Tuesday, June 28, 2016
This picture is for Vix - who was wondering about the Goodyear Blimp. The old models have been retired and this is one of the new 2016 models which we will likely be riding in on Sunday. Weather forecast is shaky but we have all our fingers and toes crossed we get to go up. Yes, the Goodyear Blimp is a Zeppelin! The new ones are nearly the length of a football field. Have a great weekend - to those in Canada Happy July 1 - Canada Day and those in the USA - Happy July 4th!
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Hubby got back from his business trip late last night (or should I say 130am this morning due to a flight delay) and brought home these food freebies. We have the best clients - this one is a food wholesaler who sells to chefs and restaurants across Canada. Lousy pictures but I was in a rush and wanted to get everything put away so used my 4s iphone camera (still plugging along after 4 years of daily use). That is five bags of specialty rice including red rice and black Italian rice and quinoa. The little packets of goodness are liquid boullion in chicken, beef, vegetable and seafood.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Friday, June 17, 2016
|Not a scare crow but a scare-sea lion so they don't come on the dock, Ucluelet, BC|
1. Mom's CT scan came back negative - no issues there so we are not quite sure why she had vertigo but with the help of some medication it appears to have passed after a few days. The Dr is hopeful it will be 100% a non-issue within the month. In the mean time she has started driving again but has no long trips planned.
Friday, June 10, 2016
Last weekend we had an absolutely fabulous weekend in Ucluelet and Tofino. After a 3 hour drive on an extremely curvy highway (curviest I've seen in Canada with 18% grades and 30km per hour switchbacks) we arrived to our tiny little one room cabin on the waterfront in Ucluelet. It was everything we had hoped for with a small bathroom, mini-kitchen, balcony and a place to launch our kayaks down below directly into the water. It was raining so we just unpacked and settled in and relaxed with cocktails on the balcony. Even in bad weather it was beautiful. We instantly saw California sea lions swimming right out front and many fishing boats going by. On Friday (hubby's birthday) we had a leisurely breakfast and waited for the weather to break - soon the rain stopped and the clouds lightened. Our first adventure was to walk a 3 km portion of the the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet. There is a huge stretch of coastline with hiking right next to the ocean with many viewpoints and benches for resting and taking pictures. We chose to do a 3km loop that included the lighthouse as Buddy can't go for much more than that due to his short little poodle legs. It was gloriously beautiful, as these pictures show.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
|Cool Spanish Flowerpot spotted at Cordoba|
We got some rather bad news this morning. Our beautiful new floors that we had put in last August and paid $8000 to have installed in our hallway, front entry, kitchen, dining room and living room are faulty. They creak really loudly. Initially we had thought they were just settling but it is getting worse. We called the flooring company as there is a warranty on it. They thought it might have been improperly installed (they installed it) as unless you leave a bit of room for expansion and contraction between the boards and the wall (under baseboards) it has no room to move and may creak. A little creaking is standard, a lot is another matter. A salesman was here last week, he agreed with us it is creaking a lot. Not just one place and not a normal amount. An installer was here today with the company owner who removed the baseboards in one area and double checked their work. It is a definitely a product issue, not an installation issue. Now they have to go back to the manufacturer and see what they say. Needless to say what this likely means is that all of it will have to be bloody ripped up and redone. In the mean time we wait. Did I mention that we installed it before we had our new appliances put in? Crikey. It will mean a larger job than it was the first time because of more furniture in each room. Not great news and not something I wanted to blog about until I knew the outcome but I have a sneaking suspicion this will drag on for a while.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
|All of the container potatoes are growing!|
Sunday, May 22, 2016
|Neat planter seen in Cordoba, Spain (click for larger picture to see detail)|
What a busy week. I helped out at the company where I used to work three mornings this week after they asked me if I would be willing to assist temporarily a little over May, June, and July after a long-term employee moved away. I enjoy seeing the people I used to work with and this is an easy way to help add more to our travel fund so agreed.