Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Beautiful Bookends

My two beauties, Fiona and Kirra before the blooming Lilac bush.

I am starting to feel like there is a lot on my plate.
finish classes
start bookkeeping for Bruce.

I just want to enjoy some of the summer!!

Oh yeah, apparently when I fell and knocked the stuffing out of myself last week, I put a hairline crack in my ankle!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

oFF TO Revelstoke

I am driving to Revelstoke to deliver my paintings for the show there. Eight hours driving, four of them on the terrifying number one highway! Ah well, long days and good weather and lots of thrift stores along the way should help. Pray for me.

For the curious, you could go to "Drive BC" and check my route.,-116.3671875

Canal Flats is just below the title Lake Windermere where the word Kootenay is written on a slant. How is it that Skookumchuk is listed and not Canal Flats??! Skookumchuk is not even incorporated.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Longest Day

I celebrated the longest day by wandering around the property and taking a few photos. Summer has finally arrived and it is BEAUTIFUL.

This is my very first slideshow. I'm pretty pleased with myself for figuring it out (but I think there may be some bugs). I followed the instructions from

if you get my blog notices through your email, don't click on the youtube address, click on the "longest day" title

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Aboriginal Day

Today is National Aboriginal Day in Canada. Bruce and I took part in the local aboriginal day festival on Saturday. There was music, dancing and great costumes. Bruce was part of the grand entry in his role as Mayor of Canal Flats. If I can figure out how to load a slide show, I will put one on my blog.

Monday, June 20, 2011


We have a couple of baby skunks living on the edge of the property.

They are sure cute but very potent...

as Fiona the fierce discovered! Yes, she was sprayed. I have tired of trying to keep the two parties seperated so the skunks must go. I am going to put mothballs out in the out-buildings and in their den. They can move a little farther back into the bush for their teen age years. There is a terrific mixture of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and a little shampoo (you can get the recipe from the net). It really works.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

So sad Canucks lost!

It is very depressing that the Canucks lost. Bruins played an excellent game and Tim Thomas is just stellar.

It is deplorable what happened in Vancouver after. That kind of riot has NOTHING to do with hockey. That is just a bunch of criminals waiting for a chance to act out. It's too bad they couldn't just shoot them. And people hanging around for the entertainment of watching them do it have nothing to complain about if they were injured or inconvenienced in the mess. The police told you to clear out.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Jubilee Mountain Apiary

As part of the Older Workers Initiatives Program that I have been involved in for the past eight weeks, we have to spend some time exploring different job options. Diane and I had the very good fortune to spend a day at the Jubilee Mountain Apiary on Highway 95 about half way between Golden and Radium Hot Springs BC.

It was the day of the annual "Spilli Chilli" contest at Spillimacheen. The apiary has one of the partners participating in the chilli cook-off. He hands out coupons for people to drop by the store to try a free Saskatoon Honey sauce sundae. The apiary hosted local artists to set up around the store for the event.

The apiary has a prime location right on the highway. Check out their magnificent view.

The store is set up in several old buildings one of which is the 1912 Spillimacheen trading post.

The affable Morley Winnick beside his antique cash register. They actually used that lovely relic for some years before it broke down. They have now embraced the less elegant but efficient new registers.

Morley poured his design talents into updating the old buildings. They are now light and bright, full of lovely bee and honey items while still maintaining a vintage air.

I discovered that the best place in the store is right in the corner by the beeswax candles. The scent is heavenly.

Diane and I in front of a few of the various honeys that the apiary offers. We served between 175-200 Saskatoon Honey sauce sundaes to highly appreciative customers. Morley also has soaps, beauty and health products and intriguing food items for sale. All the products are honey based.

It was a great, fun, informative day. Morley was very generous with his business knowledge. His future ideas for the Apiary encouraged me to start developing more ideas for my small businesses. If you are travelling on Highway 95, be sure to stop for a visit.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The NOUN Show---virtual tour

Crazy RAvens Studio presents

The Noun Show

noun: a person, place or thing

At the Menagerie Gallery

adjacent to the Artrageous Gallery

in Cranbrook (across from the Cop Shop)

June 7th to July 2nd

Hope to see you there!


Canucks, what the heck happened??!!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Farm Chicks Fashions

Part of the reason I love Farm Chicks so much is watching what people wear to attend.

The vendors dress for the occasion. There is a plethora of ruffles, aprons, lace and especially cowboy boots (does anyone know how to stretch a cowboy boot?)

I quite fancied this lady's 30's style dress and shoes.

OMigod, Did anyone catch that score by Burrows 11 seconds into overtime?? GO CANUCKS!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

BAck to FArm Chicks

It's that time of year, the time for the Farm Chicks show in Spokane. We take a meandering route instead of the main highway. There is a great used vehicle spot that has lots of lovely rusting junkers that I always have to stop and take photos of. There are impressive yard sales. There is a strip mall with Borders and Target. There are hardware and computer stores for Bruce to haunt while I spend three hours drooling over the quaint items and lovely displays at Farm Chicks. It's my annual shopping binge (there are no stores in the Flats). Here's hoping Jinx doesn't drive our house-sitter crazy with his in-and-out compulsion.

Way to go Canucks! (Jeez, you guys make me sweat!!)