Been years since the last annual Christmas newsletter. Just over a year ago, we moved from our Toronto condo back into a Housing Co-operative in Ottawa. Leaving Toronto was a difficult choice. For years we travelled regularly to Ottawa in order to see daughter Lisa and her family. Now we travel in the other direction to visit son Simon and family and friends left behind. Changing relationships built over 41 years is difficult.
We do enjoy spending time with Charlie, 10, Rowan, 7 this January, and Olivia 4. Jaxx a golden doodle is also part of our extended family. Sunday night dinners at Nana and Dziadziu’s are weekly highlights. When one of the wnuczki gets sick they often stay with Sue for the day. One of the kids named these a ‘Nana day’. Don’t know if its a good thing, but they now look forward to a day with Nana and argue about whose turn it is for the next one. Everyone needs a Nana day; most of all Nana!
The best trip back to Toronto celebrated Owen’s First Holy Communion. Simon and Beth arranged a great get together of family and friends. In addition to getting a ‘peace-maker’ award at school, Owen is developing a skill and passion for running. He recently competed in the City finals. Brother Cole is also athlete and comic. He continues to advance through organized hockey in East York. And he makes us laugh.
After retiring briefly, Simon’s back at work part time supporting clinical management systems at the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre. During our delicious three day weekends we can be found hiking one of the many trails of nearby Gatineau Park. We also enjoy walking along the bike trails of the Rideau River just 100 m from our home. Good thing because after retiring from The Bay, Sue has taken to baking and cooking. The results are fabulous. Simon’s gained too many pounds despite quite active living and exercise. Rounding out our new life is Simon’s election this past summer to the Board of Conservation Co-operative Homes. Our Co-op is in the midst of renewing decor and infrastructure in this 20 year old community.
Montreal is only 2 hours away. Over the past year we’ve taken several day and overnight trips. This year Montreal celebrates its 375th. We still remember the party for the 350th. Canada celebrates its 150th this year and Ottawa, the capital, is a centre for festivities. We invite all to visit.
Christmas blessings and best wishes to all for 2017