I brought along one project I really wanted to get done. A few days before I left to fly up here, I finally!!! pulled out the rubbermaids with my Africa fabrics and began to figure out how to use the 2 big pictures on fabric that I had. I needed it to be about 42 x 62 because I already had made a wallhanging with other African prints for Mom a couple of years ago. I thought she could swap these out as she wanted to. So, last week I raided my sister's stash of batting and machine quilted and finished the hanging. It looks great on Mom's wall next to her bed!
Mom has dialysis 3x a week usually starting at noon. We were able to swap with someone so on Friday morning we got her there before 7am and picked her up about 10. She needed to rest a bit so we didn't leave til after 11am. It's a pretty long drive from Moose Jaw to Red Deer. I guess it's about 8 hours or so if you drive pretty steady.
We stopped to a quick lunch at Tim Horton's in Swift Current and then kept driving through the rolling hills of Saskatchewan and into Alberta. By the time we were getting close to Calgary we could just sort of see the tip of the mountains in the hazy distance. We stopped at Strathmore Station Restaurant and Pub for supper.
This place was awesome! However, we got Mom out of the car which is a pretty huge deal because she takes awhile to get going once she's been sitting a long time and walking tires her out quickly. We came into the front door and said, oops. Can't come in here!! There were at least 6 steps up or 6 steps down into the place. A couple coming in as we did told us that there was an entrance on the side that they could open and it was right into the restaurant there so we arranged for them to open that side door and we drove Mom around to it.
There was a small section with about 10 tables that was a straight walk in. The rest of the place is all steps. Fun for carrying trays of food, I'm sure!! The atmosphere was nice and vintage, you know where they have a buggy hanging from the ceiling, etc. Food was plentiful!
Yesterday morning, Sunday, we got up early and planned to head back on straight back to Moose Jaw. This time the trip from Red Deer to Calgary was in daylight and you could see, in the distance, those wonderful Canadian Rockies. I kept having my sister stop so I could take pictures.
This picture actually was taken by zooming in on it.
We drove past a lake where they were fishing. That ice is thick! Not a ton of snow this year but the ice is thick and good for fishing. Those vehicles are on the ice.
Then we were there, in Canmore. It's about half an hour from Banff but also right in the mountains. We drove around there, stopping to take pictures of some snow or ice sculptures. This weekend is a long weekend in Alberta so it must be festival time there too.
The famous mountain you can see from town is called Three Sisters. It's a cool mountain. By now the clouds were starting to come in but you could see the 3 peaks of the mountain.
I'm so thankful that the weather co operated for us to be able to take this little side trip, totally unexpected at this time of year. They were predicting snow for today around Calgary so we probably just made it!
I'll be here most of the week before heading back south. It's great to be with family whenever I can. We make the most of the time we together and always look forward to the next time we meet.
So, no weaving this week but it'll be there waiting for me when I do get back home!