Hell or High Water

What was supposed to be a busy weekend with ball, date #3 and a visit from Tyler’s parents has turned into devastation and despair. We have had an unprecedented amount of rain this spring which has led to major flooding in low-lying areas and devastation and despair for a lot of people in Calgary and surrounding communities.

We received word on Thursday after work that we were to evacuate our building and head out of downtown as the Elbow river was likely going to crest around 3:00 am. We didn’t leave right away but were monitoring the situation pretty closely. The news showed devastating pictures of High River, Okotoks, Bragg Creek, and The Trans Canada Highway which runs through Canmore; all areas that had all been washed away or flooded.

At 12:30 AM we decided we had better go and took refuge with Tyler’s family.

With very little sleep, we awoke on Friday morning to find out that the Elbow had crested around 4 am and our neighborhood had indeed been flooded. We had no idea of the condition of our house or just how far the water had come up but from what we saw, things didn’t look good. We eventually made our way downtown to check on our place and soon discovered that our home was untouched, albeit without power, but no worse for the wear.

How grateful and fortunate we are.

As we walked around the neighborhood we did see that there were some people who weren’t so lucky…

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4th Street SW in front of Vin Room

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4th Street SW looking south

 It was eerie to be in our neighborhood without the hustle and bustle that you would normally find on a Saturday night. There was no traffic, no music coming from local pubs, just a stillness and state of quiet shock from what had occurred the night before.

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Bridge in Lindsay Park

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Lindsay Park, Elbow River

Thankfully there are so many great volunteers, police, fire and medical crews as well as city workers here in Calgary that are using the resources they have and working around the clock to help ease the pain and devastation that many of us here are feeling. 

Many helping hands from local businesses and food trucks we have all been managing to survive. And when I say survive, I mean all we had to do was clean out our fridge and find a place to stay.

There are many people in surrounding communities and areas who have truly lost everything.

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Special thanks to Bambino Gelato for feeding volunteers in our neighborhood http://www.yycfoodtrucks.com/meet-the-trucks/

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HUGE thank-you to National, Model Milk, Una Pizza and other local 17th ave pubs and restaurants for feeding us yesterday. It’s great to live in such an amazing and supportive community
http://www.fiascogelato.ca/
http://unapizzeria.com/
http://www.modelmilk.ca/
http://ntnl.ca/

 

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Relief BBQ @National on 17th yesterday

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So many helping hands just one block North of our place

Tyler and I are still without power today but are hoping to be back home by the end of the week. We are just  so grateful and thankful that we have a home to go to. Thanks to everyone for the texts, phone calls, Facebook messages and tweets. We appreciate your concern for us. If you are able to volunteer or donate in any way, shape or form I have included some websites below where you can do that. We have a long way to go to repair this city and surrounding areas and your helping hands are needed…

http://volunteercalgary.wordpress.com/2013/06/22/calgary-flood-donation-drop-off-points-and-wish-lists/

http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/how-calgarians-and-southern-albertans-can-help-1.1338465

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/06/22/alberta-flood-relief-help-volunteer_n_3483721.html

Stay Strong Calgary and friends, we will get through this together…one day at a time

~tl

Baseball Break-in

On Monday night I was back into the ‘swing of things after having been away from the ball fields for a few weeks. The sun was shining and other than the enormous amount of mosquitos, it was a pretty decent night for ball. We play at Optimist Park in Calgary and park our vehicles on the south side of the diamonds, within eyes view, but out of the reach of a home run. We finished the night with two wins and when I got back to my vehicle I noticed that there was something that looked like ice all over the front passenger seat of our SUV. I immediately thought that our vehicle had been hit by a ball but was soon in tears to discover that it had indeed been broken into. Continue reading

Livin’ on a Prayer

The other night Tyler and I were watching a program on National Geographic called“The 80’s: The Decade that Made Us” a mini series taking us through the decade that we both grew up in. From iconic pop stars like Madonna, fashion trends such as Jane Fonda’s spandex and Member’s Only Jackets to entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs and Ted Turner (who created CNN and the idea of 24 hour news) and finally, Ronald Reagan’s U.S Presidency and the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, the 80’s were definitely a time for the people.

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A Weekend of Awakening… and so much more

After a wonderful weekend away I have returned with a lighter heart, fuller soul and clearer mind. I am awake and alive. I feel enlightened and ready for what the Universe has in store for me.

When I wrote that I wanted to attend a yoga retreat on my 2013 bucket list, I didn’t actually plan to do it around the time of my mom’s five-year anniversary. Looking back I think it was the perfect coincidence.

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5 years ago…

I often refer to the phrase,

“In five years …will this day really matter”

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Golf For Girls

Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in yet another wonderful Kinette Club of Calgary event; the third annual Golf for Girls Tournament. This charity event was held at River Spirit Golf Club (27 km West of Calgary) in support of Sonshine Community Services. Hand in hand, this beautiful 27 hole golf course that is nestled on the edge of the Rocky Mountains and this amazing cause that provides a safe place for victims of domestic violence (as well as many other services) came together for an unforgettable day of golf, giving back, and good times.

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Isn’t she lovely?

Monday again?? How did that happen? Chalk it up to another busy weekend celebrating the marriage of our wonderful friends Danielle and Chad!

This wedding was outdoors at the Dennis’ family cabin northeast of Edmonton, AB and I must say that all the hard work and planning that Danielle and co. put into this event really paid off. This was an amazing wedding with all the details and decor to go along with it. It fit Danielle’s personality to a tee!

I met Danielle when I was 15 years old. We played on the same  softball team for a few years and were instant friends. We lost touch for a few years and it wasn’t until I took a trip around the world and ended up back in Edmonton that we were reunited again through playing ball. Danielle and I have always had a lot of fun together and she is one of the most energetic, outgoing wonderful gals that I know. She is the kind of friend that I don’t have to talk to everyday and no matter how long its been we always seem to pick up right where we left off.

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I am so lucky to have this girl in my corner and am so happy that we could spend the day celebrating with her and her hubs!!

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Congrats my wonderful friend!

All the best to you both for a wonderful marriage!

~tl