Monday, March 30, 2015

My artists

Packing up and making the tough decisions. Downsizing is difficult. How to part with such masterpieces!?

By Bryan

By Carolyn

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Summer 2014 - Part 1

Boating with the girls in Smoke Rise
On the lake with Karen & Tracey

Beautiful wedding in June in Lancaster, PA
Lisa & Karen, mother of the bride, with Don & I, Tracey, Lisa & I with photo bomber Paul,
at the magical barn, and our room at the Lancaster Arts Hotel

Hiking Gore Mountain & Dining at Lake George, NY
Jim & Angie Shand, a view of the lake from The Sagamore Resort

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Kids in their Digs

Carolyn moved to Philadelphia mid July and Bryan moved to Hoboken August 1. Both places are in great locations and seem to be working out well.

Carolyn's new apt in the sky - all 425 sq ft of it - before all the finishing touches but still looking good:

The TV room, bedroom, original door knob from when the building was a hotel,
bathroom, and kitchen - all she needs

Bryan is now on his third place after 1 year in Brooklyn, followed by his second gadabout, then a few months in Brooklyn, and a few months with us. He has a roommate and is a short PATH ride to work in Manhattan. Here's his new apt by the Hudson:

Bedroom, kitchen, kegerator, dining room, living room
So they are both settled for the next 12 months. Miss them both but love visiting!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Adam Graduates from UWO*

Our nephew, Adam, graduated from Western University (*formerly known as UWO) in June of this year. We were in Ontario for his graduation party on June 14, and coincidentally Adam's 23rd birthday! Right after Carolyn's graduation weekend, in May, Adam started his full time job with Coca Cola and by all accounts it's going great!

Adam - the man of the hour!
Past grads - Bryan, Jack, Barb
Future grads - Eric & Michael
The family and neighbors
I didn't do a very good job of capturing everyone in my pictures! It was a fun day nonetheless. Congratulations, Adam!

We also had a great visit with Nana!

Bryan & Nana at The Keg

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Carolyn graduates from PSU - May 2014

On May 10, 2014 Carolyn  received her PSU college degree with a Communications major and IT minor. We're so proud of her!

Tommy, Carolyn's boyfriend, graduated on the same day and was able to join us in the celebrations.
Carolyn & Tommy, BA 2014
With lots of family visitors from Ontario, her graduation weekend was a lot of fun  and we will remember it forever.
First gathering! Dinner at the Gamble Inn and a celebration of Barb's 50th birthday!
Post graduation dinner for our graduates! 
Post dinner photo opp outside The Penn Stater
Another pay raise for Don and I with Carolyn's graduation! Yah! We're done! Carolyn will be working for Verizon in Philadelphia, starting mid-July. Congratulations sweetheart.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Singer Island visitors in February

Catching up on some of recent trips to FL. Don and I came down for two weeks at the end of Feb. We worked from the condo for part of the weeks and enjoyed a couple of long weekends. 

Carolyn and Jim were visiting her dad near Orlando and came down for a quick visit. Great to see them down here. This Carolyn was my roommate at Western and for a year afterwards ... and my Matron of Honour! She's now a Vice Principal at a Burlington school. Jim is a music prof at U of T.

The following weekend was a mini Nestle reunion - not the full gang - but a nice contingent! Craig and Linda were down the entire week, staying near Orlando, and Steve and Vera drove over from Fort Myers where they live for the season.

Both got the first-day tradition: Walk to the inlet, up the inlet to the walkway and over to the Sailfish Marina for breakfast. A route and destination that never fails to please! And it never gets old for us.

P.S. One more visitor in Feb:
A big fur ball who was good company until we started cleaning and preparing for our March rental.

And a photo of an interesting couple we spotted by the mall - couldn't resist:

Monday, April 14, 2014

Christmas 2013 - In Ontario

Christmas morning we drove to Mississauga in time to enjoy a Christmas dinner with Mom at the Marriott again. It was very nice, although we missed the Walnut Creek family!

The next day - Boxing Day - was Toronto Marlie day at the ACC! We had a bunch of seats all booked together and enjoyed a good game with free ball caps, followed by a post-game drink at the Real Sports Bar for the >19 years olds, and a shopping spree at the Real Sports clothing store for the <19 and="" nbsp="" p="" parents="" their="">

The following day, we were back at our fav morning coffee spot, Tim's, with our fav coffee drinker, who is now a whiz on her tablet, which was a gift from Christmas 2012.

And then we were off to Ingersoll for some Gill family Christmas cheer at Kathy's home!

Don & I, sisters Barb & Kathy with chocolate earrings, Doug & Barb
Delicious turkey dinner a la chef Kathy!
Having fun with "kids" and post-dinner antics!