Summer 2018

I've had a great summer: the weather was nice, until September which has been unusually cold and wet, the golf course was in great shape, I did a bit of travelling, working, hanging out with friends and biking.  Life is good.
Just about had this one!

While visiting family in Brooks, Alberta, I made a surprise visit to see Tim Truman, a high school classmate.  We hadn't seen each other in 35 years-

No summer is complete without a visit to Pincher Creek, AB to see my brother Dean and his wife Tammy-

My cousin David and his family are from Ottawa.  They were visiting in Cochrane, AB with my godparents, Norm and Betty Lee.  It was great to see them and other cousins after 15+ years-

My cousin Gary lives just outside Calgary, AB with his family-

Calgary Stampede is "The Greatest Show on Earth".  If you hugged this Coke machine, a pop would fall out for free-

The Stampede also means rodeo.  I had a ringside seat-

Weird food concoctions are also part of Stampede.  Two cruellers are…

Home Sweet Home, March 21 - 23, 2018

My parents picked me up at the airport and after a stop at Costco, we were on our way to North Battleford.  Jane and Nico had appointments with their doctor so they were in town and met us at my place.  It seemed strange walking into my condo after almost 6 months away.  Paxton, the woman who has been renting from me, appears to have taken excellent care of my place, so I'm happy about that.  You never really know.
After lunch, we visited and then my parents went home. They like to drive in the daylight and try to avoid rush hour in Saskatoon.  Jane, Nico and I headed out to their house where I spent 3 days.  The first day was beautiful so Nico and I built three snowmen-

Nico is a lot of fun, a great talker for a "just 2" year old and very affectionate!  I am lucky!
Day 2 we got a storm-

The wind was howling and the snow falling.  It was a good day to be inside.
Today was beautiful- well, for March in Saskatchewan: the sky is blue-

My lucky grandson's toy blew right off th…

Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Mexico City, March 20, 2018

On my way to the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, I passed the restaurant where I would eat lunch.  The worker was getting the 'el  pastor' ready to cook.  Pork is seasoned and put on a vertical spit while flames come out of the heater on the right to roast the meat-

I took the metro and some stations were packed.  I let a train leave without me because I didn't want to be a sardine and found the next train to be just as busy.  I got in anyway and at the next stop, they just pushed and pushed to get out.  It was like a mini stampede!  And, this was in an all women's car.  I wondered why they separated women and children from the men.  It was also funny because I was by far the tallest person in the train and all I could see was a sea of black heads.  
The Museo Nacional de Antropologia is gigantic and very well organized. There is always a travelling exhibition and today it was about flowers and their importance in all parts of Mexican life.  
Xochicalca is from the Templo…