|We started 2004 with our annual drive
to western Canada. We left Mississauga Jan 5 and stayed overnight in Lapeer,
Michigan then St. Cloud, Minnesota. We visited Mom in Weyburn for a couple
of days then continued the journey to Moose
Den, our condo in Canmore, Alberta.
Bruce got 28 days skiing on his Sunshine Village ski pass. Deb got the flu. Toward the end of our stay in Canmore we made an offer to purchase a brand new apartment condominium unit in Falcon Crest Lodge and put Moose Den up for sale. Moose Den sold in September. The new condo will be ready for our arrival in January 2005. We are calling it "Mountain Time".
In February sons Brian and Michael went to Mexico and happened to run into their Uncle Eric and Aunt Linda. Small world.
We rushed back to Ontario for Deb's son Matt's arrival for a visit. Also Deb had committed to return to work at the Delta Pinestone Inn in Haliburton by early March. See the 2004 Menu at mrsdouglas.ca for pictures of Matt's first try downhill skiing at Sir Sam's in Haliburton.
In March Uncle Don Douglas and his family celebrated his 90th birthday in Weyburn. See the Family Events page at douglas.ca. Don likes showing people his collection of 16 antique tractors. Here is my favourite.
In June the house in Mississauga was sold. Deb and I have been living at our 'winterized' cottage on Stormy Lake. Son Brian moved into a two-bedroom condo in Mississauga that he is sharing with a buddy.
Deb has been working full time at the Delta Pinestone Inn. Bruce has been puttering away at various projects in and around the cottage including driveway improvements for better winter access.
In August Bruce's 85 year old Uncle Elmer Douglas died when he rolled his pick up truck near his home. The respect for him is reflected in this touching newspaper item. He will be missed.
In September Bruce got a 4-wheel drive ATV that he calls his wheelchair. It came with a plow. Now we won't get snowed in... and we can get the car down the driveway too. He has already plowed the entire 2.3 km road four times. Works good, eh. No more waiting for the plow guy.
In October we made a rush trip to Weyburn as Mom was in hospital with a heart problem. She had a pacemaker installed and has recovered well, almost back to normal.
We are looking forward to another quiet Christmas at the cottage with visits from Michael and Brian. Deb has committed to help out as required at the Pinestone over Christmas and New Years.
Then it is off to the west again in early in January, via Nashville. This time we will stay a bit longer to get Mountain Time up and running. We will probably spend February, March and April there.
Bruce and a lot of his friends turn 60 in 2005. Bruce's Swiss friend Fred and his wife Myrta want us to visit them to celebrate their Jubilee together. We are planning a trip to Europe and England toward the end of the year.
a happy, healthy