Friday, 19 May 2023

2023-05-19, 7 years ago May 19, My wife Sarah and I married under the Alberta Legislature willow tree, umbrellaed by a wildfire smoke canopy

2023-05-19, 7 years married, best of friends 22 years strong!

2023-05-19, The Crumpling Umbrella Art Show, Painter's Notes.

2023-05-20, Painter's notes: Thank you family and friends for the wonderful words expressed to Sarah and I celebrating our 7th anniversary, 22 years together as best of friends. Last night during dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory where we celebrated 7 years ago, Sarah and I wondered where we could travel on our 10th anniversary, 25 years together. Hiking in Tasmania or New Zealand, spending time with family in Kingston, International Falls, a train trip through Europe, or Providence, Rhode Island, USA? It might be a milestone when Sarah is expected to graduate from MacEwan University and our Mortgage will be paid off. Our most memorable milestones celebrated included trips to Taiwan, and Chicago, a drive out to Prince Rupert on our 10th year together as lovers and friends, and that first 9-kilometer hike up Whislers Mountain where we played chess in 2001, 4 months before the 911 attacks that changed the world.
2023-05-20, Painter's notes, smokin. Due to heavy wildfire smoke in the City, my wife Sarah and I have decided to take it easy and put off our weekend hike in the River Valley. We kept our outdoor activities to a minimum Friday and had a wonderful time celebrating our 7th. wedding anniversary. Thank you, everyone, for the kind messages.
Under the Alberta Legislature Willow Tree...

...we married while umbrellaed by a wildfire smoke canopy

The Day Sarah Proposed Marriage to me, during Leap Year. 

Newlyweds Honeymoon, in Jasper, May Long Weekend

Under a Red Umbrella, Jasper was umbrellaed by wildfire smoke canopy

With Sarah, another painting underway inside Jasper National Park

First-year in Jasper we hiked 9k. to the top of Whistlers Mountain.

2001, Sarah Elliott & Doug Brinkman, top of the Mountain.

Painter's notes: Quick Draws on the Trail of Life: Sarah and I hiking with our walking sticks along the outskirts of Jasper National Park. As always I keep a sketch pad handy in my backpack everywhere I go.

2022-10-11, The town of Banff was trending on Twitter tonight. Oh, how my heart longs for the mountain cool air, full moon, starry night, and that warm fire pit behind the Fairmont. They were good times had.


Sarah and our Minnesota Family Roots, Quick Draws

Painter's notes, Christmas 2022, Lenni & Zach, R.I.P.: On a Legislature Tree, A Robin Sang To Me, All My Beloved Ones Were Near... Quick Draw, Christmas, 2021, Kathy, Lenni & Zach via Skype.

Summer Solstice City River Valley Walk 

Next to a river valley tamarack tree, we take the time to remember family members and friends who have moved on from this life.

2022, Solstice Day, Painter's notes: The original tree where we first kissed under in the rain 22 years ago has fallen, decayed and has returned back to earth to make way for a new generation of trees. We selected a new tree as a marker where we went on our first date and kissed in the rain, a rusty tin can wedged between the limbs of a tree. We’ll call this tree the can can tree, named after the first movie we saw together The Moulin Rouge that had a song titled 'the can can can'.

Sarah points to where she spotted a coyote just walking by.
Sarah Elliott's Blog, Swallowing The Camel
Facts + Logic = Truth

Politically, I'm a bit of a right leaner while Sarah leans more to the Left.

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