What not to wear 

There was a show a few years back where “they” picked apart someone’s sense of style and their wardrobe. Tips were given for shopping and some money and off they went to reinvent their own look but much more tastefully.

Well yes I could have been a participant on it except that I’d bloody well refuse to Continue reading

Just when you thought you’d seen it all! 

Seriously just when you thought you’d seen as far as the mind (not mine) could go something tops it. Then something else jumps out and grabs your attention. Before you know it the list of weird things is longer than the list of classics.  Continue reading

Snippets of Sun 

I love the big holidays as they are family time but perhaps my favourite personal day of the year is today. Anyone who follows the blog knows why! 

That golden orb comes up at 4;45 and doesn’t set till 21:30 (9:30 for all you non medical sort). I know, in my head, that the days start getting shorter now, but I like to live in denial that summer has only long days like today! 

I had a Facebook post from a couple of years ago lamenting the fact that on the summer Soltice it rained all day and we didn’t even get a sunset. We awoke this a.m. to open windows and rain at 4:05 so I wasn’t exactly hopeful for today but I did have a plan for a blog post if the weather did cooperate. 

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My plan was to have a picture for every hour that I saw the sun. Which is easy for the first hour so here is my am pics at home and my commuter pic (taken while sitting at the red light). It’s so much easier to get up when it’s light and bright out. 

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Then of course things go down hill for a few hours. The following picture is what’s left of our windows after they started building the Children’s Hospital. The dungeon became even darker and harder to handle. There are many of my colleagues who probably think I am stuck up because I leave the OR for my breaks. I will stay if the patient and the room require me to be close by but getting real life is very important to my psyche.  You can see why I chose to leave when you see our “view”. 

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Then it’s a couple of busy hours where time zips by. First break of the day — outside view away from the smokers but right by the gophers. Can’t seem to win! 

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The middle stretch of the day is insanely busy but finally it’s time for a lunch break in the Queen’s Garden. I wish it was still a secret treasure with crappy furniture as it’s always so busy but a late lunch allows for more quiet time. 

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Usually that just leaves a couple of hours until the professional day winds down and I get to enjoy the sunshine. But alas I am on call his summer soltise and you guessed it. Staying late so I grab a 5 minute sunshine break before the next stretch. 

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Three hours later a quick supper break of chili and cheese with a carrot muffin. Well at least it’s kind of decent food and didn’t come from a vending machine. 

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And then the long stretch at the end of the day when you are feeling a bit tired. But I just kept thinking, maybe   I will be out in time to see the sunset or even the never ending twilight. 

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Turns out that twilight is a lovely time to change your tire. Even stopped in the most scenic part of the road so the church was in the twilight. I have shit for luck when it comes to tires. Not sure if I hit something or if it was a blow out not that it matters. Fortunately I’m pretty handy with a tire iron and my road side assistance guy was like 3 km’s away so it wasn’t the worst flat I’ve ever had. Now that could be a blog post all on its own. 

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So that’s a wrap for today. I am thinking that next year on this day  perhaps would be a perfect time to finally take that trip to the Yukon. 

June Beauty

I’m very fond of January which isn’t a statement most people make but perhaps June is my favorite. I’m all about the sunlight and June just can’t be topped for that. It’s like the light goes on and on and on! I’m like a school age child and never want to go to bed because it is still light out. 

These next two are from a walk that we finished after 10 one evening this week. The moon has been stellar this week, the twilight lingers on and on and then the morning sun starts peeking out so early. 



The plus to all that sun is that everything is growing like crazy! We could certainly use some serious rain but even so it’s all very green except for the trees. They are just plain ugly. Fortunately the worst of the caterpillars seems to be over. 


But the flowers and plants are a looking worth a few photos. I’m not sure what a couple of them are but the colours and textures are wonderful! The last one has only been growing for a few months but we will enjoy watching this little beauty pop up. 




❤️❤️❤️

Bernie 

Adorabearable

Tonight’s post was brought about by the weather but before you leave because you think I’m whining about the rain (more on that later) stay tuned because it isn’t about the weather at all.  

Biking was cancelled and so I used my free time to be creative. Several weeks ago I decided I wanted to make Baby A a dress. So her momma left me a onsie (in my day called a diaper shirt) as the base. 

I went onto the internet and found a few tutorial options. Sometimes the issue is that there’s so many options. Without too much ado I just picked one and went with it. 

I pulled a few pieces of material from my left over stash and decided on the hearts as the base — because of course Baby A has my heart. 


A few cuts and a couple of serger seams later I had the easy parts done. The tutorial writer wished she had a serger — I don’t use mine often but it makes some tasks so quick. 

Then on to the gathering part which is always a bit finicky. I’m not a novice to clothing so I should have remembered that two basting threads are easier that one long one but I forgot. Once I got that on I pulled out the serger again to clean up the edges.


Once prepared the dress is then attached to the onsie with elastic. The nice thing is that the inside of the onsie has only one line of stitching on it. It finished up nicely but I’m not convinced that my elastic didn’t stretch out too much on the onsie. We shall see whether it’s too long or too wide. As a first attempt it looks cute. 


And if it doesn’t suit Baby A it looks good on Bear! Maybe a smidge long but overall pretty darn cute! Can’t wait to see it on Baby A. It’s, I’m totally sure, the first of many gramma made clothing items. 


I mentioned the weather earlier. I’m a farmer’s daughter, a rancher’s sister and a land owner with 110 acres of hay land so I never say no to rain except when the hay is on the ground. It’s been a tumultuous couple of weather days with some real stormy skies. 


My iPhone doesn’t do it justice but Dan’s mega expensive camera does! Isn’t that just an amazing photo!! He’s been out a few times and used our area as a backdrop. Lucky us!! 


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Fresh Trails Pond Style 

I’ve wanted to do this since we moved to our big wide open prairie space. It’s crazy that it’s taken 8 years to make it happen. I guess the stars were finally aligned although really it was more of a wind, ice and snow factor that played a role.

Yesterday’s actual event was conceived on a late cold December night, the result of a lot of fun and laughter.  Continue reading