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…

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…

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…

Every Man Needs a Chop Saw

Recent Smith life recap: Sell homes Buy a home Wait to take possession by visiting Home Depot… Home Depot Employee #1: Have you considered a front door with glass? Shelley: I’m not sure if glass is the way to go in this climate. John: Shelley! Shelley: Excuse me for one second. What’s up? John: Remember…

This S#%T Just got Real

Hunt. Bid. Wait. Wait some more Buy. Shelley and John: Yayyyyyyyy!!!  We bought a house. We bought a house. WE. BOUGHT A HOUSE!!!!!!!!!! Shelley: It has so many things on our wish list. The living area faces southwest and John: the mountains. Shelley: The back yard is private. John: There’s room to park our RV. Shelley: There’s…

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…