December 24th, 2000
Deb and I have been so busy until now that we haven't had a chance
write a Christmas letter...but I think we're late like this almost
year, aren't we? In any case, those who have email will get this
letter by Christmas day, and those who don't will get it soon after.
And we did travel! In July we
to Singapore and environs – specifically Malaysia, Indonesia and
We stayed with my brother in Singapore as a kind of home base and got
know his 2 kids, Joseph (7) and Kymberly (4). It was a great
I became a certified scuba diver and you can see photos and a full
if you go to this web page: summer2000.html
When we returned we had to deal with the after
effects of basement water seepage which was not covered by insurance.
bad that our house/dog sitter had to bear the brunt of it. It was due
a very wet spring and happened two weeks into our trip to Singapore.
was growing and I had an asthma attack (we were sleeping in the
because it was so much cooler there). After that we moved upstairs, got
rid of the futon and bought a new mattress. Then I had to spend 2 weeks
moving into and setting up my classroom for September. I hope I don’t
to move schools again for some time.
| Deb speaking: This year was
for me. Professionally, I moved from a school where I was not happy to
a school which I find to be a great improvement. The administration,
and children are a pleasure to work with. I especially enjoy the seven
new immigrant children in my class. They are all from Gujarat province
in India and they are a joy to teach. The other children in my class
mostly great too and I have the requisite trouble-makers – about 6 of
They are a challenge to manage but not overwhelming. Overall I consider
this a very good year.
I volunteer as a member of the executive
in the tennis club near home and I play in the house league. I was in
of membership last year, and in the next I will be doing the
I am however getting tired of the demands which at certain times are
After this term I will not offer myself for any position.
Chrissy, the greyhound passed away last
March, and Pavarotti the Australian red-rumped parakeet chirped his
tune in May. So now we have only one dog, Maxi the Great Dane, and
the famous hockey-playing kitty. This is good, as it is not quite as
to arrange animal care when we travel.
In November we flew to Edmonton for the weekend to
parents’ 50th wedding anniversary.
Steve’s sister Heather organized an African drumming
the whole family (about 18 with grandkids). It was a blast!! At one
we each took a solo - this is the master-of-cool, Kool Kenton's turn;
the incredibly talented young Dylan performing accompaniment with his
December as usual has been a whirlwind!! Staff parties,
for friends whose father passed away in Edmonton, and visiting. My Dad
and Irene are coming over to celebrate his birthday from Nov.
as well as Christmas. I am making a meringue cake which is quite
and his favourite (and mine) fresh turkey!!
|There was also a formal dinner at a golf and country club
brother Andrew is banquet manager. It was a bit extravagant to go so
for such a short time but it was worth it as almost everyone there was
surprised and delighted by our presence! Here, Steve, Andrew and
Peter are trying to pretend that they've always been three angels named
Peace, Love and Joy.
We had 30 cm of snow dumped on us within
2 days last week. It still snows 5 cm or so more each day. This
the most snow Toronto has had in December since 1979! Steve is trying
find a bargain trip for 1 week to the Caribbean where we can scuba
I don’t mind if we go or not.
I have been taking a pilates/yoga class for
the fall. They call it piloga. I cannot really explain it –it combines
yoga breathing/stretching with muscular conditioning, especially
I really enjoy it. In January, I will continue this and add a
total body-conditioning workout.
Steve is fine and contemplating taking courses
to become a principal.
That’s all the news for now. Best wishes for
2001 and beyond!
The fall has been great so far. I'm having a
year at school. I'm trying not to think about the fact that the
and family studies program will probably shut down within the next year
because of underfunding for public education. When that happens,
I'll have to go back to a regular classroom, and I may take courses
administration, as Deb mentioned.
|Steve's turn: I'm also having a good year. I
my Advanced Plus scuba certification in the spring, which included
cold diving, heavy current and wreck diving in Tobermory, Brockville
||We bought a new old boat in October, a 25' C&C Redline
'73. This isn't it, but it looks like this one, except that mine
has a white hull with a red horizontal racing stripe down it. I
WAIT for spring!
I think Deb has covered everything else that I can
think of to write, so I'll just join her in wishing you all a Merry
and a Happy New Year!
Steve and Deborah Gilchrist
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