Sep 28, 2020

More Que Pasa

Colin has been very busy the past two weeks and if he is not taking photos, he is sitting at the computer for hours and hours on end. Once the smoke cleared he had a few great days, then the rains came but now once again we have clear skies for at least a week.  Hopefully he will be caught up within the next ten days and we can get back to preparing for the North Pole. I kid you not!

It appears that this is a La Nina year. We are in the dark purple zone, just to the right of Vancouver. It is labeled “below normal”. Not just very cold temps but lots and lots of snow as well!  The Farmers Almanac confirms this forecast. Just today I read a news report stating that we may not have fall in our area, that we likely will be going from an extended summer directly to an early winter.

Well the photo says it all, 1.256 lbs. Certainly a handful. We have lost two of this size to rats. GRRRR.

This is another Grrr. We brought this fabric back from Mazatlan maybe in 2014 give or take a year. We had our dining room chair cushions recovered, as well as had four toss cushions made and covered our large window seat.  Over the years the fabric has faded quite a bit due to all the sun on the window seat as you can see but not so much in the other areas.

I had intended to do this particular blog around the 21st but life got in the way. Some of the stuff we were sorting through ended being resold on Facebook. It took time to photograph things and to list them and to sell a few. Only made $36.00 so far.

So Sunday the 20th Colin crawled under the house to see what we had stored re winter clothing. That is a lot of stuff.

He had to go low and deep, right to the other side of the house ( 22 feet ) and push those yellow bins out.  Turns our that we also have seven bins of Christmas stuff :)) way more that I remembered packing back in 2003 when we moved here. We had a 5,600 sq ft house back in Tsawwassen ( Vancouver ) and I decorated every inch, 4 four Christmas trees of which three were real. Looking forward to a real tree for the first time in many years.

This looks promising for the winter.  I need those nighties soon.  Hopefully next week we can get into those bins.

Colin found a white coat at the bottom and I think that red thing might be a coat for me.  So happy to see that we have lots of hats, mitts and scarves. Also happy that I had the foresight to label every bin.

I know that somewhere in there I have a white wool  long mid – calf coat that I got from Neiman Marcus in NYC. I’m pretty sure that it won’t fit me any longer 🙁

Our local online news does a poll every few days.  Looks like many aren’t ready to travel yet.

Taken nine nights ago on the 19th.  So happy to have a smoke free sky again. Now as the moon is getting bigger and bigger every night we get to see its reflection as it crosses from one side of the lake to the other. We are so happy to be living here.

I am going to stop it here for the night. Tomorrow is going to be a very busy day starting with vein treatment on my right leg and after the required 30 minute walk, seven more stops. I realized the other morning when it was down to 42F/5C that I don’t own any closed toe shoes ( other than my new runners which I won’t wear with a dress/skirt ), when we had to go out for an appointment. It is much too cold to keep wearing Mephisto sandals. I have found both rain boots and winter boots ( not comfy nor very warm ) but I don’t have to go out into the snow unless I want to, which I likely will. Looking forward to watching the snow fall and the occasional walk in it. So I am looking for a slide in warm shoe/boot type of thing.  Remember, my feet are claustrophobic.

Something like this but not sure where to get them or what they are called.

We arrived back home from Mexico just six months ago on March 25th.  We haven’t been too far from home since then.  By now I would have most of our stuff ready for our fall journey to Mexico.  Instead I am working on prepping for winter. Yeah! I just got an email that something has sold for $15.00. Good for a nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, all part of my winter prep 😀

As an RN, I have been a part of this and it is not pleasant. Wear a mask!!





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16 Responses to “More Que Pasa”

  1. Kay says:

    You are so right on that mask wearing. People have no idea the stress of horrible things that could go wrong when intubation has to be done.

    So, you and Colin will be camping out up there in the North Pole huh? I’ll be moving into a new camp in a couple weeks as the new house is almost finished. Of course, Arizona is beautiful place to be, especially in the winter.

    Don’t forget to freeze some fresh herbs for this winter’s soups. I have dill and rosemary in the freezer already. We can freeze cabbage too so this winter we can have fresh cabbage for coleslaw!

    • contessa says:

      Yes camping up here but in a warm house or so I hope. The winds off the lake can be brutal or so we have been told. Hopefully your new house will be ready and you will be settled by Christmas. What fun you will have in your new home. I didn’t grow any herbs this summer, too small of a garden. Do you grate your cabbage before you freeze it?

  2. Linda Sand says:

    Those shoes are called clogs. Crocs are one brand that I wear in the winter with wool socks–they handle being wet but have holes in the sides–mine have a closed top made to wear in surgery so stuff doesn’t fall into the tops of them. I also have a pair of Merrell Mocs that have a closed toe but an open back; I have narrow heels so regular shoes rub blisters.

    • contessa says:

      I promise to look into those Merrill Mocs. The last pair of crocs we got, I made sure that there were no holes in the top, they do cost a bit more. However they are great when it rains.

  3. Maxx Trails says:

    I know this won’t make me any friends but if I have to stay home for the winter I would like LOTs of snow! I do love snow, watching it fall, walking in it, even shoveling it 🙂

    • contessa says:

      You know my friend, I agree with you. I also love snow and when I lived in Edmonton I could hardly wait for the fist snowfall. I would gather some friends and we would just walk for hours in the falling snow. Now that I am older and wiser I likely will just watch it fall for the comfort of my recliner with the fireplace one and a large glass of vino blanco. Not so sure about shovelling it, but that is not my job.

  4. Judith says:

    BIG tomato! Colin always looks so cheerful, and here, he does so after crawling around under the house.
    Glad you’ve got some warm stuff neatly (and LABELED!) stored for the coming winter. I agree with Linda. I’ve got some closed toe crocs and they are great with socks. Some have soles that are better for slick surfaces…so check around. They’re relatively cheap. And last. Meanwhile, bundle up. I look forward to some snow photos and the views over your lake!

    • contessa says:

      I have yet to go thru those big five bins but I am in no rush – yet! We already have croc but I suspect that they will be too cold. I need to be warm to the point of hot 🙂 I imagine that there will be many many snow photos, our first winter in Canada I tow decades. By the way, that tomatoe tasted like candy. we still have two more that we saved from the rats.

      • Judith says:

        20 years since a Canadian winter? Wow. OK then. Best wishes. Maybe the global warming will have made it milder than those you once escaped from.

  5. Kelly Florence says:

    that picture of the shoe looks like Keen’s Howser slides.

    • contessa says:

      Thank you Mrs Bayfield :). I looked them up and love them except most place seem to have no stock. Likely a Covid supply issue.

  6. Karen says:

    The shoes you are looking for, I have just purchased very similar open back from a store called soft Mocs at the Langley mall they are a franchise so you might have one up there very warm and winter friendly $89.00 winter slip on mules also saw some on Amazon. I have problems with a very high arch and so far these are good.

    • Contessa says:

      Thank you for this shoe information. We do have a store here in Kelowna so I will be sure to check that out. I have a high arch as well so this might be something I can use. Certainly not in the seep snow but when it’s slushy or raining.

  7. Janet says:
    Last time we went south I bought a pair of the ice and snow clogs when in Yuma. Did not pay 189.00 for them! But they have a variety of styles. I would buy a brand name, but if foot claustrophobia sets in..maybe not. You can order from Amazon and return, probably a greater selection.
    I ordered my swimsuit I never got to wear cause COVID cancelled our Hawaiian 50th Anniversary trip. But trying on swimsuit at home was a pleasanter experience, better to cry at home than in the poor light of a change room. I hate buying swimsuits a and jeans!

    • contessa says:

      Thank you for this. I will look into it. Great idea about bathing suits, never thought of that. You will just have to do a 51st anniversary trip.

  8. Judith says:

    Just looking for a silver lining, which one does.

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