Many things have changed in our life since I started this blog in the summer of 2009. 2009 was the year that Tim "retired" from the mill. I say "retired" since it really wasn't his choice (the mill closed) and it certainly didn't last very long. He eventually ended up going back to work in the oil fields of Alberta. While the money was good, it also meant that we were apart for long periods of time. Neither one of us liked it very much but it did allow us to do things that we might not have been able to do otherwise; like renovating the kitchen, travelling to Maui with friends, taking a cruise to the Caribbean, putting in hardwood floors, redoing our back deck. All things that we have wanted to do since moving into the house 20 years ago but just could not afford.
What was originally only suppose to be a short stint turned into 4 years. Tim found it difficult to give up the money and his contract kept getting extended. When Tim's mom got really sick last summer I was able to talk him into taking the summer off of work to spend it with her. After Alma passed in August I think Tim started to think about retirement again but felt guilty about leaving the company. Our granddaughter was born in October and I hated that Tim was missing so much of her life . Finally, in March of 2014 Tim retired, again. He has been thoroughly enjoying his retirement. He's busy and he is a huge part of our granddaughter's life and that tickles him to no end. The circle of life continues and while we miss Alma every single day, we are also reminded of how wonderful life is when we watch Naomi grow and learn.
I'm not sure what direction to take this blog. I've never considered myself to be a writer. I started this blog as a way for family and friends to keep track of us on our trip across Canada. We aren't doing much travelling these days and I haven't been all that good about writing about the travelling we have done. It may be time to call it quits and be done with the blog.