Saturday, 28 March 2015

Random Saturday

I can hardly believe March is almost at its end.  As my Wednesday post showed, we had more snow, almost 5 inches.  It was expected but certainly not appreciated.

By yesterday, the driveway was clear of snow and the piles were melting rapidly.  

Today the forecast high is 13C (55F) with rain showers.  I expect that much of the snow that remains will be gone by this time tomorrow. 

We're still weeks away from being able to do any planting as we can still get frost at night.  But just being able to go outside in the fresh air is a real treat!

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I had a short week at work, Thursday was my annual "me day", and Friday was my earned day off.  I love long weekends!  On Thursday I got some shopping done for my cruise (just 3 weeks away), visited my financial advisor, and had a relaxing evening at home.  Yesterday, was the start of spring cleaning and getting my house in order.  If you're like me and tend to put off the chores...watch a couple of episodes of Hoarding, Buried alive before you start.  While my house looks pristine in comparison, the show is a great impetus to get rid of any clutter.

My closet and dresser have been cleared out of old, ratty clothing and items I won't even wear again. I also went through the front hall closet, and rid myself of several coats.  The pieces that are still in decent shape will be donated to Community living, everything else went in the bin.  I got the laundry done, vacuumed the stairs, and scrubbed the kitchen cabinets.  There is still so much to be done....sigh.

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By mid-afternoon I was tired of housework and decided to enjoy the sunshine.  I grabbed my camera and went for a walk.

The neighbor's children had built a snowman the day before.  I love the colorful scarf!

I decided to walk to the park I visited last week.  





The stream wasn't as full as it was the week before, and the water was looking very muddy.

There was lots of water though, and the path was covered in several spots.  I was thinking ahead for a change and was wearing my rubber boots, so I kept my feet dry.


Spring must be here!  On the back, I spotted this magpie and a couple of robins.

I spooked the robin but the magpie just stayed where it was.   I love the shot of the robin in mid-air.  I had no idea that their red breast carried into their wings.
There were lots of people out on the path, walkers like myself, runners, and even bicycles.  It will be an even nicer walk when things start turning green.  To think I've lived here for nearly five years and had never visited it before.    

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Speaking of procrastination, the floors are apparently not going to vacuum or wash themselves so I'd best get at it.  I'm also planning to make banana bread and a pot of potato and leek soup, and maybe a quinoa salad....before the Men's World curling starts later today. 

Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, 27 March 2015

Friday Funny

And this is why my house is never completely tidy, my craft projects take forever, and my to-do list is forever long.  Oh well, I'll worry about it tomorrow! ;)

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Spring in Saskatchewan

I woke up to this view yesterday morning.  It continued to snow most of the morning, and by the time I got out to shovel in the late afternoon, there was about 3 inches on the driveway (some of it blew in).

Over night we got a bit more, but looking outside now, it's warmed up enough that the driveway is partially clear.
 Even so, I think it will be a few days before I get to wear these!  Maybe by the end of the week if the forecast is correct.

Have a great week everyone!  I wish you sunshine, warm temperatures, and if you're in Canada....no more snow!!!

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Home from the Bridge City

I spent Monday through Thursday in Saskatoon working with my staff there.  I'm glad to report that G was back to work on Thursday, though he's still sore and looked a little pale.  He realizes how fortunate he was not to have done serious damage in his fall.

Monday I went out for dinner with one of my co-workers, D.  We started at the same time 17 1/2 years ago and did our training together.  We've become good friends since I was assigned to this group and try to get together when I'm in Saskatoon, normally on Wednesday evening.  She had to go to Regina, though, as her oldest daughter was scheduled for day surgery mid-week.  In the meantime, her younger daughter is due to give birth to her second child any day now.  As you can imagine, D was a little distracted!

Tuesday evening I went for a walk along the river.  The weather was gorgeous, about 7-8C (44-46F), with no discernible wind.  The sun doesn't set until after 7 p.m. so I had time for a nice long, leisurely walk.

Saskatoon is known as the city of bridges.  The Northern Saskatchewan river flows through it and there are at least a half dozen bridges (that I know of).

This time I walked south (south-west?) from my hotel along the river bank.


 When I stopped to take the picture of the bridge, something caught my eye to the right.  These two were just a short distance from me and totally unconcerned about my presence.

I'm not certain what they were finding to eat as it just looked like mud to me!

 Just south of this bridge I saw this goose swimming in the water.

Brrrr!!  The ice is still on the river, so I can't imagine how cold the water must be.

Maybe that's why this goose was walking along on top of the ice.  At least his bum wasn't getting cold!

He/she was honking like crazy and I could hear other geese honking back.  They were sitting up in the base of the bridge though....I assume where it was warmer.


This is another of the bridges, a little further west of the other.  However, this bridge is now closed to traffic.

I lived in Saskatoon from 1979 to 1981, but I really don't recall ever driving across this bridge.




This is my favorite shot of the day.  I've tried so often to catch the birds in flight, and always the wings are in the wrong position.  This time I kept clicking away and got lucky!





I headed back to my hotel for some dinner, and back to my room to relax.  The one thing I had forgotten when I booked my hotel was: Tuesday was St. Patrick's Day and the hotel has an Irish pub.  Yeah, it got a little noisy - especially the guy who kept hollering, "Everyyyyybodyyyyy" so I didn't as much sleep as I would have liked. When I posted a status update on Facebook, a friend suggested I should join them....but I suspect that would have been a very bad idea, since I had meetings the next day!

Instead of walking on Wednesday I went shopping instead. Nothing exciting, just a couple of pairs of dress slacks for work.  I left the office on Thursday afternoon  to head home, arriving tired and sore from the drive.  I still managed a 4 kilometre walk that evening (without my camera), slept well and felt much better by morning.

Friday morning I went for brunch with two current and two former co-workers.  We try to get together every 3-6 months or so and it's always great fun to catch up.  More shopping was done, I hit Target where I scored 500 thread count sheets for $45, and then picked up groceries as the fridge was looking rather empty.  Dinner was also out with friends at our regular Friday night spot, and then it was home again to watch curling and finish the laundry I'd started earlier in the day.

The rest of the weekend will be spent watching the Grand Slam and World Women's curling, and doing housework between ends.  There will be no spring cleaning - winter has returned with a forecast of 4 inches of snow to come.  Oh well, the cats seem to have missed me more this trip and I've been getting lots of cuddles too so they'll keep me warm!

Have a great weekend everyone!


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Not a Wordless Wednesday

For my walk on Sunday I ventured to a walking path near my home.  I knew it existed but in the almost five years I've lived in this house, I'd never walked down the path to see where it led.

The trees are just starting to bud out.












The small creek is filling up with the snow melt.














Sure signs of spring....

Puddles










a busy squirrel


and....







multiple for sale signs at the condo units.







It was a nice walk, the path isn't very long but I enjoyed seeing my neighbourhood in a different way.