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"Feeding The Bear" by Rolly A. Chabot
Good morning all and welcome to the Fireside and another cool but sunny morning here in Alberta Canada. Fall is fast approaching and soon followed by another winter. The thoughts of howling wind storms and driving snow are looming again. As we get older it is not hard to think of a better place to live.
Funny thing about winter for me is it is a time to hibernate tucked away in my studio and dive completely in writing. There are those days when you venture out into the day but there is nothing like sitting near the Fireside with a freshly brewed cup of coffee, Quigley the dog curled up at my feet and just writing.
On the book front I have two more novels completed, one called Cross Claims. A book of a young man lost in life who has inherited a gold mining claim in the Yukon here in Canada. The other call Crystal Creek, a story of a young girl who has been abused and after years of living in shame has come forward. They are both in the editing stage and should be up my site on Amazon by mid month.
Heading off to Montana again Wednesday morning for a day or two. Actually will be down there a few days each month till January. Lovely State with some great people.
Welcome to my world and know that you are dearly loved... Not sure where we are going today but as soon as you are ready we are off and running. Today I think will be a catch up day.
Flipping through some pictures the other day and I came across this one and it is a reminder of what is to come. It has been around a while already. The tops of the Rocky Mountains here have been getting that white hats this past month. Ponds are already starting to form ice around the edges. The Deer and Moose have started into their breeding season and we are seeing more and more of them out and about.
Interesting the way each season brings about different patterns and not just in the weather conditions but the wildlife around us. They are out in full force now foraging in hopes to gain that extra weight they need to carry them through the winter months. I came across a field the other day and the farmer had left a few acres in the middle of his field of wheat for the wildlife. It was good to see Ducks, Geese, Deer and Moose all helping themselves. Very thoughtful man indeed, remember to thank the farmer when you meet him on the road with a wave. He is the one who feeds us so often and I do think they need some encouragement for all their hard work and dedication.
This summer has been the most active weather we have seen in may years. Advisories and warnings throughout. They come in from the West over the mountains and they have been growing in intensity this past several years now, causing a fair amount of damage This summer while I was on the Galiano Island on the West Coast of Canada we have a thunder storm that passed through this small town and wiped out most flowers and sadly crops as well. I was told there has not been one through here like since the late twenties.
Great loss to many with the crops and all but the whole cycle of the season was thrown off because of it. Rivers and lakes stayed muddy for much of the season and well that affects the fishing which I have a passion for.
At the end of the day just thankful there was no loss of life. Weather is changing all around us and we all need to be more and more aware and stay tuned into what is happening. World events and weather are things that are hard to hide from.
Being retired a little over a year has been good and enjoyable.There has been a fair amount of travel. In March of last year I was able to get into Arizona and see some nice country.
There is such diversity no matter where you find yourself. Leaving here in freezing weather and waking the following morning to 80 degrees was a real real treat. Day reaching well into the 90's. But I must admit it was nice to come home and cool down.
I guess after all these years of living in these four different seasons we have gotten a little hardened off to the change. Our bodies have just gotten used to the change.
Summer found me on the West Coast of Canada on an Island called Galiano. A wonderful place with some thoughts of maybe looking at a residence there because I fell in love with the Island life. After coming back home and thinking about the need for a Ferry ride to get all your supplies I suppose I changed my mind.
So the search continues and will see where it leads. Of all the Islands on the West Coast I have been on this one is by far the cleanest and most well preserved naturally. The only trees allowed to be cut down are those needed to allow you to build. Even then it is regulated.
The fishing is incredible and I suppose that had much to do with the interest in the area. (As he sits and grins)
British Columbia Interior
Spend a week back in this area last month and loved the peace and solitude and all that it offered. The fishing was good but again spring flooding of the lakes had an adverse effect of the fish.
I arrived right in the peek fruit season and lived on fresh fruit the entire time there. The cabin I stayed in was isolated and yet had fairly modern conveniences. Definitely added to the list of returning visits.
I was able to complete the better part of a novel here. Again the fona in the area was beautiful and again I was reminded of the diversity of this country I live in. Sitting at te bottom of these falls reminded me of just how small we really are. How busy we think we are and yet nature continues doing what she is called to do and that is create beauty. How much we miss when we fail to take the time to notice. It is in places like this I find great peace.
We are Called
Over the period of this summer I have been called several times to return to work and take over some rather key positions. The offers are tempting but I feel called to write and it is a craft which requires constant work. I love to learn, love to share in my mixed way and hopefully the reader can find something in my simple style that will quiet the soul and they can find some peace.
I offered a free download this summer on one of my books. It was up for only 72 hours and it was downloaded 756 times. The emails of encouragement still are coming in and I thank all who were able to get a copy who sent a note of thanks.
Why is it we write is a question I have often asked since this all started three years ago . I suppose an easy answer is because we have a great deal to tell. Yet another I like to think which makes it so rewarding is others read and maybe along the way of sharing some of our lives we can give others freedom in looking deeply int theirs.
Thank you for coming along this morning and now that you have been caught up on what is happening here I best get busy and do some reading and catch up on all of your writing. Many hugs to all and know again that you are loved...
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