months older than me) when Catherine was born. There was no phone at the cottage (nor television, nor if you can believe it did we have central heating/AC or in the early days electricity. In fact we didn’t even have access to the internet. So to get to the phone we had to take the boat across to Morrison’s which was the general store. The phone was on the store wall – it was wooden, had a crank on the side to call the operator and you spoke into the microphone which was attached to the front of the phone.
It was on this phone that I heard the news that I had another sister.
Dad was on the phone to tell me the news and let me know that Mom was doing well. It was a couple of weeks before I got home to see my baby sister. So to now know she’s 50 makes me feel, well, old.
Yesterday was a party to celebrate her 50th year and it was great to be in attendance.
Happy birthday Catherine Margaret – it is great to be your brother!
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.
This summer Rachel has really taken to Skype – not that she has her own account, she uses her Mom’s or Grandmother’s account. It is now not unusual at some point in my day to get a call on Skype from her. She is becoming quite a conversationalist too.
On this day she had her tiara from her birthday party. So of course, she had to put that on. She usually wants to know where Grandma is when she calls and sometimes Wendy is able to join us. It is always a delight to get these calls, and as you can imagine we are amazed at how she is growing and developing. She is developing into a lovely young girl.
I wonder which one of the grandchildren will be next?