Friday, 11 November 2016

Remembrance Day

As is our tradition, we made our yearly trek to the cenotaph for the Remembrance Day services. This year, we changed it up and attended the White Rock services. It was nice being able to have us all walk just 5 minutes away. A little smaller but still a great turn-out. Was extra nice because when we went to the big services in Cloverdale, the main highway behind us always remained open so it created a ton of noise and it was a bit hard to hear all that was going on.

Super proud of the fact that Gus and Jasper have attended every year.







.....in the hands of a little boy.
 
 
Our great crew....
 


...holding Grandpa's hand (finger....)
 
Little boys and fire trucks.

Nice to stand here and see the parade come in with all the proud vets and see our beautiful ocean too...Makes you realize how lucky we are to live in Canada.


I  L-O-V-E bagpipes....
 
Learning early to be grateful for our freedom.....
 
Very emotional day. As always , we end the outing with a nice lunch out. This year we were at Delrios in South Surrey. Our thanks to Mel and Rick for treating us for lunch, along with all the rest. Very kind of you.
 
Thank a vet for your freedom......
 
More important today than any other day, PEACE.
 
Thought for the Day:
 
 

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Two busy weekends

As it seems of late, my posts are a bit out of order so let me catch you up (again....)

Fri, Nov 4th, Doug and I, his brother Don and wife Diana, flew out to Medicine Hat, Alberta to visit with his mom and family. We had a great time. There is an annual "Auntie's dinner" and it was fun to see so many of Doug's cousins again. There were about 35 people there altogether. Still remaining in his Mom's direct family are her three sisters. Frankie (in Olds AB), Lorrie and Collette in Medicine Hat and their cousin Don. that's it from the old guard. We are thankful that they are all still doing pretty good and they range in age from about 96 down to 89. sheesh!! 

Early flight out at 6:15 a.m.

Sunrise over Calgary
 
The "little" plane that takes us to Medicine Hat...YIKES!

Yes, it was tiny inside.

Diana and I, at the "back of the plane"

 Coming in over the Saskatchewan River in Medicine Hat 
 
The motto in the lobby of Doug's Mom's residence.....pretty nice. 

Duane, Agnes, Doug, Diane, Don, Brian
Nancy, Mom Helen and Diana.
 
Family dinners abound.....


Brian's 75th Birthday coming up. Good excuse for an early birthday cake...
 
One of the days we took a nice stroll in the old downtown area of Medicine Hat. Very interesting old buildings and they are working hard to "reinvent it" and bring people back downtown. 
 
Boot scraper going into the old bank.....





Heading home.....on Mon Nov 7th
 
Great weekend for seeing lots of family and friends!  Weather was pretty amazing for Alberta in the late fall. It was sunny all the time. 
 
Thursday Nov 10th, our long time friends, Mark & Patty came by for an evening visit. They lived for a long time in Cloverdale and then moved back home to Minnesota. We haven't seen them for 6 years or more so it was SO much fun to spend some time with them, even if it went by all too fast. Sometimes, time does stand still.....

 Those observant among you will notice that I am wearing the same shirt as in one of the pictures above. I do actually have other clothes, just for the record!!
 
Home time all back on track again. Busy times!!
 
Library time.....

Dedicated to Paula & Jerry
 
Rudy and Teagan tuck away the family Westfalia for the winter.

Rudy and his bat friend....
 
And, once again, I am caught up. Thanks for checking in with all of us.
 
Peace....
 
Thought for the Day: The sad part about getting old is you stay young on the inside but nobody can tell anymore.
 

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Backwards we go....

As promised, we will digress backwards. Got lots to tell everyone, starting out with our new mobile accommodations.....


Cast your eyes on our "new to us" 17 ft Bigfoot trailer. We are pretty stoked!!
That 17 ft looks big to me!!!


 





We are pretty stoked about it. No, we don't have a name for it. Maybe we will just call it the Bigfoot. A few decorating/tweaking touches and we will have it tuned up to our tastes in the spring. Doug has some interesting plans for the outside. For those not familiar with the Bigfoot, they are a very old name in trailers. They are fiberglass and are built with the only one seam around the middle, on the side about halfway down. I call it the clamshell. We are hoping that it will help alleviate any leaking problems....who am I kidding!?

Anyway, we have already had some work done on it. Nothing unexpected. We knew when we bought it that some things needed doing so we just decided to get everything done right away. We are still waiting for the new awning fabric to come in. Doug plans on picking up new wheels and tires in the spring.  Me, I want to redo the upholstery and floors, oh, and blinds too!! Now, about that new striping kit for the outside....hmmmm.

Welcome to our travelling family, Mr. Bigfoot!!

So, forward we go to Thanksgiving. We spent two nights up at Golden Ears Provincial Park in the Golden Ears Mountains. Even though it rained on our way up there, it was an amazing weekend. It was our inaugural trip in the Bigfoot!!

I think it passes the Gus and Jasper test (and the Grandpa Doug test too!)

Paula & Jerry - Mr. Lobster isn't hung up quite right, but he also
made the inaugural trip to Golden Ears, hanging out with the pumpkin lights....
 
That is a B-I-G mushroom/toadstool!
 
A little boy and a puddle...say no more.



Some people even bring their living room loungers!!!
No, this is not our campsite!!!

Pancakes with Grandpa!

I think they pass the "Gus" test.....
 


Despite all the rain warnings, we had a most sunny Thanksgiving day!
 
However, just to ensure that we all stayed warm, we had our famous Beglaw "camping coffee" mix. Equal parts of Kahlua, Bailey/Carolans type Cream and Peppermint
Schnapps. We usually just mix them in a big bowl at home and then pour them
back into the bottles. Who needs to waste time mixing while camping??
shhhh, don't tell Starbucks. They will want the recipe too!!   
 
So, before heading out for a walk, I "encouraged" the turkey to
fit in our little oven.....it was a bit high.
 
I won.....Just sayin'

My victory drink in my "Rose all Day" shirt by Danna!!
I know, crazy pink boots to match......
 
One of the things we love about Golden Ears Provincial Park, other than it's obvious beauty is it's close proximity to home. It's really hard to believe that we are just one hour from White Rock. Once you get up here there is no cell service (except for sporadic here at the beach). You really feel like you are "away" for the weekend. Remember what I said above, about little boys and puddles......same below only bigger boys with a bigger "puddle".....
 
Hard to believe none of them fell in!
 

It takes about half hour to walk down to the beach. Really beautiful through the trails. I was happy to return and see that I hadn't burned the trailer down with my new oven!! Notice all the EZE up shelters at the campsite? It poured with rain the day we got there (Saturday). Boy were we ever glad to have had two of them to help keep us all dry....
 



Oh yummmm.....

Steamed up the windows.....but notice the snazzy decorations!
You can't say enough about the smell of turkey wafting out of a trailer though!

Jasper looks a little unsure about the brussel sprouts....
 
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!!

What do you mean, "packing up"???

It's always time to go far too soon!!!
Gus giving Grandpa a little encouragement!
 
Phew, so that was a great weekend. Everything functioned really great with our new trailer and we can't wait to get it out camping again. 
 
A little Rudy update. We can't believe how big he is getting!! Wow, do we ever miss that little guy. Four months old already!!!!
 
Hi, happy handsome boy!!!

Whoa, is that cat really that B-I-G????

Love you little buddy!!!!!
 
Okay, I think we are pretty much up to date. I'll try and not be gone for so long next time but it's just pretty boring to post about working!
 
Happy days everyone!!
 
Peace....
 
Thought for the Day: Be decisive. Right or wrong, make a decision. The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn't make a decision.....