Aug 07, 2022

It was Gramma Katie’s time

We last saw Gramma Katie on July 14th. She was not well which is why we made a quick visit to the coast. Katie went into hospice on July 29th and passed yesterday, August 6th just after 4AM. She will be forever loved by us and we miss her more than words can convey. So many memories.

July 22, 2010. We were staying in Point Roberts, Washington for a few days when Katie and Louie surprised Colin in his birthday. It was a double celebration as Katie’s birthday was the next day.


April 2011. Katie loved to feed humans and animals alike.

April 17, 2012. Our first stop back in Canada was to see Katie and Louie. Katie and I really enjoyed our wine.

Every time we got together ( whether here in Kelowna or at their home in Tsawwassen ) wonderful memories were created. Taken 2013.

Back cover 2019 calendar, photos taken on April 18, 2014.

With Carmeh and Carlie in 2016.

Katie exuded love. Not sure when this was taken.

July 26, 2021, we visited Katie and Louie to introduce them to our twins who were 6.5 months at the time. Katie was so delighted to see Carlie and Ceila, that smile never left her face.

Photos taken during our July 2021 visit. This collage is the back page of our 2022 calendar.

We took many photos during this last visit ( July 14, 2022 ) with Gramma Katie. You can click on the link at the top of this post if you wish to see some of them.

This visit was so bittersweet.

Gramma Katie turned 90 on July 23rd.

Two weeks latter she left this world. However we know that she is up in the heavens surrounded by all those who have loved her over the years and of course by hundreds upon hundreds of animals that she has cared for. Gramma Katie you will always be in our hearts and minds.




Aug 02, 2022


I finally was able to speak with my doctor this morning and she said that I had no rib fractures. She was off all day Friday and did see the X-ray results that day from home but did not bother to tell me. I had a very bad night and this morning was in a world of pain. The pain was so bad that I could barely talk. She told me to just rest and to keep taking ibuprofen and the codeine for pain. She did not at all seem concerned re the degree of pain that I was having. As most of you know I am a retired RN and don’t make this stuff up. All I can surmise is that my breasts were greatly impacted from the fall and are adding to my constant aching. I started doing cold compresses today. I only get up and move when I need to use the bathroom. So tired of being in discomfort and relegated to my recliner. All I can do is keep taking it day by day. Once the agony decreases I plan to see a chiropractor to make sure that my ribs are in the right place. I have to be able to get up on the table on my own which I can’t do at the moment.


Aug 01, 2022

Que pasa

We had a lot of rain on July 17th, so much so that we didn’t need to water the garden for a few days.

Close up of the rain hitting the lake.

Our first zucchini, tiny tiny carrots, one radish and we didn’t know it then but almost the last of the peas on July 19th. The 100 – 104F temps of the past week have wrecked havoc with the garden despite watering.

The tomatoes didn’t look good then and they certainly don’t look any better now.

Next came the heat, the hot relentless sun. It was so hot that we had to cut the patio off as it was too hot for the girls feet. So Colin in the late afternoon would wet down the patio with the hose ( I know, waste of water ) so that they could go snake hunting.

Anything for the girls.

The day of the doxie pool party ( July 24th ) was the first ‘too’ hot day. Here Heather has ever so slowly moved her hands away from Ciela who swam on her own to the edge of the pool where I was waiting.

Carlie did not like her life vest, she seemed to flounder in it and her face kept going under the water.

I believe that this is the last photo I have to share from the pool party. Colin in the centre in the pith helmet with our two girls.

After over ten years this dinner plate cracked for no reason while in the microwave. It is microwave safe.

Interesting sunset July 28th.

This was taken last night, the sun reflecting off the smoke of the Apex Mountain fire. Yes we now have a few fires near to us. So far the air has remained mostly clear.



Jul 31, 2022

Fun way to end July

Thank you to Sandy M for sending me this to cheer up.  I can’t say that I am feeling better, in fact I had a set back yesterday.  So I have been a good girl and just sit in my recliner all day reading. Hoping to feel better tomorrow.


Jul 30, 2022

July calendar photo

So sweet. They still do things like that, definitely twins.

Sorry that is it for tonight. I bent over about 3 inches today – just a tiny bit and felt something happen. Much more pain. Just taking it hour by hour. Thank goodness I have meds. Thank you for all the get well wishes.



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