Friday 29 September 2023
White Bear is located northwest of Kyle. The community got its name from the probable sighting of a white prairie grizzly bear there in the late 1800's. White Bear was an active community in the 1930's with about 250 residents, and numerous commercial establishments including four grain elevators. The last elevator, a well photographed Pioneer with a leaning annex was struck by lightning and destroyed in Jun 2017. It still can be seen on Google Street Views from 2014. The only commercial establishment still open in town is the White Bear Hotel. The population was 25 in 2021, up from 10 in 2016.
Wednesday 27 September 2023
Tuesday 26 September 2023
Monday 25 September 2023
Sunday 24 September 2023
Saturday 23 September 2023
Dropped in on mom for a quick visit. She is still in isolation due to COVID. They let me see her in her room with a mask on as long as I kept my distance. Mom sounds healthier from when I last talked to her on the phone and she looks good. I made sure she had everything she needed. It is only a matter of time until they let her out of solitary confinement and back into general population. She is on the mend.
Thursday 21 September 2023
I had today and tomorrow off.
I had some things scheduled today and a road trip planned for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
My car needed new tires. It was in the shop at eight this morning and rolled out with four new all weather tires. Next I took the motorcycle to the shop and left it with them. It is getting new tires and a couple of minor repairs. There were a couple of minor errands. After that I was going to visit mom.
I just got off the motorcycle in the parking lot of the shop and my phone rang. It was the retirement home where mom lives. One of the nurses told me that mom had informed them that she was not feeling well. They did a test and told me that mom has COVID. She is in isolation in her room and I am not able to visit her. I gave mom a call. She sounds like she has a bad cold.
Life gets in the way. Plans change.
Tuesday 19 September 2023
Monday 18 September 2023
Close to Township Road 540 and Range Road 90.
The cemetery was established in 1908. There was supposed to be a church here, it was never built. Many people were buried here in unmarked graves during the Spanish Flu epidemic. The cemetery was abandoned in the 1950’s. More of the graves are unmarked due to fires years ago and the wooden markers rotting away over time. There are about forty known burials here. There are many more unknown.
Sunday 17 September 2023
A small commercial construction project burned down a block and a half from me early this morning and somehow internet and cable in my area was affected. It is still down. First world problems.
On the bright side I was able to stop at Lundbreck Falls, close to Lundbreck, Alberta on Friday.
Saturday 16 September 2023
Thursday morning I managed to bash my right foot on my bed and felt instant pain. I was off that day but due to certain people not meeting deadlines I had to drop into the office for an hour to get a client file wrapped up. I gingerly got my foot into my shoe and hobbled off to the office. Later in the day when I peeled my shoe off I discovered the two smallest toes were purple. I am sure I did not break them.
I had Friday off. I took a drive. I had some half formed plans to take a trip somewhere with my extended weekend, I could not get anything to fall into place. I took a day trip just to get out of the house. Maybe I should have stayed home. Now I have four purple toes. The pain has largely subsided when I move it so that is a good sign.