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Real Thanksgiving

All three of us returned home for Canadian (real) Thanksgiving. (Sorry to our American friends but for us it true.) Gary stayed for 1 week while I stayed for a second week. We managed to fit in lots of fun and family the first week and more relaxed fun and family the second. Here is a quick update on our trip and here are pictures.

Week 1
On the friday after we landed Gary and I did lots of running around. In the morning Mina and I went to Mom-to-Mom while Gary visited his old co-workers at The Record. That afternoon we fit in a hair appointment with Julie; Mina even had her bangs trimmed! That evening Mina stayed with Grandma while Gary and I went out to dinner with friends.

Saturday morning Mina stayed with Grandma once again while our friend Chris took Gary and I flying. Wow, what a way to see the fall colours! That evening we had Thanksgiving dinner with the Burkards.

On Sunday we head brunch with Gary’s family before going to their house for a few days. While where there we had Nana, Papa, Robyn and West watch Mina while Gary and I went out for dinner alone for the first time since last November. We had a wonderful but too short visit.

On Tuesday we managed to slip a quick trip to Toronto in before Gary had to fly back the next day.

Week 2
The second week I took pretty easy. I tried to not make too many plans so not to be running all the time. Mina and I returned to Toronto (with Kirstin), when to a Tri-City Roller Girls match and generally visited with friends and family before flying out.

While visiting Scholars Choice Mina found a new friend.  She picked her off the shelf and carried her around the store with her and didn’t want to let her go. So far Mina calls her new dolly “Gee” much like everything else that she likes and carries her around by her hair (poor thing). I made a strap to hold Mr. Monkey in the stroller before we left and a second better one while at Mom’s and thank goodness I did! I need both on the trip home. One for Mr. Monkey and one for “Gee”.

Life has been very busy in the last month. The Gehiere family has moved to California – though their household goods have not yet arrived. Although this site has not been updated I have been keeping a blog and photo albums about my California trip at


A Visit with Great Grandma

Trina, Mina, & Great-Grandma Trina shows her baby Great Grandma & Baby 4 generations Sweet baby Women Mina

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All in a name

Every name has meaning, a story behind it. “Wilhelmina” means “Volker’s baby” regardless of what the baby names websites say. And here is the story behind it.

Volker Willi Walter Burkard (called Wee Willi—his father was Willi—by his loving wife) loved Volkswagen Beetles. He owned quite a few of them (though only one at a time). The last one he owned he built out of two old cars that he melded together to create one: a 1972 beetle. It took a lot of long hours in the garage to build that car; I was sometimes jealous of the attention it got. I decided, that as it was my rival for his affection, it was definitely female; and as it was his, Wee Willi’s baby, its name should be Wilhelmina. And so it was always known.

As she need some repairs we couldn’t afford, in 1983 Wilhelmina was taken off the road. When we moved to Bloomingdale it was stored in the barn, except for occasional runs down the farm lane. There just never seemed to be the time or money to fix her up. So year after year she stayed in the barn.

When the Snyder family sold their farms Wilhelmina had to move. For a time she stayed in my driveway at Ruskview Road. She was slowly rusting away. It was apparent that I could never afford to have her fixed again, and so, in August 1998, I sold her.

Now Volker has a new baby, a baby granddaughter. And she is named in honour/for love of him.

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