A Day with the Gals

My sister and her daughter-in-law were making perogies to sell at a weekend farmers market, and I was asked to join the assembly line yesterday. It was a pleasant morning, as hanging out with other women always is. Karen’s granddaughter Lexi was a dedicated pincher as well.

We had my niece Danielle there for the first while (that’s her with her own niece Everley — my great-niece — on her hip), but she had a client so had to go back to her place, where she’s set up her grooming business: Okie Dokie Dogs.

We had freshly made perogies for lunch.

“Call me next time too,” I said. “Happy to help.”

We still have perogies in our deep freeze so I didn’t need more here at present, but quickly took up Karen’s offer of a rhubarb pie instead.

rhubarb pie

Of course, being a generous sister, she sent me home with two. I don’t have to tell you what we had for dessert last night. One of us had two slices.

Karen’s house sits on the shore of Margo Lake. Pelicans were circling overhead when I arrived, and a little later there was one floating on the water near the shore. These huge birds are something to see. One time, as I was driving away from our last home, a small group of them had landed next to the slough just down the road and seemed to be waiting out a heavy rain that was falling. I pulled the car over and wept — my response to the pure gift of seeing them there for the first time.







8 thoughts on “A Day with the Gals

  1. “I pulled the car over and wept — my response to the pure gift of seeing them there for the first time.”

    Mother nature nurtures, and her timing is astounding!


  2. I remember taking pictures of them in Costa Rica my first sighting in the wild. I was profoundly moved.

    I had pierogies for din. They are highly flexible.



  3. IF you come west on Yellowhead, at the right time of Spring, Astotin Lake at Elk Island will have you soaked in tears. Pelicans stay a bit, jumping back and forth from Astotin to Hastings to Cooking Lake to Beaverhill, and you’ll see Cormorant, Egrets, Greater Blue Heron and Night Heron. Loons, various Pipers and ducks, including the hilarious blue billed RUddy Duck and all the little birds. All three types of Cranes. Lately I hear people have seen Black Bear and Cougar, I guess drawn by the Elk, both types of Deer and the Bison calfs. And of course, never fails to make me cry, the magnificent Moose and Beaver. It’s quite a place.

    I miss it: vision.

    It’s pronounced Pier oh Heh in Ukrainian. Rolling the “r”.

    Pier oh gee is Polish.

    Whatever I’ll have more thanks. xxxx


  4. WiseWebWoman,
    When I was growing up, perogies were only served at Ukrainian weddings around here — or maybe, as Marms mentions, Polish — we have lots of Polish and Ukrainian descendants in the area. I didn’t eat them back then. But now! They are served at everyone’s weddings, or often, and at many functions. They’ve been embraced by everyone.


  5. Marms,
    We had a pair of ruddy ducks in the dugout behind the house this spring! Haven’t seen them lately though. I’ve yet to see a pelican near the yard. Not a big enough area of water perhaps, or too close to people.


  6. Just the same r sound not rolled properly, becomes d sound.

    Probably not enough water. They need flock room.


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