Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Last Day of Summer/First Day of Winter?

Well dang it, what happened to fall. I would like to be able to tell you that we went to bed last night on a late summer evening and woke up to winter. But alas, as Rollie put it, “this is just like a Louisiana winter”, a week ago. We appeared to miss out on summer this year here on the Northern Ranges. Now don’t get me wrong we had a couple of days that it got into the mid 20’s Celcius (mid to high 70’sF) but nothing much warmer than that. Now that might be alright for Scotland, Iceland or even Alaska but for heaven’s sake this is Alberta and we used to get some hot days at least once in a while. Well on the bright side we didn’t use much electricity to run our air conditioners so the world is a greener place, and we are certainly doing our part to stave off Global Warming. I’d like to get my hands on that Al Gore fellow, but it is hard to hold on when you are wearing mittens all the time.

At least one member of our family is prepared for the weather.

Ready for the Weather-1

Maybe because she is youngest she doesn’t believe all us oldtimers when we talk about that mythical season we remember as summer.

We did manage to get a lot of the family out for supper last weekend and even got a photo of them all. Although we were missing a couple of the adult kids and one grandchild we were pretty happy to see that they all managed to make it out. Hmmmm, maybe with the cold weather they were thinking it was Christmas and there would be gifts :), but no such luck, just one of Brenda’s great meals. We enjoyed a good visit with everybody and are looking forward to the next time we can gather as a family.


I am not going to name them all, but even at my advanced age I do recognize everyone and can put a name to them all. Come up and visit us and we’ll introduce you to any we can catch as they fly by with their everyday busy lives. Thanks kids for making your parents pretty happy.

Other than our family gathering it has been a lot of the same old, same old. A trip or two to Calgary, Cochrane or Rocky Mountain House and just watching the rain come down, wondering if it was NOW that we were supposed to build an Ark. I caught this little fellow wandering along the road the other day.

Wily Coyote-1

I was happy to get this photo as even though there is no shortage of coyotes in our neighbourhood they are usually a lot more camera shy. As well the other morning a big bull moose ran right through the yard as I was out feeding the horses. That picture however is burned into my mind as my camera was back in the motorhome.

I’ll leave you with a shot of the road into our place, down the road from Dogpound, this morning when I returned from my dentist appointment.

Winter- Now what happened to Fall-1


  1. Beautiful family, and the little girl is absolutely gorgeous!

    Your place looks so peaceful and calm. I'm sure ready to get away from cities for a while.

  2. WOW JB, It looks like with the snow, we got out of there just in time. Such a precious picture of Ella and y'all have a great looking family. I"m sure Brenda had a yummy feast. Take care and we'll see you both in the desert.

    Love & Hugs,
    Gina & Rollie

  3. Lovely pictures of your beautiful surroundings.
    So that's what it looks like, "Down the road from Dogpound!"
    And catching the coyote close up, was a find.
    Snow already, and we are still running the AC!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Happy Trails, Penny, TX

  4. Miss Ella's a doll! Glad your having fun with all the family!