December 12th, 2004: We have had some precipitation pretty
well every day last week; not much at any time, but it adds up. Yesterday was so
warm that it came in the form of rain, hardly welcome at this time of year. We went
to Porcupine Plain for the Farmers’ Market and found we had to walk
very carefully. It’s a bit cooler today, but still only about —10°. It blew hard
all night but I don’t see any drifts. I guess the snow is too crusted to blow.
George Renneberg was at Miller’s for coffee last Thursday. It was good
to see him. He has been battling health problems all summer and fall, and hasn’t
been at coffee row. George goes in for surgery tomorrow, and the good wishes
of the whole community go out to him. We look forward to him and Helen again becoming
regulars at coffee.
I asked George about his success at fishing this winter; he said he didn’t
catch any, but since his son, Dave, was with him, George deliberately
didn’t catch any so Dave wouldn’t feel bad. Sounds like big-hearted George,
They tell me there are several ice-fishing huts out on the ice, on this side of the
points as well as further north. Which reminds me - Doreen has a good, plastic
ice-fishing tent that she is obviously never going to use. Any interested buyers?
We are asking fifty dollars for it, and the money will go to Breast Cancer Research.
Jenny is going to be one of ten core riders in next February’s “Prairie Women on Snowmobiles”
Ride for Breast Cancer Research. The core riders travel the full 1,600 kms, but
other women are invited to ride along with them for as far as they like.
Each core rider is responsible for raising $3,000, 100% of which goes for Breast
Cancer Research. Riders’ expenses for meals, fuel and lodging are provided by
local donations, so not a penny is used for administration. Jenny has pledge
sheets at her stores in Kelvington and Wadena (Crawford’s Family
Fashions) so if you would like to give her a boost, stop in and make a donation.
Our little coffee row group throws a loonie each into a pot at coffee, and all of
it goes to Jenny’s ride. Also, we have a number of photos and books for sale
at Jenny’s Kelvington store, and all the proceeds from their sale goes to
.Luckily, we have some snow, so we are needling Jenny to get her snowmobile
out and get toughened up!
We went to Hudson Bay on Friday, to have lunch with Mike and Marg
and the boys. Hudson Bay still has two elevators, so while the girls were
shopping I took a few photos. Why is it that we assume things like elevators will
always be there? All the years I have been taking pictures I rarely bothered with
elevators, yet they stood still, caught the sun, and were very photogenic. In my
railroad days I must have worked in thirty or forty different stations, including
that one in Mistatim, but have no pictures of any of them. For some reason,
I didn’t carry a camera with me in those days, though I must have had one or two
at home. What a pity!
Everett Baker was a Sask. Wheat Pool supervisor in the forties and
fifties; he was also an avid photographer, working with color slide film almost as
soon as it was developed. He liked to take pictures of people - on the job, on the
street, or at their homes. His archives are now with the Saskatchewan Natural
History Society, and frequently his photos are played as slide shows on TV, or
as exhibitions in libraries, etc. They are wonderful! Not only are they good pictures,
but each subject is identified by name and the place the photo was taken, true vignette’s
of prairie history. If you ever get the chance to see his work, don’t miss it
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