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19 More Sleeps!!!

November flew!  My oldest daughter and I went on a Mom/Daughter road trip to celebrate her 30th birthday!  She is a nurse and I picked her up at the hospital at 7:30 a.m. after an all night shift and we hit the 417 – Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada bound!  She nodded off for a few moments but for the most part stayed awake to entertain me along the way.  The weather was clear, the roads were dry and we arrived at the home of my youngest daughter not long after dark.

We spent 3 nights seeing the  sights of Saint John (we have both been there before)…but our prime goal had been to watch the youngest daughter playing in a Football game on Saturday morning…..welllll……she went early and we wandered over once the game was started, couldn’t see her on the field…but there she was on the side lines….as we got closer we realized she was holding a big bag of ice on her knee and she looked in pain….DARN….she insisted upon staying at the game to watch her team mates (they won)…..then we headed to emerge to have the leg checked out….the emerge doctor prescribed crutches and recommended a visit to her doctor the following week….it was painful and she had a tough few weeks but luckily it didn’t require surgery.  She was a trooper all weekend and she hobbled around on crutches and we stilled enjoyed ourselves.

Monday morning the oldest and I hopped into the car and headed to Prince Edward Island where we were going to go to our new cottage to see what had been left behind  (the sale had closed on October 17th).  We stopped in Shediac, NB for lunch and a photo shoot with the giant lobster, we dropped by a great 2nd hand/antique store in Charlottetown and then headed out to Savage Harbour, PEI to see the new cottage.  My daughter hadn’t been there before, but she loved the cottage, the space and especially the BEACH!  It was a cool November day and there were no lights or heat at the cottage (power off) so we really just did a walk-through, dropped off a few things we had brought down then we headed off on a tour of the the north shore, round to Summerside and then back to Charlottetown and off to dinner at a nice restaurant where we had lobster for the 2nd?  or was it 3rd time in 4 days? 🙂

Early Tuesday we left Charlottetown, stopped at tourist store near the Confederation Bridge, did out ‘Anne of Green Gables’ dress up photos and turned the car toward Quebec City.  Arrived in Quebec City around 5 pm ish…..checked into our awesome little boutique hotel in lower town Old Quebec…did some wandering, grabbed a bite to eat….and watched the U.S. Elections *sigh*…..SIGH…..SIGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

Wednesday morning, breakfast, wandered around Quebec City for a while longer then hopped into the car and headed back home to Ottawa.

SO……today, it’s December 12th……..weeks have gone by……..winter has started and my husband and I are counting the sleeps until we head off to spend our first Christmas on a Sandy Beach!  Last year I made the decision that 2016 was going to be the away for Christmas trip…future years we may have grand children and feel the ‘tug’ to be near the family…..so …December 24th @ 6 a.m. we head off to Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic…..2 weeks…..yipppeeeee!  Home again on January 7, 2017…..STAY TUNED!

Labour Day 2015/Johnny’s Birthday – Calabogie Lake, Ontario

The Labour Day weekend is always a mixed blessing.  One one hand, you are so ready to have a lovely summer weekend, on the other  hand Labour Day signifies the end of the summer.  We all know technically summer lasts for another few weeks, but back to school, closing up the cottage, summer vacations over….poignant 🙂  Our decision to rent a cottage for the long weekend was very last minute.  I had initially tried to get one in Westport area, knowing that daughter Chloe would be visiting her boyfriend’s parents home in that area.  I couldn’t find any decent waterfront cottages, so turned my sites to Calabogie where I remembered there were some GREAT hiking trails.  The entire weekend blossomed into an event!  Sandra had Saturday night off, Chloe & Kyle were able to come from Westport so it turned into a birthday celebration for Johnny.   I got all creative and developed a theme for the party and the weekend proceeded as follows!  FYI, Johnny is Norwegian (born & raised), thus the Viking/Norwegian theme!

We finished up early on Friday afternoon and headed out to Calabogie.  The weather was forecast to be hot and clear the whole weekend and so it was!  High 20’s to low 30’s (c) during the day and down a bit at night, perfect!  Friday was pretty simple, bbq hamburgs, relaxing and reading.  We got up early on saturday morning and headed off on our scheduled 9 k hike along Manitou Mountain.  In the end we walked more like 12k or more.   We ended up spending almost 6 hours hiking, two hours of which were spent going one hour the wrong way and one hour back to the trail *oooops*……the hike was great with amazing views, lasting a little longer than expected it was getting pretty hot by the time we were done, but we survived!  We had a picnic lunch and water & the camera..life was good!  Sandra & Morgan had already arrived at the cottage when we got back with Chloe & Kyle due to arrive around 6.   Morgan had done some of the party decoration (thankfully) and once rested I finished it off!  We had swedish meatballs with lingonberry sauce from IKEA, Marzipan cake from Swiss Pastries, fun decor and a good time was had by all!!  The next day after a good breakfast the kids headed off and Johnny and I proceeded to relax, take the pedal boat out and do lots of reading!  We went for a wee 4k walk along Barrett Chute Road.  Monday morning was cleaning, a bit of relaxing then we headed the backroads and had lunch in Perth, then off home to get back to the new reality called Fall!

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