Once again the summer flew by with a very notable increase in temperature, and decrease in precipitation. Propane prices were pretty flat all summer, but have bumped up a few pennies in the last few weeks. With the mainly dry weather, most field crops should be coming off the fields with a fairly low moisture content, reducing the need for much further drying down of the harvest before it gets stored or shipped. This should take some pressure off the propane supply market, at least in the early entry to the winter heating season. This usually helps to keep pricing down.
We have heard all kinds of predictions about what to expect this winter: extreme cold, lots of snow, might start early, or it could be warm. My opinion is to plan for a typical winter for this part of the country. Do things like having your heating equipment serviced by a licensed technician before it gets cold, finding and fixing drafts, replacing loose or missing weather stripping; you know, things that keep the warm in and the cold out. Have your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors checked as well.
My sweetheart and I went to the Calgary Stampede this July, the first time for both of us. My opinion is that it’s a worthwhile trip if you haven’t been. We bicycled along the Bow River and a few other parts of town. When it was time to see the Stampede Parade, which passed by our hotel, my sweetheart pointed up to some wide windowsills out front of the hotel, since seating anywhere was at a premium or non-existent. So up we climbed over some railings and concrete mouldings to perch ourselves on this wide window ledge. There were many raised eyebrows, looking like ‘what do these old people think they are doing scaling the front of the hotel’. I think they were just envious that we had a great view. Now mind you, that concrete windowsill was mighty hard on the butt, though at one point my sweetheart disappeared and then reappeared with two pillows from our room, which was a welcome relief from the concrete as the parade was many hours long. We also saw chuckwagon races, bronco riding, and bull riding events, which were quite entertaining and spectacular. Those cowboys riding the wild beasts sure take a physical beating. My back hurt in sympathy with them just watching the activities.
After Calgary, we went to the Kananaskis for a few days, then on to Crows Nest Pass to stay with some friends in Coleman Alberta. We did lots of tourism stuff, and one day I went fly fishing on the Crows Nest River with my host. Caught some cutthroat and rainbow trout, catch and release. We missed the majority of the rain on our trip, and had a real good time.
Had a shop picnic at the farm here in Clyde this September, for all the staff. Regular picnic stuff, with some games for the kids like a fishing derby in the pond, canoe, kayak, and paddleboat rides, and a balloon stamping contest; the adults had horseshoes, washer toss, and beanbag throw. Some even enjoyed swinging on the rope in the barn, kids and adults alike. Typical picnic food; hot dogs, sausages, hamburgers, corn, salads of all kinds, and of course desserts. One of our younger employees came up to my sweetheart holding a half eaten dessert in his hand and said ‘what is this, it’s so good’, he went on to say he had had plenty of desserts before, but not this. He was holding what was left of a date square, a pan of which my honey had made for the picnic. After he identified the dessert, he was off for more. It appeared all had a good time at the picnic–and of course that is the whole idea. On the next workday, I told the date square story to Ginell who is one of my senior staff members. Her observation to this was that, as our generations grew up, the date square and many other desserts were staples at many functions, but as newer generations come along, meal and dessert preparations have changed, excluding some things which used to be those staples. I thought this was a pretty astute observation.
On the upcoming election in the United States…all I can say is, what a circus.
Went to the tractor breakfast at Kirkwall Church on October 1st, they had an excellent turnout, lots of home cooked food, tractors big and small, and tractor rides for the kids and adults. For a good family outing you might want to mark this event down for next year. It is always around the end of September.
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