Category Archives: Fernie BC

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Music Break : Sjowgren

I’m digg’n it. But I have no idea what she’s saying.

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Anticipating The Worst Outcome

So often I think the worst is about to happen, especially when it comes to my kids, traveling, work and life in general. All the time, generally. When one of our mobiles took a long time to get from Fernie to Massachusetts, I was expecting 1 star reviews, angry messages and responding with free products and large discounts to smooth things out.  It’s my least favourite part of running a business: anticipating bad experiences.

What I’m learning, to try and avoid these bad experiences, is to just be open and honest and communicate with the client. Check in, tell it how it is and pray they understand. I’m learning that most people do!

My old business partner is an inspiration and often I think to myself “What would Albertine do?” and then I try to put myself in her shoes and it usually works. Our customers loved Albertine because she communicated and created these awesome relationships with people around the world and she did it by email. They would come back and use our business again just so they could work with Albertine.

W.W.A.D.

What I’ve Been Reading : The Home For Unwanted Girls and My Absolute Darling

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I’ve been reading books very quickly lately.  My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent was a page turner for me. I was drawn into this strange world and even stranger circumstances and hoped for a happy ending. I read this book in just a few days and I recommend it if you’re up for reading through uncomfortable and unimaginable situations. Curious?

The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman was read in 3 days, thanks to my new reading chair. This historical fiction had me in its grasp almost immediately. The story is interesting enough but the whole part about the Quebec orphanages turning into mental institutions, and its orphans into patients, in the 50s was fascinating and sad. It’s a book I highly recommend if you can stomach a heart-wrenching story of abandonment and greed.

Reading anything good? I’m on a roll!

Griz Days Is Coming – February 25-March 3

Griz Days 2015 Fernie Winter Festival parade - The Griz, Mayor Mary

There’s always so much going on, you can’t keep it all straight, but there is a website for Griz Days and the whole schedule is on it. www.ferniegrizdays.com.

This year’s fashion is jean on jean so get those jean jackets out of those boxes in your basement closet and find some nice hoodies to go under it because jean jackets are typically not that warm.

Here’s a write up from the website:

“This year the Griz is getting his Canadian Tuxedo out to celebrate Fernie’s 42nd year of Griz Days. The Powder King of the Lizard Range is embracing our Canadian fashion tradition of jeans and jean jackets for Griz Days Gone Denim 2019. This year’s winter festival, from March 1-3, will celebrate our casual, rugged style in the same legendary party fashion.

Through partnerships with various community organizations, new events were added to the weekend party in 2018 – these will return bigger and better. By hosting activities and participating in the Griz Days Most Wanted more than $8000 was raised by local non-profit societies.

The festivities will start during the week with events like a community scavenger hunt, with daily opportunities to win great prizes, and a cross-country ski challenge. This year the focus is on offering new and creative family events, that encourage getting out into our great Canadian winter.

Of course the Griz will be roaming the community in his best “Denim on Denim” outfit starting with a visit to local schools and a ski trip around Fernie Alpine Resort on Friday, followed by a special visit to the Fernie Arts Station’s family friendly Griz Story Time that night. And for the adults the popular Griz Days Pub Crawl will be back – a taste of Fernie for the foodies out there.

Many of Saturday’s staple events like the Griz Days Craft Fair, the Griz Baby Crawl, and, of course, the Extreme Griz Challenge to crown the King and Queen of the Mountain will return.

The Junior Griz Training Ground will be back for its second year. This is the perfect opportunity for Fernie’s young people to see if they have what it takes to compete for the title of the Griz. Set up with a series of fun, skill-testing activities the Junior Griz Training Ground is for kids of all ages.

Saturday’s festivities then focus in Station Square in downtown Fernie. Starting in the late afternoon and continuing into the evening the square will be the location of the lumberjack show, live music, food trucks, a beer garden, and, of course, spectacular fireworks.

One of the most popular events, the Griz Days Parade, will be the highlight of the evening as it winds down 2nd Avenue in the early evening. Building on last year’s expanded participation there will be more floats, more horses, more organizations and more of everything in this crowd favourite.

The Dummy Downhill, held at Fernie Alpine Resort on Sunday, is a chance for the more tactile and creative to see if they can build the ultimate ski jumping machine. These creations, built from cardboard to paper mache to wood, slide down a steep runway on skis or snowboards in an attempt to fly the highest and go the farthest – and to have the most spectacular crash.”

A Clean House

I have only one problem with cleaning my house. I become a monster about every crumb left sitting around on the counter, even a small ring of water from a slightly wet cup needs to be dried up.

We hosted a little shared dinner the other night so I did a quick clean of the house. It was needed and sometimes having people over is the motivation I need to make it happen, you know, more than a tidy up. Once I had it clean, I couldn’t stop making my kitchen counter perfect. I was obsessive! I was thinking, no wonder I don’t do this all the time. It’s so nice to have a clean house but I hate always watching and making sure it stays that way. It’s exhausting.

It’s said that a clean house gives people joy but it, honestly, turns me into a snappy, tired, crazy person.

And then, Rod comes down and reads what I’ve been writing and says “You should clean up every drop of water.” and my response is “You should!” because I’m super mature.

Music Break : Rostam’s Bike Dream


He has nice eyes.

Did You Know : Free Swim On BC Day

did you know - city of fernie news

(from City of Fernie’s website)

“BC Family Day Swim

February 18, 2019 (12:00pm – 3:00pm)
Thanks to funding from BCPRA, The Fernie Aquatic Centre will be hosting a Free Admission Family Day Swim on February 18th from 12-3pm.”