Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Hanging From The Eaves ...



Snow beginning to melt ...
with the sun ...
 causing the water to drip ...
off the roof ...
forming these long icicles ...
capturing this photo ...
before it fell to the ground ...



Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tonight's Salad ...

From The AeroGarden




It's hard to believe that just a few weeks have gone by ...
and 
we already have fresh lettuce ...

Spring has arrived in our home ...
Love this indoor gardening ...



Monday, February 27, 2012

Sunday, February 26, 2012

It's Still Winter ...

Here In The Valley
A beautiful sight to wake up to ...
another winter storm ...
hits the area ...

Hard to believe that just yesterday ...
this was all cleared and bare ...
my job was to shovel the deck ...
and toss the snow over the railings ...
so Mike could clear it away ...
with the tractor ...

Mike started ploughing the driveway ...
around 10:00 in the morning ...
it was still snowing at that time ...
then ventured down to moms ...
to clear her area as well ...
thank goodness the snow had stopped falling ...
He then was back here around 3:30pm ...
to finish moving the snow at our place ...
took him a couple more hours ...
before he came in and called it a day ...

A beer was first on his list of refreshments ...
having dinner and watching ...
the UFC fights ...

A well deserved evening of relaxing ... !!!!


Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Special Card ...

From Ella 

What a thrill it was yesterday ...
to go to the mailbox ...
and receive mail ...
from one of your grandchildren ...
this card was sent from Ella ...
for Valentine's Day ...
It sure touched our hearts ...
I called her to thank her for the card ...
and I loved hearing her giggle ...
apparently she had worked really hard on this ...
(mommy told me ...)

Oh the joys of being grandparents ... 
to receive little treasures like this ... !!!



Friday, February 24, 2012

Turkeys Have Arrived ...

In The Yard




Sitting in the living room ...
gazing out the window ...
 some movement caught my eye ...

A flock of wild turkeys ...
were in the front yard ...
travelling thru to who knows where ...

It's great to see wildlife this close ... !!!




Thursday, February 23, 2012

Caught ... Red Handed ...

Playing In The Shop
Well ... looky here ...
somebody is hard at work ...
NOT !!!
We bought this bought this computer in Dec. 1986 ...
oh my goodness ...
we were going to take it to the recycle depot ...
Mike decided to see if it still worked ...
after all these years of being boxed up and in storage ...
he was delighted ...
and now when he goes out to the shop ...
and he needs a break ...
you can find him playing golf ...
on the old Apple IIGS ...
just too funny ... !!!!

Mike actually does work out ...
in his shop ...
here he installed the old central vacuum cleaner ...
from the house ...
and also fabricated vacuum hose attachments ...
to the table and cut-off saw ...
for the Shop Vac ...
to remove all the sawdust ...

Great work there Mike ... !!!!




Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Driveway ...

Up To Moms 
Walking Up The Hill ...

Little Footprints in the Snow ...

Burst of Red Amongst the Snow

Undisturbed Beauty ...


Stopping along the way to enjoy the little wondrous gifts of nature ...
A blissful day ... !!!



Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mike's Plaque ...

Framed Retirement Award 

Mike received his Retirement Award today ...



The pressed paper ...
has the imprint ...
of the crew laying pipe ...
and
a plate with his retirement date ...
as well as
the Commemorative Medallion ...
of
TransCanada Pipeline ...
displayed in a Framed Retirement Award ...

This will be a nice keepsake for Mike ...

Congratulations ... !!!!



Monday, February 20, 2012

Still Winter ...

Up On Our Mountain
With the little bit of snow that fell ...
Mike spent the day clearing the roads ...
and using the snowblower ...
to clean off the ice rink ...

I decided to put on my skates ...
to help with cleaning the rink ...
so that we could give it a good flood tonight ...
ended up skating a few laps ...
headphones on ...
listening to my music ...
practising my pieces for choir ...
was great to be outdoors ...
and enjoy the little bit of sunshine we had ...



Sunday, February 19, 2012

Indoor Gardening ...

Little Sprouts

This picture was taken on Feb. 15th ...
the little plastic domes ...
were ready to be removed ...
as the seeds have sprouted ...
and the little plants ...
needing the room to grow ...

These pictures were taken yesterday ...
Feb. 18th ...
it's amazing how quickly they grew ...
I needed to remove the smaller ...
Cherry Tomatoe plants ...
and leave the best one to continue growing ...
in a few more days ...
 I will be able to pick some fresh baby greens ...
for a salad ...

Love my little gardens ... !!!



Saturday, February 18, 2012

Daigen & Nixon ...

New Pictures 

Sound asleep in the car seat ...
ready to take Daigen to school ...

A few pictures of Nixon ...
he is about 5 weeks old here ...
and almost 12 lbs ...
He is a healthy boy ... good eater ... and sleeper ...
love those big eyes ...
when he is awake ...
and those little toes ... so cute ...
Nixon has changed so much since I last saw him ...
I think it's time for this grandma to go for a visit ... !!!

And here is big brother Daigen ...
decorating the window for Valentine's Day ...
then playing a little tune ...
on his new guitar ...
and vacuum cleaner ...
he looks so cute ..
wearing daddy's bike helmet ..
while watching a show ...



Friday, February 17, 2012

Travelling Thru ...

Longview, Alberta

Driving down the backroads ...
east of Longview ...
saw a few Bald Eagles ...
was able to capture this one sitting in the tree ...

As we continued on our way ...
this beautiful building caught our eyes ...

We had to stop and take a few pictures ...
absolutely amazing ... !!!



Longview Hall gets an artistic facelift

Longview residents and visitors will now be seeing more of the village's history.
The Longview Community hall is now the home of a multi-wall mural on the exterior of the building that will tell the history of the site.
Local artist Matts Zoumer , assisted by Dakoda Merkley, a Longview resident and Alberta College of Art and Design student worked on the mural.  They couldn't stand seeing a bare wall so they thought a mural was a good idea.
 Some mock sketches were drawn up, presented and it went over well. They started on the project.

This is not the first mural Zoumer has done. He's done other murals in Longview, some in Okotoks and in Calgary, including with the Calgary Stampede. He does work for them painting scenes on windows for the iconic event.
After this project,  work began on a mural for the River Roadhouse in High River.

Some of the murals range from 50-feet high to 200 feet and he loves doing them.

Zoumer is also an accomplished cartoonist who has published books of his collections and also does chainsaw sculpture.


For this project he researched the history of the site and talked to locals about the area.
The site has been around since the 1920s but it's gone through a number of changes in that time. It started as a pigpen.
One of the walls will chronicle activities that have happened at the hall, such as some of Ian Tyson's legendary concerts and another side will celebrate the agricultural activities that happened on the site.

 The third side will be a landscape painting of the view from the hall.
It was mostly a farming community. No cowboys or ranching here. 
When the mural was finished,  60 brands of local families were painted around the edges.

"Everybody is really enjoying it," Matt Zoumer said. "It's quite personal for the people who have the brands here. It will be a nice window into history."


Hope to stop in a check out the inside of the Hall ...
 one day when we travel to High River, AB.




Happy Birthday Mike ... !!!!


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Morning Greeting ...

A Beautiful Sunrise



I love watching the sunrise ...
a wonderful way to start my day ... !!!