Category Archives: family

It’s beginning to look a bit like Christmas

Wendy was away last weekend so I began the process of putting out the Christmas things… not much but the one thing I love is the Inuit nativity set. This was a gift to us one year when we went to Labrador – the Big Land – as they call it.  It’s always cold there. It reminds me of Yellowknife in many ways and of course, is a long way north.

It is mind-boggling to think of the strength of character and the enormous skill it must have taken to live out on the land in these harsh climates.  The average city dweller – me included – wouldn’t last a week!

Wendy and I have an invitation to return to Goose Bay/Happy Valley in the near future. I am really looking forward to it!

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Comfort food

When it’s cold outside or it’s the end of a day and I don’t know what to eat I open the cupboard and look for THAT can!  Yes, that’s right.  Two slices of toast, preferably with real butter on them, and hot, steaming canned spaghetti is just what I love to eat.

nfdThis is something my Mom would make for me many, many years ago.  You know in the years when I was an only child (insert my sisters sighing….) and when we would be alone with Dad out traveling.

Strange enough I remember my first summer working at Keswick and you could order this in their little cafe. I think it was $1 for the meal.  Oh what memories!!

At any rate this was supper one night this weekend and it was great!

A first for me

Last year I attended a funeral on behalf of the leadership of TSA and as I entered The Salvation Army building in Carbonear NL I noticed the plaque on the wall indicated that it had been opened and dedicated by my Dad.  There was his name right on the wall. That was great to see.

Well, this past weekend, I had the privilege of dedicating and opening a new facility in Drumheller AB and my name was put on the plaque. No big deal, but it was kind of a neat feeling to think about this small connection to the role and office that my Dad held all those years ago.

It was a great weekend in that I also got to connect with Amanda, Carlyle, Fitz, and Paige. It was a very short visit and Carlyle was perplexed and disappointed that Grandma wasn’t with me. She was excited to cuddle and play and though only a few hours she knew I would have something in the suitcase for her! Of course, she was right.

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Having been away from the prairie landscape for some time it was interesting and captivating to see the wide-open expanse along with the dramatic coulees that mark in unexpected ways the very flat terrain.

sdrsmartcaptureOf course, the town of Drumheller is known for being in the ‘badlands’ and the site of many finds when it comes to dinosaur fossils. Occasionally it would seem, there is still one or two roaming around town…..cof