Sunday 31 December 2023

Happy New Year!

Hope the new year treats you well.

All the best from Arborg, Manitoba.

- Michael Truman

2023 Retrospective

A few photos from this year that have appeared on the blog that are in no particular order. I managed to have some fun.

Pack a camera. You never know what you might find.

Saturday 30 December 2023

Jasper National Park December 30, 2023

No snow in my area of Alberta. There is here.

Tuesday 26 December 2023

Post Christmas post

The day after Christmas and the countryside looks like this.

The only thing I wanted for Christmas was turkey and I got it. It takes very little to make me happy during the holiday season. If there is anything I want during the  year I save up for it and buy it. I visited mom on Christmas Day and survived a visit with my sister on the twenty-third. Christmas Day I had a very good meal, some wine, some grappa, and some peace and quiet. Life is good.

Monday 25 December 2023

Saturday 23 December 2023

The Band "Christmas Must Be Tonight"

The usual running around

Saturday December 23, 2023 get up, drive about two and a half hours to visit my sister and spend the spend the night. I might be able to squeeze in a visit with a friend or two during the day. Sunday morning I drive back home and do whatever needs to be done at home. Christmas Day get in the car and drive a little over an hour to visit mom. With luck I should have Boxing Day to myself.

Where ever you are and whatever you are doing may your next few days be less hectic. All the best to you and yours.

Thursday 21 December 2023

Vince Guaraldi Trio "Christmas Time Is Here"

Ghost town Saskatchewan

Dunkirk is a ghost town located south of Moose Jaw. The hamlet was the fourth waypoint on the mini-alphabet CPR rail line (Archives, Buttress, Crestwind) between Moose Jaw and Assiniboia.  The post office operated from 1913 to 1968. In its prime Dunkirk contained a number of businesses including two grain elevators and a school.  The slow demise of Dunkirk like many towns and hamlets on the prairies began during the depression.

                                            - Dale Redekopp

Wednesday 20 December 2023

Carol of the Bells | The Tabernacle Choir

July 2023 Leduc County

It is dark too early this time of year and it is a little drab.

Time for some colour. 

Tuesday 19 December 2023

Ding Dong, Merrily on High | Atlanta Master Chorale


When I was a kid I grew up in small towns. No one had any elaborate light displays. People might have put up a few strings of lights on their house or their trees in there yard. Lights back then were a hassle. I remember where people had to test every single bulb because the string went out and you find the defective bulb causing the problem.

Back in the early 1980's I was living with my parents, recently graduated high school, and moved out not long after. Christmas lights were getting better and more varied. I remember icicle lights were popular back then. My father got into a friendly rivalry one Christmas with the neighbour, who he was friends with, across the street. The guy would add some lights to his yard. Dad would try to one up him by adding more. Dad would come home and notice the neighbour added more in his absence. Dad would then go and buy some more just to add more lights and have more than the other guy.

What made this funny is that my father had absolutely no hint of any artistic vision or sense of decoration. He would nail up strings of lights where over time more strings of lights would be haphazardly added to our fence and house. The guy across the road had a house that looked pretty good. Our house was just well lit.

Technology in lighting and the variety of decorations are so much better these days and there, are some elaborate decorations out there. The photos are of a house in Leduc, Alberta, not all that far away from where I live. If dad had any talent he might have had a great looking house in this day and age.

Monday 18 December 2023

Linus and Lucy

Alberta versus Alberta

Lake Louise, Alberta on the weekend.

Leduc County, Alberta (my neck of the woods) same weekend.

Sunday 17 December 2023

🎅 Snoopy's Christmas vs. The Red Baron

Could Use a Little Work

A 1941 Plymouth 2-door sedan languishing in the countryside near Isabel, North Dakota.

Could definitely use a little work.

- Michael Truman