Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Steve and Tim Arrive

I left home at 8:30 am on Monday to meet my friends for our dog walk and it was already 20°! What a fabulous day for visitors—not just mine, the island is crawling with them. The local newspaper says tourism is raging on the island; our winter population is about 2,000; right now it’s estimated to be 4,500.
I had a final hour alone in the quiet before the arrival of the hurricane. By 10:30 I was pretty antsy so I called Steve on Facetime and talked to him whilst he was waiting in the terminal in Vancouver. Then, at 11:00, I was off to Silva Bay to fetch he and Tim. His sister and brother-in-law don’t arrive until tonight.
By 11:30 am (Monday) I was wondering where the plane was. I checked my phone for messages; there were four missed Facetime calls from Steve: Their flight wasn’t until 1:45; their flight back to Vancouveris at 11:00 am on Saturday. I was antsy again by 1:00 pm.
Then … There they were!
We drove home and I really enjoyed hearing his praise for the beauty (as in tranquility) of the yard. He and Tim liked having the studio to share; they were tired from Pride celebrations and their trip, so Tim took a nap whilst Steve and I did some catching up. He means so much to me still; his appreciation for the island and my home were incredibly well received in my heart.
At 4:30, I got into the spa. Then we assembled on the deck to just chat and snack with drinks before we made dinner together. I loved making our supper meal like a family. We ate and I killed the party by going to bed at 9:00.

This morning, Steve surprised me by rising at 6:00. Tim rose shortly thereafter. By the time Steve was up, I’d finished the watering and all my duties and so we all went for a walk with Sheba along the Trail to Nowhere. They loved the walk in the early morning fresh air.
Then we made a picnic lunch and went to Drumbeg and didn’t come home until 3:00. They loved my favourite spot and enjoyed a nice long walk along the beach. It was a spectacular day—30° but with a nice breeze on the coast where we were.
Now, they’re resting. It’s early Tuesday afternoon and we’re expecting Lydia and David tonight, so we’ll go shopping for dinner supplies.

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