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The girl’s best day! (loaded with photos and videos)

Well, today was another busy one with the girl. And at her insistence I took pictures and videos throughout our afternoon. It was definitely one worth remembering. Heck, as we walked out of the school gym after taking a photo with the guys from Hoja she exclaimed: “BEST DAY EVER!”  So, even though it was bright sunshiny and beautiful when we left to walk to school, and (with no rain in the forecast or grey cloud in the sky when we got there) we gratefully had to borrow Ms. Tracy’s umbrella for the walk home?  It really was a lovely afternoon.

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And in case you’d been wondering, Lily-Ann asked the guys from Hoja what their favourite farm animals are.  Turns out Matt (the fellow with the beard, who was absolutely amazing with the girl… seriously super sweet fellow who couldn’t have been nicer to her) loves cows.  He likes their bells and the silly way they move.  Dave and Jesse both prefer pigs; Jesse (the young kid in the center) thinks they’re cute while Dave (who received gasps from the students when he revealed – shockingly – that he is THIRTY) likes the noises they make.  The girl?  Being swayed by her animal sign likes pigs too.

You can check out Hoja at http://hojaworld.com.

November Rain

It rained in the morning, it rained all night, but for a brief time in the early afternoon the rain paused…  and out came the camera.  Here are a few shots I captured in my front yard – never venturing too far from the door, just in case the rain started pouring down again.

Got a favourite?  I’d love to know which, and why.  🙂

Another day of rain…

You’d almost think it was Spring the way this rain is coming down.  For two days now we’ve been drenched in heavy rainfall.  It’s a little odd.  But then, most things to do with our climate are odd these days.  Anyone who denies climate change obviously isn’t a long time Saskatchewan resident.  Our climate has changed dramatically over the last few years, but at least, being far from any coasts or fault lines, we’ve remained relatively safe.

Anyway, here’s a concerned little girl checking on her container garden.  Her  cucumber plant ended up totally flooded, but thankfully (due to the thick lower foliage) the container she’s checking here is unharmed.

A concerned container gardener.

Crazy Saskatchewan Weather!

Well, we hit some crazy weather while out on the highway today.  It was this crazy four minute storm sandwiched between beautiful blue skies.  Just nutty.

Seriously, we were driving along only a couple minutes outside Saskatoon.  Blue skies, fluffy white clouds.  Then BANG.  Dark skies, and visibility of only two or three feet ahead.  We got pulled over just in time for the visibility to clear and for hail to begin pummeling us. Then as quickly as it came on, both the hail and rain lifted.  Blue skies once again.  It was absolutely bizarre.

After the Rain!

I took this picture right after the rain stopped.  You can see the dark clouds lifting as if they’d never been there at all.  Click the link below to see (and hear) the hail.  This photograph (with no rain) was taken only seconds after I stopped shooting video.  Crazy crazy crazy.

http://www.facebook.com/video/?id=532787352#!/video/video.php?v=421246082352

Gotta love Saskatchewan!  😀

Into the Rain

The wee girlie and I were downstairs when we heard the thunder hit.  Lily-Ann’s eyes lit up, and a slow smile crept onto her face.  “Momma?”  “Yes?”  “Can we go see what the sky is talking about?” How else could I possibly answer?  “Okay.”  I tickle her tiny armpits.  As she doubles over in happy giggles I say “Let’s get dressed for outside.  If we’re going to see what the noise is about we might as well go outside.”

I grabbed my camera as we made our way up from the basement, only to find… or rather, to NOT find, my missing umbrella.  “Looks like there’s only one, but that’s okay, I don’t need mine.”  I help the wee girlie tuck her blue jeans into her rubber boots, open the umbrella, and help her out the door.  “I’ll just be a second Lily-Ann.”  Quickly, I turn behind me to grab my camera.  I may not be able to take it out into the rain without my umbrella, but at the very least I can grab a couple quick shots from the doorway.

So began our 90 minutes outside in the pouring rain.  The thunder cracked, and the rain came down hard.  I was soaked due to a lack of umbrella, and the wee girlie was the same… but from an entirely different cause.  Gotta love how much a pre-schooler loves puddles.  🙂

Into the Rain

Cuddled up…

As the rain pours down, the thunder rolls, and the lighting flashes across the sky…  the girlie and I cuddle beneath Nana’s blanket.  Listening, and loving the sights, sounds, and smells of a Summer storm.  🙂

All cuddled up...

On an unrelated note…  I’ve finished the manuscript for my children’s story.  What possessed me to write a children’s book I’ll never know.  But it was the first time my muse hit me in such an unrelenting fashion in a long time.  I’m quite comfortable writing canine non-fiction (dog training advice, behaviour tips, and breed information most commonly).  But then, one evening, laying in bed next to my sleeping girl I just felt the NEED to write.  The only thing near by was my BlackBerry… so believe it or not I actually wrote the first 1/3 of the manuscript on that.  LMAO  Hey!  When the muse hits, the muse hits!  If I’ve learned one thing as a writer it’s to listen to my inner voice.

Now I begin taking steps on completely foreign soil.  I don’t have contacts (agents and publishers) in this world.  In non-fiction, doing what I’ve been doing for years?  Yep.  I know many folks.  But this is something completely new to me.  So it’s a new adventure… but one I think will be very worth fully delving into.  Wish me luck.

Yay!

YAY!

Yay!  Swing set parts!

Yay!  Swing set is set up IN OUR YARD!

Yes…  that means we stood out in the rain, totally soaking wet pulling apart the swing set.  Then drove across town (still in the rain) to our house, granted across town here means 15 minutes, but still.  LOL  And yes.  That means we continued standing in the rain for another hour and a half, completely drenched, as we put it back together again.  But we have a very happy wee girlie…  and it was SOOOOOOO worth it.  😀

Now we just have to wait for the rain to stop so she can actually play.  😉

Rainy Day

Even a cloudy, rainy day is a wonderful thing when you look at it through the eyes of an almost three year old.  🙂

Playing in Puddles

On two completely unrelated notes:

– finished the wee girlie’s dress for the PRIDE parade this evening

– am trying a new medication for the debilitating back pain I’ve been experiencing the last two weeks

Yay on both accounts.  🙂

Happy 100th Post!

Well, here we are…  post 100.  LOL  Thanks for sticking with me this long.  🙂

I wanted to say thanks to @EcoSteward for the nice tweet the other day.  She said:

Have been reading the blog posts of @greengrrrl – I think you’d enjoy them too.  Check them out at https://td365.wordpress.com/

I wasn’t sure if my posts mattered to anyone but myself and my Auntie Kathie (Hi Aunt Kak!).  So knowing that you are reading, watching, following… and caring, means a lot.  Thanks so much.  And thanks also to @EDay40, who retweeted @EcoSteward‘s message.

Okay, on to the photo of the day…

Today it rained, then snowed, then rained some more.  So the wee girlie took her umbrella out for the first time this year.  She was quite happy to be needing it.  And I, experienced something new…  rain on my face.  On my WHOLE face.  LOL  It actually felt really strange to have it hit my eye lashes and lids.  Not at all something I’m used to.  After 30 years of glasses, you really don’t know what it’s like to know the feeling of rain on your entire face…  It was pretty amazing.  😀  It was a good day.

Here’s Lily-Ann and her umbrella:

girl in the rain, holding a pink umbrella

Out in the Sleet

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