Not a lot higher…yet!

May 30th:  Here is our storage container in Maple Ck – about 1/3 full now.  Probably a couple more loads to take out.

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This is Kelly (& Jay’s arm) as they have had to man-handle some of the really heavy stuff – what a great help they are to us!  Jay is our builder’s son & Kelly his other workman.  If we hadn’t had them, we would have had to hire someone for half an hour to come & do this.

We had had to wait until the cement “cured” for 3-4 weeks before building can continue upwards!  So things are at a stand-still right now.

In early June Steven Usher popped into town for work & we managed to get together for dinner with Mom & Jane.  He has a great hat which he put on Mom..  He is so much fun & we really had a hoot!

On June 21st it is Mom’s 97th birthday.  Robyn, Arnie & Jane held a party at their place to celebrate – along with David’s son, Ben – who turns 23 on July 13th!

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Here are Arnie & Mom (she just loves him).  Pretty good for 97 eh?

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Here are Robyn & Brian…

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David, Omanthi (Ben’s gorgeous girlfriend) & Ben.

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A really nice one of Katherine.  Unfortunately her boyfriend couldn’t come.

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David, Katherine & Mom with her lemon cake & candles lit (Robyn had found Roman numerals:  L X X X X V I I -not the exact way it would’ve been written, but it worked!).  We were amazed that Mom blew out the candles in just a fraction of a second – we clapped mightily!

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Ben had chocolate mousse with only 5 candles:  2 left candles represented 10 years each, then 3 others representing 1 yr each.

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Here is Jane talking to Mom w/ Billy & Brian looking on.  It was a lovely event enjoyed by all.

July 5:  Took another load out & stayed overnight.  The drive is beautiful – so much rain on the prairies this summer so far.

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The canola is in bloom & lighting up the landscape (taken out the window while moving at warp speed on the highway w/ phone – not Bill’s great stuff).

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The build hasn’t gone far since last time, though the gravel has been filled in around the basement.  They’ve been working on finishing a large home in Cypress Hills.  But now’s our turn!

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There was a small amount of concrete yet to be poured, which happened while we were there.

Had dinner w/ Penny & Wilf.  It’s always fun to hear the latest news – & they’re going on a river cruise starting in Holland next Tuesday!  All part of Penny’s 70th birthday (which is July 7th).  Wilf was organising a surprise party for her I think!

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Here are she & Bill in front of their house – such lovely roses!  Doesn’t she look slim & beautiful!  She no longer wears glasses since she got her cataracts removed & has 20/20 vision in those baby blues now!

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Last view of the property in the morning before we left.  The guys are putting the floor joists on.  Yay!

One further development (or non-development as the case may be) – we have taken our condo off the market.  The market it terrible at the moment, & we aren’t sure when our move-in date will be.  So we’ll put it back on the market next spring.

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Steven & Fran Usher have successfully sold their long-time family home in Ashburn, ON – a beautiful heritage home.  So there are  other movers & shakers in the family!  Now there’s a happy note to end this post!

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