Dying Man’s Daily Journal – Howdle Sisters


Yes the “Queens” have arrived!! The two special ladies from Swan have also landed with Lori and Garry in tow. We seem to have taken over the place including the blog. This is a daunting task as we do not feel we have the wisdom and insightfulness that Bill possesses so our words will deal with our time here with our wonderful hosts.

We have felt most welcome here since the moment we arrived on Friday night. Bill and Vi are truly warm and caring people and both have an awesome sense of humour. We have covered a lot of ground with memories and stories (some are true, some are questionable), pictures and lots of laughs. Almost all relatives have been discussed. So, for those of you not lucky enough to be here, you can only imagine some of the “secrets” that have been shared.

Yesterday was very enjoyable catching up with Bill’s daughter Shauna and her hubby Jake. Also cousin Eric, his wife Lynda and daughter, Sara blessed us with their company. Today, we are expecting many of the same group plus one more cousin, Marg and her husband, Dale.

While we are all totally enjoying each minute with Bill and Vi and relatives, our youngest sister, Sherry, (the baby girl) is very glad she came. Being that Sherry is a few years younger than us, she was very young the last time she saw Bill and Eric and their children. Her memories were mainly from pictures and stories. It’s hard not to feel like you haven’t known everyone here forever. She has wonderful memories and can now put a face to everyone that she hasn’t seen for years. However, as we walked this morning, she commented that she feels old seeing the “little second cousins” that are all grown up. As we age, we often keep a picture in our mind of how someone looks the last time we saw them, especially children.

Even with all the company and commotion here, Bill comes down and checks up on his “blogging friends” several times a day. He checks the comments and is already looking ahead to see when the 43,000 hit will come! Bill does not give himself enough credit for his insightful postings but we can tell you that he is humbled by the number of people who read his blog, the thoughts and prayers that are shared, and that so many people are moved and affected by his postings.

We are now off to go up and do some more visiting. We will turn this back to Bill when he has a chance to come and record his thoughts. We are sure you miss him as his postings have become an integral part of our days.

As we sign off, we are sorry to tell you that you will not here any wild stories about the Queens or their goings on here because……..what happens in Winnipeg, stays in Winnipeg!

Shirley, Gloria and Sherry

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5 Responses to Dying Man’s Daily Journal – Howdle Sisters

  1. ceeque says:

    well, as I do not really know who I am addressing I`ll simply say I hope you are all having a really good time with Bill and Vi and just be gentle with `em!! 🙂 The last paragraph is an indicator of somewhat wild times for everyone! Keep it gentle as you can but I really hope you all have a great get together!!! Just make sure you look after Bill and co !!! Look forward to hearing of any slip ups! You all take care!

  2. Catherine says:

    Oh come on Queens………how about just one quick story?????
    Pretty please!!!!

  3. Dan......on behalf of Reg and Brett says:

    Bill, with all of the Queens in Winnipeg, I have to tell you that life in Alberta is quite peaceful these past couple of days. Let me be the first to say it…..”step away from Bill’s computer”. I can’t believe they took over your blog. A few short months ago, they thought a blog was the name of an overflowing toilet and now look at them. Please your highnesses…..go easy on Bill & Vi. An Bill, whatever they tell you about their “Kings” in Alberta, divide by 8. Reg, Brett and I are doting husbands who shower our brides with all of the love and attention any queen could ask for. Don’t let them tell you anything different.
    Take care Bill. I hope you had a great time this weekend.

  4. Mel says:

    Boy.
    NEVER a dull moment when you’ve go the Queens around! LOL Lucky youse guys!
    I hope you laugh until your tummies hurt–that’s the best kind of laughter there is!

    And no doubt the Kings are toiling away in their kingdoms, grieving their solitude and sorely missing their Queens.

    *snickering*
    Oh the sacrifices!!

    HAPPY VISITING!

  5. KEN HOWDLE says:

    GOOD DAY BILL & VI

    BILL…YOU CANNOT SAY YOU WERE NOT WARNED ABOUT HOW MUCH YOU WOULD HAVE TO SAY WHEN THE “QUEEENS” AND THE “2 OLD HENS ARRIVED IN WINNIPEG…..NOW SEEING THAT THEY HAVE TAKEN OVER THE BLOG…I’LL BET YOU NEVER EVEN SAW THAT COMING…..DID YOU? LOL.

    I HOPE THAT YOUR TIME TOGETHER HAS BEEN ENJOYABLE AND THAT EVERYONE RETURNS HOME SAFE AND SOUND.

    I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A LITTLE BLOG SPACE TO SAY A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE HOWDLE WOMEN WHO MADE THE TREK TO SEE BILL.

    DURING THE POSTINGS ON THIS SITE,THERE ARE THE REFERENCES TO QUEENS AND OLD HENS….WHICH IS ALL MEANT IN FUN….THE FACT IS THAT ALL OF THE LADIES HOLD VERY SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART(and I am sure I speak for the rest of the clan as well)

    MANY ARE THE TIMES WHEN MY MOM AND SISTERS HAVE FED AND WATERED US,PUT AS UP FOR THE NIGHT(S) AND BEEN HOSTESSES FOR MANY OF THE FAMILY GATHERINGS……ALL WHILE BEING WORKING AT THEIR CHOSEN FIELDS.
    ALONG THE WAY MANY NIECES AND NEPHEWS HAVE HAD A HELPING HAND FROM ONE OR MORE OF THEIR AUNTS AND/OR GRAMMA.

    IF THERE IS A FAULT OR FAMILY TRAIT THAT THEY ALL SHARE IT WOULD BE THAT THEY NEVER SAY “NO”

    IF THERE IS A FAULT THE ON THE MALE SIDE OF THE FAMILY …IT WOULD BE THAT WOULD BE THAT I (or we) NEVER SAY …THANK-YOU. OFTEN ENOUGH

    ON BEHALF OF THE HOWDLE MALES…THANK-YOU

    IT IS FOR THE REASONS MENTIONED ABOVE AND MANY MORE, THAT
    IT COMES AS NO SURPRISE THAT THE “QUEENS AND OLD HENS ” HAVE GATHERED TO SPEND TIME WITH YOU AND VI.
    ONCE AGAIN …..THEY ARE MILES AHEAD OF THE HOWDLE MALES.

    I HOPE YOU AND VI ENJOY WHAT MANY OF US HAVE HAD FOR YEARS.

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