Monday, March 12, 2018

Fun in the Sun!

Sun, sun, SUN! The sun was more than shining at Sunshine Meadows on Sunday - it was blazing! The sky was clear, the powder was untracked, and there wasn't a breath of wind.... I could not have asked for a more perfect day to be in the back country!

I am really loving the snowshoeing thing. The temps were in the +5C range, so I was without a jacket for most of the afternoon.... But it is a fantastic activity for a cold day also, because you are constantly moving and a fair amount of effort is required to get through deep snow. All exertion aside, you can go wherever you want, as opposed to having to stay on a trail like you do when winter hiking. It rocks!

Over the weekend, I also learned that I have some - not much, but some - mad painting skills.... LOL.... I signed up for a concrete statue paint party with Creating Dharma (check her out on Facebook). The figurines are made with reclaimed concrete (and some fresh stuff, too) that originated from the mountains in the Canmore area, and the molds are handmade in Exshaw. There were a lot of creative people in the house, let me tell you! I was not one of them however....

Watch for these critters on my patio this summer - I managed to eek out a small, basic colored turtle and a boring rendition of a salamander.... but I totally enjoyed the evening and will definitely try it again!

Well, the weekends fly by as it is, and the spring-ahead time change made this past one go even quicker. But alas, another Monday is done, and only a few more sleeps until it is Friday again! Yeah!


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Local Pow

Well, March roared in like a lion.... Late last week, heavy snowfall warnings and windchill advisories were being issued left and right, plus I had to work on Friday, so I didn't stray too far from home this weekend.

In spite of the weather, I did have a lot of fun doing something that I haven't done in ages - I spent a day at Canyon Ski Resort. Now if you are a competent skier or boarder, I highly recommend using your own gear if at all possible. All of my skis are in Canmore, so it took a few trips back to the rental shop to find some boots that fit and sticks that were somewhat tuned up. But in the end, I was able to fully enjoy the surprisingly great conditions!

Powder day in Red Deer!

Overall, it is an awesome little hill - we are super lucky to have it within minutes of the city!

The rest of this (very short) weekend is being utilized for home improvement projects. Not my home however, but I don't mind helping out by prepping walls for painting and by picking glow-in-the-dark stickers off of ceilings.... Oy....

And then it's back to the serious grind tomorrow. *SIGH* I'm afraid I won't be having three-day weekends for the foreseeable future.... we are at that point at work where it is all hands on deck, for the next few months at least. So I am reminding myself to appreciate the simple things and make the best of my days off that I am around Red Deer.


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Snow Time

Day one.... week one.... month one.... all are over and done..... Wow. Where has the time gone! It has been a hectic few months, but some awesome entertainment has been enjoyed amongst the havoc. It started in early February with a chilly but lively get-together of the Cooke Clan....

Newly engaged!
Congrats Jen and Rod!

Next, Chris finished his snow bike project and took the Husky-cross out to his parents' place for a test burn prior to its inaugural big mountain run.

Firing up the Husqvarna 450 4-stroke with a TimberSled kit.

A lovely day out at the Cookes' place!

Sicamous was the real test however!

Check out all that snow!

I think he likes it!

We've also been doing some more of the other snow biking - you know, the version that requires a slightly larger amount of human power....

The fat tire bikes are a blast and this past weekend offered up some stellar weather for being outside. A chunk of time was spent inside as well, to hang this beast on the wall in my place in Canmore - a limited edition print by local artist Fraser McGurk.....

My favorite of the Rockies - Castle Mountain!

I have a crazy-busy work schedule that is not going to let up for a few more months, so I am powering myself through it by living from weekend to weekend. Which means that as of this evening, there are only four more sleeps until the next weekend is here! Yeah!


Hope everybody had a
Happy Valentines Day!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Week one.... is done!

Mmmmm, the mountains! The cold spell over the holidays finally released its grip (temporarily anyhow!), and a beautiful weekend was Week One of 2018's treat for us out west.

In between the plumbing and electrical projects at my place in Canmore, we did spend some time having actual fun as we pedaled the fat tire bikes around the trails and enjoyed the loveliness of the winter landscape. There still isn't all that much snow, but I'm sure it'll show up at some point!

A new kitchen faucet!

A new dining room light fixture!

The condo 'upgrades' were minor but they give it a rejuvenated feel. A downside of making minor changes is that they can lead to more major changes.... and I have a list as long as my arm of things I'd like to change! Oy.

Anyway, it seems like forever since I've had to show up to work on a Monday, much less put in a full forty hours.... But, one down, three to go! Yeah!


Monday, January 1, 2018

Day One....

Two thousand and eighteen is here people! I can hardly believe it, and along with that another 'holiday season' is over. The past few weeks were like being on a tilt-a-whirl - a really, really, REALLY cold tilt-a-whirl that is.... but it's been a lot of fun.

I headed to Medicine Hat to visit with the family and finally meet their newest addition - Jack. He's a 6-month old French bulldog, and he's super duper cute and a smarty pants to boot!

Driving the back roads to the Hat.

Jacques... c'mon, he's French, right!!?

The first couple of days were the usual eating and drinking with the occasional card game thrown in. On the eve of Christmas Eve however, the shenanigans began. A visit to 18th Street from the jolly old fellow himself started off a night of serious merriment.

Just a sampling of what 'fueled the fire' so to speak....

We've been BFF's and getting into trouble
for more than 35 years.... why stop now?

If you've ever been here, you know how it goes!

Who wouldn't be all smiles, riding in a limo?

A group of about 20 of us invaded the timeless classic of a bar called the Royal Hotel, in downtown Medicine Hat. We arrived in a stretch limousine, and I'm certain the live band kicked it up a notch just for us, as we all drank and danced and hovered on the edge of causing trouble, right up until the lights came on. It didn't quite end there though, and reminiscent of my college days, I dragged a couple of diehards back to my parents' house with me and we continued the party.

The next day was a long one for a few over-indulgent friends who had to travel home. I on the other hand felt not too bad, and preparations for my Mom's Christmas dinner ensued.

I you-tubed how to make napkins look
like Christmas trees.

Dunkster and Elmo.... best parents EVER!

Christmas dinner.

Totally stuffed with turkey and all the yummy fixins, I rolled back to Red Deer late on Boxing Day. With the entire province dipped into a major deep freeze, aside from leaving the house to pick up necessities, the last five days have been spent hunkered down indoors. Brrrrr!!

Only in Alberta.... a 30 degree temperature
swing, in five days. Woot!

It has been an incredibly relaxing, much needed break from the craziness of my job, although the insanity will resume shortly. I head across the continent for business once again mid-January, subsequent to which I expect to be working long, long days and likely several weekends. But I'm not complaining - I am happy to be employed and am grateful for the challenge and opportunity I've been presented with.

Speaking of challenges, and to completely change the subject, here is Chris's latest project.....

A new dirtbike, you say? Yes, it's a Husqvarna FC450!

Isn't that his lovely KTM in the background?
And what happened to the rear wheel of this one??

Huh???? OMG it's a skeleton bike!

He is currently in the process of building a snow bike - that's right - SNOW bike. It's a dirtbike that is modified to ride on the snow.... a TimberSled kit is in the garage and he's impatiently awaiting the delivery of the fit-kit so that he can assemble it all, so stay tuned for the 'after' pics!

Next up - we're looking forward to seeing Kristen.... Lindsay and Nichole spent Christmas with their Dad, but Kristen was in Vancouver for the holidays this year. Hopefully she'll be traveling east sometime soon! There is a tree and your presents waiting for you Kristen!


Happy New Year to everybody - may 2018 bring you love, laughter, health, and prosperity! Out with the old, in with the new!