Thursday, July 08, 2010

Canada - day 2 - June 27, 2010

Sunday morning I slept in. Thank goodness Kira's church didn't start until 11:00. Even still, I slept so late that I was rushed to get ready in time. Sunday was pretty much a lazy day for most of us. The girls all had a girls activity planned so Brandon, Justin and I came home and watched Argentina slaughter Mexico in the FIFA games. Brandon was quite subdued and Justin was surprisingly sympathetic. For those who may not know, Justin went to Argentina on his mission and Brandon went to Mexico. Also, for those who may not know, I went to Belgium on my mission (Dutch speaking) and Holland is in the finals so I've beat them all. After the soccer game Justin barbecued hamburgers and invited Hans over and we played games all night long. He had a new game called "Ticket to Ride" that we played. It was a good alternative to Settlers of Catan. We played until the girls came home much later than I was expecting and then I read book two in the Hunger Games series. It is almost as good as book one.

Since not much happened on Sunday I didn't take any pictures so I decided to share some meaningful pictures I took from other days. The
top picture is the Wild Rose. It is Alberta's provincial flower. The second picture is of lilac bushes at Grandma Leavitt's house. The last picture is of Vimy Mountain. I think this is my favorite mountain in Waterton Park. I looked out my bedroom window at this view for much of my life growing up. I've stood on the peak of this mountain and it is a spectacular view from up there.

Just as an aside, I felt a pretty good earthquake here yesterday. It sort of freaked me out because I was starting up our vacuum hot press at work and this is a fairly substantial machine. It can squeeze parts to about 50,000 pounds per square inch while simultaneously heating it up to 2,000°C (3,600°F) while in a hard vacuum. It draws tremendous power so you have to be careful when you start it up or you can do some major damage. I was just turning up the power when suddenly there was a loud bang and the ground shook. It took me a minute or two to realize that I hadn't caused the shaking.

Earthworms are not native to America. They were carried here in the mud on early immigrants boots.


Justin, Kira and Evan said...

I LOVE earth worms!

Lynn said...

WOW! Scary about the earthquake.

And I agree with Kira...that is one cool piece of trivia. I don't care to touch or pick up the earthworms.....but seriously......what would our gardens and earth do without them?? The ground must of been pretty hard before they arrived. ; D

Peter and Mandy said...

Yay I love relaxing Sundays.