Thursday, March 31, 2011

My life in pictures.

Just got home tonight from the big city where I got to meet my nephew, sweet little Rogan.   It's hard to believe my baby brother is now a dad!  But he and his lovely wife did a fine job.  As Grandpa says, he's a keeper, and we'll put in an order for another!

Three generations!

It is Rob's birthday tomorrow, so we had a little celebration for him, too!

The Midgets are the 2011 SHA Provincial 'A' champions!  This was Stephen's third kick at the cat, so to speak, so he is pretty pumped.  The boys played hard - you could tell they wanted it!  They beat Estevan 6 - 2 in the two-game series.  The long, long, long bus ride was worth every mile!

 I will miss seeing #15 on the ice!

These are the photos from the trip to La Ronge.

It was all our harried flight attendant, wearing a Tiger jersey!, could do to get everyone served in the short one-hour flight!  

A view of Lac la Ronge, complete with ice road.  

We threw a surprise party for Mom's brother, Mark, at the end of February.  He was surprised, to say the least.  A good time was had by all!

Carla did most of the organizing, and did such a nice write-up on Uncle Mark.  Derek was there for moral support in case she was overcome with emotion!

Four of Mom's eight siblings!

Uncle Mark with some of his favorite nieces!

A cutie holding a cutie!

We haven't seen the moose around here for some time.  Perhaps our vicious attack dog scared it off!

Stephen has one more hockey game left in his minor hockey career.  The Midgets surprised everyone, themselves included, by taking the league's best-of-three final to the third game, so it's off to Dodge for a barn-burner on Friday.   After that, he can get his very long black and orange hair cut off!

Derek's team lost the Provincial semi-final against Kamsack, but went on to win the league final against the "lands" team from down the road(s).  He is now big into badminton, playing on the junior doubles team.  We splurged and got him a new racket with the rationalization that it is way less expensive than hockey equipment!

So that's the news from the ranch.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Quick Takes (because that's all we seem to have time for!)

1.  I seem to be living life in the fast lane.  I didn't realize that was possible while living in small-town SK and not having a full-time job, but apparently it can be done!  My mom dropped a 'subtle' hint last night on the phone ("I checked the blog last night and there's nothing new on there."  See?  Subtle.)  so I thought I should scratch out a few lines, anyway!

2.  I have lost (read: Derek someone "borrowed" and misplaced) the cable I need to download the pictures from my camera to the computer.  I have been waiting to blog until that shows up, but I'm starting to think that will be never, and then how will you know the hockey scores?  I'm sure that cable is in the house somewhere.  Or, it could have gone in the garbage like my favorite kitchen shears did when I was in Chile.  Or, someone could have broken in an taken only that cable.  You just never know.

3.  Flying is my new preferred method of travel to hockey games.  The Midgets flew from Saskatoon to La Ronge for Game 2 of the Provincial A Northern Finals.  What a blast!  I had fun just watching the kids enjoy it.  Oh, and we won the game 7 - 2, which was an added bonus.   The final round is with Estevan  (yep, we could fly there, too - I checked!), who will be here on Sunday.  We go back there next Sunday.  The Midgets are also in league playoffs, and should get by the semi-finals this week to meet the "lands" team from down the road(s).   Should be an exciting final!

4.  The Pee Wees are continuing their drive for Provincial "C" champs banner, and part of that drive is to Kamsack on Saturday.  For the record, everyone should know that Clem is actually going on the bus to the game.  First time EVER!  I've never been to Kamsack, but I think I will continue to live a full life without doing so.  It should be a good game, as we are only up two goals.

5.  It is COLD.  Cold, cold, cold.  And we have SNOW.  Lots of snow.  It's been an old-fashioned winter here this year.  But I must say it looks gorgeous this morning - fresh white snow, hoarfrost on the trees, and bright blue sky.  This is where one of those pictures would really come in handy.  Someone sent us this picture, and it pretty much sums up the weather thing.

6.  And, speaking of pictures, I have a few of the moose that has moved into our yard.  Of course, they are on the camera, so I can't show them to you.  Apparently the menu here is to his liking - willows, poplars, Colorado pine, chokecherry.  Who needs a windbreak around the farm, anyway? 

7.  I am reading the best book.  It is called "Left Neglected", by Lisa Genova, the author of "Still Alice".   Both books have made me realize how lucky we are, even with the cold, the bus trips, and the moose!

Thanks for stopping by!