Dad’s store

This week, I learned that the building Dad’s store was in has a name, and is quite old. A lot older than I ever imagined. Built in 1912, it’s called the Stovel Block, and has a longer history than you might think for such a plain looking brick building.

A bit of family history. When us kids were growing up, Dad ran a little corner store with his uncle in downtown Edmonton. One half of the store was a breakfast/lunch counter, and the other side of the store was a grocery type store with canned goods, candy, magazines, a small meat/deli counter, that kind of thing. The back room had a small kitchen where food for the diner side was prepared and a small table we would sit at when we weren’t roaming the store or “helping” at the counter.

A lot of weekends, we’d ride the bus downtown with Mom to go to the store. It was always a neat place with people coming and going, and the stools at the diner counter were fun to sit and spin around on. I’d help out behind the counter on the grocery side getting things off the shelves that customers asked for.

Dad’s uncle retired from the store, and Dad closed down the diner side and turned it into more grocery space. In the early 80s, Dad finally closed the store down. The area had changed quite a bit, developing more of a lower class atmosphere, and there just wasn’t a lot of business anymore. After the store closed, the space was filled with a succession of pawn and loan stores that just added to the less-than-reputable feel the area had developed.

It’s nice to hear that the building has a history and may get a historical designation. Looking forward to see what it looks like after the renovation.

Whirlwind visit

My geologist brother happened to be checking out a gold mine near Kershaw, SC (yes, there are gold mines in SC) and hopped over after his site visit yesterday to hang out. Had a good, but short visit (he flew out today). Showed him around work, then spent a rainy afternoon over at the Folly Beach Fishing Pier and dried off a bit over a beer at Rita’s.
It’s only the third time we’ve managed to get together over the past 11 years so it was good getting together again. Being spread out on opposite ends of two countries makes family get-togethers challenging.
Eugene and Dale

Thanksgiving on the beach

On the beach at Surf City, NC
A giant of a turkey from Keegan-Filion Farm in Walterboro. At 12 kg (27lb), one of the biggest turkeys I’ve ever roasted. This bad boy was in the oven 5 hours before it was done.
Keegan-Filion Farms turkey
Thanksgiving eats
Apparently it was too cold for everybody else. While everybody ate inside, I was enjoying my Thanksgiving dinner out on the balcony overlooking the beach. It was pretty nice out there.
Dinner with a view
The dogs couldn’t join in the festivities at the beach house, but I made sure they all had a good time
Nala and Simba

Seattle week in review

Had an excellent trip up to the Seattle area last week to visit my sister and brother. The day after I arrived in Seattle, we took off on a road trip to BC to visit my brother. I got to meet baby Jocelyn, the newest addition to the family
Me and baby Jocelyn
I also got to meet my other niece, Vivian for the first time.
It was nice seeing all the kids together again
All the kids

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