Louise Speaks: Day 4 & 5: From Grimsby it was off to Powassan to visit Chester and Sharon, two of my cousins on my dads side. Now this is another interesting story. I never knew who Chester was…I always knew him as Butch...another name change. This was my favorite cousin on my dads side when I was growing up because he always stood up for me. Chester (he’s too old to be called Butch now) and his family lived in South Porcupine. Yes that is the name of the city. We had so much fun at this house. All the kids used to sleep upstairs and there was a vent in the floor. The vent was right over the kitchen table below. As kids we would lie on the floor by the vent and hear what our parents were talking about at the kitchen table below…interesting stuff.
But Chester was close to the age of my brother Ray. They would hang out together and go play ball. Now Chester was the most handsome cousin of the bunch (sorry to the others). He had the blond hair, blue eyes, and looked just like one of the Beach Boys. I was only 8 or 9 but wherever Chester went that’s where I wanted to be. My brother Ray would say no, but Chester always said let her come. My brother won so I didn’t get to go, but I remember Chester going to bat for me.
This trip was no different. I had never met Sharon but I had been to this house before. Chester’s parents, my aunt and uncle used to live in the downstairs apartment. When I brought my parents here in 2001 we stayed a couple nights here but for some reason I didn’t meet Sharon. Sharon and I have been FB friends for some time now so it was great to meet her in person.
What a great visit and what a fun time. Sharon makes the most awesome deserts and I’m sure she gets all the recipes from FB because she is always posting them. They are turning the downstairs apartment into a Rec space complete with Bar and Kitchen and a separate room for a Pool Table. Since our return, the pool table has arrived so I’m posting a picture copied from them. It won’t be long before this is the party house. It’s a shame to get rid of that apartment though,because I was planning on moving in.
We had so much fun visiting with Chester and Sharon. They gave us a tour of Powassan and took us to breakfast at the cutest restaurant. You could tell everything was home made as the smells were to die for. We saw where Sharon and Chester met, where they used to live, where Chester taught and that was pretty much the town of Powassan.
What a pair Chester and Sharon make. While Sharon cooks and fed us like royalty, Chester has the most beautiful yard complete with deck, porch swing and flowers everywhere. The weather was just perfect so sitting outside for our morning coffee was just perfect.
Chester’s mother is one of the aunts that just recently passed away a few months ago and was one of the reasons for me coming back…I just waited a few months too late. I did however get to visit with my aunt when I was back in Canada in 2007, so I am grateful for that. Chester has four siblings, including a set of twins, but I didn’t get a chance to see any of them…they are all spread out and none live close. I did get a chance to meet one of Chester’s sons, but in the rush of leaving did not get a picture of him or with him…so yep another reason to come back.
We had so much fun in Powassan. It was such a good visit and so nice to catch up. I told Chester there are only two aunts left and all of us cousins, and if we don’t keep in touch we are going to drift apart. Well that pressure lies on me as all of them live in Canada, so like I said before…I can’t wait another 10 years to come back and visit. They sent us off with the sweetest strawberries I had ever tasted…yet another reason to come back. Thank you Chester and Sharon for a great visit and for opening up your home to us. I hope you give us the chance to return the hospitality…we do have a large timeshare in Vegas…lol.