Dinosaurs [Brandon Mb Tree Service]

During the lead up, we decided to visit my sister and her family in Calgary. We had anticipated that it would be a welcome break after working really hard for a month or two. As I’ve bellyached in other posts about Mother Nature, I’ll just skate past this one today.

Hanging out with the wee folks.


And then Drumheller. This was a bucket list thing for me, which my loving husband indulged. It is the craziest thing – you are driving across the prairies when the road turns down into a valley, and you are there. We left Calgary after an amazing breakfast (thanks Mom)

Being a ‘museum’ person, I am always interested in the ‘meta’information – how the displays are arranged and conceived, how traffic flows, lighting etc. This museum does not disappoint. It is clearly a working museum (they have a huge gravel pit out back, where I assume they just grab rocks from time to time to make huge discoveries)

Dinosaurs !!




And then we drove home. My friend Lisette told me that she thought the prairies were terrifying and desolate (oh folks from Ontario) I don’t get it. No one can sneak up on you – isn’t that the best?

A frosty spring [Brandon Mb Tree Service]

We’ve had a rough start to the year. Any time it snows on my birthday (May 9) – you know you are in Manitoba.

However, we’ve been busy bees, getting ready for when the sun cracked through the clouds and melted all the snow.


Like trying on hats.


Digging up cattails with Laura Reeves to make pancakes – check her out – http://www.psbotanicals.com/ We learned how to forage for tasty treats, how to identify several plants, and make a lovely meal. It was a great day !


I was having a great day – in my parka – in April. Oh well.

Then we got down to it. Chris completely rewired both trailers, got our new to us truck safetied, and continued to tune everything up. By the time spring sprang, boy were our cannonballs shiny.


Small Engine Repair School with Special Guest [Brandon Mb Tree Service]

One of the joys challenges of our fledgling biz is the proper care and feeding of our menagerie of chainsaws, choppers, trimmers, chippers as well as fleet management. To give us a hand, we recruited our friend Ed all the way from Wpg, who is a small engine wizard. Or Medgician (this is a play on his last name)


Ed and Chris rocking the chainsaw repairs – meaning no on the job challenges, which in this weather is the difference between a happy Reta and a frozen Reta-cicle. Not a tasty treat.


Thank you Ed !! You are the best !!


Tree Removal in Winter [Brandon Mb Tree Service]

Chris and I had been watching the weather channel pretty close to determine when we should swoop in and take down the tree. The tree had already shed some branches – somewhat inauspiciously on the roof of the house to the north. With a winter storm watch on, we wanted to make our move.

Sandwiched between two houses – what could we do?

That’s right – deploy a system of pulleys and safety bring the ole girl down. You can see Chris working safety through the three main branches.



All in all — a fun day. It was cold – sure – but we got to eat taquitos and use all of our equipment. It all worked pretty good.