Night Shining

Saskatchewan has some truly awe-inspiring skies. This summer my goal is to have my kids and I learn a little bit about the clouds. Mostly because I’m a boring Mom and I think we all need to keep learning during the summer.

There were some oddly spectacular skies the other night and I thought… “Why not start there?” What a fascinating idea.

Noctilucent cloudsΒ are primarily visible when the sun is just below the horizon either just after sunset or before sunrise. Wikipedia tell us that Noctilucent (roughly means night shining in Latin) clouds, orΒ night shining clouds, are tenuous cloud-like phenomena in the upper atmosphere of Earth. They consist of ice crystals and are only visible during astronomical twilight. They are most often observed during the summer months. Too faint to be seen in the daylight, they are visible only when the observer and the lower layers of the atmosphere are in Earth’s shadow, but while these very high clouds are still in sunlight.

Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
North Battleford, Saskatchewan

Anyway. It’s the end of June and with the summer months here I find myself wondering how else I can spend some good quality time with the kids while learning and having fun at the same time. I don’t remember my parents doing anything to entertain us kids while I was growing up. We would go camping for 2 weeks in the summer and then on the weekends but that was the extent of it. The highlight of every summer that I can remember is the school supply shopping that always took place while we were out camping. We would head in to the little town about 20 mins away from the lake and shop all the great sales LOL. We usually stayed at Little Loon. We always spent some time at Grieg Lake and Kimball Lake as well since we had family that owned cabins there. We would pick out a site that was always seemed to be the furthest away from them (and the beach) and would have to carry all of our stuff for what seemed like miles!

What are your plans for the summer? Do you have a favorite summertime childhood memory?



Kittens, Frogs, and a little bit of Nature

I have so many pictures on my phone that I had every intention of sharing here on different posts and I legit just never get around to it! So with all intentions put up on a shelf for now, I’m just going to share all these pics at one time πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

Our cat got her back leg cut open (I think from a jump gone wrong on our fence) and stiches and the vet bill were out of the question. So we fixed her up ourselves and she was such a great little patient. At least I know how much she trusts us now πŸ™‚ She had her babies a couple of weeks ago now and they are growing so fast. The kids love kitty-sitting while mama goes out. They started off in my room and then I must have been interrupting too much because she decided that moving them to the boys room was a much better parenting decision LOL. Sure says a lot for what she thought of me πŸ˜‰ No names yet but we will hopefully agree on some soon.

Jeremiah was (in this case not) a bullfrog
The simple “bear” necessities in life

The next storm pictures are from the Mervin area but I didn’t take them. My cousin took them and I stole them πŸ™‚ But sssshhhh! Don’t tell her!

And I just have to throw in a few more from around Saskatchewan during the last week or so. We live in such an amazing province and it really is the Land Of The Living Skies. I feel very fortunate to call Saskatchewan my home.

Not my picture, this was more southern SK
Humbolt, SK
Turtleford, SK
Near Edam, SK

My husband works maintenance for the R.M. and one of the many jobs he has is ensuring the culverts are open so they can flow properly. I found this picture pretty cool in the fact that animals can always find a way or a place to make a home. These guys are no exception. They should really put a sign up though because the shock of having them all fly out at you at the same time and the noise they make inside a long culvert is quite astonishing LOL

Other than all this fun πŸ˜‰ I have just been in survival mode…just trying to get through one day and then the next. Many family members have passed on in the last 2 months and I hope this most recent funeral will be the last for a while! Out of it came a beautiful opportunity for all of us cousins to share some much missed and needed time together. Yes, family. Why does it have to be so darned difficult at times? Love, patience will conquer all if we can sprinkle a good amount of forgiveness and laughter in there as well.

Hope you’re having a fantastic week and staying cool! We’ve been hit with another shot of heat here. I don’t like the hot (or the cold) lol.



Just A Couple Of Pictures

I love photography and I love the outdoors. If I go out anywhere and I don’t have a way to take a picture, I just can’t enjoy it as much. I don’t know why I have this fascination with photos, it started when I was in my 30’s I think. Over the last couple of years I’ve become a bit more comfortable with trying different things and growing a bit more creatively. My favorite things to capture (besides my kids πŸ™‚ ) are old houses and sunsets/sunrises. The tiny old house below had my imagination reeling all day. This one was taken while we were out hunting last month. I also love to have a peek inside (I know that may sound rude and perhaps a bit axe murder like, but I assure you I never wore a mask until this year while doing this). Something I would absolutely LOVE to experience is an old ghost town. There are a few here in Saskatchewan but the time to go is hard to find. One day, when the kids are older, I will drag them with me on these crazy road trips with me.


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Doors Are Frozen Shut

It’s -37 and with the windchill it feels like -48

I had some time this morning while we were waiting to see if the school bus was going to come so I thought I would look up some fun facts for the kids. Pass the time in a positive way so they might stop arguing who was going to hug the cat first…Mornings are always interesting during the busy and slightly crazy time between 6:30 and 8:10 am. I thought it might be fun to see how cold it was at the North Pole. North Pole, Alaska was sitting at -17 with light snow at about 8 this morning (that’s beach weather LOL). North Pole, North Pole was looking at -26 with a light breeze. South Pole said they had a beautiful sunny -28.

Saturday January 11 just outside of North Battleford, Saskatchewan

What do we do to pass the time and stay warm when the doors are frozen and the windows have ice build up on the inside? We drink coffee, hot chocolate, color, read great books like The Hardy Boys, and bake cookies and muffins πŸ˜€ We stayed inside and did our best to remain entertained and happy, which is not easy for the young OR the old some days!

My husband went to town (about 10 minutes away) because the oil needed to be changed, I think he just needed some quiet lol! I granted him permission for a hall pass under the condition he send me a picture of the ice fog that had developed. I could see it down our street and across the highway and I was just itching to see what it looked like over the low farmlands on the way to town. Those pictures I will never get…But he did send me one of the sun shining through as the fog was beginning to lift and another of some trees. The attempt was nice and I appreciate it, not what I wanted but still beautiful.

Tomorrow morning we are expecting -51 with the wind chill which is -60 Fahrenheit for my friends not here in Canada

I’m so thankful for the heat we have to stay warm! We have ice forming on the inside of our windows and the doors and I really can’t express just how much I’m looking forward to Spring!

Enjoy your day and stay safe and warm if it pertains to where you are πŸ˜€


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Weekend Memories

Weekend Memories

We had tons of fun this weekend out in nature and though I tried to leave my phone put away for the most part, I couldn’t help taking advantage of the beautiful scenery (and the kids weren’t fighting or knocking each other out with mega blocks). So, yes, I snagged a few pictures πŸ™‚

Before lunch the kids were ready for some play time and their favorite thing to do is to go to one of our local gravel pits and play on the hills.

There we sat on the top of a cliff overlooking one of the amazing valleys around our place. The farmer’s cattle were down in the valley and off to the right was a large pond, the sound of nature all around us. The kids were amazed by it all but mostly by the size of the cow poop. It quickly became a game of who could find the biggest pile haha! As they were all scoping out the valley for any mule deer, the sun was setting and I thought… I could park a tent right here and live the rest of my days looking at this for the rest of my life. Then I thought how much I would regret that and miss the conveniences of life we are accustomed to. It was a wonderful dream while it lasted lol.

I used to live in a city and although I loved it while I was there, I really love living in this tiny village (which in all honesty seems too big at times) and could never go back to a large city. I took a drive through my old neighborhood where I grew up , was raised , lived while I was ages 3-16 and it seemed so spacious and big while I was young. It felt claustrophobic and cluttered with large camper trailers and boats and too many vehicles and just not enough air. My sister-in-law lives in the house right across the street from my childhood home and while we were sitting there having our Thanksgiving lunch, I was staring right at the bedroom window I cried myself to sleep so many nights, the livingroom window that was always covered with thick, dark curtains that were rarely opened, the front steps that I cracked my head open on when I was small and playing outside. There were so many thoughts and memories that came rushing back and I thought WoW! I have grown so much since living there and look at this beautiful little family I have now that is nothing like the family I once belonged to.

And that’s what I am most thankful for this Thanksgiving. For the long road behind me, the random benches on the side of this road that I can rest on and enjoy the beauty around me before continuing on to the winding road ahead of me. The family in my past that taught me so much, my kids who are teaching me the most valuable lessons in life and the few people in my life that I feel I can trust.

Wherever you were this weekend, I truly hope you were in good company and felt blessed for all you have in life even if it’s not much. And know that even in those moments that we feel the most alone, there is always someone out there that has been touched by our presence or our words and they’re thinking of us right now.