A person is blessed to have a few friends to walk through life with. It is always wonderful when it is a long walk together. Jim and I have had that with first meeting when I was 12 or 13. We went to high school together (a grade apart) and then to different colleges. There were years that we were out of touch only to find one another, laugh and step right back into times of friendship. My sister calls him our "Halfie" because he is half of a brother. How fortunate. We haven't known Masa quite as long (he's not quite as old!!!) and we immediately loved him as well.
You can imagine how thrilled Doug and I were when Jim and Masa joined us on the boat this year. Only one problem - the time was too short.
Rick and Beck were no-particular-schedule people this spring so they joined us for a transit from Port McNeill to Shearwater enduring Cape Caution and another challenge that remained not photographed but will long be remembered by those aboard. As we rounded Welch Rock into open ocean we broke a towing cleat and set the fishing boat adrift. Everyone donned life jackets. Jan took the helm and with Doug's guidance slipped the SeaDrifter down the back side of a wave. Doug hooked the fishing boat with a hook. He and Rick manhandled the small boat along the swim step. Doug held it fast and Rick climbed aboard firing the 140 hp and falling into line behind the SeaDrifter. There were extra rations of rum for all that evening.
We were blessed with another wonderful winter in Mexico with visitors, guests and our dear ExPat friends who gather in Puerto Vallarta with us.
Old friends from work.... So I was thinking of my friend, Janna Lee, and wishing that we could have connected for lunch as planned. Impulsively, I sent her an email asking her to come to Puerto Vallarta for lunch. Instantly, she replied, "Where ARE you? We are in PV!" The four of us had a great lunch at one of our downtown hangouts.
Janna and Jan laughing once again!
Soon after Linda Stone who taught with me in Manson arrived on a cruise ship. We spent a delightful day together exploring the remaining Day-of-the Dead art and chatting regarding Maria's new venture.
Painted with cans of spray paint on the cemetery wall
Down by the iguanas
How tall were you?
Doug's sister, Becky, and her delightful husband Rick came to visit in January. Enjoyed our time together.
Becky and Rick's first trip to Puerto Vallarta
Brunch at Elizabeth Taylor's Puerto Vallarta home.
Fun times together.
Lunch at the Elizabeth Taylor residence.
This was a year of significant birthdays which duly require great celebrations in Puerto Vallarta.
Our friend, Sharon, never forgets anyone's birthday but didn't want a party for herself this year. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, SHARON!!
Our dear and elegant friend, Carolyn, celebrated a significant birthday with many friends and family. She explained to me that it was just the sh-ts to be 17 in a much older body.
First of all, my deepest apologies to our good friends, Wayne and Martie who hosted us graciously but an event without commemorative photos! This lack of graciousness extended to our next good friends, Heidi and Roger. Pictures perhaps on the Northward Bound trip in the spring.
Doug and I traveled south with joy with year which was unprecedented. We welcomed into our family our beautiful daughter-in-law, Tammy and a spectacular wedding held in Portland.
The new couple quickly graced us with our first granddog, Pepper who is a Bernadoodle.
Kathy got her birthday gift in time for a winning Cougar season. Jan designed and knit the double sided scarf.
And Nana knits on. The family hats...
And Batman got to choose his costume this year and did not have go as furry animal to accompany the twin Cinderellas of last year.
The Northwest showed her stuff for Shari's visit with Taryn and Jude. Mt. Rainer was spectacular.
The weather allowed Jude to learn to kayak, first tethered by Papa's rope and then solo.
Jude reads to Nana.
A family snuggle.
Where is Maddie as Aunt Jan snuggles her sisters, Peyton and Lulu.
Doug hangs out with his friend, John, from OSU Engineering School days.
John and Denise send us on our way south from Gilbert, AZ.
We arrived just before the Day of the Dead. We got to watch the artists paint (using cans of spray paint) wonderful murals that celebrated those who have gone before us.
Linda spent the day with us when her cruise ship docked.
We took her to the port to view the iguanas.....I wanna iguana!
So I missed my friend, Jana, in Vancouver. On a whim, I emailed and invited her to lunch in Puerto Vallarta to which she instantly replied, "We are in Puerto Vallarta! Where are you?"
Doug and I were once again blessed in 2016. We have family that we love and cherish, we have good friends and we live in Paradise Canada in the summer and Paradise Mexico in the winter.
We send our holiday wishes from our house to yours. May your Christmas be merry and your new year filled with health, prosperity and happiness.