This past weekend I had a chance to have a break from taking care of my mum 24-7! My sis-in-law came up to Lindsay to spend the weekend with my mum. Thanks so much Kat for giving me a break! I went on a bit of a road trip north to Dorset, Ontario. It was roughly a 2 1/2hour car ride…with a quick stop in Minden at the liquor store.
(PS. for this first photo…I wasn’t driving or even in a car..my car was parked off on the left hand side of the photo…I was just standing on the road to get the photo!)
My cousins decided to celebrate their 45th and 50th birthdays this year to have a HUGE party at Camp Dorset (complete with a pig roast!) Being the awesome people they are…they turned the party into a fundraiser for Camp Dorset. This camp is run by the Lions Club…it’s an awesome facility that has everything a camp should have…lake front, walking trails, and even a pool! The best part about this camp? well it has a full dialysis clinic so that people that require dialysis can go have a ‘camp’ experience with their families…while still getting their medical treatments. I stayed for the two nights in an ‘efficiency’ unit basically a small bachelor with a full kitchenette… so cozy and comfy, complete with board games!
Friday night…there was a fun game of bingo..and lots of prizes to be won! I won a really cool snowman nightlight! My cousin called the numbers…in one of the games we were working on getting an X…so that meant he didn’t need to call any “N’s”. The first time he picked up the N he looked at it…and said “38″ into the microphone! He didn’t call the N… He did an awesome job, for a first time bingo caller!
The next night was the night of the pig roast, music and fundraiser…let’s get to the food…it was an amazing spread! Everyone that came brought either a salad or dessert or side…
The fundraiser was set up into a few different things. (I really didn’t take photos of all the awesome displays…oops!) But let me tell you about a few of the fundraising things… There was a “guess how many Jelly Beans in the jar”. A new fundraising idea to me was where a deck of cards was face down glued to a board. There was ONE card face up. People for $2 could sign their name on the back of a playing card that was face down. After all the cards were “bought” the winner was the one that signed the back of the card that matched the face up card. Such a cool idea! There was a silent auction for lots of wonderful donated items. There was also a ‘raffle’ draw for some items…where you buy a ticket and put it in the bag, and then one is pulled to be the winner! There was a 50-50 draw. The big prizes were in the door prizes… 1 for $20 or 3 for $50. There was a cooler that plugs into your car/truck, a Tassimo Machine, and an iPad!
The first thing I won in the evening was a $50 gift certificate for The Keg (a really nice steak restaurant here in Canada). I “thought” I won it since I had a ticket ending 5-8-1…but me being a person that switches numbers around…the winning ticket was actually 5-1-8… So that was kind of embarrassing going up to claim a prize only to be told…you didn’t have the right ticket. So I went to the back of the room, and continued to check all the tickets I had…and it ended up that I also had the ticket ending 5-1-8 too so I won it!
The draws went on… and I didn’t win anything. Then they started to draw for the Big Prizes…since the tickets were for all three prizes they made the decision if you won, your ticket would go back in the draw to have a ‘chance’ at winning one of the other prizes. The had all the tickets in an awesome drum that rolled and could be ‘shaken’ up…(that’s the bonus of doing a fundraiser at a camp run by the Lions because these things were there! The first draw was for the plug in cooler. Then they drew for the Tassimo Machine…and I won! I made my cousins double check my numbers before I ran up… (didn’t want to embarrass myself.) I was pretty excited…I don’t drink coffee, but then again I won something so it was pretty cool! I had just gotten back to the back of the room…when they drew for the iPad…. and then my cousin with a smile on her face said…my numbers again! YES, that’s right… my ticket was pulled yet again! So I went back up to the front… so stoked..because I really wanted the iPad. I made the immediate decision to give back the Tassimo to be re-drawn…it just seemed like the right thing to do!
I’m pretty happy with the iPad…still trying to figure out what apps to download! (Let me know of any great ones that are your favourites…and I’ll check them out!)
The rest of the night was filled with amazing live music. This was a mother, daughter, son-in-law team (I think that was what the relationships were)…but they were awesome! Had so much fun listening to the live music…and talking with my cousins.
It was a great weekend. Thanks to my cousins that invited me…it was an awesome party! I came back to Lindsay refreshed and ready to take care of my mum again…which was the point of my weekend away. It made me so happy to be close enough to family to be able to attend events like this…that’s one thing that’s a bit of downer when you live at the Arctic Circle…you are so far away from family. So during this time I’m embracing the time and the moments I do have while I’m in the south!