Thursday, Sept. 9th, 2010

Rain, rain go away. . .

Well, it’s been one helluva long time since I managed to find some time for blogging.  Work and Union business is eating up my life!  Sigh.  Huge sigh.

Things are settling down on the work end of things — we’ve got a great class this year, all wonderful kids.  We’re gettin’ into a groove, gettin’ to know one another and it’s all good.

It’s the Union stuff that is bogging me down right now.  It’s always like this at the beginning.  Give it another month or so and things will begin to simmer down.

Hmm. . . simmer down?  Is that possible?  I think that’s one of THOSE sayings.  But I’ll stick with it, anyway.

The weather here in Alberta has been absolutely atrocious!  I don’t think we’ve had more than a day’s worth of sunlight in the past week and a half.  Rain, clouds, wind, more rain, more clouds, more wind.  It’s been wonderful. (Can you hear the dripping sarcasm?  Sorry for the pun.)

Our motorcycle trip was a bit of a bust this weekend.  The weather.  And, one of our friends got sick and couldn’t continue on.  We made it to High River.  That was on Saturday.  There was some sun that day.  By the time we’d finished supper in High River it had begun to rain, and by Sunday morning it was literally chucking down.

After getting the weather report for the mountains — 2 degrees and raining in Kananaskis, snow flurries in Banff — we decided to just head home.  We rode in the rain from High River to Crossfield.  It stopped raining while we drove through Calgary.  Whoopee!  However, it was quite windy, so that made it fun.  Once out of Crossfield, the rain let up, but there was very little sun until closer to Leduc.  And the temperature never got much higher than 13 degrees.  On a bike, that’s pretty cold.  We were all pretty chilly and tired by the time we got home.

Tim and I unloaded the bike, got in our pj’s, I threw a frozen lasagna in the oven and we sat on our butts and watched TV all night.  Under blankets.  It was wonderful.

So, I never got any stunning pictures of the mountains to share with anyone.  But we are going back up to Miete around the end of the month.  It’s our 31st anniversary!  Yay us!  Hopefully, there will be some sense restored to our weather by then and we’ll have beautiful, warm fall days to go hiking and sitting in the hot springs in.  Then I will bring back pictures.  I promise.

My granddaughter started Kindergarten this year.  I talked to her on the phone last night and asked her what she thinks of school.  “It’s good, grandma!”

“Are you learning anything?”  I asked.

“Hmm, no.”

“You’re not!  You’re not learning to spell, or anything?”

“Well, yeah, that.”

“What have you learned how to spell?”

“Words.  Graaandmaaa.”

“I see.  What else are you learning?  Are you learning to read?”


“How about numbers?  Are they teaching you numbers?”

“I already know numbers — umm, Grandma, when can we have a sleepover at your house?”

Shades of her father; my heart just bursts.

Good night all — hopefully it won’t be so long between posts next time.



  1. cindy said,

    September 9, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Our teachers have just ended a long, long strike that forced our kids to stay home. With the enforced stayaway caused by the Soccer World Cup in June and July, heaven knows what the impact will be on this year’s academic students in the long run.
    A motorbike trip in the rain sounds like pure hell.
    Enjoy your weekend.

    • klrs09 said,

      September 10, 2010 at 6:16 am

      Were you able to do any home-schooling? How much time did they miss? Such a long break would have a profound impact on retention — I feel bad for your kids. Are they happy to be going back — I would imagine there are some lingering resentments towards such a strike. How on earth did parents cope?

  2. souldipper said,

    September 10, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Having explored the Vancouver Island area on motorcycles, summer only, I was shivering just reading about your trip. It’s one thing to be cold, but to be wet and cold is really ugly. Hope it pans out later.

    Happy gramma-ing! I’m looking at FB pictures of my great-niece’s beautiful little baby girl. This is when I adore FB.

  3. klrs09 said,

    September 10, 2010 at 6:18 am

    We’ve ridden in the rain before — bought special gear to handle it last year when we went out to Nova Scotia — but at this time of the year when you’re expecting warmer temps and you get near freezing instead, it just made for an unpleasant situation. Let’s not talk about the idiots in trucks who nearly ran us over. . .

  4. granny1947 said,

    September 11, 2010 at 3:17 am

    I am with Cindy here…riding in the rain and cold…not my idea of fun!!!
    Good to see you again.

    • klrs09 said,

      September 13, 2010 at 7:13 am

      Hi Granny, good to see you, too. I think our biking days are done for this year. The weather here is the shits! LOL

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