On September 9, 2014, Calgary lost due to snow damage something like 1/2 of its trees. The city figures that about 1 million trees were damaged or destroyed during the late snowfall. I blogged about the damage to our own community’s trees, on September 9 with pictures of the snow and our downed trees. Over the last couple of days we have had a crew in to remove the trees that are too far gone to salvage, and prune out the damaged limbs, generally cleaning out all the stuff we lost. It came to 32 trees in total to be removed.

It was the green ash trees that took the biggest beating, in the large trees, and the hawthorns also suffered from broken branches. It was the big ones we had taken out. While there was little or no damage to our spruce trees, since they load down and spring back up again, we had 3 of those taken out. There was nothing wrong with them, but they had grown width wise over the years, and those cute little spruce trees we not so cute anymore in a 6-10 foot space. The trees had grown to 25 feet across and were destined for bigger things! Thirty-five feet is average spread for a full grown spruce. One of them was behind out place, and one was behind our neighbours.

I like trees, and hated the idea of taking them out, and even feel bad about it now, but it had to be. I tried years ago to get somebody to listen when we could have moved them somewhere else. Never happened. But like a beautiful rose growing in a wheat field, the trees were like a weed.

With all the work being done around the property, it has stirred up the bird population. The birds in the community have been very active. We even had a Blue Jay poking around in the one spruce that is left in our back yard. It has been a long time since one of those has shown up, even though they are common and live in our climate year round.

National Geographic has a story with some pictures of the scene in Turkey where refugees are showing up in volume trying to escape the horror behind them in the form of ISIS. Very scary stuff. Take a look: Turkey

In Arizona there is the last ICBM silo. It has been turned into a hands on museum site. National Geographic got a great video of the site. I had never seen one of these, so I thought it was really worth a look: ICBM site

The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything… or nothing.

Nancy Astor

Today’s Lesson On Irony (Canadian Style)

These three statements tell you a lot about our government and our culture:

1.  We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics.  Funny how that works.

And another for consideration–
2.  We constantly hear about how CPP ( Canada Pension Plan) is going to run out of money..  How come we never hear about welfare running out of money?  What’s interesting is the first group "worked for" their money, but the second didn’t.

Finally …

3.  Provincial Social Services (welfare payments) is proud to be distributing this year the greatest amount of free money ever .  Meanwhile, the Parks Branch, asks us "Please Do Not Feed the Animals." The stated reason for this policy is because "The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves."

That ends Today’s Lesson On Irony
Another Canadian story;
Little Johnny meets Justin Trudeau and strikes again

Justin Trudeau was visiting a primary school in Lanark and visited a grade four class.  They were in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings.
The teacher asked Mr.  Trudeau if he would like to lead the discussion on the word ‘tragedy.’ So our illustrious Party Leader asked the class for an example of a ‘tragedy’.
One little boy stood up and offered: "If my best friend, who lives on a farm, is playing in the field and a tractor runs him over and kills him, that would be a tragedy."
"No," said Trudeau, "that would be an accident."
A little girl raised her hand: "If a school bus carrying 50 children drove off a cliff, killing everyone, that would be a tragedy."
"I’m afraid not," explained Trudeau.  "That’s what we would call great loss."
The room went silent.  No other child volunteered.  Trudeau searched the room.
"Isn’t there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?"
Finally at the back of the room, Little Johnny raised his hand.  The teacher held her breath.
In a quiet voice he said: "If the plane carrying you and Mrs.  Trudeau was struck by a ‘friendly fire’ missile and blown to smithereens that would be a tragedy."
"Fantastic!" exclaimed Trudeau, "That’s right.  And can you tell me why that would be a tragedy?"
"Well," says Johnny, "It has to be a tragedy, because it sure as hell wouldn’t be a great loss…  and you can bet your sweet ass it wouldn’t be an accident either!"
The teacher left the room..

Have a Great Day, and be nice to one another.

Ross Smile


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