I’m sorting through my photo libraries deleting thousands of pictures and I came across this gem taken one morning on a trip to Australia in 2010. Dave is planning our route for the day, pouring over maps, guidebooks and brochures to figure out what we want to see and where we want to go. On this trip as on all our other travel adventures he had made all the arrangements for accommodations, rental cars, flights, and excursions. He had done his research so we would spend time in three very different parts of Australia during our two weeks there.
I know how very lucky I am to have my own personal trip planner who has organized the adventures that have taken us all over the world.
Lessons From the Sydney Opera House
Christmas Down Under
My husband Dave’s season of ball with the Manitoba Senior Slow Pitch Tournament League is over and his Eastman team has emerged champions. Normally that would mean that Dave’s Monday and Wednesday mornings could now be devoted to pickle ball instead of soft ball but….. this year he is also playing in an international tournament in Utah in October so some of his pickle ball games will have to be prempted for practices to prepare for that big event. Dave has been playing ball since he was about four years old and was part of the Sunday School league at his church in Leamington Ontario. That’s about sixty years of the sport and if he keeps this up someday it might even be seventy!
Batter’s Up at Dawn
A New Sport for Dave
Dave with Jon at his wedding in Denver in 2013
Our friend Jon was visiting us in Winnipeg this week and he saved my husband’s life.
Dave and Jon golfing on Hainan Island
Jon and Dave were at a Goldeyes Baseball Game on Sunday afternoon when a foul ball came screaming into the stands headed right for Dave’s face. Jon put up his hands and caught the ball saving Dave from a broken nose for sure, but perhaps a fate even worse. He had bruises on his hand as evidence of his daring save. Thanks Jon.
Colorado Wedding Reception
ICS Reunion in Colorado
Once in a Blue Moon
My husband Dave is celebrating his 65th birthday today. He’s changed lots in physical ways over the years as these pictures attest, but his sense of humour, his love of adventure, his avid interest in so many different things, his vast network of friendships and his love for his family has stayed the same.
Dave’s Birthday 2016
Dave’s Birthday 2015
Dave’s Birthday 2014
I’ll Fly Away, Keep on the Sunny Side, The Cat Came Back, Red River Valley and In the Sweet Bye and Bye were just a few of the favorites performed by the Festival Band on Sunday. My husband Dave was part of a blues band that provided entertainment for our church’s community picnic.
500 invitations had been distributed to people in the neigborhood and so the band had a good sized audience to listen to the tunes they had been practicing for many weeks. One night they even rehearsed in our condo so I got a sneak preview. Dave played guitar and harmonica and lent his fine bass voice to the group.
The band wasn’t the only entertainment. We had face painters, a bouncy castle, shuffle board, a magician, balloon animal making and a bubble blowing station. The weather was fine. There were hot dogs, salads, icecream and of course…….. what no reputable Mennonite church picnic can do without……. watermelon and rollkuchen.
I’ve already heard calls for more performances by the Festival Band. Who knows? Dave may just be on his way to another career to add to the ever growing list of jobs he’s been exploring in his retirement.
Fun Evening in Toronto
A Little Shameless Family Promotion
Filed under Music, Religion
My husband Dave had tried the game of pickle ball once or twice before coming here to Arizona but now he’s joined a community league and he plays virtually every day for two hours or more. He wasn’t sure about investing money in a pickle ball paddle till he knew if he really liked the game. Our Steinbach friend Ric who spends half the year here in Arizona came to his aid . Ric wasn’t using his pickle ball paddle due to an athletic injury and said Dave could borrow his. Dave contacted the local pickle ball coordinator on-line and the first week we were here he hit the courts. I love hearing his stories about the various players every time he comes home. He is making lots of new friends from all over Canada and the United States and is really having fun. The other night he actually went to a sports store to look for a paddle of his own to take back home. A couple from Winnipeg plays regularly in his Arizona group and they have invited him to join a league in St. Boniface that meets at a facility not too far from our home. Dave doesn’t really need another sport to get involved in but there is not doubt he’s a life-long athlete as the shots in this post attest to. I had to take them through the wire mesh around the courts but I think they still give you a pretty good idea of just how much he’s enjoying his new sport. Other posts……….
Dave Tries Boogie Boarding
Watching the Regional Ultimate Tournament
I Did the Limbo on the Golf Course
Filed under Arizona, Sports