Archive for January, 2009

Toasting friends with my sparkling pear juice on New Year’s Eve I felt nostalgic looking back over 2008.   There was much joy & some sorrow but as Frank Sinatra said “it was a very good year.”

If I had to sum it up in one word 2008 was a year of family.  In January my mom bravely ventured out from snowy & cold Ontario to our much milder climate.  Okay maybe not the whole time she was here 🙂  It was Mom’s first visit to Port McNeill in the winter but we found plenty to keep us entertained indoors from hosting a ladies lunch to spending 3 nights in Victoria to shop, play tourist and spoil Megan.   At the end of  March my brother Dan, sister-in-law Sue and our niece Vivian also from Ontario spent some time skiing at Mount Washington and then made their way to Port McNeill.  We celebrated Sue’s birthday by candelight the night of  Earth Hour and it was great having them stay with us and share our meals with my Dad and Step-Mom just 6 doors down.  In June we celebrated Chris’s Nana’s 100th birthday.  Again it was incredibly special to have family all together.  There was so much love and laughter packed into a few short days. 

The summer raced by in a blur of new and familar faces.  We welcomed guests from across North America and as far away as Kathmandu, Nepal.  It reminds me of something our friend Ev used to say about running her b&b.  “I can’t get out into the world — the world comes to me.”  And many thanks to inn-sitters Jennie & Jack we were able to get out into the world a few times.   

I’m embarrassed to admit it but it was more than 10 years since I’d been to Ontario and for Chris more than 20.  Yes we were long overdue.   So on December 1st off we flew — yikes some of my family have never met Chris and we’ve known each other 25 years.  No we didn’t have the proper winter gear but with borrowed coats & snow pants when we needed them we managed just fine.  Really it was 2 weeks of traveling from one house to the next.  Visiting, eating, catching up — what’s not to like about that?


 After more than 30 years I met up with the Class of ’77, my graduating class from Centennial High School in Welland Ontario.  Twice a year they get together for beer and pizza at the Rex Hotel and I was thrilled to be there on December 6th.  Okay there were a few gray hairs and some of us have gained a few pounds but but there were only a few names I didn’t remember.  The night went by wayyy too fast but now I stay connected by Facebook.

Our holiday ended with an early Christmas celebration in Haliburton with my brother Dan and his family.  It was the first time in more than 25 years that Mom, Dan and I celebrated Christmas together and with turkey dinner and presents and surrounded by a winter wonderland it was perfect.  Sadly the day after arriving home Chris’s Nana left us.  Alma Grace Gray at the grand old age of 100 passed away.  I picture her in heaven with Chris’s Mom knitting up a storm !!

Instead of making resolutions this year I’d rather say “In 2009 I pledge to: keep in touch with family & friends, simplify by letting go of things I don’t need anymore, write more and laugh more.  Happy New Year everyone !!  Hugs from the beach…


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