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Family Highlights: Lydia
My baby’s thirty! I was delighted when our son-in-law, John, invited us to spend Thanksgiving weekend with them to help celebrate Lydia’s milestone birthday. We drove three and a half hours on Friday and arrived at their duplex. They’ve been busy with renovations for a long time, and Lydia wanted to show us everything they’d accomplished before we unpacked the car. She took us into the house and, as I was mentally sorting out the new from the old, I noticed the couch and wall unit were gone. I knew they’d been on the lookout for some new furniture, but I was feeling a little disoriented. Finally Lydia took pity on me and stated, “We don’t live here anymore.” That was a huge surprise.
It turns out they’d sold the duplex and bought a house. They had been keeping it quiet for the last month until they could spring the news on us in person. They are good at keeping secrets apparently. Their new home is a joy. It sits at the top of a hillside lot of almost half an acre which they plan to terrace for vegetable, fruit, and nut production. A tiny (play)house and an irrigated greenhouse are already on the property. The house is charming, with unique features like a private front garden, a circular staircase, not one but two rooms with Murphy beds, and an astonishing view over the city to Lake Okanagan and beyond. Being who they are, renovations are already underway for a fitness studio and a workshop.
To top off a weekend of unexpected experiences, we spent the last afternoon at the Pentiction Speedway to watch the Flying Destruction show. Good times!