This is the first year I thought of sending our granddaughter a Mother’s Day wish – thought it was appropriate seeing as she provided us with a second great-granddaughter last October. Being on the internet together closes the miles between here and Nakusp, B.C. and it is so special to see pictures of little Olivia, who is now 2 years old, and Zaia, 6 months. Another generation of mothers who are the heart and soul of the home…
With Mother’s Day coming on, it was necessary to make a trip to SuperStore to ensure we had groceries for the weekend. We enjoyed having two of our Prince Albert grandchildren spend a couple of nights with us last week while their parents were on vacation. Over our 43 year marriage, John has never as a rule accompanied me grocery shopping. It is not something he ever wanted to do and for the most part it kept our grocery bill DOWN. They say that men are more impulsive shoppers than women, and I believe that is true. However, instead of waiting out in the car this trip, he decided to come into the store. He was in for a rude awakening – as he travelled down the meat aisle, he became increasingly more disturbed at the very high prices and finally said, “I just have to get out of here – I can’t take this!!!” There is no doubt that things have skyrocketed recently, and it sure makes me wonder how people with families who could not afford the previous prices are getting along at this rate! How blessed we are that we are able to handle an increase in prices, where many are not.
The Salvation Army Outpost has a breakfast for the street people of Prince Albert every Friday morning, and we are privileged to assist in serving them when we are in the city. This past Friday as well as a hot breakfast, they hosted a Birthday Party for everyone, some of whom never get to celebrate their birthday with family or friends. It was a wonderful idea and everyone enjoyed the bit of festivity with a fruit cup and a piece of delicious birthday cake in addition to their breakfast. It is very rewarding to be a part of this volunteer opportunity. Major Glen’s prayers and little stories are also very uplifting and appreciated by most of those who attend.
We also had the opportunity to attend a family breakfast with John’s relatives who meet for a get-together once a month at a nearby restaurant. This month it was at Tomas the Cook’s in Warman. It was a great time of reminiscing and keeping in touch. I had not been aware how much one of the younger brothers of the family (now 65 years old) on his mother’s side resembles John’s own brother Jake, who passed away 3 years ago. The genes really do come through!! This cousin’s wife had passed away several years ago and he had been seeing a lovely lady for some time now. We learned at the breakfast that they are getting married the end of this month. It is so wonderful to see two people come together in love and happiness when they think that it’s all over after the loss of a beloved husband or wife. In my view, life is too short to be alone and lonely, although I do know that some people are happier on their own. My own Mom was one of those people.
Now, here’s a Mother’s Day present for all you cooks out there. I came across this recipe for PECAN PIE MUFFINS. It is one of the easiest things I have ever made, and of course because we came home from Texas loaded with pecans, I have been looking for simple recipes:
PECAN PIE MUFFINS
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup flour
2 cups chopped pecans
2/3 cup softened butter
2 beaten eggs
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease muffin tins well, as the muffins stick. PAM works Great!
Doesn’t come easier than that…John likes them better with icing…what a surprise!