5 Weeks of “Vacation”…

September 26/17

Time for another update!

Proud Grandparents!

Proud Grandparents!

The day after the last post, Ross flew into Calgary and met Karen there to attend a first ever Adrian Cousin’s Reunion where 16 of the 26 cousins met for the first time (more on that in my next post).  And then we went on to meet our sweet grand baby, Roman and to visit with Michael and Courtney in Saskatoon.  This started Ross’ 3 weeks of vacation which got increased to 5 weeks off.  Needless to say we got a lot done and had some wonderful down time with 5 weeks off!

Roman Ellery Harmsworth

Roman Ellery Harmsworth

Michael, Courtney and Roman

Michael, Courtney and Roman

Our time with Michael and Courtney and Roman was so good.  Michael took a couple of days off so we got to spend some good time with him for the few days that we were there.  We got in lots of cuddles with Roman and tried to help Courtney when we could.   Needless to say, it was hard to leave knowing that he would be so much bigger when we get to see him again.  We already booked our flights for January but it feels so far away.

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3 Generations of Harmsworths

3 Generations of Harmsworths

IMG_2237The day after we got home from SK, our mobile home for the other lot arrived. Then the work started.  We hooked the mobile up to the services, some rewiring and plumbing.  We anchored it to the foundation, got some skirting on it and painted the outside with our new paint sprayer.  What a blessing that sprayer was…it paid for itself on that job alone…5 hours later, the body, skirting and trims were painted!

Just washing it made it look better!

Just washing it made it look better!

A new look.

A new look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John and Shelly Wason came up for a 3 days and helped with some painting on the inside and some of the outside stuff that Ross had to do.  It’s always great to have enthusiastic helpers when the job just feels like it is dragging.  They breathed new energy in us to keep going and we felt thoroughly blessed by their help.

John & Ross building framework for skirting

John & Ross building framework for skirting

Shelly helping to refresh the inside.

Shelly helping to refresh the inside.

 

With Ross’ plan to leave the oil sands and come home full time, we started looking for an old Volvo to pull his work trailer for reopening Harmsworth Electrical Services.

1990 Volvo 240 DL - a classic!

1990 Volvo 240 DL – a classic!

We found a nice one… a 1990 240 DL station wagon in great condition.  We drove to Duncan to look at it and by the time we got it home, Karen had claimed it.  It’s in pristine condition and too nice to haul a trailer.  In fact we have applied for Collector plates for it and are expecting it to qualify.  So the SmartCar is up for sale and we are still looking for a car for Ross’ business.

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Brad & Xtina

We took a few days off in the beginning of September and flew to Dallas TX to a marriage conference and had a quick visit with Brad and Xtina which was an unexpected bonus. They were attending the same conference and they are doing very well.  Xtina’s business is growing and thriving by the sounds of things.  It was over 39°C in Dallas and when we arrived home the temperature was sitting at 9°C and raining (we arrived at midnight).  Such a shock because it was warm when we left and we had left our jackets in the car.

The septic for the mobile home was installed while we were away (what a mess!) and we have a good crop of rocks to pick up.  We arrived home with just 3 days before Ross had to go back to work in northern Alberta.  He spent that time doing some electrical jobs that marked the start of him reopening up his electrical contracting business.  November 17 is his last day in the oil fields and then he’s home full-time and we are already celebrating!

We are still not quite sure what we will do with 2247 Enns Road with the mobile on it but we are hoping that we will find some clear direction once we have the lot with its improvements appraised this fall.  Rent it or sell it…we just can’t decide yet.  It’s great to have choices though!

That’s it for now.  (Karen’s Musings follows with some personal reflection on the Cousin’s Reunion)

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6 Responses to 5 Weeks of “Vacation”…

  1. Marion Driedger says:

    What a busy life you two have! Such a blessing to see your family grow and thrive- I love all the photos, especially the 3 generations of Harmsworth’s! Thanks for sharing.

  2. k_harmsworth says:

    Yes. Life is never dull but at least we are always having fun!

  3. Sue Martin says:

    So nice to catch up with the Harmsworths! And happy that you were able to spend a bit of time with both boys and their loved ones. Good luck Ross with the startup of your business again, and it’s so great that you too can be living under the same roof again, whichever roof that ends up to be 😋❤️

  4. Brad says:

    It was really amazing to see you! There are exciting things happening for you!!! And some amazing blessings coming around the corner.

  5. Dixie says:

    It’s so good to see everything coming together!
    Glad you had a wonderful time connecting at the reunion, and so thankful to hear how well things went with your new found family!
    Such a pleasure to see those pictures of you and Ross holding your grandbaby for the first time!! My goodness that must have been so overwhelming emotionally to finally get to hold Roman and spend time with Mike and Courtney!
    What a surprise to hear that Dani offered a marriage course, and to hear you guys bumped into Brad and Xtina there, that’s awesome!
    It was so nice to read how these past few weeks have been so full and such a blessing to you both…
    …and to finally have the home on the property after everything you mentioned while I was there; about the house not being in the sellers name, and that could cause problems…etc. So good to see everything worked out and it’s getting all prettied up and ready to live in!
    A new Volvo, in beautiful shape, and news that Ross’s last day in the oil fields will be November 17th…wow, it’s been a busy, blessed few months for sure!
    We are so glad to hear things are going well with you guys.
    I’m assuming your ankle is all healed now and you are getting around without any problems?
    It was so nice to get some 1-on-1 time with you, even if you were gimpy! LOL
    Love you, God bless, chat soon.

  6. Andrea de Lestard says:

    What great news!! You have a new (to you) home to live in and Ross is coming HOME!! To stay for good! YAAAAY! Best news ever!! Karen and Ross, you need to be together, not miles apart and we are so happy that Nov. 17th will see that happen at loooong last!
    We are so happy for you both. The pictures of that wonderfully handsome grand-baby-boy are too cute for words. He truly is handsome and we can see the pride in both of your eyes. It was great you have gotten to see both of your sons and their loved ones on your “vacation”! What a privilege to see them both doing so well and looking so happy.
    You are both the best of the best and we are so pleased that God is blessing you so richly.
    Love you both, Jack and Andrea

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