Monday, 2 September 2013

What do you think?

I belong to several Facebook groups here in town and I want to put a question out to people so I thought this might be a way to do it. I know a lot of you no longer live in one town but I'm sure you have an opinion anyway.

In these groups we get lots of complaints that there's nothing for kids or adults for that matter to do in this town. Do you feel that it's up to a town to provide entertainment for kids, teens & adults? Any opinions? Looking forward to hearing lots of opinions.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

The Long Awaited Trip to the U.S.

I haven't been keeping the blog up but thought some might like to know how my first border crossing went.

We left home on Thursday and drove to Niagara Falls, Ontario and spent the night. We enjoyed seeing the Falls after such a long time and even went up in the Skylon Tower. I usually avoid anything with heights but it didn't really bother me. We were both nervous about Friday's border crossing so we probably didn't enjoy being at Niagara Falls as much as we normally would but it was great to see the Falls again!

Falls with Maid of the Mist in foreground

Lots of mist

Rainbow at the Falls

Me with the American Falls in the background

Top of the Falls

Niagara Falls near sunset

Friday morning we were very nervous. My lawyer had indicated that we would be crossing about 9 a.m. With the waiting time at the border it was about 9:15. The border agent (in the booth) was a bit on the obnoxious side but he sent us inside to see the immigration agent. We were aware that we would have to do this. Mr. Brunelle (the immigration agent) was very nice, professional and polite and indicated that this type of problem was not meant for Canadians. I was lucky my lawyer had emailed me all the documentation which I had printed off and taken with us as although he had faxed the documents to the border crossing they didn't seem to be aware of them. One look at my documentation and the name on the letterhead and Mr. Brunelle indicated that my immigration lawyer was one of the best and does things right. It took about 3/4 of an hour to process the paperwork and send appropriate emails to parties involved and to straighten things out for me for future border crossings. 

By about 10:15 a.m. we were on our way to Cincinnati! It was a long, tiring drive with lots of traffic especially going through Columbus. It was after 6 p.m. when we arrived at Gordon's sister's house.
Carol had dinner ready for us and had made sure that we could eat everything that she made.

Sunday was the Wolford Family Reunion. On our way there we stopped at Ian and Tracy's to see them and the kids, three of which we had never seen. There were a lot of people at the reunion, most of which I had no clue who they were.

Grandpa with the youngest grandson, Max taken at the Reunion

Grandpa & Grammy with "The Wolf Pack" 

 L to R-Iris, Grammy, Lily holding Violet, Caden, Grandpa holding Oren. Max was taking a nap.

The Wolford reunion was a great success. It was quite overwhelming with so many people that I didn't know but I managed to meet a few new relatives.

From the reunion we made our way to Columbus to spend some time with Michelle and her family. Faith was at camp and I'm afraid my camera hardly came out while in Columbus. The photos I did take while we were at a little falls in the city turned out blurry.

We're both so glad that we can now travel to the U.S. when we want to and no, we aren't going to start RVing again.

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Link to The Day From Hell

For those of you that don't know the saga of how all this happened, click here.

Monday, 25 February 2013

Immigration News

After over three years my immigration status in the U.S. has been resolved in my favour. Below is the message I received from my immigration lawyer this afternoon.

"Just received order reopening and terminating your case with prejudice to the Department. Congratulations!!! You won!!!"

And this is what he posted on Facebook to the general public.
"Just received order from immigration court in Cleveland, Ohio reopening and terminating deportation proceedings on behalf of one of the most patient, understanding, and deserving clients that I have ever represented. So happy to FINALLY get this result. #VICTORY"
There is still some paperwork to be done but at least I'm free to cross the border again. We definitely won't be going any time soon though.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

New Toys!

Yesterday we blew the proverbial wad and went in to Ottawa to Gordon's friend, Leroy's house (he's an apple value added retailer) where I picked up my new 13" MacBook pro laptop (no retina display) and my new ipad (not the mini). The photos below I took off the web but my new menagerie of computers look just like it, well, except for the picture on the MacBook.

We spent nearly 3 hours with Leroy as he set both of the computers up for me. I can't believe I'm as good with getting them set up as I am. I remember years ago when I worked at Nortel having to get the IT guys to come and help with the simplest of problems. Mind you Nortel had a huge network which complicated things. Last night I got a bunch of things set up including Java so that I could access the RV-Dreams chatroom. I don't use it every night the way I used to but it's nice to go in and have a chat with the RVers. They were a part of my life for five years.

This morning Gordon did some backing up and I transferred files from my old MacBook (anyone want a 5 1/2 year old MacBook laptop). I got my ipod nano working, got the printer set up, got Adobe Flash installed and now I'm pretty much set!

We've decided that with our food problems we won't be doing any more traveling so decided to spend our 'travel' money on new toys. Gordon gets his new system in a week or so. I'll let him tell you about it then.

In the meantime, I've started a new blog where my plan is to take a Photo A Day. There might be some boring ones and ones with a lot of white in them (coming soon) but it will be what it will be! For anyone interested, click here.