We've been busy - work, play, other stuff - and the weather has been really nice for most of August. We've taken a number of pix to document a few of the things we've been up to so I'm taking a bit of time to do this "random update" of some of our summer experiences.
Eric and Monique moved out of their apartment on June 30. Eric, with most of their furniture and household accessories, and all of his personal stuff, moved into our basement. He had a couple of jobs lined up for July and August. He was in and out of the house most of the summer until a couple of weeks ago when he went to Kelowna, to join Monique who had gone ahead to find them a place to live and herself a job. Eric will be going to school there starting at the end of September.
Craig flew in on August 2 from New Zealand and has been staying here most of the time. He took a week to go visit pals in Drumheller, but mostly has been doing his social butterfly thing here in Calgary.
All that to say we've had the two boys here at the same time for a few weeks and aside from the fact that it's been fun to have them both around for awhile, I had this idea that, gee, maybe we should get our picture taken with all four of us. I had this fantasy that we'd go have a professional photographer do the honours - but you try to get four people organized for an event like that when they are all flying around in different directions!
So I settled for a picture taken in our backyard by Craig's friend, Dave. Dave did a great job - but you have to work with what you've got. And we had 30 degree heat so needed to find shade - we ended up in our still under construction back yard - maybe not the most ideal situation for a family portrait. In any event, thanks to Dave, we have a few shots of the four of us. It will probably be the last one for quite a long time.
Here we are! Craig, Mary, Joe and Eric.
Craig with Dave and his daughter, Soleil.
I've been working in the electricity industry for a few years now and find it very interesting. For me it's a lot more interesting than oil and gas - "more moving parts" - as someone aptly described it. Every once in awhile, I have an opportunity to tour a generation facility, and in July, I had the opportunity to tour a big ol' Alberta coal fired plant. I've seen hydro, gas and wind, so was happy to be able to add coal to my "collection."
Jacquie and Roy above, Mary and Joe below.
Jacquie was very proud of her lighting - it looked better later when it was darker and she was able to turn on a few more strands.
We tooled around Hidden Valley in a golf card. Jacquie wanted to show us the proximity to the Bow River. The property is very low and prone to flooding. They have been flooded a number of times very seriously. Looking the other direction, you can see the bagging and further down, permanent levies that have been constructed to discourage the flood water from getting into the development. Most of the places are not too fancy - partly because of the flood potential, and also due to the fact that the land is leased from the local First Nations, so nothing is permanent. J & R have had this place for something like 25 years and have really enjoyed it. We thank them for inviting us to enjoy it with them on this day!