The first day of May is known as May Day. “M’aide” is French for “Help me”. It has been corrupted to an international distress call of “Mayday, Mayday!”
I got on the scales on May first and cried “Mayday! Mayday!" I had ignored my weight for too long and pigged out on too much Tex-Mex food around Houston and copious amounts of other stuff on the way back north and at home. I will not tell you the number on the face of the scale as it is embarrassing even for a self deprecating guy like me. Just be assured it was a lot more than it should be for somebody of my shrinking height. I’d have to be over seven feet tall for that to be an okay weight. So I starting eating less in May. It helped the weight. Who coulda guessed?
Meadow Lake Car Show
Often when we are in Regina I attend the Magestics’ Car Show. Last year was a significant anniversary for that show. Fiftieth, I think, but I’m too lazy to look it up. If you are more curious it probably an interweb search would satisfy your curiousity.
This year we wandered around the Meadow Lake equivalent. It didn’t take quite as long to look at all the cars, but it was interesting. We met a few people we knew. About the same number as we usually do in Regina. And it was indoors. I found the Majestics’ show changed slowly enough that every second year was about right, This one might have an optimum five year cycle.
We celebrated Sasha’s birthday and celebrated her grandmother, Pat Johnston’s life. There were pictures of her homesteading on a farm near Meadow Lake. Things have sure changed in a few decades.
Kohen visited us at our little house in the forest one day. He was telling me about a treehouse he and his dad were building. I told him about the two story tree house his mother and his aunt and I built when we lived in the big house next door. He and I walked over and down the driveway to our old house and got permission to go look. It was built using three trees as support. One of the trees has died and mostly fallen over. The tree house is falling down, but not all the way yet.
In the last week of May I went to Edmonton and pulled a slip for a shutdown job near Redwater, AB. It was at the Nutrien fertilizer plant across the highway from the Northwest Refinery where I worked two years ago. After a drug and alcohol test and a fitting for a respirator we headed back to Meadow Lake for a couple of days. Then it was back to Edmonton for an on-site orientation on the Thursday and back again to Meadow Lake for a few more days. When I retired in 2005 I had no plans to work for pay again, but I ended up working for a two week shutdown at the same plant in 2007. I liked it so much that I have worked a couple of months a year ever since. This will be my first time back at that particular plant. When I worked there the first time it was called Agrium, but everything else will probably be much the same.