|Dear friends and family:
This past year was bit different - a year of consolidation and slowing down. Perhaps that will be the new norm. We expanded the garden on our balcony: planted trees, vegetables and flowers and reaped a harvest of: apples (4) (but no peaches yet) from trees that were bare-root in March, tomatoes, lettuce, and small but tasty amounts of bush and runner beans, swiss chard, peas, carrots, pepper and various herbs. We also put down a “lawn”, sold our Motorhome and bought a new car.
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Mary still doesn’t look (?) and tries not to act her age and so appears in good health, still hiking weekly or more often. Gene, however, does act her age. He has been struggling to get a diagnosis for a puzzling recurrence ofvery low pulse rates, 2 or 3 days a week leaving him unable to do much physical activity without getting weak or dizzy. The cardiologist says it’s not a heart problem so now we’re looking elsewhere. On the down days, he does sedentary things like reading and computer stuff. On the up days, he can go to the gym and do the normal things - just slower. Testing continues.
Our granddaughters, Rose and Nina, who turn six this month, are in kindergarden at Spring Creek Elementary School in Whistler. Since they are now full-time students, the family decided to stay there for another year while they consider job options. Of course that means that Gene has had to get another Super Senior skiing pass to fill the time during the day when we are doing grandparent duties! The girls enjoyed downhill ski school last year but after his ski accident in January, Gene had a tough time keeping up with them on skis - we’re not sure that will ever change.
The girls remain very much mutually supportive but complementary and show distinct personalities. They are in separate classrooms and so are forming separate groups of friends. They seem to be thriving and each has her own strengths so they stimulate one another to catch up. Needless to say, they keep us on our toes too and are fun to be with.