We had been seeing signs along the way advertising the Russell Inn and Family Restaurant. The spoke of suites and water slides. They even ,mentioned a water slide suite. It was about lunch time when we reached Russell, Manitoba so we pulled in to the Inn and were shown to a table. I had a BLT with beef barley soup. Sandy had a fruit and yogurt plate with an up charge for chicken. Jan had a salad that was supposed to have chicken but, being vegetarian, she asked that the meat not be added. The server was unable to reduce the price for no chicken, so he didn't charge Sandy for hers and it all worked out in the end. My food was excellent but the desk clerk had no idea what a water slide suite was. She thought that perhaps a comma was missing. Punctuation is. Everything.
As we approached Yorkton, I needed a bathroom break and more coffee. We got off the highway and drove through town to Mickey D's, where I took care of both. They did not have cranberry orange muffins here either but the strawberry one was on the shelf, so I guess the decision to change was national. They were advertising a Chocolate Nanaimo McFlurry. It was good this was a temporary item because it was probably too much of a good thing in one place. We got back on the road and headed for Foam Lake, the closest town to Fishing Lake.
During the day, the term acreage came up as "I bought an acreage" or "the house was on an acreage". Our friend Roxy, west of here, uses it and I saw it on a For Sale sign today. I don't recall it being used much back in Northern Ontario. Looking it up..... Acreage seems in use in the west. In Ontario, they refer to rural property and country living.
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