If you do it right the first time...

...then you don't piss off the neighbours and have the police (by-law) called and have to re-do it.

For the last 5 years or so, the manager of my complex has been getting away with dumping the snow from our parking lot over the fence onto city property. Well, this winter one of the neighbours across the green area decided they had had enough (I guess) and called by-law.

The fence is about 5 feet tall and the lot is about 500 feet long.... do you blame them? And these were taken after our big melt from last week.

By-law had to come twice...the first time the boss ignored my message from them, so the second time, I told them to go ahead and write out a fine as that would be the only way to get action on the problem. I was told that it wouldn't just be a fine, it would be mandatory court appearance and the city would remove the snow and then bill the apartment complex for the job...the court would then assign whatever fine they saw fit on top of that.

Friday afternoon...

Friday evening...

Saturday morning...

small pile

large pile

hopefully happy homeowners

I am glad the boss decided to act on the message I had left her.  Apparently though not without first walking around the neighbourhood and calling by-law officers about the homes and what she perceived as violations of the same by-law. Sigh!

By the same token...it is snow, it will melt!

Thanks for looking and letting me vent.


Photo Finish Friday: Tree is UP

and here it is:

exciting isn't it? For as much as I am home over the holidays though, it suits my needs. Easy as pie to put up and take down and stores in a 2" deep box.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas!

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P.S. It is 06.15 and we are still here...so is the other side of the world, but, maybe the Mayans were referring to 20.00 hrs (or what ever time it is supposed to happen) in EST. :)



 This is Mom, barely an adult herself.
 Kitten #1 - spunky little guy
 Kitten #2 - shy little girl
 you can see the devil in his eyes...
and how delicate she is.

They were found a few weeks ago in the laundry room of my building. You cannot imagine how hard it was to give them to the humane society! Sadly, the lowest price I was quoted for getting mom fixed was $250.00 and then ranged up to $550.00. I don't have that kind of money - I don't even have the $130.00 to adopt mom from the humane society with her fixed, given shots and micro-chipped. The kittens are $180.00 with all that done. I have been keeping an eye on the humane society web page and the kittens were adopted within a few days of being on the website. Thankfully it is a no-kill shelter, otherwise we would have taken them elsewhere.

Mom was very matted and extremely thin, but at least whoever the owner was kept them until the kittens were somewhat independent and litter trained. As soon as they were given litter (a friend from the building who found them supplied that and the food and water) they used it and we didn't find any messes in the laundry room after we moved them to the storage room in the photos.  They ate and sucked down water as though they hadn't been fed in a few days. Some people need to be treated the way they treat their pets.

Thanks for looking (and reading my rant).


Bricks & Glass


I was in an area of down town Edmonton last week that I haven't been in before and the pattern of bricks on this building caught my eye. I also liked the remnants of the advertising on the side of the building.

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 Morning Glories

 More Morning Glories

Canary Bird Vine behind which you can see Night Scented Stalks (for the 3rd year in a row)

I am amazed that the stalks have re-seeded themselves for three years, but, I suspect next year they will be trying to grow in the lawn and won't be given a chance to grow. I will try to get some seeds and throw them further back in the bed and see what happens. I suspect human intervention will make sure they don't come back though.

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Wow! It has been awhile since I posted anything. It has also been awhile since I took these photos. They are much prettier than the solid, bleak, damp grey that we have over the city tonight. Autumn is making itself right at home.

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This was our sunset the other day. And I think I got a UFO in there too ;)

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