Above is Martin and his siblings, below, with Aunt Honey and cousin Grant
The silver lining for me is that I was able to catch up with the girls ,in person for brunch on Sunday. And after a total panic attack ,where I thought "oh my ! what if they don"t love me any more ?" I went , and it was truly wonderful! we fell back into our old friendship like no time had passed at all. Do they still love me? I think so, I know I still love them.
But I am getting a little ahead of myself .
Friday was the service for Martins dad, and we were truly humbled by the outpouring of love and support.A big thank you to all who attended to honor him, and to support us!
The service was lovely and the family members who were able to stand up and speak for him and us were so very brave in the face of their grief.
The weekend was a little low key, just about helping to find our balance again . We had company on Saturday , Deb and Brian, and we headed out on our gators to just see some sights in our own personal patch of heaven. Did a little fencing , a little clearing and a lot of just enjoying the beauty around us.
Martin's new workout regime
"oh ,you go to the gym? cute"
"I played in mud and I liked it "
A little hidden treasure, just off the hay field, blueberries,a peat bog and Tamarack
Just follow a little narrow path into a thicket and its like coming out the other side of the wardrobe door
A little washing up after the dugout diving event
The Redneck dipping pool is officially done for the year
"Its a Love seat mom!"
It was a perfect day, and we enjoyed a fire and wiener roast when we returned. Then got cleaned up and headed to a birthday celebration for my cousin , a good reminder that life ,in fact goes on.
So then back to Sunday, as I said I had brunch with the girls and families , then went to pick up Martins Auntie Honey, sister to his dad, and a spry young 87 yr old lady. Just a few weeks before , she lost another sibling , her sister Dee Dee. Dee Dee was a sweet lady who I had the pleasure of meeting a few times and who also loved to look at photos of my horses. She had exacted a promise from Honey that should she ever return to Alberta she had to go see the "Appaloosas" for her. Well Honey honored that promise and we went out to see the horses.
she is a very petite lady, but as you can see Tango is a huge kid, standing next to me in the first pic,it is hard to believe he is a yearling, he looks quite the giant next to her
Johnny Handsome , coming up to say hello
I think Dee Dee would be pleased
Brought the cows in as well to wean calves to ship, so Honey says she will now tell everyone she was part of a cattle drive!
Weaned today and sent them off, so it really is business as usual around here now . The cows out in the pens singing "the song of their people" all night .Funny thing is I am not kept awake by that sound ,but can be awakened out of a sound sleep by the sudden deafening sound of silence that usually means they have gotten out and are in the hay or some other inconvenient place !
So were are slowly coming to our new normal here in the Sikstrom house, not the same as we were,but moving forward .Thank you for all of your kind words and support , you are all so very kind and much appreciated .
Stay safe my friends.