Friday, September 30, 2022

September Remembered

Though it is officially fall now...
it still feels like summer. 

Can I still call it Indian summer?

We are waiting for rain!
It has been three months since we have had any significant rainfall.

The last of the corn fields are being harvested as I post this.
Some fields are looking rather parched.

We are always thankful for the help of friends come harvest time.
It takes a village to run all the equipment!

This handsome fellow and his friends had a 'hay day' in the corn field that lies next to the mountain.

The neighbour took drone pic's...
so we knew who was doing all the damage.

This flattened patch of corn was over half and acre in size.

Early in September we packed up the RV for a visit to the Oregon coast...

It was a good way to end the camping season 2022.

Tim (son-in-law) had an adventure of a lifetime this month.

He cycled over two of the highest passes in the world in the Himalayas of northern India,
as part of a team of six riders who were raising funds for Himalayan Life.

Cycling the Khardung La Pass at 18,380 ft and Chan La at 17,586 ft was not ' a piece of cake'...
but they all made it! 

September 11th is a date to remember for more reasons than one over here.
Grandpa (Dad, Elmer) had a birthday and we gathered the gang to celebrate.

September 14, 2022 would have been my dad's 100th birthday.
He left us a little too soon...
but he is not forgotten.

Dad had an amazing cactus plant for years and wanted us to all to have a piece of it.
On his 100th birthday...
we gave each of our children (his grands) a thriving cactus...
from those he had propagated.

The one pictured here that sits in my front entry is a two-year old descendant of his original plant.

Our smiling happy-go-lucky Maggie is fourteen.
Always on the go...
never one to complain...
she is a joy!

Carol, Darlene and myself.

We go back a long way...
graduating from high school together in 1970.
Life took us all on different paths and we have only been together once in all the years since.

Since we were all celebrating milestone birthdays this year...
we made plans to meet up in Osoyoos.

Last week Carol and I took a road trip to the Okanagan in her little 'Daisy'...
and met up with Darlene there.

We had such a great time together...
picking up where we left off...
sight-seeing, shopping, visiting wineries, playing games.
Eating, laughing, reminiscing.

'Friends are friends forever..
if the Lord's the Lord of them.'

Our friend Vi had planned to join us as well but was unable to because of a recent surgery.
Since she lives less than two hours from where we were staying...
we drove out to see her one day.

Since today is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation...
it seems appropriate to end with this photo of a beautiful metal sculpture at the Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos.

And that was how September played out over here.

Happy Autumn!


  1. Another awesome post Judy! I love that you gathered with your highschool friends. It's true - Friends are Friends Forever if the Lord's the Lord of Them"! I rely on my friends now more than ever before. 70 looks so good on you! The cactus plant gifts are so special. Here's to quote L.M. Montgomery "I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers"

  2. I love the way you make the most of each month! How great to gather with your high school friends. That bear sure had a good thing going in the corn patch. Hard to believe little Maggie is already 14. She has a great smile!

  3. What a wonderful look back at a beautiful month. September was, indeed, a gift here in BC!

  4. Thanks for the reminder of that song. Another month packed with adventures and relationships. A good month for sure!

  5. Birthdays and bears! That cute little bear wiped out that much corn? Tim sounds like an adventurous guy. I don't know any like that. ☺️ Hope gentle rains come and that October is a beauty. (Oh how good to reconnect with dear friends.)

  6. I saw several of those cacti in your house and didn't realize that's what they were. They looked like they have a story behind them. =) What a great month of celebrations!

  7. Beautiful photos as always, Judy. Happy belated birthday to Elmer! Your son-in-law had the bicycle ride of a lifetime--well done! Glad you were able to see old friends and have a nice vacation in Oregon. Have a happy and healthy fall!

  8. Oh, Judy! I love your monthly recaps!
    That BEAR!!! I guess he must have been really hungry! No rain for that long is hard. We had the same situation here in Texas and then it rained and everything turned green and the temps dropped down to the 90's and everything started blooming. Alas, that was 45+ days ago and not a drop since. The crepe myrtle trees had bloomed out and the blossoms turned brown while on the trees and there they are still. Makes them look really dead.

    I love all your adventures and meeting up with school mates from long ago!
    Wishing you a lovely fall and praying you - and we - get some rain soon!!


'The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.'
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson