We did a little celebrating these last few weeks! Mom’s 79th birthday seemed to last for a week with lots of visiting, birthday cake with her friends, a fantastic dinner and a few whiskey shots throughout the days!
And if that wasn’t enough, Dad finished his final chemo treatment and rang the bravery bell!
Check out that smile. Not a dry eye in the room, happy tears!
Some of my favorite days are when Gerry and Jules show up to sample a new bottle of whiskey. Each shot is carefully poured while mom gets out the whiskey bible. Before we can read the description, there is plenty of sniffing, swishing and speculating… is that pencil shavings? leather? carmel corn? inside grandpa’s house? Then the taste. Citrus, butter, pepper, wood, dirty feet… it gets crazier until we must look in the book to validate our guesses or name that illusive flavour. Grilled meat? Who writes these things!? The revelation calls for one more taste as Jules documents the experience. “More shocking than tassels on tits!” she writes. A reference to an experience 9-year-old Curtis had in a circus tent. There are good times in those whiskey bottles!
I can’t forget my Cousin Dan, and wife Marilyn, daughter Crystal and cousin Linda all came for a few days this month. Dan and I started every vehicle on the farm; tractors, snowmobiles, trucks and cars, ATV and gator and of course the new snowblower. Bring it on, Winter! Crystal had all the old photos sorted and figured out how we were all related by the time they left. Linda nearly had to take the sheep dog home, Lady was so attached. Marilyn helped me get going on the chicken coop construction. We all went to Jasper one day too.
Fun time at McNaughton’s for Grey Cup!
One more good thing! Chris was flying the Stearman for agelessaviation.org and happened to be near my Uncle Darrell in Florida. They were able to hang out and take a ride together.
Well, that’s November! Thanks for checking in and for all the blog encouragement!