Saturday, December 19, 2015

Sun Dogs

I done know how well you can see them, but this is my attempt to capture today's pair of rainbow sun dogs.

Friday, December 11, 2015

The perfect gift

Anna hosts a Tea and Chat every Sunday for the members of our cooperative. She does this to promote socialization among members and to encourage new members to come out and introduce themselves. 

 Today one of her best friends gave her a set of earrings, one is a teacup and the other is a creamer. 

She's still giddy about them. 


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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The river valley

While hot-footing (let's be real, here, 1.5, 2k/h) I couldn't pass up the opportunity to capture the river valley yet again. It's just so pretty ! 

And I know I could have used HDR to enhanced‎ details but I truly like the polarizing effects a sun shot generates. 


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Monday, November 30, 2015

Macro Monday

Ah,the wonderful thing it is to have access to an old coin and a macro lens.


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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Caught you

The advantages of lack of sleep :p

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Hardware vs Software

Sometimes we lose sight that hardware and software, while cooperative, are no necessarily interdependent. Case in point, my BlackBerry Passport. When the Passport first came out, it boasted a high-end camera and a wonderful set of specs. Unfortunately the software that came with the initial offering was atrocious. It couldn't take  proper pictures to Save it's life. Now unfortunately, while it did try to improve the software, the current offering still remains a little better than marginal; it's improved a fair bit but it's still not perfect. Secondary software however has managed to make the most of the current hardware,allowing for some truly wonderful pictures in less than ideal conditions 

Case in point, this was taken over my head, single take, no processing, no special settings.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Getting into the spirit

...of the season.

I blame my daughter. 😀

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Mushroom farm

I happened upon a display of mushroom farms at a grocery store a while back.  Oyster mushrooms from a company called Back to the Roots.  I just had to pick it up for our older daughter, who loves mushrooms.

It took a while to get around to starting it, and this is the first crop. 

Once it starts going, it grows FAST!

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Rack

It's actually called a negative tension table.

The shirt he's wearing says "I'm tired and my back hurts."  The girls got it for him for Christmas.

Very appropriate.

Friday, August 14, 2015

The truth is sometimes ugly

Just in case there was any doubt as to who the true ruler of the household is.

Aquila non captat muscas 

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Monday, August 3, 2015


The cats like to watch us through the bannister. 

And dangle body parts in the process.


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Set up

Setting up for day 2 of the Artwalk.  Check us out on 105 St. between Whyte and 83rd Ave.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Too close

They found the gas leak.  No one knew the line was there.

People have been saying for years that the lines aren't deep enough.  Even so, you would think the powers that be would actually know where they are.

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So we have our nice new retaining wall installed.  Then one of my neighbours came home and smelled gas.

No idea if there is a connection;  the crew didn't hit anything, but it's possible one of the rebar they drove in hit something.  Problem is, nobody has any idea where the gas lines actually are.

So they shut the gas off last night, affecting about a third of the townhouses.  Not having a furnace this time of year is fine, but it also means no hot water.

Hope they can fix things soon!

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Our door

This is what we see when we open our door.

I had to walk through the taped off area where the guys are working, then duck under tape,  to come home.

But this is a good thing.  The retaining wall and dangerous stairs are being fixed.  It's all been slowly tipping into the lower sidewalk for years, and it's part of what's holding up our parking area.

Three days of this, and it should be done!

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Saturday, June 13, 2015


I got some new additions for my dash, including this T Rex.

This is what I see when I look through my steering wheel.

I found three tiny dinosaurs while with my daughter at Scholar's Choice.  As we walked in, my daughter told the woman we were looking for tiny animals.  Especially frogs.

"I take it you don't mean live ones," she says, then comes out from behind the counter to lead us to the display.  My daughter begins to chuckle.

"Ah, ha ha ha huh? ah!  What?"

That's when she spotted the tiny tanks of frogs they had in an end cap.  As we follow the clerk, my daughter turns to me with, "I thought she was kidding! "

Too funny.

Friday, June 12, 2015


Freya likes my hair.  She likes to roll under it.

Which can get very painful when she starts to fall off my shoulders.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

This is the end...

‎...of my ability to drive the van without a certain amount of self consciousness. Anna seems to have discovered "car bling" :D 


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Monday, June 8, 2015


My darling daughters had a surprise for me on my dash.  They raided their own tiny animal collections and left 8 new critters, including these ones, for me to enjoy.

I love my family.  They put up with me. Lol


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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Craft open house

‎So today is open house for crafting. Anna as crochet instructor has her wares on display. We joined for a visit and daughter brought her drop spindle to spin yarn. 

Funny, the spinning seems to start more conversations. 


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Friday, June 5, 2015

The start


As you may have noticed in my last few posts, I have been collecting critters on my dashboard. 

And they make me happy.

As one of my daughters pointed out, for all the time I spend in my van, I may as well! Lol

This is the one that started it all.  One frog.

I like frogs.  They are so interesting and cute. 

I intended to fund more, but aside from the toad hiding by my gauges, I couldn't find any nice ones.  The toad was part of a kit of venomous creatures.

I like those, too.

I am still on the lookout for more little frogs to add to my collection.

My children laugh at me.  I wonder why?


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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Turn it upside down

I see the frowny face and it makes me smile.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Bridge cleaning

We have lived in Edmonton for more than 10 years and, until today, I had no idea what colour this bridge was.

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My daughters are amused by the things that I do.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

I see you

It's the little things in life that make me happy.

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Monday, May 25, 2015


Freya decided to keep me company and I couldn't resist taking a bunch of photos.   I love how both cats like to lie on the couch with one arm dangling down.

I'm also playing around a bit with my phone camera's edit toys.  I don't like to modify photos in general.  A bit of cropping.  Lightening a dark photo.  That's about it.  So even just adding a frame is more that I typically do.


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Monday, May 18, 2015

Some people...

A quick picture of the dissipating dust cloud from the car that did several donuts in the parking lot, then took off

Nope.  Not impressed.

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The joys of cats

So my desk is cluttered. Well, it's a table and it's cluttered. Finnigan remembers when it was clear though, so he decided to help me‎ clean things up. First he motivated my efforts by ensuring I couldn't actually do anything on the computer. Then, once I had cleared enough room for him to sit without knocking things over, he laid down and pushed the keyboard right into my lap. As you can see, he's overcome with remorse...


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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Dangerous beauty

Getting quite the snowfall today.  Our willow tree sure looks gorgeous, but will those newly emerging leaves survive? This photo was taken at about 7 am.  After 4 hours, a lot more snow has fallen, and it's still coming down.

All the trees had been unfurling new growth.  Now, people are reminding others to give their trees a shake to avoid lost branches.



It's May 6. 

Glad I didn't finish my planting, yet.

Seems kinda symbolic right now. 😕


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Where's my dinner?

I walked out of the kitchen to find Finnegan at the table.




Monday, April 20, 2015


The fish really like the corner aerator.  Boris, we expect, but the baby cichlids  we aquired like it, too.

Of the 9 cichlids, 8 where hovering around Boris in the bubbles.  Most swam off when I came with my phone to take a picture, then came back as soon as I left.


Monday, April 13, 2015


The cats love the new coffee table my daughter  bought for us.
A smooth surface AND a sun spot.
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Thursday, April 9, 2015

They don't make them like they used to.

One of my mother's antique prayer books.  Not sure of the age, though pretty sure it's more than 100 years old.


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Monday, April 6, 2015


Coelacanth Traveler checks out the Male mushrooms.
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update:  LOL  I didn't eve notice that my spell check put in "male" mushrooms.  It was supposed to say "Maleb" which is the name of the town the park is near.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

The joys of rural areas

‎So Anna has gone visiting her father in the country. When I say in the country, I mean middle of nowhere, Population 70 or so in the village. The access to any type of cellular connection is slim to none. She has access to slight data connectivity which means we can talk on BlackBerry messenger, but that's about it. 

At least my daughter is having fun with the 12 or so barn cats. 



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Thursday, April 2, 2015


Checking out the clawed foot of an alien bird... otherwise known as fresh horseradish root.


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Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Coelacanth Traveler checking out the human food.

Stopped at Country Corner Cafe in Teulon with my daughter, before checking out my mom's new digs.  This place sure brings back memories!  When I was little, we used to stop here for ice cream on the way to the city.  The place has changed hands a few times over the decades, but it still reminds me of childhood.


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Monday, March 30, 2015

I don't understand. ..

... why people say Saskatchewan is flat.


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Good Morning

Stopped in the middle of nowhere for a few hours sleep.  Started out the day driving towards an amazing sunrise.  My phone camera doesn't do it justice.


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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Feeding Time

Stopped for lunch... or whatever it would be called at 3:30 in the afternoon... just West of Medicine Hat.

Love being able to make fresh sandwiches along the way.  Our insulated picnic backpack is the handiest thing ever. :-D

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Road trip

Coelacanth Traveler is ready to hit the road.


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Assistance provided, regardless of need

‎So I had cause to do some paperwork scanning this morning. The cat, normally using this  scanner  for his own private perch, decided that the added paper was really nice and warm on the butt. 



Saturday, March 14, 2015

Birthday Beer

It's our elder daughter's birthday this weekend. 

We got her a selection of beers to try ,  including this ... interesting ... specimen.

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Happy Pi Day

Strawberry rhubarb pie with Apple Pie flavoured liquor.

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