Sunday, April 20, 2008

Spring in Saskatchewan

I guess winter doesn't just seem long, it is long!  What a treat to wake up to this!  Now Environment Canada gets it right -  I suppose one should be more specific when saying we need moisture.  Oh well, never a dull moment here in God's country.   A bit of a juxtaposition to see the air drill surrounded by snow drifts.  Good thing Clem took the snow blade off the tractor. 
And more to come today and Monday, along with wind.  I think that means a blizzard!

Dylan came for a visit last weekend, and when his mom came to pick him up, she brought pizza and birthday cake.  We had a grand time celebrating his 13th birthday.  Another Schraefel teen-ager - look out, world!

On another note, I received word the other day that our new-found Scottish cousin, Ivie Fisher, has passed away.  Made me want to get on a plane and go back.  He was such a kind man, with a great sense of humor and a devilish twinkle in his eye.  His son said that he was still talking about his Canadian cousins while in hospital, showing his visitors the Christmas card Lisa sent him from Russia (which arrived in February, by the way.  Then again, I'm not sure when Lisa sends out her cards!).    Rest in peace, Ivie, til we meet again.

Thanks for checking in, and Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Spring has sprung.

Flocks of geese.  Warm afternoons.  Daylight when I get up in the morning.  Yep, it's spring.  Finally.  Maybe I'm just getting old (yeah, I know, there's really no maybe about it), but the winter
seemed to go on for an awfully long time.  There's still a lot of snow in the trees, but now I can see those piles getting smaller every day.  Hooray!

So what prompts me to write today, after such a long absence?  Well, I couldn't sleep.  (Did I mention I was getting older?)  Also, Dad's cousin called from Victoria the other day, and mentioned that he reads my humble musings, so I thought I should update you all on the happenings around here.  I mean, if you're reading this, you're probably getting older and can't sleep, either.  At least you could be current.

Hockey is finally over.  Derek's team won the league championship.  The kids were all pumped, and skated around the rink holding the very heavy trophy.  

Then we had Easter.  We had a very quiet celebration - roast beef for just our family.  Sorry, no pictures.  But on Easter Monday, Terri and Copper stopped in on their way back to Calgary.  Mark joined us for lunch, along with "the aunts".  We had a great time, mostly just watching Copper.  But what better to do than watch a seven-month-old have fun?

Derek is still Copper's favorite.  She doesn't have much choice - he's just always there.

Here are the four cousins.  

Then the aunts had their turn with Copper.

Next on our agenda was Confirmation.  Our parish had a "catch-up" year, as they are changing the age for Confirmation to 7 from 11 or 12.  So 45 kids were confirmed, including Derek.
 Adam was his sponsor.  The Bishop predicts Derek will be a theologian.  Heaven help us all!

That's about it, I think.  Adam continues to practice with the band.  He also likes to create huge messes in the shop while he and his buddies work on a go-cart.  Stephen is getting us up early to take him in for track.  He is thinking of entering the four-mile race.  (I'm not sure who he takes after, but I don't think it's Clem or me!!)  I have taken the librarian position at the town library.  It's just 10 hours a week, so we'll see how that goes.  Clem is on his way to Saskatoon to pick up a new-to-us grain truck.  Apparently we'll be farming for another year.  Would you please pray for rain?  Thanks.

So there you go.  If that doesn't make you sleepy, I just can't help you.  

Thanks for stopping by.