Today the ‘Piece of My Mind’ that I have decided to share, is the piece that holds my opinion on the proliferation of off-leash dog parks in our city. Apparently this is a trend that has been spreading across North America for some time, but as usual we are running a few years behind.
For the record – I am against off-leash dog parks. We certainly do not need seven (and counting) off-leash dog parks anywhere in Regina. We definitely do not need one in our neighborhood (which is currently in the works). There are as many dogs as people in our area. While we have many responsible dog owners, we also have those who can barely control their dogs on a leash, much less without one. When our neighbourhood off-leash dog park opens, I for one will not be taking Kat into that gong show.
But, we will be helping to foot the bill to build and maintain yet another off-leash dog park that this city does not need. As will everyone else in our neighbourhood – the petless, the cat people, the bird and reptile lovers. We will all foot the bill because some dog owners and city politicians have decided that dogs need their own parks so they can run free and socialize in urban areas. 🙄
I realize there are a lot of dogs that are far larger and more active than our Kat. They may well require more intense exercise. In a small city like Regina, it is blocks to the rural area surrounding the city – with ample opportunities to run a larger animal. If that is not an option for anyone (anywhere), than maybe they should have made a more responsible choice when adopting a pet. Just saying!
So, that is my ‘piece of mind’ for the day.
Have a great day! Take care and see you tomorrow.💞
It seems like we were just cleaning the patios and planting the garden and here we are with autumn bearing down on us! The seasons seem to pass faster every year. 😳
I have never been a fan of autumn but there is still much to be grateful for. I am grateful for the fresh garden produce that we are enjoying every day, grateful that I have Dan to manage much of the heavy fall cleaning, grateful that I am not facing a winter of dark and icy drives to work (YAY), grateful for the end of mosquitoes and other bugs, and of course I am grateful that I am still here to enjoy each and every day!
Wishing everyone a great day. Take care and see you tomorrow!
There were many years when Dan and I would barely see each other, except when we took holidays together. When he was working shifts and I worked Monday to Friday 8-4:30, we would have a couple of weekends a month that we were both home at the same time. On the Saturdays, Dan would often golf and I would be out with my daughter – shopping, lunching , or doing something with the kids.
Since I retired, it is much easier to spend random time with Dan. On Wednesday morning, we ran out to do a few errands. We had to wait a few minutes for one shop to open, so we took a little drive down Pinkie Road on the outskirts of Regina.
They aren’t the best, but I did snap a few photos to share.
We did not have time to go very far, or to linger very long, but I am always grateful for those little times that Dan and I get to spend together now.
I hope this is a good day for all! Take care and I will see you tomorrow. 💞
“Enjoy the little things in life for one day you will look back and realize that they were the big things.“
After a hot dry spell, we had a beautiful, refreshing little rain last night. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I do appreciate the nice, refreshing rain but that is not all we have to be grateful for today! Dan got approved for time off so we will be attending son Dan’s wedding reception! Three days to celebrate Dan & Amanda and their beautiful (official) family. 💞
That’s it for today and that is plenty to be grateful for! 🥳
Have a beautiful day and see you tomorrow. 💞
“It is not the joy that makes us grateful. It is the gratitude that makes us joyful. “
Today is ‘Saskatchewan Day’. It is a stat holiday for those who still work – and get stat holidays. (sorry Dear, not you🥺)
There is so much to be grateful for, for anyone fortunate enough to live in any province in Canada. Saskatchewan has its own special benefits. We have reasonably affordable single family housing, stable employment, short commute times, plus other benefits too numerous to mention.
This year, I am feeling particularly grateful for one of Saskatchewan’s most obvious benefits – our wide open spaces! From virtually any point in Saskatchewan we can see as far as we can see. In northern Saskatchewan we do have solid forests but they are broken up by many vast open lakes. In the heart of our cities, we have a few congested blocks but we can always look up! Mostly, our province is flat, free, and clear.
It seems strange for me to feel so grateful for such a thing as open space. People who ever knew me would find it quite bizarre.
I have never really been a ‘people person’. I find a lot of people to be demanding, overbearing, aggressive, or just a bitannoying. I find crowds of people to be emotionally overwhelming. (I don’t do parades or crowded stadiums well 😳). I have just always been more comfortable in my own space. As life has gone on, I have had to deal with more and more people – my schooling, my children’s schooling, my daughter’s children’s schooling and eventually a more and more demanding career. It got really difficult to avoid people.
I was constantly backing myself into smaller and smaller spaces to squeeze people out. Eventually, I found myself trapped behind my corner desk all day, and stuck in our little house every night. (Our yard was not even a reprieve as we went through a period of seriously sketchy neighbours. 🙄) With this ever shrinking life of mine and multiple respiratory issues, I felt like I was suffocating.
Then, I retired! (And the pandemic happened). I was free to open my mind to meditation, free to venture out into neighbourhood parks, free to enjoy our big beautiful yard. Free to head off on short adventures with Dan when he is off work. Freedom! 🤗
I am finally free to come out of the stifling little spaces that I backed myself into and appreciate the wide open spaces of this beautiful province that we live in. I can never get too much of the open skies, the endless fields, the beautiful lakes and rivers, the long and winding (or relatively straight) roads. We live in a big, beautiful, amazing province! For that, I am truly grateful – on Saskatchewan – and every Day. 🤗
I hope everyone is having a good day and that you have the time to feel grateful for your province, state, or homeland.
Take care and see you tomorrow!💞
“The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see” – Mary Davis
When we went to Gravelbourg, my biggest disappointment was that the Mayfair restaurant was permanently closed. The Mayfair was an icon in Gravelbourg and Sunday Brunch at the Mayfair was the stuff memories were made of. A visit to see my mother always included taking her for at least one meal at the Mayfair.
That being said, amazingly the high point of our trip to Gravelbourg was our breakfast at Cafe Paris. Not only was our meal perfection but we were able to dine in their very unique and secluded courtyard, so that Kat could nap comfortably in the shade while we enjoyed our breakfast.
We have definitely discovered a great place to start making some new cherished memories.
One thing I did not get a good photo of was the ‘ceiling’ of the courtyard, which was a lacy combination of vines and patio lights. It was so pretty and I am sure it is gorgeous in the evening when the lights would be twinkling amidst the vines.
Our trips to Gravelbourg will not be as frequent as in years gone by, but I am fortunate to have my own little magic courtyard at home for when I meditate. Maybe next summer, we can get some vines and twinkling lights for my evening meditation. 💞
Time to head out to my personal little French courtyard! Wishing all a nice Sunday. Take care and I will be back tomorrow!
Our main priority for our recent trip to Gravelbourg was to visit the graves of my parents and grandparents. We had not been back since my Mother passed away eight years ago, but nothing felt more familiar than driving through the cemetery gates.
There is something so fascinating about graveyards – especially small country graveyards. The monuments are so unique and personal. It is easy to contemplate the lives of those who have been laid to rest in these graveyards. From the tiniest infants to the tots, the teenagers to those who passed away in their prime, to those who lived long full lives, did they feel loved? Were they excited to experience this life? Were they grateful that they lived in a country like ours, a land of peace and plenty? Were they amazed by the changes that took place in their lifetimes? Were they happy?
Growing up, I heard stories of many that now lay in this country graveyard. I heard heartbreaking stories, funny stories, life stories. I heard of their days at small country schools. I heard of horse and buggy trips to socials in neighbouring communities. I heard of their labour that went into the fields and the building of their community. I heard stories of these people struggling and surviving the great (and definitely not so great!) depression and two world wars. I heard of these people celebrating weddings and funerals, Christmas and Easter, and summer picnics at nearby Thompson Lake. I heard a lot of stories!
On summer visits to my grandparents, I met friends and relatives, that now lie in this graveyard. When I see my grandparents’ graves, I always notice the graves of their next door neighbours – in life and death – side by side!
Those were the best photos I had of the cemetery. I could have posted many more but each one holds so many stories, this blog would have run on indefinitely!
I hope you are having a nice day and anticipating a good weekend! See you tomorrow! 💞
Back to our trip home a couple of weeks ago… On Highway 2 just south of Moose Jaw, there is a heritage museum that we pass on our way to Gravelbourg. If you find yourself passing through southern Saskatchewan, I think this is a stop worth making. 😊
The highlight of this museum (in southern Saskatchewan, far from access to any ocean port) is what was meant to be a seafaring steam ship. This ship was built by one determined Finnish immigrant, during the great depression, using a few handmade tools and brute strength. The complete and strangely fascinating story of Tom Sukanen and the Sontiainen can be found here.
What began as a tribute to one of our more colorful settlers, has grown to a sizeable collection of historic buildings filled with relics from our past. One such building is a firehall filled with firefighting items from the early 1900’s. Plans are being made for a building to house and restore the fire trucks that have been collected over the years.
There is also a large display of farming equipment that would have been used by the early settlers to this area.
If you are interested in visiting the Sukanen museum, there is more information to be found on their official website.
I hope you found a little magic in this short tour. We did not have time to go inside the Sontiainen or any of the buildings, only a few of which I have shown here. Maybe next time! I will be sure to share the photos I am able to get at some point.
Have a great day and I hope to see you tomorrow! 💞