Wednesday, September 5, 2012

I'm Back!

I wasn't ignoring my blog intentionally...it's just that the last couple weeks of August were so busy that I didn't have time to sign in here.  In spite of being busy, I didn't take pictures either, and I hate to blog without pics.  I'm turning over a new leaf now that summer is coming to a close.

Our move to Lethbridge has been completed - it took the whole summer to do that.  I'll still be spending some time in Edmonton but 'home' is now Lethbridge, a five hour drive south.

Far enough south that cactus grows wild up here in Alberta.


 We've had company almost steadily since moving down here.  I've already posted about the week-long visit from Kenzie and Charlie.  Last weekend  Rob, Cindy and their two kids came down to visit us

Papa teaching Brooklyn to skip rocks in the Oldman River.

Rob, Brooklyn, Cindy and Anson



 and the previous weekend Amy and Curtis and their four kids were down with us.  It was nice having family come and visit us.


2 year old Tate and 'Duck' on our front steps


Now, however, the grandkids are back in school and life is getting back to normal - whatever 'normal' is.  It's nice to see them all excited about this new beginning, especially the ones who are starting kindergarten and grade 1. 

I behaved myself this year and didn't go shopping for school supplies for myself as I usually do - love those pens and notebooks!  I only bought one notebook and one package of pens, just in passing.  I just can't quit cold turkey.

Lloyd and I were talking about pickles the other day and I reminded him about the mustard pickles I used to make - about 30 years ago!.  After a call to my sister in Winnipeg, I had my hands on the recipe.  So today I made my grandmother's 'onion sauce' as she called them.  The jars are all sitting on the counter now making nice little popping noises as they seal.  Hopefully they'll taste as good as I remember them.




I love the sound the lids make as they seal...neat little pop, pop, pops.  Maybe I'll make some more.

So now I'm back.  Hopefully I'll post more regularly than I did during the summer.

Pat

7 comments:

Magpie said...

This post checked a lot of my boxes! I also go crazy with the onset of school and all the supplies. How can you not love a brand new box of crayons??? The pens, the pencils, the paper, the scissors! Oh my goodness. Then I love canning. I don't do it nearly as much as I used to, but if you're up for sharing the recipe, I think I would love to give it a try. I'm glad you're settled and having family visit always makes a new place feel more like home.

JQ said...

I've got my chow up, Mum. I have some to share too.

Mickey said...

I'm envious! I used to make tomato sauce and chow chow each Fall years ago. Oh the smell in the house I'll always remember! Don't know the pickle you've made Pat but I bet it is delicious.
What I like most of all is taking pics of my Grandkids on their first day of school. They are all so excited. One more starts tomorrow so I am off at 8 am! (then will be back home at 8:45!)

"thisisme" said...

Good to see you back and I hope you'll be very happy in your new home. Lovely photos of the grands! Most people have been quiet here over the summer months, so you're not alone.

RoeH said...

So glad you're all settled in and the hard task of moving is in the past. Now it's time for some Arizona R&R. I'm going to Oregon for ten days on the 14th and I can hardly wait.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

With summer ending it does make it seem like we're getting back to normal, but in truth, I've forgotten what it feels like. It's been such a busy summer here too. The days ahead will be packed with lots to do here too. Truly there seems to be no end to it. Glad you had some lovely family times. They are the best.

Granny Annie said...

Welcome back. Tate and his duck are trying to tell us something. Maybe that we can have you back now:)