It's been a great 10 days around here! Well, actually not all around here, because our time included a few days of camping with friends.
We started with a visit from my brother, sister-in-law and niece as they passed through on their way to see another sister for a short visit. It's always so nice to have family around, and we miss the long visits we used to have before COVID!
We went to Oliver for our camping trip - friends from here and from Edmonton joined us, and we spent four glorious days in the late summer heat just relaxing! Because of health issues and constraints around COVID, this trip didn't include any side trips to sight-see or do any wine-tasting. But just being together, catching up on life, playing cards, and getting some much-needed R&R was enough for all of us. Lots of laughs!
We hurried home on Sunday to get here in time to gather with a few family members to celebrate my mother's 89th birthday. My parents live in an assisted-living residence, so our visits with them are generally through a window. Any gifts or goodies we want to deliver, are taken from us by a staff member, sanitized, and then handed over. So we gather outside, wear our masks, take turns sitting at the window for a chat, sing Happy Birthday, send in our gifts and cards, mingle a bit, take photos and then 'air-hug' before we leave again.
The staff opened the door briefly so we could get a group photo.
One of the gifts was from my sister, the author. Her first book has just been published and a couple of copies arrived while we were away - just in time to give a copy for Mom's birthday.
As soon as I finish the book I'm reading (I can only handle one book at a time these days), I'll dig into this one. It's a fantasy from what I've gathered, and those family members who have already started reading it are finding it a good read, so I'm looking forward to this. Anybody interested in getting a copy can find it on Amazon, either as a paperback or as an e-book.
Good times, happy reading! Blessings, Peggy