Monday, April 16, 2012

Prince Albert, SK

Vin, James and I went to P.A. last Wednesday. It ties in with Vin's Project '88, but I thought it would be nice to tag along (and drive, as it turns out) and take some pictures to go with the many memories I have there.

8th Street Duplexes
After getting into town, we headed down to where it all began for me. This is where I lived from age of 1-4.75 years. Government subsidized housing  that has been since torn down and then rebuilt. In the original structures, we would have lived somewhere near the middle of this photo.

Didn't know it at the time, but Google maps tells me this house was only 1.5km from Dave Aschim's house, if you were willing to cut through Cooke Municipal Golf Course. I never actually met Dave until I moved to Saskatoon to attend the U of S.

Just before my younger brother James was born, we moved about 5 blocks to the NE.
836 5th St East
I've made a little Google map with a couple of my memories from the neighbourhood when I was a kid. If you want, you can click on the icons for more info, or an inane story (zooming in might help)

View Mik's Prince Albert in a larger map

An awful lot of what I remember has changed even though P.A. as a whole is still pretty much the same as it was. I went looking for memories, but in the end, it will be the new things from this trip that I remember most fondly.
Like helping James catch his first garter snake...
Soaking myself in this tiny stream...
Or watching Vin, hanging upside-down, trying to fish a sodden notebook from this rainwater.

You can view the album via G+ and in Picasa

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Egg Hunt

 We don't do a lot to celebrate Easter in our house. But, we do like to have an egg hunt. Since Wendy is going to Waterloo this week (to help look after baby Darwyn), we kept things pretty simple around here. I thought you might like to see some of my favourite egg hiding places from this years hunt. Tomorrow, the girls have plans to dye eggs.
Pretty hard to guess who's room this was taken in.

Anwyn hid this one. Extra points for style :)
Anwyn's Room
Gollum's Cave (My Room)

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The Perfect 1950's Wife

I spent the entire day preparing a dinner for some of Wendy's work friends. It was also cleaning day and one of the invitees has cat allergies (needed to do an extra good job of vacuuming the furniture). The first thing I did was get a really good playlist going in iTunes.

I prepped some materials for my dessert. I decided on a Greek style, which is to say it has no crust and is only a little sweet. I made a honey glaze and topped it with heart-shaped strawberries marinaded in lemon and sugar and a few mint leaves that are growing on our windowsill.

Above is the salad that I made. It is an awesome recipe that Jodi introduced us to this winter. Celery, walnuts, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, lemon juice and olive oil. It's hearty, crunchy and zesty.

Veggie lasagne was the main course. It's a modified version of a recipe from the Looneyspoons cook book (mine has a bunch of great mushrooms and fresh tomato). Apparently, it is out of print now, but still available on Amazon.
In case you've never made a lasagne before, below is a cutaway of the layering process

The last thing I put in the oven were two loaves of focaccia bread.
I will report that I did not wear an apron during this ordeal, nor did I wear high heels and I forgot to fetch Wendy's slippers when she arrived home. I guess I have a ways to go on the road to 1950's ideal ;)