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Driving Miss Donna - what does this mean? Whenever I want to go somewhere, if Don is home he will usually drive. He always says he is driving miss Donna! This blog is for our travels, usually with our truck and fifth wheel trailer, but sometimes in our other wheels. When we are not vacationing check in for updates, although less frequent, about our life at home and our wonderful family:)

Sunday, February 6, 2022

A New Year A New View

Point of view that is!

That being let's stop letting Covid take over our mindset. That doesn't mean not acknowledging it.

January was a crazy month as we determined WE ARE GOING SOUTH!! WOOHOO

So now we navigate the packing, the birthdays we need to celebrate that we will be missing, and how to fit my work and trips to Saskatoon.

But we are old hands at this and the flow returns.

We had trips to make and dates to be had prior to our approximate end of the month departure.

First for me was the start of celebrating my 60th birthday! My dear friends Anais and Maria whisked me off to Canmore for a girls weekend. We did not pursue any crazy activities other than long walks, and actually stayed in the condo mostly, laughing talking eating drinking binge watching TV and even working! For the 3 of us it was just what we love.

You know you have raised your kids well when they grow to be loving and caring woman. Between Don and the girls I had the most special family day to celebrate my BIG birthday! One of my favorite meals, chocolate cake, an amazing gift and best of all everyone together in one place! We have always appreciated that part, but this pandemic makes it all the more special after almost 2 years of not being able to gather.

Then Don and I were off to Tisdale. We really wanted to see Mom as Covid and the world in general had hindered that for a while. We were so lucky while there to have a dinner with all of Don's siblings!

After the quick trip to Tisdale we were off! I'll let you know how this goes! See you in February. 








Friday, January 7, 2022

Farewell 2021

Well this winter has been fantastic since travel restrictions to the US have opened and we can start to plan a trip down after Christmas, it changes your mood a bit.

Unfortunately Don did have Covid, it took him down hard for a few days and he still feels the effects a bit. I guess we may never fully understand this pandemic, as I never did get it. Odd…

We celebrated Reese’s birthday in November and were able to get her to the mall for the traditional shopping and lunch trip. Crazy kid has wanted to rent one of these animals for along time. Why not on her birthday?

And Tracy had her birthday. Last year we decided that Tracy Lindsay and I would go to a spa for our birthdays instead of figuring out what to buy. It is a wonderful new tradition!

As soon as November approached it was time to start the Christmas Box tradition again! We started this last year and it was so much fun. The first box contains cookie kits for each kid, and then other ideas I get along the way. The second one is gingerbread house kits. The kits are all handmade by Don and I!

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Again we been so fortunate Covid has not shut sports down yet, and we have been BUSY with rink appointments for everyone.

We were so excited to have Christmas at the house with everyone, and were so sad for the Stecyk family when just days before Christmas they all contacted Covid! I felt so bad for them, and mom and dad were sicker than the kids for a longer time, so combined with arctic temperatures that stopped the boys from playing outside, it was a hard holiday.

We did enjoy our days with the Camerons though, and look forward to a time when we will all celebrate together.

Don and I did something odd for New Years Eve - we went out! LOL

We bought tickets to a dinner and show at the Yellowhead Casino. It was a Beatles show and it was fantastic!!




All in all the last 2 months have flown by, and I must say we sure are looking forward to 2022 and hoping for a more normal world in general.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year!

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Monday, November 8, 2021

October

We had a first this month – Thanksgiving at the Stecyk cabin. We even styed in the trailer and cooked a turkey too!

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Then we filled our month with our favorite sport – rink hopping. This takes endurance and map planning – what time to leave, which route to take, where to eat and when! Fabulous!!

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Blake

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Mason

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Reese

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And then the highlight of October was Don’s 65th Birthday. We rented a small room at the Something Else restaurant and found a day where EVERYONE cold attend, between ice times.

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Friday, October 1, 2021

September

I think I am getting tired of saying and then we…

So September?

Well first an amazing long weekend at the Stecyk cabin

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Then an epic camping trip through Alberta and Saskatchewan…

Cypress Hills Park, Writing on Stone, and the great town of One Fuur (look it up)



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Saskatchewan Crossing to camp with Roxanne and Lee, joined by Larry and Ivan

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Wings at White Bear – worth a mention!

An overnighter at Uncle Michael and Aunt Doreen’s

Manitou Lake and a stop at  Ken and Brenda’s

Tisdale  where I holed up in the trailer for co-op meetings and we visited with family

Farewell September, I am off to sleep!

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

August

Well I think we did it all in July this year!

But not to be outdone, August came in hard.

We just stayed home and were lazy on the long weekend. Unless you planned far ahead for a campsite you are typically out of luck.

I love music of any kind and outdoor concerts too. All summer I had intentions of going to Heritage Park in Stony Plain and taking in at least one of their events, and I finally made it. Emerson was with us for a sleep over and she almost willingly came with me. LOL Actually she was in favor and it was great event. We were fortunate to hear Bobby Wills. If the name is not familiar he is a country singer and my favorite song is Never Didn’t Love You.

We promised ourselves we would spend some of this Covid and can’t travel out of Canada time making an effort to see friends. So on Friday we headed to Suffern Lake Regional Park in Saskatchewan to visit Amanda and Rob at their cabin. My photos include a bag of wine and a charcuterie tray. so it’s not hard to decide what we did that night! We had a ton of laughs, met some of Rob’s crazy but lovey family, and headed out after breakfast t see my sister at her trailer, at another regional park called Glenburn. Saskatchewan has so many of these Regional Parks, some pretty small, but most just wonderful. They are more likely to have seasonal lots than we do in Alberta, which has it’s pros and cons I assume.

It was so great to visit Ginger and Ben and Alyssa, then we were surprised and so happy to see Leigha nd Aaron and their kids too! And my surprise guest was brother Terry! I had not seen Terry since mom’s memorial (he is her stepson, my half brother). That warrants a photo.

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Next on our Saskatchewan tour was a stop at Pike Lake Provincial Park where we were meeting up with Larry. We had a blast! And part way through Kathy came to stay with us. We visited the Berry Barn, went on a distillery tour, tried to track down a couple of wineries, and Kathy and I went to Saskatoon and had supper with Ginger.

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We also had an afternoon visit with Bree, and old friend from Tisdale days, and Greg, another old Tisdale bud.

It seemed like a pretty packed time, but when we realized we would almost be driving right past Walter and Pat who now live in Hanna, it was an easy choice to spend one more day and visit them! They treated us to dinner at the Hanna Inn, and we visited until it was late bedtime.

We were glad to be home for a few days, because at the end of the month we headed out to Abraham Lake again so I could attend a meeting at the Goldeye camp as part of my FCL duties. We extended that stay and took a day to visit Banff, as last time we tried that it was raining and crowded.

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And that was an exhausting but glorious August!

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Summer Lovin’ cont’d

So as July approached we have another tradition that started a few years ago – meeting Jim and Janice as soon as Janice is done school for the summer. As large cattle farmers this is the one time of the year Jim can manage to get away, and it’s been so great to make a time where we can get together.

We decided to meet in Pincher Creek and then explore the area around – Waterton specifically. And maybe Fernie :)

It was BLAZING hot there. We could barely do anything in the heat and the AC in our trailers JUST kept up. We visited Surveyor’s Lake where there are TONS of turtles in the water, took a cruise to the US border, and just enjoyed each others company.

But we made lots of time for visiting, refreshments, food and friendship!connellys

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Lindsay and I had discussed trying to do Edmonton attractions this summer, so we fit in a day with the kids there too!

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In the middle of July we met Ivan at Abraham. As you can see from my photo it was a lot of work!

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Lindsay and Jeremy and the boys joined us, tenting no less! We did the Siffleur Falls trail. That’s always a great hike. Mason and Connor had a great time. Connor is working up to a long overnight hike with Jeremy, so this was a great practice run. They seemed to have more energy than us. LOL

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Since we seemed on a roll this month, Lindsay and I also took the kids to the Royal Alberta Museum and Taste of Edmonton. What a blast, what a hot day, what good food and what a tired Grandma!

Then the next day the girls and I went again for an adult evening.

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July finished off with a fantastic camping boating trip with the Cameron kids! We pulled up to Minnie Lake by Bonnyville. What a great time. We boated, visited Bonnyville for Mr Mikes dinner, saw Clifford and Cheryl, Jim and Janice, and had so much fun. Beach volleyball, Bean Bag Toss, tubing and Grandpa’s best moment – the kids all went skiing!

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FANTASTIC SUMMER DAYS!