Day 3 – The Wanderer

Some days, I just have to walk off the negative before I can find the positive. 🤷 For the third day of my June ‘Accentuate the Positive’ challenge, I decided to share some of the paths I have wandered and enjoyed over the years.

Following the meandering paths at the University of Alberta Botanic Gardens just outside of Edmonton, Alberta
A couple of granddaughters heading off the beaten path in Wascana Park.
Our garden path – I love this path – started by me, helped along by my daughter, and finished by Dan! It seemed like a simple project going in. 🙄
Following the path through a golf course in southern Saskatchewan
Dan and Kat wandering the Wascana Trails north of Regina (we carry a little leather bag for Kat’s essentials – water, snacks, extra poo bags).
A shaded path though Wascana Park.
Paths converging in Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Mb. – I love Winnipeg💖
My favourite path – a secluded, winding path through Patricia Park 🤗

Three days down, twenty seven to go! Have a beautiful day and I hope to see you tomorrow! 💞

Taking Over

With our recent rains and a couple of days of sunshine, our plant life seems to be taking over.

Our little cat is still holding his ground but Grandpa’s Bleeding Heart has obscured the bike riding frog.
Little frog trying to fight off a fern.
Wild flowers trying to take over the birdbath. Yertle the Turtle is looking a bit nervous.
The chives are done sharing their pot with our metal mushrooms.
Buddha gone into retreat
A couple of weeks and the rocks will be struggling to peak out through the ground cedar.
Even our houseplants are starting to go after our elephants. 😯

Take care and enjoy your Sunday! 🌤️

Our Yard

Dan is out working on a few of our planters so I thought I would share shots of our latest yard acquisitions.

Great deal on a new birdbath from Canadian Tire. It will move to its permanent home once Dan gets water flowing through it.
Dan picked up another little metal sign. 😊💞
A friend for Kat
Same old Kat but she is sporting a new spring haircut.

We also have a variety of new holes in the sand around our garden planters. Our squirrels take the peanuts we put out for them and bury them in the sand. Kat smells the peanuts and goes around digging them up – leaving a new hole for every peanut she finds. Fun times! 🤦

Our grass is turning green and the trees have their leaves coming. By the time I post pictures of our yard again, we should have the garden cleaned up and the bedding plants in. Summer is coming! Yay🥳

Keep safe and have a nice day. 💞

Anticipation

Our reality today remains to be one of ice and snow and freezing temperatures.  We are supposed to reach a mighty minus 18 Celcius today – an improvement, but still frigid for sure!

Fortunately, I am retired!  I can stay indoors, work out with my husband, and anticipate the coming of spring.  I even started seeding bedding plants this week. 💐🍅🥗

I started tomatoes, peppers and flowers!
Dan helped me 🤔

It is a waste of life to spend time worrying about the future and what it may bring, but in the frozen north  anticipating spring and preparing for its arrival is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

Keep safe & stay warm 🌤️

Natural Beauty

Even the easiest winter in Saskatchewan finds me missing the natural lush, green beauty of summer.   Regardless of how small our house may be, I will always find space for a few houseplants to see me through the season

When I moved in here with Dan, he had one plant sporting one brown leaf.  I nurses it back to health and it thrived for years before it totally failed.  When my son in law Charlie, lost his Mother, he brought me her little plant to take it’s place.  This is what was that little plant.
I go to the same nursery every year to get my bedding plants.  One year, I got this little succulent when they were clearing out their perennials.  It goes like crazy, I cut it down, and it grows like crazy once again.
My daughter bought me this little tree a couple of years ago for mother’s Day.  It was about 3″ tall.  Now it is 27″ tall. If it ever reaches it’s full height of 30 feet, we will for sure need a bigger house. (The elephant was from granddaughter Genie for Christmas)

Have a naturally beautiful day!

Spring Has Sprung in Saskatchewan!

I did not have far to go to enjoy some beautiful spring weather today. We are experiencing a very unseasonable warm spell. Yay!!!

It is +3 celcius today, a high of +5 expected tomorrow,  with minus single digits forecast for the next two weeks.

Kat and I went out for a while to enjoy the day. I worked at clearing our sidewalks and Kat’s patio path. It got so warm, I had to take off my winter coat to cool down. 🌞

Kat hanging out, enjoying the sun.
Kat’s path – the snow is about 5 feet deep in the back yard and on the garden so she didn’t have much room to wander and do her business. 💩
There was sun to be seen – just kind of hiding behind the tree and some passing cloud cover.

If the beautiful weather was not enough to make my day, I came in to find that Dan had finished the laundry I had started, before heading outdoors. 😊

Keep safe and have a beautiful day🌻

Winter Wonderland

We missed out on the blizzard this weekend but we got a good dump of snow last night. I have been out shoveling this morning. I am feeling better today than I have for a few weeks but have to take it pretty slow. Dan went out and did a stretch because he doesn’t think I should push myself too far. It doesn’t look that impressive on these pictures but the snow is a good foot deep and HEAVY. I will be busy all day. 🌞❄️☃️

This Week in the Weather

We seem to be on the fast track to some seasonal changes in our weather this week.

We started off with a couple of warm, sunny days.
Yesterday, Dom and I spent a while at a neighbourhood kiddie park. It seemed a bit chilly but Dom had a great time on the equipment and even took off his shoes and socks to play in the sand.

Today it is supposed to be 21 above Celsius. It seems rather cloudy but their are periods of sunshine. There is also wind! 54km to 74km winds. Kat and I have not ventured out for our walk. I am a bit concerned that one or both of us might get blown away (or blown over).

The exciting part is that starting tomorrow the mercury is supposed to drop out of the thermometer and by Sunday we should have one to two FEET of snow. With strong winds, they are also warning of white-out conditions across southern Saskatchewan.

Whoo Hoo!

To be honest, I have really been looking forward to snow this year. I will not have to go out and drive through it, in pitch dark, on my way to work. The fresh new snow will cover up the endless greige of autumn in Saskatchewan. Plus, and this is a big plus, I will be home so will have a chance to shovel it before Dan gets to it! I just hope I will be able to. Being out in the cold is hard on my lungs at the best of time and these last few weeks haven’t been the best of times, where my lungs are concerned. I can only take it slow and hope for the best. ⛄

Hope your weather is good and your spirits are high!

Still Walking🌬️

Kat and I went for our regular walk this morning. We did 5km in 66 minutes. That included three stops to pick up Kat poo, one stop to visit with a guy who was cutting through the park with his Giant Tiger purchases, one stop to chat with Gaylene and Absinthe (her black lab), and about half a km for Kat to search for berries and/or squirrels along the path. It was minus 8 celcius, snow flurries, and a brutal northwest wind.

Granted, I was wearing several layers of heavy fall clothing, including two pairs of socks and two pairs of gloves, but I was still pretty proud of myself and my little dog. I don’t know how we will make out through the winter, but we do not have any heavy snowfalls forecast for this month so we aren’t ready to give up our walk yet.

Have a great weekend and KEEP WARM🌞

Changing Seasons

The struggle is real. Moving from summer to autumn, in Saskatchewan, just doesn’t work for me.

Trading the summer heat for the autumn chill does not work. Trading bright sunny skies for dull, overcast ones does not work. Trading green grass, thick lush trees and colorful summer flowers for the depressing dying plant life of autumn definitely does not work!

This morning Kat and I headed out for our morning walk. We took a route that we do not usually follow. We trod along four or five kilometres of city sidewalks. It was ok. The weather was warmish. The people we crossed paths with were friendly.

Finally we reached our neighbourhood park. I started to take more notice of the nature around us.

The grass was pretty sad looking.
Some of the trees were looking downright depressing.

And then I saw IT!

A perfect golden leafed tree framed by brilliant blue sky.

It is amazing how one can find so much peace and joy and hope and beauty in one glance. I could have been looking in the wrong direction and missed it. I could have been shuffling along staring at the ground and feeling miserable and I could have missed it. But there I was, walking through my favourite little park, looking for peace and hope and joy and beauty and BAM there it was.

Wishing all a great day – or at least one perfect moment. 🤗