Saturday, December 3, 2016

Christmas Greetings, 2016

Carolle Trembley & John Palmer                            
#602, 19 King Street                                          
London, Ontario, N6A 5N8
November 29, 2016.

John and Carolle at CN Tower for Anniversary Lunch
Well hello

         It is still November, there is no snow on the ground (indeed the temperature today is in the teens), but we have already begun Christmas shopping.  There’s something wrong with this picture because once Carolle begins Christmas shopping, it doesn’t end until Christmas.  Oh well.

John kept busy all year with different roles in plays and in mystery dinner theatres.  He keeps complaining about his memory, but seems to do well in these plays.  And he hasn’t completely retired from economics.  This fall he presented a paper on “Property Rights and Contract Enforcement in the Post-Zombie Apocalypse” in Windsor and Regina.  While in Regina, he stayed with granddaughter, Kayla, and visited with Carolle’s Uncle Bruce and Aunt Ollie. He also took advantage of the opportunity to play a few gigs with the Saskatchewan Roughriders Pep Band. 

John at Grey Cup
         John rejoined the Pep Band in Toronto for Grey Cup this year.  His lips bore the brunt of all the playing they did on the street, in bars, at the Toronto Convention Centre, and tailgating parties, etc.  But he looooved it all.  Boy, was he tired when he got home after the 4 days. 

Carolle was sick quite a bit this year, being diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder), and congestive heart failure, which responded completely when the meds kicked in a few weeks ago.  She is still having trouble with her breathing and back pain. Now she talks about approaching age 80 in 4 years!!  Still, she is so grateful for the wonderful life she and John have.  She loves playing “Words with (several) Friends” on line, doing sudokus and jigsaw puzzles.  Her computer gets a good workout each day. 

Viv, John, and Carolle in our Blue Jays Jerseys
This year Carolle’s sister, Viv, came with us to our annual anniversary celebration.  We three boarded the train to Toronto and then stayed for 3 days at the Skydome where John and Carolle had a room overlooking the baseball field.  Viv was thrilled with being able to watch everything that went on in the field below.  We all swear she smiled the entire time.  She voted to return for this celebration each year.  Hurrah. 

Melinda and Jacob

Lara painting Nana's toenails
Elise & Carolle with pigtails
We visited with Jacob, Melinda and Lara and Elise in Houston twice this year.  During the first visit, Carolle refers to one evening as the spa, where Elise put Carolle’s (short) hair into pigtails and Lara painted her toenails. What fun. On our second visit, we celebrated both Melinda’s and Carolle’s birthdays.  Jacob finally received his long-ago promised promotion—and backpay, hurrah!  

Matthew and Laura
Matthew looks so happy with his girlfriend, Laura.  She’s a doll and they spend as much time together as they can.  Matthew has completed his on-line MBA this year.  He will be glad to have more free time.  Laura is starting her course soon.  Cordelia and Phebe are working on developing their career paths. 

Rachael is doing well, putting together a new life.  She is looking good.  Kayla moved to Regina and is doing well at her job at the furniture store and maybe thinking of returning to London where, it is reported, her firm may be opening a store.  Good.  We all miss her.

Our 2-year old great granddaughter, Paytyn, is growing quickly and appears to be having quite a good time at it.  She has curly hair and a fabulous smile and loooootttts of energy and is so much fun to have around.  Veronica is pregnant again, so we will have another great grandbaby in May.  Veronica and Jodie are awesome parents and they are looking forward to the new baby.

We have had a full year of family and friends this year, which we enjoyed.  Christmas this year will be lunch out at the Mandarin—a family favorite restaurant.  We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and lucky 2017.

                                                                             with love
                                                      from carolle and John

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Christmas Greetings, 2015

Carolle Trembley & John Palmer

John and Carolle, August 2015
December 6, 2015

Hi there
         Christmas is coming again, but that little bit of snow that fell last night has melted already.  Our bones tell us that we are getting older.  We don’t think either of us creaks very loudly yet, but that may be to come.  Still, we are so grateful for our wonderful lives.

         Carolle reached her 75th birthday this year and John’s present was a dinner with friends and family at our favorite restaurant--the BluDuby.  Everyone agreed the food was fantastic and the company was great.  Carolle has awesome friends.  Some came from Nova Scotia, others from Chatham, Clinton and Goderich, and London, of course.  It was a wonderful afternoon.

         Special times with grandchildren this year.

We were in Houston in May visiting Jacob, Melinda, Lara and Elise.  One day Elise took Gramps by the hand and put him on a time out chair.  She came back and took Nana’s hand and put her on a time-out chair (one Lara had provided for her) and all 4 of us sat together in time out, looking at the front door.  Luckily Jacob took a photo.  We are still smiling about this one. 
Nana, Lara, Elise, and Gramps on Time-Out Chairs

Elise and Lara wearing their Blue Jays shirts

Lara has talents beyond belief.  She is quite an artist and has always drawn pictures of things around her.  This year she drew pictures of Gramps and Nana and they looked amazingly like us.  She has also begun to write stories.  My goodness, they have characters, style and plot.  Also, she has written some lyrics for a song.  She is only 7.  Wow.

Phebe at Angelos with us.

Phebe and Carolle were discussing Phebe’s favorite carrot cake one day and decided together that the addition of some coconut to the recipe would be great.  Both of them love coconut.  So the next preparation of the cake will include coconut and we will let you know how it goes.  Phebe is enjoying playing her ukulele and continues composing her own songs.

Cordelia at Stratford

Cordelia has moved into her own apartment and loves it.  One week this summer, John invited Cordelia to Stratford to see 2 Shakespearian shows being filmed.  Cordelia loves Shakespeare.  But, as Cordelia is vegan and restaurant choices are not always good, John asked her to prepare picnics for the two of them. Cordelia made her own pasta for one salad meal and stuffed pastry for another.  The meals looked terrific (on Facebook, of course, where John posts many photos of his meals) and John said they were indeed terrific.

Paytyn with Veronica, eating her birthday cake
Veronica held a 1-year birthday party for Paytyn in November.  She reserved a hall for family and friends to visit and spent days making decorations.  The room was full of photos, streamers, posters, etc.  And when the birthday cake was served, Paytyn got her face right into it!  It is so neat to watch Veronica with Paytyn.  Veronica and Jodie are wonderful, caring parents. 

Veronica, Paytyn, and Jodie at Carolle's 75th

Kayla, at Rachael's Birthday Lunch in June

Watching Kayla with jobs is awesome.  She is an admired employee who works her butt off on a job.  When she came back from a few months in Regina last year, her previous London employers had a job waiting for her.  They tried to encourage her to become a Manager with them.  Then when she began planning to go back to Regina, she had a job lined up on the phone with a company who had never seen her.  She was working within a couple of days of her arrival in Regina.  We feasted all summer on the tomatoes from the 6 plants Kayla planted early in the year and left with us.  We are still ripening the last little ones.

Matthew, Rachael, Jacob -- one of the rare times all three have been able to get together

We are hoping/planning to have Christmas dinner at our place again this year and are looking forward to hosting everyone in the family who can make it.  We hope you have a Merry Christmas celebration with your family and friends and wish you a Happy New Year in 2016. 

                  with love and hugs
                  from carolle and John