I am not unfamiliar with this plant. It's a Prickly Pear Cactus. They are plentiful here where we live but I have not seen them get as big as this plant I saw in Utah. These pads were as big (or bigger) than my outstretched hand. Not that my bare hand was getting anywhere near these things, not a chance, I've had experience with Prickly Pears in the past. I knew that the fruit is edible, but I did not know that the pads, or nopales, are also edible. I was a bit surprised to see them for sale in the grocery stores in Southern Utah. I don't think I'm going to go running out to the coulees to find some Prickly Pears for dinner, but I admit to being curious. What do they taste like? Then I imagine the agony if you didn't get ALL the thorns off. OUCH!
Saturday, April 05, 2014
Friday, March 14, 2014
My apologies for a poorly focussed photo. The City has been having problems treating our water lately because this is what the river looks like. Iced Latte anyone? It's so bad that we have been under a boil water order for the last few days. Still, even though it looks bad, it's a pretty good sign of spring. Our temperatures have been high enough that the winter jackets are staying in the closet. I'd be ok if these warm days just decided to stick around; I hear a kayak calling my name.
Saturday, January 04, 2014
A misty afternoon in the Okanagan
Welcome to 2014! We had a very short post-Christmas trip to visit family. It was wonderful to be able to re-connect with family and the days just flew by. We took the long way home and allowed ourselves the luxury of having a night away with just the two of us. The drive took us past some of the places that we visited on our honeymoon. We jokingly suggested that we should stay in the same hotel, but that old motel in a small town hasn't gotten any better in the past 29 years. We spent New Years Eve with with some dear friends in Calgary. Over the years we've spent many memorable evenings with these people and this visit was no exception. It got us talking about old times and trying to re-create the good times.
Have you ever done this: You have a great time somewhere, years later you think "that was soooo much fun, we should do it again", you go back and somehow it's not the same, the food isn't as good, the hotel is dingy, Disneyland was more fun with the kids, or there was a reason why you drifted apart from those people. I'm not saying this always happens, but most people have had this experience.
It got me thinking about what makes a good experience memorable. It may be different for you but for me the basis of a good experience is relaxing and being yourself with people whose company you enjoy and who are comfortable enough to be themselves. Throw in a nice location, a mutually enjoyable activity, some good food and wow…. let the good times roll.
I'm not making any resolutions, I've done that and broken them too many times, but I'd like to see more of those good times happen. I want to remember the past fondly while creating more good memories in the present. So cheers! Here's to 2014, may it be a wonderful year filled with new memorable occasions.