Date: December, 2009
A very merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all family
On January 1, after dining out most of the holidays, we
entertained several family members to a lamb
curry. This meal in an ongoing joke with my nephew, Dave Drummond.
I'm always telling him we had lamb curry for supper, but there were
On January 3, Lorraine, Gloria's sister, and Vern her
husband, put on a family
dinner for Jillian, Mark and Amy. Others attending were Malcolm
Lorraine's son, Pam, Lorraine's daughter, Pete her husband, daughter
Kelsea as well as Gloria and myself. The meal consisted of cabbage rolls,
pirogues, home made sausage and other Jacober family dishes. After dinner,
Gloria and myself had to attend a surprise 65th birthday party for a
friend at the local Buffs club.
11 January we saw the completion of some work a friend
had done for us. We had a suspended ceiling installed in our downstairs
bathroom and also some doors and trim in our downstairs TV room.
21 and 22 January were my first two days of being off
work sick, since starting at Costco in November of 2007. I had a vicious
cold and cough. Two day's later, Gloria came down with the same cold
and was off work.
Again I was lucky enough to be in a warm climate for my
birthday on March 3rd. We vacationed in the Desert
Hot Springs area of California from February 23 to March 8, and
visited a couple of old friends who stay down there for six months during
the winter. I worked with Gerry Dufresne for many years at Methanex.
We also visited a little border town in Mexico called Los
Algodones. We went down just for the day and while I was there,
I visited a dentist and had my teeth cleaned. It cost me only $25.00,
and much less than I would have paid back in Canada.
The RV resort we stayed at was called Catalina
Spa The Spa sits on the San Andreas fault which provides it with
very hot water for it's, swimming pools and Jacuzzi's. We stayed in
what they call a Park Model trailer and was very comfortable for the
two of us. We could easily spend the winter living in one of these!
We took our golf clubs with us and played at a couple of very nice courses.
We had a friend stay at our home while we were away to
look after our aging pet Maia and our bird Echo. When we got back we
found out our friend had left the bathtub running one evening and the
water had seeped into the ceiling tile of our newly renovated downstairs
bathroom. The whole ceiling had to be replaced and the downstairs carpet
shampooed. The same week we got back, the garage door motor, electronic
thermostat and a telephone had to be replaced.
On March 29 a former coworker died, Gary
Schmitz. I had the pleasure of working with Gary for many years.
I first met him in 1979 when I joined Alberta Gas Chemicals. It was
always a pleasure to speak to Gary. He had a great sense of humor and
a quick wit. We both shared an interest in genealogy, and I would often
ask his advise on some aspect of it. He and his smile will be sadly
missed. My condolences to his family. This is a link to Gary's
obituary page, where you can make comments.
21 April saw Gloria's name and photograph in the Medicine
Hat News. She had been volunteering at the Medicine Hat Esplanade
the previous evening when a MH News photographer snapped her picture.
At 11:10 AM on 22 April, our best buddy and pet, Maia,
died. She passed away peacefully on her dog bed with Gloria keeping
watch on her. Maia was a Doberman with character and intelligence. She
never failed to meet us both at the door, no matter what mood we were
in. She was a true companion. Born 24 November 1995, died 22 April 2009.
She was the longest living of the three Dobermans we raised over 30
years. Maybe love had a lot to do with it? A couple of weeks after Maia's
death, we received a sympathy card
from her vet. I suppose they must send them out to all owners, whose
pets have died, but it was nice to receive.
May 17 we held a family
BBQ in our back yard. Gloria put a great meal with steak, hamburgers
and the family favorite, her potato salad. I worked to get the garden
ready for the summer and the BBQ and a fun time was had by most people,
18 May was our 35th
wedding anniversary. This one was either Coral or Jade. For those
who are interested, our 1974 wedding album can be viewed at the following
The last weekend in May we spent time in Calgary
at Cora's, Gloria's sister. We had a great time and had went to
Namskar an Indian restaurant, did some shopping, visited a quilt faire,
Heritage Park and got together for a family BBQ.
We had a garage
sale on the weekend of June 6 and 7. Gloria and myself were joined
with a couple of friends, Darlene and Rich, who also sold items at our
sale. It rained and snowed all day on the Saturday, and Sunday was not
much better, but, we made a fair amount of money, which we put away
for our winter vacation, if we have one?
Gloria's aunt, Olga
Roth, died on Friday 5 June. Olga was buried on Thursday 11 June
June 11 was Gloria's last day working for PWD, the Costco
food and beverage demonstration company.
June 12 was my last day working for Costco. We both decided
it was time to retire, until I find that dream job of working 12:00
noon to 1:00 PM with an hour for lunch :-)
On Saturday 13 June we had some friends over for a backyard
During July we researched for a place to stay this coming
winter. We liked the Desert Hot Springs area of California, where we
had been the previous March. We found a condo near Mission Lakes Golf
Club and booked it for five months. We will be there from October 15
2009 to March 15 2010. After the last long, cold and snowy winter, we
had had enough and wanted to get away from it.
Leaving Costco gave me the chance to once again play for
the Men's Senior Golf League. Tee off times are at 9:00 AM so I could
never make them having to work till 10:00 AM. So far, the middle of
July, I have done very well having played 3 times and been on the winning
team in my foursome every time.
John, Shelly and the boys came
to visit us on 11 July. John's mum is not doing very well as she
battling cancer. John has asked if he can stay with us if his mum takes
a turn for the worse. We said yes of course.
July 16 was a memorable night at regular Men's League
Golf. We did not win any prizes as we were only -1 under par. What we
did do was win the 50/50 pot. It was my ticket that was pulled. We split
$205.00 between the foursome I played with that night.
August 11 our cockatiel Echo
has gone to a good family who also have another cockatiel. We had Echo
for eighteen years, but now we would like to travel in the winter. We
will miss him :-(
August 15 Sarah Faye Scahill married Devon Andrew Ford.
The family got together on August 29 for the 3rd
annual pig roast. This is held at LaVonne and Kevin's home in Balzac.
The pig was done to a tee and the weather was wonderful. Great food,
great time and great company. Later in the weekend, Gloria, Shelley
and myself went to the new mall in Balzac. The locals call it Mallzac.
Men's league golf end of year game was held on Saturday
12 September. My playing partners this year were: Kim Bohnet, Les Eiler
and Steve Brier. I had wanted to get a team photo, but my camera batteries
had died. We finished at 6 under par, just out of the prizes, but we
each had our names pulled for a prize. I won a 3 in 1 grill, sandwich
and waffle maker. We also shared the 50/50 which was valued at $1270.00.
I've had a lucky year with the 50/50 draws.
At 5:00 AM on September 14, Sharon
Stewart died. Sharon was the mother-in-law to Shelley Stewart, Gloria's
sister. Sharon had been fighting cancer for a couple of years. Sharon's
funeral service was held at the Hope Church in Burstal, Saskatchewan,
on Friday September 18 2009. This is the order
of service. It was followed by a luncheon
at the local community hall. She was a lovely lady.
Monday 12 October we headed south for the winter to a
in Desert Hot Springs. Driving leisurely for 3 days, stopping in
Dillon Montana, Salt Lake City Utah and Mesquite Nevada. We rented the
condo from the 15 October to 15 March 2010.
25 October took in the annual Golf
Cart Parade in Palm Desert, followed by supper a Babes restaurant.
We hosted our first
visitors on 30 October at the condo. Jerry and Elaine Dufresne came
with their friends Jean and Dennis. Great laughs, good visit.
Sunday 8 November we went to watch the 2009
Gay Pride Parade held on Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. It was
a fun time.
November 11 I completed the indexing of the 1930
US Census on my blog The
We went to the iMax theater to see A Christmas Carol in
3D and then to the Elephant
Bar for supper on 16 November.
and Gwen Gustafson hosted happy hour at their RV on 19 November.
20 November we went to the Living
Desert in Palm Desert then for Mexican food at La Casuelas in Palm
On the 28 November we had some folks to our
condo for happy hour. In the photograph are: Jim Wilcox our condo
neighbor, myself, Gerry Dufresne, Gwen and Barry Gustafson, Elaine Dufresne,
Tami Wilcox and Gloria.
November 29 we attended Art
In The Park on North Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs. Lots of
beautiful art of all types.
Went golfing with my next door neighbor, Jim Wilcox, on
20 November. I played Mission
Lake Golf Course for the first time and shot a 105.
28 November we had happy
hour in our condo. In the photo are: Jim Wilcox our neighbor, myself,
Gerry Dufresne, Gwen and Barry Gustafson, Elaine Dufresne, Tami Wilcox
and Elaine Dufresne.
December 4 we went to see the movie Precious.
It is the first movie we gave our own rating of 10/10. It's a story
that shows you should never judge someone until you really know them.
We highly recommend you see this movie.
5 December we attended the Tamale
Festival in Indio, just a short 29 mile ride down the I 10. Lots
of vendors selling food and especially tamale's. We also shopped at
WINCO Foods. WINCO stands for Washington, Idaho, Nevada, California
and Oregon. I can't see this store coming to Canada. They are just like
Costoc, but cheaper. The day was fairly cool at 16C (60F). It was the
first time since being down here that I had worn pants and socks.
December 8 saw our first storm since being in California.
The temperature dropped to 8C (46F) and we had just over and inch of
rain. Not a day for going to the pool or taking a walk. Also on this
day, the DVD's I had ordered from Amazon arrived. I purchased volumes
3, 4 and 5 of the BBC series MI5. I had received volumes 1 and 2 as
a Christmas present in 2008.
On December 9 this was the view
outside of our patio door after yesterdays storm. Some clouds still
sticking around and snow in the mountains.
14 December we completed the 100th recipe for our cookbook.
That's three sections of the cookbook down, and two to go.
On the 17 December, our neighbors at the condo, Jim and
Tami Wilcox, took us out for supper at the Mission Lakes Country Club.
We followed that with a dip
in the hot tub. Thanks Jim and Tami that was a great evening.
eve saw us entertaining several neighbors for drinks and nibbles.
Gloria made some of our favorite snacks including candy cane chocolate.
On the coffee table was the beautiful center piece that Allen and Marlene
had delivered to us.
Day was all about golfing and grub. I went golfing with my neighbor
Jim Wilcox. The golfing was free as the clubhouse was closed. Lots of
people didn't even bother wearing proper golfing attire as it was considered
casual golfing. Gloria and Tami made a delicious meal. We had Prime
Rib with Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and all the fixings. Desert
was upside down pear and ginger cake. A great meal.
Boxing Day we went for dinner with our neighbors, Jim
and Tami Wilcox, to the Blue
Coyote Mexican restaurant in Palm Springs. We were joined by Jim
and Tami's friends Ed and Terri Moore who were visiting from Washington
Years Eve started at home, with lobster tails and angel hair pasta
for Gloria and myself. Then we went to visit some friends at Catalina
Spa on the other side of Desert Hot Springs and played some cards. A
relaxing and enjoyable evening.
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
Love and best wishes from Allan and Gloria.
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