It Ain’t Easy Being a Canadian Blogger in November

Life in one of North America’s most northerly cities of substantial size has more pluses than minuses. I was surprised when I saw just how many varieties of tree live in Edmonton’s river valley. After living thirteen years on the Albertan prairie, a region sparsely forested and then only with cottonwoods, I expected more of the same when my plane landed in July. The dry climate and constant wind of the southern part of the province just doesn’t allow for much greenery. I was then trilled to learn how different the North really is from the South. In more ways than one.

For instance, being along the 53rd parallel means Edmonton receives many more hours of daylight during the summer months than my former city of Halifax. Thus, it follows, now that it is winter, my life looks pretty much like this:

007Oh, there are brief periods of sunshine, or so I am told. But I have this habit of blinking and missing them.

I shan’t complain. For one thing, it’s only going to get worse. It is just a bit annoying that every year when I have committed to posting every day for thirty days, the only pictures I have to share look like this:

011And no, I didn’t alter the photo to make it look black and white. This is just our world now. Not so much impressive or inspiring.

It just means I am going to have to actually come up with things to say and can’t get away with throwing up a few photos. For this last week, whatever creativity is lurking in the depths of my soul better crawl to the surface. Otherwise it’ll be “Black and White Sunday” every day until the Solstice.

On that happy note, I’d better make like a good Canadian girl and indulge in another of my country’s favourite pastimes – other than ranting about the weather, I mean. It’s Grey Cup day and that means it is time for my obligatory five minute interest in football. Since it is only once a year I suppose I can fake it for a little while. Go Riders?

008I know. Even the Shivster finds my enthusiasm overwhelming.

Black and White Sunday – Gratitude

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” 


“Live your life fom your heart. Share from your heart. And your story will touch and heal people’s souls.”

~ Melody Beattie

I am participating in the Black and White Sunday blog hop hosted by You Did What With Your Weiner, My Life in Blog Years, and Dachshund Nola to host a Black and White Sunday blog hop. Want to join the hop? Link up below!


Black and White Sunday – Winter Walk

We finally had our first legitimate snowfall this week. It wasn’t much and the flakes didn’t stick around for long, but I had just enough time to get out with the camera.

BW Walk

I know several weeks from now I will be crying for an end to the blizzarding madness. Right now, though, my fingers are crossed for at least one more dusting before the big day. Snow is never so charming as it is this time of year. I’d like to enjoy it before all delight fades.

Thanks again to blog hop hosts You Did What With Your Weiner, My Life in Blog Years and Dachshund Nola!

Black and White Sunday – Tree Zooming

I was hoping to have some snow for Shiva to zoom around in by this weekend. Unfortunately, we had to make do with leaves. It’s just not the same, is it?

Thanks to hosts You Did What With Your Weiner, My Life in Blog Years and Dachshund Nola for the fun blog hop. Check out the other photos on the linky list below!

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Black and White Sunday – Happy Together

In an effort to end on a high note, I thought I’d keep to the positive: after only a week, we finally captured Shiva and Kitten in a photo together. And nobody chased anyone!

This is the stuff of miracles, people. If Shiva can keep her cool in such circumstances, maybe one day Israel and Palestine will declare lasting peace.

After this, I am willing to believe anything is possible.

You Did What With Your Weiner, My Life in Blog Years and Dachshund Nola are teaming up to host a Black and White Sunday blog hop. Post your photo and link up below!