South Facing Windows Are a Blessing for Heating a House

The week went by in a flash and before we knew it we were sitting in the Tacoma driving East along Whitemud headed towards the northeast corner of the city. Idly we chatted about how fast the week flew by then we sat in silence enjoying the sounds of Colin James, 40 Light Years. On…

An Eruption of Laughter and the Sweet Surrender of Serendipity

Whilst the hostess set down the menus and silverware wraps we tugged on our zippers pulling apart the sides of our jacket, Shauna drew her arms out then snuggled up inside the jacket while I tossed the jacket, toque and gloves into the awaiting seat next to mine then sat down. Neither of us spoke…

An Unexpected Discovery; Kirkness Place Townhomes

She popped out of the truck face mask over her ears and smiled with her eyes. “This place doesn’t look too bad from the outside. What do you think the inside looks like?” I shook my head in wonderment. “Well, let’s go check this out.” Upon entering into the show home the women at the…

Driving Into the Unknown; Viewing Property in Northeast Edmonton

Sitting back in the oversized micro-leather black chair it facing our back patio door and a wide bay window overlooking the sparse trees along the fence. My face twisting into and out of perplexing contours and configurations when my wife interrupted my thoughts with, “hey what has you perplexed this morning?” This unexpected interruption pulling…

Living with Your Decisions

Have you ever made a decision you were one-hundred percent sure of at the time then several months after living with said decision you realized maybe that was not exactly what you had in mind? This is that story. Back in January 2012 we returned from teaching English in South Korea. We found a modest…

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Alberta Aviation Museum Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Summer Sketches Along Eighty-Second Avenue

Sitting on a park bench along Whyte Avenue sipping on a takeout coffee just watching people on a Saturday afternoon with not much to do. Beside my feet lay my knapsack with the DJI drone, all three-spare batteries and a novel by Louise Penny. This weekend the wife was training others how to be better…

A Red Masked Bandit Tells a Story in a Rock and Gem Shop

Whilst I was looking through the three bins of rough stones another guy entered the store. There must have been half-a-dozen people in the shop and the owner went off to provide assistance to other customers. As I stood spraying water onto the pieces and seeing each side light up with a nice polished colour…

Weekend Findings Inside a Rock and Gem Shop

Pulling the steering wheel right the Tacoma’s front tires slowly moved us off 111th avenue and into the parking lot. People were standing everywhere outside watching a couple of graffiti artists paint murals on the building next door to the one we intended to enter. After parking the truck, I was concerned about the length…

A Book, A Tea and Two Early Afternoon Shop Stops

This morning started like any other Saturday morning. Woke up at 6:26am and headed for the bathroom then wandered into the kitchen when I noticed it was six-twenty-six in the morning. Yawning I pressed the kettle button as the water started to churn then my brains caught up to what day it was. “Shit, isn’t…