Friday, July 31, 2009

A Wedding and Things


We are off to Stephanie and Tonys' wedding tomorrow!
I've searched out the perfect gift, assembled two summer salads and banged out a long list to assist my feeble, menopausal mind...
I also managed to secure affordable lodging in a little settlement with the dubious name of Dead Man's Flats. There is a story as to how that place got its name, but it escapes me right now.
Note to Self: must get hold of Walter Morris...
This is a the busiest long weekend of the year and we will be traveling from one tourist destination to another. The highway will be crazy, with a capital C, but we hope to miss most of the traffic by leaving early. We will, no doubt, still be held up by the ubiquitous bear, elk, deer and coyote jams, as visitors stop along the shoulder of the road, jostling for the best photo opportunity.
Thus, our traveling motto is; "No Hurry".
The weather is still hot and unusually muggy, causing evening thunderstorms of threatening proportions. Last night lightning struck several hundred yards away around the shoulder of the hill. It sent Tnu and me scurrying - and Eugene laughing...
A couple of minutes later, we heard sirens (police or ambulance) followed by the blasting horn of the local fire truck as it left the station. We still don't know what the outcome was, but we are certain it was in response to the fact that lightning struck in a relatively populated area.
Um, like next door...
Clouds are gathering along the edge of the valley as I speak (er, so to speak) and it looks like it might be another eventful nightfall.
Who needs TV when I have mother nature at the doorstep?
I've also been kept occupied with continued unpacking and setting up house. I have most of the big stuff done, but the smaller touches take a mite longer.
And the aquarium and my desk are still countering for position...
I've been tending my planter garden on the deck, registering Bobby for summer camp, hosting a myriad of sleep-overs, shopping at the Farmer's Market, doing as little cooking as possible in the heat and doing as much as possible to stay cool.
Speaking of which, we are off to the beach before lightning strikes again...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009

... and did I mention the graveyard?

Now that I am firmly ensconced in my new home, I can dig deeper and find time to download more photos.
I did mention that my new house has a lovely wrap-around deck with expansive lake and mountain views. What I neglected to indicate is that the local cemetary is directly below me on a bluff along the lake shore. It is one of the most picturesque burial grounds I have ever encountered. It's also quite interesting the number of people I see, on a daily basis, wandering among the modest headstones and markers.
Our swimming beach is just below the dirt track that climbs a side hill from the shore to the cemetery gate, and I can float on my back while looking up at some of the taller gravestones.
I assure you it's anything but morbid.
Rather, it's a lovely resting place encompassed by a quiet sense of peace.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Birthdays and Baked Potatoes

This morning I'm busy making salads and such, because we're celebrating an important birthday.
Beth is turning nineteen tomorrow!
It's an important milestone for her, as she'll become the age of majority. Now Beth will be recognised as an adult under the law, be able to vote provicially and, more importantly, she'll be able to grace the local pub with her presence.
Another birthday we are heralding in is that of Rachel Fuller. I don't know exactly how old she turned today, but I do know I still have a few years on her!
The weather has been so hot this week that cooking has become something of a distant memory. Hence, the salads being made at such an early hour in the day. I did buy some (Jenny's tooth just fell out...) steaks and will be grilling them on the barbeque, but everything else will be cold!
Other than the fact that, like Grace, I feel similar to one - absolutely no baked potatoes!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


My name is Midnight Raven.
My passion is Freedom.
I fly with the eagles and the ospreys.
I sail upon unfurled wings.
I feel the wind in my face
and laugh
and cry.
And in the presence of fear
I soar
higher and higher
farther and farther.
And exalt in the face of that fear.
I live
and I thrive
as I ride the mistral.
I am Midnight Raven.
And my essence is Freedom.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

And I Moved

... but I moved toward Me!

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Friday, July 03, 2009

3 minus 1 equals 2

Syncronicity is dogging my footsteps...

Thursday, July 02, 2009

... 4

It looks like another sunny day ahead.

I will be inheriting a fish and we are going to learn how to clean its aquarium today.
The kids think that's quite neat.
It might be just more work for me, but I am known for accepting strays into the fold!

Wednesday, July 01, 2009


Everyone loves a parade!