Volume 1 Issue 9 | | Editor: Colleen MacLeod | Published weekly on Mondays | #meadowlarkmonday
Our robins returned to nest by our front door again! This morning they fledged and are now bopping around the yard. Is this little one using the ladder for training wings? For baby robins, pets, and other great photos, follow us on Instagram: themeadowlark.ca
The Wisdom of Our Grandmothers
I had a most enjoyable live chat with Shelly, the curator of the Pioneer Acres Museum, last week. Among other things, we touched on how we can obtain life lessons from the past, particularly in times of adversity. We chatted about our grandmothers and how we were inspired by them in so many ways. It’s a good time to reflect on life lessons learned at the knees of our grandmothers. And while we reflect, don’t forget to reach out and thank them and maybe send a hug using Jae Jae’s craft idea included later in the newsletter!
Here’s a great example of words of wisdom from the past that Shelly shared a few weeks back:
Hey Kids! Enter Our Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
Residents under 13 are invited to enter our first-ever Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest! Your chalk art needs to fit the theme of things that live in our area: plants, bugs, birds, animals, and people.
Complete your artwork and have a parent email a photo. Contest closes June 21 (Father’s Day). Grace at ATB has donated bags of candy for the winners of each of the above categories! The 5 winners will appear in the June 29 issue. (Note: If this sounds familiar, it is: we started this contest back in issue 4, but due to low participation, we’ve extended it)
Gas Station Gets Bigger
I was at the Irricana Gas Plus on the weekend for movie night snacks and I asked about the construction project: they are expanding the store! I can’t wait to see what goodies they bring in. On I love Irricana, Breeanna and Maria both complimented the friendly carry out service. Breeanna: “I would just like to do a lovely shout out to our local gas station! Went in to grab a bag of firewood and was lucky to have the nice young man carry it to my trunk for me.”
Emotional Support Animals
Animals can help people with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. There is even a Human Animal Bond Research Institute! Check out their research on mental health and animals here. One of the coolest facts is that both humans and their animal friends undergo physiological changes when they interact!
Ready for Your Own Ball of Love?
Ayvree posted in I love Irricana: “5 kittens ready to go to new homes in 2 weeks. They are currently almost 6 weeks old, (born April 21st). They are currently barn cats, and their mom is a great mouser, but they would make super loving indoor companions as well!” If you are interested in giving a loving home to these little balls of love, message Ayvree. The kittens are free and come with a cat toy thanks to Brian of Rascals The Barking Lot (did you know they deliver to Irricana?).
What Happiness Means to a Dog
Ayvree (Irricana Kountry Kennel)
My eyes cracked open and ears perked up excitedly – “Did I just hear what I thought I heard?” One of my pack-humans, (they call her Ayvree, or at least I think so – she always responds to it anyway!), looked at me and spoke again: “Hey, lazy bones, want to go for a ride in the car?” Read more.
Close to Home Getaway
Discovering the Douglas Fir Trail
While I lived in the Irricana area for a decade and still assist real estate clients in the area as well as board my horse, I now live in the community of Killarney-Glengarry in SW Calgary, an area I love as it is conducive to my urban lifestyle. I have resided here for nearly two years now. This weekend, I fell in love with it a little bit more. I found the entrance to the Douglas Fir Trail. I had walked by it the previous time as it is not marked well – it starts as a gravel road behind some condominiums. I spent the next hour or so hiking the trail (though I should have put on better footwear), discovering a fantastic nature trail in the heart of the city. The trail winds down through the escarpment and an easy part of it goes along the railroad tracks. Eventually I came to a railway crossing which leads to a bike path by the river. I lingered there for a while watching people float down the Bow River on rafts, before heading back onto the trail. Read more.
Send a Hug!
Jae Jae (Jennifer)
Wally was missing his friends, so we sent them a Hug! This was an amazingly simple and fun activity and we have plans to make these for his grandparents who live out East as well. A sweet sentiment that will also show them how much he has grown since we visited them last year! Supplies:
>>>Roll of paper – you could use the back of gift wrapping paper too
>>>Anything to decorate: paint, marker, crayons, stickers, etc.
I had Wally lie down on the paper and did my best to trace around the top half of a wiggling toddler. We painted in his outline together and when done I wrote “Since I can’t come over to play, I’m sending you a HUG today!” and cut it out. We would love to see your creations! If you try this out please send us your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can share and inspire others!
Whether you are an avid gardener or growing your first garden, the Gardener’s World tv show is worth watching. I absolutely love it and recommend it as an antidote to stress. The show invariably starts with images of beautiful blooms being visited by bees and serenaded by birdsong. The host’s golden retriever Nellie makes an appearance as we join Monty Don at his home in Herefordshire, UK. A tip from this week’s episode: make a note to start Feeding Fridays so you can remember to fertilize your containers each week! Watch Gardener’s World here.