Saturday, November 9, 2019

Tangling Again

I don't know if I would have tried zentangling again if it were for my daughter doing a major cleaning of her room, and getting rid of all the things she no longer wanted.  I kept a few things she had packed up for Good Will, including a Zentangle workbook. I've done it before, but never with step-by-step instruction. I have to say, I'm glad I gave it another go from a different angle this time. Here are some of the ones I quite satisfied with.
 















Friday, October 4, 2019

Back to Normal

We had snow this past week, on Monday, September 30. It is never a fun thing to see snow when so many crops are still in the field.  We, as grain farmers, are only half done, so it is a little depressing as we still haven't got back in the fields, and more rain and snow is in the forecast. The past snow has melted, and it just looks like a regular fall day out there, although it is quite cold. Hopefully, the forecast is wrong and we are able to get the harvest in.
The other sad thing is that all my pumpkins and gourds are in the garage. The forecast, being so dismal this year, made me decide to try and sell them, and I've been quite successful. They've gone to good homes, where they won't meet an early end due to frost.







Saturday, September 21, 2019

Fall Fun

Anyone who knows me, even a little, knows how much I love Fall. And it's finally time to truly dive into the season, harvest what the garden has produced and then sit back and enjoy.









Okay, so these aren't from the garden, they're crochet and I'm working on adding more.


We've been watching "Blown Away" on Netflix and never have I had a better
appreciation for my blown glass pumpkins!


I grew and dried these last year.




I've been asked why I don't rake the leaves off my lawn. Because they're beautiful, that's why.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Moon and Moose

I like to go on long drives and get lost and see if I can figure out how to get back home. On this particular drive, I required Google Maps. Actually, my son was with me and being a bit of genius with directions, he figured it out and had us home in no time. We had a lovely adventure and got a few great pics.  The moon photo was taken from deck though. 


Mama Moose

Baby Moose

Same Baby Moose


Saturday, August 31, 2019

Tuktoyaktuk

Once we got home at the end of July, I had intended to get our trip up to the Yukon done in several posts published very close together, but life tasks have kept me from that goal. Here we are at the end of August and the trip is no longer as fresh in my memory as I would like it to be, and so, I am sure I will be missing some of the smaller details. Warning: this is a photo heavy post. Of course, the photos do not do this wonderful place justice. If you are ever in northern Canada, do not skip driving the Dempster, and its extension, The Arctic Highway up to Tuktoyaktuk. The scenery simply amazes.

Tuktoyaktuk is a unique town, charming in its practicality. I wouldn't call it pretty. There is nothing done to hide the fact that these people live a hard life, truly living off the land. As a matter of fact, a lot of the locals were out whaling. We tasted some Muktuk, and it was interesting, an acquired taste for sure - think slightly fishy, fatty, gelatin. We also had smoked whitefish that was being prepared in a little shack right on the beach.  We chatted with the men who sold us the fish, (which was delicious) and they told us that the whitefish is typically only enjoyed on Christmas Day and their staples are caribou and whale.

We only spent 3 or 4 hours in the town which has a population of 800 and a Kindergarten to Grade 12 school with and impressive 220 students. We visited the two giftshops and the grocery store, where we were shocked to see a 3lb bag of oranges was $20. I picked up a hoodie that reads, "TUK" which is what the locals call their town.


It's a low speed limit, but who would want to drive any faster with
that kind of scenery to indulge in. I can see why people would want
to walk it.


Once past the shrubby spruce trees and into the true tundra, there are lakes as far as the eye can see.




We arrived in Tuktoyaktuk during low tide, and so we got to explore the beaches a bit more.







This is a Pingo. A Canadian National Landmark, Pingos form only in areas of permafrost. They are ice mounds
that are covered in earth.

A tradition mud and driftwood house.  There are no trees up here at all, but there is a lot of driftwood. This
is only a tourist attraction now, and the local housing is modern.


















This is not an abandoned piece of equipment.  There are also snowmobiles left alongside the highway, waiting
for the snowfall. They are used for hunting and trapping.