Molly and I left Granny's place on Thursday to make our short journey to Nana & Papa's house in Lac du Bonnet but first we met up with our friends Trish and Sandy at the Half Moon in Lockport. The Lockport area is my old stomping grounds and it was great to drive by our old house and down River Road to Lockport. After a couple of hours of chatting and taking a short stroll to the river Molly and I got back behind the wheel and off we headed to Nana & Papa's.
Leaving mom was difficult this time as we spent so much time together, the most we have spent in a very long time. Sure we had our ups and downs but she is my mom and I treasure each minute I spent with her. She is recovering very well taking small steps without the walker, only with her cane. She has physiotherapy once a week with exercises she does at home daily and the beginning of August she returns to her surgeon for her 6 week check up.
I will our just-about-daily drives around Carman and into the countryside and reminiscing about the 'good ole days'. I took mom to the 138th Carman Country Fair last weekend; met some people that I haven't seen in a very long time, ate too much at the concession booths, had ice cream and watched the demo derby and the fireworks. Mom told me that her dad, my grandfather used his horse team to bring the midway onto the fairgrounds as they arrived by train, how cool is that? I spent some time with my long time childhood friend Angie and of course we laughed and laughed and laughed at the most stupidest things, but I guess that's what friendship is...just being yourself.
Here are some highlights of the Fair.
The Legion Members led the way
Gotta love those big ponies
Ferris Wheel at night
Round Up at night
Merry-Go-Round at night
One of our highlights of the Carman Fair was meeting long time Facebook friend Audrey and her GSP Talli. She doesn't live far from Carman but we never connected in person until now, seemed we always missed each other. Here is Audrey with my little petite Molly and her girl Talli.
I tooted around Carman and the countryside quite a bit with mom and sometimes it was just Molly and I. One thing about Carman is that it has some amazing old buildings and houses that are used to this day. We also came across some old abandoned houses that are beautiful.
Somewhere between Carman and Portage la Prairie
Front view of the house
This beauty is just outside of Roseisle Manitoba
Nothing like an old truck parked outside a old brick house
In Elm Creek
In Elm Creek
Watched the crop duster to it's thing
I believe this used to be the old CIBC bank and now
This old church is now a bed and breakfast
The town library
The old railroad station is now an art gallery
The United Church in Carman has to be the
The Memorial Hall
There is something about the landscape of the prairies and I tried to capture how it feels to be out in the openness of the prairies. Also came across a lot of deer and mom had some wild turkeys in her backyard last week. We also made sure that we went for some prairie romps to our favourite place near Granny's house.
Storm clouds moving in
I love this pic of the deer walking through the canola field
Well hello gorgeous
Tundra Romping at it's best
The next couple pics are basically from the same place but 13 years apart
Molly at 2 years old
Molly at 15 years old
I used to pick black-eyed susan flowers with
This wild vine is growing at my mom's
My Auntie Lorraine, my mom's sister celebrated her 95th birthday this past week so we headed to Portage la Prairie for a bit of a party. As you can see she looks fab for being 95!
My Auntie Lorraine and my mom
That's one of her grandchildren behind her
My Uncle Al and Auntie Lorraine
Molly and I are now in Lac du Bonnet spending some time with the in-laws before we head back to the Arctic this week. Here's a couple pics from today from Nana & Papa's place.