Seasons Greetings
from Bruce & Deb
December 2002

Horse drawn sleigh In front of Chateau Lake Louse - click for full size image

2002 started with son Michael buying a neat 2 story + roof condo apartment on Front Street a couple of blocks west of the CN Tower and SkyDome.

Deb was advised not to leave the country while Immigration processed her application for Canadian residency so we headed west by car via the white knuckle Canadian route. 

We spent more time than usual in Canmore - January 31 - April 4. Visited by Ross & Marj, Mom & Dave, Jim & Pat, and Deb's daughter Natalie. Drove to Panticton in Dave's Cadillac to visit Aunt Alice. 

While in Canmore we bought a condo apartment. We are renting it out through Bow Valley Bedfinders to vacationers. We call it Moose Den and have a web site to promote it: mooseden.ca

In May son Brian went to Greece for a kick boxing tournament.

Bruce started siding projects at the house in Mississauga and at the cottage at Stormy Lake. See douglas.ca for the full story. 

Black fly season was particularly bad at the cottage and took its toll on Deb who suffered a bout of cellulitis. At the time we did not know how serious it could have been, and how quickly it can become lethal. Three days of intravenous antibiotics. A $700 fly bite.

July to September the weather was fabulous for the English invasion. First Deb's son Matthew and his girlfriend Gemma visited, then Deb's brother Adrian visited with his son Jack and lady friend Tori. Then Deb's parents arranged a visit on short notice just prior to her Dad Tony's radiation treatment for cancer of the Larynx. Lots of pictures at mrsdouglas.ca.

Michael spent the spring and summer doing serious dragon boat racing, culminating in a trip to Rome.

Deb started permanent part time work at the Delta Pinestone Inn in Haliburton. She got her Canadian permanent residence status on October 21. 

Now able to travel outside Canada, we arranged a surprise visit to England in early December for Deb's Dad and Son's birthdays. We had two nice weeks there during which time Deb's Dad received the good news that his tumour was gone. We saw an English Pantomine and toured Warwick Castle. See mrsdouglas.ca for pictures

Returned to Canada to a broken clothes washer, dying stove, tired fridge and leaking old car... back to reality.

Looking forward to our family and friends joining us for Christmas dinner in Mississauga. Santa has already brought a new couch and is expected to deliver a new fridge and stove before Bruce's birthday.
Some time in January we will be heading west again through the US for s few weeks skiing at Sunshine/Canmore.

Wishing you
a happy and peaceful
2003