Date: December, 2011
A very merry Christmas and a happy
New Year to all family and friends.
January 3 was the date of the new
work year at Methanex. Just prior to Christmas, the decision was made
to change the work hours, because of the tight schedule for the plant
start up. The work day will be 10 hours long, starting at 7:30 AM and
for six days a week.
On February 14 Gloria received our
new puppy, Cooper,
short for Mini Cooper. Our niece Kelly took in a dog that was no longer
wanted, two months later she had pups. 1 female and 1 male. Cooper's
sister has long hair, like her mother, where Cooper has short hair. We
recently found out that Cooper has some Chihuahua in him. Although we
never saw the father, I suspected as much. This is a more recent photo
of Cooper. I received a new Seiko watch from Gloria. I still have the
Seiko she purchased for me in 1974. Thanks hon.
March 3 saw my birthday with the
house surrounded by Pronghorn antelope. They were foraging for grass
and moss in the front yard. The really cold winter has brought them
right into town. One even died in front of the house.
March 31 and Gloria's car was hit
and run in the Walmart parking lot. Walmart does not have security
cameras in the parking lot, so no luck there. $800.00 later we had it
April 2 and the winter just keeps
going. This was the view
from our patio door.
9 April I started to demolish
our old deck, in preparation of the new one. The photo's are
in reverse order from new to old. During the summer months we enjoyed
many meals with family and friends on the new deck, safe from
mosquitoes, wasps and UV rays.
April 24 has been two years since
our buddy Maia
died. Miss you friend.
May 11 to 17 we tore out the old
lawn in front of the house and installed a low
maintenance garden. I looks much better, uses less water and
the colors go well with the rest of the house front.
Gloria and I celebrated our 37
wedding anniversary on May 18, at the Beefeater. We had been given a
generous gift card from a friend. Also if it's May our ornamental
crabapple in the back yard blossom's
out. Because of the extremely cold winter, it was two weeks
late this year. This was possibly the best it has ever looked.
June 16 we went to the Esplanade
to see IL Circo
Viaggio. This is a group of performers similar to Cirque du
Soleil. They were excellent and performed some amazing acts.
In June I began organizing the
weekly golf game for Methanex. We go to Redcliff Riverview every
Thursday and I have come up with some very interesting and fun games.
We play nine holes and then have a beer and a meal. It's a good way of
socializing with other folks from work.
June saw the passing of Anna Osadczy,
the mother of a friend who became my nephew, Bill Osadchy. Bill married
my niece Debra.
In June I also had to put a new
starter in my 1994 Honda Civic. It's the first serious money I have
spent on it in a long time. It's a reliable work horse and gets to and
from work. I will be purchasing a new vehicle in 2012, and I will have
to decide what to do with the Civic. Some family members have shown
interest in the car for their teenagers.
We had a garage sale on June 25.
Six years on, and still we are selling equipment left over from the
deli. The sale made a big dent in the amount of clutter we had in the
garag though, I might even have enough room for a new vehicle...
We purchased a new natural
gas fired BBQ in July. Although we have had a gas outlet on
the deck for many years, we were waiting for the old BBQ to bite the
dust. Now we have build he new deck, it's a very welcome addition. I
have enjoyed trying some of the recipes in the Griller's Handbook, and
especially like the Beer Can Chicken.
1 September and we started new
work hours at Methanex. 7:15 AM to 4:15 PM. This is an extra 1/2 hour
on every work day, but it gives us 14 extra days off per year. Six
designated by the company and the remainder to use whenver we choose.
September 14, 10 years ago today,
the plant I work at, Methanex, was being mothballed and 120 employees
had a month left to work. 10 years later the plant has been restarted,
and 83 permanent employee's have jobs, with more employee's to come.
On September 29 we played our last
weekly golf game, seems everybody enjoyed the games we played on the
course as I received a nice gift from Methanex for organizing, it was a
$100.00 gift certificate to the The Local, a nearby restaurant and bar.
We had two trips to The Local with that certificate.
October 3 an old neighbor and a
really nice lady, Kath
(Kathleen) Ainsworth, died in the UK. Kath was fun loving and
warm hearted. Kath would always give me a warm Irish greeting whenever
I was home on leave, or back to Ellesmere Street for a vacation, she
also shared the same birthday as my late brother Brian, 7 March. God
bless you Kath.
October 7. Cooper our pet, paid a
visit to the vet to get snipped. It slowed him down for a couple of
days, but now he's back to being his usual, very active self.
October 23 saw the passing of Oscar
Rinke, Gloria's uncle. Oscar was the brother of Gloria's
mother, Elsie Jacober nee Rinke. Uncle Oscar was 84 years of age and
lived in Grande Prairie, Alberta.
Vacation time finally came at the
end of October. We left for Palm Springs, California on the 28th and
arrived at the condo
on the 30th. The condo is owned by some friends of ours, who live in
Washington State, their condo is adjacent to the condo we stayed in
during the winter of 2009
and 2010. We spent three great weeks there and met some old
friends from our previous visit. While we were there we booked the next
door condo again for five months, from November 2012 to March 2013. We
took Cooper with us on this trip. I must admit, of all the pets we have
had, Cooper traveled the best and was never a bother during some long
drive days. On the way home, we stayed in Idaho Falls for the night.
The hotel we stayed in was directly accross from the falls.
November 5 both Gloria and myself
enjoyed a pedicure in Desert Hot Springs. This was my very first
pedicure, and I much admit I enjoyed it. I will even go again, when we
are back in Medicine Hat.
November 6 we met up with some old
friends and ex work mates at the Elephant Bar in Palm Springs. Met the
Dufresne's and Gustafson's. They get the pleasure of staying south for
the winter, while we have to go back home and endure one more before
The drive back from California on
the 18th of November, we uneventful until we ran into a big winter
storm that was hitting the whole of the west coast. We had to be
particularly careful going over the Monida Pass, between Idaho and
Montana. Stretches of that road are steep, both going up and going down
and very twisty. You most certainly drive the posted limit in weather
November 28 I received an e-mail
that I had won a laptop. I was a little leery at first, but then
realized it was from a TV tech show, that I watch weekly. I go to the
website every week and enter the contest, if I'm interested in what
they are giving away. Anyway, I won a Dell
Vostro V131 laptop.
17 December was the date of the Methanex
It was held at the Medicine Hat Stampede Grounds, same place as last
year. We did not win anything this year. Last year we won the table
center piece. Company provided taxies to and from the party, so no
reason to drive.
20 December, Gloria and I went out
for supper to the Thai Orchid Room, with Brian, our grandson and his
girlfriend, Marie-Claude. We had a great time with them and we all
exchanged gifts and cards, one of which was a very nice photograph of
both of them. They were talking about possibly buying a house in 2012.
I hope it comes true for them.
December we went to Kenny and Steph's for Christmas Eve supper. All
Allen and Marlene's family were there as well as Jess, Dallas and the
two new twins. Gloria cooked the cabbage rolls.
Day and Kiana and Kelly came over to open presents. Later in
the day we went to the Medicine Hat Lodge for dinner, followed by a
game of Scrabble at Allen and Marlene's. Marlene won.
Day, Gloria made brunch for some old friends who were
visiting from Ontario
30 December we both went for a pedicure
to a local Spa. I realy enjoyed it. Later the same day, we
both had a Hot Rock Massage at the Medicine Hat Lodge. Ealier in the
day we purchased a new double oven stove from Home Depot. The old one
had broken glass on the inside of the stove door. Easier to buy new
than try to get if fixed.
Christmas recipes. Published in the Holiday Recipes
Collection of the Medicine Hat News.
Merry Christmas and a very Happy
Love and best wishes from Allan
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