Thursday, May 30, 2013

Cabin Getaway

If you should ever decide to go stay at the Fairmont Mountain Bungalows in Fairmont BC, you could be treated to a quaint little private cabin like this: 

Which is surrounded by beautiful natural habitat like this: 

And if you go exploring a little bit, you might luck out and find a drumming forest grouse like this: 

And after a dynamic day you can relax with a fire in your cabin like this: 

Before retiring to the comfy bed in the interior which could be like this: 

And if you have a look out the back yard of the cabin, you could see this: 

And if you go this time of year, you will see pine trees in bloom like this! 

We changed it up last time we got together. Thor and I stayed in the above bachelor cabin, with one big open room, but the Fairmont Mountain Bungalows actually has single and double bedroom cabins as well. You will also get the full amenities, such as wi-fi, a stocked kitchenette (with all the dishes you'll need, linens and dish soap), a full sized coffee pot (even though ours took a long time to brew), living room area with a hide-a-bed, a wood burning fireplace, flat screen tv,  3 or 4 piece bathroom with lots of hot water, a BBQ for your own personal use, ample parking, privacy, and friendly service.

The things you won't find here are a clock and a telephone (but there is an old telephone booth near the office), and stress. I recommend this type of getaway if you don't mind the rustic cabin in the mountains sort of feel. We loved it and will go back again sometime.

Jules :Osonice!

Monday, May 20, 2013


If you will remember, I started working on a little backyard area last summer. I was graciously given an old door, which I had fun sloppily painting white and roughing up, and I hung a flower basket on it (and have also recently planted my vines to drape it in green this summer), but it was lacking a door knob. So last Christmas, Thor gifted me the very important, very sought after missing piece, this beautiful antique door plate and knob. Today I finally got around to installing it and it just couldn't be a more perfect fit. 

It's from one of the boathouses at Flathead Lake. He took it off and gave it to me and with it, he was also giving me a forever piece of his life there, where he spent every weekend as a child and almost as many weekends of his adult years as well. There's a ton of meaning behind the gift, and I totally love it. Now that it's hanging, it will continue to weather and grow a history here, and be looked upon with adoring eyes. A doorknob holds the magic of every person who's ever touched it to open the door it hung on. It holds the history of all the adventures, the secrets, the love, the hard work, the spontaneity, the promises, the misfortunes and the fortunes of all the hands that turned it. It silently listens to the world around it, and smiles every time it can be of use to someone as it releases the latch and allows their passage. 

I've loved the concept of using a door as art for quite some time now, because to me, it is the hint of something waiting to be found... open the door, what exists on the other side, what new beginnings are there awaiting you? It beckons a person and allows them to daydream.

Jules :Oyay!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

I wonder about color...

As I stared at a photo of Thor with his brilliant blue eyes, I wondered something. If anyone actually knows the scientific answer to this, I'd be interested in finding out.

Are people attracted to people who's eyes match their favorite color, even if it's on a subconscious level?

So my favorite color is blue (pink too, but people don't come with pink eyes for some reason), and I can't get enough of Thor's blue eyes. Sometimes they really pop in a photo and those are the ones I am drawn to the most.

Do people who love shades of greens tend to find green eyed people more attractive? Would someone with brown eyes attract the attention of someone really into earthy colors?

These are both photos of my eyes, I think I look better as hazel, but the 2nd pic is cooler in some respects. I suspect some of you human psychology students or experts out there could accurately answer this question for me.

Jules :O?

Friday, May 17, 2013

A morning stroll along the lake

This morning my foster guy and I spent the morning wandering around Sylvan Lake. It was almost completely peaceful, aside from one guy who was racing his remote control speed boat in the lake and creating a lot of noise. But where he wasn't, the lake was glass calm, the smells were outstanding, and the paths were just beckoning out footprints. Here's a view of the commercial and residential side of the lake.  In the warm months, this place is so packed you can barely find a spot to claim for the day. It's one of Central Alberta's most popular summer tourist destinations. 

If you stroll all the say down the shoreline, eventually you come to this commercial area where this bright red rail exists. They designed it right, in my opinion.. I love the circles.

I know I cut the tops of the plant off here, but I love how this pic turned out anyway. It's pretty. And It smelled really good, but for some reason, this blog doesn't come with smell-a-vision.

Come sit with me sometime on one of these newly installed brilliantly blue benches? Sylvan Lake has done a giant number of upgrades over the past year and a half or so. They've redone Lakeshore Drive completely, built a number of change buildings and washrooms, created a new playground and lined their new walkways with benches, chairs, litter, recycle and butt-out bins, laid new sod. The only thing it's missing, in my humble view, is more of a beach area. Most of the shore is grass.

There are a bunch of new lights which probably look amazing in the evening. I even like them during the daytime. There are 3 different varieties. This single one, and two different double light varieties. I can imagine the soft yellow glow and walking hand-in-hand with Thor on an evening date night. *sigh*

If you're ever in Central Alberta, Sylvan Lake is a really nice place to spend a morning, afternoon, or evening. Most people grab a spot early and take up residence for the entire day. It has everything you'd need for a whole day's worth of activity and food.

You're welcome, Sylvan Lake, for your free publicity. ;)

Jules :O)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Back on Breezy

Finally! My first bike ride of the year.. out with Breezy. We went 25 kms (approx 14 miles). It took us 87 minutes. My average speed was.. not all that fast, but not entirely too slow either, I went between 19 - 24kph. I had a nice long downhill stint and then subsequently a somewhat difficult climb to get back out of where I went. My chain fell off when I was trying to switch to the easiest gear, but I got it back on, and washed off most of the oil that took up residence on my fingers in the sand, rocks and water of the cool, refreshing river.

I loved every minute of it, and will probably do it again tomorrow.

Things might be changing with my foster guy after the end of June, what with all the funding cuts, and I might have him with me all day long, Monday to Friday, so if that happens, I won't be able to go bike riding much at all. At least never in the daytime on weekdays. So I have to get some in while I can.

Jules :Oweee)

Sunday, May 12, 2013


The last time I took Thanan to get his hair cut, I bought these two tiny "crystal bonsai trees".. because they suck parents into buying their kids things after the haircut is over so that you don't just end up spending the money for the hairut but you become this big giant pushover for whatever reason and you end up dropping another 5 or 6 dollars there too. Plus tip. Getting a boy's hair cut is expensive. Or I just need to stop being a pushover. 

Anyway, these bonsai tree things are made of cardboard, they have a plastic base and a liquid that you just simply pour into the base. The cardboard branches absorb the crystal solution and before you know it, poof! You have these really cool looking (but highly delicate) bonsai trees. Thanan, of course, thinks we're rich now because we "grew our own crystals". Ahhh, the age of innocence. 

Here are a few pics of the trees, macro of course.. because that's what I enjoy doing. Thanan's tree was pink and white. 

My tree was just white and had a different shape. But I love this pic because if you didn't know what it was, you could almost imagine being above the clouds...

I saved the best pic for last.. because.. drum roll please... there's a HEART!  I thought I'd better post that to mark Mother's Day. Happy Day to all the moms out there! 

Jules :O)

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

I'm deep like the ocean...

It's only through trials and adversity that we develop perserverance, strength, and determination. If you've ever wondered "why me?", it is because you need to work on developing characteristics like those. Examine your situation with an open mind and figure out what life is trying to say to you. Each day that you are alive is full of your own compliment of *teachable moments* for you to capitalize on and make the best of.

End of thought, end of post. Night-night.

Jules :0j

Thursday, May 02, 2013

sticker car people...

Ok, so I think I've posted about these little sticker things for vehicles in the past. I think last time it was about the one I saw that was zombies saying they'd eaten the stick family. I thought that was hilarious, because these things sort of make me gag. I think they're tacky and lame, and way overdone. Everyone has them. Except I don't. Cuz I think they're tacky and lame. 

So from the above photo, we can assume that this is a vehicle belonging to a family with 2 adults, 2 kids and 2 dogs, and that they've all been to Disneyland or Disneyworld, right? Aww. Isn't that just perfect. #sarcasm

The other day on my way to dropping off my foster guy, I saw one of these that was on a really nice little burgundy colored SUV, and it was just a female adult and a dog. Suddenly, after wanting to barf at these for so long, a eureka moment hit me. 

Instead of being turned off by these things, I now think they should become mandatory for the entire world to use. Mandatory for every vehicle out there in use. The reason I think this is because what better way to advertise marriage or single-hood? This is the perfect way for people to know who to hit on and who is already taken. Single people would no longer need to rely on awkward meat-market online dating sites, bars or coffee shops. Consider this example: a single man could spend all his time in parking lots, drawing diagrams of where all the "single woman" cars are, make proper notes, and then while sitting in a tree with a pair of binoculars, they could scope out the vehicles of their choice and see if the single person getting in it is worth pursuing. #notcreepyatall

So to take this one step further, the makers of those sticker things could make ones that are just numbers, and people who become interested in, say, the woman with the dog, could stick their phone number on her car and she would then decide whether to call the person or not. Maybe the guy could even stick on a sticker of "adult male" and his bird, so the woman would know what she was getting herself into. 

Yeah. I totally see those things as a means for singles to scope out other single people of the world now. It would eliminate the whole infidelity thing. "Oh, there's a family on that car, it's off limits. But heeeyyy.. there's a single adult male and his miniature-frisbee-catching fish. Perfect fit."

Are you following me here? Could be the next big thing in dating. 

Jules :OI'msosmart)