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.