It was hard to believe that the snow was still coming down at home almost all the time we have been in Kelowna! And then today we learn that on the anniversary of the devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri, the outskirts were hit by another tornado – thankfully with no loss of lives. However, people were killed by tornadoes in Arkansas, and there was damage in Oklahoma and other states as well. And so tornado season begins… Our hearts go out to those people who have to suffer such tragedies!
How nice it was to attend an outdoor Flea Market on Sunday morning. There were many vendors both outside and inside, and we both came away with some treasures. For over a year, John had been looking to buy a hardy board nibbler tool and was unable to find one that was affordable. He came up to me and said “GUESS WHAT I FOUND?!!!” There was one happy man! I was delighted with the few small things I found too, and so were our sister-in-law and niece. It was after coming home from this Flea Market and coffee at McDonalds that brother George had his stroke this past December. His very good friend, Albert, who visits him several times a day at Cottonwoods Care Home Facility, does not like to go there any more, because George cannot go with him and it is not the same…
When we went to see George to say goodbye before we left, it was amazing to see him sitting upright in his bed, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, with a beaming smile and no droop on the left side of his mouth. We had another blessing in that my dear old friend, Phyllis, from my home town, volunteers at this facility and she was in the beauty salon as we passed by going to George’s wing! We had had a visit with her during our time there, but it was a surprise that she was there today to say goodbye! I was her babysitter when her youngest daughter was born, and spent more time at their place than I did at home. She told us not to worry about him, that she would take good care of him! Thank you Phyllis!
We really appreciated the visit with our sister-in-law from Brandon and her daughter (our favorite niece), as they were there checking on Uncle George as well. They had been vacationing in Florida and flew to Kelowna as soon as they came home.
Our trip back through the mountains was beautiful. It was a lovely sunny day and the traffic was not crazy. As we drove through one of the tunnels, it was TOTALLY DARK and very weird because all you could see was the light at the END of the tunnel. When I remarked about it, John said, “You should try it with SUNGLASSES on!!” The rest of the tunnels either had lights or open slots to let the light in so it was not completely dark…
On our return trip, we again circumvented the Calgary traffic by going north at the Cochrane turn-off and then east at Didsbury. The traffic was very light. There were storm clouds looming on the left and on the right, but we were treated to sunny skies all the way – the clouds dissipated before we got to them, as we were hoping they would.
We are hoping the snow at home disappears before we get there and the frost in the ground is gone, so we can get busy on our home renovation. I have to dig up a row of “precious” hostas under my front window before this can occur, and am hoping they will survive in buckets until the siding and construction work is completed.