We’ve been doing a lot of biking this week, which has been very enjoyable. We’ve very close to the trails that run in the greenbelt, which expand throughout the city and into parks. Yesterday, though, we decided to bike to Canadian Tire to look at some potting options for my plants, and also to get to the CAA and change our address with them. I had just bought a new bike helmet (after giving up the one I had had for 13 or so years), and guess what – it has a visor! So exciting. Well, it floats my boat anyway. And I needed a bell for the bike.
Along the way we stopped at a garage sale, and lo and behold! We found some dusty end tables that match and will work great in the living room. Yay! $10 for the both of them, or, pour le deux, as they told us. We continued on after they assured us that they’d hold them until we came back with the car.
We arrived at Can Tire, found the right pots, and headed to the bike section. They do not have many choices when it comes to bells. There’s a mini bell, hardly the size of my palm, there’s a regular bell, which is about the size of my palm, and then there’s a horn, which sounds like a goose. Well, I for one am super excited to let everyone know that I now can make a loud, boisterous goose sound to everyone we’re about to pass on the trails. It rivals the loudness of a car horn. And there’s no ‘quiet’ way about it. If I try to honk it slowly and quietly, it just doesn’t make any noise.
Anyway, we biked and then we came home. It was very sunny yesterday, and about 24 degrees. Beautiful day to be outside. However, we failed to realise that it is actually sunblock weather. We soon realised that I burn quicker than Andy does. Apart from that, I inherited a very interesting tan line from the sun yesterday. I’ll leave it to the pictures to explain.
This weekend Blackburn Hamlet (the area we’re living in) is hosting a fair. We walked by on Friday to see what it was like, and it’s definitely small and cheesy. It has a ferris wheel, 4 spinny rides, and 3 children’s rides, as well as your typical stands where you shoot things to get a prize. So we left after walking through it. They did advertise, however, that Saturday night at dark they would be doing a fireworks display. It was much longer than I anticipated it would be. Being on the 8th floor, and facing the general direction of the fair, we got a great view of the fireworks. They lasted 10 minutes, which is close to what St. Albert can put out (just joking, St. Albert is longer, we think). It was surprising that for such a small fair that they could afford 10 minutes of fireworks. It was nice to watch.
And that’s mostly been our exitement. We had visitors last weekend from Winnipeg: Jean & Janelle LaFrance. They were here for an ordination of a friend of theirs, and stayed with us Friday, Monday and Tuesday nights. We had a great time with them! They brought along their little 8 month old son, who is so very cute, even when he’s crying his little eyes out, and very friendly.
We have Miss Kate O’Gorman coming to visit us this coming Thursday, which I’m uber excited about! We’re set to explore Ottawa together. And the following week my mom will be visiting us as well, having just finished a conference somewhere in Ontario.
So we’re set with our quota of Westerners for June, though we’re always open to more. In August Andy’s sister Heather is coming for a visit, and we’ll be heading to Algonquin Park for 4 days of camping with her. Then it’ll be close to Andy and I starting both our first full years of school here. So soon!
Oh, and we bought a Wii Fit yesterday, as it was 25% off. After we tried it out, we realised it was 25% off for a reason (faulty board), but it is covered under Nintendo’s warranty, so we’ll be looking into that today.
That’s about it for my update. Pretty lengthy, but I hope you were able to bear through it. Enjoy the pictures!
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There was an alarm pulled in the building next to us, which drew 5 fire trucks, 2 ambulances, and many many police cars.
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