Another year is almost ready to be wrapped up in a big red bow as indicated by the arrival of our first Christmas card and the turning of the calendar to the month of December.
Once the snow melted, our yard was a flurry of activity with the building of a new shed and pergola, installation of sod, and preparation of our new garden plot. It was a beautiful summer and we enjoyed many happy hours outdoors.
We headed West to Dryden at the end of June to celebrate our niece Beth’s high school graduation and kiss her goodbye as she spread her wings by moving to Labrador with her boyfriend, Adam. Thank goodness for text messaging so that we can stay in touch and share recipes as she learns the joy of cooking!
In July, our nieces Sara & Gracie came to hang out with us in Thunder Bay. We enjoyed a beautiful day at Dog Lake with our friends Kelli, Brad, Connor and Denver, and the girls got to try their hand at kayaking and some high speed tubing behind the jet ski. Our evenings were spent in the pergola singing along to their favourite songs and a few spirited games of cribbage. Time flies when you’re having fun and all too soon they were headed home to Dryden.
July also brought the unexpected end of retirement for Barry as he took on the role of Executive Director & General Manager for the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.
We decided to forego our annual summer visit to West Hawk & Star Lake so that we could instead experience a “bucket list” vacation to Palm Springs, California in October. We attended the three day Desert Trip festival featuring Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Paul McCartney, The Who, and Roger Waters and had a fantastic time with 80,000 other fans!
Fall has been busy with Symphony concerts and Chamber activities as we juggle our very full schedules. My job at the Chamber continues to be an enjoyable challenge with new issues and opportunities at every turn.
We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and look forward to receiving your emails, letters, and Facebook updates over the coming weeks.