Jul 01, 2022

HAPPY CANADA DAY

Yesterday we did a bit of decorating.

Waiting for the parade to pass by. This is the first one here in the park since July 2019.

Neighbours and their grandchildren.

The sign says BEE KIND.

There was a good deal of creativity. So glad that it was a lovely morning.

Can you see that squirt of water come up and directed to me? The cart before this one and this one kept shooting off water bazookas.  I was drenched twice as was my camera. Not funny.

I want a hat like that for the girls.

For those who were interested there was a pancake breakfast, then a BBQ lunch after the parade. There was live music, face painting, hair beading, a watermelon eating contest, crafts another activities. We enjoyed the parade and are spending the rest of the day relaxing.

 

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Jun 30, 2022

June went by in a flash

Well so it seemed except on the days that it rained. We were fortunate to have a few perfect days this past weekend and today turned out rather well, unexpectedly. The day after my last sunshine post we had torrents of rain. Things change so very quickly.

Saw these on our walk around the park today. So cheerful.

You may recall how I was having so many problems with my eye glasses since we got home from Mexico. From the lenses being scratched while replacing the nose pads to me not being able to see very well at all with the replacement lenses. I went back a few times. Finally I figured it out. The new lenses were thick, I have never ever had such thick lenses. As my main eye problem is astigmatism I am very sensitive to any distortion. I mentioned this before but this time I insisted on yet another replacement set and all is perfect. Easy to see the difference from a quick snapshot. I am so relieved as my eyes really did burn and hurt and tear up. I though that perhaps I was slowly going loco.

We have a few private groups here in the park, one is a swap and shop. Often items are put up for free as was this large storage shed. We would have loved something like this but could not afford it right now. Within five minutes of it being posted I had said that we would take it.  There soon was a list of others wanting it. Colin went over and the fellow was shocked. They are moving but he was going to list it for some cash but he wife listed it for free. We gave him a few bottles of wine and he was happy and even delivered it to us. There is just enough space between the house and the fence behind Colin for it to be placed. Just next to the fence on the left is our air conditioner so the shed will be placed just past it closer to the lake.

Colin never stops crossing things off our ( well his ) very long to do list. He had the power washer out for some patio clean up and decided to give the steps a go. It worked. Not perfect but better than before.

Another irrigation issue. Early one morning Colin was looking outside and saw a gush of water. This pipe had come apart so the water was spewing everywhere. It did not break.  The pipe was too short and the connection came apart. It has since been repaired.

This was taken last weekend but I love the photos we took that day. You may see more in the weeks to come.

We have not had enough heat to make the garden grow. But we do have our first tomato on the way.

Today I noticed that one person had some fat peas almost ready to eat. We only have the one white flower thus far. However we do not use fertilizer. Others who planted ready grown veggie plants from the nursery have produce to eat. They now have so much food to eat that they can’t mange it all. We were gifted a huge head of romaine. It was very good as long as we took care to remove the slugs first!

We have done a fourth, perhaps it was a fifth, planting of beans. Some are coming up. The beets and the carrots look so very sad and spindly, but we continue to have hope. Finally we have a few leaves on the zucchini. The parsnips ( not my favourite ) are doing well – dang! We have no control over Mother Nature and have to accept what grows. Sheesh, Colin just came back from the garden and informed me that the bean leaves are being eaten. The diatomaceous earth stopped the bugs from slicing through the stems but now the leaves…..

A stray left over Isla beach photo.

In case you have been wondering, we are definitely going back to the Isla this fall. How can we not?

We have been fortunate that the rains have prevented forest fires. However both the smoke and the rain prevent Colin from working. All we can do is take it one day at a time.

This is so very Carlie.

June has been busy for us and I have not many photos to record that. I find it strange that I have to already start preparing for our next trip south. At least by making reservations, but we are still not sure of departure dates, etc.  Plus who knows what the next few months will bring in terms of travel, be it fuel prices, food availability, safety and the big one, the economy.

Tis the season!

 

 

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Jun 27, 2022

Huge improvement in the weather

Who has time to do a blog post when we are finally having some excellent weather? Can you see Ciela just over my right foot? We hoped that the forecast would prove correct and it did. Saturday was the perfect day, not too hot, not too windy and as long as you were in the shade under a tree, perfect. We put a fence up to keep the girls in the grass area as the patio was too hot for their paws.

I merely had to point my camera upward to see a plane fly over. Not too many to be annoying,

Love my delicate canopy.

To the left, a sliver of my book, Ciela relaxing next to me and a lovely glass of Argentinian Chardonnay.

So many reflections but Carlie was relaxing in the pink bed at the top of the patio stairs.

A bit of activity on the lake.

I was trying to get a photo of each pup sitting in the shade under a chaise lounge. But of course Ciela had to move as I snapped the photo.

Time to do some fertilizing and hand watering.

It was much warmer Sunday, 31C/88F.  Possibly even hotter. Time to put up the umbrellas. Last year at this time we were under the heat dome, then the forest fires began. We never did our full patio set up. It was too hot and much too smokey to be outdoors

The dog appears to have a life vest.

I again set up under the Honeylocust tree and before I could sit down Ciela was there.

Looks like she has been playing in some spider webs.

I sat and read but today they wanted to sit on me. Ciela on the stool ( between my knees ) and Carlie on my chest. I could no longer read but it was wonderful just sitting and feeling them so close to me.

Such a perfect place to rest on a very very hot day. I can’t remember but we did get up to at least 89F, likely hotter.

My friend and neighbour Inger came over for happy hour.

The girls love Inger and most days get to stop at her home for a quick treat before their long walk. She has Ciela on her lap here.

Later I managed to catch Colin and the girls on the hammock. We brought this back from Acapulco in 2007, our second last winter there.

Today, day three of our lovely heat wave, I had to go out. I needed to make eight stops. Once I left the last stop and headed home I realized that the car was not cooling down. It was 93F and the Lexus A/C was not working 😯 . My water bottles were as warm as bath water 🙁 I made it home and thankfully was able to cool down in our home ( Colin had turned on the A/C about 1PM ). I think that the car was overwhelmed with the heat. I stopped at a Subway to pick up dinner ( no way was I cooking after such a long and hot day ). Clouds had begun to come in – yes our lovely interlude is soon to end. So as I drove the last few miles home ( after the stop at Subway ) I noticed that the A/C was starting to kick in – at least in one half of the car. Fingers crossed that all will be well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jun 24, 2022

Seems like we are always doing something

Sounds like me on some days.

A week ago today we went to visit our friend Tana. She is my hairdresser and now Colin’s. She also loves the girls And at this point she is in our will to get them should/when something happens to us.

We actually had someone last week ask to put them in our will to take the girls.

Ciela is now staring to jump on the back of the sofa and wants to walk on the top of their crate. After three strong verbal reprimands she seems to have stopped, at least for now.

Lettuce, radishes, basil and cilantro from our garden. tomatoes were from Costco. Hopefully in a few weeks we will have some from the garden.

Nap time for all but the photographer.

How wet has it been?

Well so wet that our lawn has different types of mushrooms sprinkled throughout.  The girls have eaten some of these and we have no idea if they are good or bad. Way too many for us to pull them out. Are they safe? I have no idea.

The gate has given us problems for over a year now and this time the handle fell right off. We found out from the manufacturer that unless the fence and all else was installed by them there is no warranty.  The company is a 90 minute drive from here!!! Of course we used a local contractor who sourced his materials from them.

Areas of the park needing to be pumped out from all that rain.

Got my new clothes dryer for the Isla. This one is stainless steel and will not / should not rust like the other did.  By using this here I plan to save some money by not using our propane dyer.

Ferne drove from Vancouver to attend RV school last week. We did have a lovely dinner together at the Greek House Restaurant and Wednesday afternoon she dropped in to visit the girls. The dinner last week was a huge thing for us, our first restaurant visit since March 2020. We did have that one, one hour, luncheon on the Isla outdoors, on the Isla in ? March but it was certainly not a busy indoor restaurant.

So much rain that my petunias are drowning. I deadheaded them yesterday and with a few days of ( fingers crossed ) heat in the forecast they should perk up soon.

The girls keep searching for the snake. I am glad that they have something active to do.

Cute graphic but I have to say that our two do not fart, they listen 50%, and they are 2000% in the kissing department.

 

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Jun 21, 2022

I had no idea….

…. but it seems to be everywhere.

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