Prairie Glimpses – Flora

Today I am posting pictures of some of the flowers, grasses, and trees we saw on our trip to south-central Alberta. Beauty can be found in some unusual places. Even the lowliest weed looks beautiful in the sunlight! Fields of overgrown grass remind me of the sea as they undulate and gently murmur in the prairie wind.  Alberta wild roses are beginning to bloom, their frilly pink blossoms gracing fence posts, abandoned homesteads, and deserted fields throughout Alberta. God’s creation is amazing!

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Prairie Glimpses – Animals

My husband and I just returned from a lovely week away in a friend’s modern log cabin in south-central Alberta. I thought I would post a few times this week to share some of the beautiful things we saw and photographed during the week. Today I’m sharing some of the animals we encountered on the rural prairie.
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Friday’s Fave Five #40

It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

1. New baby Newborns are so sweet!  Last week I was finally able to meet Tommy, newborn son of my friends in ministry, Duncan and Meg.

2. Successful luncheon Foundation Baptist College held a friendship Luncheon last Saturday. My husband is president of the college but promotion and event planning are not among his natural skills. God has arranged things these past few months so that our oldest daughter was hired as administrative assistant at the college, and planned the luncheon as her first project. It was a lot of hard work, but was a great success. Best of all, I am watching the pressure of working two jobs with no assistance lift from my husband’s shoulders as Laura takes on more responsibilities.

3. Week at the cabin Sunday afternoon my husband and I left for a week of rest at a friend’s modern cabin near Torrington, AB. He has been able to rest, sleep, relax, and enjoy down time. Each day we have driven on different rural roads looking for broken down farm and homestead buildings, which I love to photograph. Good thing he has been so willing to drive or I would still be wandering around rural south-central Alberta trying to find my way back to the cabin. It’s been a lovely week!

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4. 911 Last week I made my first ever 911 call. I stopped by our local tax office to show a newly arrived document to our tax prparer. As I was parking I caught a glimpse of someone with a red jacket or shirt going into the office. One minute later I walked into the office, but no one was in sight. I called out a few times, but no one answered. Then I noticed that the cash register was standing open. I called out again, but still no answer. Hmmm. Something does not seem right. So I went back to my car and called 911. The RCMP came and discovered the owner and a computer repair man in a back room where they could not hear people at the front of the office. The cash register? It had been broken for a while and won’t close properly. (You can tell I live in a small town!) I thought maybe I had overreacted, but the normally reserved owner thanked me profusely for caring and gave me a big hug. Whew! Glad all was well!

5. Gluten-free success Travelling can be ‘iffy’ for those who have to eat gluten-free. Though we are preparing breakfast and supper at the cabin, we have eaten lunches out this week. Edo Japan in Olds, The Red Ox in Innisfail, and Country Cousins in Torrington all successfully accommodated my gluten-free requirements and provided good meals which did not make me sick.