Archive for August, 2006

Heads up!

Monday, August 28th, 2006 by Ian

Just a heads up to the family that Joan is going in for her cateract surgery as I type this (Monday morning).  She’s getting one eye done today and the second one tomorrow and MAY be staying at our house during that time.  If your trying to call and she’s not there, try us.

Dylan got his driver’s License

Saturday, August 19th, 2006 by Ian

God help us, but he’s out on the road (I’ve already had him run an errand for me!  Whee!!)  Now he’s rounding up his friends to go for a drive.  Heh heh.

We’re baaaaAAAAaaaack!

Saturday, August 19th, 2006 by Ian

The month of August has been very busy for us thus far…kinda.

On the third, Dylan, two of his friends and one of their fathers went on a B.C. “Sporting” vacation.  They first spent 3 days in the Shushaps and rented a power boat (so they could water ski, wake board, etc.) and played golf.  Then they drove out to Victoria where the father has an apartment and spent a couple days there.  Then they were out to Tofino for a few days of camping.  Dylan flew home on the 17th.  Sounds to me like he had alot of fun, spent a bunch of money and would have liked to stay out there longer.

The REST of the family took the trailer and headed off on the fifth driving out to south eastern B.C. for 10 days of camping at Christina Lake, stopping in Cranbrook and Nelson along the way.  It was quite relaxing, Quinn brought a friend for the first half of the trip, but he had to go to play with his soccer team at the provincial final tournament (His mother was actually passing through and picked him up).  Christina is a very nice lake, technically part of the Okanagan but right on the edge of the Kootneys, and one of the warmest lakes in Canada.  Apparently it’s fed by hot springs.  Personally, I think 10 days was a little long to be there as there really isn’t that much to DO there.  Beach or not, those were the choices.  So, it was relaxing, and we all got alot of reading in, but Quinn was going a little squirrelly by the end of it.

So, you can see, it was busy, but not in a “busy” sense…

We Sold the Truck

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006 by Ian

We sold the truck to a couple of nice kids who need it for work.  The first guys to even come an look.  These guys were so naive, it was cute.  They asked how much I would take for it, I said I’d be disappointed if I got less than $1200.  Then one of them said $1400, and I said $1300….can you see how this is going?  He’s talking up the price and I’m talking it down!  We settled at $1300 despite his best efforts to give me $1500.  Heh heh.  All I care about is that it’s gone.  I’m down to three cars again.

Storm in Bala, No Damage at Our Cottage

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006 by Vivian

I drove home Sunday, Monday (a luxury – took two days instead of one – it was a snap that way).  Boys phoned last night to report an incredible storm, one like we’ve never seen there before.  No power, power lines down everywhere.  They counted four driveways on River Street blocked by fallen trees.  As of this morning the power is still out, but Hydro One’s website reports it was to be restored several hours ago.  Fortunately, we had tree pruning done last week, and most significant dead branches had been removed.  Even so, the boys say there is a fair amount of tree debris in the yard.

The storm had been preceded by an intense heatwave.  Yesterday and the day before, when I checked weather, it was hotter and more humid there than it was here.  Amazing.  The boys must have suffered a miserable night last night because, with no power, they could use no fans.

I’m rushing around like a madwoman, trying to catch up on the essentials I missed while away at the cottage.  Tomorrow morning, early, I leave for LA for a Bat Mitzvah (and wish me luck that no whacko decides to bomb the synagogues).   When I return, next Wednesday, I will resume in the madwoman rushing mode as I help get Brady ready.  I have to get him to DC by the 17th.  He’ll be in an apartment, so we’ll be carrying a household in the Odyssey.  This is why, at an advanced age, I still drive a minivan.