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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Welcome, Krista D. Ball

Up until recently, the only thing I knew about Newfoundland was they had a big dog. Then I met Krista D. Ball and realized there was so much more to this rugged landscape.
So sit back and enjoy the view. It's time for a little armchair vacation.

Please welcome, Krista D. Ball.


Vacations are something I don't get to enjoy nearly as much as I'd like. First, I have eight cats (you read that right), so it's a challenge ensuring that they are looked after. Plus, I have the dog and the step-kids. Going away isn't that easy these days.

Last year, my vacation was spent heading back to Newfoundland, Canada. I grew up there and my parents are still there. Sadly, that vacation was to visit my mother, who'd had her leg amputated with no sign of escaping the hospital. 

This year, we're facing the reality that my partner has yet to meet my family and, so, we're heading back there. In fact, I'm writing this blog post ahead of time for Maria so that she can get this post up before I take off (don't worry, I'm back in town!).

Normally, going back home isn't a vacation to me. Perhaps it's been tainted by the recent hospital visits and family deaths. However, with my partner having never even seen the province before, I have this renewed vigour about the entire trip. After all, how many places have a Viking settlement, two UNESCO World Heritage sites, and areas where five distinct aboriginal cultures passed through the area over a 7500 year period? Not to mention the seafood.

What was once an obligatory trip, along with the sad realization that my parents aren't immortal, has become a really fun planning adventure! I'm rediscovering all of the awesomeness of the province that bred me, plus the historical and cultural richness that it has the offer. 

Plus, it's been a reminder of where my crazy sense of humour comes from. That road sign? Honest to all deities it's an actual, government-installed road sign warning visitors that moose are really that bad assed. 

How can you not feel refreshed visiting a place like that?

Tomorrow, I'll be back on my own blog talking about where my ideas come from. I'd love to see you there!


Sherri said...

Hi Krista,

Newfoundland is one province I've not been to before. That sign is a hoot. Having family coast to coast in Canada I think you ALL have a wicked sense of humor :) Maybe it's something in the air?

What a bittersweet trip though, going back home for a good-bye while seeing home through the refreshing eyes of a newcomer. {{hugs}}

Maria, only you would open a blog post on a location with a dog named the same, LOL

Maria Zannini said...

Sherri: But it's true. The Newf is the only thing I knew about Newfoundland until I met Krista.

I love those dogs! They're humungous.

Krista D. Ball said...

Best story ever about a Newfie dog.

The neighbours just bought an above ground pool for their kids. The kids were screaming and jumping into the pool. The Newfie dog next door freaked right now, jumped the fence, jumped into the pool, and dragged one of the screaming kids out of the pool and dropped her on the ground.

Once the kids realized what was happening, they ALL started screaming in the water and the dog dutifully dragged each and every one of them out.

In the end, they had to build a rather large fence between them and the dog was bought his own pool.

jackie b central texas said...

It is a wondrous thing to see the places we take for granted fresh through someone else's eyes, nice that you have such wonderful memories to overshadow the not so great ones Krista.

Maria you are not the only one that did not know more about Newfoundland than the giant beast they call a dog! I like big dogs but not quite that big, even your boys are too much for me simply because they are more agile than I am anymore...

We survived the heat, sending you some pictures from yesterday soon...

Maria Zannini said...

Krista: That is the best dog story. We used to belong to a group where we taught the dogs to drag sleds. (We had Samoyeds back then.) There were a couple of Newfs in our group and one of the guys used to tell us a similar story. He said he couldn't keep his dog out of the water.

--those neighbor kids were smart.
And that Newf was so good. I love hero dogs.

Maria Zannini said...

Jackie: Got your pictures! Made me wish I wish I was there.

Ref: Newfoundland
The funny thing about Newfoundland is that I never think of it as being part of Canada. It always seemed independent and apart from Canada.

Krista D. Ball said...

Maria, Newfoundlanders also see themselves as independent from Canada. Remember, we only joined Confederation in 1949. My parents voted in the referendums. There is still a significant amount of strong emotion over the entire thing.

Maria Zannini said...

Krista: This explains a lot. Thank you.

Barbara Ann Wright said...

I love that sign! So much better than just, "Watch out for moose" or "Moose crossing." It shows the consequences, and I notice the moose is fine, even a wee bit angry.

Sherri said...

That is the best dog story ever! I'm with Maria and love hero dogs :)

Mike Keyton said...

Krista, when I was seventeen I seriously thought of emigrating to Newfoundland, but for the life of me I can't remember why. An unaccountable pull, perhaps, or a desire to see Moose

Maria Zannini said...

Barbara: LOL. I thought the same thing.

Sherri: Maybe can pull the boys off the trampoline. :)

Mike: I'd go for the moose.

Jenny Schwartz said...

What a great dog story!

Newfoundland sounds fab -- though cold! anywhere with moose automatically equates as cold in my simple Aussie mind.

I'm glad you're finding joy in going back

-- and I've just scrolled back for another look and laugh at the "beware of the moose" roadsign!

Krista D. Ball said...

The moose sign was developed because Americans would come to Newfoundland and think a moose was the same size as a deer. When a person hits a deer, the deer dies. When a person hits a moose, the moose spits on your vehicle and walks away. So, the sign got people talking and saying to the tourist bureau workers "so, are they REALLY that big."

Newfoundland is cold, but not nearly as cold as other parts of Canada. It gets a lot of snow, like a LOT of snow, but the winters are still mild. Around 20 degrees warmer than Edmonton. Though, that's not saying a lot, I suppose...