A RELAXING AFTERNOON
To-day was my Uncle Harry's 94th Birthday & once again he came all they over from Woodstock Ontario to spend it here in Bayfield with us. His friend & ours, Grace, drove him up. Until just a few short years ago Harry was always at the wheel but he finally sold his car a few years back & now lets others do the driving. And, he was a fine driver right up to the day he decided it was finally time to step aside.
SO NICE TO SIT OUTSIDE ON THE PORCH TODAY
We were happy the weather cooperated today with sunshine & warmer temps. Nice to sit outside on our front porch. Uncle Harry has always enjoyed coming here & seeing all the improvements we have made to the house & grounds over the years & he is the fellow who made it all possible for Kelly & I to buy our place here nearly 7 years ago.
SITTING IN THE SUN ROOM WATCHING THE BIRDS AT THE FEEDERS
HARRY & MAX HAVE ALWAYS BEEN BEST BUDDIES
We sat & watched the birds at the feeders & I showed him how I'm able to take the bird photos with the long telescope/lens & camera set up. For supper we had Harry's favorite frying sausage from Krug's Butcher shop in Tavistock, Ontario. Our family has been buying frying sausage there ever since I was a kid & it's always Harry's fav. Scalloped potatoes with cheese sauce cauliflower & creamed corn was followed by oven warmed apple pie & ice cream. All Uncle Harry's favorites.
HARRY HASN'T LOST HIS APPETITE FOR GOOD OLD KRUG'S FRYING SAUSAGE:))
It was sad today to see that most of his mobility is gone now & even a walker is a struggle for him. His voice is weaker & body frail, yet it was only a month ago we were playing pool together in Woodstock. He hasn't lost that twinkle in his eye or his smiling chuckle but as I helped him into the car after supper I seriously wondered if he was going to have enough strength left to ever make it back again for another visit.
A HELPING HAND FOR THE MAN WHO FIRST EXTENDED US A HELPING HAND A DECADE AGO
With Grace at the wheel & Uncle Harry looking so very slumped in the passenger seat I watched as they backed out the driveway & then made their way down the road. I watched, as I have done so many times before over the years..........................
GROANER'S CORNER:(( You know, some days I get all the exercise I need just by pushing my luck!!
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