Saturday, May 28, 2016

Shoot and cut and run...

Many photos taken through car windows are doomed to be discarded. It's the nature of a drive-by shot but today, as I was attempting to be ruthless with my drive-by Rocky Mountains photos, I found myself strangely sad.
It was an adventure, not new to me but new to the me who finally owns a cell-phone camera.
Scenery, not selfies, is what I'm after, and I'm sure I could have done better. Maybe next time...there are places here in southern Alberta that I haven't explored yet. Have you ever been to Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump? Neither have I, but soon...
Meanwhile, a few more photos my cell-phone took as we travelled through the Rockies. But first, I rather like this one taken as we drove through the dry interior of British Columbia on our way to Kamloops, BC. The mountaintops look so sharp, they could cut open the sky.

Kay Davies photos, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I'm almost as old as Whistler's mother, so... husband took all the Whistler photos during a brief walk-around.

Whistler, British Columbia was the site of the 2010 Winter Olympics. There are so many sights to see there that a drive-by visit is not enough at all.
Here are a few photos of the town, near the information centre where Lindy and I waited comfortably in the car. (More about that car coming soon.)

Clouds hung low over the mountain peaks, but it was a nice day down below, as you can see with this young lady walking her Bernese Mountain Dogs.
"Mountain Dogs" and ski hills? A coincidence? I can't help but wonder if they're rescue dogs.

Photos by Richard Schear, 2016
Connecting with Our World Tuesday. A tiny bit late.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

I don't always do this, but...

I think this is wonderful news, and what better way to disseminate it than on my very-little-read-any-more Unfittie's Blog?
Okay, yes, much better ways do exist, but here you are...feel free to share.


Here's some great news to brighten your weekend.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has sold off its entire $187m investment in BP. There's no word from them on why, but it certainly looks like the foundation is quietly getting out of fossil fuel companies. Since 2014, it has dropped 85% of such investments it had held.

Bill Gates says he's not keen on the divestment argument but we know that the pressure you've put on the foundation through Keep it in the Ground - as well as the folks at Gates Divest in Seattle and the wider divestment movement - has been having an impact behind the scenes.

You can read our story on it here

There was also good news from around Europe this week. Portugal ran for four days straight on renewable energy alone
 and last Sunday, Germany powered almost all its electricity needs from clean sources. There was so much renewable energy on the grid that at several times in the day, power prices turned negative - effectively paying consumers to use it.

Change is happening.

Yours Sincerely

James Randerson - assistant national news editor 

Friday, May 20, 2016

More mountains...I love mountains

These are the Blue Canadian Rockies of old-song fame, featuring less-than-perfect photos taken in drive-by shootings through windows and windshield, with my husband driving at highway speeds. (Clickable song title.)

Photos by Kay Davies

Beautiful British Columbia

Just a few photos from our visit to British Columbia, my home province. Canada has some lovely places, and I love ocean, mountains, and forests best of all.

Here, Lindy takes Dick for a walk while she looks for just the right piece of grass, because manicured greens are hard to find in the mountains. The green of the lake in the first photo is caused by glacier-melt.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Lying down on the job

Lindy went for a walk up the lane with her daddy today. She got all the way to the lane (a distance the length of our back yard and a bit) and up the lane for a distance the width of our yard plus the neighbour's gate. Then she needed to rest. We love Lindy.

Photo by Richard Schear

Friday, May 6, 2016

On the news, we news

Our local TV station here in Medicine Hat/Redcliff interviewed my husband by phone while he was in an evacuation camp in northern Alberta. Then someone from the station phoned and asked for a photo of Dick to go with their interview. I, of course, sent them four, and they chose this one, my favourite. I taped the news broadcast for him, so he can see and hear how wonderful he is. (Smiley face.)

The old boy looked pretty good
on the evening news, I thought.

The fire in Fort McMurray, Alberta, displaced 80,000+ people, but so far I haven't heard of any loss of life. Firefighters from across Canada, have done a stellar job, but a great many homes have been lost, and there is no sign of Fort McMurray residents being allowed to go home to assess the damage.
The question of my husband's car, which he had to abandon at the MacDonald Island Centre recreation complex, pales in comparison to the devastation of those who were forced to abandon their cars, and their homes.
I understand the SPCA did what it could to save pets who were left behind. This subject is very painful for me to think about, of course, and I have no details. The Canadian Red Cross has its hands full with donations of clothing and food for fire refugees, and Syrian immigrants in Alberta, themselves recent refugees, have declared their support for the people of Fort McMurray.
There is a province-wide sense of community which, if it lasts, will unite the people as never before. I think of the Calgary flood of 2013, and the goodwill it fostered between Albertans. The present disaster can, I hope, do the same.

These before and after photos of Fort Mac were posted by
Sharing with Lady Fi and the gang at Our World Tuesday.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Some things never change

Lindy 2010.

Eating while lying on the floor is always best, whether there's food in the dish or not.

Lindy 2016.

The very fires of hell

The city of Fort McMurray, in the northern Alberta oil patch, was caught in the path of a raging forest fire this week. Everyone in the city has been evacuated. Among the evacuees is my husband, Richard Schear, now staying with some hundred others in a workers' camp farther south. His car is still outside the trade show facility where he'd been in "Fort Mac" on a business trip, and we don't know if it has burned or not.
I am very grateful that he escaped safely, and proud that he volunteered to help register names of people displaced by the spreading fire. Then he and others were put on a city bus and sent south toward safety. While on the bus, he spent his time amusing babies, toddlers, and young children.
Yes, I'm proud of him, but I'm still miffed. I'm no longer angry, but miffed is a good word for how I felt when he refused to take my advice and leave a day earlier. Places to go, people to see, you know, can't stop because of a fire...but I was born, raised, and spent my entire working life in British Columbia, so I knew enough about forest fires to be be very afraid.
In the Macleans news photo below (used here without permission), smoke and flames can be seen coming over the hill, heading toward the lightpoles of town. The people on these streets must have been very, very afraid.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Don't like the weather? Wait five minutes.

A week ago, I posted a photo of snow on my ornamental crabapple tree. Now we are headed for a heat wave.
I'm going to have to remember to do some watering, too, because rainfall levels in Alberta are well below the norm.
But first, I'll have to fill Lindy's pool, so she'll have a place to cool off if I'm not home to let her into the house.
I don't have any "today" photos of Lindy, and you'll never guess why. There's an old expression about people being so ugly they'd break the camera if they were being photographed.
Well, I got my hair done and decided to take a "selfie" of myself with my new cell phone, which is also my only operable camera.
So I got the selfie, but my phone/camera died, immediately thereafter.
True fact.
Posting for Our World Tuesday, to show Lindy's world, and mine.

When Lindy was younger, she'd jump into her pool, leash and all. But last year, old and blind and less inclined to play, she didn't look quite as happy.