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Team Glen 2011

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

As we’ve done the last couple of years, some of us are again participating in the local Walk For ALS.  This is a fundraiser to help fight the disease ALS, sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s Disease, that took my brother Glen in 2004.

The walk is coming right up in only four days.  Any donations would be gladly accepted, and can be made online at either the Team Glen website or at my fundraising website, or if you see me in person I do have an old-fashioned pledge form and will accept cash or cheques made out to “ALS Society of Saskatchewan”.

More information about the 2011 Prince Albert Walk For ALS can be found here.

Charlotte’s music

Thursday, July 8th, 2010
Charlottes self-titled album

Charlotte's self-titled album

I’d call this quality music even if we weren’t related.

But I do prefer the Norwegian spelling of Oline.

Another Walk For ALS done

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Team Glen had a lower turnout this year than last year, and the weather was miserable, but it was good to get together this morning and do a bit to fight ALS.  Thanks all who donated.  Pictures here.

Another walk for ALS

Thursday, May 20th, 2010


So much seems to be happening this spring that Team Glen was slow organizing itself.  However some of us will again be participating in this year’s Prince Albert Walk For ALS, in memory of my brother Glen.

If you care to make an online donation, you can do so at the Team Glen website.  Or if you’d like send a cheque (made out to the ALS Society of Saskatchewan), contact me for my mailing address.

The walk is happening on May 29, in just 9 days.

Pictures of Team Glen at last year’s Walk For ALS can be found here.

Update on what’s happening across the ocean

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

It’s already been almost four weeks since I mentioned the plans for Janet to take Jenn and Fiona to England, so I suppose I should give an update.

Yes they made it safely, albeit with some hassles from both US (at the Minneapolis transfer) and UK (at London Heathrow) authorities.

The girls have been enjoying their time in England.  They’ve stayed with Auntie Anne and Uncle Stephen at St. Austell, and with Uncle Nigel and Auntie Kate at Falmouth, with cousins at both places to play board games and Wii with.  Auntie Gillian has also been down from South Wales, and Grandpa was at St. Austell for them to nick chocolate from.

Grandma’s surgery went well, by all accounts.  Family members are somewhat frustrated by the fact that they can’t visit her because the hospital has a no-visitor policy due to a virus outbreak.

A few days ago they flew across to the Isles of Scilly, where they are settling in at Pelistry and getting reacquainted with Uncle Mervyn and Auntie Stephanie and three more cousins.  Today was the first day of school.

But why am I giving all these details?  You can read a first-hand account at Fiona’s new blog.

Travel plans 2010 – England and Norway

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

A handful of our friends have been aware for a couple of weeks that Janet has been considering a trip to England.  I won’t go into the reasons on this blog, other than that it’s related to surgery scheduled for one of her family members.

It didn’t take long before the discussion moved from Janet taking a quick trip to the concept of Janet taking an extended trip to be with her parents.

Then the discussion progressed to the fact that our two youngest children really don’t know their grandparents very well, unlike their older siblings who spent the summer of 2009 on the island.

The upshot is that Janet, Jennifer and Fiona will be flying to London in less than two weeks, and then on to southern Cornwall.  The tickets have been purchased, and the girls have been registered in a school where they will be required to wear school uniforms.  The schools at both ends have been very accommodating.

Luke, Charlotte and I will carry on with life in Prince Albert.  However beginning in late July I will take four weeks of vacation leave to join Janet and the girls.

After I’ve spent a couple of weeks with them on the Isles of Scilly, we’ll all continue on to Norway.  Our plans aren’t fully firmed up yet, but we plan to spend the bulk of our time visiting my distant relatives in the Trondheim area, including Rindal, the village that my paternal grandparents both emigrated from, before returning to P.A. before school resumes in late August.

I spent a month in Norway in 1984, and have many fond memories.  After 26 years it will be great to make it back.  Some of my Norwegian relatives have been to Canada at various times over the years, and some on the Canadian side including my sister Carol have travelled to Norway, so some contacts have been maintained.  I am generally a stay-at-home guy, but I am already excited about this trip.

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Luke sends a postcard from the Isles of Scilly

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Luke has a new video up on YouTube, with some nice clips he’s taken while on the Isles of Scilly.

Scowling Paddy

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

One of my kids created this kitchen mascot from a scouring pad.  The name was an obvious choice.

Scowling Paddy

Nephews in classy grad suits

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

A couple of years ago my nephew Jeremy had his high school grad.  I thought he looked very sharp in the red and blue duct tape suit his sister had made for him.

This year my nephew Larsson graduated.  I think his suit is as classy as Jeremy’s.  The wig was a nice touch.

Two Nephews in their grad suits

Graduated and gone

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

I know it’s kind of lame to take almost a week to mention it in this space, but yes, Charlotte did graduate last Friday.  Here are a couple of pictures.

Then on Saturday, she flew to England to join her brother Luke on the Isles of Scilly.  They’ll both be working there for at least the summer.  Their plans for winter 2009-2010 are flexible – maybe somewhere else in Europe, maybe another part of England …

Oh to be young again.

It’s different around here, but I’m sure we’ll get used to having an average-sized family.