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"Feeding The Bear" by Rolly A. Chabot

Updated on October 6, 2012


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.


Active Weather

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.



Ocen Breeze

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)

Margret Falls




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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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      i Eddy... sorry for the delay in getting back to you. The month has finally passed. I was involved in the Nano Write challenge and managed to close it out at 146K, I will turn this one into a three book series.

      The books are available at only in the eBook format.

      If you do not have a Kindle you get get an app called Kindle Reader and download it to your computer and download them that way. Just working with a publisher now but it will be awhile before they are all in book form. Hope this helps...

      Hugs and Love from Canada.... Rolly

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Thank you so much Rolly for another visit to sit by your warm and homely haven.A wonderful read as all your are. I was wondering if your books are for sale now ;if you could let me know I would like to buy one. Thanks again Rolly and here's to so many more hubs for us both to share on here.


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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Beth100... good to see you again and have you sitting at the Fireside. Like you I do enjoy the winters even though I grumble and whine and complain about them. I was over Rogers Pass twice this year once in July where the mountains were bare and then again at the end of August and the snow was already starting to form caps. Need to be heading over again in a few weeks to Salmon Arm.

      Trust all is well you way...

      Many Alberta Hugs

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      Beth100 5 years ago from Canada

      As always, you start my morning off with a smile. Ah, yes, the cold winter clime of Alberta. I miss it!! :) The best part of growing up near the Rockies was watching the snow caps form during the late summer and falls. One day it would be sunny and warm, the next day upon waking, there would be a blanket of white snow. This is the best!!

      I missed your offering for the download -- but I am waiting anxiously for your two new novels. :) I have, unfortunately, been offline for several months. On the other hand, it has been a blessing in disguise as I have found much that I love and enjoy that I have been distracted from with the internet. Though it is great to be back! :)

      Plenty of warm hugs from here to you Rolly! Take care and keep warm! xox

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Gypsy and Sid... Thanks for joining with us. We got a good reminder of winter yesterday and last night. I drove down to Montana i the US yesterday morning and ended up having to stop over because of the roads. That Sid is one lucky cat, Quigley goes outside now and has what I call ding-a-ling feet. She hates the snow. Se has a bed and all but prefers to cuddle up close to dad.

      Hugs and sending a blanket...

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Always enjoy it when you share your fascinating world with us. Glad we don't have signs of snow yet but the days are getting darn short and the night real cold. Hugs to you and Quigley. I already have a big box in the kitchen for Sid and a warm blanket to sleep on. He's usually on watch duty now through the night.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Sue... thanks so much for taking te time to say hello and enjoying the frog picture... lol... actually it is me dressed in cognito... you know attempting to blend in...

      Happy thanksgiving to you as well... stay warm there I hear it has turned cold...

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Christy... it is ongoing have a peek at

      Bet you are just about ready to sit sown with family and look after the turkey... have a great day and be blessed...

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Rolly,

      So glad that I dropped in on your fireside chat. I am know feeling warm, toasty and serene.

      Congratulations on completing two more novels.

      Love the pictures. Especially, the one of the frog. ROFL He sure knows how to enjoy life.

      Happy Thanksgiving and hugs from Toronto :)

      Voted up and away

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Wow you have two books in the editing stage! Woohoo! I am so excited for you my friend

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning Always... Thanks for stopping in and takin the time to rest at the Fireside. When I first saw what had been left in te field the first thing I thought of was the combine had broken down. A little further down the road I saw in another field a farmer had purposefully left small slivers of standing grain randomly in his field. I was reminded of the Gleaners...

      Hugs to you and yours

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Morning girishpuri... Thank you for the comment and pleased you enjoyed the pictures. Remote and isolated travel is where I come alive and find the greatest blessing.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I loved your beautiful photos, and the story about the farmer leaving a place for animals. I will wave every time I see a farmer. Thank's for sharing your travels with us..Cheers

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Again, such a homey always make us feel like family...and your pictures are stunning. How true that each season has its own peculiarities, some lovely some not. I don't look forward to winer but it is inevitable.

      Voted up, awesome, and beautiful. Hugs!

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      Girish puri 5 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Great pics. and an awesome traveling, voted up.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi AliciaC ... now that is awesome to hear you have found a place so temperate... once I have the adress I will get all the invites mailed out... hope you and your have lots of room.

      I agree while I was on Galiano this year I tested all the locals on te Island and they all said the same. Very little snow, maybe the odd freezing rain but other than that nothing like what I have here. You would know all about Alberta by the sounds of it.

      Hugs from the soon to be Frozen Tundra

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Lifegate... you are such a gentleman and I thank you for the compliment. Such a blessing to know that you enjoy what I put out there... the Fireside is always open for you...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Billy... awesome of you to take on the subject of writing... better in your hands... Tell me have you and Bev started to Fly Fish yet this year... ?

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Perspycacious ... thanks for the visit and pleased to hear your family is arriving. Should you have any questions shoot me an email. Be more than happy to answer your questions if I can be of some help...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Jackie... an awesome comment Jackie and thank you. Your encouragement is appreciated. Always great to know that someone has come along and spent the time reading...

      Sorry to hear about the chill in the air. It is that time of year again. We are very cool here tonight and they are calling for rain and snow tomorrow. I was near the mountains today and all the tops are well covered already... Burrrr

      Hugs from Canada

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely piece of writing, Rolly. The description and photos are very interesting. I love the story about the farmer who left some of his wheat to help wildlife survive the winter - what a kind and thoughtful thing to do! Fall is slowly arriving where I live on the south coast of British Columbia, but the days are still warm. The nice thing about living here is that winter arrives late and spring arrives early. It's very different weather from what I experienced when I lived in Alberta.

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      William Kovacic 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


      I know I've said it before, but I absolutely love your pics. That's not to say I don't like the writing. You do it all well. that's why I keep coming back.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Why do we write? I'm addressing that this next week, so I'll delay my answer until then. Loved this hub, loved getting caught up on your life, and as always loved sitting and chatting with you.

      Peace and love, today and always,


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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Wife and two nephews may make it to Calgary later this month. Nice to have great neighbors to the north!

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Thanks for sharing your world, it has made for a relaxing morning since I have had coffee in this unusual chill that hit this morning while reading several of your writings. Thanks for being here at Hp, a solid rock in a turbulent world.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Jools99... thanks for the comment and the visit and yes you are in for adventure. Shot me an email just before you are ready to leave and I would be more than happy to meet up with you on your way through and have a coffee and maybe point out some places of interest in this area near Calgary and a little north. Only a short drive off the Trans Canada.

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Rolly, enjoyed this hub and especially being with you on your travels. The photos are great - we're headed to Canada in 2014 so I am already checking out places to go. We are thinking about travelling from east to west from Torono and Margret Falls looks so beautiful, I think BC will definitely be on the cards.

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      Rolly A Chabot 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Carol7777... the South West portion of Tuscan mainly and travelled out from there daily. I have a friend that has a park model in one of the parks there. All I can say is thanks for airconditioning... what part are you in?

      Hugs from Canada

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Enjoyed your traveling...We live in Arizona..where did you go? Grand Canyon?? Thanks for sharing all this..always interesting.


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