From my brother-in-law Lorne… Monday, May 28 2007 

 Friends…

Friends are like butt cheeks.
Crap might separate them,
But they always come back together.

Send this to all your butt cheeks

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Kids… Monday, May 28 2007 

Tamara has arrived in Taiwan safe and sound; Matt and Jesika have arrived in Nairobi safe and sound…we are so thankful.  Tamara went off for the weekend with her friend Liz and Matt and Jesika are off to feed baby elephants and go to a baby animal orphanage!!  We are happy watching the grandpuppies…Niki had his first taste of gramps wrath when he dumped three plants that we had just completed planting with new plants…apparently he likes the bonemeal we put into the dirt for the roots to grow…oh niki…I don’t think he will eat plant dirt again.   I am sure he will be happy as a lark when Jerry takes them for their run in the open fields around Saskatoon in the morning!

Grandpuppies first skunk encounter… Saturday, May 26 2007 

Jerry took the dogs for their early morning run and, of course, what do they find but a skunk.  Niki picks up the skunk and it sprays him in the eye and he ends up rolling and sliding around in the wet clover…anyway he doesn’t smell too bad and Jerry says he is not cleaning him because he will probably chase the skunk again tomorrow morning.  Such fun with the grandpuppies!  They were also scared of the lawnmover today so we had to put them in the garage.  Looks like the summer will be full of fun and games!

Tamara arrived safely in the Kaihsoung this morning and connected with her friend Liz.  She will be there for a few weeks and looks like she will pick up some teaching sub jobs…we are glad she arrived safely and is there with her friends.

On their way to Kenya… Thursday, May 24 2007 

Matt and Jesika should be on their plane to London, England, and then on to Nairobi, Kenya.  They are going to be living together in a little place that their hosting family is building for them, which is about 10 to 12 miles outside of Kakamega where they will both be working.  No amenities out there…no electricity or running water…just like treeplanting!  So our grandpuppies are a little sad today…they sure know that something is going on…so I guess we will have to give them some special attention!  Life has been a little hectic with Matt home…Jesika surprised us on Monday morning as she was finished her treeplanting a little early…it was so great to see her.

Tamara is heading to Kaihsoung, Taiwan, for a few weeks to spend some time with her friend Liz.  She is hoping to come home for a few weeks in August.  Will be good to see her.  So til then it will be ma and pa at home with the grandpuppies!

Gardening Saturday, May 12 2007 

We finally had a chance to do some yard work today.  Beautiful cool day so Jerry’s allergies were not acting up and we started into our perennial gardens.  I get disappointed every spring as I see the perennials that did not make it through the winter, even with a deep snow cover.  Not sure what I am doing wrong.  The only flower that  always survives are my Shasta Daisies and they spread all over the whole garden.  This year I am mostly planting geraniums and marigolds, as Niki and Griffin are not too fond of those flowers, so with our grandpuppies being here all summer, we won’t concentrate on the grass, but hopefully our containers and gardens will bloom red and yellow all summer.  Beautiful rain showers this afternoon which made us realize that our eavestroughs were full of leaves and needed to be cleaned…always something to do!

Matt’s 27th birthday… Friday, May 11 2007 

Matt completed 27 years today!  We celebrated with dinner tonight with some of his friends from Saskatoon.  Great evening with turkey, bison, farmer sausage burgers; greek salad; and fruit salad; with a scrumptious birthday cake baked by Brooke.  Great evening with lots of laughs.  So good to celebrate with Matt and to have his friends Brett and Rob join us.  Great fun!

 My muscles are very sore today from my gym workout yesterday.  Will have to take it a little easier tomorrow.  I guess I am to start slowly and work my way up gently.  I always think if you are going to get it done, do it quickly and with all of your might!  Not good when it comes to exercising your muscles!

Expanding my horizons… Thursday, May 10 2007 

Our trip to Phoenix was amazing and we came back all tanned from relaxing at the pool.  What a great week with Dwight and Joanne!  Well worth the aeroplan miles!

 Now I am expanding my horizons by going to the gym three times a week.  For those of you who know me, the gym is not a place that I frequent, and actually I am athletically dysfunctional and uncoordinated.  Well, Jerry and I are taking part in a study being done by a grad student on how exercise and flax seed oil affects a person’s joints, that is, people 60 years of age or older…now I don’t fit into that category as I have not reached 60 yet…but an exception was made for me to participate.  This is a 3 month study and we are required to go to the gym 3 times a week and do a workout for every joint in our bodies, plus a few more I didn’t know I had.  Today was my second time going through the weight resistant exercises, and I came out of there with my legs feeling like water!  I guess it comes down to “practise what you preach Gloria”!  I am always challenging others to move out of their comfort zone and try something new…so here goes gym time for Gloria!  By the end of 3 months I will be able to enter the body builders competitions for seniors….that is if I survive!