I haven’t been blogging much at all lately. Not even in my head. I’ve been busy. I started a new job, we’ve been looking for a new place to live, and we are expecting a new baby! So yes, lots of things on my mind.
This summer the heat has been oppressive. Hot and humid with no relief at night either. It was particularly unbearable due to all the super rad first trimester symptoms. I won’t list them, because YOU ALL KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT. Anyway, these past couple of days have brought long-overdue respite. It’s been 20 degrees and windy. Autumn is in the air. We celebrated with a daytrip to Pembina River Provincial Park.
This park is a treasure, and only 30 minutes from home. Can’t believe we haven’t discovered it until now! There is a large campground, and a separate day-use area with hiking trails and a big riverbank for exploring. It is a popular for swimming and tubing on hot days, but we had the place almost all to ourselves.
It was clean and quiet and absolutely restful. We had a picnic lunch of watermelon (naturally) and fresh homemade pretzels. (Oh my goodness I’ve made them three times in a week, go try them right now! But use way less flour than the recipe calls for, you only need about 3.5-4 cups in all. And use quick yeast so you don’t need to sit around all day waiting for the dough to rise. Somewhat labour intensive, but so SO worth it.)
We did find a new house – a small farmhouse, complete with yard and swing set. Not a permanent place, but another rental until we move home to NL for real and for good next spring. Hopefully. The house also comes with a deep freezer, which means our trip home next month will count two or three coolers among our luggage, and as much cod, moose, caribou and crab as WestJet will allow.