Monday, July 21, 2014

What a party that was...

I am back in Woodstock, after a great weekend over in Mallory Town, which is just a little north of Brockville, on the eastern side of Ontario...not too far from Ottawa.

Every year for the past 28 years, my cousin Marion, and her Husband, Peter have hosted a Family reunion on their Farm. Thanks for another great year!

Two Familys came together a long time ago, when my Dad married my Mom, and then my Dads Sister, married my Mom's Brother! Got that! The Familys were large, but all have now departed with the exception of my Mom, who is 92 years old in a couple days, and her Brother, Art, who is now 94! They were happy to be back together again!

It was well worth the 8 hour drive to see my Mom and her Brother again!

It was a great time, with 69 Family Members coming from all over to enjoy a great day and really good food!

There were a couple real neat stories I wanted to highlight tonight for you...

There were a bunch of kids having fun with swimming a face painting... but the young gal you see in this picture above on the left is from Belarus.

What a major disaster Chernobyl was!
 

The Country of Belarus, shares the norther border of the Ukraine. The Chernobyl Nuclear Accident happened back in 1986, just north of Kiev in the Ukraine. A large part of Belarus was affected by this accident. There is a program that has been in effect for quite a few years now, that brings the young kids out of Belarus to Ontario for a five week summer holiday. Yes, it helps! My Cousin Bob, who lives in Calgary, has a daughter Kimberly, who along with her Husband Nathan, hosted this young girl for the five week period this summer! My Cousin Marion, and her Husband, Peter, hosted a young man of the same age for many years. This young girl speaks zero, none, nada one word of english, but that does not matter! She had a ball at the reunion and is enjoying her time in Canada! This was one feel good storey... here is another!

Meet Nathan... yes, the same young man who along with his Wife, Kimberley hosted the young lady from Belarus. I have not had a lot of opportunity to get to know Kimberley and Nathan, but I did this weekend. Nathan as far as I am concerned is a Canadian Hero! He is a Member of Canada's Armed Forces, and he has completed 3 tours of Afganistan, where he was placed in harms way the entire time!

Nathan is a great and inspiring guy to talk to, and related to me a lot of what went on while he was on his tours. Of course there is two parts to this storey, as his Wife Kimberley was at home in Canada raising their young children (3) under stress the entire time!

Kimberley did a terrific job of face painting all the kids during the day...

 

Nathan lost two of his Friends in action over the course of his 3 tours, which I could tell affected him... who would it not take a toll on!

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Nathan made sure all the kids were belted in before taking them for a ride on the Mule!

It sure must take a very special person to be able to complete this roll in the Armed Forces... The conditions were harsh to say the least... Nathan was telling me that while on Patrol, they would dig holes to sleep in for a couple hours in the night as half of the troups kept watch. I guess if you get tired enough you fall asleep... I don't know if I could.

It was great to see Nathan back in Canada, with just a terrific attitude and personality, and enjoying every moment of life with his Family!

Thanks for your service to Canada, and the World, Nathan! Well done!

Nathan continues his career with our Armed Forces.

Till tomorrow...

 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Mallory Town, Ontario

I am in Mallory Town tonight with my Mother, attending a Family Reunion.

Too busy and tired to post again tonight, so we will catch you later!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

No work today... day off!

Decided to take today off the RV Project. Received a telephone call from friend David, who says..." Hey John... I don't have to work on Thursday, why don't we hit the links?'

How could I refuse that request... it was simply a fantastic day weather wise... sunny, warm... just perfect!

David went to an online Golf Website, and picked up three Green Fee Tickets for Sally Creek Golf and Bistro.

YThis is a real nice 9 hole course, located right inside the City of Woodstock. The hole above is #1, and is a bit of a challenge, as the entire course is!

I am not sure what was located in the current Bistro and Club House, but it sure had one big chimney!

David got a great deal online, only $10.00 for 18 holes on the course this morning... normally green fees would be around $35.00 for this course. He invited another friend of his, Andy, to join us, and the 3 of us had a fantastic time! We enjoyed a great Bistro Lunch after our game, and sat around for a while, and solved a few of the World's problems... seems to be quite a few lately!

David actually owns a home, that backs onto one of the holes on this course... oh ya... there is also a whole bunch of water on this course!

This afternoon Judy and I did get out to Home Depot and picked up all the materials I am going to need to complete the RV Project. A couple strategic cuts allowed us to carry the materials home in our Cruze, with no alterations to the job! Perfect... "who needs that Jeep anyways?" As in most of today's cars, our back seats fold forward, and you have access into the trunk of the car...perfect for oversize items.

Tomorrow morning, I am leaving Town to head up to Orillia, pick up my Mom, and then head east to Mallory Town, Ontario, where we will take in our annual Family Reunion this weekend. My Mom is really looking forward to seeing her 94 year old Brother! The Blog might be a little light for the next few days... so be warned... you might have to get a Blog fix somewhere else, we will see.

Judy is staying in Town for the weekend, and is going to acompany Gwenny as they head over to St. Thomas, Ontario, where they will take a trip on "Thomas the Train"...

Now, if you watch any kids shows at all, you will know Thomas the Train! Gwenny just loves it, and is looking forward, as they will go for a 1/2 hour ride on the Train! Hope Judy takes lots of pictures for when I get back!

Till tomorrow...