Saturday, December 6, 2014

Getting Through the Days

I have a little time this morning to take a deep breath and enjoy the quiet. It's the peak of the Silly Season in the newspaper business, and my co-workers and I are pretty much in coping mode.

So I thought I'd share a few photos of places and events through the last little while.

The Husband and I went to Kamloops on Monday a few weeks ago, early enough that I had my second cup of coffee in my 'go' mug. I know.

I'm always packing a camera and on the look-out for landscape shots to use on the cover of the weekly real estate supplement. Hwy 97 travels alongside Monte Lake, and the sharp temperature change that day provided some nice pics:

Monte Lake early morning, looking southeast

Monte Lake early morning, looking northwest

I was scrambling for photos to use this week, so during a brief lull on Wednesday afternoon, I grabbed the camera and went for a walk down the street from the office, hoping for something before the light faded.

One of the problems this time of year is the short daylight hours. I drive in to work in the dark and drive home in the dark. Saturdays and Sundays are busy, so my photo ops are limited.

This is a few samples of what I found within a block or two:

Looking up to Bella Vista, and above it, The Rise
(housing and golf course development area)
west northwest view from 25 Ave.

Waxing moon over Coldstream.

And I've thought several times about posting a photo of this sign, on the property next door to the newspaper's:

The lot and building belong to the Fraternal Order of Eagles (a brief Google search on the origin and history of fraternal organizations is surprisingly interesting … or at least I found that to be, when I did some research in the Modern Woodsman of America, a group one of my great-grandfather's belonged to). The Royal Canadian Legion local branch is experiencing financial challenges (as are most of the legions) and so entered into a partnership with the Eagles to lease-share the space. And the Lions Club does as all of them do (in my limited experience) which is to not invest in capital but to use existing community facilities and focus on directing their efforts to helping others.

All in all, I think this is an excellent example of co-operative alliances. And I bet the bar in the back is showing a profit.


With the taxing environment at work, I'm mostly tapped out when I get home. If I don't have a curling game in the evening, I mostly veg out on mindless activities to try and still my tired brain. I save things that need concentration, like sewing, for the weekend.

This has been the brain drug of choice:

and it helps that The Husband is as drawn to the pursuit as I am. Thank you, Friend Cheryl, for bringing us new puzzles during your visit this summer. We've completed two of the three you brought, although the third one is proving somewhat daunting … I'm scared to open the box.

You'll note the wine glasses are mostly empty. And that nary a drop has been spilt. Also will explain that the blue bowls are holding all the 'window' pieces and 'roof' pieces until the pieces on the mat are placed and there is more room to work with. Strategy. Not my first rodeo.


Tonight is the company Christmas party, and the social committee has selected curling as our activity (we've gone bowling before, which was a blast). Some people can't/won't go out on the ice, so we will also have games of cribbage (cards), crokinole (board game) and use of the club's shuffleboard table set out in the lounge/viewing area.

Classic curling rink. 

Classic cribbage board and a perfect hand of 29 points.

Classic crokinole board

So we have the classic three C's of Canadian entertainment: curling, cribbage and crokinole.

Meanwhile, of the 32 players taking part in the sport, only three of us regularly play, and several others played in high school …..  many, many years ago.

Let the mayhem begin.


  1. I, too, have been 'relaxing' with jigsaw puzzles. :) Hope that things settle down and the solstice brings the sun back quickly.

  2. I very occasionally watch Curling on TV (winter Olympics?), but would not like the ice. I'd probably be amongst those playing 'snap' in the bar.