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SylviaInCanada Report 7 Jan 2017 00:39

Happy New Year!

We got back mid-afternoon on Wednesday ....... about 5 hours late due to a slow freight train that we had to follow all the way from about Edmonton (around lunch time on Tuesday), and a frozen switch on the track about 10 minutes outside the station here!

That's about how the trip went ..................... it was great fun, and we enjoyed every part of it, BUT there were all these weird "events" almost every day!

I even got stuck in the wheelchair on the stair lift in Montreal train station :-0

Someone had moved a post from one side of the landing to in the path of the lift. 5 or 6 French-Canadian men (some handsome :-D ) use brute force and a crowbar to hammer the post out of the mechanism. Lift fine, post not so fine :-D

Like Aidan, MJ was delighted to see us, and never stopped talking, whether it was to us, his parents or to his toys!

The weather had not warmed up while we were away, and more snow fell on New Year's Eve, so we returned to freezing temperatures and side streets and sidewalks treacherous with frozen snow and ice patches.

It's taking us time to get back to normal life!


LindainHerriotCountry Report 6 Jan 2017 09:57

Send some of your sun please Sue,it is rainy and dismal here.

Sylvia must be back from her holidays soon, so I hope she had a good time as well


SueMaid Report 4 Jan 2017 09:17

And so here we are back home....always good to be home but missing our Tassie boys. Our son told us that it was strange coming home to a quiet house.

Are you settled back in, Linda? It doesn't take long to get back to 'normal'.


SueMaid Report 3 Jan 2017 04:41

Ah but the grandchildren at home are also away for their holiday. We won't be seeing them until the weekend :-(

We have said our goodbyes to Aiden and his mum and then our son had to go to work so it was another goodbye....I hate goodbyes.

I know the problem Linda....larger sizes and reasonably fashionable...that's all I ask.


LindainHerriotCountry Report 2 Jan 2017 17:44

At least you have the other grandchildren waiting for you when you got back Sue

I was glad to be home after my ountry tour.

I went to the sales today to try and get a dress for my sons wedding. I was despairing, it isn't easy when you are a tad overweight. It really annoys me that when I look on line, I can see lots of likely candidates, but when I go to the shop to try them on, they don't have them in stock. Instead, they have rack after rack of dresses for stick insects which they can't sell, even though they discount them. For goodness sake, there are lots of we larger ladies with money burning a hole in our pocket, who end up buying nothing.

Anyway at a different outlet, I did find a dress which was 50% off in the sale. I am pleased with it, but now need to find a jacket or woollen shrug type thing to go with it. It is woollen, so will probably be too hot for the evening do, so I will probably get something different for that. As long as I have something for the ceremony that is all that matters


SueMaid Report 2 Jan 2017 09:18

Happy New Year!!

We had a quiet but very nice New Years Eve...a BBQ dinner and drinks. We are enjoying spending lots of time with Aiden and his dad. As we are friends with Aiden's other grandparents we have spent some time with them also.

Back home tomorrow evening (Tuesday) with mixed feelings. It's always good to get home but we don't like leaving our Tassie boys :-(


LindainHerriotCountry Report 25 Dec 2016 13:50

Thank you for all the good wishes, it is early afternoon and dinner is on track. I have already had so much alcohol I don't care

Eve got a karaoke machine which is proving a big hit


SueMaid Report 24 Dec 2016 23:31

Thank you, lovely ladies. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and all you could wish for in 2017 <3 <3


Von Report 24 Dec 2016 17:33

Merry Christmas and all the very best for 2017 :-D <3


'Emma' Report 24 Dec 2016 17:25

Merry Christmas to you all and best wishes for 2017 <3 <3


Mersey Report 24 Dec 2016 16:59

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year <3 <3


SueMaid Report 24 Dec 2016 07:52

Have a wonderful Christmas and stay safe.

I will also look in over the next couple of days.


LindainHerriotCountry Report 23 Dec 2016 20:43

Oh dear, they would be sad Sue. It is difficult when the family lives so far apart. At least you are usually close to the others. We are at the other end of th country from ours.

The car is absolutely jam packed, just the frozen and fridge food to go in tomorrow morning.I think we need a bigger car.

The weather here is dreadful,so cold with rain and very high winds. I hope it calms down over night.

We should have wifi, so I will look in over Christmas


SueMaid Report 21 Dec 2016 22:17

Oh I am Linda....I've been looking forward to this so much. One little moment of sadness on the day before we left. My daughter and the children became a little teary when we were saying goodbye :-(

I do get looked after when we're here....I don't have to do too much and the best thing is I rarely cook :-D


LindainHerriotCountry Report 21 Dec 2016 17:01

I bet you are just as excited as he is Sue :-D

You can have a rest now before the big day


SueMaid Report 21 Dec 2016 09:17

That's all annoying and time consuming Linda :-( we are at our son's house and as predicted Aiden is very excited. I don't think he has stopped talking since we arrived :-D


LindainHerriotCountry Report 19 Dec 2016 23:19

I managed to wrap the rest of the presents this morning without damaging myself any more. I gathered up lots of the things I need to take, then wrote a final food shopping list ready for Thursday, so things are on track

Tomorrow I am going to get my haircut thank goodness as I can hardly see. I will have time for a bit of shopping.

On Wednesday I don't need to take my usual lady shopping as she is going away the next day. Instead the office asked if I could take a couple from an outlying village. I have taken them before, usually they go to the doctors and sometimes to the bank. So I said yes, only to find out that they want to go to the town about twelve miles away to go to the bank, then to a shop on the High Street. That would take long enough because the woman can hardly walk, but then they want to go to a garden centre a mile out of town to look round and have a cup of coffee. That is going to take forever.

I am just growly because on Friday I took another couple to the hospital for what I assumed was an outpatients appointment only to find the woman was having a cataract operation. I had to wait three and a quarter hours in all. I did go and do a bit of shopping, but if they had told the office it was an operation, I would have been told to go and come back again instead of waiting

Growl over :-( :-(


SueMaid Report 18 Dec 2016 23:05

Not really organized just started to panic a little so knocked it on the head and got it done.

We are getting excited now and so his Aiden :-D


LindainHerriotCountry Report 18 Dec 2016 22:54

You are more organised than I am Sue. I wrapped half the presents then cut my finger with the scissors, so I gave that job up

I still have one more shop to do for the holiday, mainly the fruit and veg. Everything else is bought and frozen or in the fridge.

I hope you have a lovely time when you get there. Sylvia must be on her way by now as well


LindainHerriotCountry Report 18 Dec 2016 22:54

You are more organised than I am Sue. I wrapped half the presents then cut my finger with the scissors, so I gave that job up

I still have one more shop to do for the holiday, mainly the fruit and veg. Everything else is bought and frozen or in the fridge.

I hope you have a lovely time when you get there. Sylvia must be on her way by now as well