Jack’s getting older…

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




Wow, storage can be expensive…

We have been trying to plan the storage of our ashes once we leave this world.  Had our plans made right up to cremation and couldn’t or didn’t want to burden anyone with the decision of where to scatter or store our ashes.

Nice location

Nice location

Finally decided on a niche at the local cemetery in Cedar just south of Nanaimo on Cedar Road.  This was the same agency that cremated mom in 1982 and found them to be quite approachable and again this time we really appreciated the time taken to explain everything to us.

We’re told that very few people want to discuss death or dying or the after affects but really this is in aid of who we leave behind, not the one(s) who die.

So even Jack and Cate were invited by the planner into the meeting and got treats and good sniffs (one would assume).

Now we did mention cost.  So believe it or not the higher up the monument you reserve your niche space, the cheaper it is, unlike buying a condo.  So we choose the top and saved $500.

So now we have to make 4 equal payments for the niche and the opening and closing and upkeep in-memorial and voila, there we stay.

P.S. – Just shopping for a Jimmy Buffett themed urn.  Didn’t realize they would be so hard to find.

Celebrate what you enjoyed!!

Celebrate what you enjoyed!!

Breaking Up..

Don’t normally comment on a TV show or series but having watched the show since 2009 we are going to miss our Sunday night fix…but it was one heck of a ride!

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Click on the picture to make it larger to read….



Military day on the water

Memories made at the Armed Forces Day at Nanoose Military Testing Range last Sunday.  Frigate HMCS Ottawa was docked along with support crews and units.  Took some time to talk with their staff at different venues. Brought back the days of our family in the military…. rain certainly didn’t dampen the crowds either.



It’s who we are…

It is what keeps love alive. Tracy came home from an evening shift with this bouquet in her arms…for me. She called it a “man bouquet” with red peppers, jade, bulrush and sunflowers in manly orange. Didn’t care, I enjoy flowers too.

My "Man bouquet"....

My “Man bouquet”….

With Leesa’s wedding coming up within the next year I hope she realizes that it is the little things that you do for each other that keeps things fresh, alive and yet challenging.  We feel blessed to have each other and to continue working on our relationship.  It certainly is not always unicorns and rainbows but it would be too easy if it was, don’t you think?




You know when you are the youngest in the family (or maybe not) but you have someone older.  You wish and wish that you could be older.  Then when you get there it wasn’t as wonderful as you thought.  Well as time continues on and we are celebrating our brother and sister’s birthday today.

Their 60th and thankful that we are here to be able to acknowledge it and celebrate where we have all been these past years.  The roads we have traveled and the friends we have made.  Best of all….. still not 60 yet!! (na-na-na-boo-boo!!)

Leesa and Stephen

As we head into the fall we were greeted with a short visit from Leesa and Stephen while on their way to a wedding in Campbell River.  Not only did we get to see them and Lucy for the first time on this island but we had a chance to catch up with others who had a chance to drop by or get together in Campbell River.

Leesa and Stephen have now set a wedding date of July 5th in Calgary.  Hard to believe that our girl is getting married but that she has been blessed enough to find a man who gets and understands her.  We certainly are excited for them both.  We saw them off at 7 this morning to catch an early ferry.  It was a beautiful day + 27C to travel.  Until next time…… travel safe and we love you!

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