National Novel Writing Month

November 2nd, 2013:

November is NaNoWriMo month.

Press Start
Graphic Link to NaNoWriMo Start Page.

I might not get a lot of blogging done if I’ll be chugging out at least 1600 words a day for all of November writing a nano-novel.

But then again it’s taken me 2 & 1/2 hours per night to write almost 2,500 words per night.

& because this is happening while Mercury is Retrograde, I didn’t start a brand spankin new novel, I picked one up I’d started a couple years ago and continued on with it. So far so good, the test will come on November 10th when mercury stops and then begins to move forward again, lets see if this novel can hold my interest when that happens.




First Nations Presence in Fredericton to Protect Everybody’s Water and Land

Wednesday, 30 October, 2013.

First Nations Teepees and Long House near the Provincial Legislature Buildings.

New Brunswick‘s First Nations People want you to know they’re not here to protest or cause any trouble. They’re here because they’re committed to protecting Mother Earth and everybody’s drinking water. Fracking hurts everybody.

We saw them carry their sacred fire across the walking bridge, we saw them set up their traditional long house near the New Brunswick Provincial Legislature building. But we haven’t seen much of them in the nightly news since.

The people who believe they’ve been told they represent us and have the power to make decisions for us want the First Nations to go away and let them rape the province for fun and profit.

Nobody in power wants to remember that the current Conservative Provincial Government was elected because the previous government did not comply with New Brunswick’s citizens’ wishes.

Mother Earth is not happy.

Believe me, you do not want to be an enemy of Mother Earth.

& According to Pastor Lindsey Williams in his book “The Energy Non-Crisis“, Oil companies are pumping enough natural gas back into the ground in Alaska to ‘Light up the whole East Coast of the USA Free for the next 3 years‘. Why? Because they want to keep the price of oil and gas way above what it should be. Go watch the Movies “Gasland” and “Gasland II”. Don’t wait until your kitchen sink bursts into flame to realize we’re being sold a line of…. [doo doo] by greedy men who would be really happy if they could kill most of us off so they’d be better able to enslave the survivors. (Oops, sorry, I went political on you.)

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.

Finally got a decent photo of the footbridge

Monday, 21 October, 2013.

Footbridge, backlighted by early morning sunlight.

The lighting was just right to get a decent photograph of the footbridge (which used to be a railroad bridge) in Fredericton.

I took the above with my usual Olympus digital camera. (Which I bought for half price at a Shoppers Drug Mart as a Boxing Day Special.) This was at about 8:30 this morning (I get to appreciate our changing scenery in different lighting as I’ve been driving my favourite person back and forth to work while our second vehicle is awaiting parts at one of our two local Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep dealers.)

South side of Fredericton beyond St John River.

This is a bit to the right of the bridge, looking at the Down Town section of Fredericton, where the light was almost as friendly as it was to the bridge.

One thing I’ve noticed in the last couple days, is some white ‘stripes’ on the river, parallel to the south shore. I have no idea what might cause that, but it is intriguing. (And no, you can’t see those here.)

Kilarney Lake

Sunday, 20 October, 2013.

park with lake and walking trail.

Kilarney Lake Park has some pet friendly walking trails.

We went looking for Kilarney Lake. It’s just up St Mary’s Street from the Smart Centre. This was on a beautiful Sunday in October, at a little after 4 pm. There were several families there, enjoying the park. On a map that was posted there we saw Walking Trails that might run from this park to Canada Street. (It’s hard to say because the map does not show whether the trails continue through a small bit of private land that separates sections of public parklands.) There were several happy dogs walking their humans on the trails here.

Park with lake and beach.

Kilarney Lake Park, looking toward the beach area and most of the lake.

Being October, no people were swimming here, (there were ducks and geese enjoying the water) but the water was clear and it looks like a wonderful place to bring kids and splash up a storm in the summer.

Kilarney Lake, Fredericton, NB, Canada

Kilarney Lake (taken with a Samsung Galaxy III ‘Smart Phone’)

From where we were standing we couldn’t get the whole lake in one photograph, but this is a pretty good portion of it. And you can see how clear the water is. My favourite spouse tested the water (with her hand) and said it was a bit on the chilly side.

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.