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Vancouver visit from my son Doug and our weekend in Quesnel

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When my son said he was coming to Vancouver on business and wanted to spend some time with me I was extremely pleased. And as it turned out his trip coincided with his sister Melinda's birthday. So I suggested we fly to Quesnel for the occasion. And we did! I have described Quesnel in previous Blog entries so suffice to say we had a great visit with lots of laughs, good natured bantering and probably too much eating and drinking. Then yesterday I met Melinda, my granddaughter Andrea and great granddaughters Kenzue and Erika at Vancouver airport on their way to Disneyland. And to cap it all off Doug treated me to an upscale dinner last night. I saw him off this morning on his way home.

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Vancouver Canucks' California Road Trip

Spending a weekend in San Jose with the Vancouver Canucks and a plane full of avid fans.

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I heard about this annual event some time ago and signed up. The team chartered a plane and 120 fans took off for San Jose after a nice breakfast in the airport. On landing we went directly to the arena for a Closed Practice. So we saw the players and coaches close-up. The kids in our group caught pucks thrown to them by the players. Then we had lunch at our hotel and a question and answer session with club president Trevor Linden and coach Willie Desjardins. A couple of Canucks' former stars accompanied us on the plane and kept busy talking hockey and signing autographs. After that we went to the SAP Centre for the very exciting game which Vancouver won......Go Canucks Go! High up in the rafters is a giant Shark's head which is lowered to the ice before the game. The San Jose Sharks skate onto the ice through the head along with smoke and flashing eyes. The head also puts on a show whenever their team scores. It was a wonderful weekend. Our group, ranging from kids with parents and grandparents to me, came from all over British Columbia and were a pleasure to be with.
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Spending a few days in Cincinnati

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Susan Beckman, who was instrumental in getting me into an advanced class at L'Institut de Francais last March by Skyping with me in French and encouraging me to persist, invited me to visit her and I did. She lives on a lovely small farm in Milford, Ohio near Cincinnati. We walked on a few trails, worked out with her personal trainer and enjoyed some nice meals out. One day we went to a lecture by Alexandra Fuller who talked about growing up in Africa and her best selling books as well as her life since. This was a charity event and about three hundred people attended. Another day we went to an event for "C'est La Chandeleur" (Candlemas Day) put on by the local Alliance Francaise. Crêpes and cider were served and since Susan, as a member of the Alliance had work to do I played Monopoly with her seven year old grandson Lachlan and kept an eye on little sister Maeve. Then we went to Susan's daughter's place to feast on Chili, finger food and desserts along with beer. Lachlan is so knowledgable about football and we enjoyed each other's company watching the Super Bowl. His sisters Olivia, Alexandra and Maeve along with their Mom and Dad were all great company. After four days of beautiful weather the day I came home was grey with rain and snow, so having ignored taking many pictures the ones I took that day aren't the best.

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Saying goodbye to 2015 and welcoming 2016 in the Cariboo

It's been quite a holiday season for me. First a week in Ontario with my son Doug and his family, then Christmas with my daughter Heather and her family in North Vancouver and finally seeing in the New Year in Quesnel with my daughter Melinda, son-in-law Wayne, granddaughter Andrea and her daughters Kenzie and Erika.

Flying from Vancouver is always a thrill going over and through the Coast Range to the rolling countryside of the Cariboo. The route pretty well follows the mighty Fraser River and leaves the mild wet west coast arriving an hour later in the frozen north.

So, to sum up the highlights I would say the laughing and teasing are very welcome; we are all very compatible and enjoy being with each other. Is it tiring being around seven and nine year old girls? You bet, but wonderful. Where do all their questions come from? We went skating....well I watched after a few mild attempts. Ice skating is not like riding a bike. You really have to learn all over again if you haven't skated regularly. Melinda and I ate our share of red meat at places like the Cariboo Hotel and Billy Barkers Casino since this is cattle country and we wanted to help the local ranchers. And we had home-made tourtière and other good stuff at home. Holding tightly to Wayne I rode on his snowmobile and another time Melinda and I walked out on the lake on a path her neighbour ploughed after she told him that was something I wanted to do. There are ice fishermen in their huts, skating rinks made by people living beside the lake, walkers and snowmobilers galore.

We celebrated the New Year at midnight Rio de Janeiro time(07:00pm In Quesnel) with champagne for the adults and cream soda for the girls, then we all went out on the deck with pots and pans, screamed, kissed and then returned to a raging fireplace. All was well and we all slept soundly.

So ends another lovely adventure.

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The last few pictures were taken at the Quesnel Airport on my way home.

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A Week in Toronto.......but what a week!

A little Father/Son bonding

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When my son Doug invited me for Christmas I had already accepted invitations from my oldest daughter Heather for Christmas and from her sister Melinda to see in the New Year in Quesnel. So, he suggested I come toToronto December 2nd for a week. His wife,Linda,was going to be away with her Mother. So being far more spontaneous than in the past and not wanting to miss some father/son time I went.

Chris is the only one of his kids living at home so the three of us ate what we wanted(steaks,chops,salmon etcetera, drank lots of beer and wine and watched sports on TV. But that's not all......Geoff,Doug's second son, joined us for a great meal at a place next to Air Canada Centre where, after dinner, we watched a basketball game which the Raptors lost by one point. The restaurant was fully booked but after Doug bribed the hostess with a twenty dollar bill we got a great table.

So what else did we do? We drove to Coburg twice to see my Great-Grandson Ethan play in a hockey tournament. That gave me time to visit with my Granddaughter Tanya and her husband Powin. Oh yes and I drove to Coburg in Doug's new Mercedes once even though I now restrict driving my Smartcar at home to the city. Hey I had a co-pilot and enjoyed the thrill of Ontario's busy autoroutes. Miriam, Chris's significant other came for dinner one night and Doug out-did himself in the kitchen. The picture of Chris and Miriam shows the melding of faiths.

One evening we went out to dinner with Granddaughter Shannon, her friend Ryan and daughter Riley. By this time Linda was back from Florida so that gave us an opportunity to get together.

And last but not least I had a lovely lunch with Tanya and Shannon's Mom Wendy. It had been too long. On my last day Doug and I had lunch with Heather Donaldson in downtown Toronto. We all enjoyed it.

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