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…

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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…

Alberta winter

If My Aumakua was an Owl

Many cultures believe that if an animal makes an appearance (physically or symbolically) in an unusual way or repeatedly in a short span of time, then that animal is the spirit of a deceased relative. This spirit is attempting to guide you, protect you or get a message to you. The Hawaiians call this spirit…

bangs fringe cut own hair Toonaday

I Cut My Own Bangs

Yes, I admit it. On occasion, I cut my own bangs (fringe). Okay, it is more than just occasionally. My hair grows very fast, so while I often let the sides and back grow two or three inches between visits to a salon, my bangs need more frequent attention. After much trial and error, and…

monarch butterfly Arizona

Why There are Back-seat Drivers

This is a story that started out with the Monarch Butterflies in my garden. I learned a bit about them and their remarkable journeys. It seemed quite natural then to discuss human journeys, directionally disadvantaged navigators, and why there are back-seat drivers. A list of ‘Remarkable Feats of Navigation’ has to include the migration of…

Canada election map 2011 by party

From Prime Minister to Desk Sergeant

We may live in an information age, but so much of what we read is one sided, poorly researched media crap that reinforces feelings of hatred, racism, and fear. Perilous mountains get built out of insignificant molehills. No where is this more true than stories about politicians. One small example: a year and a half…

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At Peace on Christmas Eve

All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be…