Numbah 99!

Holy cannolli, one more day to go!

Today’s post is going to be a short one. The last three days have been uneventful. I’ve continued on with internal purging, done some reading, contemplated signing up for a ‘free’ online workshop that promised to pinpoint my ‘blockers to success’, and done some actual, physical purging, as well.

So, a good three days, in my opinion.

Spring is taking her ever-loving time in arriving in our province this year.  Especially up here in Fort Mac. It’s mid-April and still not a blade of grass is to be seen. The trees are just barely starting to bud. The river is still frozen, though the surface is unstable and you can see  wet patches once the sun is high.

I have never seen Spring break-up, so I am very curious about it. Fort McMurray puts out public service announcements regarding the break up of winter ice on the rivers, warning of the dangers of flooding and how to prepare for an emergency situation. It’s really quite something. Until I witness it for myself, though, I guess I just won’t understand.

I’m planning to take pictures every day as the river changes. I’ll post some of them here. Here’s the first:

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April 13th. From our 7th floor balcony looking out at the Clearwater River.

There are five rivers that run through Fort Mac – the Athabasca, the Clearwater, and Horse, Hangingstone and Christina Rivers.  That’s a lot of water to be surrounded by.

This could get interesting.

June 21st and 22nd

Days 173 and 174 — Discovered a new place for lunch on Friday.  The department I work for took the OT team out for lunch as a year end thank-you.  Very nice.  The place we went to is Don’s Bistro.  I was a little put-out when the Reuben sandwich I ordered came un-grilled, but one bite told me that it was all right.  In fact, it was pretty damned awesome.  (And I know my Reubens!)

The OT I worked with had twin baby girls on Thursday.  They are approximately two months early and weigh about 4.5 lbs. each.  Thrilled for her.  I was really beginning to think there was no way she could continue to walk, let alone work, she was that huge.  But Mom and babes are doing fine, so that’s tremendous.

Last night we went to the Transit Celebration dinner.  This takes place at Ft. Edmonton park.  It was a gorgeous night.  I only wish my son and his family could have been there this year.  Everything was open — not like last year when nothing was open.  Tim and I strolled the streets, watched a short film about the history of Edmonton in the beautiful Capitol Theatre.  A beautiful blend of state of the art technology and old-time theatre design.  We even got to catch a ride on the steam train — the last of the evening.  This gave us a place to get out of the rain and an up-close look at how high the North Saskatchewan River has risen.

Well, here’s hoping the rain has left for good for awhile.  I bought me up a mess of plants and I need to get them in containers and in the ground.

June 20th

Day 172 — Unbelievable what is happening in Southern Alberta.  Parts of Calgary and many smaller surrounding communities on flood alert and evacuation notices.  Our relatives in Lethbridge are all fine, but many others have had to leave their homes.  It’s kind of eerie — this is usually the kind of story we only hear about — it doesn’t happen to us.  My thoughts are with everyone affected — let’s hope the rain ends soon.

This has been the weirdest June ever.