I’m at an auto court (motel) in Cranbrook, BC, heading back to Lethbridge. For the first time in years – since before Glenn quit drinking – I’m having a drink. I bought some expensive Kentucky bourbon and dribbled a somewhat healthy quantity of it with some organic Okanagan beer and am now sitting out here in the courtyard of the auto court. Although it’s quite cold, it’s also pleasant.
I couldn’t leave Father’s house until about 10am and had been booting in the whole time, but I arrived at Cranbrook about 7pm and decided to take a motel room instead of pushing through. Got a pain in my stomach, thirsty (didn’t pack water), hungry (forgot my Burger King burger in the fridge at Father’s), and been through hooplah for one week, so it’s probably time to just stop and sleep go again in the morning.
This morning I packed up a few of Father’s things, like his Eaton’s driving safety badges, some photos, Eaton’s blankets, jeans (he’s probably not coming’ back for ’em), and various other keepsakes. Glenn still has some things in the house, so I’ll pick those things up later – or not. The shop is full of Father’s machines and machining equipment (welder, spanners, collectible farm implements, and such) and Glenn’s Coca~Cola collectibles; I have a year or so to figure out what to do with them, as does nephew Les. (Glenn left all his Coke collectibles to Les almost three years ago).
Laura will be living in Father’s house until the time comes to deal with it. The house is in ‘probate’ until it’s cleared by the courts. This will take up to one year. In the mean time, nothing goes in or out without my say. … Funny that I’m not there to enforce this. But Laura is there, and I trust her.
By the way – and this isn’t the Kentucky bourbon talking ’cause I’ve maintained this stance since day-one – if anyone has any problem with Laura’s involvement in this, you’re welcome to talk to me. That should be clear enough for everyone.