Caribbean Adventures Part TWO!

Feeling a little schizophrenic lately ….  we cannot believe we have been dirt dwellers for 7 weeks now.  Somedays it feels like we just arrived and others … especially as we cross the river to camp and look out to the water…. it feels like it has been forever!

As I frantically crossed most things off the list today… what appeared before my eyes… but, of course, another list….  This list “Things to Do to Shut Down the House”….. arrghhh…. and once that is accomplished there will be the “Things to Do To Get Amoray Up and Running Again”…. it never ends!!!

But, alas it is still a blessed life that we lead being able to juggle these two worlds and enjoy them fully whilst immersed in one without too much longing for the other…. it is just the transition zones that are the worst I think.

So, what have we been up to these past 7 weeks … well it has been eventful and definitely full of love, laughter and busyness.

We arrived ‘home to the lake’ and our special ‘people’ eagerly met us at the airport in Kelowna.  It was a little strange for all as we settled in for a week visiting with Reid and Kathy.   They had been enjoying Mabel for 5 weeks or so already so they were able to remind us that yes, we have bowls Glen (AND a dishwasher too) as we acclimated to being landlubbers and all the joys of modern appliances and TV too.  Much fun was had playing games, sharing stories, spending time on the lake in the big speed boat, learning to wake surf, golf, and and and.

Reid shows me how it is done!

Reid shows me how it is done!

ok, now what????

ok, now what????

I wanna be a "Speedboat Babe"!

I wanna be a “Speedboat Babe”!

Of course, after being home for less than 24 hours I was over at camp helping in the kitchen as we hosted the Westside AGM.  Camp is truly a part of me and I even dragged Kathy along for the fun.

Our next two weeks flew by as we caught up with friends and neighbors and dealt with a number of retreat groups at the camp.  The weather was beautiful and we splashed ‘little speedy blue’ and she ran like a darn despite her two year hiatus.  September long weekend and the glorious summer weather held as we visited and beached with Lorne and I got in some long anticipated water skiing… just like riding a bike!

speedy blue makes an appearance at the marina after a long hiatus

speedy blue makes an appearance at the marina after a long hiatus

The Alberta Tour kept us on the road living in our travel bags for a couple of weeks.  With stops in Hanna, Morinville, Calgary, Hanna again and Calgary.  Once more the trusty Honda continued to rack up km’s to her now total of 325 000!  Aiden, our grand nephew, is a real little boy’s boy and growing up so fast!  The louder, the faster the better… never a dull moment with this bundle of energy!

The hardest part of our living so far away is missing our moms.  My mom continues to hold her own as she struggles with her health issues but she has been ‘hospital free’ all year, which is a major milestone in our books.  It was super to spend time with her sharing our stories and just being.   Glen’s mom continues to enjoy life in the assisted living facility in Hanna.  We returned for a short visit to be part of the annual family BBQ and to celebrate her 90th birthday a little early.  An amazing woman!

Aiden loves to go fast (and crash)

Aiden loves to go fast (and crash)

Macey the adorable pup

Macey the adorable pup

Glen with his mom and sister

Glen with his mom and sister

crib games in Hanna

crib games in Hanna

Calgary was fabulous, if not a little overwhelming.  We have not spent much time there since leaving the city in 2003 and were we in for a “big city shock”… it felt like LA!  We kept mostly to the southwest in our old stomping grounds but it was still crazy busy and big, big, big.  Our little town of Enderby and hideaway at Mabel Lake was certainly pulling us home.  That being said, we had a great visit with Teresa and the kids and got to take in soccer practices, cross country meets and even a High School Open House.  A quick visit with Gayl and Bill whom we haven’t seen in ages was fantastic and a short but lovely visit with Deb and Lorne rounded out our Alberta adventures.  Oh, and did I mention the big city shopping?  Our Visas worked overtime as we looked for those end of summer deals and must haves to take back to Amoray.

Go Zach go!

Go Zach go!

nothing like a glass of vino on the patio on a glorious September day

nothing like a glass of vino on the patio on a glorious September day

at the cross country run

at the cross country run

Aly climbs the tree while waiting for Zach to run

Aly climbs the tree while waiting for Zach to run

bentsens

Hannah masters the mysterious 'bubble light' that we just couldn't figure out

Hannah masters the mysterious ‘bubble light’ that we just couldn’t figure out

THE cutest puppy, Reno - Deb's special friend!

THE cutest puppy, Reno – Deb’s special friend!

Exhausted but emotionally overflowing we returned to the woods and more mundane events.  I spent five days at Camp in the kitchen with Lorraine as we cooked for the Quilting Retreat.  It was quite a change to be cooking large scale with big pots, and lots of them….  The weather began to change and fall was definitely in the air on those cool morning river crossings.

the Quilters and one of works of art they created!

the Quilters and one of works of art they created!

And so it was…. time to pull out speedy blue, put away the lawn furniture, fertilize the trees, finish packing and oh… did I mention power scrapbook shopping to make 150 wedding invitations for Kelsey?  The pieces are all cut out and the gluing assembly line will happen in the morning.  My “to do” list (here at least) is almost all checked off…. whew!  So, a little paler, a lot heavier (our suitcases that is), and a lot cooler…. we are ready …… Grenada here we come!

ready, set, go... 150 invites in 2 days - I CAN do it!

ready, set, go… 150 invites in 2 days – I CAN do it!

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