Getting Back On Track
Fall in Canada Series, I.
Calgary, Canada, 09/27/14
It’s been a tough month. As I mentioned a while back, one of my guinea pigs got very sick around the start of September, and unfortunately after two weeks of hand feeding and special care, she died. I know she was just a guinea pig, but you get really attached when they’re your only roommates. It’s going to be hard to get used to having only two of the critters from now on.
Aside from that, I’ve had a bunch of other family-related stuff going on, on top of having to get back into the swing of things with school. While it hasn’t been terrible or anything, it has been consuming and as a result I haven’t been able to come on here at all. I’m sorry about that.
After all that, I had to think for a bit about how I’d go about getting back to blogging. I’ve been having a hard time finding the inspiration to do so. It’s fall here in Canada and everything looks gorgeous, so I figured that going for a photo walk would be a good thing to try. I enjoyed it, and look forward to posting the shots on here.
I hope to start posting regularly as of now, and once I’ve gone through some of these autumn photos, I plan on getting back to posting travel photography. That’s what I’m best at, and I miss it.
Cheers to anyone who bothered to read this little update of mine. It’s nice to be back. I’ve missed tumblr quite a bit!
Calgary, AB, Canada, 09/10/14
Please don’t mind the nasty pictures. These aren’t meant to look good; rather, I took these today at school to share the crazy weather we’re experiencing here in our part of Canada.
Even in the Canadian prairies that are known for their wild, fluctuating weather, I’ve never seen anything like this. Summer has only just ended, with the temperature being above 20 degrees only two or three days ago. Right after that warm weather, however, it started snowing heavily and to this moment it’s still coming down. Even in Canada, snow this early is uncommon!
Now, with the trees still having all their lush, green leaves from the summer, the unexpected snowfall has settled on the trees, weighing down their branches. Usually these branches are skeletons, with their leaves all fallen by the time snow arrives. But since the leaves are holding all the snow up, the trees’ branches are snapping under all the unusual pressure. Madness!
I literally had to dodge falling branches (often huge ones) as I walked around campus today! Despite how messy and how disruptive this entire ordeal is, though, it definitely brought about a sense of collective fun amongst all the students and staff at our university.
I really wish I could have been posting on here a bit more for the last week of my break before school starts again. Unfortunately, my wife and I have been tending to our very sick guinea pig for the past week. It’s been emotionally and physically draining. I know that sounds silly - taking care of a tiny rodent shouldn’t be that hard, right? Well, once you start to really care about the little critters, it can be.
These animals unfortunately can and will get very sick, and the cost of helping them is far more expensive than it should be. You don’t want to know what guinea pig vet rates are like. And even with veterinary help, often the small rodents will die simply because they’re so fragile. It’s heartbreaking, and far more than I’m sure most guinea pig owners are prepared for.
So my advice to all of you guys is this: please, please, please, if you’re ever considering getting a guinea pig for yourself or your kids, do extensive research on the animals first. The pet stores won’t tell you what it’s like once they get sick - if they did, they’d never sell any guineas. You can expect that, sooner or later, they will fall ill, and that you will be faced with the decision to let them die, or to go to great lengths to try and help them, often to no avail.
Sorry for posting nothing but this rant this week. School’s starting tomorrow, and I’m not prepared at all, so tumblr will have to wait just a little bit. I hope to be posting regularly on here very soon, though. In the meantime, wish me luck in trying to help this poor little guinea of mine. It’ll be hard to get used to having only two of them come running when it’s meal time if we lose the third.