August 11, 12, 13, 2009

Motorcycle coupleThe last part of the trail east is a quick one.  Only an hour to the ‘Peg.  Again and still the sunshine follows us.  There’s a Good ‘ol Wal Mart a few blocks from Kelly’s family (DB’s son) and before long he and Shirley roar into the parking lot on their Harleys just back from the Sturgis rally. Yes, Shirley rides her own Harley!

 Love reunions!

 

We make phone contact with friends we have not seen since the Air Force days in Portage. Bill & Lin have us over for a delicious dinner.  When was the last time you had a REAL baked potato?  You know, the kind that is baked in a real oven, not steamed in a microwave.  Fluffy dry inside and crispy skin on the outside.  A bit of butter and sour cream and I tell myself, “I don’t see a calorie anywhere.”

Several things combine to remind my sweat glands of Nepal.  It is a hot day, the kitchen is warm from the potato baking, I have had a good share of wine, Manitoba is a sweat box from it’s humidity and I have laughed myself inside out….result, dripping sweat.  So now I am down on my knees in front of the air conditioning vent desperate to dry off! I think Lin got a picture of me in that not-so-flattering pose, but thankfully she has not sent it to me so I don’t feel compelled to post it. Whew!

 

Back to dinner….Combine that exquisite treat with steak, salad, green beans and follow it with blueberry pie and ice cream….oh boy, this here cattle drive is turning out to be a mighty fine gourmet delight.

The best treat was the non-stop conversation about present days and them thar days of old.  Memories are so precious and can give such laughter, pathos, and warm feelings as we look at them from the distance of years and through the eyes of experiential wisdom.

Lin Trying to Steal My Dog

Lin Trying to Steal My Dog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Talking Her Out of it.

Bill Talking Her Out of it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s back to the covered wagon where we find all three animals anxious to be first to share excited greetings which also mean, “Where were you and what took you so long?”

 

August 13, 2009

 

Leaving Bill & Lin’s last night we didn’t get far.  In fact not even an inch out of their driveway.  As we didn’t bring our car this time, Kelly had loaned us his truck.  Turned the ignition key,….click. The dreaded starter click.  Don‘t you just hate that sound!

 

Well Bill & DB were not aircraft mechanics/car mechanics/truck mechanics for nothing.  Twenty minutes later we were on our way. Gave that dern horse a kick and away she went.

 

So today, Kelly & DB spend the afternoon putting a new starter in the truck.  Kelly is also a truck mechanic.  These cowboys are all very handy!

 

Shirley's "Demon"

Shirley's "Demon"

I spent the day with Shirley and her zoo, Mooshie, Kitty and Demon (feline) and Lacey (canine).  Demon is the size and shape of a basketball, has no tail and his colouring would have him blend nicely with a herd of Holstein cows. Atma and Lacey never stopped playing all day.  I did laundry, oh joy.

 

 

 

Shirley & Lacey

Shirley & Lacey

 

 

 

 

Six of us, as Kelly’s treat, went out to dinner at “The Paladin” in St. Boniface.  Home cookin’ at its best!  Servings are large and as a result half of mine is sitting in the fridge for lunch.

 

Me & Stepson Kelly

Me & Stepson Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shirley's Tyler & Braedon

Shirley's Tyler & Braedon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shirley & DB

Shirley & DB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were treated to a flashing, crashing, rolling thunderstorm with rain for most of the night. Sounded like that ol’ gunfight at the OK Corral!  Nothing like a prairie storm to send one off to slumber.

Zzzzz FLASH! Zzzzz RUMBLE! Zzzzz

Cheers!

 

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