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Fire and Fotos

Have you ever thought about how many puns and sayings there are related to fire?

  • Where’s the fire? = What’s your hurry?
  • Don’t get burned out = Don’t overextend yourself
  • She’s a firecracker! = She has spunk
  • He has a fiery temper / He has a hot temper = He gets super mad
  • That idea sparked a conversation / That idea ignited a conversation = That idea started a conversation suddenly with enthusiasm

I could come up with  million more and I’m sure I’ve unintentionally used all of them in the last 12 days while working with the fire crew because that’s like telling a person to stop hiccuping. You can’t help but do it.

Here’s me all sooty in a fire-retardant Nomex suit three sizes too big and trying to hide hard hat hair with a bandanna. The Logistics Chief on the fire couldn’t remember my name the first couple of days so he taped a name tag to me that said Buddy Girl. The staging area near the fire was in a pasture. I love how alive a prairie sky is. Can’t get enough of watching weather move across the plains. I’ll add a photos below.

Buddy Girl 2013

     Storm rolling in 2013

Road to everywhere

Distant rain 2013

The 12 days of 12-14 hours working away from my pets was hard on them. One morning I woke up and couldn’t turn over only to realize my wee True snuck into the bed and had wedged herself between my arm and side. I grabbed my phone off the nightstand and took this photo. You can see my pinned arm off to one side. HA!

Snuck into bed

Then the following morning she jumped up once I was awake and when I told her to get down she threw a small fit and burrowed under the covers so I took this photo. I think they’re glad I’m home again!

    Don't wanna get up

And last night my first blood-related niece was born. I have a nephew who will be 11 next week and this is the first niece. The family lives in Ontario far, far away so to mark the occasion, last night I walked down the road to the lake and took photos of the sunset. The ice just went off this week and there was a pair of otters buzzing and humming at me from the shallows while I took photos. I bet they have pups of their own nearby. A loon was also next to the breakwater close to shore and I remember that last spring there were loon chicks tucked away safely in that harbour so it’s all about babies right now – in the wild and in family.

Baby 2013-05-23

    Baby 2013-05-23     Baby 2013-05-23

     Baby 2013-05-23    Baby Bond 2013-05-23

Baby 2013-05-23

It’s a full week of firsts actually. I was sitting on the back steps in the yard one evening after a long day while the dogs played and all the sudden it filtered through from my ears to brain that I could hear leaves moving in the wind. They were budding all week and had finally gotten big enough to sing as the breeze moved them.

  First Leaves 2013

Anyway, now that life is getting back to my regular routine – it only took two full days of doing chores to get caught up EESH! – I have begun to consider that short story writing competition again. Suddenly having something worthy of submitting in July feels sooner than soon so I best be getting on to writing that!

Maybe it will be about working a forest fire …

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Posted by on May 24, 2013 in PonderQs



Competitions and Spring is a GO!

I’ve taken a little break from the old blog. NaPoWriMo took a bit out of me and I think I needed to let my brain settle again after having to think in poetry for 30 days straight. It was a great challenge though and I’m glad that I did it!

In addition to being a place that I am fascinated with, Ireland seems to appreciate literary arts at an extraordinary level. I follow and a few other Irish Twitter feeds from the industry and it’s pretty cool to see all that is going on over there to promote, inspire and celebrate authors of all kinds. in particular has a ton of resources and interesting articles. Recently, I submitted an essay for their Mining Memories page and it was fun to read what others were submitting. Everyone has such a unique story or memory to share. You can read mine HERE

They also have links to writing competitions. I am now aiming to submit to a short story competition this summer. It’s fun to consider what I should write about and I like committing to a challenge that has a deadline. I’ve two and a half months to come up with something worth submitting.

I’m not sure if this is arrogance or confidence. I think I have the talent that it takes to write an award-winning piece. Perhaps not this year, but I do think that at some point I will. What I need to do now is get focused, get writing with more consistency and take workshops to hone my skills. It’s one thing to believe I could do it and quite another to apply myself. Consider this a declaration that any of you are welcome to call me on if I don’t achieve this goal, say, in the next five years.

EEK! Mark that deadline. May 2018.

Icicles in the Tree

Back in reality land … birds have been migrating back in droves and the air is alive once again with their singing. We had a blizzard about a week ago and then POOF! +25 Celsius. What a shock to the body. The frogs came out after that one hot day so as the bird’s quiet down to sleep at night the chorus of frogs takes over. It’s noisy all of the time now. In winter I can hear my heart beating most days it’s so silent. Loons have started calling. Bison calves are being born. Spring is a go! One of my co-workers even got a great photo of a mama bear with triplet cubs walking along a snowy road last Friday. One to two cubs is normal. Three is special.

I’ve been running 5 km with my girls (the Dane and the husky). True, the imp, leaps left and right trying to catch butterflies as they flit up off the warm concrete of the highway as we run along. She’s nearly taken me out at the knees a couple of times but it is cute to watch her chase them while alternately scooping up elk poop for a treat. Mmmmm just like chocolate covered almonds. BLICK!

True and Piper      Charlie

I take my old guy out for his own walk after their run. Yesterday I took him down to see if the ice is starting to go out on the lake yet. There was a whole two feet of open water between the beach and the ice and he promptly marched in, laid down and shoved his head under. And then I couldn’t get him back out. He loved it! At one point he was log rolling up onto the shelf of the ice’s edge and it would slowly buckle and sink under his weight so that he was surfing on a free piece of it for a bit. When it broke up he’d roll up onto the next edge of ice and do it again like some sort of game. Must be nice to have that double retriever coat!

And now… to get back to that writing competition. Write on!

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Posted by on May 9, 2013 in PonderQs


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Emancipation of the Heart


dreaming of you

wherever you are it’s not here

or there

or anywhere that I’ve looked as of yet.



surrendering the very idea of you

in order to free myself

liberate myself

emancipate myself from a dream that may never come true.


I may now walk right on by you and not notice

But I won’t worry for a second about the loss for

I will be too focused on living in the moment

through you, in spite of you, for you and without you,

My life will be great

My hope is that yours will be too

We can try again in the next lifetime, my love.


Day 30 NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month)


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Posted by on May 1, 2013 in PonderQs


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