Adding to this obstacle is the fact that, to my knowledge, Livewriter is still not working properly with Blogger. This means that all blog editing must be done when online, as well as using the slow, awkward, counter intuitive Blogger editor. My only internet access when at home is a very limited, very slow satellite connection. Invariably, when I go online, my computers decide they must start downloading something - anything - to almost instantly gobble up my 250Mb/day limit! If that happens, I get 'Fapped' and then have zero internet for 24hrs! Not very conducive to updating blogs!!
I just love/hate Google! At the top of my blog editing window, Google posts a dire warning, highlighted with a red bar, saying "WARNING: Google prevented a suspicious sign in to yout account using your password. Review activity now" However, when I click on the link, it tells me that I have already dealt with this situation!! But still, it does not remove the red banner on the screen! Talk about 'crying wolf'!Warning: Google prevented a suspicious attempt to sign in to your account using your passw
During this time, Hailey regularly and impatiently has been checking the pot where her catnip plant grew last year, waiting to see it if will sprout again this year!
(The photo shows up sideways(!) and Blogger's editor apparently does not have a function to flip it upright, like all decent editors like LiveWriter do!)
My crop of dandelions has been doing well this year!
On some of the nice days, we've gone out for a Bayfield Bunch-like drive in the country, looking for wildlife, real estate, and wild horses.
Closer to home there is some wildlife as well ...
I met up with a couple more fellow retired national park wardens for a few days of riding around historic Fort Walsh and an old trading post in the very scenic Cypress Hills.
On the way back towards home, we discovered this little primitive gem of a campground on the Red Deer river north of Jenner. It appears to be free, perhaps courtesy of a local oil company, and is adjacent to a rodeo grounds.
Well actually, a group of 9 people in 7 kayaks came by in the evening, but sort of missed the take-out, so they camped on a sandbar across the river about 1/4 mile downstream. The water rose a lot overnight, so I'm not sure if any of their tents got flooded out, but they were gone by the time I got up in the morning. Weather was getting hot, and even though the water was pretty brown, it was very refreshing to swim in. The current was pretty fast, but I watched a good sized snake swim right across the river, which is about 60yds across at that point. Maybe he knew Hailey was after him?
I don't think she is gaining any weight back yet, but with my secret weapons of milk and cheese, she does eat enough to get by. There is no way we are going back to the feeding tube!
I've turned down a couple of offers of work so far this summer. There seems to be a lot of unexpected vacancies in the fire lookouts this year after labour rules now force lookouts to take days off - even in extreme hazard conditions. I could easily have worked full time in one of them for the summer, but I'm only interested in short-term adventures. They also wanted a fire camp manager to open a new camp up north, but that sounded like a LOT of work, especially in a new camp, and generally cats and dogs are not welcome. And if Hailey can't come along, I don't go. Still keeping my eyes open for something shorter and interesting. It's been an interesting fire season so far, and busiest in the north. Some of my friends in lookouts where I've worked in the past were evacuated from their towers for a while. We'll just have to see what July has in store.
In any event, don't expect another blog update anytime soon - unless things get really exciting!