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A little bit about me and a lot about the things we do.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Tornado Warnings & Storm Clouds Brewing

I've seen the warnings before and have watched the skies with some concern but last Friday was different.
I had ridden my bike to work and when I was leaving someone told me that I better get home fast because there was black sky in the north.
Sure enough it looked threatening and there was a little rain.  When I got going I turned around to check the traffic and I noticed a funnel cloud was in the sky behind me. People were starting to come out of their houses with their phones, some talking, others taking pictures...many pointing up to the sky and shouting warnings to me.  I peddled faster.

When I got home I quickly put my bike away, grabbed the planters and put them in the garage and ran out to take a few pictures.
It was a crazy experience but when the tornado touched down it did some local damage to a couple of homes and fortunately no one was hurt. 

When the dust settled Ron showed up on national tv.
He was quoted.  He's famous now!
 

When it was all over and done with the only damage done to our house was a sign that had blown unto our lawn.
We had another storm happen in our life this past week.  We had taken my engagement ring into the jeweler a while ago to have some claws repaired.  Long story, shortened into one sad story...they lost my ring between the jeweler and the goldsmith.  A storm of tears arrived with the phone call.  Ron jumped off the couch and we headed into Calgary to see what they could do.  They have agreed to redesign my ring and create a duplicate one.  It's not quite the same but at least I still have the great guy that gave me that ring 34 years ago.

In the mean time Ron bought me a wonderful new set.  It's a beautiful Arctic Brilliance Canadian Diamond rose gold set.  He's such a keeper.  I'm so sad that they lost my ring but so happy that I've got the best husband ever.
 Tornados, storms and rain clouds can come our way but there is always something bright and shiny to look for in our future....like a brand new sparkly ring!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

It's Happening Again!

This week has been a busy one.  Throughout the weekend we cleaned, sorted, straightened and decluttered because that's what you do when you are about to list your house. 


On Tuesday, our real estate agent came and did the paperwork and took the pictures.  That same day the appraiser came to make sure that we listed the house for the right price.


Yesterday, we did the phone interview with the person that was assigned to us for relocation.


Today, the listing showed up on Realtor.ca


Our House


So, now we wait.  We have to constantly live like company is coming: making sure to put the shoes in the closet, dishes in the dishwasher, toilet seats down, garbages emptied and shower curtains pulled.  Well, at least that is how I live.  Ron's still enjoying the house!


Now I have the questions:
  • How long before we get the first showing? 
  • Will there be any serious offers? 
  • Will we be sitting here in this house in the fall, Christmas, next year?
I will try and be patient and enjoy this pretty, busy little town that we live in.  This weekend Ron will work and the town will be flooded with people for Cruise Weekend....fancy, new and antique cars will all be on display.





Monday, 29 May 2017

The Mountains Were Calling

The start of Ron's four days off brought high winds and rain.  We decided it was best to stay at home and get some things done.  By Saturday the clouds had rolled away leaving a more manageable wind behind.  We decided that we just had to head towards the mountains. 

Our first stop was at our boy's since we needed to drop a few meals off for his next set of shifts...well, we didn't have to but I kind of spoil him.  He was no where to be seen but his house was full.


He even had two girls there.  Rachael was gardening and cleaning.
And Richelle was just ready to go on a motorcycle ride.  She wasn't cool enough to go with us...or was it the other way around????
I do like her helmet though.

We had lunch at a Greek Restaurant where the waiter almost fell over backwards when we walked in.  He thought Ron looked so much like a Greek actor.  He was almost speechless.  Rachael and I thought it was quite funny and Ron wore his sunglasses and tried to play the part.  After lunch, we headed for ice cream and then we off to the mountains.  We had already seen a moose with two babies along the way.  That was pretty exciting.  The skies were nice and blue and the mountains were spectacular.


We weren't the only ones enjoying the scenery. 
There were lots of people enjoying the beautiful day after a few nasty ones.  We found a pretty little spot to rest and soak in the sun.


Along our way we saw lots of deer, some big horn sheep and a couple of horses just running along the road.

True to our past biking days the clouds begin to roll in at the end of the day and we just stayed a head of the sprinkles but could hear the thunder pushing us towards home.

Now it's back to work for us.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Drum roll please....

Okay, so Ron and I decided to go on a little early anniversary trip to check out his new posting.  We left Sunday right after church and drove to....

Ron will be policing in Brocket for the Piikani Nation Reserve.  We will be able to live either in Fort McLeod or Pincher Creek.

We looked around Pincher Creek and then went on into Waterton Park where we checked into a motel.

It's such a beautiful place to be and knowing that we will only be living 40 minutes away from all of this is amazing to us.

The next morning we went for a drive and checked out the park a little more carefully.



 
It's pretty quiet around the park this time of year but full of animals to enjoy and beware of.





 
 
We even saw three bears.  We saw a mama and baby while we were in the truck but then we saw one in the village while we were out for our morning walk.  We didn't get a picture.  Sometimes it is best to remember than try and focus the camera!

The spring flowers didn't disappoint either.

We explored Pincher Creek and Fort McLeod trying to get a good feel for the communities so that when we can go looking at houses we will have a good idea of where we would like to live.  We also drove around the reserve and were quite impressed with it being such a nice community.


After spending another night in Waterton we started our trip home, taking our time to enjoy the scenery.



 On our way home we stopped and had dinner with Rachael and our son.  Mother's day flowers were there for me from Jenn and SC.  It was a nice surprise.  We also got wonderful smelling candles from Rachael for our anniversary.  Spoiled!
We have been back home and back to work for the past two days.  It may take awhile for Ron to get his papers for the move but we will be content to enjoy the summer in Three Hills....actually I am kind of content to be wherever as long as we are together.
34 years on Sunday!