The party was a success. Two boys ate cake and opened presents and were happy. The weather held out long enough for the kids to run around in the yard for awhile. Long enough for them to make my mosquito zapper disappear. I found it this morning hanging by its cord over the waterfall in the pond. Maybe it is better to leave it on its very short cord than to hang it up with a longer one that could have let it be tipped into the pond.
The house was quite literally full of people. Last count I did came to 38.
We had enough food, two cakes sufficed and there are even leftovers.
Part way through the party Christian and the band showed up – on their way up to Elk Ridge so they joined in for a few minutes as well.
Today was incredibly quiet.
R and A left camping with two of the boys. I finished a late paper and sent it off. Then after lunch I lay down for a nap. And I slept. Right through the come and go anniversary tea for friends. I felt bad for missing it but I guess I had been partied out and needed the sleep.
It has been warm with sunshine – a perfect day to work in my garden. I spent part of my day acquiring some new plants and some good soil to plant them in and another good part of the day planting and fixing up in the yard. As you can see from the photo, dogs are hard on grass and I will have to do some reseeding.
But I love our yard. If it weren’t for the mosquitoes I’d be out there now reading or maybe snoozing in the hammock.
I got a few new pond plants this year. My fish seem to have eaten almost all of the pond lettuce already. But the other plants are fine and maybe the lettuce will recover. I was in the pond this afternoon arranging rocks and plants and was surprised that the water wasn’t colder. Summer is almost here I think.
We spent yesterday celebrating with Sara. She received her BSc in Kinesiology from the U of S and this wraps up four years of good hard work for her. It was a good day. Lots of pomp and circumstance
and what seemed like endless hand clapping as 500 to 600 of the 3000 other graduates also received their degrees that morning too. It was the 100th graduation from the university so there were new and distinctive gowns and hats for the PhD’s that also received their degrees yesterday. You might just be able to see the gown worn by the person just to your left past the left podium. I guess I missed getting a close up – there were so many people packed into the lobby after the ceremony that it was hard to move, let alone get a photo! We stepped outside to take a couple of shots of Sara and Jory(her boyfriend) by the decorative banners.
This weekend while I was in Saskatoon I picked up a nice little digital camera – purse sized. My last one met with an untimely end. The LCD screen seemed to have received a fatal blow. It is hard to take pictures when you can’t see what you are shooting.
The one I chose was a Pentax Optio RZ10. I didn’t do a lot of research but I like what it can do and the feel of it in my hand. Besides the button are placed well and the price was extremely right. I was on sale. Hard to resist.
So today I took it out for some trying out. It was a gorgeous day, a bit windy, but all in all perfect for pictures and for walking in the outdoors. Seems to take nice pictures.
The zoom on it is not bad for a little camera either.
I think I am going to have fun with this.
Spring has come. It comes so fast. Each year I plan on getting out into the country to pick pussy willows and see the crocuses come up. And for the past few years I have missed all of that. It happens and then is gone. This year I am going. Today should be quiet enough for me to maybe pack up some of the grandkids and go pussy willow hunting.
The fuzzy little creatures are already appearing in the trees next to my office. The sun is shining and the weather should be perfect.
It seems to be back.
It was a great day. We celebrated paying off the mortgage on our church building. Thirty years or so. It started in 1980 with only $5000 raised. We are not a big congregation and we are not wealthy. We did it by keeping at it and by the grace of God.
I’ve put up a set of photos from today on Flikr. You can check them out here.
We shared in a banquet today and had a great time.