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Saturday, September 24, 2011



Now I can say I was in Stockholm!  Saskatchewan that is.  The marker notes the town was incorporated in 1905 as a reminder of those who settled here from Sweden in the late 19th and early 20th century.  Now it appears with an homage to the disappearing prairie icon that dotted the landscape for decades....the grain elevator. 

Friday, September 23, 2011

EARLY FALL IN THE QU'APPELLE VALLEY, SASKATCHEWAN CANADA


The scenery wasn't as advanced as I'd hope as I passed through thIS valley but there are a few trees starting to turn.  Likely the large amounts of moisture this year plus our lovely, very warm fall it may be a couple of more weeks yet before they show us their glory.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

TUESDAY SEPT 20/11

This is a Sphinx Moth genus ligustri
This is a much better image than the one I attempted to get last evening.  They are more difficult to capture than a hummingbird and often are taken for one because they have a long probe to get into the flowers.  I've only seen them in the fall and sometimes it was almost too dark to see them as try to get the last of the summer nectar.  
If I hadn't had to run for my camera I would have gotten a better one; they are gone within seconds and usually don't come back again. 

 Don't strain your eyes but if you look under the red geranium and seemingly attached to the black pot, there it is, just barely.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Our Healthy Eating Plate More Scientifically Sound Than Govt's MyPlate Say Harvard Scientists

Our Healthy Eating Plate More Scientifically Sound Than Govt's MyPlate Say Harvard Scientists

This is a very interesting and thought provoking article that reveals a rather large divide between the 'science' based observations of the government compared to findings of the Harvard group. May I also add a much, much more common sense approach as well. So just what is the government selling??? READ IT.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

SEPT 12-18 THE WEEKEND

SATURDAY--I had a satisfying morning doing 2.5 hours of volunteer community service which I do every Saturday morning as a rule.
After lunch and a rest I delivered the last of the bouquet of roses that you saw in yesterday's picture, including the not-too-handsome vase, to my friend's mother, an 85-year old dear lady who has been battling health issues for a long time.  We had a nice little visit and  I was happy to see that she is up and around on her own today while her daughter went home to her own place to get some fresh clothes.  The whole family, including some adult grandchildren, had rallied around dear lady for the last month some even coming from South America where they reside temporarily.  While it was nice to see all of them  over the weeks as a testimony to the very close family ties in this family, it's also sad because of the emotional realities of why they were here in the first place.
I came home and found that the chicken I put in the oven hadn't been reduced to a crisp, I peeled and reduced the second 6-lb bag of apples to applesauce, cooked potatoes and veggies and had a great supper including some of the hot apples for desert.
SUNDAY--Just before I left my apartment building today I suddenly became aware of a lot of activity in and outside.  EMS had arrived, the gurney was on the sidewalk, there two emergency vehicles out there already and I heard sirens in the distance.  I'm glad I was able to escape out the back and down the alley so I didn't have to go around the huge fire truck that arrived as well.  As it turned out my friend's husband upstairs was taken to hospital and I've heard nothing since but did see that their second son had arrived from out of town.  I hope all goes well for him.
That about wraps up my week and a very much needed holiday is on the horizon and I'm aiming to leave Wednesday morning sometime after my dental appointment.  I've made my lists and cleaned out my vehicle today and tomorrow will start getting things together.  I am hoping to get some good pictures during my time away and will keep this blog busy with the adventures of the day.