Wednesday, August 3, 2011

August rolls around

August has now rolled around and we find ourselves living out of the trunk of the car, in hotels and with family and friends. This really isn't too bad as we know that it is only for a couple more weeks. Danny leaves for Colombia on the 17th and I don't have a date yet, but it will no doubt, be shortly after that.

Our travels, since we arrived back in the US from our Panama Peace Corps service has been one of a lot of traveling. Since the last posting we have visited Alf & Stacey in Tulsa, OK where we passed the 4th of July weekend in much needed relaxation and visiting. From there we traveled out to Yuma, AZ to visit friends, Joe & Fay. It was wonderful to see them again and we felt like we were "coming home." Most of our friend had already departed for the summer months but still, was fun. We hope to be back in the new year.

Next we headed across country again. This time we were headed for St Louis, MO
where we attended a wonderful conference on TPRS
but more importantly, met back up with friends from Panama. It was so good to see them again. It is funny how our lives have branched out so much to include friends from around the world. These friends in Panama hold a special place in our hearts - we worked closely with them and they are part of our personal growth.

Last Wednesday found us winging our way up to Canada to visit my parents. Both are doing well and we were fortunately to visit with my sister, Lauri and her family, and my brothers, Dave, Keith and Allan and some of their families. What fun we had. Lots of talking, sharing of memories, ideas and even frustrations. Then some of us went to Ft. Edmonton Park. This is a living museum that shoes Edmonton as it has grown, and continues to grow, since the 1890's. A steam train to ride, an electric trolley to ride, and a midway for the kids plus the many exhibits that would take far longer to read about and visit than we had. There were Clydesdale horses, vehicles of all eras running about, ice cream floats and cones, even weddings from the different eras represented. Oh and don't forget those pesky mosquitoes! All in all, a great visit.

Now we are in Ft Worth again, having received the medical papers with appointments to follow.
Shopping to acquire some of the things that we will be needed for our next adventure and then, simply relaxing. And the heat continues. Car registered 111degreesF as we drove down the street today. Have to put up a sun-reflector in the windshield or else the steering well and gear shift aare too hot to touch and the seat too hot to sit on.

Friday we are going back to Longview and more appointments for the first of next week. Soon all should be finished and the necessary papers filed and mailed. Then the wait begins.

So til then, have a great summer and don't let this heat get you down ...