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Shopping

I normally hate shopping. I procrastinate going to the store (with the exception of bookstores) until I absolutely have to. I complain about the crowds, the high prices, the closed-in smell, and the fluorescent lights. But lately I’ve seen that shopping can actually be fun. While in Calgary, my sisters, niece, and I went shopping… Continue reading Shopping

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The Washing Machine

Yesterday I did eight loads of wash, the inevitable result of having guests and then going on vacation. All those baskets of laundry sorted and waiting reminded me of something that happened when I was very young. We lived on the eastern outskirts of the city. Our ‘development’ was the last one before primeval forest… Continue reading The Washing Machine

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Farewell to Alberta

This has been a vacation that will be remembered with great fondness. I was able to spend time with each of my dear sisters as well as some of my nieces and nephews. I enjoyed listening to my nephew play the organ. I was thrilled to watch my third oldest sister perform in the Cowboy… Continue reading Farewell to Alberta

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Alberta Beauty

Hey it’s good to be back home again, Sometimes this old farm feels like a long lost friend, Yes, and hey it’s good to be back home again. John Denver had a way of combining words and music that moves my heart. In this song he describes exactly how I feel about my native land.… Continue reading Alberta Beauty

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Oh, Canada!

I'm in Alberta, Canada for my nephew's wedding on Saturday. So far I've managed to pack a couple of month's activities into four days. I've cleaned house, gone shopping (have you ever put 8 huge cans of tropical fruit salad in your shopping cart?), created an outdoor patio garden in blue glazed pots and transplanted… Continue reading Oh, Canada!

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Migration

Last week I helped with another field trip out at the Great Salt Lake Shorelands Preserve. This experience was entirely different from last week's rainy day program. We had hot sun all day, and we saw many birds, including kestrels, swallows, and red winged blackbirds. Ann lead our group of ten children and told them… Continue reading Migration

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No More School

There are only two more days of school left. When I was a child, the end of the school year was anticipated with great excitement. We cleaned out our desks, washed the chalk boards, ate cookies, and brought little presents to our teachers. When the final bell rang, we’d skip out of the school chanting,… Continue reading No More School

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And The Award Goes To…

Recently I asked my kids what was the most fun thing they remember doing as children. I got answers ranging from going to the beach, to playing baseball at the top of the street, to playing hide and go seek in the dark. But the thing that tops the list is the summer we made… Continue reading And The Award Goes To…