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Baaj Likes To Walk

Published May 4, 2014 by inanortherntown

The snow and ice are almost mostly

gone or not, wait five minutes – it will change, from the sidewalks and lawns and we are trying to get back to our regular routine of the walking every night.

Baaj walking

This picture was taken at 8PM. Two hours later, the ground is completely covered with snow. Whee! Every minute of every day is a new adventure!!

After dinner and cleaning up the kitchen, as soon as someone says the word “Walk”, Baaj’s ears perk up and he starts to pace.

It has always taken us forever to get out the door, we need jackets, does anyone need to go the bathroom? should I wear a hat? has anyone seen my other glove? and then finally our shoes need to go on and we all crowd around the back door. The entire time this is going on, Baaj sits at high alert, watching our every move and hoping that we are indeed going for a walk and that he is invited.

As soon as the back door opens and he hears the magic words “Let’s go”. He proceeds to sniff and spray every available tree, bus shelter, fence, blade of grass, twig……. He is a study in bliss. We try to do a loop of approximately 5kms and I’m sure he does twice that amount darting from smell to smell.

Last night, at dusk, as we stopped to let Baaj sniff ALL THE THINGS, we happened to look up and there, dancing across the sky, were the Northern Lights. It was so beautiful just to be still for a few moments and watch.

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Published May 3, 2014 by inanortherntown

So it did snow today but now with my self-imposed weather ban going strong – every day is going to be a surprising adventure waiting for Spring to arrive!

Today’s amusement is brought courtesy of Rick Mercer’s Environment Canada rant….. personal hygiene, I’d forgotten about that.

Not A Snowball’s Chance

Published February 12, 2013 by inanortherntown

Baaj has a new game – he wants to go outside on the deck and have you throw a snowball – then he digs all through the snow trying to find it. Crazy dog.

This afternoon, he ventured off the deck and climbed up a 3ft snow bank and then got “stuck”. He was walking back forth trying to find a way to get down.

Baaj is stuck

Never fear Baaj – here comes Search & Rescue:

There she goes

There she goes

And down:

Down she goes

Down she goes

There were impassioned pleas for help:

Help meeee

Help meeee

It was too bad that I was firmly behind locked doors, drinking coffee and laughing my head off. If only I had heard her cries for help 🙂

It was the best hour of my life.

My neighbour just told me to check my sump pump to make sure it’s working because “when it thaws, it thaws fast”. I don’t know what a sump pump is, where it would be located and how to know if it works. *fingers crossed*

Pecora Nera gave me the best news of the day: Apparently snowmen will help prevent flooding! Thanks BBC!!!

I have enough snow for a complete Calvin & Hobbes montage:

doom

Thanks Balzac Billy!

Published February 2, 2013 by inanortherntown

Balzac Billy – to quote from the Calgary Herald: Somebody in a gopher suit emerged from a pile of garden mulch Saturday morning with his thumbs up and sunglasses off.

It seems a bit off to me – but hey, if there is a chance that spring is coming early – I’ll take it.

It was another gorgeous sunny day here and we finally unearthed the toboggan & off we went to the closest hill.

Baaj has redefined the meaning of going for a walk:

Baaj walking

Getting ready to fly down:

Sled

I tried to get a picture of mid-action or at the bottom of the hill but it didn’t quite work out 🙂

Currently cooking: Mango Chutney in the slow cooker. It smells amazing in here – almost like summer!

All Decked Out

Published January 26, 2013 by inanortherntown

I’ve started receiving garden catalogues in my mailbox. Spring must be just around the corner, yes? Surely the mad men of advertising wouldn’t mess with my sanity?

It was decided that today was the day to shovel the deck – we’ve received about 10 inches of snow over the past week – which really added to the already huge amount just sitting there. I was going to document the hard work in progress. Instead I made some coffee and just watched.

Before:
Before

Behold! The Deck:
After

All of the promotional videos for “life is better here” – are filmed with lush green lawns and people outside without their parkas. I almost can’t believe that this snow will be gone before next winter!

Huh, just had a thought – maybe those videos aren’t filmed here at all? Maybe it’s all a ruse? Surely the mad men of advertising wouldn’t mess with my sanity?

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