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December, 2018

Here is the more or less monthly news update about us and our corner of the world.


December 17, 2018

Here we go again - another year has flown by and Christmas is quickly approaching. There is snow on the ground and the outside of the house and the trees have hundreds of lights. We even have a couple of brightly lit deer (reindeer?) In the back yard.

We had a house guest for a week in October. Siony (and her husband Greg who didn’t make the trip) is responsible for Tess and I meeting 40 odd years ago when we were all living in Prince George, BC. She and Tess worked together.

It is the one year anniversary of my latest angioplasty and I went back to my specialist for a checkup. All is fine although I do need to keep to untreated 60% blockage in mind. They don’t stent the 60% ones, only 70% and worse. You know the lecture: lose weight, exercise, and all that.

Still on the health topic, I went in for a colonoscopy too. The preparation sucks but the procedure itself was easy. I asked for a minimal dose of drugs and watched the whole thing on the monitor. You don’t often get the chance to see your own insides. Happily everything is good and I don’t need another one for 10 years.

Halloween was fun with the trick-or-treaters sporting some really great costumes. We had 120 kids, about average for decent weather.

The Western Canadian Armwrestling Championships - Mayhem In The Mall - was held at West Edmonton Mall on November 10th. Mark competed in both arms and took the title in both. He had to work hard to win the left arm but had no trouble winning the right arm. Here’s the video I took if you want to see him in action.

In early November my Mom fell and broke her left arm about two thirds up from her elbow. It was a clean, horizontal break and didn’t require a cast. She does have to wear a sling to keep it supported and mobility restricted but it should heal in the usual 6 - 8 weeks.

Since she lives alone, my brother and I went to help her out for a few days then I brought her back home with me for some TLC from Tess. I returned her home around the end of the month.

Then about two weeks later she has come down with pneumonia. My brother Todd has gone to look after her as I am also sick and don’t want to make the situation worse by giving her even more germs to cope with.

Early in the new year it is Tess’ turn to get poked and prodded by her team of medical people. Just routine stuff happily, to extend her warranty for another couple of years.


We are keeping Christmas gifts modest this year. We are pensioners, after all. We did splurge on a season’s ski pass for Isla and she has already been blasting down the slopes. I’ll post a video when I can.

We are still negotiating our 2019 RVing plans. Since gasoline prices are the lowest they have been in years (88.4 cents/litre yesterday) a longer trip is looking more affordable. 8,400 kms Alaska tour or 4,600 kms to Atlantic Canada perhaps? Or 300 kms to Whitecourt?

Happy birthdays to dear friend Lorrie, ex-daughter-in-law Melissa, and on January 1, 2019 to our granddaughter Isla who turns 5!

To all of our extended family (I know who you are!), friends and acquaintances, Merry Christmas and our best wishes for a safe, healthy and prosperous 2019!

Type to you next month.

Greg, Tess & Camper