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Getting to Know You

Hey Canadian Foothills…it’s nice to meet you.  It’s been kind of like a first date, getting to know my new hood for the summer.






Like kind of shy, unsure, but kind of excited???  Jeff + I are living about an hour south west of Calgary in Black Diamond, Alberta. MAP

Rent is cheaper + it’s closer to Jeff’s location on Hell on Wheels, so we decided to give it a try this year.  I had NO IDEA what to expect from the area or it’s surroundings.  I haven’t done much exploring yet, but let’s take a looky-loo around my neighborhood shall we?

One thing I’d like to announce is that I’m loving all the big, blue sky!!!  Alberta is actually known as “Sunny Alberta” because it has more hours of sunshine than any other province in Canada.  Didja know that?  Cheers, mate!!!Alberta 2013 - 08

My street – exciting I know:Alberta 2013 - 09

The neighborhood – hold on to your pants, it gets better:Alberta 2013 - 12

There’s a lot of new developments happening in my neck of the woods + it is tract home central!!!  Rows + rows + rows of houses that look not much different from the next one.Alberta 2013 - 10

It actually makes me feel strangely at home, since the suburbs of Los Angeles are filled with tract homes.Alberta 2013 - 11

If you go further towards the “main drag” you encounter the older residences.Alberta 2013 - 13

Here are my neighbors:Alberta 2013 - 01

JUST KIDDING!!!!  But let’s just say that it’s pretty remote out here.  Besides cows + horses a common sight are the hay trucks:Alberta 2013 - 02

It’s a 20 minute drive into the next town, Okotoks where I do most of my errands.  I like to support Black Diamond’s businesses, but if I want to get a lot of things checked off my list I often make the drive to Okotoks.  This next picture is to give you an idea of the roads in the Foothills.Alberta Road

Lots of flat ranch land for miiiiiiles.

This is definitely a new experience for me + I’ve never lived in the country before!  It’s going to take a little getting used to.  I’ve just been dipping my toe in the water + testing things out.  Still getting settled.  I do miss Calgary + we were in a pretty sweet location last year.  But being out in the country will force me to get caught up with paperwork so that we don’t get bogged down like last year.  It’s a quiet life, but it’s already given me lots to think about + ideas to turn into action!  Stick around + enjoy my little slice of country livin’!!!!


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  1. Well, at least it looks kind of pretty…wait until spring really comes and everything actually turns green – it’ll be gorgeous!

    May 2, 2013
    • I know, I can’t wait! I asked Jeff, “Will it stay brown like this forever?”. He looked at me like I was crazy. I don’t know! I’m from Southern California where it’s green 365 days of the year! I can’t believe it’s May + the trees haven’t started budding yet!!!!

      May 2, 2013
  2. kenneth Papi~Dads nishino #

    Aloha, Nan, Wow, just like Big Sky Country in ole
    Montana, and flat as can be, luv ur photo’s keep
    up shooting !!! well it’s supposedly going 2 be in
    the low 90’s 2day,..yikes…fires in Camarillo are
    seriously bad, due 2 heavy wind, it’s that time of
    season,…ok keep the faith, be well, Take Care,
    best 2, Jeffrey and Meg’s,…Blue misses Mum !!!
    luv U

    May 3, 2013
    • Thanks Dad! It is super similar to Montana! I heard about the fire! Scary! Today is a cloudy 53 degrees in Alberta!

      May 3, 2013
  3. That sky is perfect for star gazing!! Enjoy

    May 4, 2013
    • Yes! There’s an observatory somewhere near here – I’m going to check out + see if they have visitor hours! Thanks for reminding me!

      May 4, 2013
      • If you go, I hope you write a blog about all of the stars! There is almost no light pollution there. You’re lucky!

        May 4, 2013

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