Wedding

Michael
Michael

Ain’t he gorgeous?

We had a fantastic time at a recent wedding. A close family friend was married: Linda. She’s 10 year’s younger than I, and I remember her from the day she was born. Great wedding!! Very Italian – which I think they planned on purpose, as Jeff, the groom, is not of Italian descent.

I’ve always loved our church. Very pretty. It’s getting a little run down, but still beautiful.

Holy Rosary church in Thorold
Holy Rosary church in Thorold

And of course we had to arrive in style…
Well. Maybe not. The bridal party’s limo driver let Ronnie take a look inside.

Limo
Limo

There are plenty of people in Thorold that I really miss. Don’t get a chance to see them often any more. These are some of them!

Bride, groom, bride's parents and sister
Bride, groom, bride’s parents and sister

Tony
Tony

Lisa, Luisa, Val
Lisa, Luisa, Val

The hall was beautifully decorated. You can see it behind me.

Me in the reception hall
Me in the reception hall

Family portrait
Family portrait

Tony and my mother
Tony and my mother

Out for the night
Out for the night

Pool problems

Arg. Right after our pool was opened, the lining started to inflate like a balloon!!

Inflated pool
Inflated Pool

Scary. Never saw anything like it! Our pool guy, Bill, fixed the problem: a leaking return water pipe, which was pumping water behind the lining. Amazingly, he fixed it all by digging a couple feetl under the concrete.

Fixed pipe
Fixed pipe

In order to save time/money, I started the digging and tore out all the brick work surrounding the cement area. Luckily, I had already been working on the bricks this year, so it wasn’t as frightening a prospect as it might have been. Bill had to finish the digging. I was convinced he’d have to cut the cement to get at the pipes — the pipes were at least two feet under the cement, very close to the lining. I still can’t imagine how he was able to work under there.

Refilling the hole
Refilling the hole

I did my best to replace all the dirt, but I was left with a whole wheelbarrow full of dirt that didn’t fit. I hate that. Now I know it’ll sink if I add back the bricks. So I’ve been doing my best to water it and stomp on it to try to pack the dirt down as tightly as possible. I’ll have to wait a while, I think, to let it sink as far as possible. In the mean time… I think I’ll rip out the rest of the brick around the pool and re-set it. At present, there’s so much dirt between the bricks that the weeds are having a hay day.