These weeks are just flying by! This whole year has gone so fast, I can’t believe we are in September. I am not done my spring cleaning and here I am chipping away at my fall cleaning.
Likewise, our Genie was just packing to leave for her summer adventure, and in five short days she will be heading home.
She is still making the most of every day of her travels across Canada. Today I am sharing photos that she took a few days ago, while checking out London, Ontario.
I didn’t crop or adjust any of these photo to correct the angle. I don’t know if the streets in Ontario tend to run at a slant or if Genie has a tendency to lean when she is taking photos, but I will just go with what she sent. Either way, with her artistic bent, I can see why Genie would have enjoyed visiting this area and taking photos of these beautiful buildings.
That is it for today. Take care and have a great day! 💞🌞
Our girl Genie has moved on from Toronto to her last stop in London, Ontario. Eleven more days and she will be back home. 🥰
Genie was supposed to engage in one more special adventure this week – taking a train from Toronto to London. That is not an opportunity that presents itself in Saskatchewan. Unfortunately, being one of the exhibition employees who took a first aid course earlier in the season, she was called up for duty this week. Part of being the First Responder on duty meant staying around until the exhibition tear down was complete and travelling with the other employees in the company buses. I keep forgetting to ask her who would take care of her if she was injured while she is tasked with being the First Responder. That is probably one of those things I don’t really need or want to know. 😯
Genie did manage to send me a few more photos to share while waiting for the buses to arrive….
That is it for today. Hopefully I will have more news on how London is going when Genie files her regular Sunday report.
It is Sunday morning, so that means another update from our wandering girl Genie. It is the final day of the Calgary Stampede so tomorrow it will be time to tear down the midway and move on to Edmonton.
Genie’s been working some pretty intense hours in Calgary, but this week she did find the time to follow her heart and visit the art displays. She sent me photos of a few of her favourite finds, so hope you enjoy! All of these are just amazing and a tribute to the talent of their creators.
A little angel background…. When Genie was too young for preschool, she understood the concept of words and taught herself to read by having us help her to read signs – any and ALL signs. When she was about seven or eight, we went to Walmart one day, where local author Henry Ripplinger was signing copies of the first book in his “The Angelic Letters Series”. Genie was star struck to meet an actual published author. He told her she was probably too young for his books but she turned those big eyes on me and of course Grandma indulged. Needless to say, she read the book, cover to cover barely setting it down, and she was hooked. She has acquired and devoured every book in the series since. I believe she had gotten most if not all of them autographed.
That is about it for today. Molly is sleeping off our morning walk (which went less than stellar), Dan is at work, and it is time for me to sweep and dust for the first of several attempts to keep this place in relative order today.
Grandpa’s girl Genie has gone off to join the circus this summer. (She is actually working Guest Services for North American Midway Entertainment, but joining a circus sounds so much better. 😂😂😂)
So far she has been doing her usual best of working hard, taking pride in her work, enjoying her job, and saving the bulk of her paycheques for another year of college courses. She texts every Sunday morning and so far her only downside has been home sickness (being a total home body 😯) and at times being overly busy with guests, guest, guests! (Did I mention she was working Guest Services? 😂)
I asked Genie to send me a few photos from her travels that I could share here. I’m not sure if it is because this is the Calgary Stampede or if it is just her typical love of animals, but she does seem to have a theme going here.
Genie will be off to Edmonton in a few days. I’m anxious to see what her focus will be there. Their annual exhibition is called Klondike Days so we might see some gold.👍
Following Edmonton it will be Buffalo Days in Regina! I’m not sure how many buffaloes we will see but there will definitely be updated photos of Molly and her favourite human.
That’s it for today. We finally had a good solid rain last night – with thunder and lightening. The risk of more of the same has finally passed so it is time for Molly and I to venture out.
It is the first official day of summer so I am showcasing a new seasonal appropriate header photo. I forgot to ask her to autograph it, but this one comes from our twelve year old granddaughter Maddy. It has to be a self portrait because it sure reminds me of her – right down to the perennially skinned knees.
We are starting out the summer with a gloomy, cloudy day but it will be all rainbows if we get some much needed rain today.
To finish getting Molly ready for summer walks and outings, we paid a visit to the veterinary clinic for her final round of puppy shots yesterday. I am so glad that we are done with that and so grateful that we can afford the care and protection that it takes to keep her strong and healthy. She weighed in at a whopping 42.5 pounds at four months old.
Here’s wishing all a wonderful summer. Take care and have a great day!
Today, Dan and I are celebrating the ‘Angels Among Us’ – or specifically one angel that came into our lives eighteen years ago today.
While all of our grandchildren are perfectly amazing, Genevieve (Genie) was the first and she changed our lives. From day one, she radiated the sweetest innocence. She became the toddler who loved every ladybug, climbed and crawled and danced her way into every heart.
By the time Genie started school, she was the poised and and precious older sister – a Grandpa’s girl who possessed the kindness and wisdom of one beyond her years.
Through the years we have watched our Genie grow, bigger and stronger, but always true to who she is – kind, caring, bright and brave, loving and determined to make this world a better place. And she always will – because she truly is one of those angels who touch the hearts of all she meets and fills the hearts of those of us who are blessed to know and love her.
I had a number of reasons to feel grateful yesterday. One of my favourites was a short visit from two of our granddaughters – Brook and Genie. Brook was in town and she dropped by to tell me that by Christmas I would be a great-grandmother! I love babies, tots, kids, tweens, teens and as high as our grands take it. But seriously – I am going to be a 😳😳😳 great-grandmother!
Becoming a grandmother seventeen years ago was a bit of a wake up call but I could work with it. Genie called her mother ‘Mommy’ and I was ‘Mom’ (That is what everybody else called me in those days 🤷).
Rory followed soon after, but due to medical issues – specifically muscle and joint issue – he barely spoke for quite some time. Dan was ‘HaHa’. I was more of an ‘AhAh’.
Gabby was next. We seldom saw her so she was a bit too shy around us to throw the ‘Grandma’ word around willy nilly.
Brook was five when she was brought into the family and she already had a Grandma. I have always been ‘Anne’ to her.
Then Maddy came along and there was no denying. I was ‘GRANDMA’. Grandma, grandma, grandma…. Maddy started speaking fluently when she was about five minutes old and ‘Grandma’ was her magic word. After the seventeenth ‘Grandma’ in a row, Maddy scored whatever she ‘needed’ – panties, sneakers, McDonalds, boots, Playdoh, coloring books and one balloon on a stick! 😂
Since Maddy, four more grands have joined the family. Prim, Lucas, and Cason joined ranks with Maddy. ‘Grandma’ became official and I officially got older.
Except for Dominic. He insists on calling me ‘Nana’. In turn, I call him ‘Fred’. He does not like it but he has yet to figure a work-around. 😁
With one more grand on the way in November, now I have to face reality at a new level. Great-Grandmother!
Regardless, it will all be worth it to have another little one in the family. We are beginning a new generation and I am sure each and every one of these babes will be unique, amazing, and someone in our lives to be infinitely grateful for.
“The trick is to age honestly and gracefully and make it look so great that everyone looks forward to it.”
– Emma Thompson
(What a lovely legacy to leave one’s growing family!)
It is Day 30 of my thirty day June ‘Accentuate the Positive’ challenge. I have been officially retired for a solid year and I have proven to myself that I can still pull together the focus, the capability, and the inspiration to succeed – on time and on budget! 🤣🤣
I have thought about this final post for pretty much the past month. I was pretty confident the entire post would ‘Accentuate’ my sense of accomplishment. However, “the best laid plans of mice and men” has declared that today I must share the spotlight. Last night I received a text from our granddaughter.
After seventeen years of filling our lives with hugs and kisses, giggles and ladybug liberties, our Genie has graduated – along with her partner in cuteness, Alec. Congratulations you two!
Genie was also officially diagnosed with h-eds this week. That may not sound like a positive but it so is. You cannot deal with, access the treatment and therapy you require, or get your physician to consider that you have, an all-encompassing condition, until you have a legit diagnosis on your medical records. I know this because Genie’s siblings are affected, her mother (my daughter Jenn) is affected, I have been affected, and my Mother was affected. Lack of a proper diagnosis has caused enough unnecessary pain and issues for our family. So yea, this is a positive!
Back to me… I have thoroughly enjoyed this challenge that I set for myself. It has helped me to appreciate the positive in my life. For those who have been following, or dropping in from time to time, I hope that your moments with me have been enjoyable and a little bit uplifting. I genuinely appreciated your comments, compliments and thumbs up (likes).
The reason I chose the “Accentuate the Positive” challenge for June was because there has been so much struggling and suffering around for so long. Covid, difficult economic times, political issues, crime and violence, anger and frustration, mental health issues, racial issues and the like, are all wearing people down. I felt that posting a little warm and fuzzy every day was just a nice and timely thing to do.
I know that my June blogs have not fixed all that ails our world. I did not expect them to. But, I am no quitter! 🤣 Tomorrow I am starting a new series of blogs. It will not be a challenge (because I know I’ve got this). It will simply be my mission for July. I hope you will drop by from time to time to check it out.
Growing up in my family we kept to a fairly predictable schedule. (My mother was a drill Sargent in her previous life 🤣) Dinner was at 12 noon, supper was at 6 PM, laundry was done on Monday morning, and birthdays and holidays were celebrated on their appropriate dates.
When my family was young, our schedule was somewhat predictable. Meals were always at the table. Supper was 6ish, I did laundry once a week, and birthdays and holidays were celebrated on or close to appropriate dates.
Between Dan’s 24/7 shifts, kids growing up and having their own families, and various births and health crises, our schedule has become rather loosely goosey…. We eat, we do a load of laundry when one of us happens to go downstairs for whatever reason, and we celebrate birthdays and holidays.
Last night we had granddaughter Genie and her boyfriend Alex/Ben over. We enjoyed our Christmas turkey supper, topped off with a peanut butter cheesecake to celebrate Genie’s birthday (she will turn 17 on December 24th – and she doesn’t eat peanuts 🤦- I made her a mug cake and dressed it up for the occasion).
Dan is scheduled to work straight through December 22nd to 26th but we will be getting together with Genie and Alex/Ben on the 30th. But, we won’t be celebrating New Year’s 😂 – they are coming with us to son Dan’s wedding on the 31st. New Year’s will have to merge with Easter and Dan’s birthday sometime in the spring.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’s – I hope you have the opportunity to celebrate the holidays with your loved ones!🌲☃️ And for our southern neighbours – Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃