Monthly Archives: June 2011

…time to move on!

When I was in the English Gardens I was saddened to see that my ‘mum’s home that I purchased for her ‘visits’ had burnt down….Mother’s Day 2010…I gave my mum a few gifts.. you can look at those in this fun post HERE…(I’ll wait.. so you have a have a quick look….
O.K. are you back?

I was saddened to see when I walked by THIS was the site of mum’s ‘house’….

Then I walked around the corner… back to the comfy-log-home that I claimed for my own…. (in the midst of all the ‘bears’..) and guess what? It was GONE…

Maybe it’s the English Gardens in Assiniboine Park that’s telling me something… my days are just plain numbered here in Winnipeg… soon again I’ll be ‘homeless’ until I reach Nunavut!

Visitors in the ‘peg!

This past Saturday… I went to the airport to pick up my Big-bro and sister-in-law at the airport!  They were in town for the past 5 days at a conference.. They flew in early so that we could visit… We went to one of my favourite crepes places in the village.. and then drove over to Assiniboine Park to walk around for a bit!  It was great to catch up… and visit… although next time I think they should bring my gorgeous nephews too!! 🙂 Here are some photos from our time at Assiniboine Park!

We walked through the new-nature-adventure playground….

 

 

This place has ‘shrubbery’ that is FROGS that have DRESS-UP CLOTHES and PLAY musical instruments!!! 

Have to take a photo by the ‘banjo-playing-FROG’!another photo-op by the giant ‘yak’ on the hill? Yes, I do believe that’s what one should DO!
a quick snap of the park…. with the water-feature that pours into the sand box… so much fun! 

Jamie and Dana really wanted to take these out for a ‘tour’….and both agreed that Samuel and Benjamin would have LOVED them… so they posed for a photo to show the boys when they got home! 

 

Onto the English Garden… where we asked someone to take a photo of all THREE of US!!

 

Followed by some other ‘funny’ portraits… of Jamie and Dana…. (I made them play ‘model’ and I wanted to try out some stuff…and they did happily play along!) Dana…. 🙂 She’s the first gal that I could call Sister!… it’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since that day… ..Jamie… 🙂 the best big bro a gal could have!!! 🙂 Thanks for putting up with my many ‘moods’… I’m thankful to have you in my life! I think that they were trying to ‘escape’ my camera… but there’s little chance of that!!! (unless i’m out of batteries—side note: I still need to find my battery charger, still don’t know where I put it!) 

Ten Years Married…and STILL holding hands!!


Thanks for modelling for me what a great marriage looks like…. 🙂 

Thanks for the short..but fun visit!!! …by the time this is posted… you will be well on your way back to Ontario..thanks for the visit! 🙂

Let’s go to the Ex…

O.K. if you are like me… who was born in Ontario… the Ex means the “END” of summer, usually running the last two weeks of the summer before school starts, over labour day weekend!  I must admit I’ve only been to the ‘Toronto Ex’ two different years, when I lived there.. hmmm what was I talking about? Oh, Yes! another difference between Manitoba and Ontario… Winnipeg has their “Ex” as the ‘start’ to the summer… This past Thursday night I decided to go check it out with a friend.  They hadn’t been in years, a band that they enjoy were playing at 8pm… so off we went! The following are some of the photos that I took, as I experienced my first Winnipeg “Ex”…

We arrived close at dinner time.. so that was the FIRST big decision… what to eat??  After a look around… we both decided on ‘Smokey’s Tender Beef’…

(I didn’t get a photo of the bun filled with beef..) If you know me… you know that roast beef dinner isn’t really my thing (I’ll eat it to be polite, well usually, but I don’t care for it…) But apparently roast beef sandwiches from “smokey’s” ARE my thing! It was pretty yummy for ‘fair grounds’ grub!

…this was something I split.. hot-potato ‘fries’ but they were like chips.. but they were all one BIG long peel and then deep fried goodness!!! (soooo good…and probably a good thing to just have once a year!) Let’s not forget dessert!! (after some walking around…. we ended up in front of a fudge booth… with SO many choices..but actually BOTH decided on the same kinds and split a 1/2…) Yummy Mint Fudge!!!

Then came the walking around… and at all travelling fairs… we all know the endless game booths with games that are rigged so that winning is impossible.. and in the moment.. (YES, I’m SURE you have been there too!) You decide that you HAVE to have one of those cheesy-carnival stuffies… and make it YOUR ambition to have it happen!

(the well trained carnie will spot this and keep you buying balls, and ‘trading the tiny, ugly stuffy’ to eventually after a bazillion dollars you get the most ‘beautiful’ stuffy that had you STOPPED at this silly darn booth in the first place! (ok… so maybe that little ramble was from experience, or just keen observation while visiting the Winnipeg Ex…just sayin’)

dYes, I’m the proud owned of a ‘Monkey-in-a-banana’ I think now my life is complete!

So, I learnt two things walking away from the booth…

1. I don’t have good aim, and next time at the Carnie-games… I need to NOT do games that require me to pitch baseballs into small holes…

2. Ask the person that you are with… if THEY want to throw your balls, rather than watch you and take photos–because they might be a really good aim! (although then I wouldn’t have had the satisfaction of ‘winning’ my Monkey-in-a-banana for the bargain price that I had to ‘pay’ to have the privilege to try to win it!)

“monkey-in-a-banana” then went on to enjoy various sites at the Ex… and even sat in a fighter jet… I did too of course!! 🙂 

Then there was some more ‘walkin’ around… and seeing what we could see… the Winnipeg Ex is a really good place to check out the latest fashions.. and see what the people are wearing!  (although I’m not going to try any of the fashion that I saw exhibited that night~!)

How much fun would have this been? –the kind that makes you want to scream and hope you don’t have to pee… sadly this was not ME inside this sling-shot-ball-to-the-sun… but was fun watching people do it all the same! Part of the original reason that I ended up at the Ex.. was because Mark wanted to see “My Darkest Days”… and it was a fun concert, and it was really funny seeing them try to keep their banter with the crowd “PG” and appropriate, and in the end… there were a few ‘f-bombs’ that were dropped~!  But I did get some fun shots of the band…

 There was quite a crowd.. that enjoyed the performance… live music is always a good thing!

People watching as always been a fun activity and at a concert… it’s a perfect opportunity to scan the crowds and see what you might see!

And I took a few snaps…

Exhibit A: Very-free-spirited dude, not ashamed to move the way the music lead him...who may or may not have had a few 'adult' beverages~

Exhibit B:There's always a few in the crowd that want to be hoisted onto someone's shoulders and view the concert from way up there! Much to the peoples dismay behind them!

After the concert we headed into another building… and saw some sights… there was a massive colon we walked through…no jokes here—it’s the truth… and well to prove that we did… Mark stood by the sign and then entrance, of the ‘pink’ colon pointing to some haemorrhoids… (the whole building was to promote ‘healthy lifestyles’ and to educated people about dangers and warning signs for colon cancer, so a good thing–but humorous at the same time!)

When we emerged from the building it was getting dark, so we walked around the mid-way… once more.. and I took a few photos!  (I just hand held, and played with shutter speeds…and made due without a tripod! I’m pretty happy with the results!)


After taking a few shots of the GIANT Ferris wheel…. I wanted to go on it… so I got some tickets and then waited in line… Mark either was just as ‘thrilled/excited’ as I was to go on the Ferris wheel and I know he really LOVES his photo being taken! 😉
And the view from the top….

I feel for the two ‘teenagers’ that were in the same ‘bucket’ as us… they probably said what weird “OLD” people… taking photos… and self-portraits of themselves! (but hey… you gotta do it, it’s a way to preserve the memories… I really am NOT shy to take a photo…at all, and have a bunch that now when I look through them I am what was I thinking!!)

Thanks, Winnipeg Ex.. it was a great night, good times were had by all!

P.S. I’m still trying to sort out if I compressed my photos into small enough files–to help with the loading process?..let me know how it loads.. Because I do like to do ‘picture’ heavy posts!

ARGH! WORDPRESS–need to work on my how-to-format-posts!!

Thanks, S

Exploring Manitoba’s Interlake…

My journey began early on Sunday Morning… I got up and headed to Clandaboye to spend the day with Conni aka my MB Mum!  She had offered to tour me around the “Interlake Region”..or her backyard!  I was pretty excited, because I had heard lots of amazing things about Gimli and Winnipeg Beach and couldn’t wait to find the Viking Statue…but I’m getting ahead of myself here…

Our first stop was at a beach just south of Winnipeg Beach… and Conni wanted me to ‘experience’ one of the “piers” along Lake Winnipeg…

..should I take the risk?

I'm off to the challenge... (little did I know how scary it would be!)

Conni even with her fear of the water did walk out to the end of the pier with me… after all I am her ‘adopted daughter’!

(I have no fear of water, but some of heights–it was an interesting trip out! especially meeting a group on the walk out that were returning to the shore…and well it had been repaired–but some of those boards really sagged!!)

Once out at the end of the Pier… the Village of Dunnottar gave us this nice warning!

It was too scary umm COLD for me to try to walk down the stairs to get my toes wet!!!  Instead Conni and I took some fab photos in the wind!!!

It was ‘crazy’ windy… and every time we jumped back in the car… we had to try to make our hair behave–only to step out and let the wind mess it all up again!

These ‘piers’ make a pretty cool photo…and are pretty neat that they are maintained each year and kept along the shores as a link to the past~  although with crazy with high water levels-it has made them quite dangerous!

To get to the where we parked we had to cross a rail road track… coming back to the car I saw this sign… Conni assured me that there were rarely any trains coming!

Our next stop was at Winnipeg Beach… where a long time ago had a roller coaster and amusement park right by the lake!

There has been a huge problem here with erosion and the beach and part of the board walk is eroding back into the lake!

We walked along the board walk–enjoying the sunshine!  Conni and I left her house to ‘escape’ the Grand Prix in Montreal…but when we got to Winnipeg Beach there was a car show… and much to Conni’s amusement… I took my time to looked at  all the cars.. and make comments about them too!

Then we headed into “Playland”…

The sign use to have light bulbs and I could imagine it all shining in day and night!  (I’m good a pretending and imagining!)

…it was a pretty fun place!

Some of the posters that were on the wall…

Conni found a ‘Grand Prix” game… apparently today she couldn’t quite escape race cars!!!!

I was upset that I couldn’t go on the pony…. my MB Mum said I was too old!!

Around this time we spotted the ‘scary’ clown… now I understand that NOT all clowns are SCARY, or CREEPY might be a better word.. but LOOK at this guy!? (If clowns creep you out you might want to scroll past FAST! hehehe)

If that wasn’t enough… above him was the following poster….

I told Conni that perhaps our “brief encounter” at Playland should come to a close…. she laughed and agreed.. and we walked out that door!! (Speaking of doors… take a look at those doors… they are pretty cool.. and old school, I like it!)

We walked over to this other place that had THIS, being a tourist for the day–I had to pose by the photo…. (it’s good to have photos by ‘signs’ so that you remember where one has travelled later after you have returned home!)

Pretty cool sculpture…Now this photo might need a bit of explanation.. so bare with me.. as I give it to you–whether you want it or not!  I totally laughed out loud.. when I saw the ‘speed bumps’  in the middle of the road.. (on all sides of the crazy-intersection)…Apparently it use to be a kind of ‘free-for-all’ type of intersection–cars/trucks/people doing what they pleased… So… Winnipeg Beach… put these handy dandy little ‘dividers’ up so that cars can’t decide to go where-ever they wanted to go..but instead had to go to the stop sign and STOP and then make a left hand turn… (you know, obeying the basic rules of the road) I think that’s why I thought it was so funny… Anyways… I went out into the street and squatted down… (I’m a tourist so it’s ok.. and as a tourist you can take silly photos…) While doing this I think Conni took a photo of me—and by the end we both were laughing a bit more! But I did get my photo of the crazy dividers on the road… Does anyone know what they are called?! And that was the end of my visit at Winnipeg Beach!

Next it was off to Gimli… we decided it was time to have lunch…

We both had the “Gyros” and “fries”… and I had a chocolate shake with REAL ice cream!! mmmm mmm GOOD!

Then we decided to head down to the lake and walk along the boardwalk…. I’m not 100% sure what this is called… but along this wall (which makes a ‘safe’ harbour place for boats to anchor)…but the Gimli Art Club paints paintings along the wall… (another co-worker’s mother has a few of her paintings still on the wall…) it’s a really neat idea!

It also provides a place to fish from… and well hang out… enjoy a nice summer’s afternoon! 

Made me ‘almost’ wish I had a fishing rod to join in…. and just chill and seize the moment!  Almost… but writing this reminds me I DO need to go shopping for a fishing rod~

Tercesen’s Store.. I think EVERY community NEEDS one of these stores… filled with a hodge-podge of awesome amazing things!! This store has been owned and run by the SAME family since it opened… inside (I couldn’t take any photos) there was an original tin ceiling, and the floor had squeaked as you watched over them…. pretty awesome store, you NEED to check it out if you get to Gimli!!!

The clothing made me wish I was a Size 10 so that I could shop–very trending awesome stuff!  It has a bit of everything… from BOOKS to kitchen stuff to clothes to HATS!  I walked away with a Children’s Book about living in the prairies and the HAT you see in some of the photos!  (I LOVE a good hat!)… Mmmmm chocolate!!! I *think* this was a “Rodgers” chocolate from B.C…. I got a chocolate-chocolate one… Conni had one with Coffee filled chocolate… It was sooooo good!  Like it FILLED me up… I almost couldn’t finish this little piece… (it was so filling!) I know I’ll be craving it as my ‘new’ favourite chocolate and want to eat as many as possible!!!  Thanks for the introduction… now I will just need to figure out how to get them once I move… any suggestions? hehehe  We ate these chocolates on a lovely bench… (it might have been sticky from the sap of a tree, and it might have faced a truck parked along the sidewalk…but all I remember is the lovely breeze and the water in the distance… remember I’m quite good at pretending!)

After striking out at the two of the more ‘touristy’ shops… (they were closed) I finally saw the “viking”… this was my ONE request of the day to see the Viking (I’m lucky I got to see so much more than this!) If you want to know more about GIMLI and why it all started and WHY there’s a Viking there… then go check THIS site!!

Of course… there had to be a photo shot with the Viking…

Conni waiting for me to take my photos… so we could do a ‘group’ shot!! The self-portrait that worked!!!(the other one we cut off the head of the Viking–)Then I took a few photos with Mr. Viking….

One weekend in the spring and one  weekend in the fall different artists in the “interlake” open up their studios and there is a ‘ wave tour’ to go around and visit them, and buy things! This year was the 10th Anniversary of starting this traditions… Conni and  I went to a few different spots… and one of the first stops of the day was also the LAST stop of the day!  I fell in love with this paper art… One of the things I’ve done is get art from various places I’ve lived… so I can have every-day reminders of where I’ve been at my house!  I found my Manitoba art…

Milli is the artist… you can read more about her HERE… Something about her story and her art truly touched me!  Milli has been able to show many people over the years that having an extra chromosome (Down syndrome) and autism should not limit your abilities.. the SKY is the LIMIT!!

Milli with "Pushing Up Daisies"

I love this… with wild daisies from the prairies… and homemade paper!  Us together in Milli’s studio and future house!

Just when I thought my visit and tour of the “interlake” was done… Conni took me to ONE more spot… and I’m so glad she did!!

We went to “Netley Resort and Campground”… I think staying here is on my bucket list.. something that has to be done at some point in my life! Here’s the entrance to the Campground…. It’s a friendly place eh? Has a feeling of well security knowing you’d be ‘locked-in’ for certain hours… Just one of the campsites… it was a place basicly of campers and well ‘established’ campsites…

Thanks for that tour… I’ll always remember it!!

Conni also played photographer… she helped me take the following photos… I’m sooo excited and thankful!  I had this idea of what I wanted in my brain… and before Ryan deserted me and went out west he was suppose to take some shots with me, but that didn’t happen…

But Conni she rocked my camera.. and I’m so thankful for these shots!!

…and they are even more special because they were taken on YOUR road!!!

Thanks again for sharing  a bit more of the province with me!! 🙂

A ‘New’ home…

This is something I’ve been working on for a bit… a ‘new-home’ for Sarah on the Road…

I just wanted to say a quick thank you for the help and encouragement in creating this new ‘blog’ (I was like a fish out of water, still am but at least I’ve made it back to the water!)  Two people I’d like to specifically mention are Jen and Lisa!  It was Jen that helped me get off my butt and actually get a domain. (I had been wanting to do this for awhile…like probably over a year)… It came up one day when we were talking  on Facebook and it came up and then she helped ‘walk’ me through the process of getting a domain and hosting….  Lisa has always been my ‘go-to’ person for blog help!  In the past 2 years she’s been the one that has helped me create headers, set up my blogspot layout for me… and always around for me to bounce ideas off of… She listened to what I wanted.. and then went searching for a layout that would work.. and then set up the formatting of that layout for me… (wordpress is still kind of a foreign language to me!) lol   Without these gals… this would have NEVER been might never have happened so quickly! 🙂 thanks again! 

I’m not saying it’s perfect… I’ve done a bunch of ‘tweaking’ but am happy with the result!  Not to say that there might be other changes in the future when I have internet again at home! But for now… I’m happy with it!  

Sorry for making everyone ‘update’ their feeds on their blogs.. (it’s a pain I know!)

Thanks again! 

Sarah 🙂 

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