Archive for July, 2010

Around the block

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

As the dinner meal settled, my wife and I walked around the block.  We stopped to chat at one house, examined the lawn on another and admired the large, well manicured back yard as we strolled down a back alley.

This is all for the sake of fitness.  Or maybe for the sake of relationship.  Or maybe for the sake of walking with the one I love!

Take a stroll around your block.  See what enjoyment you can have!

Intern arrives

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Yesterday afternoon our church’s intern for the fall arrived.  Ryan Lee, his wife Sharon and their newborn James came in a caravan of vehicles.  Unloading took just a few minutes with over a dozen willing hands. 

Thus begins a new adventure for the intern and his family, for our church and it’s family.  Keep posted!

Ryan Lee, intern, July 27, 2010 small

Sunday service in the park

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Well, here are a few pictures from the Sunday service.  Around 3o0 in attendance in sweltering heat.  A good time together, with a good sense of community!

churc service July 25, 2010, stage small

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Estimating parade attendance

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

As we left perhaps the largest parade our small town of Kindersley has ever sponsored (about an hour long with everything from military displays to horses to square dancing to tractors to the closing firetruck and street sweeper), I began to wonder.

How many people showed up?  This is our 100th anniversary as a town so we have a number of visitors.

Now, there were eight blocks of viewing, two sides of the street.  So that is 16 blocks of people.  In our block there were approximately 10 store fronts.  We fit around 15 -20 people per store front.  So maybe up to 200 hundred people per block with 16 blocks would make around 3,200 people lining the streets.  Take a look at the picture below.  Maybe it is easier just to count the people?  And this is without the first block of people.

How many do you see?

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The anomalies of a reunion

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Wandering with relatives is relatively easy.  You have the same roots, the same legacy and oft a closely tied shared history.

Such was the case for our time on Thursday.  For 8 hours we played horseshoes, crazy ball and bowling.  We ate sausage from a recipe concocted by our grandparents.  We listened and sang of prairie life. 

And as I walked away, I reflected on this Baker reunion.  There were two couples who had the last name of Baker.  The rest were diverse – from Somerville, to Opseth; from Dies to Stonehouse.  If we were to count by name only, four out of 60 participants would pass as a Baker.

So, as the old saying goes – “Watch what you say about someone,  they may be your relative!”

Our daughter arrives

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

We are one day closer to our family reunion.  Tomorrow will be a time together to chat, eat and view the panorama of life.  Those from 94 to those just over 1 year old will descend upon our chosen venue.

There will be the older generations remembrances.   Our daughter will meet relatives she’s never met before.  The grandchildren will be the center of a number of conversations and comments. 

But for tonight, we walked the neighbourhood, talked to friends and saw the grandchildren head to bed quickly and quietly.  We’ll see if a day filled with new people and new experiences winds them up tomorrow.  If so, may the clock quickly unwind and may they rest comfortably, as they are doing tonight.

Three reunions

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

In the space of a month – and that really isn’t a lot of space!

Relatives are great to have around.  You sit and reminisce, think of the past and may even talk of the future.  In the best of reunions you play games, and guitars and wake the neighbours and watch fireworks.  That’s been our experience to date.  On Thursday we head to the final of the three planned reunions.

This final reunion is coordinated with the 100th birthday of our town, a town in which my aunts and uncles were born and raised.  So, not only will we survey the land of life as relatives, but also as neighbours and friends meet from around the world.

So, there will be fireworks, and free pancake breakfast, and professional music, and more food and fun and fellowship.

What more could one ask?

Back home

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Well, we arrived home last night amidst water on the basement floor – our water heater had just begun to leak.  Thank God that the whole thing hadn’t broken completely open and gushed forth waves of water.  As it happened, one box got a bit wet, and nothing else.

So, this morning the first order of business was to get a plumber over.  The job was done by supper time and we were washing our clothes shortly thereafter.

Now, it’s time to get back into the groove.  We bought some groceries and ran across 3 or 4 friends.  After chatting we finally got home with a reminder that home is a great place to be!!

Observations on locales other than . . .

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Walking through Belleville, Ontario . . . other striders (those serious about walking in the early morning) have all put on cologne.  As they pass you, the smells waft forth!  The old age walkers begin about 8:00 in the morning.  Saturday morning is busy with garage salers and those headed to church breakfasts.

Walking through Georgetown, Ontario . . . The suburb we are in is disconnected from the town so all strollers are doing it for exercise, for the dogs exercise or just for the fun of it.  The homes are extravagant on the front and about 2 feet deep. 

Next few days we will visit the thrift store (Waste Wise!) and see the sights.  Then venturing home will become the next project beginning on Tuesday.

Cooper Family Photo

Monday, July 5th, 2010

So, here we are a few days ago.  The sun is shining and people are enjoying the day.  Before everyone leaves, Jill’s mom and her siblings and one nephew, along with the families pose for the “family portrait”.  What fun to be together – but too soon to part.

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