The time seems to fly by so fast and it doesn't feel like we did much. The garden was very successful this year. By the time the rain started in early September there were many, many tomatoes to pick. What to do with them all? Four batches of green tomato salsa, tomato jam, bruschetta and some to eat. It is estimated that we had about 60 pounds of them in all from 22 plants. The potatoes were also very successful and we will grow more next year. We are also hoping to upgrade and increase the size of the greenhouse.
Kelly completed refinishing the deck even though it was very hot. It looks fantastic and as of this writing in December, it continues to wear well.
Pat and Steve were here for two weeks from July 26 to August 7. We did a number of little side trips - a drive up to Egmont, a short hike to Burnett Falls, numerous ball games and a ball tournament. The drive to Egmont was nice but it was apparent that Larry could not make it to the falls with his scooter so we didn't go. It was very warm this summer and at various times there was quite a bit of smoke from fires in other places.
Mid-September Maureen visited Aaron and Tonye in Vancouver taking buses from the ferry. Very convenient. The first night we went to the Libra Room on Commercial Drive and the next day Tonye headed out on tour. We made good use of EVO, a car-sharing service in Vancouver. The second day Aaron and Maureen went to the Museum of Anthropology for several hours and had dinner at the Alibi Room at Main and Alexander then walked up to the Orpheum Theatre for a concert by Soweto African Gospel Choir. It was an excellent concert - EVO back to Aaron's. Aaron and Tonye live and manage an AirBnB on Union Street - 3 rooms upstairs (with a breakfast room and bathroom) and a two bedroom suite downstairs. They live in the middle in a studio with a nice kitchen and bathroom. It works well for them. They have been able to spend a lot of time in a music studio close by and Tonye has been doing a lot of touring.
In May Larry had a biopsy on his prostate, which was found to be positive. He is on "active surveillance" for his prostate (a PSA test every three months). However, right after that he got e.coli blood poisoning and had various bouts of infection that occurred. In late August he ended up in hospital for four days on strong antibiotics. While there he had a CT scan which discovered that he had several diverticulae and a fistula (a channel) between his Sigmoid Colon and his bladder. This was why the bacteria kept coming back. A lot of the last six months was spent back and forth to Vancouver for various tests and appointments for Larry. We are currently waiting for a surgery date for the fistula. It could be quite a wait but we could get a call on a Friday for surgery on a Tuesday! It makes it hard to plan anything. We also went to Vancouver for a few training and trade show opportunities in the travel industry. We went to the Hawai'i Tourism show in Vancouver in November and Larry's name was drawn for a prize which included 2 free return flights to Oahu, 2 nights at an Aston Hotel, 3 nights at the Courtyard Marriott on the North Shore, Ambassador tickets to the Polynesian Cultural Centre with a guided tour and Kualoa Discovery Park so we are going to take this trip in October 2019.
Maureen made Christmas Cakes for the first time in late September. She decided to put them on the Buy and Sell and got orders for eight of them! Very happy customers. She also spent a lot of time sewing and knitting and her and Kelly decided to hold a Craft and Christmas Bake Sale on November 24. Kelly was selling his handmade Yard Dice and his homemade Whiskey Cream. Maureen was selling knitting, sewing and lots of baked good. We didn't have the turnout we expected but made $170. That was the same amount Maureen had made at the Elders Craft Fair a couple of weeks before.
At the end of September we were able to find a trailer to buy - an RPod 180. It was the floor plan we liked and we were able to find a nice used one in Penticton. We had a Groupon we had to use in Whistler so went up there for two nights and then headed to Penticton. It snowed on the Duffy Lake Road and also the Okanagan Connector. Not such a good omen for travelling with a trailer but by the next day it was all gone everywhere and we had a safe journey home through the Hope Princeton Hwy 3. It's a nice little trailer and we will use it mostly for fairly local trips.
Also at the end of September, Maureen had minor surgery for a cancerous bit on her forehead. All is well with that and all healed. Maureen went to a wreath-making workshop on November 25 and we walked/scooted up to the annual Christmas Parade on December 1.
Wishing all our Trip Journal readers a very Merry Christmas. Ours will be quiet this year. Aaron and Tonye are releasing a new album on December 19 and we will all go over for that (Pat and Steve will come from Victoria) but otherwise they can't leave the AirBnB because it's fully booked! Happy New Year!