1. Raspberry season is in full swing now. I've picked 2 ice cream pails so far and need to go back out now that it's a bit cooler.
2. Remember the fishing trip off Vancouver Island? Well, the box of fish arrived today so we'll have to have a fish fry one day soon.
3. Speaking of fish, Bob spent the afternoon with Meadow, Naomi and Jerry today. Here's a look at the action.
4. We had to get a big (read - 8 gig) memory card for the small camera yesterday so that Bob can take lots of video on the hiking trip to the Bugaboos this weekend. It wasn't very expensive at all! 2 years ago, I paid nearly double the price for a 512mb card. Crazy how that electronic stuff can come down in price.
5. We had a little excitement down the road tonight when the neighbor's load of big round hay bales caught on fire while he was hauling them home. Luckily the fire department was at their Tuesday night training session at the firehall so they came quickly and contained it. Anything that was rubber on the truck is pretty much melted so Bob's gone with the tractor to pull the last bale off the deck and then pull the truck off the road. Luckily no one was injured - trucks can be replaced.
6. Summer storms are a-happening in Alberta. We were at Heather and Jonathan's yesterday and suddenly the black clouds dumped a bunch of hail and rain down. The hail was coming out of the downspouts and made little drifts on everyone's lawns.
Grampa and Helayna went out to play a bit.
7. We had a most delicious supper and lovely visit with the Molls on Sunday. I wasn't thinking when I took this picture - I should have turned the camera so you could have seen the belly bump - sorry!
8. A completely surprise meeting yesterday was to see Meadow, Jerry and some of Jerry's family come into the restaurant while we were having supper! Meadow and I were especially delighted to see each other again :)) It was nice to see Gramma and Grampa Stenberg who came from Minnesota for Amanda's wedding again too.
9. We got our first letter from our Compassion sponsored child in Brazil today! What a happy mail day it was to see her happy little hand drawn and colored picture of 2 people beside a little red house waving at us. I'll be popping a reply in the mail tomorrow. This letter was written on April 30th so it takes a little while to make its way up north.
If you haven't checked out the Compassion link on my sidebar, I really encourage you to go visit and consider sponsoring a child. It's not very much money each month and the help will change a child's life. It's what Jesus would do :))
10. Here's the recipe for another of our favourite salads.
Brie and Apple Salad
from Garden Greens by Company's Coming
4 cups mixed salad greens
1 red apple, with peel, cored and thinly sliced
4 oz. Brie cheese, thinly sliced or diced
Arrange in a bowl or on 4 individual salad plates.
1/4 cup whipping cream
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. grainy mustard
1 tbsp. maple syrup
1/4 tsp. salt
Put all 5 dressing ingredients in a small jar. Shake lightly until well combined.
Drizzle over salad green mixture. Makes about 1/2 cup.
I sometimes substitute a pear for the apple and it tastes just as good.
The dressing is so quick, easy and light. Enjoy!!