Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Genetically Mod food

Got a signed copy of "Corrupt to the Core" by shiv chopra, yay,

Great to see such a strong turn out at the U of A gentically modified tour thing.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


At my first council meeting thing...and volunteering for a campaign... Who d have think it

Monday, October 7, 2013


Guerilla garden

Next year

My gift list

As I am a notoriouaely difficult person to buy for thought I'd suggest some ideas...

A zippo would be awesome

And maybe a beer making kit....yeah that would be awesome

Maybe I'm getting older now but beer isn't so much about getting wasted anymore but just having a couple on a lazy afternoon is awesome

Wild earth

One can't quite explain why so many people prefer an outdoor cafe to their own patio...least I can't but I just love the people and dog watching down here

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Update and fermenting

Work was good today, busy but good. mornings are starting to get really cold...brrrr

Janelle and I took a fermenting class tonight put on by the good people at Earths general store....we've been to a couple of their things but got to admit this one was really great. I think we are both excited to start adding fermenting to our repertoire....we use our dehydrator several times a week now...I've even started to make my own onion and garlics salts....would be great to be totally sustainable one day or as close as you could be.

Going to be making some homemade ketchup this week and maybe some sauerkraut...seems very forgiving.

I also made about 15 batches of pickles and some pasta sauce! hurrah for canning...glad I finally seemed to get the hang of that...my pickles turned out awesome...apparently I should follow recipes instead of just "winging it" as much as I do.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Saturday, September 21, 2013

story slam

On Wednesday I had a most awesome night.

A few times a year (but I should more often) I end up at the Edmonton Story Slam...which is hosted in different venues (welll.Haven before it flooded and now Bohemia) across the city. Was one of the first one's there but I ran into an awesome grandma named eleda who sat with me the whole night and did some of her poetry. 

Just a totally awesome lady who I had so much fun trading stories with. I am going to be using her homemade cough syrup recipe soon as I can get myself a handful of choke cherries

Janelle has been awesome at being wicked lately too...made some awesome apple crisp using apples from our crab apple tree and a butternut soup the other day that was superb.

While I was at the storyslam I ran into Holly and Bodge(sp) which was totally surprising as I haven't seem them in forver and bodge (my aussie) just landed here in Edmonton a couple nights before, might even run into him today...

I love seeing recurring characters come in and out of my life from the other side of the world (and the country), first met him back when we were in Winnipeg so crazy he still is popping into our lifes here.

Sitting out on my patio now...love the sun and shade with my two cats...got blinki a nice collar so if she gets lost someone will hopefully find her...listening to 40's swing music cranked....love it.

Tonight I am going to the night market downtown and relearning backgammon...that's it for now folks.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Loving the eventbrite

Totally spent an hour going through eventbrite and finding every event I thought was awesome.

Wednesday night I went down to the yellowhead brewery (which I've always loved) and saw a speech by the author of http://www.amazon.ca/Economics-Happiness-Mark-Anielski/dp/0865715963/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1379643961&sr=8-1&keywords=economics+of+happiness  I've been reading lots on wealth/finances lately so I really enjoyed this.

Janelle and I are still in debt at the moment but we both can see the "light at the end of the tunnel" and hope to soon be totally debt free....going to be so ...refreshing...and invigorating...

Cypress...Iceland...soon to be America? It's crazy how much we try to let wealth dictate our happiness...in the end it's our friends and social circle are what will matter....I encourage everyone to learn more...become a better person...surround yourself by people you admire or want to learn from....if the lights go off those are that is what will pay dividends.

95% of the money in the world is debt based and this year will be the first that the US spends more on interest payments than on it's defence budget....something ain't right....

Monday, September 16, 2013


and this is where I get to go and eat my lunch.....almost ran into a canuck goose today

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Our adevntures

I truly do love my trophy wife, we get along so well on so many levels. I also always feel when her and I are hanging out that we have the most interesting adventures.

Friday night we decided to go on a huge epic river valley stroll all the way from Emily Murphy to Remedy cafe for a couple of samosa's and a chino. See the pictures in the previous post so amazing...

Got up early early this morning (for a Saturday)...Janelle and I exercised first thing which is so important to get your heart beat up...even if it's just 10 minutes of yoga and a 15 minutes jog...

8am we were at the strathcona farmers market, grabbed some veggies, stopped by Earths General store for their amazing apple deal....then off to Ross Creek Market...

I got to admit...I am kind of in love with out 35minute van ride every other Saturday to head out there....snoop around some antiques and junk...get some veggies from Bob n' Val and here what's going on with Diane or Colette. Janelle picked up a nice display case for her mom's antique tea cups that we are going to be excited to use.

That's the same person she picked up her bike from the other day...

Then on the drive back some kinda crazy but super fun Lady (Betty) flagged us down on the side of the road to try to sell us a juicer and some art. Apparently she lives back in the woods in a solar panel'd cabin...totally rad lady..

Then we randomly turned down a road and found someone selling sunflower bouquets! had an awesome hour long visit with her doing a tour of her all organic (not technically but ya know what i mean) farm...ended up giving Janelle a HUGGE batch of BC lavender as a gift for her new course in life....

Was also back in town by noonish which is wicked....going to a bonfire tonight then over to a coworkers thing...just wicked....

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Just got back from my trip to Cancun for work. It was nice, very pretty but I've come to realize that I am very much a mountain/Canadian boy. I can only sit in a pool and drink so many margarita's before a) I humiliate myself b) I get sunstroke or c) I just get plain bored.

Still a great time, back at work now, total indian summer here, in the 30's in mid September...got to love it.

Got to get back on the healthy eating trail though...im so close to being great...just got to cut those cheezies out.....

cat bumz

Monday, August 26, 2013

sneaky rv time

found a huge rv lot with every rv open even thoufh it was sunday and closed. had lots of fun sneaking around veing sneaky and day dreaming about moving into an everlite

Sunday, July 28, 2013

the peg

winnipeg sure is gorgeous right now, always fall in love when I come back in summer. ..the winters sure do the opposite...but more so.....

Friday, July 26, 2013


t he badlands have always been such a spooky and powerful place. got to spend more time down here. we ipted ti not go on our multiday canoe trip once we got here as it was a horrible storm, funnwl cloud bad, course now its too late to change our mind and its all blue skies and calm.

doh!! such is the way of things, shouls get myself a vluetooth keyboard dor the samsung if I'm gonna keep ip with these journal entries.

jnel is sleeping in van. very cute. ..I just stepped I'm a huge brown snake, brrr was it a rattle r?!?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

yay anniversary

My beautiful wife and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary on the weekend. So very awesome and all that jazz. Waiting at home right now for her to come back from getting her hair cut and running some stairs. Went to the Devonian gardens on the weekend...was so good..glad she took me there..

Going to eat some vinetarta when she comes home!

Also got to figure out how to take more awesome pictures and set up a "together blog"...think it would be important for both of us.

Going to be in Winnipeg next week....looking forward to it.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Another Sunday afternoon

Janelle and I had another wonderful afternoon together, actually an entire weekend....went down to the antique mall and got some new patio furniture and an antique coffee grinder...I'm trying to phase out all non-essential electronic appliances in my haus...got to convince Janelle to give up the mixer...

Woke up and made Janelle an bannock cinnamon bun concoction then hung out and eventually biked down to Whyte avenue. A major bonus/surprise of our new haus is that it's not nearly as far from downtown as we thought..we've been biking and walking a tonne and just love it.

Lots of pictures..going to see if I can figure out auto upload shit...I got a new printer and can upload from my phone is sweet

Monday, May 27, 2013


monsanto march was really good...rainy but great ro see so many amazing like minded people out.

sometimes it really does make me wonde r though how to get change happening...i really enjoy all the activities I attend and groups I am a part of but sometime it feels like I am preaching to the choir.

does the street corner preacher really get his message out or is it best to just live simply as an example

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Sunday, March 24, 2013


Why hello my non-existing internet friends. Weekend was pretty fun, Jnel and a handful of errands this weekend. Even got up really early Sunday morning for a nice brisk jog. So much snow!

 On Sunday we saw a presentation at the library by a very good presenter named Jessie from http://www.live-local.ca/, Janelle and I are pretty much stereotype farmers market/local people but it was still quite good. I've always had trouble reconciling "what is local" more than anything.

 I went and did some dumpster diving on the way home...found a few thousand dollars of brand new clothes ripped/cut up....I wish I could say that this was unusual but this particular dumpster (behind a Canadian owned store if not local) makes a habit of doing this. I've decided to start salvaging everything in there and repairing it and hopefully being able to distribute it to those in need...why this company couldn't do something similar instead of having a minimum wage worker take a pair of scissors to them and toss them out is beyond me....:( But it did get me thinking that you wouldn't see a local or small business owner do that...it's only a huge national company who could see a benefit to tossing thousands of dollars of clothes on a near weekly basis (for the last several years)

It's a shame....people we tell about this don't even believe it and just assue it must have been accidentally torn and THEN thrown out....irony going through the front door these coveralls would cost over $200

Monday, March 18, 2013

who u calling crackah?!

so ive been pretty proud of myself and how much I'm reducing my pr ocessed foods by.....this here is a picture of our latest dehydrator adventure!!! home made supah awesome cracker!

I'm a grownup!!!

jnel and I went for a good epix troll down to the royal alberta museum and spent some time unser a bridge. test of blogger on phone too!!