(My pictures today are mostly of the family fun after the sad part)
On Monday, May 29th, we woke up at 6 and Bill hopped in the shower. I think he slept surprisingly well and I know I certainly did. Bill has had a few restless nights, understandably so. Today, we want to be in top form so neither of us took a Benadryl for the itches, just added some cream to our few persistent bites.
|A Mennonite farmer works the field|
No a/c in this setup
We each had our morning brew and a bowl of cereal. Bill took Clemson out for a little jaunt around the Suite to empty his bladder and other things. He packed our little cooler with drinks and I packed a bag with a change of clothes and swimsuits. I’d had my shower last night so only needed a quick wash and fussed with my hair and makeup. Things that men don’t need to worry about.
|Gathering at Carol and Brians' for some pool fun|
We were dressed, had the living room a/c turned on to 75C/24C for Clemson, and on the road by 10 to 8. It was a pleasant drive and I managed to snap only one picture of an early morning farmer working his fields the pioneer way. It still awes me that the Amish and Mennonite families can stick to their family traditions/cultures with so much modern techniques going on around them.
|It didn't take long at all for the great grandchildren to get in the pool|
Arriving at the W.G. Young's Funeral Home in Stratford in record time, we met with Bill’s immediate family and discussed seating, speech order and the follow up procedure. Everyone looked refreshed and ready for this difficult day. In the reception line, we greeted many that I didn’t know but surprisingly, many more that I did. Bill, his 2 sisters and step-sister all recited beautiful words at the service. They did very well, better than they probably expected to.
|An extra canopy tent went up for shade|
Granddaughters Shelley and Yvonne relax together
Words can’t express how wonderful it was to see 5 of my immediate family and 7 of Bill and my close friends travel from a distance to support us in our loss. Thank you! You know who you are! A beautiful reception followed our trip to the cemetery with lots of food and relaxing with friends and family. Dad was well loved by all who knew him and that was obvious by the 120+ in attendance today.
|A nice 'paparazzi' picture of Bill and his girls|
|And then one without the sunglasses|
From left: Krystal, Jess, Bill, Charlotte, Yvonne
Bill’s sister, Carol and her husband, Brian, has opened up her house to Marilynne, children, grand and great grandchildren after departing from the Funeral home. It was a perfect way and time to shed the dress attire and relax for an afternoon of swimming, toasting and barbecuing. Thankfully, Pat and Rob had offered to take Clemson under their wing on their way home from Stratford allowing Bill and I the relaxing time we needed too. We are so grateful to their friendship.
|Matt and Jess|
The engaged couple
I got in the pool a couple of times, the day was hot and humid and the water was deliciously refreshing! With my floppy hat and pool noodle, I reminisced of Arizona and tried to block out the excited banter of the great-grandchildren around me. 😊 We had burgers, dogs and bbq’d chicken legs for supper with salad and veggies and Bill and I said our goodbyes around 6:30.
|Brother-in-law, Bruce, with his grandson, Johnny|
|Bill's 2 granddaughters and 2 grandson in this picture, on deck|
|Brother-in-law, Brian and his daughter, Danielle, pass out a rum|
but I didn't get the picture for that group toast to Dad
|5 of our grandchildren here playing ball in the pool|
So many rules!
|Johnny got passed around in the pool, he loved the water|
Here with Bill's nephew, Cory
|Johnny stole my camera, here with his Mom, Victoria|
|Another grouping over here|
Marilynne, Caroline, Bill, Matt and Jess
|Beautiful sky tonight|
|And the full moon in the eastern sky|
When we reached Durham, Rob and Pat, Clemson’s second family, were outside on the deck with the little bum. We sat with them for a while and chatted about the day and upcoming days before heading off home. The smell of fresh turned earth reached me as we pulled into the Ridge area. Yes, the farmer was disking/cultivating the fields behind us. I tried to capture the machinery on the move but the pictures are not very clear.
|Working at night when it is cooler|
I hope you have had a good day. As Bill has said, after 4 days of mourning an awesome man, today was a wonderful day for Celebrating him. Rest in Peace, Dad, we love you.
|Modern techniques here, more than just a reflective sign|
lights are helpful for night time work
|Goodnight from the Ridge|
Thank you for reading today. Your comments are always welcome.