Jack’s getting older…

Jack has celebrated his 11th birthday today and did not want to share the cake….surprise!!




Trudy Elizabeth Kern – October 4, 1944 – May 29, 2013

Trudy obit pic

KERN, Trudy Elizabeth (nee Harvie)

October 4, 1944 – May 29, 2013 at Victoria, B.C.

Beloved sister of – Ewen (Tracy), Delphine (Frank), Dale, Allan (Donna), Curtis (Rose), Marilyn & Barry (Kim). Harold Blaney her loving partner. Sons Robert & Steven and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Trudy wanted to thank all of her multitude of friends, family & extended family for giving her a truly wonderful life. She also wanted all to know that should you ever need her, just look inside & she will be there. Trudy has asked that in lieu of flowers & cards, donations could be made to the local branch of the BCSPCA of your choice.

tiller sillouette

Canadian May Long Weekend…

Rain, rain go away….and it did!  Pulled, tugged and cajoled our new trailer to Rathtrevor Provincial Park this past weekend to enjoy what this beautiful province has to offer.

Friday was a bit wet and Saturday too but with the Oceanside literally 100 meters from our campsite and no Wi-Fi it was peaceful.  The only real yelling and swearing besides the kids playing was a couple of youth who were angry at their parents for bringing them to a place where there is no Wi-Fi, after all how could they (see my earlier Facebook post)

We were excited to have Delphine, Frank and the kids over for a BBQ on a very sunny Sunday.  They supplied the main course and we supplied the marshmallows, sticks and funny observations.  In four hours we were able to have a great meal, hike, explore the beach at low-tide, fly kites and re-connect with the usual family jokes and funny happenings with the kids and dogs…..makin’ more memories, thanks you guys!

Skies grey but the day is not….

Off to Vancouver and a few errands on the way….walk dogs on ferry, some shopping (order 20th anniversary ring for Tracy) same jeweler that has made her other rings, find motel, try shawarma and falafel for the first time – ever!

Jack, there's a good looking post over there...

Jack, there’s a good looking post over there…

Settle in on a foggy evening in Langley for a movie and off to the RV show tomorrow – just a great day!



Happy Birthday Tracy!!

Happy Birthday Mom 47



Twas the night before Christmas…


click here on this link to watch the video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnxKQTT9sGY

The Best Memories are made at home...

The Best Memories are made at home…

Have a safe holiday...!

Have a safe holiday…!


The long and winding trip…

We made it back.  From leaving the rental car at the agency at Honolulu airport until actually walking in our front door and home again was 22 hours.  It does put a bit of a damper on the return trip when a 10 hour return gets drawn out between security problems and oh, heaven forbid – snow in the lower parts of B.C. and Vancouver Island.

Never, after all these years of moving, traveling and getting around have we seen an area of a province that has such a hard time with mother nature in what the rest of the country calls “winter”.

A little snow slows a long way!

A little snow slows a long way!

Thanks everyone for the great emails and well wishes!  9 1/2 hours from Vancouver til we got to Nanaimo…(if we could have only predicted the weather… we could have brought the car to Vancouver (tongue in cheek)  Jack and Cate’s tail and stub, respectively, haven’t stopped wagging since we picked them up.  Just brightens the day doesn’t it!

As a last salute to our get away couldn’t resist the 5:15 am sleeping in the airport, call me if the plane ever leaves, Tracy pic….which she has not seen yet (tee-hee)

Call me when the plane leaves....

Call me when the plane leaves….

Sometimes it’s the journey, not the destination……but speed it up a bit would ya!

P.S – I would like to personally thank the TSA agent who so thoroughly and diligently stroked and rubbed all my parts until he was sure I was a safe bet to travel. (I won’t permit the x-raying of my privates for their personal entertainment)   I think he kept the gloves.

I will bet there is a video somewhere on YouTube of my “new friend” and me getting acquainted in front of God and everyone in security at Honolulu.  Tracy got x-rayed but after watching my entertainment segment did ask, “Do you need a cigarette before we go any further?”

Cheers until next time….


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