Monthly Archives: November 2010

Views from the Balcony…

It might not be fun to drive in.. but it sure looks pretty!!!
 Ice, just floating by…..

Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

I have always been a HUGE fan of the snow!!  Winter has always been one of my favourite seasons… there are so many great things to do! Skiing (downhill or XCountry)…Tobogganing…. building snow forts, having snow ball fights… the possibilities are endless!

Driving in the snow has always been something I’ve had to deal with… where I grew up, there was always lots of snow and I got use to it.  I’ve had one accident in my whole driving career, it was shortly after I turned 17…(I had been driving about a year)… my mum asked me to take my little bro to go swimming (indoors)… I protested because it had been snowing a lot, and it hadn’t been cleared but she just looked at me and well I ended up on the roads… going to the pool was fine…but coming home I had an accident, caught ice, fish tailed, over corrected.. and well ended up banging into the guard rails, and causing a HEAP of damage to my mum’s car….

Ok so fast forward to yesterday… the day after the FIRST real SNOW here on the prairies!! I was driving to Portage la Prairie… taking it pretty slow… and out of now where, Milo did not one, not two but about THREE complete 360s on the Trans Canada….I ended up directly on the right hand side of the facing the right way, completely on the side of the road… (almost like I decided to pull over!)… I was shaking in my boots, put my 4ways on.. and the transport that was behind me went flying past…

my view…until I was able to ‘drive’ again without shaking!!!
not sure if you can see the truck in the ditch… I’m lucky that Milo didn’t end up there!

I must admit I pulled into the road that connects the two sides of the highway and sat for like 30mins… I’m not sure how I didn’t end up in either ditch… at a couple points I thought I was a goner…  but Milo and I turned around and headed back to the ‘peg….

and guess what? when I reached my parking lot… I got stuck… it seriously was one of those days…. Let’s hope the rest of the winter isn’t so eventful… I really don’t want to do crazy twists/turns with Milo again!

>St. Vital Park…

>I was looking through my photos today, and realized I never blogged this set from St. Vital Park.  It was one of my ‘photo’ nights with Ryan.  You can check out his images from that night HERE on his blog!  We went there October 7th…

This was taken inside a shed by the river…

 You can see the shed in the background of this photo….

 We walked along the river and were able to watch the sun set!

 Despite being eaten alive by mosquitoes (yes! STILL in OCTOBER!?) It was a nice way to finish off the night!

 Playing around with the light behind Ryan… I don’t think he was expecting this shot!

 During our photo shoots.. this is a familar sight… Ryan often stops to txt or email!!

It was refreshing to see these ‘fall’ shots.. as I think winter in the ‘peg has arrived to stay! 
Thank goodness I LOVE the snow!! 🙂 
Or it could be that I have a bunch of fantastic WINTER hats now that I can wear!?

>Thanksgiving Reflections… (4 weeks late!)

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First thanks for all your awesome comments on my last post!  I should have edited that post to read, “I’m not sure if anyone is left checking my blog except my mum after this long of a break!”  But that was not so…

I guess my last official post was HERE, but I never told you about my First Thanksgiving here in Manitoba! Have no fear I will rectify that in this post!(it’s never too late to be Thankful right?!)  In that last post I explained how it was my ‘mission to find turkey in Manitoba)… I was lucky that I didn’t have to return to Birds Hill Park and attempt to ‘hunt’ and ‘kill’ my turkey in order to have a good meal! Instead a coworker invited me into her home to share Thanksgiving with her family, and this I was so grateful for!
Sunday October 10th was a gorgeous day… I headed up to Candeboye…the weather was sunny, and crisp!  Perfect weather for a Thanksgiving weekend!!! After arriving Conni, Dilly and I went for a walk in her ‘backyard’… seriously she lives in a little piece of heaven!! (It was so cool to be able to see  the creek…not just hear it!)
Conni and Dilly… just strolling along!

 Here I am….on the Road Again with Dilly…
Photo by Conni
I appreciate other people’s dogs, but they aren’t really my thing.  But I did experience some joy watching Dilly…take off down the path, running free in the gorgeous fall day!
…then out of no where Dilly would jump off the path… and dive into the tall grasses… now there weren’t any  ‘treats’..but apparently Dilly is quite the good ‘hunter’!

 On our walk… I’d stop frequently to take photos… and sometimes Conni took a few of me in action! (I love this photo… thanks Conni!!)
Photo by Conni
 Here’s the photo I was taking… when Conni caught me in action…
Ruts in the road are cool!! 
 Some graffiti by random people that like to party on the road Conni lives on…(there are only 2 houses on the road, surrounded by farm fields…)
 The Percussion Project!!  (not sure of the ‘actual’ name of the instrument!?)
This was built this summer by Conni’s husband, Brent and son Joe…(plus friends)…
I didn’t get a chance to make music with it…but it looks like a lot of fun…
 Outside the screen porch (on the 2nd level of the house)…there was a hanging dead mouse on a branch… it was quite interesting and provided lots of discussion about where it came from…and how did it get on the tree branch? The consensus was that it was a bird called a “Shrike” maybe that stores food on branches and comes back for it later!? But no one was 100% sure…it was just a mystery! 
(and it’s still there now..a bit more decayed though!)
 Brent carved up the turkey, sling and all… (I was impressed)!
Mmmmm a pretty table… and YUMMY food!!!
 Gorgeous centre piece…
 Everyone at the table… Thanks so much for including me in your family meal!!
(this was the last of at least 2 different cameras for photos–so if people don’t look impressed…that’s the reason why–they just wanted to EAT the food!!) hehehe
 Just a ‘little’ piece of pumpkin pie… with REAL whip cream!!
 After dinner the games came out!! There was crokinole board came out… The last time I played was a kid at my grandparents…I didn’t play by the ‘real’ rules… So I learned those…and well lets just say.. playing by a child’s rules was a lot more fun…. because doing it the ‘adult’ way… well I wasn’t so good! 
(Perhaps I’ll have to get my own board to practice up for the next game… Conni’s dad (my partner) for one game would probably appreciate that!)

At the other end of the table a fierce game of scrabble was taking place… After loosing, er deciding that I had enough crokinole… I moved down to the other end of the table to see what was going on… (I helped Conni out… I did honestly–I found ONE word for her to put on the board!!)
I’ve been thinking having board games at my house might be a fun thing to have…because it was fun to play after dinner!

 Overall it was such a fun filled day!!!  Thanks so much for inviting me, opening your home!!!  I have two last photos of Indie… it’s too bad I’m allergic.. you are such a pretty cat!!!

Overall, I have a lot to be thankful for…I have a job, a house, family and friends.. 2010 has been a good year so far…and there is still time left for more good things to happen!  

>Happy 29th Birthday John…

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Happy Birthday to YOU…
HAPPY birthday to You…
HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear JOHN…
happy BIRTHDAY to YOU!!!
 I can’t believe my baby brother is 29 today…
No matter how old you get, John you will ALWAYS be my baby brother…
I’m so blessed to have you in my life… and I know you are only a phone call away if I need you!
Are you sure you and your tools can’t come out to the ‘peg for a visit?
and perhaps put up some curtain rods while you are here?…

 I hope you have a fantastic day… wish I was there to have cake with you!
Can’t wait to spend some time with you at Christmas…
I had to include a shot I took of Gus this summer…
(he’s probably the only dog I’ll ever walk…because he’s yours!)
Sending you lots of love,
from your BIG sister,
Sarah
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