The winter of 2014 was one of the coldest winters in Calgary's history. We had record snowfalls until late May. It was cool until the end of June when the weather warmed up significantly. Temperatures ranging from 20 to 32 occurred in July, with these temperatures continuing into August. Temperatures of about 30 degrees Celsius were common, and on several evenings thunderstorms travelled through Alberta. Two large hailstorms went through the city of Airdrie twice within 2 weeks, with multi-million dollar damage as a result. Car windows were smashed out - siding on houses was destroyed - another year of high insurance payouts.
September started out a beautiful month with high temperatures, then for a week we had winter. It snowed so much that tree limbs were broken all over Calgary. It was very cold as well, with temperatures around 0 degrees Celsius. The temperature gradually rose to above normal and we seemed to enjoy a mini-summer on the first day of fall.
We welcomed two new baby girls into the family late in 2013 and in 2014. My niece, Lindsay, and her husband, Mike, had a baby girl, Katherine. She is a beautiful little Irish girl. Then in the spring, my nephew, Evan, and his wife, Audrey, welcomed a little girl into their family, Brigitte. She is also beautiful and resembles her cousin, Katherine. These are the first grandchildren for my brother, Murray, and his wife, Shirley.
My grandson, Josh, was confirmed in February and I was his sponsor. It was very interesting and Josh did so well. The bishop said Mass and afterwards he spoke to the children. He asked them questions about their faith and he also told jokes. It was a nice evening.
My niece, Sarah, was married in February. The family came from Saskatchewan for the wedding. It was a beautiful ceremony. Sarah and her husband, Jesse, made up their own vows and they were very moving. My sisters and brother and their families as well as friends from Saskatchewan got together for a drink at the hotel between the wedding and reception - it was fun talking about old times and everybody's news. The reception was held at the Aerospace Museum and tables were set up among the airplanes. It was a very unique reception. Everybody had a good time.
In April, I listed my condo in Cochrane. I decided to move back to Calgary because I have limited mobility and live on the 3rd floor. The elevator in our building was down, on average, a month per year. After the last breakdown, I decided I had had enough and phoned a realtor. My condo sold in three days. Luckily, the people who purchased it were going to rent it out and, as I hadn't had time to purchase a new place in Calgary, I rented from them month-to-month until I bought a place.
I finally purchased a 1 bedroom condo in Royal Oak, about 5 minutes from my son's home. It is quite large but I still had to get rid of a lot of stuff. My kitties really like it because it is on the first floor and they can sit on the windowsill and watch the action. My sister, Adrienne, and her husband, Brad, came out for a few days and helped me unpack. They were such a help!
I made two trips to Saskatchewan to visit relatives this year. The first was in May for Evan's and Audrey's baby shower for Brigitte Eleanor. It was such fun, although the weather was very cold. Then in August, I flew home again to stay with my sister, Adrienne, at her and Brad's new acreage. It is beautiful there, with large trees and chirping birds. They have a resident family of owls - the parents and a baby. Adrienne has to make sure that their cat, Chef, does not go out in the evenings as the owls could swoop down and carry him away.
All of the Olson sisters and one brother came out on Saturday and spent the day and evening together. My brother Evan was the only family member that wasn't there. We really missed him but he had lots of work that had to be done over the long weekend. It was a great weekend - I had so much fun.
After the move to Calgary, I found out I was moving again - for work. I moved to the 9th floor. More packing and unpacking! I moved to an inside office across the hall from the lawyer I work for and I am also just down the hall from the Marketing fellow I also work for. The 9th floor isn't as friendly as the 7th floor, where I was located before. The 7th floor is the international floor, and we have people working at Sproule from all over the world. They are such nice people. The 9th floor is the corporate floor, and as such is much stuffier.
My grandchildren had many changes this year educationally. My oldest grandson, C.J., is attending high school this year, Grade 10, and he recently got his learning license. His main goal is to be on the Honours list. My middle grandson started junior high school and is very athletic. He is a very enthusiastic student and does very well both in regular school and Chinese school. My youngest, Isabelle, is attending preschool 3 mornings a week. Isabelle loves preschool. She also started kindergarten at Chinese school this year and is really enjoying the experience.
I am retiring in June 2015 so only 9 months to go!