Monday, December 1, 2008

Monday Gratitude - Grateful For Twenty Years Here

Birds, like this blue jay, like our bird bath.

Crescent Falls in the spring

Summer scene south of town

Between the shops

High sun on a bright fall day on Main Street

My husband and his carving

A pond in town in fall

The path to the pond

Our nanking cherries in bloom
I've lived here for 20 years as of yesterday and my first day at the Mountaineer newspaper was 20 years ago today.
I have a great deal to be grateful for and the best way to show it is pictures.
I hope you enjoy the sights as much as I do.


MizFit said...

we do, errr, I do (I wont speak for the masses).
as always your posts make me think and also calm me (what that says about my morning state Im not certain) AND make me wonder (what's the hubby making? where did you move FROM?).

tokaiangel said...

Love the new picture at the top of the blog as well as all the others! Happy anniversary, it is so calming to feel settled and secure somewhere you love.

TA x

the Bag Lady said...

Great photos, cousin! Thanks for sharing these with us - it's a window to understanding why you stay there - fabulous scenery!

Leah J. Utas said...

MizFit - thinking and calming is a great combination. I'm pleased I have that effect on you.
Husband is currently carving a lynx mask.
I've lived in several places. I'd worked in northern BC and then moved home for a few month(Barrhead) before finding the Rocky job. Prior to BC I'd worked in Olds and that's about 70 miles south of Rocky.

Tokaiangel - It is good to love where you live. Glad you enjoyed the pics, and I'm especially pleased that the blog header photo is such a hit. It's one of my favourite places.

dfBag Lady, thanks. Photos say it best.

Tom Rooney said...

The thing that I can picture is the fresh air and feel good feeling of that area. I think this camera is agreeing with you :)

Hilary said...

Lovely representation of your area and time spent there. I love that birdbath and would love to see some of your husband's carvings.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Wow, what an awesome 20 year celebration! Those are some beautiful pictures, no wonder you feel grateful. Finding a wonderful spot to live and appreciating every aspect you can is truly a gift.

Thanks so much for sharing the pics!

Leah J. Utas said...

Tom, this area does have a really good feel to it. If I've captured that, then I have done my job.
These photos are the product of all three of our digital cameras, the Fuji Finepix, a Pentax K20D, and the Olympus. I've got so much to learn on all of them. And thanks for your kind words about my results.

Hilary, thanks so much. I'll post some of his carvings in a day or so.

Crabby, thanks. This whole area has the most amazing scenery. I'm still amazed and tickled that I get to live here.

Missicat said...

Love the pics as usual! How do you happen to always get such good shots???

Leah J. Utas said...

Missicat, thanks so much. I was a reporter for about 20 years and taking pictures was part of the deal, but mostly it's the subject matter.

Erin said...

Thank you for sharing your pictures, I love seeing your world through your eyes. Beautiful and plenty to be grateful for indeed!

Leah J. Utas said...

Hello Erin, I'm glad you enjoy them. It is a beautiful spot.

NeverSayDiet said...

it's gorgeous! congrats on the anniversary!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, NeverSayDiet.

Frank Baron said...

Terrific group of pics Leah! I especially like the one of the pond. (What can I say? I'm sucker for water.)

Do you have a heater for your bird bath? I've considered buying one but am flummoxed as to what to do with it in winter.

Leah J. Utas said...

Frank, good to see you here. The pond is an especially lovely spot.
Our other bird bath is heated. We use a heated pet bowl. It works very well and it wasn't until it got -40C last year that snow covered the top of it.

Reb said...

Lovely photos Leah. Congrats on being able to stay in a place you love so much for so long!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Reb. Glad you like them. Yes, I am truly blessed.

Thomma Lyn said...

Gorgeous pictures. Looks like a wonderful place to spend twenty years, and more! :)

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, TL. And it certainly is.