Saturday 30 April 2022
Friday 29 April 2022
Monday 25 April 2022
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.
Sunday 24 April 2022
Saturday 23 April 2022
Friday 22 April 2022
Thursday 21 April 2022
Wednesday 20 April 2022
Tuesday 19 April 2022
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.
Monday 18 April 2022
Sunday 17 April 2022
Friday 15 April 2022
Wednesday 13 April 2022
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.
Tuesday 12 April 2022
Monday 11 April 2022
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.
Sunday 10 April 2022
Saturday 9 April 2022
Friday 8 April 2022
Thursday 7 April 2022
Wednesday 6 April 2022
Tuesday 5 April 2022
Monday 4 April 2022
Sunday 3 April 2022
Saturday 2 April 2022
Friday 1 April 2022
I had wanted to go to Elva, Manitoba for a couple of years to see the oldest grain elevator in Canada. It was built by the Lake of The Woods Milling Company in 1897 and long abandoned. Elva, Manitoba these days is a small place. There are two elevators there.
According to various online stories Troy Angus bought the elevators in Elva, Manitoba. His company plans to dismantle the elevator and reclaim the lumber and other assorted elevator parts. The elevator cannot be saved, there has been too much neglect over too much time. Actually neither can be saved. A friend of mine visited the elevator a little over a month earlier and has a few pieces of it for his home. Another person I know who set up a non-profit that bought an elevator in Wrentham, Alberta is using some pieces to restore their elevator. There are some YouTube videos showing the work they are doing. Once Troy has demolished the oldest elevator he is moving on to the other elevator in Elva.
When I got there on March 19, 2022 practically all of the siding was removed from the elevator, the structure is still standing. There was a crew of three working it. They were nice enough to step out of the way to allow me to get a few photos. Apparently they get a fair amount of attention from people like me that drove long distances to see it.