Friday, August 31, 2012

Office Dinner

We are having the office missionaries over for a dinner party
tonight, I am so excited to entertain, it has been too long.
I planned the menu,
set the table,
put on fall flowers
and waited.
I made baked brie for an appetizer and everyone brought 
something to share.  I served marinated chicken on the 
grill, Sister Woodruff brought root vegetable bake, Sister
Eklund brought buns (rolls) and Sister Meldrum brought
a salad.  Everything tasted so yummy.  I even made
homemade ice cream for dessert.
The Eklund's, they are finishing up their service mission so they
can serve in the South African Temple, she's from South Africa.
The Woodruff's, they will finish up their service mission in May, 
they've extended their mission to three years, bless their hearts,
they will finish up just 2 months before we go home.  They've served
with us the entire time we've been here.
A picture of us with the Eklund's, the Meldrum's left before we
started taking the pictures.  We had a wonderful evening.
We presented all of the couples with a book to show our appreciation
for their time and service.  They are all unbelievable.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Random Blog!

Random Blog!
We passed this gentleman the other day while we were driving,
he was wearing these long blades and using ski poles to help him along.
These are the tomatoes that came off my own tomato plant.
I have a very sweet visiting teacher that heard me mention that I 
missed having a garden, small as it was.  Within a week she brought
me a tomato plant in a pot with two beautiful flowers.  She even 
provided plant food to help it grow. 
Not too bad, and they tasted soooo good.  It was fun to go out back
and pick my little crop of cherry tomatoes.
Clouds, I love the clouds,
they are so awesome and they change every day.  The sky looks
different every day of the year.  Pictures do not do them justice.
You'll just have to come up here and see for yourself.
This was ridiculous, this is a gas pump.  I had to take a picture.
When I saw it was diesel, I thought, well that's why, then
I noticed that diesel was cheaper than regular.
105 litres of gas for $120.00, ridiculous.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Let's Take a Walk

I have done more walking outdoors this year, than I
have in the past two summers, combined.  In the past,
I wouldn't even step outside of the house because of the
mosquitos.  They were so bad, Chris would come home
from running and he'd be covered.  Ew!
So I have quite enjoyed myself and the wonderful 
walking path behind our home and the little island that
it leads to.  There are always new things to see.
They just put all new timbers on this bridge that leads
to the island.  It looks really nice.  There is no doubt, they
 take care of their parks, new bridge, paved walkways, 
newly planted trees and bushes.  It is nice now, it will
be gorgeous next spring.
I found this fuzzy little friend the other day while
I was walking.
I had to stop and take a closer look.
Then I went out the next day and found this little
guy on our front step.  He was wrapped up in our newspaper.

Boy, can he travel.

This is the second bridge we walk or run on to get to the other
side of the island.  It's quite a nice walking path.  Some parts
shady, others sunny and lots and lots of friendly people.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Fort Edmonton

We are seeing so many fun and wonderful sights,
today we are heading back in time through the fun
of Fort Edmonton Park.
It was our best visit there ever, even though the train wasn't running,
it had broken down that morning.  
We saw more on this visit than every before, cars driving, fun
characters and lots and lots to see.  We decided to just take our time.
We were walking down the street and we saw this cute little lady,
and she was in full character.
This truck passed us across the railroad tracks.

The little red church house.
This truck was driving around picking up garbage,
pretty cute for a garbage truck.
And this is an original phone booth at the phone company,
these switch boards are awesome, makes me want to play!
Across the street is the Capital Theatre,
there's that truck again, I think he must be making deliveries.

Ramsay Floral, with a real greenhouse.

Here's the garbage man again,
picking up the trash at the local amphitheater.
Then we stopped at the local drug store,
for some Crayola's and an ice cream.
We paid cash. ;)
Then we went to the Capital Theatre 
for a little movie about Edmonton.

Time to take a rest.  It's been a long day and we're only halfway through,
so we stopped to enjoy the beautiful gardens for a minute.

Wave at the trolley.  We were going to ride it later, but it stopped 
working also.
We ventured into the fire house, because we'd never been there before,
the jail gets quite chilly in the cold winter months, that's why
they have a fur coat on the wall.
We needed to stop at the bank for a little cash.
The hotel on the corner is a real working hotel, you can stay over 
night and eat at the restaurant.

We stopped in to see Heather at her law office,
see?  The law office of H. C. Taylor
We loved this cute little school group, they were lined up waiting for the trolley.
Say cheese!
Like I said, everything was happening today, they were
moving this wood frame down the street, the old fashioned way.
Should have called the garbage truck.
Don't even think about it!
These chickens looked so real!  ;)
Now this is a prairie schooner.
wood chairs in the little red school house, thought about my mom

When we were done down town we went to see the carousel.  I wanted
to ride the ferris wheel but it was closed, so we watched the carousel.
There's nothing quite like a child riding a carousel, or an adult for that matter.
Just take a look at these beautiful horses, all hand carved and hand
painted, right here on the premises.

see the owl on the back

I tried to pick my favorite, but I couldn't pick just one.
And they're all housed in this painted building, this way you can 
ride all year round.
We had such a fun day together, thanks for taking me back in time.