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Comment by Patricia on July 1, 2013 at 5:31pm

Her son has lived in Alberta for years now so his phones/internet is already there.

As for hearing any bad news, I don't know if any of the kids would get in touch as they don't know my address or email address, & I've had no contact with any of them since they grew up.

Her sister is something of a rotter, to put it politely, so I don't know about her.

I doubt anyone would even think to get in touch with me somehow. I can't find listings for anyone at 411 either as most of them now are wireless & not with the usual phone book type thing.

As for her daughter, I have no idea what last name she goes by as she's been married, divorced, & living with, that even Isabel has trouble knowing what name she uses.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 1, 2013 at 5:11pm

Patricia, I think if something bad had occurred you definitely would have had some news.  Keep in mind that moving is very stressful, especially from one continent to another, and that daily routines are disrupted.  When you don't have regular access to internet or your own phone it's hard to keep in touch.  I say give them a bit more time to settle in.  Perhaps phone lines and internet connections are still in the process of being hooked up.   

Comment by Patricia on July 1, 2013 at 4:41pm

Nothing yet, but I don't know how diligent her daughter is about checking her email. I haven't seen their kids since they were teens, & they're all over 40 now.

This friendship has been going since 1972, so I know Isabel wouldn't leave us all hanging like this..... 

Comment by booklover on July 1, 2013 at 4:29pm

Oh!  Have you heard back from the daughter yet?  If she hasn't heard from her I would think informing the police would be a good idea!  I hope your friend is okay!

Comment by Patricia on July 1, 2013 at 4:25pm

My husband thinks it's time to call the police, but I think it's up to her family.....that's what I meant by over-stepping.

Comment by booklover on July 1, 2013 at 4:11pm

Happy Anniversary Patricia, and awesome Group Hug picture Carl! I don't know what advice to give you about your friend Patricia!  I don't think being concerned is over-stepping!  Lovely picture of the Lilacs!  They are my favorite. :)

Comment by Patricia on July 1, 2013 at 3:48pm

Thanks guys! I'm just grateful my husband is still on the right side of the grass!!!!

Comment by Patricia on July 1, 2013 at 3:40pm

I want to run something by you guys as I'm getting rather bent out of shape about it......

Friends of ours moved to England in 1995 when her husband retired, as that's where he was born. He knew his dad but not his birth mother & was mostly raised in boarding schools. He came to Canada in 1959 while in the RAF, so he was pretty much Canadian. They located his mother & 2 sisters & got to know them some, but wanted to return to Canada as things weren't all that hunky dory.

He suddenly died almost 2 years ago of pancreatic cancer, so since then she has been getting things settled to move back here because  she was born & raised Canadian.....all their kids are here, etc.

Her son went over to England to help finish things up & fly back with her & her cat, June 18th. I got her last email on June 16th so she could pack up the pc. She gave me her son's email address as she'd be staying with him in Alberta until she decides to buy a home or whatever. 

That's the last I heard from her. I waited awhile of course to allow for jet lag, & settling her cat etc. but thought I'd get some sort of note to say she'd arrived safely. Nothing....nada....

I emailed her sister, but she's heard nothing either, & of course no answer to the emails I sent to her son's address. I got an email address for her daughter & just sent a note to her, but I don't know quite how far to go without over-stepping......

This dead silence is just NOT her.......

Comment by Ian Mason on July 1, 2013 at 3:39pm

Happy anniversary Patricia.

Smashing pic, Carl. Yes, a big hug to Felaine.

Joan, I hope the after/side effects of the chemo are  tolerable and that you can enjoy the view from your window.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 1, 2013 at 3:39pm

 

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