Friday, 27 May 2016

Other Goings On:

Hubby is still home. Can you feel my tension?

Management hasn't quite figured out how things are going down yet in way of calling people back. He gets his regular updates, more so from the fire consult conference calls that the Red Cross has been sending out each day. Next Wednesday (so June 1st) he's going to take his mother up so she can assess the damage to the house. They are letting people back into town in sections. Downtown, where they live & hasn't been damaged by the actual fire, is 1st. They will take photos of the damage (heat & smoke) for insurance; there are adjusters in town already that will be making the rounds for everyone. Then grab whatever it is that she wants to for collectables/valuables & clothing.

Everyone has been instructed that they are not to open their fridges/freezers & to just bind them up good with tape & eventually they will be taken outside for collection. The fire, still in the woodland area is not the only problem now. Bears, have been making their way into town, having been lured by the abundance of decaying food. We always had an issue with bears coming into town. Especially in the early part of spring/summer when they first wake up. Its why there was always bear traps along the paved bike path that went from Thickwood (upper side of town) to down town. The joke was you knew when it was Spring in McMurray because it smelt of thawing dog poop & bear lure. ;P

She was able to get out to the gun range yesterday to assess the damage. Club house structures are "fine", but their roofs & exteriors have been melted/burned/rolled up from the heat and falling debris. She said there was quite a bit of smoke still in the air & its a fair ways outside of town - we're sure it will be even more thick once you get into the lower lying downtown area.

Hubby's been doing a lot of building for his mama out at the cabin though. Since she's going to be staying there a long while, she might as well be comfortable and have a place for all the extra things she will be bringing back from the Mac with her.

Smalls SAL (April & May)

I didn't get around to posting the image of my April Smalls SAL before the cut off, even though I did have the piece finished.

This is from SHD's and is a (requested) gift for one of the teachers aides at the school. She was one of my dance mates in Adult Jazz as well.

My MAY contribution is this 2nd set of Festive Party Legs ~ again, for Barry across the way for Christmas.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Weekend Exhaustion

Saturday was The 10th Annual IFRD. I was lucky to be able to meet up with some ladies in a nearby town and boot about with them for the day. 

We we flagged down by this little gal raising money for Red Cross's #YMMStrong campaign by selling lemonade. In one of the towns we passed through. (I'm the blonde with glasses on the far right). 

**Alas while we were enjoying the gorgeous weather and slim traffic, unbeknownst to us, (on a hwy stretch a little closer to home) a still green rider took a corner too wide on an already blind Corner, crossed the centre line and into the path of a north bound truck. Not only did She lose her life, but her husband, who was following behind in his vehicle had to witness it. The media hasn't officially released her name but we are a small town and everyone is already aware of the family now one important member short. 😥

**Hubby is home now. They finally evac'd the employees & shut down the plants as the wind shifted and drove the fires closer. 88.000 people evac'd & not a single life lost to the fire! Best Fire Drill ever accomplished! 😉  

Spent Mothers Day with my inlaws. 😖 Got to snuggle my smallest nephew and nieces. Daughter gave me a photo album she had filled with photos of us and art work with a story line in it. Was very sweet 💋
These are a few of the pages: (the boys; including husband, didn't even remember it was Mothers Day - but then they just float though the week anyway not really caring what calendar day is it). 

Only 4 more days til final Dance performance!!

Friday, 6 May 2016


I haven't been on much  - lots going on at home & now there are the fires! My Brother-in-law lost his house & we're pretty sure my brother did too. Everyone's safe though down here at the cabin now. Mother in law FINALLY evacuated. Police had to go to her house to make her leave. Its her whole world. She's had so much going on this past year that it was just a little too stressful for her.

Hubby is still locked in at work out at site. They've started to evac people from the camps they were sent to north of the city, he's not at camp though. He's found a "comfy" corner in the lunch room to sleep in. He has to stay as he's considered one of the essential staff. I know he's safe where he is but it still unnerves me that even with all the extra fire fighters ~ they can't get it under control. It makes me sick to watch my hometown burn :'(

There's plenty of negativity in the media about the oilsands in McMurray - but what people who are not from there don't realize is that the plants, are just a small portion of the area. It was (will be) beautiful. Lots of forestry & green space. Even with all the new construction going on that took away from some of it (as it happens in all cities expanding) there was still greenery. I know that eventually once everything stops burning....and the earth has a chance to rest, that it will come back greener than ever. Its been a long while since we had a good burn to rid the dead under brush.....this is just too much burning though!


My first postcard arrived!!! I've sent out 8? And this is the 1st one I've gotten back. I was a little at a loss to what to write on the back, but this lady clearly has been involved for a while as she gave me a few ideas in her writing. Now I'm more excited to send out future cards :)

Photo is of Zen-Koji in Nagano City she says. 
I framed my daughters art project (she's 15).

December 2018 SAL Smalls

More Ornaments of course! What else would fill my winter months? 🎄We are only a week in and I've been able to bang out all these small ...