Monthly Archives: May 2013

Birthdays and BBQ

May 24th, 2013 was a big day for the Emonds.  It was both our daughter Kristin’s 26th birthday and our granddaughter Melodie’s 2nd birthday.

Kristin – hard to believe she is 26.


Jordan and Alison (who just celebrated her 29th birthday on May 21st) had a birthday party for Melodie Saturday night.  Birthday buddy, Kristin, gave Melodie a yellow polka dot bikini which she modeled proudly with her handmade native slippers from grandma and grandpa.




Cousins and Auntie helping Melodie celebrate.  Oh yeah, and Dad too.


Blowing out the candles on Alison’s homemade birthday cupcakes.


I had BBQ’d some big beef back ribs and made a homemade plum BBQ sauce for the party a few days earlier on the backyard smoker.

The preparation with a dry rub for 24 hours.


The BBQ sauce ingredients.


The backyard smoker.


…and the resulting ribs


Overall, I was a little disappointed with the results.  I made a rookie mistake and went by time instead of temperature resulting in the ribs being too rare.  The sauce was excellent however.

Carry on folks, the muleskinner

James David Holmes

Julie’s father, James David Holmes, passed away last night in Napanee hospital.


Holmes, James David of Moscow Ontario

November 6, 1930 – May 4, 2013

Jim passed away in Lennox and Addington Hospital, Napanee, ON following a stubborn fight with an unbeatable infection. His quick mind, sensitive nature and wicked sense of humour live on. Jim left us reluctantly in the presence of his sweetheart, his wife of sixty years, Vera Holmes and his children. His body was done. His spirit, strong. The gifts of peace and serenity, received. “We cannot direct the wind, but we can trim our sails.”

Jim, together with Vera, raised a strong and talented family and the spirits of all those around them in Moscow, Ontario. They cultivated potatoes and the best friends and neighbours in the world.

Jim was born in Oungre, Saskatchewan. He moved to Ontario in 1941 and to Moscow with his parents in 1949. Jim became a radio operator when he joined the Royal Canadian Navy, September 1951 and during his 5 year service he attended Queen Elizabeth II coronation and was stationed for 13 months on Padloping Island in the Arctic. He married ‘Vee’ on Valentine’s Day, 1953 on board the HMCS Magnificent in Halifax Harbour. Jim and Vera, with their growing family, settled in Moscow in 1959. Hard work, loyalty and his good nature stood him well from his hire at the Terylene Plant (Milhaven Fibres) in 1950 to early retirement from the (now) Celanese Plant. Upon “retirement” in June, 1989 Jim was hired by Hawthorne Security as a guard for the plant, where he worked until August 1999. He embraced email blogging, keeping close to “kids” near and far, who looked forward each morning to his comments on the weather, the world or the potato plant count. He thrived on grandchildren, family gatherings ‘round the kitchen table, rummoli, cribbage, songs and laughter, the morning coffee club and Vera’s love and attention.

Jim was predeceased by his parents Janet (Jean) Emily Holmes (Casselman), Vera’s mother-in-law for 59 years, and Ferdinand David Rankin Holmes and his brother and sister in law, Leslie Jonathan “Jack” and Ethel Holmes (Dusang), brothers-in-law Phillip O’Grady, Wendell Oliver Holmes, Michael Gratz, Bert Mullen and great niece Rebecca Witherspoon.

Much loved and sorely missed by his siblings, Ronald (Mary) Holmes of Coquitlam BC and Janet Ferguson of Carleton Place, ON and siblings-in-law Elsie Clark, Doreen Gratz (Steve Dudzinski), Hazel Mullen and Herbert Holmes (Lynne).

Sad beyond words to have to say goodbye are his children Corrie (Brenda) Holmes, Julie (Brad) Emond, Susan (Ron) Tollett, Krista (Jim) Storey, Quentin (Kelly) Holmes.

Cherished Grandfather of Joel and Robin, Jaime, Jordan, Kristin and Emily, Jacob, Randi and Sean, Adam and Harrison, Isaac and Peyton,.

Great Grandfather of Kylie, Melodie and Lukah

Deeply missed by many, many nieces and nephews from coast to coast that dearly loved their Uncle Jim.

Funeral arrangements to follow.

Pulling a George Costanza

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 – Cobourg, ON

Marca on the Wharf – 165 Division Street | Unit 201, Cobourg, ON 905 377 9100

Another dinner out with family and friends!  We arranged to meet my brother Don and his wife Karen for dinner.  Don made reservations for us at Marca on the Wharf, a new Italian restaurant in Cobourg.  My sister Janet, her daughter Jenny, and her sister-in-law Brenda all joined us for a wonderful night out.  The food and wine was terrific and the atmosphere and service was top-notch and the company of family and friends was outstanding!

Blurry picture of the group but it’s the best we have.  I am the good looking one on the end at the left.


Some of the delicious food selections – all freshly prepared to order in the open kitchen.




A family picture of the Emond kids – minus brother Dan.  Again, I am the good looking one on the right.

The fabulous dessert.


…and the remains


At the end of the evening we all fumbled for our wallets until brother Don generously picked up the tab.  That was a real treat for all of us. 🙂


Lesson for today – Act like George Costanza from Seinfeld when the cheque comes and let your brother pick up the tab. 🙂

…take care all, the muleskinner

Just for the Halibut

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 – Cobourg, ON

Julie was given an LOA (Leave of Absence) from hospital duty for a few days.  We decided to visit family in the Cobourg, ON area.  We arrived on Tuesday afternoon at my sister Janet’s home.  Niece Jenny was nice enough to leave us a key for the house.  Janet didn’t know we were coming and was out on a shopping spree with her friends.

We visited for a while after they arrived home.  Later, we all decided to try the #3 Trip Advisor rated restaurant in Cobourg, ON – Stanley’s Fish & Grill.  Well actually, I made the decision because the day before Julie and I had a craving for fish and chips, after a long day at the hospital, but the Napanee fish & chip place was closed on Mondays.




Stanley’s didn’t disappoint!  The halibut was great.  The chips were fresh hand cut and the coleslaw was homemade, tangy and sweet.  And the featured Carlsberg draft was cold and satisfying.  The tarter sauce was a good compliment to the fish.



Jenny decided to try the chicken souvlaki with rice and salad.  She rated it a 7 out of 10.


Today’s lesson – don’t order the chicken at a fish place 🙂

…take care all, the muleskinner