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…

Christmas is Not a Competition

Shelley: Remember what every neighbour said to us when we moved in? John: Of course. “Welcome to the neighbourhood. Just so you know, this street is renowned for it’s Christmas decorations. Don’t let us down.”   Shelley: It’s time. Go get ’em, tiger. John: I’m on it. Shelley: Oohhhh. Everything’s perfect right down to our little Christmas tree on the…

I’m the Funny One

The renovations continue… We interrupt this reno for a trip to Sayward, Vancouver Island… My 28 year old son, Andrew: (Rapping) Well, I’m in the motor home with my mom and dad. Just – the – three of us, perfection is had. Shelley: Ha! Ha! Ha! My 30 year old son, Matt: Andrew, you’re such…

I May or May not Have Flashed your Gardener

Dear Shenley and Marina, Before I update you on what’s happening since John and I returned to Comox Valley, I want to say, “Thank you, thank you, thank you,” for allowing us to house sit your beautiful home while you tour Spain. When we first walked through your front door, John and I agreed that we would only live in…

I can still F#$king see you Minimi

As the final credit’s roll from the movie, “Whiplash”… Shelley, retired teacher with over 30 years experience:……. John, retired teacher and athletic director with over 32 years experience:….. Andrew, student teacher nearing the end of his latest teaching practicum:… Finally… Shelley: Wow. John: What a terrible, terrible teacher. What a terrible, terrible human being. Andrew: Real teachers would never…

Still Here

  Shelley: Thanks so much for giving me a camera lesson using the manual setting. Hmmm maybe I should play with these dolphin pics some more. Andrew: No need. Considering that you took them from your kayaks, they turned out really well. Shelley: Oh Andrew, you’re going to make an excellent teacher. Andrew: Thanks mom. Teaching you this stuff actually…

I Can’t Make any Promises but…

We interrupt “The Smith 2014-15 Tour” for a week back in Canada to pack up our townhouse. That’s right people, the townhouse has been sold! Day 1, 5:00 A.M… Ratchet. Ratchet. Ratchet. Thunk! Ratchet. Ratchet. Ratchet. Thunk! Shelley: Mmmmphhhh! Hey! John! What are you doing? John: Taking apart the bed. We pick up the U-Haul at 9:00. Shelley: But I was sleeping in…

No

It’s all fun and games now that we’re finally on the road, but a mere week ago… John: Jesus Christ Shelley! With seven days left to prepare for our half a year trip, we are not selling the duplex. No. Shelley: Isn’t it interesting that every time I have an idea, your first reaction is to say, “No?”…

Smith Family Saves Stranded Sea-dooers

My son, Andrew, our last visitor of the summer, returned to Vancouver on Monday. With less than two weeks to go before we leave the Valley, it’s time to tie up some lose ends. So, today I attempted to meet with the editors of the Comox Valley Newspapers (Comox Valley Record and Comox Valley Echo) to see if they were interested in…