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SAFE TRAVELS SO FAR…

First stop on our way to British Columbia to visit brother George and his wife Mary in Kelowna, was our granddaughter, Chelsea’s in South Calgary. That was a 9 hour drive, so we had the evening to visit before retiring for the night. First thing the fellows did was to haul out the two kayaks which are to be delivered to our daughter and her family at Gray Creek, B.C. They fit quite nicely into our van and we were happy we could be “of service”. We had a nice visit with our granddaughter Chelsea and her husband Bryan, along with Chelsea’s twin brother, Daniel, who lives with them. He is still “looking” for a significant other… 

Oh yes, I must mention the other residents of the town house they live in: several snakes, two cats who came along with them when they moved to Calgary, a huge black dog, Tank, who is trained to do tricks, and a new pup “in training” whose name escapes me. Our little dog and I got to sleep in Daniel’s room upstairs and John was allocated the chesterfield in the livingroom. We had thought that the house dogs would probably sleep overnight in Chelsea and Bryan’s room, but John found out upon retiring that that was not the case. No sooner he got to sleep than a big tongue was slurping across his face… We believe he may have been on Tank’s bed… I do not believe we will be making that overnight stop again… Will arrive in the afternoon after they get home from work and leave before night if we want to get a good night’s sleep… 

Next stop: Gray Creek, B.C. home of our daughter Christy and son-in-law, Rod. She was still at work at the Gray Creek Store, where she is the Manager. No more children at home in their house, everyone grown up and gone. Where did the time go?? She made a quick supper and we enjoyed a game of canasta with them (like old times). Then it was time to hit the sack. The dog and I sleep at Granny’s next door so she can have some company too. She is a real sweetheart – just 10 years older than me. 

We arrived in Kelowna the next afternoon and George and Mary were so happy to see us. Their lives are so dismal these days with his illness and her having to look after everything at home without him. I try to help her as much as I can, as with her arthritis in her hands and feet, she is in constant pain. However, you would never know it to watch her go about her daily household duties including raking the lawn in the back yard, where there are constant leaves falling from the walnut trees; picking the beautiful raspberries which are largest I have ever seen; sweeping the back deck; vacuuming the green carpet which goes through the breezeway to the paved driveway, and many other daily chores too numerous to mention! She does have someone cut her grass and farms out jobs she cannot do, but she is one hardworking determined woman! I guess I should take a lesson from her – my day consists of whatever work HAS to be done (and, being RETIRED, that category is limited), along with a suitable amount of time on the computer playing Bookworm (to keep my mind active). 

 

The weather has been “up and down”- never know if you need a jacket or sunscreen… We are praying for a lovely weekend for the Canada Day Celebrations at the Park in Crawford Bay. Our little great granddaughters are very excited and can hardly wait for the festivities, and we are just as excited to be able to share it with the 

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