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Exploring Manitoba’s Interlake…

My journey began early on Sunday Morning… I got up and headed to Clandaboye to spend the day with Conni aka my MB Mum!  She had offered to tour me around the “Interlake Region”..or her backyard!  I was pretty excited, because I had heard lots of amazing things about Gimli and Winnipeg Beach and couldn’t wait to find the Viking Statue…but I’m getting ahead of myself here…

Our first stop was at a beach just south of Winnipeg Beach… and Conni wanted me to ‘experience’ one of the “piers” along Lake Winnipeg…

..should I take the risk?

I'm off to the challenge... (little did I know how scary it would be!)

Conni even with her fear of the water did walk out to the end of the pier with me… after all I am her ‘adopted daughter’!

(I have no fear of water, but some of heights–it was an interesting trip out! especially meeting a group on the walk out that were returning to the shore…and well it had been repaired–but some of those boards really sagged!!)

Once out at the end of the Pier… the Village of Dunnottar gave us this nice warning!

It was too scary umm COLD for me to try to walk down the stairs to get my toes wet!!!  Instead Conni and I took some fab photos in the wind!!!

It was ‘crazy’ windy… and every time we jumped back in the car… we had to try to make our hair behave–only to step out and let the wind mess it all up again!

These ‘piers’ make a pretty cool photo…and are pretty neat that they are maintained each year and kept along the shores as a link to the past~  although with crazy with high water levels-it has made them quite dangerous!

To get to the where we parked we had to cross a rail road track… coming back to the car I saw this sign… Conni assured me that there were rarely any trains coming!

Our next stop was at Winnipeg Beach… where a long time ago had a roller coaster and amusement park right by the lake!

There has been a huge problem here with erosion and the beach and part of the board walk is eroding back into the lake!

We walked along the board walk–enjoying the sunshine!  Conni and I left her house to ‘escape’ the Grand Prix in Montreal…but when we got to Winnipeg Beach there was a car show… and much to Conni’s amusement… I took my time to looked at  all the cars.. and make comments about them too!

Then we headed into “Playland”…

The sign use to have light bulbs and I could imagine it all shining in day and night!  (I’m good a pretending and imagining!)

…it was a pretty fun place!

Some of the posters that were on the wall…

Conni found a ‘Grand Prix” game… apparently today she couldn’t quite escape race cars!!!!

I was upset that I couldn’t go on the pony…. my MB Mum said I was too old!!

Around this time we spotted the ‘scary’ clown… now I understand that NOT all clowns are SCARY, or CREEPY might be a better word.. but LOOK at this guy!? (If clowns creep you out you might want to scroll past FAST! hehehe)

If that wasn’t enough… above him was the following poster….

I told Conni that perhaps our “brief encounter” at Playland should come to a close…. she laughed and agreed.. and we walked out that door!! (Speaking of doors… take a look at those doors… they are pretty cool.. and old school, I like it!)

We walked over to this other place that had THIS, being a tourist for the day–I had to pose by the photo…. (it’s good to have photos by ‘signs’ so that you remember where one has travelled later after you have returned home!)

Pretty cool sculpture…Now this photo might need a bit of explanation.. so bare with me.. as I give it to you–whether you want it or not!  I totally laughed out loud.. when I saw the ‘speed bumps’  in the middle of the road.. (on all sides of the crazy-intersection)…Apparently it use to be a kind of ‘free-for-all’ type of intersection–cars/trucks/people doing what they pleased… So… Winnipeg Beach… put these handy dandy little ‘dividers’ up so that cars can’t decide to go where-ever they wanted to go..but instead had to go to the stop sign and STOP and then make a left hand turn… (you know, obeying the basic rules of the road) I think that’s why I thought it was so funny… Anyways… I went out into the street and squatted down… (I’m a tourist so it’s ok.. and as a tourist you can take silly photos…) While doing this I think Conni took a photo of me—and by the end we both were laughing a bit more! But I did get my photo of the crazy dividers on the road… Does anyone know what they are called?! And that was the end of my visit at Winnipeg Beach!

Next it was off to Gimli… we decided it was time to have lunch…

We both had the “Gyros” and “fries”… and I had a chocolate shake with REAL ice cream!! mmmm mmm GOOD!

Then we decided to head down to the lake and walk along the boardwalk…. I’m not 100% sure what this is called… but along this wall (which makes a ‘safe’ harbour place for boats to anchor)…but the Gimli Art Club paints paintings along the wall… (another co-worker’s mother has a few of her paintings still on the wall…) it’s a really neat idea!

It also provides a place to fish from… and well hang out… enjoy a nice summer’s afternoon! 

Made me ‘almost’ wish I had a fishing rod to join in…. and just chill and seize the moment!  Almost… but writing this reminds me I DO need to go shopping for a fishing rod~

Tercesen’s Store.. I think EVERY community NEEDS one of these stores… filled with a hodge-podge of awesome amazing things!! This store has been owned and run by the SAME family since it opened… inside (I couldn’t take any photos) there was an original tin ceiling, and the floor had squeaked as you watched over them…. pretty awesome store, you NEED to check it out if you get to Gimli!!!

The clothing made me wish I was a Size 10 so that I could shop–very trending awesome stuff!  It has a bit of everything… from BOOKS to kitchen stuff to clothes to HATS!  I walked away with a Children’s Book about living in the prairies and the HAT you see in some of the photos!  (I LOVE a good hat!)… Mmmmm chocolate!!! I *think* this was a “Rodgers” chocolate from B.C…. I got a chocolate-chocolate one… Conni had one with Coffee filled chocolate… It was sooooo good!  Like it FILLED me up… I almost couldn’t finish this little piece… (it was so filling!) I know I’ll be craving it as my ‘new’ favourite chocolate and want to eat as many as possible!!!  Thanks for the introduction… now I will just need to figure out how to get them once I move… any suggestions? hehehe  We ate these chocolates on a lovely bench… (it might have been sticky from the sap of a tree, and it might have faced a truck parked along the sidewalk…but all I remember is the lovely breeze and the water in the distance… remember I’m quite good at pretending!)

After striking out at the two of the more ‘touristy’ shops… (they were closed) I finally saw the “viking”… this was my ONE request of the day to see the Viking (I’m lucky I got to see so much more than this!) If you want to know more about GIMLI and why it all started and WHY there’s a Viking there… then go check THIS site!!

Of course… there had to be a photo shot with the Viking…

Conni waiting for me to take my photos… so we could do a ‘group’ shot!! The self-portrait that worked!!!(the other one we cut off the head of the Viking–)Then I took a few photos with Mr. Viking….

One weekend in the spring and one  weekend in the fall different artists in the “interlake” open up their studios and there is a ‘ wave tour’ to go around and visit them, and buy things! This year was the 10th Anniversary of starting this traditions… Conni and  I went to a few different spots… and one of the first stops of the day was also the LAST stop of the day!  I fell in love with this paper art… One of the things I’ve done is get art from various places I’ve lived… so I can have every-day reminders of where I’ve been at my house!  I found my Manitoba art…

Milli is the artist… you can read more about her HERE… Something about her story and her art truly touched me!  Milli has been able to show many people over the years that having an extra chromosome (Down syndrome) and autism should not limit your abilities.. the SKY is the LIMIT!!

Milli with "Pushing Up Daisies"

I love this… with wild daisies from the prairies… and homemade paper!  Us together in Milli’s studio and future house!

Just when I thought my visit and tour of the “interlake” was done… Conni took me to ONE more spot… and I’m so glad she did!!

We went to “Netley Resort and Campground”… I think staying here is on my bucket list.. something that has to be done at some point in my life! Here’s the entrance to the Campground…. It’s a friendly place eh? Has a feeling of well security knowing you’d be ‘locked-in’ for certain hours… Just one of the campsites… it was a place basicly of campers and well ‘established’ campsites…

Thanks for that tour… I’ll always remember it!!

Conni also played photographer… she helped me take the following photos… I’m sooo excited and thankful!  I had this idea of what I wanted in my brain… and before Ryan deserted me and went out west he was suppose to take some shots with me, but that didn’t happen…

But Conni she rocked my camera.. and I’m so thankful for these shots!!

…and they are even more special because they were taken on YOUR road!!!

Thanks again for sharing  a bit more of the province with me!! 🙂

>Catch up from the end of the May 2-4 Weekend!…

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One thing I’ve noticed lately… is life just keeps on moving, and as much as you want it to SLOW down…it keeps on moving and here is the end of May…when I feel like I just started this month yesterday!!!… I’m trying to learn to enjoy the moments–and seize on EVERY opportunity because you never know when the next one comes up! (hence a whirl-wind weekend in Ontario)… I do know that I have the tendency to overbook and keep my life jam packed with activity… partly because I feel energized with people around, and activities to go to… BUT lately I think it’s time to SLOW it down a bit!!! 
Ok… so where was I? yes… last weekend…. 
Last weekend I was in Ontario… to see family and friends–but mainly to go to Benjamin’s 3rd Birthday party!  My sis-in-law, Dana.. made this AWESOME AMAZING BEE cake!!! It was the first time that I ate fondant icing–it was actually YUMMY!!! 
One of the things I’ve been adjusting to is life with a MacBook… it’s that thing I’ve wanted forever..and now that I have it–well there have been some FRUSTRATING moments, I won’t lie… some FRUSTRATED txts to friends.. but for the most part me and apple have found my groove!!! Which is pretty awesome~!!
Part of the adjustment/learning that has helped is that I purchased a year’s worth of one-to-one apple tutoring with my new Mac… and because I’m going to be moving away from an apple store in 8 weeks.. (I’ve been going in each week for ‘lessons’) and BOY has it helped!!! (I can also stay after my lessons to work–and USE the FREE internets which is another BONUS!)
Today I learned… lots about Aperature… and learned how to do the following… 
Benjamin was given by Samuel a wheel for their ‘clubhouse’ in the backyard!
Samuel was so excited that they could ‘share’ this wheel!!!
 It’s pretty cool eh? I also learned a pile of more stuff that I can do with editing… the possibilities are endless!!! 
It was soooo good to see my mum!!! and be able to fly back with the curtains she found me, so I’ll be able to block out the 24hour sunlight! 
 My Grandma, Mum and I…. it was great to have us all in one spot together!!! 🙂 
Grandma–the breadmaker made it safe and sound in my suitcase… thanks SOOOO MUCH!! I can’t wait to try it out!!! 🙂 
 I also made two other stops on my trip…
I stopped in Grimsby to meet a fellow blogger, Lindsay and pick up some hats she had made me… (I’ll have to blog about that soon–as they are really cool and I need to get some shots of me in them!!) 
The 2nd stop was to meet Amanda and Ian’s new baby… he’s adorable!!! So sweet… I was happy to be able to cuddle and snuggle and NOT get puked on… (he’s a projectile kind of guy!)… While I was there… I was in more of a conversation mode… and didn’t take many photos!  But here is one that I thought was pretty cool! 
Here is Hayden… soooo adorable!!! 🙂 
Amanda and her boy…. 
It was a great weekend… way too short!  Coming home my flight was 2 hours delays…thanks to Pierson International shutting-down-a-few-runways-for-construction-on-a-long-weekend!  (nope not bitter!)…because I was there so early, (around 8pm and my fight was scheduled for 11:15pm) the West Jet check in lady, gave me a coupon to get into the First Class Lounge at a discount… yes, I still had to pay–but for $22 +HST I had access to a QUIET, AIR CONDITIONED lounge, tons of FOOD–(options from breakfast to dinner and snacks) Drinks–alcoholic as well as pop, juice… plus free wifi… another good choice I made!!! 
I finally made it back to the ‘peg by 12;40am and was in bed by 1:30am!!! again, life keeps on moving–work is busy… but I wouldn’t have it any other way!!!
The other thing I’m trying to figure out is life without internet and cable at home!  Normally this wouldn’t phase me…but when I woke up this morning it was weird not to watch tv for a bit!  This also means I’ll have to be creative on how I get my blogs done and posted!!! 
**edited to add two photos of Amanda and Hayden!***

>A very busy, yet fun filled weekend!!

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This is the first of three posts about my weekend… I did a lot of fun stuff this weekend… On Friday night I headed north, out of the city of Winnipeg to Candeboye! Along the way I got to see the sunset… it was way fun to see how FLAT the landscape truly is…

 I was running a bit behind, I had been talking to my mum on the phone…and then stopped on the way for something to eat… and by the time I hit the gravel road I was suppose to be on to get to my final destination it was really dark.. and I had a moment of ‘I hope I’m in the right place, because I’m on a gravel road in the middle of no-where…and my cell reception is going in and out!’ but have no fear I was on the right road, and did find my final destination, alright… even though I was fashionably late! 

…Here’s a fun photo of the final road I travelled, gravel… and well fuzzy but kind of cool!

 Why did I travel up to Clandeboye on a Friday evening? Well it was the first Home Routes House Show of the 2010-2011 season at one of my co-worker, Conni’s house!  You might wonder what is a ‘Home Routes House Show’? (don’t worry I also wondered at first!)… Basicly a group organizes artists to come to houses for concerts, the hosts provide a place for the artists to sleep…and there is a ‘series’ of houses on the tour… All in all it’s a pretty cool idea… Conni and her family are starting their 3rd season of hosting! 

On Friday night, Brock Zeman was there accompied on the guitar by Blair Hogan.  I wasn’t sure what to expect… but I was not disapointed!! Brock and Blair did two sets… and kept us entertained with their music and sense of humour! 

 Blair had some ‘mad’ skills on the guitar….

Overall, I had a fabulous experience… I can’t wait until the next show… they happena bout once a month, and there are all kinds of different acts! 

Thanks Conni, Brent and Joe for inviting me… can’t wait until the next time…

I’m going to leave you with one of songs that Brock sang in the evening… enjoy!

>Diggin’ in the Dirt…

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Today’s Agenda:
  1. remove sod to create some flower beds…(done!)
..first it involved a little shovel action.. to ‘cut’ the grass into strips…
..then it involved some rolling action…
…digging up grass…

 ..picking up the sod…(it always helps when you pick up something heavy to make a noise…)

2.  Dig footings for the ‘deck’…(done!)
Didn’t take ‘too many’ pictures… of this process… but here’s one of them filled with the quarter down…. (yep hauled many a wheelbarrow of stuff!)… I worked with a few different people… and measured and staked out the spots for the footings. 
..So the dirts was REALLY hard in places, partly because of the rain, partly because this ground use to be under the brick path (we removed last week)… but after I was done… I’m not sure what happened..but digging those 6 footings apparently gave me some energy.. (and apparently made me sweaty!?)

 3.  Put the Beams in place on the paving stones and add joists… (done!)

…then add the cedar planks.. (oh they smelt sooooo darn good!)

4. Screwing it all together…(in Progress!)
Then someone handed me the drill… and I got went to work screwing the cedar planks in place….

 ..it’s been awhile since I’ve built anything… but I got the hang of it…

…and had a lot of fun..
I stayed until the battery died… and well the other wasn’t charged yet!  (I was so tired–I didn’t take anymore photos…but I’ll keep you posted on some of the befores and afters at some point)
Because of all the rain this week.. work will probably continue next weekend as well!! It was the PERFECT way to spend a Saturday…it’s fun to see the project coming together slowly but surely!!

>Smelling like Smoke…

>and loving it!!!  There’s nothing like smelling like a campfire!  This weekend I was out at Camp Manitou (just west of Winnipeg)…at the first ever Nature Summit!  I had a blast… The weather was wet and cold..but if you dress right–you don’t really notice the elements…

I got to walk barefoot in my morning session…where we ‘explored the outdoors with all 5 senses’…learning out to walk quietly so we can ‘sneak’ up on animals and people!  (I love to be without shoes-even if my feet was were muddy afterwards!)

…I went zip lining in the rain!  just getting all hooked in!
It was way fun….even though it was VERY short ride!
Taking a shot of one of the others having a turn!
Campfires ROCK!  that’s all I have to say… (even though it was way smokey and way windy)… a guitar, and singing… and fire what more do you need?!
Oh yes, MARSHMALLOWS… that’s also a mandatory thing at a campfire!
First you need to roast them… which tonight was a bit hard.. because the sticks were so darn short… and the wind was whipping around changing direction… (at one point I thought I’d catch on fire…)
ahhhh yes, the s’more.. that’s worth the ‘almost getting caught on fire’ any time in my book!!
Here are some other pics from Saturday and Sunday!!
A hawk… (I think)… saw this Sunday morning before breakfast!
I think from the site of the trees, and the geese and the feeling in the air…

…fall is here my friends, are you ready for it!?