Our Journey Helping Those In Need Throughout North America
We found a very clever way to pick up the billions of leaves in our yard - gather them together with a leaf sweeper, use an old retired fish net to hold the huge leaf bag open, and dump the leaves in with a plastic snow shovel. It works so nifty with two people. Ten huge bags of leaves packed up in no time at all. Of course there are more coming down, but they will have to just stay there for the winter...
We left for the south a few days early this year so that we could take time for some sightseeing. Usually we are so pressed for time that we just drive right on down, and it has also been later in the season so more attractions are closed for the winter. Several times, we have stayed at a motel at Murdo, S.D. which is situated right beside a HUGE agricultural and car museum. So far we have only ever been able to tour the huge gift shop. This year, the 40-some buildings full of artifacts were open and we did take the time to do the full tour. This tourist attraction has interested us since the first trip…. There are no words to describe the awesome collection of vehicles, antiques, and displays that we enjoyed seeing! John had never heard of several of them, including a Porsche tractor. The $10.00 cost to get into the museum was well worth it! You can stay there all day if you wish and have the stamina. One would never believe what is contained behind the fences that you see from the highway!!
Going to an auction sale is often an interesting experience. When one farm auction was advertised recently, we were interested in a seeing the quad that was available. When driving into the farmyard, our eyes could not believe the beautiful home, manicured lawns, landscaping and handmade lawn decorations that were there! We learned that some of the lawn ornaments on one side of the yard were to be sold at the auction, and those along the driveway had been part of the land sale. It was amazing the amount of work the gentleman had put into creating these yard decorations! We had a lovely visit with the folks and were impressed with the quad that they were selling, although it was really not what we needed. A lifetime of articles were neatly arranged around the yard and they were still in the process of getting things ready for their family to come and bring them outside for the auction the next day. John attended the auction sale on Saturday and came home with a few treasures, but felt the owner’s disappointment when many things did not sell for a decent price – one of the risks of having an auction sale, but still the most expedient way of disposing of articles when transitioning from the farm to the city. It was interesting that we were recognized from the picture with our articles in the Shopper. We wish y’all the best of luck in your new home!
It was with great pride that I learned that Jess Moskaluke of Langenburg (my home town) won the Canadian Country Music Award for Best Female Artist this year! Her career has been taking off since we first heard her sing at the Park during Laugh & Linger Days several years ago. Our now 16 year old granddaughter had the experience of Jess personally tending to her wounded knee at the pool when Jess was at her summer job there before she was “famous”. Keely had attempted a dive on the diving board and her knee hit the board in the process. Fortunately it was nothing that required hospitalization!
Already they are predicting snow here this week! It seems like the snow just went away…
While we were at our daughter’s in Pierson, Mb, in August, I had a close encounter with our daughter’s 200 pound St. Bernard. I was first to get in the door of their home and Kelly was trying to restrain her four dogs so they didn’t get out. While she was letting her Dad in, I was trying to help by holding back Timmie, the St. Bernard, by his collar. He decided he did not want to be held back and bolted, throwing me shoulder-first against the bedroom door frame. I landed on the floor on my butt with my other shoulder pushed against the bed frame. John wanted to help me up when they realized what had happened, but I needed to get my bearings and see if I was okay. After a few minutes, I managed to get up, and it seemed I was just shook up, with a bruised right shoulder.