This morning started with a fantastic breakfast to go bag from the hotel I stayed at. A note on the side – if anyone is in the Regina area, try staying at the Country Inn and Suites – it is amazing! Great service, great rooms and great staff!
As I was driving along, I came across a lovely Saskatchewan town that needed to be explored! I saw this beautiful church and the view from the lake is tremendous. There are so many places I’ve taken the time to see that have not disappointed. I have a list of places I’d like to one day move to – if I have the time to live in so many of them!
After a long drive through Saskatchewan, I arrived in Medicine Hat and grabbed a lunch from Wendy’s and headed to see the world’s largest Teepee.
I then set out for my destination for the night. Had a snack on the way, checked into the hotel, and decided to check out this amazing southern Albertan town, which is also the Corn Capital of Canada!
Today took me through 3 provinces, starting the day off with a spectacular sunrise. I am a sunset girl myself, mainly because getting up early is not something I really enjoy, but today was different. I knew it was going to be a long travel day so was up bright and early and headed down to the Bay before I took off. Well worth getting up early!
And tonight’s sunset was pretty nice too – maybe not as spectacular as the day started, but still pretty nice!
Today is the day. My last day. There are mixed emotions. I have only been here since September, but I have made some great friends and have worked with some fabulous people. It’s been an interesting experience as a cashier at a grocery store.
This was the first time for me to work in a grocery store. I had my apprehensions about this. Thoughts went through my mind – would the customers be patient with me? Would my co-workers get tired of me asking the same question over and over (and I did that and most were okay with it!)? How many times would I mess up someone’s bill? How do I void something? So many questions!!
Working in retail is always a challenge, but during a pandemic it’s been an extreme challenge. Rules to follow, distances to be kept apart, having to tell customers not to do certain things and to please wait while I clean. Not always was this a good exchange. However, for the most part, it’s been a great experience.
My heart has been touched by the many people who express their gratitude towards me, especially the older generation who I interacted with on a daily basis. They will be the ones I miss the most – their expressions of gratitude when I help them with their groceries, putting them in their reusable bags and then putting them in the buggy for them. Most of the time I was doing it because I wanted to help them – there were some times that I did it to speed up the line because the line up was long – but they didn’t know that and were always very gracious with their thank you’s. If it helps them have an easier time, then it makes my day!
I will miss the ladies I work with (and of course the young men too), but it’s the ladies I made the connection with here. We have had some lovely conversations between customers and it’s been great getting to know them. I will miss them.
But with all that being said – I am SO happy to be heading out to be with my kids and grandkids. I have wanted to be with all of them for a while and I cannot wait to get there and hug them all and hold them close to my heart.
Who knows – I may end up working back in the grocery business once I get myself settled. No matter what though – where I work and my adventures will always be detailed here for you to see – whether you like or not HAHAHA.
It’s been a very busy week, exhausting actually. It started with being very busy at work because of our long weekend. Then – exciting news – my new granddaughter arrived very early on Tuesday morning! Sophia Taylor was born May 25 and she is beautiful. Of course, I am the biased grandmother here! But she really is.
On top of everything else, I am packing up and getting ready to move to British Columbia. I leave tomorrow, after a 4 hour shift at work. I am driving out and I am anxious to get on the road and get to my children and grandchildren!!
My thought for today is – move forward, no matter how scary you think it might be. Take risks. Go for it. And remember that no matter what you do, do it for you. If you are doing something just to make others happy and it’s not making you happy, stop doing it. You need to live for you.
Tomorrow, the Rockies and the ocean are calling me – and I am answering that call. And I cannot wait to see them again.
After a few months of turmoil and stress and indecision – finally a decision has been made for the next chapter in my life!
Next weekend, I will be embarking on a 6 day journey across the country to move closer to my son and his family, and my daughter and grandson. This decision was not taken lightly and I have pondered over the decision for the past few weeks. It’s not an easy decision but I am excited and anxious to get a(nother) new start on life!
I will be doing daily blogs of my adventure across this great country I call home – lots of pictures and stories to share. Perhaps I’ll even manage a video or two – but no promises on that one! Once I get settled out west, I will be back in full blogging mode. My blog has been lacking lately due to the stress of getting this new life organized!