26 Jun 2013

Giveaway Winner & A Break

First things first...the winner of the Geographic Designer giveaway is......


Enjoy your poster Kathy!

Now, on another note, I am going to be taking a little blogging break for a week or two.  We were actually supposed to be away on vacation this week, but the world had other plans.  In case you hadn't heard, starting on Thursday of last week, Southern Alberta experienced major flooding.  I am not an expert on weather, but from what I read, a weather system carrying major precipitation hit up against the west side of the Rocky Mountains and it stayed there for days pouring rain on the area.  Eventually the water became too much and areas of Alberta started to flood.  It started close to the mountains in Canmore and then progressed east to Calgary and other parts of southern Alberta.

via the National Post
More than 65,000 people were under mandatory evacuation notice in Calgary alone.  The devastation that our province has seen over the past few days is heart breaking.   We were glued to the news and social media as we tried to keep tabs on our family and friends who live in the area.  I lived in Calgary for more than 5 years, so I was very familiar with all of the areas.  We now live 3 hours from Calgary and felt helpless as we watched the water pour in.

We had a week booked in the mountains that was supposed to start on Saturday, but after the flooding in Canmore, the highway was closed and there was no estimate on when it would open again (it is still closed).

via Wunderground

We decided it would be best if we cancelled our vacation.  So, we are staying home this week and having a full blown stay-cation.  Since this week is dedicated to spending time with my family, I am going to stick to my guns and try and not spend much time on the computer.  

I might be back with a Week's End post on the weekend, and then my plan is to be back with fresh posts mid to late next week.   We are going to explore our city, hang out, catch up on some tv and enjoy some good food.  That's what makes a good vacation, right?

Talk to you soon!

p.s. if you are interested in donating to help the victims of the floods, please consider donating to the Canadian Red Cross.


9 comments:

  1. Oh wow, that looks terrible. I didn't even notice how bad it was on the news here. But that's typical they don't broadcast much outside the US which annoys me greatly.
    Enjoy your staycation with your family.

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  2. Oh my goodness - I hate to hear about all the flooding. Glad you are okay where you live, but my heart breaks for those experiencing loss.

    Stay safe and enjoy your time with your family.

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    1. Yes, it's been a tough week and is hard to watch. The nice part has been to see on the news how people have responded and how the true kindness in people comes out at times like this.

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  3. That flooding is/was absolutely disastrous. It's amazing what weather can do... and what it can destroy.

    Have a lovely stay-cation, and good for you for "un-plugging". It's a break that we all need to take once in a while!

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  4. I will make a donation to the Canadian Red Cross. What a tragedy. May you and your loved ones remain safe. And... enjoy your well-deserved vacation!!

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    1. Thanks so much Stacey! Greatly appreciated.

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  5. Enjoy your break Kelly and here's hoping that Alberta gets back up on its feet quickly.

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  6. Kelly...that looks terrible...how awful. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected...so so sad and scary. Enjoy your stay cation and sometimes those are the best kind of vacations! Have a great week!!! ;)

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  7. Have a great stay-cation Kelly and yes, it's been absolutely terrible for Alberta lately and we've been thinking about them very much!

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