Archive for April, 2009

A Death in the Family

Saturday, April 25th, 2009 by Joan

Uncle Fred Harris passed away on Thursday, April 23rd in Toronto. He was 93 years old. He and his wife Doris were very close to my parents and I stayed with them in 2001-2 when my mother was ill. He had quadruple bypass surgery that year at age 86 which is, in itself, pretty remarkable.
The funeral will be a week today in St. Catharines, Ontario.

A little bit of plane progress

Sunday, April 19th, 2009 by Ian

Scott will be happy to hear this:  I balanced my RC glider today.  I’ve been meaning to take it out now that the weather has become a little more palatable, so today was the day…no wind.  I didn’t go flying, but at least got the plane (more or less) ready to go.  I;m a little concerned by the amount of weight I had to add to the nose. but the plane seams go glide alright the way it is now.

Happy Birthday Ian

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 by Joan

And thanks for the usual birthday “gift”–snow! Yep–looked out the window this morning, saw the white stuff again, and muttered a greeting to you!! Sincerely–have a good day!
On another subject, I had an interesting trip to Vancouver a week ago. It was a garden tour, but there wasn’t a lot to see plant-wise because they’ve had a horrible winter there, but it was neat to sit in a small bus and be driven through Vancouver from Horseshoe Bay to Point Grey and east to Langley! We saw 13 gardens in five days, which included public gardens as well as private. I was most impressed by the Dr. Sun Yat Sen garden in downtown Vancouver which is more part of a private home based on Confucian principles of the 14th century–yin and yang everywhere. Our guide was uber enthusiastic about her subject and really brought it to life! Needless to say I’ve come home all enthusiastic, with plans to enlarge beds and move plants. Hope the enthusiasm doesn’t die out while waiting for good weather!!

All back home.

Sunday, April 5th, 2009 by Ian

Shelley and Quinn got home last Monday and I’m finally back home too.  Everything in California went well with the exception that I was sick for most of it.  Seemed like a bit of a watse to go back to the hotel room at the end of the day and just sleep.  No touristing for me this time.  I’ve been to San Jose enough times now that I feel like I’ve done most of the the touristy things anyway.  I’m still tired — I must have something crawling around inside me, wearing me out.  Hopefully this week will be better.