S was back in Regina on Thursday so I met her at Timmie's for a quick bite to eat as she headed back north. I'd finished the research for Fairmont Hot Springs and gave her a copy of the spreadsheets. We discussed a slight change of plans as she and her husband will spend Thanksgiving (Canadian) with family in Manitoba the weekend of October 12 so instead I'll be flying to Edmonton on the 14th. We agreed on the room we wanted at Fairmont and when I got home I made the booking. She's stuck with me now! There is a so-called seat sale for both Air Canada and WestJet but the prices were actually lower before the sale so I'm waiting until tomorrow to see what happens to the prices. I still have the option of using AirMiles and I can't imagine the prices will change more the $50 so not too worried.
On Friday I met my friend K for lunch and we had a good long chat. We went to Mr. Greek, a franchise restaurant that opened up in Regina a few years ago. We've been there before and quite enjoy the food. We both had gyros with french fries and a drink. Yummy! She and her partner J are just back from Virginia with a side trip to the Outer Banks visiting friends. Both areas sound like places I'd like to visit someday. A bit of a gossip and conversation about our next adventures was in order.
Friday evening was our regular dinner though we've moved on from the restaurant to a nearby Denny's. I met C there with friends M and C joining us. We had a great visit as always. I like Denny's as it has a senior's menu - helps me save a few dollars as I seem to be eating out more frequently now that I'm retired.
Saturday was a quiet day, and Sunday evening K and I drove out to my brother's farm to feed Hollywood (the cat). R and his family were in Edmonton for the weekend for a basketball tournament. Hollywood is about 16 years old, the last surviving member of Puddy's litter from which I got Silas and Shady. She is blind and not in good shape but still hanging in there.
Yesterday, of course was Canada Day. I generally stay home but this year C convinced me to join her in the park. Our other friend C also came as he goes every year. We arrived around noon, assuming we'd be there for the 21 gun salute but this year that part of the events was cancelled. We walked over the main stage for the speeches, then wandered the grounds of the park for awhile. Then it was over to the pedestrian crossing to watch the Plywood cup races. Teams enter the competition by collecting pledges. Each team is then given a few pieces of plywood, a few nails, some duct tape, and tools. They build a craft of sorts out of the supplies and then it's time to hit the water. All of the "boats" are put in the water at the same time and they float or not. This year there were 17 teams and only 11 made it beyond the starting point.
The first paddler was out in a hurry and moving quickly. The paddle they built (and yes they have to do that too) was something like a kayak paddle. He was halfway across the lake before the rest of the paddlers had figured out how to move their crafts.
Most of the boats had one paddler but there were a few that had two. The latter probably wasn't the brightest idea because the extra weight simply made it harder to keep the boat afloat and slowed the progress down.
It was fun to watch...though I'm not sure if we were cheering them on to finish the race or sink! There was a couple of individuals who obviously did sink so they swam across the lake instead. The lake isn't that clean - it's manmade - so it's not really recommended but they obviously had fun.
From there we headed over to the beer gardens where we could sit and watch the bands play. The music wasn't that great so off to Houston Pizza (another tradition) for a late lunch/early dinner. I was home in time to watch the Roughrider's football. The game was late in the late in the second quarter when it was stopped for a weather delay.
We had a wicked thunderstorm that lasted nearly 90 minutes! The lightening was coming fast and furious and it sounded like a freight train was rumbling by. I called my daughter at one point and could barely hear her over the noise of the storm. My son and I sat out in the sun room and watched it pass by. Those are the fireworks I enjoy best!
Finally, some good news! No, the house hasn't sold but this morning a crew from Sask Energy showed up to check the back yard. They've agreed to do some repairs to the work that was done. They will cut the pavement off at the point where the house and sun room meet and pour a patch of concrete to fill that area. I've agreed to pay to have them remove the rest of the concrete, they'll fill the area with a mixture of crusher dust and base. I'll pick up 6 or 8 round paving stones and that will finish the area off. I've already filled in the hole with black dirt and added grass seed. Hopefully in a month or two one won't be able to tell anything was done. The crew will be back later to do the work, hooray!
Time to get busy about the house, that darn vacuum isn't moving on it's own. Have a great week everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Canada Day.