Lethbridge & District Pro Rodeo Day, August 25, 2023

But first a cool photo Allan took while we were on a walk in the neighbourhoodThe eagles have landed, 3 of them!     

Our day begins with our first Lethbridge Transit ride 

Here we are!!Whoop Up Days is Lethbridge’s equalvent to Toronto’s CNE or Vancouver’s PNE.  The highlight of Whoop Up is the rodeo.   That’s tonight but first, over priced (this wasn’t that bad) Mexican food truck food and a bevvy      The midway, busy now but it’s going to get a lot crazier!  When the rodeo was over you could barely walk there were so many folks.

Let the rodeo begin! 

Ladies Barrel Racing 


Whoops the barrels should be left standing



The winner  +

Next bareback.  No idea how these guys do this

The highlight of the rodeo: Warriors Relay Races.  It’s crazy how they ride bareback, do a lap, then run to jump onto another horse. One of the riders missed his horse, it ran 2 laps without a rider. Never saw anything like this before but hope to again

Not amazing coverage but still fun to watch.  Click “watch” to watch 🙂

After the rodeo, Allan had his very first corn dog!  I had mustard on mine, as you should, Allan thought his with ketchup was better.  Never!! kind of like pineapple on pizza.  Corn dog ketchup = 😝 

Can’t wait till next years “Whoop Up Days”

Hot Air Balloon! August 20, 2023

Sitting outside having our morning coffee, Allan says “It’s a thing!”.  I thought he was referring to a bug on the window behind me, nope!  “It’s a hot air balloon!!”  WHAT!!

First sighting at 8:23am,  It looked like they were having difficulties when in fact they were preparing to land.

And land they did with a pretty big thump and the people basket leaned over.  We only saw 2 in the basket, when it landed about 10 people who were huddled down for the landing stood up.    Within secords the pick up vehicle was on the sceneTouch down 8:25:  The basket then up righted itself and people started to disembark

Start to deflate 8:28:  Next they deflate the balloon.  We chuckled when we heard the pilot say “We don’t expect you to help deflate but it will be quicker and we’ll be on our way faster”

8:57  Deflated  9:09  Loaded up  9:11 Gone!  How did they know to land in this field??  Mystery is what it is!!

I googled Kiss the Sky and learned that we too could get a ride, starting at $395.  Entire process takes about 4 hours with only 1 in the sky.   What time does that mean they started on this ride??

No thanks for us but it was fun watching!

Moose Jaw, Aug 15-18, 2023

We’re going for mini get-away to Moose Jaw.  We were there during the pandemic, September 2020,  of course everything was closed.  Now’s our chance to visit Al Capone’s tunnels. The drive is 5-3/4h which will do wonders for Bailey’s batteries.  Trip starts off @Vanee Truck Wash for a Bailey

We did a pretty good job!

Sadly it didn’t last for long.  This is likely the most bugs we stopped from bugging others.  Windshield is covered, looks better in the photo than what it is. Moose Jaw, are you ready for us?? 

  Peanut Hills is 😊😊😊

Allan doing a good job!   

Peanut Hills Campground Site 32; notice what’s behind the park?  This plant was not operational when we were here last.  We were surprised to see the train arrive.

Allan built us a delicious Korean BBQ taco dinner 😋There he goes wrapping

Fire time with our after dinner wine.  Love that Allan delivers!!  Good night west sunset! 
Aug 16th:  Good morning east sunrise!     

Tour the tunnels day, we set off tickets in hand.  We selected the “Chicago Connection” tour… “You’re bootleggers in 1929. You come to Moose Jaw to buy booze from the Capone organization. You’ve got to learn the ropes and stay out of the way of the local police chief. You start out at Miss Fanny’s club and end up in a tunnel, somewhere underground. And the only one who knows the way out is Gus, one of Capone’s goons”

We met at the Tunnels location but the tour begins at the Hive Café across the street. They walked us over.  It was very entertaining!  Educational?  Not sure but certain fun.  The tunnels take you from the Hive side of Main St to the Tunnel building.  It was much fun with the tour guides being in character.  Downside!  We were not offered a bootlegged shot!

Are the tunnels fact or fiction? Google search supports both theories.  I like this one The Moose Jaw tunnels are known to have been used by one of the most notorious criminals of the time, Al Capone. These tunnels in Moose Jaw are an important part of Canadian past.”  If they are an important part…  must be true!

More proof…  “With the Soo line railway going directly from Moose Jaw to Chicago, there was quite the trade in bootlegged liquor to be managed by the gangsters. The breadth of bootlegging activity happening in Moose Jaw earned the city the moniker of “Little Chicago,” which was not a label that all the citizens were proud of”  

I’m certain Al, AKA Scarface did not stay here 🙂

We had recommendations to eat at Nits Thai Restaurant, we were anxious to try but it smelt so bad I just couldn’t eat there. 

We ended up at CJ’s Cornerstone Bar & Grill.  Bonus they had RR on tap

MJ fuel price $1.636;   Lethbridge $1.429It was fairly windy today. gusts up to 70km, fortunately the wind died down enough to have a fire. A great end to the day   🙂

Aug 17th:  Visit Mac the Moose Day…

It’s a 19 minute walk, off we go.  Kyle introduced  us to these tasty adult freezies.  Sure are refreshing while we walk it’s already 32c or 89f Spot them??         

Mac the Moose is a steel and concrete sculpture of a moose in Moose Jaw. It is claimed to be the world’s largest moose at 10.36 metres (34.0 ft) tall and a weight of approximately 10 long tons (10,000 kg)”


The Snowbirds, officially known as 431 Air Demonstration Squadron are the military aerobatics flight demonstration team of the Royal Canadian Air Force. The team is based at 15 Wing Moose Jaw near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

So cute   

    He’s so bullish!

Back at camp my fire god jumps into action!

Aug 18th:  Heading back home today.  It been an interesting few days; Bailey is still my happy place.  Love tthe travel and sites.

It is a good day to leave as there is both a heat warning and poor air quality in effect.  May have the same in Lethbridge.

This is pretty much what the entire SK drive looks like.







Back in AB, air quality isn’t any better.  The BC & NWT fires are far reaching.

Bailey is sad to be back in storage, hopefully our next outing is coming soon!

First half of August 2023 done

Aug 01st:  Kyle and Megan decided Allan had to have a thing, an 85lb thing,  I was in the shower when it arrived. Allan has been under strict instructions to not look at any deliveries.  I tried but could not move it to the yard.  Decorate, let’s decorate…

It was funny, Allan didn’t notice it on our way out but when we returned he’s like “what’s that?” None of your business!!!

Aug 02nd:  Much awaited visit by KyAn.  They wanted to come earlier but we wanted to be a little set up and have a bed for them.   Story behind the cylinder container… It’s some wine hooch you heat up, that contains cherries.  Kyle brought it back after his Ukraine deployment.  It is super delicious and like nothing we have here. We enjoyed a bottle with KyAn at their house.  When Kyle gave us the bottle he brought back for us we decided we would enjoy it with them when we purchased our sticks and bricks home.  What we didn’t take into consideration was US border crossings!  My nervous level went through the roof crossing cause I didn’t want them to take it.   It and I survived!

It’s a gift day! We brought them little tokens from Yuma and Los Algodones. Kyle a t-shirt that you wouldn’t find here and for Megan a crazy looking giraffe.  She likes giraffes, when we saw this one we said in unison Megan!

Allan’s turn!  He delayed his birthday till KyAn were here. So love these people!WhatwaWhat was in this one?  Father’s Day pot & pans!  

We all know how much Allan loves butter tarts.  Will this be a hit?

Out of Perth Ontario, they present BUTTER TART MOONSHINE!

What’s a birthday without a new set of PJs                   Summer show your legs off PJs

Don’t know why I didn’t get a photo but the above this is a car dash Hula Girl in memory of Wilf who had one in almost all his vehicles. He had a lot of vehicles.  This is “Kala” installed.  I thought I read Kala is princess today’s google reveals “Kala means to “let go or release” in the Hawaiian language.”

Next up Allan’s IndyCar driver race car model.   Will having this car change Allan’s luck and he’ll start winning?  Doubt it!  ** Fast forward to race day!!  I should have shut up!!! Josef finished 25th, 2 laps down (he should have stayed home) Pato finished 3rd.  I think I should send the race car model back!  Overall Josef is 3rd Pato 5th.  How will the series end??

Allan’s gift from KyAn.  He is very excited, not only did they buy it for him but they are also putting it together!   A wonderful gift!

`I made Allan wait for Kyle to help with this installation.  They did a great job!  This is one of my favourite prints.

Finally fire time! 

Night falls, time for the special “hooch”  Kyle leaps into action using the pots KyAn got Allan for father’s day.  Notice, no handles.  The set comes with 2 handles that are meant to be used to move the pots, it makes storage so easy.  Allan is loving these.

Serving it up                                                             Enjoying, sure is delicious!

Can’t get enough of fire photos!

Aug 03rd:  While they are still sleeping we enjoy a hot tub.  We all hot tubbed last night, didn’t do photos.

Walk time is followed by “Rewards” their first.

We did a thing where one night KyAn got to choice the meal & cook.  Their selected dish was Perogies with Sausages in a a cream sauce.  We added the Taber corn,aber thinks they have the best corn ever, it is pretty good.  I think we’ll make cook night a tradition.

Aug 05th:   Our last walk to see the coulees and some nice houses

Then off we go to Calgary for them to catch their flight.  It was a great visit, we always have such fun with them.

Lucky for them they have lounge access as of course, their WestJet flight was delayed.  No charge for the lovely buffet and drinks makes it bearable. Such a beautiful smile!

Aug 06th:  We take a walk to the neighbouring subdivision that we see across the field from our house.  This is the building we see, turns out it’s a very nice retirement home






Over there one of those homes is ours!  🙂It’s that time 🙂  Spot the “Rewards”

Aug 14th:  Beautiful sunrise I

 I don’t know who was more startled, me or the cat that jumped up onto our shed turned and saw me!

Yep, yet another chip in Bob’s windshield..  Allan decided it’s time to buy an annual membership to have chips repaired.  We’re hoping this insurance will result in no more chips.Dice time!  For those that play I’d strongly recommend one  of these dice mats.  It really tames the dice.  Thanks again, KyAn!!

Fire time!     

Good to remember…

A month and a bit….July 2023

Join me in recounting a few weeks in the life of Allan & Mary-Ann 🕵️‍♂️🕵️‍♂️

I normally proof read, not for this post.  Hope there are not too many typos!

June 26th:  What’s going on now?  The microwave, that’s been working well, started to shut off after a few seconds.  Plug it into another outlet, same results.  New microwave time.  Buy it, plug it in.  Does the same thing.  Nue-Lit Electric to the rescue

June 28th – On our way to Ikea Calgary an SUV passes up and we hear the dreaded “bang” on the windshield.  Fortunately it’s just a chip and can be repaired.  Detour to Speedy Auto Glass in Calgary; although we have glass coverage we paid out of pocket as they consider the $60 a claim against our policy.  We’ve learned it’s not worth putting it through.

Then on to Ikea     

July 01st:  Picture hanging day.  First a beautiful sunriseWill we get it right the first time, likely not. Fast forward, we didn’t 

It’s also weeding day.  Gosh do I hate anything garden related.  Have no clue how some people find it relaxing.Taking a break and walking around Lake Henderson.  Been awhile since we’ve had  “REWARDS”         

July 05th:   Install Ikea floating shelf day.  But first walk up to a beautiful sun rise

Installation went very well!!

July 7th:  Build the outdoor patio set day, so much to build

In the evening friends popped by for a visit.  Allan beat Shelly at Quatro; but it was Shelly’s first game-a rematch is sure to come.

July 09th:   This is where we are putting the hot tub, first a lot of the greenery will have to be removed and a platform built for the hot tub to sit on

Some of what is growing here

Our first outdoor card game.  Loving the new glasses

Then a delicious dinner     

July 14th:  Pick up dining room chairs at the Brick day.  The first thing Allan didn’t have build.  We just had to remove the plastic.

There was lots of debris on the pick up ramp, unfortunately, we ended up with a flat tire.

July 19th:  Fire wood delivery day!  🔥🪵

July 20th:  It’s build (by others for a change) the hot tub platform.  They did a wonderful job!


Celebration fire! 

   July 21st:   What’s on the build menu for today?  Chairs!!

Box and parts = these   

Way too much styrofoam, off to the dump 

But first a quick stop at the hot tub store to visit our newly arrived tub.  We  are so excited to have a tub again….

July 22nd:  Getting the pergola ready for the hot tub.  The patio stones are being removed to make way for the 6×6 framed gravel base.

July 23th:   Allan working hard to remove the bush stump.

Allan the VICTOR proudly displaying the stump

  Whoops didn’t realize it was the grape bush

We may plant more but not behind where the hot tub is going

This is our third attempt at a great room carpet.. whoa such a small box for an 8′ x 10′ area rug!                                                           Hum! A lot wavy!!

It’s so super soft, we love it hope it smartens up!   Fast forward, it did 😃  Look at me now!!Just fluffy not wavy!July 25th:  Another building day.  Today, our shoe cabinet and control centre units

While Allan is building I’m trying to get the garage organized.



We went out for a walk and came home to more stuff to build!



First use of the seat!  Yahoo, it didn’t collapse 🙂  The other piece is our “control centre”

The finished products!

July 26th:  Build, build and more build.  Today’s project…

Allan is such a pro at this by now.  Great job, looks wonderful.

July 30th:  Today we set our best, length of time for a fire.  We started it about 7am and stopped it abut 5 due to the weather.  My ❤️‍🔥 god rules!

July 31st:   Allan’s Birthday 🎈🎉🎈🥳🎈

It starts with a fire   

Then a breakfast prepared by me with a beer

Bailey is hiding cause she doesn’t want to go back to storage.

We get to choose dinner on our birthdays, Allan selected 🍕&🍺No surprise here 🙂

The pizza place has a special on 3 pizzas, mix & match. 

Allan had a great birthday, started in Tabor and ended at home 🏠  We will be having another celebration when Kyle & Megan get here!!