Catching Up with Lots of Things!

Trip Start Apr 20, 2010
Trip End Sep 13, 2010

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

This part of the summer is proving to be busy but low key.  Errands, retirement projects (we scanned the 1st three family albums with baby pictures from Scott, Dave and Heather for comparison with McKenzie's pictures - 1 month today),  preparation for new work on my art (now have supplies for several projects gathered into easily accessed bags), completion of the 'sort' of the coach and the locker, visits to check on McKenzie, Mom and Dad, and the usual round of collecting groceries, doing cleaning, laundry, etc seem to make the time go quickly.  It's the middle of August already! 

One of the outings this month has been to the Calgary Farmers' Market - a great showcase for Alberta produce.  We were there during the Christmans season a few years ago and had discovered Simple Simon Pies.  They are already frozen and are great for quick meals.  So they were high on our list and the first thing we purchased.  Of course, this time of year the fresh produce was great and our bags were quickly filled.   Sometimes it is hard to remember that I'm only cooking for two and I have a smallish fridge!

In addition to getting together with friends hoping to travel to Alaska together next summer and starting some research for that trip, we are also gathering information for our fall trip down the Pacific coast.  Do you have favorite spots/campgrounds along Hwy 101 on the coast?  We hope to do it slowly - the only commitment is to be in Phoenix for Christmas.

Another outing took us to Okotoks, a community south of Calgary. In August each year they organize an outdoor quilt show (over 300 quilts) and a car show for the same day.  It works because there is something for everyone.  This year it occurred on a wonderful clear day with blue skies and sun and the events were well attended.  Rumpled Quilt Skins, a quilt shop in the town, is also a dealer for Husqvarna Sewing Machines and they had been recommended to me for service and support for my machine.  I wanted to check out the store and it certainly didn't disappoint.  The exhibits of work from classes and patrons was fantastic - this year with a heavy emphasis on how to use your embroidery machine.  It was inspiring and made me itch to get busy on my UFO projects, some of which require me to get reacquainted with the embroidery unit of my machine!  The cars line the main street and there seemed to be many prizes presented at the finale.  There was even a 'quilt' car!  On the way back we took the 'back road' along the Cowboy Highway' and really enjoyed the foothills and distant view of the Kananaskis.

I've also included some shots of the area around Cochrane in this entry.  For a couple of weeks we have been driving past a field of canola in bloom every time we go to Calgary.  With the distant mountains and foothills in the background, blue with haze, the colours are wonderful.  I also realized that I hadn't captured the piles of logs and lumber we drive past every time we leave the campground.  The Spray Lakes mill is a historic fixture in this community and its name appears in many contexts, including the name of the sports centre just outside the gates of the campground.

Well enough of this.  I thought this would be a short entry!

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