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…

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…

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…

Little Girl’s wish comes True

Little girl walking past me in the Comox Valley: Why do I have to zip up my rain jacket? Little girl’s mommy: Because it’s raining. Little Girl: Why is it raining? Mommy: Because the clouds are full of water. Little Girl: They must be really full. Mommy: They sure are. Little Girl: I wish the sun would shine. Mommy,…

Good Thing Because the Bull Isn’t Ready

A lot has happened since my last post in July. For example, Matt married Emma. I turned 55. Ughhh! Our living room is 99% finished. And our Master Bedroom What hasn’t changed is my family. For example… Especially hanging out with my parents… Nurse: What seems to be the problem? Mom: Just before lunch my hands and…