Blue Jay

Our bird feeders are too small for the bigger birds to safely land and feed. So I took an old bird bath and poured critter food in it. The blue jays loved it.


What to do with Unused Medications

It happens to many of us. You open a cupboard or medicine cabinet and realize there are medications that are no longer used or have expired. If the medications are a year old or longer then they have lost their potency. How do you get rid of them safely? Here are a few tips:

  • The safest way to dispose of medications is through the DEA-registered ‘Take Back’ program. Collection sites are at local hospitals and clinics. Visit the DEA’s website for possible mail-in options or call 1-800-882-9539.
  • Check the for a list of safe disposal by flushing medications.
  • Before throwing the medications away, check the label to see if that drug has specific disposal instructions. Failure to do so could cause harm to others.
  • If all else fails, throw the medications in the trash mixed with kitty litter or dirt. This reduces the chance of animals or children ingesting them.

A chickadee surrounded by autumn

Christopher Martin Photography

This black-capped chickadee chirped and sang from the woods beside a small peninsula on Upper Kananaskis Lake.  I sat down and waited for a little while to see if it would come into view.  They are curious little birds and it didn’t take long for this one to perch among the golden leaves nearby.  With a quick check done, it soon flitted off and I continued on towards the windswept side of the lake across the peninsula.

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Fall Colors

I took this while on a walk. I love how the colors contrast one another.fall colors

“Purpuris is Coming!”: Michael Pappas on the Little-Known Thracian Custom

On Art and Aesthetics

Michael Pappas

In the northeastern Greek town of Didymoteicho (just two kilometres away from the Greek-Turkish border), December 27 is the day of Purpuris—a character who visits the houses of neighboring villagers, dances around their yards, wishes prosperity and fertility for the year ahead. The house owners must treat him with food and drinks, specially Tsipouro, a pomace brandy.

Athens-based photographer Michael Pappas travelled all the way to the administrative region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace to meet Purpuris, a funny and frightening masked and bearded figure that seemed to me part-Santa Claus, part-Billy the Puppet of the Saw horror movie franchise.

Michael—born in 1980 in Kirinthos village, Euboea island and educated at the Academy of Leica, Athens—is dedicated to exploring local Greek customs and events. These could be weddings, christenings, litanies, processions, firewalking, Easter celebrations, feasts of the Holy Spirit and a variety of saints, boar sacrifices, national…

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Autumn Gardening Tips


Autumn can still produce some beautiful blooms. Pansies thrive in the fall and can last up to two seasons with proper care. Mums come in various colors and go well with fall colors. Autumn is the best time to plant spring bulbs, such as tulips and daffodils, because they need a dormant, cold period before they bloom. Dig a hole and pour in a little bone meal before sitting the bulbs inside. Cover with dirt and you should have beautiful blooms in the spring. Did you know that tulips were more valuable than gold in the 17th century?

Some vegetables can also be planted in the fall. Lettuce, kale, and spinach are a few hardy species. My carrots usually last through the early part of winter also.

So bundle up and get outside.

Apricot & Hazelnut Power Balls

The OM Project

Power balls are an easy way to make sure you are getting all the protein, nutrients, and energy you need throughout the day. Easy to make, easy to pack, and easy to snack on even during the busiest of days. Make a big batch in advance and store them in the fridge or freezer. You can pack a couple in a baggie and bring them with you where ever you go. They’ll fill you up more than a big dinner without weighing you down and are easily customizable if you feel like changing the flavor by switching the nuts or seasoning. his recipe is light, sweet and orangey to wake up your senses just when you feel your energy levels begin to drop.

You’ll need:

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Divine Raspberry Tiramisu

Mrs. Twinkle

I came home yesterday evening from the kids training, to find a bowl brimming with delicious, luscious raspberries on my doorstep. It didn’t take me long to find out where they came from…due to a missed call on my mobile. My very lovely, elderly neighbours (am I allowed to call them that? They are over eighty!) dropped them by.
So I just couldn’t resist making this post…

The Ingredients
1 bowl of raspberries
1 bottle of raspberry sirup/squash
500g/ 2 cups mascarpone or philadelphia
500g/ 2 cups low fat curd cheese
400g/ 13.5 ozs sponge biscuits
1 bunch of mint

Mix the mascarpone and the curd cheese together and put half the mixture in a separate bowl. Stir in a couple of handfuls of raspberries and a dollop of sirup into to one of the bowls to create the raspberry creme. Lay the sponge fingers into the form (25x15cm) and soak…

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A family of moose in Kananaskis Country

Christopher Martin Photography

This was easily one of the sweetest moments I’ve seen when this bull moose nuzzled with his calf.

The bull is likely mating with the cow again this year which brings him into the same area as the calf. I didn’t expect them to have a bond but when this tender moment happened on the weekend, I was obviously wrong.

This calf was born in 2016 and still stays close to his mother. The three moose have been hanging around each other again during this year’s rut. I don’t know how long they will stay together as a little family before the bull returns to the solitary life.

When I started watching them, the calf was laying down while the parents grazed separately nearby.  Over the next hour they all moved slowly around the small meadow and the edge of the forest.  It was a relaxed atmosphere which I think is…

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Maple Nut Cookies

maple cookiesYou will need these ingredients:

  • 1 cup either butter or butter-flavored shortening
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. maple extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, add the sugar, maple, butter, and eggs. Cream together. Add the spices and flour together. Blend well. Stir in the nuts and mix well. Roll dough into balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool on rack.

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