It was great to have Niilo & Joan’s eldest children on the homestead this summer for 3 weeks each, with one week during which all 5 ‘kids’ were here together. [Not to be confused with goat kids, of which N & J had way too many during a period of their younger days. Joan is glad to have no more of those kids around!]
In addition to doing many and fun things with Mom, Nonni and Sanni helped with projects, so there is now lots more fire wood and a section of 60-year-old roof that had been damaged by squirrels, weather, wear, etc, has been re-insulated. We read that many roofs need repair every 15-20 years, so for this to have survived this long is credit to its builders: Niilo, Joan, and toddler Nonni, as documented in the wonderful old photo albums.
After a very late cold May, with some piles of snow left into June, it has been a wonderfully warm, dry -perhaps too dry – summer. The garden and berry bushes provide much satisfaction.
Joan, Heather, and Rob take Niilo outdoors for strolls around the Pioneers Home, listening to the rustling trees, feeling the sun and breeze, smelling the roses and spruce and labrador tea.
Savor these pleasant moments…
Happy New Year Family and Friends
Joan notes she is making a new dish from the Cooking For Two cookbook she was recently given, using apples, carrots, onion, and maple syrup: “Almost anything with maple syrup improves it!”
She is also knitting a scarf. Amongst the important things in life are watching birds at the feeder outside the window, seeing moose outside, being where she knows where things are, playing cards with family and “occasional other masochists,” reading, and galavanting off to movies or a friend’s house, to visit Niilo, or to a restaurant. Bowling regularly with Alex is a good excuse to get out – and she even beats him sometimes!
Niilo continues his deep or mysterious thinking at the Pioneers Home where they have the amenities that make life possible. He occasionally utters a word or two but it seems articulation is elusive.
Chena, Heather, and Alex enjoy time with Joan and with Niilo. Nonni and Sanni visited in spring & fall and spent much time tromping around the homestead. Grandkids Dane and Ben were ‘home’ for Christmas.
The staggering project of sorting 60 years accumulation of former and potential treasures goes on…and on…with the unearthing of amazing and sometimes delightful finds. No gold yet though…
Good to have heard from some of you!
We hope you have a wonderful 2013!
Joan and Heather