Our Journey Helping Those In Need Throughout North America
Now that we are back from Texas, we decided it was time to head out to Kelowna to check on John’s brother, George, who is in a special care home after suffering a severe stroke last December. We would have liked to have spent Easter at home with our kids and grandkids, but George and Mary do not have any family and our hearts were pressed to spend Easter with them and hopefully ease their burdens a mite… Our sister-in-law Rita had arrived there a week before we did, as she had spent some time holidaying down south with her daughter and felt the need to be with her husband’s brother and sister-in-law as well.
Well, it sure is good to be home. We had a very good trip, with clear roads and sunny skies the whole way from Texas to Saskatchewan. There was no snow until we reached South Dakota and the geese by the millions were flying back north as well. Our friends from Winkler, Mb. also returning home after being in Bastrop, Texas, just south of us, were not so fortunate. The roads they travelled further east through Sioux Falls, were still recovering from a snowfall. They shared on Facebook that they hit a patch of ice on the highway and their RV passed their practically new King Ranch truck, providing a high degree of anxiety; however, when they came to a stop, although the RV did sustain some damage, they were still able to pull it home and assess the damages there. Thankfully they were not injured. We have been very blessed to have safe travels thus far….
It seems like just last week that I was shopping at HEB and saw the first King Cake of the season, initiating Mardi Gras time. King Cakes are the most awesome sugary dessert cake you can find down here!! They come in various flavors and each bakery that makes them has their own special recipe from year to year. For my own preference, the one that we bought the very first time we were in the south was the best of all. Since then, we have gotten at least one every year, but none of them could hold a candle to that first King Cake - which was a glorified bun recipe covered with multicolored icings and glitter. In any event, I chose not to purchase the first King Cake I saw this year, and the Mardi Gras season flew by so quickly, when I was ready to go and buy one, there were none to be found! Missed the boat again…
I was transporting bags of stuffed animals from the Craft Room on a wheeled three tiered cart last week, down the hill to the Reward Store and as the cart hit some bumps in the road, something from inside the bags shouted “WAHOO”. The first time it happened, I looked around and wondered where the sound came from, but the second time, it obviously came from something on the cart inside a bag. Then I realized that one of the smaller stuffed toys that make that sound must have made its way into the pile of stuffed animals. That was my little thrill for the day… Doesn’t take much, does it??