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Photo Challenge: Sea Glass Containers

Brown and White Sea Glass – I found these tumbled shards of glass on beaches in and around Vancouver, BC, Canada. They were probably once containers (brown and white bottles) that were carelessly discarded twenty or so years ago. If you would like to learn more about sea glass, click on this link: Sea Glass…

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Chocolate: Here Today, Gone Today!

In the beginning, the Lord created chocolate, and he saw that it was good. Then he separated the light from the dark, and it was better. – Unknown – Strength is the capacity to break a Hershey bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces.” ―…

Toonaday dog scales

Vanity – Sizing and Metrics

Many years and houses ago – there was an odd looking dog living near us. She was a cross between a basset hound and a shepherd. Her name was Katie. She had short shepherd legs and a broad shouldered basset body; basset ears framed a shepherd muzzle. She was social like a basset and she…

Making S'Mores

S’Mores – Traditional and Super Simple

TRADITIONAL S’MORES Ingredients: graham wafers marshmallows chocolate bar or Nutella Technique: First, the ideal marshmallow cooking stick must be found, and then whittled to the exact right point. The stick has to be brandished like a sword by a child (or someone who is child like) for a few minutes, until some mom says, “Put…

2014-Mosquito

What Do Mosquitoes Eat?

If only mosquitoes sucked fat instead of blood. – Unknown –   There is a plus side to living above the 51st parallel North – we have a shorter mosquito season. Did you know that mosquitoes suck nectar and that only the females take a blood meal? The males don’t bite. I guess I didn’t…

2014-Rivet Monarch butterfly

The Rise and Fall of RivetPics

In a land not so far away, in a time not so long ago, there was a very large kingdom called The Whorled. In the very middle of the kingdom was a huge castle where King Sharpmann lived with his family, friends, crusaders  and 70 million Minions. Outside the castle was a huge town where…

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Keep Out! Declarations of Personal Privacy

I’m at that age where the memories of my youth are not even remotely fresh, yet there is one that is still as vivid as if it happened yesterday. It was the day I got my very own bedroom. I vacated the room I shared with my sister and took all my worldly goods (which…

Swainson's Hawk snow fence post

Photo Challenge: Spring and a Prairie Snowstorm

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. – Henry Van Dyke – Spring! At my place in Alberta, the grass is getting green, the first daffodils are blooming, the robins are building a nest in the…

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Photo Challenge: Letters

Where do I spend most of the Alberta growing season… when it isn’t snowing, raining, too windy and the mosquito count is tolerable?! Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are. – Alfred Austin – ___________________ This link will take you to all the photos submitted for this challenge:  The Daily…

nacho friend let's taco bout it

Let’s Taco ’bout Puns

A Pun is a type of word play where a phrase or sentence suggests two or more meanings. This could occur when one of the words has more than one meaning, or when one or more of the words sounds very similar to another word or words. Some people say puns are the lowest form…

Odocoileus virginianus Alberta winter

When the Deer Move In

I beg your pardon, But I am eating up your garden. – The White-tailed Deer – We spent part of our winter in the sunny south. We returned to our Alberta home yesterday and were met with the carnage that happens when white-tailed deer move into a yard. They had eaten all the tulip and…

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Simple Nutella Dessert

There are many Nutella Desserts, but none is simpler than this! Ingredients: 1 jar Nutella hazelnut spread Equipment: 2 extraction tools – a spoon and a rubber spatula Directions: 1. Open the lid of the jar. 2. Use your spoon (size optional) to scoop out the Nutella. 3. Put the spoonful of product directly into…

LEGO house minifigures

On Antelope Street

Our cabin, along with 305 other residences in Hidden Valley Alberta, was destroyed in the flood of June 2013. All that is left of it is rubble, but we have many wonderful memories and hundreds of photos taken by our family – the Antelope Street Photographers. I chose the name Antelope Street because that was…

Oil Field Dodge

Oil Field Dodge and Stalking John Dillinger

The Oil Field Dodge was the star of a Dodge Brothers promotional film that was apparently filmed in Texas in the 1920’s. (The piano music in this video is “New Walk” by Dave Hartley, released 2006.) The vehicle used in this video would probably have been produced after March of 1919 (when a four­ door…

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We are Canada – We Are Winter

Many places in Canada have more than 80 days a year when the temperature never rises above freezing – day after day after day. Here at the Red House in Alberta, the coldest month of 2013 was December. We had an average daily low temperature of -17°C (1.4°F). It is no wonder, then, that Canada…