What I seriously needed on my last night in Ontario was a trip to Lord Elgin’s restaurant for all you can eat fish and chips. I hope you can imagine how high my eyes are rolling. Not that their fish isn’t absolutely delicious, but I’ve eaten enough food in the past two weeks to feed a small country. But they really do have the best halibut EVER and they encourage you to eat lots of it. So it’s only polite to oblige.
It’s been incredibly hot all day but the wind has been blowing a gale. There have also been power outages on and off all afternoon. After dinner we went on a tour of the countryside. It’s quite amazing how many wind turbines there are now in North Bruce. It’s definitely not the landscape of my childhood. Hard not to get mixed up in all the controversy surrounding their construction and operation. I wonder if people made such a fuss when power lines were being put up everywhere.
It’s still a beautiful area and it’s interesting to see how things have changed. Of course there are some things that seem to never change too. We drove by the farm where we grew up, the little red school house that’s been converted into a home, and along country roads that used to be gravel and are now paved with brand new houses in the strangest (to me, anyway) places.
My sister and I were able to go through boxes and scrapbooks and photo albums yesterday and today, and I have gleaned a whole bunch of treasures from things that were moms. I’m sorry my sisters house has been the storage place for everything and it does seem a bit incredible that the process of sorting it all has taken such a long time. Some things have been too hard to throw away until now.
One last lunch with my brother tomorrow in London and then I’m heading home. If there’s snow in Edmonton I’d rather not know about it until the last possible minute. I’ve decided against wearing flip flops though, just in case.
It has been snowing like crazy all day long! Since we haven’t really had any snow to speak of this winter, perhaps in the next little bit we’ll get the entire winter’s worth all at once. And that would be okay, I think, just to get it over and done with. Of course, on a day when I should have stayed at home, I went out and slid around on the icy roads with the rest of the crazy motorists who are too stupid to wait for better conditions.
I ran into two people I haven’t seen in years at Tim Horton’s, of all places. Not in my car, but over the donut counter. One was an optician I worked with over ten years ago who is still in the business but going back to school to become a plumber. How’s that for a change in direction career-wise. I remember though that he was always planning crazy career moves, so perhaps this is just his latest wild dream. The other person is a long-ago contact lens patient, and I’m surprised we even recognized eachother. So in the process of talking to both of them and ordering a coffee and a hot chocolate and having my grandaughter pick out six donuts (it is not at all easy to make such choices in such a place) I completely forgot what I’d come in for in the first place, which was to get a gift card. So I’ll have to go back. But not today.
February 19th is National Chocolate Mint Day. I remember liking peppermint patties when I was little (because any kind of chocolate was such a treat) and, in the not so distant past, After Eights, but now I prefer my chocolate and my mint on different days. It’s just a weird combination and one kind of ruins the other. Sort of like mixing chocolate with strawberries, which makes both of them taste funny. I guess I’m just a food purist at heart. Like a kid who freaks out if the peas touch the mashed potatoes. Or if the ice cream is green. Ick.
Yesterday at Chapters I bought an awesome little book – How To Live in Flip-Flops by Sandy Gingras. It takes about ten minutes to read and will make you feel good about yourself and your life for much much longer than that, once you discover your flip-flop self.
If it’s Family Day weekend for you, I hope you’re having a great time with your family. Or without them, if they drive you insane. I’m going to light a candle or two and curl up with my grandaughter and my kindle and my I-Phone and her I-Pod and about fifty moshi-monsters and be thankful that no mint chocolate (in do-nut form or otherwise) will pass my lips today. Or ever, if I’m lucky.