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Saturday, July 30, 2011

August Long Weekend

In order for our Province to have a long weekend in each summer months, our August long weekend falls on the first Monday of the month, called BC Day. It`s hard to believe that July is just about over and we`ll move into a new month. We have had so much rain and chilly weather that I for one don`t feel like it`s even summer yet. Temps here haven`t gone above 23c, nor have even hit much over 18c lately!! It`s rather sad! I guess we can still hope for a hot month of August. I`d be happy with just a few weeks of 25c-30c....not asking for much.

In the meantime, one thing that is growing in abundance this year are the raspberries. Each juicy berry is a little taste of nature`s goodness :)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Taking a trip without ever leaving home

One thing I love about meeting new Blogger friends and following those who pique my interest is that I get to visit other places I never would have otherwise had the opportunity to visit. I get to tour through peoples homes and summer cottages. I get to feel the pride taken in many hours of searching for just that perfect piece of furniture or eclectic dish to complete or add to a collection or maybe see the perfection of a refurbished antique. I get to see how colors come together or how lovingly a quilt has been pieced into an heirloom. Creativity is born from seeing how others brings things together and inspire us.

Thank-you to all my Blogger friends for making me feel your passion :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

What to do....

.....when the weather is cool and rainy. This summer has so far been very rainy and cool, so sinking into a world between the covers of a book is a great way to spend the days. I went to the library yesterday with a list of recommended books I found at Misadventures of the Dynamic Duo who is part of First Wild Card Tour that posts book reviews of Christian books. I wrote down several that I thought look interesting. This also is an opportunity to broaden my reading to other Authors I am not familiar with.
So, currently I am reading:

Here is a little excerpt to whet your appetite:
"Something sinister is happening in Radcliff, Colorado---and police chief Jonah Westfall must stop the twisted behavior. His investigation forces him to involve childhood friend Tia Monroe, new veterinarian Liz Rainer, and the local baker. Haunted by his past, can Jonah ignore his personal demons to protect the town---and the people he cares about?"
320 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Flash Flood

I was out driving this aft and my poor little car was as overwhelmed by this flooding as the one in this photo.

Our local News Source had this to say about our freaky weather this aft:

"Rain: Open Thursday-Sunday 4am through whenever Mother Nature wants to quit and, unfortunately, this weekend she has no plans to quit pouring rain over parts of the Peace Region.

More of this unseasonably wet weather is expected tonight throughout the Peace with an additional 5-10mm for Saturday. On Sunday, showers are expected but no heavy rainfall IS forecasted...Fingers crossed.

The heavy rain wasn't forecasted and hit just before 5 pm this evening flooding parking lots, vehicles and stranding people on streets as some rush to their cars."


Can all this be blamed on Global Warming??

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Maybe it's Still Summer!

After the second bout of rainy, windy, chilly weather here in Northern BC, here is proof that it may still be summer and we may still get some sunshine and heat. PLEASE???
This pot of marigolds survived being "drowned" earlier in rain. Such a lovely splash of yellow beauty!

And the baby rose shrub I planted just this spring has proven she is a hardy soul and produced new blooms.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

A Perfect Day For.....

The torrential rain did stop sometime in the wee hours of the morning and the sky actually brightened. Then we watched dark clouds roll in once again and it poured!! There is supposed to be one more day of this rain and then sunshine...yay!!
This aft, after reading for most of it we decided to watch the Movie, Knight & Day. It's a delightful spoof and we laughed. Well done!



Saturday, July 9, 2011

How High is the Water, Momma?

I mentioned here about the weather prediction for Heavy Rainfall. Well, the rain has come and has already dropped a recorded 3 inches...and it hasn't stopped yet. It's looking like North Peace isn't getting the beating that South Peace is:

                                Tuby RV Park
                               Golf Course

This is what my brother had to drive through with his big tanker truck,making work soggy and miserable :
I'll end this with this Johnny Cash song:





Thursday, July 7, 2011

Evening


                          The summer night is like a perfection of thought.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Heavy Rainfall.....again

Today has been a wonderful, sunny day. Since my husband is on "Staycation" he has enjoyed puttering around. Today he has been doing yard work and so I've been serving lunch and coffee breaks outdoors and sitting out there enjoying summer weather. I'm glad we have because here comes the rain again. Environment Canada calls for "The Peace Region could receive another 50 to 80 mm of rain this week.

Environment Canada has issued a statement that heavy rain is expected over northeast B.C. Beginning late Thursday night and continuing through Saturday morning. The forecast calls for 50 to 80 mm of rain.

The majority of the rain is expected to fall over central and southern parts of the Peace region. So far the models have been a bit inconsistent with rainfall amounts and exact locations. However, the pattern indicates a high probability for heavy rainfall over the Peace region starting late Thursday night and continuing through Saturday morning."

Not a thrilling prospect and this on the heels of the last heavy rainfall, resulting in flooding and mudslides. Highway crews are still repairing part of the highway in The Pine Pass that was swept away.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

A Royal Visit

Prince William and Kate spent Canada Day in Ottawa, first attending a citizenship ceremony before heading to the huge party on Parliament Hill. Now, as wowed as we Canadians are when Royalty comes to visit, I cannot help but notice how appropriate Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, is by wearing a red hat with Maple Leafs, that symbolizes our Canada.




Friday, July 1, 2011

O Canada - The Maple Leaf Forever

Let me tell you a little story about this grand Country called Canada, on her 144th Birthday :)
Canada Day, formerly Dominion Day, is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act (today called the Constitution Act, 1867), which united three British colonies into a single country, called Canada, within the British Empire. Originally called Dominion Day, the name was changed in 1982, the year that Canada gained full independence from the United Kingdom.
On Canada Day, July 1, 1980, 'O Canada!' was proclaimed the National Anthem of Canada, 100 years after it's debut performance in 1880.



Jul 1, 1867 - Seeing Canada become a country on July 1st, 1867, Muir was inspired to write a song about this new dominion that he was a part of. After reflecting on the new Dominion's national symbol – the humble maple leaf.



Interesting Canadian Facts:
  • Canada was named from the Huron and Iroquois word kanata, which means village.
  • Canada has approximately three million lakes across the country. More than 30,000 of those lakes are larger than three square kilometers!
  • Princess Juliana of the Netherlands gave Ottawa 100,000 tulip bulbs as a thank-you gift in 1945 for keeping the Dutch Royal Family safe during World War II. The Netherlands was occupied by the Nazis until Canadian soldiers liberated the country in 1944-45.
  • The Bank of Canada issued the last $1 bill in 1989. It was replaced by the one-dollar coin, known as the loonie, which came out in 1987.
  • The world's only flying saucer launching pad is in St. Paul, Alberta. It was built in 1967.
  • The largest mall in the world is West Edmonton Mall in Alberta. It has over 800 stores and restaurants, an amusement park, the world's largest indoor lake with four working submarines, 26 movie theaters and a hockey-sized ice rink.
  • More than 75% of the world's maple syrup comes from Canada.