After Arthur: Eeeek!

Monday, 07 July, 2014.

trees and pole hanging on wires

Gibson Street: Long shot of trees and utility pole hanging on Electric Wires @ 7 am, 06 July 2014.

Closer shot of trees and pole hanging on Electric Wires.

Gibson Street. Closer to the same trees and Pole hanging on Electric Wires.

Large Tree hanging on Electric Wires

Gibson Street, just south of the above two photos, another large tree looking dangerous as it hangs over Electric Wires.

Our Post-Tropical Storm left a mess here… I went out looking for an open Tim Hortons at 7 am. Nothing open on the north side. South side, the Timmy’s on Regent street had a very long line of cars, stretching almost all the way up the hill to the Irving station. The Timmy’s on Prospect Street (the one with the temporary trailer for a drive through-) had signs up everywhere “No Power!” and employees shouting, “We’re not open, we have no power” to three or four vehicles per minute who did not read the signs. I didn’t think of trying the Tim Hortons on Smythe Street, inside the fence at the Fair Grounds (I think that’s the Fair Grounds).

I turned around drove back to Regent Street and got in line for the Regent Street Timmy’s (a long time before I could see the happy end  of that line). Some traffic lights were working. Some were not. I did not block intersections, especially when I saw cars coming toward Regent Street.

After half an hour in line, with many people behind me, line stretching farther than when I joined it, stopped at a red light. Two cars swooped in ahead of me from the west. A grey Honda and a black Malibu. I took down their license numbers. If I had the telekinetic power to explode their heads on the spot there would have been dead drivers and a lot of blood everywhere. Thank goodness I don’t have that kind of power. It took over an hour from when I first got in line until I got to the Tim Hortons. Both of those cars that had jumped in line in front of me turned left against the “no left turn sign”. I saw people standing in line as I was getting my coffee and breakfast sandwiches there. When I turned right on the no left turn street, I noticed that the line of people on the sidewalk waiting to get inside and stand in line until they were waited on went down to the corner and back South on Regent Street. I couldn’t see how far it stretched, but I was glad I did not park and think I would have an easier time going inside.

When I got home and sipped my coffee and ate my breakfast with “the love of my life” I thought, hey, if I was just a little bit crazier I might have kept the piece of paper with their license plate numbers handy and some time in the future popped all four tires, or worse.

The more I thought about that, the more I remembered a friend telling us, “Don’t think about getting even with somebody who goes out of their way to do something nasty, that will only poison your outlook on life and keep you miserable, Pray to transmute that negative energy into something positive. Ask for help with this-” (Us mere humans can’t transmute that kind of frustration and anger by ourselves, we need Heavenly help.)

So I’m hoping that anybody who would cut in front of people who have been in a line for half an hour or longer will think twice and not do that in the future. If not, they just might meet up with some angry son of a gun who doesn’t believe in trying to be a good, decent human being, who just might have had  a really bad day or two, who might jump out of his or her car in a blind rage and cripple them for life.

A lot of the Prayers that went out from me on Sunday started out with “Help! I don’t need this anger-”

~~~~~I shouldn’t sign this, should I?


Almost Halloween @ the Northside Market

26 October, 2013.

On our second trip to the Northside Market, we had a wonderful brunch from “Brewed Awakening / Conscious Coffee”.

Then we discovered that there had  been a contest for costumed vendors.

Woman Dressed as a doll.

This costume won first prize for a vendor.

There were a lot of happy looking children there, many in costumes.

Kid Dressed as Dinosaur.

There were plenty of kids in costume. To ensure Children’s safety and anonymity, this is the only photo we’ll publish. 

—It’s sad that we feel that we can’t show lots of photos of happy kids who deserve positive attention, but we’re only publishing this one photo because the child can not be identified (or stalked, thank goodness).

—There was also a “House of Horrors” put together by one of the Vendors (Mike Henderson of E.T. Mechanical, whose Fredericton store is at 85 Sunset Drive (506) 444-4663. They specialize in Geothermal, Solar and Heat Pump systems.)

Mike announcing winners.

Mike from E.T. Mechanical seen here announcing the winners to the ‘Best Costume’ contest.

I’ll Add as many photos of the ‘House of Horrors’ below as I can fit here.


This Mummy welcomes you to his House of Horrors.

Seasonal Decorations and "Beware!"

A grave marked RIP, Pumpkins and Skulls, and Seasonal decorations around a sign that says, “Beware!”

Skeleton in Black Robes and Chains.

A Skeleton in Black Robes and Chains…

Crystal Ball, Black Cat, Rat and something Scary on a table.

Scary Character with beautiful Visitor.

“Hello Dearie, I’ve been dying to meet you-“

Skeleton in Cobwebs.

This Skeleton must have been waiting a long time for its next victim…

Candy in a  Caldron and Skulls and severed arms.. and...

“Trick or Treat-“

Candy, bones, & Pieces of Skeleton

Halloween Tricks and Treats…

Skeletal Bride and Groom.

Skeletal Bride and Groom await their Honeymoon in a dark corner.

Mascot with Mask.

Even the E.T. Mechanical Mascot had a costume…

—Sigh, we saw so many happy children enjoying themselves that we wished there were happy dress up holidays more often. We’re glad we live in a place where kids are protected and safe, and wish the world was more like this wonderful city.

Early Morning Fog

Thursday, 24 October, 2013.

Fog on the water near Sunrise.

You can see a layer of fog clinging to the St John River here, looking South / West from the junction of Gibson Street and Union Street. (taken with a Samsung Galaxy III ‘Smart Phone’)

Cars slowly crossing bridge in Early Morning Traffic.

This is a line of cars backed up in the right hand lane, southbound, on the Westmorland Bridge.

Clouds and fog in Fredericton

This photograph was taken at ten minutes to 8 on the south side of the river, heading into the sunrise.

The above two photographs aren’t quite identical, you might have to look closely to notice the fog on the river above.

My life partner (can’t get used to calling her my ‘wife’) is still discovering new things to love about Fredericton, almost every day. Scenery that natives would take for granted appears magically spectacular to both of us. I’ve lived near beaches before and driving near beaches and some rivers, like this one, you can see that it’s never quite the same scene twice.

Wild Clouds This Afternoon

Saturday, 19  October, 2013,

Grey clouds near the ground near Regent Shopping Centre.

There were some intense clouds very close to the ground this afternoon between 3 and 4 pm here.

The clouds this afternoon were fairly spectacular.

Clouds at the Regent street mall.

Some of the clouds looked like they were flowing up out of the ground.

We couldn’t quite capture the look and feel of the weather this afternoon, but this is close.

Quiet Inspiration

Sunlight Above houses in shadow.

This is one photo that nearly captured the “Stop everything and Grab your camera” feeling I had when I saw the effects of the disappearing sunlight on the Hills East of the Nashwaak River.

Sunlight was lifting to the middle and upper branches of nearby trees, showing hints of approaching Autumn Splendor. A hillside to the east (other side of the Nashwaak River) was still almost in full sunlight. And the camera was within reach! Yay!

Autumn Approaches

Pontoon boat on trailer, Trees beginning to turn.

Early Autumn- As the trees think about changing colours, boat owners think about keeping their boats safe at home.

With the Lighthouse closed on Mondays we snuck down to our friendly neighbourhood Dairy Queen on Main Street (Or is that Union Street there?) and brought our ice cream back to the boat launching park. The Saint John River was in a happy reflective mood and Friendly Boat Owners were guiding their craft onto trailers and preparing to take them home for the winter ahead.

Fredericton, Saint John River, Sea Gulls,Launching Area..

Gulls in a straight line formation near the boat launch area. Old Train Bridge- now a Walking Bridge, spans the reflective Saint John River. Several Buildings in the down town area are visible. Some are reflected.

We were happy to see that quite a few others were taking advantage of this beautiful evening to sit and watch the river flow, while the Gulls acted out their Sea Gull ways. Boats near the south shore kicked up a wonderful straight line wake while we were happy to relax and feel the magic of the moment.

Park, Walking trail, couple, Rocks. Early Autumn Trees.

Trees in this park on the North Side of the Saint John River are just beginning to turn. Couples of all ages take advantage of a beautiful warm evening for a quiet walk in the park.

Even the rocks seem to be happily day dreaming.

Saint John River Looking toward Westmoreland Bridge on an Early Autumn Evening.

The River looks bigger “in Real Life”. As leaves begin to turn colours, the park and all its visitors holds its (and their) breath and smile and enjoy Life and Nature’s Beauty.

At one point, on this evening, the love of my life turned to me with a smile almost too big to keep to herself and said, “I still have trouble believing we’re really here.”