Sunday, October 15, 2006


Cold, dreary, rainy, wet flurries this afternoon. Yeah - that's the weather here today! Good thing we dug those carrots yesterday. So - it's a perfect day for cocooning. We were planning a day of quadding with our friends, Audrey and Aime', but we cancelled that idea. I guess it will have to wait until next summer - maybe we should start earlier but our weekends have been pretty full this year. I went to bed at 9:30 last night - unheard of for me - and since 7:30 this morning, I've dealt with laundry, the dishwasher, set a batch of buns, filed some pictures of Taiwan adventures - man, it feels good to tie up loose ends and bits and pieces.

We had a chance to visit with this man yesterday afternoon and reminisce about our time in Belize during the summer of 2004. Chris Aird is the principal of Sacred Heart College in San Ignacio and a man with so much heart, energy and passion for education in that country. After a hectic week of meetings here, it looks like Rotary International and this district in Alberta (57 clubs, I think) are going to make helping the education system in Belize as one of their major projects. This is a huge step in terms of support, dollars, people and impact - very good news all around!

And one more update - remember about 6 weeks ago I posted an entry congratulating my friends on their long teaching careers? And how I couldn't find a photo of the 3 of us? Well, in my file searching this morning, I found this picture of this layout I created for a circle journal on girlfriends!! This picture was taken at Audrey's wedding in 1997 and the journalling is written as 3 friends, 9 kids, 12 teachers conventions, 7 kids in universities, 1 army tour of Afghanistan, 1 wedding, countless cups of tea with amaretto, amazing friends!

Apparently we are off this afternoon to find an elliptical trainer! Bob has been thinking about getting one for awhile so we researched them online this morning and are hoping to buy one later.


  1. It's cold here, too. I guess that means winter is on it's way. A good day for warm soup and some biscuits. I love going through photos and finding those small reminders and memories of events, people and adventures. Thanks for sharing. It makes me feel a little closer to you.

  2. It is a perfect day for cocooning here too! I'm working on more thank-you cards, doing some laundry, making a meal for Kim and Chris, trying to figure out what to pack to take to the hospital with us.
    I'm so glad you had a chance to visit with Chris - it must have been so nice to reconnect. It is an awesome project the Rotary is taking on.
    I love that layout of you with A & DM! Thanks for sharing it with me again!

  3. I love cocooning days!! No better excuse to get things done and then veg!!

  4. Hi Crystal ... Good to hear from you, and I too am glad that you got to meet with Chris when he visited Edmonton last year. Through this Rotary International program, Chris and I, as well as our kids, have made some good friends. We hope that you will join us in Belize again - as well as Audrey and Aimee.

    I am truly humbled by the generosity of teachers in Alberta that they would give so freely of two weeks of their summers to come to Belize and work with our teachers .... As my neice says, you rock!