A long abandoned schoolhouse near Tide Lake, Alberta.
It is like everything started to turn green overnight. I really noticed it traveling to see mom this weekend.
I spent most of the weekend with mom. I am concerned about mom. She is having some minor issues with living on her own. I would like her to consider moving into a place where she can be looked after rather than looking after herself. She does not get around as well as she used to and I think it is becoming incrementally worse. She seems a little smaller. I think she is coming around to the idea of moving but it might be a tough sell.
I stopped to see a friend on the weekend. He lives across the road from where my good friend that died last September lived. My friend's widow and kids moved off the quarter a few months ago. He had a motorcycle that he wanted to pass down to his son, his intention was to buy another one, and when his son was old enough they could go on rides together. I found out the bike was sold. If I knew it was going to be sold I would have bought it and held it for his son. Some of what is going on bothers me, the sale of the bike certainly did. Everything else is being parted out and the land will soon be up for sale.
Enjoy your time while you are here. Make your intentions known and put them in writing. Otherwise there is a good chance no one will respect your wishes when you are gone.
The last round of changes were a step back. Now they have changed how to comment. It would be nice if they were going to change Blogger they would at least make some decent changes that are easy and make sense. Or perhaps they could quit screwing with it altogether.
Ardath, Saskatchewan is verging on ghost town status.
Ardath has an interesting history. In 1919 a train crashed through one of the village's three grain elevators killing three people.
A few years later, a fire destroyed most of main street.
In 1931 there was a murder where one man killed another man who he thought was someone else, then he burned down a house.
From a place that once had a few hundred people to only a few now. There are a few houses, not much to see. The elevators and businesses have long disappeared. The church, built in 1912, is well cared for and what I stopped for in the first place.
Last week at the beginning of the week I got an unexpected message from a friend on mine that I had not seen for about five years or more. To be honest I cannot remember the last time we met in person. We went to high school together, he attended university and got a degree, then moved overseas. He comes to the USA and Canada from time to time. He mentioned he was going to be in Calgary and if we could meet up. I said I would make the trip.
Last Wednesday brakes were done on my vehicle. Drove to the shop during lunch last Friday to get the wheels retorqued. In the parking lot of the shop my vehicle decided to leak power steering fluid all over the pavement. I asked them when they could take a look at it and I was told next Tuesday, they were short staffed currently busy. I left them the key, said I would make do in the meantime, and caught a ride to my workplace.
Later that afternoon close to 4:00pm I got a call. It was fixed. They took a quick look at it and found it was something simple. Power steering fluid was topped up and I was good to go. I picked it up and off to Calgary after work. Travel time is at least two and a half hours.
I stayed at my sister's place that night, visited my friend the next day. He is doing well. In the interim there was a phone call from mom, I usually visit her on weekends. Drove over three hours from Calgary to visit home and got to her place after seven on Saturday night.
Stayed overnight at mom's. Got the usual mom-related errands completed. Mom is doing fine. Arrived home late afternoon, travel time a little over an hour. Today I am tired. There may not be posts for a few days.
Last weekend on Saturday I drove to Saskatoon for ribs. My other weekend plans were not working out so I thought I might as well get ribs.
When you order that from the menu you get ribs, green beans, mashed potatoes, and cornbread. The ribs were worth the trip, I should have ordered more. They changed the mashed potatoes. I do not know what they did to them but they are not the same. No cornbread either. It was replaced by some dark muffin type of thing. They need to bring the cornbread back. I do not know what they pan fry the green beans in but they were the same and just as good as I remember.
Personally I like my potatoes baked, fried, or boiled. I do not mind mashed but they are not my first choice. Scalloped potatoes are a crime against potatoes. Their potatoes were good mashed potatoes, not good enough this trip. If I go back and they are still doing this to the potatoes I might have to drop them.
This lovely old school is located on highway 10 about 5 km northwest of Minnedosa. This school was closed in 1966. More information is available here.
We were en route to Riding Mountain National Park when we stopped briefly in the small town of Westbourne, Manitoba. This lovely old church is the St. George's Anglican Church, built in 1929.