Monthly Archives: June 2011

Roadside Attractions

I have a fondness for large roadside attractions – world’s largest, province’s biggest, etc. A few weeks ago my roommate Carol and I went to Edmonton for the weekend and on our way home we went exploring. Highway 28 to Edmonton has numerous world’s largest if you just know where to look and because I’m moving soon I wanted to stop and get pictures with all of these world’s largest in the area.

Our first stop was in Smoky Lake, home of the pumpkin festival and this “patch” of giant pumpkins. I’ve driven past the pumpkins before, but this was the first time I took a picture. The pumpkins are placed just so to discourage taking a picture actually on the pumpkins. When I was teaching kindergarten a girl in my class went to the pumpkin festival with her mom and told me that it was “SO COOL!” so now I think that I’ll have to attend it someday!

Our next stop was in Vilna to see the world’s largest mushrooms. For being the world’s largest you think they would be easier to find but this was actually the second time I tried to find them. Carol and I drove down main street and found a sign that said “Mushrooms, that way” so how I missed them on my first visit is beyond me. Vilna actually had a cool little main street and Carol and I both decided that sometime when I come to visit we are going to drive back there to actually check the place out.

The giant perogy can be found in Glendon and this is the second time I’ve been there to see it. Years ago when I was still in university my cousin Bobbi took me there. I found out the following weekend that at the Glendon Farmer’s Market on Saturdays that no one even sells homemade perogies. That seems like a travesty.

Carol was all about the unique hand placement!

There were a few that we missed that we were close to, but still kind of out of our way. This just gives me another reason to come back and visit so we can make our way to Edmonton again I guess!

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Hopscotch Too, Complete!

In an unexpected turn of events I miraculously finished my Hopscotch Too quilt before August! With my upcoming move I’ve been packing things up and initially had this quilt packed up in it’s unfinished state, but it was bothering me that I was packing up something that wasn’t done. During my last day off from work I decided enough was enough and instead of packing, I put the binding on this quilt.

I don’t have a picture of the back, but I used some green Moda fabric that I had picked up from Fabricland during a buy 1 meter get 2 meters free sale. Because I had so much fabric I used the same stuff to make the binding.

The wind was not cooperating with me when I was trying to take pictures and this was the best of the bunch. The quilt was small enough to tackle myself on my sewing machine, so I sewed across the diagonals of the squares and did straight stitching around the borders. I am very pleased with how it turned out!

With this quilt I can cross project #6 off of my list as this is my second completed quilt. Quilt number three however has been cut out and partially sewn, and perhaps could see the light of daily usage by sometime this fall. Perhaps.

Scrapbook Sunday

A couple years ago my roommate and I woke up to find garbage spread all over our backyard. We picked it up before we left for work assuming that a bear had probably gotten into the garbage can. When I got home from work that afternoon there was garbage all over the backyard again, but this time the culprit was still at work!

This pretty girl graduated last year and I was very lucky to get to know her over the past couple of years. Her dress was so beautiful!

I’ve been scrapbooking a lot of older photos and these were all taken the summer just before I started my second year of teaching here. My parents spent a weekend here getting me settled again and we finished off their visit with a tour around the golf course.