SMITH VS. SMITH

John and I returned to Vancouver Island at the end of April. Since that time, we’ve been gardening, planning a kitchen, spring cleaning, volunteering, you know, the things you do when you return to your home after three months, like writing a book, novelette, short story, poem, haiku. Here it is. Regret sleepless restless nights…

Who are You? You’re not my Sister

My sister, Shannon, joined John and I for a tour of “The Utah Five.” Shannon: Capital Reef, the last of the Utah Five. Incredible. I wasn’t optimistic that this park would offer more than the others. So happy to be proved wrong. Thank you guys for this amazing experience. Shelley: You’re welcome sistah. Shannon:  What? What? This up up is killing me. The…

Sometimes Life’s like That

Every year we head to Arizona. Andrew, our son, joined us for a few days. After Andrew left, our friend Robbie and his son, Tod arrived. Tod: That was my first live NBA game ever. Thanks. Shelley: You’re welcome. Here’s what’s happening for the rest of your “Smiths on Tour” experience. Golf tomorrow. Followed by a visit with our…

Carpe Diem John, Carpe Diem

Shelley: This tournament (PNB Paribas Tennis Tournament 2016) was amazing. Because of you volunteering, I’ve had the opportunity to see world class players such as John McEnroe, emotionally delicate Canadian, Eugenie Bouchard. (To put it more succinctly, she was coo coo bananas) Venus Williams return to the tournament after 16 years, World number 1, Serena Williams, and on…

Security!

Since our last post, John and I visited the “World Heritage Site Pinacate Biosphere Reserve, Mexico”, returned to Organ Pipe National Monument, where we camped in the “no generator” area, attended every Park talk and tour available, and are now back in the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs area) waiting for the PNB PARIBAS OPEN Tennis tournament…

Seriously, What’s Wrong with these People?

3:50 PM, Organ Pipe National Monument, Arizona Shelley: Here’s your beer. John: Thanks. Can you believe it’s been two years since we’ve been here? Shelley: Crazy. John: Am loving these “no stress” pull through sites. Shelley: No kidding. John: And the breathing room between us and our neighbours. Shelley: You bet. John: Sigh. It’s not that I don’t like fully…

Snowboarding? At Your age? Tsk! Tsk! Tsk!

  Since arriving in southern California my crutches and cast have attracted a boatload of comments. Stranger driving by: Hey! Guess we’re going to have to cancel our tennis game, eh? Heh! Heh! Heh! Woman in Catalina Hot Springs RV park: My nephew broke his fibula. Was laid up in bed for 6 months. Couldn’t even use the bathroom. Man walking…

Storm Chasers hit the Road

January 20th 3:30 PM… Doctor Austin: You’re cleared to head south. Over the next four weeks gradually build up weighting your leg to 50%. At that point have an x-ray taken. If the bone’s healed, you can remove the cast. January 21st 10:00 AM… Shelley and John: Bye bye rainy Comox. Thank you family for…

Princess Down but not Out

December 22nd… December 23rd… Christmas Eve… Family and friends wearing our gift of lumberjack shirts. “I’m a lumberjack and I’m OK.” Get it? Christmas Dinner. Thanks everyone for helping out. Extra thanks to Simendea and John. December 30th… Shelley and John: Happy 34th Anniversary. Mwahhhhh!!! Kiss. Kiss. Shelley: Mmmm. This tea’s delicious. Thanks. John: You’re…

SMART ASS

  My son, Matt: My turn. My Scottish Daughter-in-law, Emma: Matt, last time you read the clues too fast, then too slow. This time read them properly. Shelley: Yeah Matt. No throwing people off. Matt: OK. OK. Shelley: Right. Look everyone. I’m four away from winning. I can do this. I need to do this. It…