August 24, 2014 — Leave a comment

Ode to bulldoggin

It has been a HUGE week in Lethbridge, from the city’s bid event for the Canada Winter Games (#Lethbridge2019) to Whoop Up Days, there has been plenty of excitement! Last night I had the privilege of attending the Whoop Up Days CPRA Rodeo in Lethbridge. I love the rodeo. When I first married my husband we had no idea that in a few short months I’d be spending countless weekends in every rural community in Alberta watching him bulldog. This became our ‘norm’ over the next few years and even our babies went from being discharged from the hospital to attending rodeos. It’s been many years since those days and yet my appreciation for rodeo hasn’t waned. Whether it represents the best competitors in “the business” at the Canadian Finals Rodeo and The Calgary Stampede, or the up-and-coming competitors of the Foothills Cowboys Association,  or the Canadian Intercollegiate Rodeo Association

IMG_9242I try to attend.  Despite the weather, I decided to take my ‘big’ camera but it became clear early in the evening that my settings were off. It was dark and rainy, making IMG_9261action shots a lot more challenging, but also, interesting. The rodeo was very entertaining, the contestants had a great sense of humour, ahem Jessie Heggie, it’s not every day that you see a steer wrestler make a mud angel! Kudos to the Exhibition Park team for making the best of less than ideal conditions.

There is nothing wrong with your screens, do not attempt to adjust the picture… 

What’s your favourite rodeo event? Do you have tips for shooting challenging action shots? Leave me a comment:)


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      Building Style: Bungalow Built in: 2006 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Main Floor Space: 1739 sq ft Land Size: 9.52 acres Baths: 2 – 4 piece; 1 – 3 piece Garage: Triple, Heated, Insulated

Building Style: Bungalow
Built in: 2006
Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3
Main Floor Space: 1739 sq ft
Land Size: 9.52 acres
Baths: 2 – 4 piece; 1 – 3 piece
Garage: Triple, Heated, Insulated

A fully developed bungalow on 9.52 acres in Strathcona County with over 3000 square feet of developed living space. House features a fully finished walkout basement, huge kitchen and dining area and an open floor plan with laminate flooring and vaulted ceilings. 3 bedrooms up and 2 down. Lower level has in-floor heat and features a large family and recreation area, gas fireplace, bathroom, den and storage room. Large 3 piece ensuite with sit down shower. Main bath features jetted tub. Triple car garage features in-floor heat, floor drain, hot and cold running water and 220 wiring. The home has central air conditioning, exposed aggregate concrete outside and a large 16 X 29 deck. Property provides great privacy on the end of a cul-de-sac and has been recently set up for horses, including new corral, horse shelter with tack room and automatic waterer. It also includes a 30 X 60 shop.

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Ford C-MAX Hybrid Review

September 12, 2013 — Leave a comment

The C-MAX hybrid isn’t just a different vehicle, it’s a different way of driving.

First off…I want to say this post is late. No, beyond late. Heck, the NEXT post is late too. I can pinpoint specifically when writing became a chore however I think I am slowly making my way out of the uninspired place I have been dwelling of late and I thank you for your patience!

Secondly: I am glad this post is late! No, really! As I have mentioned previously, I am a truck girl. If I am honest I had written this vehicle off before I even drove it, it looks nothing like something I would want to drive. So imagine my shock when I realized: I WOULD LOVE TO OWN A C-MAX HYBRID. Every time I discuss this car, I get super animated describing the many advantages that come with owning a hybrid, such as the battery recharging when “utilizing regenerative braking and the powersplit hybrid architecture–which allows the gas engine to work with the electric motor to maximize efficiency”. – See more at:

What does that mean? Here I am living in the boondocks, 30 minutes from anywhere, chauffering my kids for 5 days using less than 3/4 of a tank of fuel. MIND BLOWN. How is this even possible!?! Using SmartGauge® with EcoGuide it measures the recharge as a result of breaking and it almost becomes a game to see how often I can get the 100% to pop up! It should be mentioned that the brakes in a C-MAX are uber sensitive. I pretty much gave my first passenger whiplash as I stopped on a dime at the sight of a kid on a skate board.

This car feels solid; like a car of years past, which is important because this is also why I love driving a big truck. The C-MAX has a fantastic windowed roof that makes it feel larger than it is. We had more than enough space to haul anything a family of four could need on a regular basis. Combine the previous features with the technology that SYNC® for MyFordTouch® offers, and it makes for one happy family!

I should just say up front that I am a truck girl. I’ve driven a Ford F-350 for the past 9 years and it’s been rather awesome.  When we were turkey farmers, a truck was a no brainer and we still have one to haul our horses. It has made me wonder if I am missing out, so when I was offered the chance to test drive the 2013 Ford Escape, I jumped at it.


Ok, so here I go being a total chick about it, but to be frank, the Ford Escape is pretty cute. I loved the color and the shape! We had a skiff of snow (one of the first of this winter) that week which generally throws most local drivers into a tailspin, but I liked the way the Escape handled slick roads. The 2.0 Liter EcoBoost felt powerful, but not bulky.

Why, Hello Friends!



As for the My Ford Touch blue tooth connectivity, it was not only complex to set up, but worked sporadically. However, the Sony audio system sounded great, with my playlists easily syncing and one of the best things about this particular test drive? Seeing that some of my favorite people had already tested it! 

My kids got a real “kick” out of watching me use the hands-free liftgate. Once I figured out how to work it without doing a dance, it was a very useful feature.

Overall I enjoyed my week with the 2013 Ford Escape and was more than a little sad to part with it.

For an excellent technical review of the 2013 Ford Escape, check out Tom’s blog post:

When’s the last time you skinned an animal, butchered it, chopped wood to last the winter, or washed your loincloth in the river by hand?

This quote is from Wheat Belly by William David, MD. We laughed when we heard it, because while granted we don’t wash our loin clothes in a river, the Hubs does hunt. We currently have Moose, Elk and Deer in our freezer. The beef, it’s a 4-H steer raised on a farm by youth. We also had JUST chopped wood at the cabin in Atlin, BC ok, well…it was only a week’s work, but hey…wood was chopped.

I thought this decision to go wheat free was going to be much harder, but as suspected, I don’t eat THAT much wheat and now….I eat less.

When is the last time you washed YOUR loincloth in the river by hand?



When’s the last…


So we came home and had Elk burgers on NYE. HA! Well, really, we needed to end the year with wheat, no?

Our family has long known that this change was coming. For two years I have talked to several people, read many resources, and have done internet searches all pertaining to wheat.  My kids had been vehemently opposed to change as they saw their favorites being lost to them forever. For my son, that’s French bread, a staple in his diet. My daughter loves her KD and cereal.

Over Christmas we had 50 hours of driving to do, we needed a few audio books: CAPTIVE AUDIENCE! Started light with The Hobbit…haha, the Vinyl Cafe and then near the end of the trip I threw on Wheat Belly.   It was great for the kids to hear some of the problems that wheat (in it’s current form) has caused and armed with that knowledge; the resistance to change was significantly lessened.

The last week and a half has been interesting to say the least, and a box of Grandma’s Christmas baking didn’t help matters either but we have decided to not be militant about this as there isn’t anybody with celiac disease in our house.  We will let the kids eat Grandma’s baking, we will indulge in a little wheat when eating out and if it’s pizza day at school, they can order it. However, our house is off limits for wheat and that means school lunches as well.

Short term results? Instead of throwing out fruits and veggies, I have had to make two extra trips to the produce section! Already, a change is doing us good.

I volunteer a lot. No really, I mean….A LOT. It’s a fulltime gig some months!  So when my husband took on a new position at Northlands, signing the kids and I up to volunteer was a no-brainer.


Preparing flags for the Capital Ex Parade

Immediately I am impressed with the process…interviews, police checks…and assurance that my kids are in good hands while they volunteer.

Next: Orientation. You are not merely thrown into a venue and expected to help, you are introduced to and gain an understanding of the culture at Northlands.

At said orientation it becomes abundantly clear that while you have signed up to give to Northlands, they fully intend to give back…by means of food vouchers, free entrance to Capital EX, a volunteer gala…and more.  (insert me giving my kids a speech about doing something for someone without expectation of anything in return here)

For Capital EX Northlands has a variety of positions available.

Interested? Check out:
Northlands Volunteer Services are continuing to accept volunteers until Wednesday July18th at 5:30pm, the volunteer office is open this Mon-Wed, 10:00am-6:00pm.