Thursday, July 24, 2008

This is just too cute!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Assiniboine Zoo and Park pictures.

I've posted many of my pictures from trip to Winnipeg on My Other Blog under the tag of Assiniboine.  I know it's original.  Please take a peek and leave comments :)


UPDATE: 

That blog has been imported into this one.  Everything is on this page which is why I have removed the links.

More Assiniboine Park

Assiniboine Park



I have pictures of the Locomotive 6043, Formal Garden, English Garden and Leo Mol Sculptures with a few others thrown in.



I cheated and went with a slide show to get them up quicker and with less fuss on my part.  If you want to see the pictures larger, click on the slide show screen which will take you to a larger viewing.  Hope you enjoy the pictures :)









Finally some jam for the boy.

My son has been begging for Rhubarb-Blueberry jam for a couple of years now.  Finally, his Gramma made it for him.  Our rhubarb plant is not producing enough yet so she got some rhubarb from a lady at work.  She made the boy's jam on Monday.  He got into it last night. 



Here's a pic before I throw the extra jars in the freezer which may take a while since I need to organize them and make a list of what I have in there.  UGH! Not a job I am looking forward to which is why I have put it off for months now :)



Roseau's annual parade to start the county Fair (2008)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Vacation pics: Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthplace

Encouraging poem I found today....

"When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
You may succeed with another blow,
Success is failure turned inside out--
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit--
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit."
~ Unknown

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Interesting cloud

I saw this on our camping trip. I couldn't resist snapping a couple of pictures.



Here is a photo of the campground. Yes, two people required two tents. We like room to s-t-r-e-t-c-h out.


A few more Assiniboine Zoo pictures

Friday, July 18, 2008

A few pictures from the Assiniboine Zoo



Saturday Sunrise

I took this picture last Saturday.  It's the first sunrise, I've been able to catch.



Saturday, July 12, 2008

Meerkats

Here are some meerkat pictures from my trips to the Assiniboine Zoo and MN Zoo. The meerkats in Winnipeg are indoors and the ones in MN Zoo are outdoors and behind glass thus the reflections in the photos (I'm not talented enough to get rid of them in editing).The first two pictures are from the Assiniboine Zoo and the rest are from MN Zoo.

Vacation

(I apologize if the fonts are wonky in this post. They seem wonky in my previews.)

We recently took our yearly camping vacation to WI. We generally camp to save on motel fees although we did spend one night in a motel. This allows us to visit family and play tourist.

This year we did some different activities than normal. We did more touristy stuff than family visits. It was a nice break and I took LOTS and LOTS of photos. In the last 3 or so weeks, I have visited 4 different zoos, the National Eagle Center and the estimated birthplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

I'll be posting the majority of the vacation pictures in the coming weeks on my picture blog. I will try to place notes here when I do update the other blog.

I went to the Assiniboine Park Zoo with my son on the 23rd of June. We've been meaning to do this for the entire 16 yrs we've lived on the Can/Am border. The other places were visited while on a camping vacation with my mom. Kiddo stayed home and babysat the dogs. We hit those places between the 29th of June and 2nd of July.

Here is an email I sent to some friends after we arrived home from our trip. Some of it is repeat from above. Please bear with me, I'm too lazy to edit tonight :)

Hi all,

We arrived home last Wed. night about midnight. We had no internet until last night due to a bad modem and some line work being done. Poor kid had no internet for 3 days before we got home. He didn't bother to tell us until late Wed. which was too late for us to call. We had a technician come out on Mon. and installed a new modem/router as ours was nearly 4 years old and was one of their first. Needless to say, I got a bunch of shows watched up on the DVR which was good because we only had 14 hours left on Wed. night when we arrived home.

The trip was fantastic!! We visited 3 zoos while on our trip: Irvine Park Zoo (http://www.irvineparkzoo.org/) in Chippewa Falls, WI, MN Zoo (http://www.mnzoo.com/) in Apple Valley, MN and Como Park Zoo (http://www.comozooconservatory.org/) in St. Paul, MN. Those zoos came on the heels of going to the Assiniboine Park Zoo (www.zoosociety.com/) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA with Charles the Monday before we left. We also went to the National Eagle Center (http://www.nationaleaglecenter.org/) in Wabasha, MN. I'll post pictures as soon as I finish sifting and resizing for email. I have to say right now that the National Eagle Center was my FAVORITE. Those are the most majestic birds on the earth!!!!

We also visited with a couple of relatives, but unlike most trips we didn't fuss about visiting them. We did it on OUR time and kept it short and sweet. No pressure and lots of time to ourselves to just relax. Most years, we go nuts trying to visit everyone and jam so much into the time that we get overtired and very cranky. The cooler weather helped things quite a bit as well. We had a couple of rain showers the first two nights, but nothing major. Neither tent leaked or had any troubles. Most days the tents were dry by 10 thanks to the great breeze that kept blowing. Where we camped didn't get the sun until after 9am. That is one of the joys of being in a valley in a valley.

Mom took me on tours of the area. We spent some time searching for various family homes and grave sites which is not easy when towns and buildings dwindle. A couple of the old family farms only have a half a silo left or maybe an old shed. Some cemeteries are hidden behind huge new barns or forests. We couldn't find the grave site of Mom's Dad which is also were her sister Donna was buried. Donna died at 4 months back in '40 or so. Mom has only been their once and that was when her dad died in '77. We found out too late where her maternal grandmother is buried. It's in Porcupine...which isn't exactly on the map. Gotta love country places. We even spent some time at the birth site of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Mom grew up in Pepin, WI. We laughed and laughed at how the old dump site is now a RV park. By looking at it you can't tell it was the city dump. My aunt Violet even has a camper in there. It's funny how I've seen many of these sites before, but I was able to enjoy them more this year. Maybe it was because we were so doggone relaxed and unrushed.

Kiddo did great staying home alone even though he had a sick dog. I almost had to come home, but I had Charles give Smokie lots of skits (dog biscuits). She was being pukey due to not eating much. This gave her something in her tummy which helped. Poor dog! She actually did better than Amy which we expected to be extremely mopey.

I just finished reading the digest from my time away. I am praying for all things mentioned. (((hugz))) to those close to the tragedies or going through rough times.

Mom had her cardiology appointment yesterday. She is back in A-fib, but not as bad as before. She will have another Cardioversion on the 30th.

Vacation pictures.

In the last 3 or so weeks, I have visited 4 different zoos, the National Eagle Center and the estimated birthplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder. I'll be posting some pictures of my visits in the coming weeks.


I went to the Assiniboine Park Zoo with my son on the 23rd of June. We've been meaning to do this for the entire 16 yrs we've lived on the Can/Am border. The other places were visited while on a camping vacation with my mom. Kiddo stayed home and babysat the dogs. We hit those places between the 29th of June and 2nd of July.