SPENDING THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH HEATHER, HER FAMILY AND MINE.
Having had Heather with me in Vancouver after spending her year in Europe it was time for me to visit her in Oakville, Ontario. But soon after arriving we went to New York City for four days and stayed with her daughter Briana in Tribeca. What a great trip....saw the Broadway musical "ON A CLEAR DAY", visited The Museum of Modern Art, walked all over including the site of The World Trade Centre, saw all the window decorations, Central Park and much more. Also we experienced lots of different restaurants.
I was very comfortable in Heather's home which is a couple of blocks from Lake Ontario in the old and lovely part of Oakville. Oh yes she has a dog, a great dane named "Ocean". I'll let the pictures tell this story except to say I bacame a proficient dog walker with all that entails. Then we had to get ready for Christmas by driving out into the countyside to cut our own tree at a tree farm.(One of us at each end of the two-person saw). We enjoyed a picnic in the barn before returning home and decorating the tree. I joined the YMCA and excercised and swam regularly, we walked along the lakefront and in the woods and had a wonderful time.
My son Doug and his wife Linda had us for dinner and we entertained my old friend Richard Bodt and his wife, Lenora. Also I had dinner with John Stewart and Doug Middleton both of whom I worked with many long years ago. Then came Chrismas Eve, an especially emotional event for me since it was the first Christmas I had spent with my son in over 40 years. We went to his and Linda's home for dinner and all of his six children(Tanya, Shannon,Chris,Geoff,Cameron and Carolyn), two with their husbands(Powin and Kyle), and four grandchildren (Justin, Ethan,Spencer and Riley)were there. So that made four generations. My heart swelled with pride!
The next day Heather prepared dinner. Her daughters(Briana and Amelie) and Briana's husband Rim were there so it was a very special Christmas. We skyped Heather's son Tait in Austria and had fun talking to him, his wife Sego and their daughter Leo. Well Leo can't really talk yet but she certainly tried.
During my month in Ontario we visited many of Heather's friends and entertained and were entertained by a lot of them including a house party on New Year's Eve, Also we went to St Catharines, my home town, had dinner with my sister-in-law Bev and went to see my Mom and Dad's lighthouse in Port Weller with nephew Bruce and his sons, Robbie and Jim. This was another trip down nostalgia lane for me showing Heather where I grew up. Also we went to Welland for lunch with my sister-in-law Fran.
Then I came home and will meet Heather in Mexico next month.
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Heather in NYC December 2011
Riley and Shannon Christmas, 2011
Christmas Eve, 2011
Ethan and Doug, Christmas 2011
Christmas in Oakville, 2011
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Man and dog Christmas, 2011
Dog and man, December, 2011
Visiting Pt Weller with Bruce, Robbie and Jim. Jan 2012
Visiting Bruce and family.
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