Author Archives: Brina Schenk

Book Launch – Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom by Angie Abdou

Home Ice by Angie Abdou Fernie Book Launch 2018

From Facebook event page:

“Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom becomes available on Sept 4. Join me in celebrating at Polar Peek Books! I know it’s the first day of school and I promise not to keep you too long. Please come help me launch this book in Fernie style!”

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Made It To Matheson Falls, Finally!

Matheson Falls, Fernie BC

Twelve years after my first time in Fernie, just under 10 years living here, I finally made it to Matheson Falls. I wonder how many other people have lived here and not made the short 20 minute journey up the river to this amazing spot. The water is frigid, which is perfect on a hot day like today, and the climb is rocky but you feel like you’re in another world.

The best part was watching the five kids, ages 3 to 6, having a blast on their way up to the falls. Not one of them complained for a second…okay, other than that one moment when someone had to go to the washroom and they didn’t want to do it in the forest. It was a cool afternoon spent on the mountain with friends, going on a little kid friendly adventure. It will be something we do every summer from now on.

It’s the number one spot to swim on this website: www.kootenayrockies.com

And a facebook page with people’s photos of Matheson Falls: www.facebook.com

Bippity Boppity Boo Children’s Festival This Sunday

Fernie Sunday Market In Rotary Park
(photo from 2015 Farmer’s Market at Rotary Park)

This sunday starting at 10 am there is going to be something called Bippity Boppity Boo Children’s Festival and Fernie Farmer’s Market at Rotary Park this Sunday.

From the event page “With balloons, bubbles, dancing and more, this festival will offer hours of fun for the whole family, plus include inspiring live performances and engaging kid crafts, sprinklers, crafts, and piles of circus inspired fun.

This event is brought to you by the Fernie Heritage Library, and Fernie Mountain Market.”

Enjoy your Wapiti, BBB hot weekend!

Fernie Junior Rippers

Have you heard of the Fernie Junior Rippers? You may have seen the signs around town, on the trails, with little animal silhouettes. This is a brilliant new (I think it’s new) summer mountain bike challenge for kids. There’s a map, found in the Summer Fernie Fix edition or online, of all the spots you need to get to, and once you do you pick up a Fernie Junior Ripper badge at one of the local bike shops. I love the idea. My kids have done 5 out of 7 of the checkpoints in their age range and each of them loved finding the signs, the mountain bike experiences and going to pick up their prize.

And who doesn’t love a little scavenger hunt, especially when you can do it on a bike?!

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Wasp or Bee Sting Home Treatment – Lemons!

photo of sliced lemons on white plate

A year ago I was having a little dinner party with friends, a nice multi-family summer bbq type event, when I got stung by a wasp on the palm of my hand. It hurt so much, I believe I screamed. Immediately someone rushed over and said, “Put some lemon juice on it.” So I sliced a lemon, rubbed it on my pounding flesh and I was instantly relieved. I barely even noticed it was there and quickly forgot it even happened. I was thinking to myself, “How did I not know this trick? I’ve been stung many times and just dealt with the pain and swelling with ice. When I was in my early twenties I was stung in a cafe downtown Toronto, just flipping through a magazine, and all I could do was put my ice cold beverage again my finger and put on a happy face…for hours.”

Now, just the other day, my son locks himself in the truck because a wasp stung his finger and I went right inside house, sliced up a lemon and gave it to him to rub on his wound. He reluctantly did so but when he did, he immediately stopped crying.

I felt like a hero. I stayed calm, got the lemon, relieved my son of pain. It felt good. I’d like to do the same for you. If you don’t already know this, keep lemons in the house in the summertime because you never know when a bee is going to be hidden under a washcloth.

Perhaps, you have your own home remedy, for bees or anything else using household items. I love this stuff! I want to hear it.

Wapiti Is Fast Approaching

Have you listened to the bands yet? Out of the 11 bands I’ve only heard of 3 of them. Here are the some videos so you can also learn some songs to sing-a-long to, because it’s always better when you recognize the music. Saying that, last year’s Twin Peaks blew me away and I had never heard a single song of theirs. Who’s going to be the stand out this year, I wonder to myself. So far I’m feeling this Yes We Mistic song.