This is my last post about my trip to Canada. Got home quite late Monday night and I'm still unpacking and recuperating!! I love going, enjoy listening to books on CD as I go and didn't get tired this time but, boy, Tuesday morning I was exhausted!! Sunday I drove 12 hours and Monday 14 hours. Knowing I was not going to have to find a hotel made me just relax and head on down the road to home!
Last Wednesday we spent visiting family in Winnipeg. Got to reconnect with a cousin I hadn't seen in over 30 years. Also my sister came with me to see a cousin she hadn't seen in about as many years altho I have met her a time or two inbetween. It's all good. Facebook has made it so much easier to find friends. While I was at my sister's, we were fooling around online and I found a high school friend I hadn't seen since we graduated in 1970! She now lives in Alberta and has a bunch of grandchildren, the newest being 5 month old triplets! Imagine that!
Thursday we headed south to Niverville where I grew up. In the last few years our house has disappeared. I don't know if they bulldozed it or moved it, but there's a store there now. We used to live on the main highway near town and that stretch is now businesses. That's sad. But it's the way life goes. Nothing stays quite the same!
From there we headed to Altona. My parents lived there for over 20 years after I graduated from high school. This trip was kind of a spur of the moment thing but Mom had called her good friend Helen and she had arranged for the old gang to get together for pot luck. Mom was so surprised and thrilled to see all her friends again. They do keep up on the phone but it's not the same as seeing each other.
Friday Mom had dialysis and my sister and I went shopping in Winkler. The best place to go is the MCC store. That's a store that sells used items. The sales people are all volunteer and all the money goes to help the Mennonite Central Committee projects around the world. I got a bunch of buttons at the one in Altona. Mom used to work at that one and the lady in charge was there and she let me go through the box of buttons she had just processed and hadn't taken out into the shop yet!
We both found a few things at the one in Winkler.
I used to teach first grade in Winkler back in the mid 70s. This building is the one I taught in. It's a maintenance shop now. They've closed off most of the windows. We had a wall of windows when I was there. It was the original 4 room school and is quite old. My class the last year was in the front right side. The other years I'd been in the one behind it facing the playground in the back. The new school is on the right and is much bigger. Winkler is now a city. I don't think there's another elementary school there but I could be wrong. It has been a long time since I was there. We used to make the kids go out even if it was 20 below to just get their blood moving for a bit before getting them back to work!
We drove along the Perimeter for a few miles, then I exited south onto Hwy 75 and my Mom and sister continued on the Perimeter til they got to Hwy #1 and headed west back to Moose Jaw.
This field is an example of what I saw driving. It's kind of hard to stop and take pictures along the interstate plus I had so many miles to go! The ditch, a fence, and road separate the highway from the corn field. This is in North Dakota just south of Fargo. The sky goes for miles and you see farms and trees in the distance. The corn is green and growing. The further south you drive, the topography changes. I didn't stop for a picture. However, the land is more rolling with small hills. The corn changes too. I noticed it as I got into Missouri. The corn was starting to dry up. By the time I hit Tennessee, some of the fields were totally dried up, some still had a few green leaves on the plants. None had been harvested yet. I was wondering how long it would take for that to happen. The grain fields were being harvested already back home and alot as I drove down the states. There'd been alot of rain recently so the fields were drying, waiting for the right conditions to harvest.