Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day?

This week was a bit slower than last week. We did have a short walk along the Trans Canada Trail on Monday before we went to the church to make a list of possible things we could do there. President Holt was there doing some paperwork for the branch. We walked around the building, but most of the things that need to be done are handled by the PM group of the church.

Bird egg shell found along the TCT
Mowing time
The church birdhouse - where starlings live

 We got a letter from Honda about an important service update for our car. We thought we had taken care of it in Toronto, but Honda had no record it was done. We went to the dealership in Peterborough to determine if anything needed to be done. We ARE in a foreign country. Honda Canada doesn't talk to Honda America. The source of the problem came from Canadians going across the border to buy less expensive cars then bringing them back to Canada. Rules were set up to make it difficult (but not impossible) for American cars to be serviced in Canada.

Since we had zone conference scheduled for Friday, we took our p-day on Wednesday. We took another drive, this time to Roseneath to see the famous carousel (which was all covered up - it runs each Sunday afternoon, which is typical around here). We passed by a donkey preservation farm, hiked a little in Northumberland Forrest, drove all over trying to find Balls Mill, then drove through Coburg before returning home. These are actual driving tours presented by the Northumberland County tourist office.

The hind end of donkeys (open on Thursdays and Sundays)
The mill - now a private residence
The Coburg marina
Fancy house in Coburg

 On Thursday we helped again at the Family History Center. Sister Wheeler discovered another of her lines that came from Canada. The Lefler's were living in Canada in the late 1700's. They lived over by Brantford which is west of Toronto. They did not join the church here as far as we can tell. We needed to update the software for our iTouches which took some doing. Sister Wheeler worked on sorting out a big box of 8x10 pictures. She found a book that uses the picture sets for special lessons with stories, but was in an unusable condition. We got a call from Brother Rowan requesting we go home teaching with him in the evening. We were able to visit with with Meheffin who had been away visiting her granddaughter.
Sort those pictures!
We had a very nice zone conference on Friday. We had good instruction from President Scott and Brother Fuller (a former member of the 5th quorum of 70). Most of the instruction applied more to the younger missionaries rather than us, but we were able to meet for a bit with the Andersons (from Brockville) and the Bosches (from Smith Falls).
President Scott giving us instruction
Elder Germann (AP) role playing with the zone leaders
(on small chairs from the primary)
 Saturday we were able to have a long walk through Ferris Park. We are fortunate to be in a very beautiful area so whether we walk or ride, we see the beauty of God's creations, and man's improvement.
Grassy path through the park
Sunday was Father's Day. We had some good talks in Sacrament Meeting about fathers of some of the members. We enjoyed looking into the lives of our friends through their eyes. We even had the primary sing. This is not normal. The branch presidency has never heard the primary sing to the fathers in the branch. Even though there were only three children, they represented the personalities you typically find in primary children singing - the small girl ducking behind the wall, the shy boy, and the girl that says out loud, "I don't know that part." Another treat was during priesthood meeting when the Relief Society came in to sing to us and give us cookies (gluten-free).

The Relief Society serenades the priesthood
Another week has passed and June is half over. Summer is here, as we can tell by seeing the cruise boat on the river. We are doing well and enjoy the opportunity to serve our Father in Heaven.

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