Because of substance abuse Gary was basically a hermit & refused to interact with the family or friends for the last five years or so; therefore his siblings (Dan, Shawn & sister, Sharon) decided there would be no wake or ceremony at this time, but there would be a family remembrance some time during the summer of 2014. For over five years we have tried to re-establish a family connection with Gary; despite our efforts we were only successful in meeting him once for lunch during that time.
As Gary’s brother Shawn wrote – “I would like everybody to know that Gary and how fragile he was shows us that what we have now is so important, and is in front of us and surrounds us. Let’s take this time to realize what we have, say I love you, and appreciate the things that are really important in this life.” We truly believe he is in a far better place, & will no longer have to fight the demons he battled for so long!
---did some final finish work on Joe’s shop/shed
---Corrie & Rebecca went to the local crafts fair
---Dan & Rebecca often went bike riding, sometimes with Jaxson on the back of Rebecca’s bike
---many family meals both at Rebecca & Raymond’s, or Joe & Tasha’s; including great BBQ pulled pork prepared by Joe for family & friends
---Dan undergoing another annual colonoscopy; once again nothing found & now Dan can go five years until the next one:)!!!
---starting Xmas shopping
---the anti-theft interlock on the Toad failed; according to the internet this a very common problem on Canyons but there is not one complaint about it on the NHTSA website
---Dan replaced fan motor for the RV bathroom, & the solar panel for the refrigerator exhaust fan
---Saturday, 16NOV, headed to Parola Philippine Restaurant for buffet & karaoke
---the RV toilet broke & we spent most of Monday, 18NOV, making a temporary repair (not pretty)
---Corrie helps Joe & Tasha finish a dining table that Joe built using an antique door (he did a great job!)
---on the morning of 21NOV Joe had out patient arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder
---now & then babysitting one or both of the grandkids
This year for Thanksgiving it was decided that the family meal would be at Joe & Tasha’s. Although Tasha was prepared to cook the entire meal, Corrie & Rebecca also assisted by preparing some of the side dishes & desserts. After a delicious meal, Joe started a fire & everyone found a seat to relax-in. Then the “kids” start playing an older video game – Mario Bros. Just like twenty years ago the same arguments occurred about who wasn’t playing fair. Next was a slightly older game – Yahtzee. Eventually Corrie decided to go shopping now that almost every store has started Black Friday shopping early. Tomorrow we will try for short RV jaunt to Memphis, TN.