We have had quite the week. Jerry retired on Sunday, July 16. Tamara and I made a roast beef dinner and took it up for him and his co-worker. It was a great evening. He ended up getting 3 pies to take home. We enjoyed every one of them.

Tamara and Matt are both home. This has made for interesting dynamics around the home. I am on holidays for at least a couple of weeks. Am really looking forward to having some down time. Tamara and I might head out to Edmonton and Langley, B.C. for a few days and hang out with some of our relatives. Jesika will be home here after August 10th, when she is finished her summer job.

Jerry’s brother Pete passed away last week quitely suddenly. It made for a hectic week as they flew him into RUH here in Saskatoon. He had a huge brain hemmorhage. Lots of damage and he passed away early Thursday morning. The graveside service was on Saturday afternoon. All of Jerry’s siblings were there except for 1 sister…that would make 8 of them there. The service was good and the family spent the afternoon together which was awesome. Great to see everyone and to spend time at Pete’s home looking through his workshop and garden…a great way to end the day of remembrance.

It has been hot…it has been fun and interesting with Matt and Jesika’s two dogs here. I was working in my perennial garden this afternoon when all of a sudden I went for a slide…I was barefoot and had slid through a big pile of dog poop…never thought I’d see the day when I thought that was funny…I was just glad I didn’t fall as well…that would have been quite a sight. The two dogs are really good and we have been enjoying them. It’s amazing what you won’t do for your kids. Never thought I would see dogs running around in my backyard. They haven’t eaten too many plants, except they did pull up all the patio lights on the side of one garden…Matt put them all back and they haven’t touched them since. Niko was reaching up for the one birdfeeder tonight, but I saw him before he knocked it down. They are so funny! We have a great place just east of us where there are lots of trees, water, birds…and the dogs love it there. Matt or Jerry take them there twice a day and they come back totally exhausted from running and swimming. It is neat! The other night when Jerry’s brother and his wife were staying with us…their bedroom is right above where the dog’s are…and every time they heard a siren they would howl along with it…I finally had to wake Matt up and get to go outside and make them be quiet…they howled a couple more times when sirens could be heard. I don’t know what it is…but Matt says they do that all the time. Otherwise they don’t bark or make any noise of any kind…except when they know they are going for a run and they get really excited.

Great fun!