A Few Alberta Photos Day 4

Tomorrow will be my last post for a few weeks. Hope you are blessed by the beauty of God’s creation in these photos.

The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein. Psalm 24:1

www.esvbible.org/Psalm+24 

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Sunlight and shadow

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Winter’s first kiss

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Beyond the valley

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Vivid contrast

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Beautiful Banff National Park

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Frozen fence

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In the spotlight

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A Few Alberta Photos Day 3

It’s another cold day in Alberta. The high today is expected to be -18C (around zero F.) Any way you measure it, it’s mighty cold out there!

This morning as I was driving home from an appointment I noticed a sun dog. I didn’t get a change to take a picture since I was driving, but it’s a really impressive phenomenon.

It’s day 3 in my photos of Alberta series. These were all taken in the past few weeks. I hope you enjoy them and join me in praising our Creator God for the gift of beauty in nature.

 

Layered loveliness

Layered loveliness

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Even the most insignificant has a moment of glory

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Frigid foggy farm building

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Whiter than snow

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Afternoon awe

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Chalky contrast on cobalt

A Few Alberta Photos Day 1

I have some nice photos taken over the past month in our travels in Alberta. I’ll share a few each day this week. Hope you enjoy them.

Majestic Mountains

Majestic mountains near Banff

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Snowy foliage

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Enrobed in snow

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Near Lake Minnewanka 

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Condo visitors

"Good Morning!"

“Good Morning!”

Friday’s Fave Five # 61

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It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

1. Beautiful fields The fields surrounding Beaumont are beautiful with growth. I am not a farmer in any sense of the word, but I appreciate the peacefulness and vitality of the farmland that surrounds our community. Right now the wheat is beginning to show just the faintest hint of yellowy beige on the tops of the stalks, soybeans (I think) are deep, healthy green, and blooming canola fields almost shine with their vibrant yellow blossoms.

I am still trying different things with my camera to try and capture the luminous yellow of canola, especially in contrast with a dark sky. I went out to take photos several different days this past week and the resulting pictures were better than any I have taken before, but I am still working on getting it exactly right.

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2. Meals at Chartier Our youngest daughter treated us to Saturday brunch at Chartier, a new restaurant in town. Delicious! Two of my other daughters took me there for brunch the following Saturday! Am I ever spoiled!! If you live in the Edmonton area, come try a meal at Chartier. Check their website or look them up on Facebook to find out when they have their bakery window open. Walk right up on the sidewalk to the window and the staff will show you the bakes of the day. Smells wonderful! This is one of those times when I am truly sad I am gluten intolerant. (Though they do offer several gluten free meals which are yummy!)

3. Gardening My raised bed garden is flourishing. We’ve enjoyed peas, zucchini, and kale thus far….oh, and lots of yummy, healthy herbs. I really love grabbing fresh produce from the garden to use in my smoothies. My husband’s idea of building a raised garden bed for me a few years ago has produced an unexpected blessing and provided hours of satisfaction and enjoyment.

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4. A new baby There is nothing like cuddling a newborn. A special blessing since my friend, Louise has been through many trials with her health and fertility these past few years. Now God has blessed Brian and Louise with a healthy, robust little boy, Caleb. We are all so very happy for them!

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5. Car repair blessing We had to spend much less money on a car repair than we had expected. That is always a blessing when you have an older vehicle.

And a few more photos from this week….

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Friday’s Fave Five #58

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It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

1. Thunderstorms We had a lovely thunderstorm last night. When we lived in South Carolina and saw that a storm was brewing, we would gather our small children and sit on the front porch to experience the passing storm. My husband would tell the children that they did not have to be afraid of thunder, for it was simply God talking. (Job 37 and other passages) Thunderstorms are not as common here so we especially appreciated last night’s demonstration of light and sound.

2. Flowers Our wild rose bush and irises are blooming. Such pretty spots of color in the yard!

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3. Answer to prayer Daughter number 3 has been working three part time jobs since losing her job in October. One of those part time jobs will become a full time job with benefits at the end of this month. We are so thankful for this answer to prayer!

4. Meal with friends Eating out can be tricky for people like me who are gluten intolerant. Last week we enjoyed a meal with friends at Red Robin where they seem to take allergies seriously, and I enjoyed a delicious, safe meal.

5. Anniversary I thank God for my husband, who loves God and is serious about his ministries to God’s people. Wednesday was our 37th anniversary. Neither of us was feeling great that day so we nabbed take out at Edo Japan, where they also are careful in preparing meals for those with food sensitivities.

Saturday my oldest daughter and I took a drive in the country on a sometimes rainy day. We had great conversation and I was able to take some pictures. So here are Five Fave Photos from this week:

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Friday’s Fave Five #57

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It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

1. I’m an introvert A couple of years ago my daughters brought me the personality tests they had taken at work. I took the tests and was surprised to learn I was unquestionably an introvert. In some ways this should not have been a surprise since I was excruciatingly shy as a kid. But I was also bossy (sorry, Sis) and by the time I got to university, was involved in leadership on several levels. I have always required blocks of quiet, down time to recharge after interacting with people, but did not know this was a primary identifier of introversion.

Those test results also showed my abilities were almost a 50 – 50 divide between organized, structured strengths, and creative, artistic strengths. I have recently clued in to the fact that disorder makes me feel somewhat anxious, so I have begun my summer project of sorting and purging my belongings. My artistic side objects. Which side will win? I’ll keep you posted!

2. Pirates Yesterday I had a visit from Captain Hook, Peter Pan, Tink, and the crocodile, all expressed through the imaginings of two very enthusiastic borrowed grandchildren. My deck was the Jolly Roger, my unplanted flower bed the right location for buried treasure, and a random board, the plank! Argh, Matey!

3. Delicious peach tea My traveling daughter brought me some Charleston Plantation Peach Tea from her trip. The Charleston Tea Plantation http://www.charlestonteaplantation.com/ is the only tea plantation in North America and is located on Wadmalaw Island, just south of Charleston, SC. I love both tea and peaches and this variety is scrumptious Mmmmm. 

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4. Light My tree has been cut down, but oh, what light now comes in the living room window! This will be especially appreciated in the winter.

5. Car stuff An elderly gentleman backed into my car last week. No injuries, just that sinking feeling you get when you see something is going to happen but are powerless to prevent it. I have been getting estimates on the repairs, and wow! what an education I have been receiving! I feel like I’m in a Peanuts movie where all the “Whaa, wha, whaa, wha” noises come from the mouths of the adults. No idea what most of their lingo means, but I’m glad it’s all written down so those more educated in these things can interpret properly.

Here are a few pictures I caught during this rainy week.

After the storm

After the storm

Slipping into sunset

Slipping into sunset

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Perspective

Friday’s Fave Five #56

 

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It’s Friday, time to look back over the blessings of the week with Susanne at Living to Tell the Story and other friends.

1.Rain We have been praying for rain in Alberta. We finally had some last night and today, and could do with more to saturate our parched land. Wildfires are still raging north of us, so we continue to pray for that area to receive a drenching rain to help bring those fires under control.

2. Kiva My son and daughter-in-law introduced me to Kiva through an extremely thoughtful Mother’s Day gift. Kiva allows people to provide microloans to those in impoverished areas. Many of their stories are compelling and I found it difficult to decide which ones I would loan my gift to. I finally settled on two young women from Tajikistan who both wanted a loan to purchase sewing machines to use to earn income. Various individuals can each loan small amounts until the requested goal is met. Once the loan is repaid, the money can be applied to others looking for assistance. My son has a burden for those of us who are blessed with earthly riches to be biblical in helping the poor and others in need. I’m so glad he introduced me to this opportunity.

3. Recovery My daughter is recovering well from her surgery and has been able to return to work.

4. Holiday Another daughter has been enjoying a much deserved holiday to the Charleston, SC area where my husband grew up. Being able to share some of her experiences via social media has been fun.

5. Trees I love trees. Unfortunately, we have had to remove two of the four large trees from our yard due to damage or disease. The surface roots of the remaining evergreen in the front yard has totally taken over one entire side of the yard. Nothing will grow on that side, not even grass, and the roots are an ugly, tangled mass snaking across the entire space. So we have made the hard decision to remove that tree, get all those roots ground up, and replant the entire front yard. I’ll be looking for a couple of smaller dwarf fruit or flowering trees for the front, and will simplify the landscaping since I can no longer get down on my hands and knees to tend to the gardening. Sniff for losing the tree, but yay for new possibilities.

Snapple fact 783 – Men get hiccups more than women.

I wasn’t able to do much with my photography this week, but here are some I was able to take plus one from a couple of weeks ago.

 

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Alberta skies

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Afternoon rest

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Dark purple lilacs

Friendly fences

Friendly fences