|Dear friends and family:
We both experienced the very sad news of losing beloved relatives. Mary’s brother, Edward, the farmer in Yorkshire, died at the end of July. Edward was a fine, intelligent caring person and his death is deeply felt by us all and particularly by his wife Jean and daughter Mary. Covid-19 prevented Mary from going to England to Edward’s funeral but we hope to visit soon.
Gene’s last and favourite uncle, Puss, died this month at the age of 102. Puss, who landed with the Allied troops in Sicily during WWII uplifted all his friends and family with his ready smile and jokes.
Gene’s other uncle, Richie, also died - in June - in his 92nd year. While his death was sad, contact with his family in California was not as close as with those in Guelph.
|Last Christmas, travel restrictions were in effect so we spent a quiet time at home, relieved on January 2 by the surprise appearance of Jeremy and Ginny and the twins outside our apartment building. Their brief visit was lovely! That was our only contact until June when restrictions were moderated so we have been able to go to Whistler several times since then and Rose and Nina spent a week here with us in July. R&N (almost 8) are a joy. They make us laugh and teach us a lot. It’s amazing how knowledgeable they are in comparison to when we were 8 - or even 18.
|Gene had his 80th birthday in August, so to “celebrate” the event Jeremy and family took us to Whitecap Lodge north of Whistler. It is a beautiful, remote place accessible by helicopter and is above the treeline so the scenery resembles the Alps with open meadows and mountains. Hiking is the reason to be at Whitecap in the summer - back country skiing in the winter.
| (Most of) the family did some
long hard hikes (the girls are like mountain goats), Mary did more
modest trails and Gene relaxed in the comfort of the lodge with his
books and computer.
seems to be the topic of conversation as we age. We are both now
triple vaccinated and the girls have had their first shot. Mary
is well and continues to be active with her hiking and book clubs and
even occasionally manages to get Gene out for walks. Gene
continues to improve his Italian and has been reading a lot of Italian
books but needs more oral fluency. He is still trying to cope with his
diagnosis of dysautonomia. Treatment is elusive but he is now
going regularly to the gym again with an exercise regime recommended by
a physiotherapist who has experience with dysautonomia. As a
result of a recent referral by his doctor he is hopeful for some future
We know how fortunate we are compared to so many here and in other parts of the world so we will focus on ways to contribute and to enjoy our beautiful surroundings, loving family and good friends.
In spite of the hardships, we hope that this has been a good year for you. May 2022 will be even better.
Gene and Mary
Instead of Christmas Cards, donations were made this year to many organizations giving support to especially vulnerable and needy people at home and overseas.
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