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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September

September always seems the time of new beginnings to me.  That is originally because of school starting in September.  Now it is because new things happen in September.   I started volunteering with the Sea Cadet Corps that Marissa used to belong to.  I will probably only do it for one year but it should be good. The kids are great.  I also became a Girl Guide leader so I am volunteering with a Pathfinder unit-- mostly doing the crafts, which is never a bad thing.
  Fall is my favourite season - with the crisp air, and brilliant colours.  I love turkey and Thanksgiving, and Halloween is one of my favourite holidays.  I have already started decorating the house.  I made lots of Halloween cards to give out.  (And I already started making my Christmas cards!!  It is never too early!!)  I may even carve a pumpkin this year- just for myself!
I have been doing lots of crafts lately- I belong to a few card swaps and a couple craft swaps.  Those are always fun for creativity.  And I am slowly making an art collage for the living room wall.
I am still riding my bike most places.  I will try to ride as far into the cold weather as I can- I hate taking the bus!!
Happy Autumn Everyone!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The End of Summer!

  Marissa and I took a trip on the 21st.  My nephew got married.  It was a short trip but it was fun.  The wedding was nice and it was great to spend time with Marissa after her being away most of the summer.  The wedding was near Calgary so we got to drive to Banff for the day as well, which is great because I had never been there!

And now Marissa is gone again.  Back to University!  I just spent ALL day on Saturday driving her, taking her out for breakfast, helping her get settled into her Residence, taking her shopping, taking her out for supper and then spending the 7 hours driving home again!  Man, was I tired!!!!!!!!
So now I have quiet in the house again!  I am really proud of my girl!  She is doing so great!! 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday!!

Summer is winding down.  Marissa will be home from her summer job on Sunday and THEN on Thursday Marissa and I are going on a trip!!!!!!!!!! Yay!
We are going to Alberta!  
My nephew is getting married so that is exciting!!!!!
Then Marissa will be off to her second year of University!!! 
Life is zipping by!!
 

Monday, August 4, 2014

A fun Saturday

On Saturday, My Guy and I went on a long bike ride to the old town where we used to live!  Lakeshore Rd is now officially called The Pelvis Crusher. We rode past My Guy's old house. We rode past both houses I used to live in as a kid; we rode down Queen St., stopped for a really nice dinner.
 We went down to the Lake and sat under a tree planted in memory of the brother of friends of mine.
  It was a nice day-- then we had to ride back home. Total 35 km. And Marissa got a tattoo on a Saturday!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Taking A Look Around- The View from my Bike

I don't have a car.  I haven't had one since November. As anyone who has been reading my blog for a while (all 4 of you!! Thanks, by the way) knows that I ride my bike everywhere.  

It is 5.5 km to work and 5.5 km back home so I end up doing 11 km a day at minimum.  If I have any kind of errands, that usually adds anywhere from 2 to 16 more km to my bike riding.

The beginning of the biking season -which was late this year due to the cold and icy weather -is usually a struggle for me as it takes a few weeks to condition myself every Spring.  But once I am used to it, the riding is no problem.  I can get to anywhere in the city -faster than the bus- with no problem.

I have lost more than 20 pounds this summer- which is always a good thing.  Not having a car has saved a HUGE amount of money on gas and car maintenance.   Admittedly, I have had to rent a car a few times when I needed to get somewhere farther my legs can take me.  But all in all, it has been a really great experience.  

Another benefit of bike riding- especially in the summer, is the scenery.  Really, when riding in a car, especially driving, a person misses a lot.
On my bike, I get a real look around.  I have ridden past shopping plazas and really looked at the stores that are in there.  Riding my bike past houses lets me have a good look at the various gardens and flowers.  It gives me ideas. On my way to work, I see lots of rabbits, a few opossums.  I can do without the skunks though. 
On my way home from work, there are always people out walking or running- getting in their morning exercise.  It is nice to be able to say a 'good morning.'  The dog-walkers are out at any time of day. 

It is not all rosey.
I did have three flat tires in one week.  Two in one day- my back tire.  I must have ridden over glass. (There is a lot of broken glass on the roads.) Then my front tire- which was the first flat for my front since I have had my bike- more than 10 years.   I got new tubes and two new road tires- so hopefully I am set for a while.

I have a small backpack that I use as a purse- it carries enough.  I can do a bit of shopping and still get my purchases home! 
And it is really nice to be able to go around traffic jams!!

 Truthfully, it will probably be at least another year or two before I think of buying a car.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A New Family Member

We got a new dog.  We adopted from B.A.R.K who was up at our local humane society from Louisiana with dogs for adoption!  We named her Coco.

Below is Spirit.  We have had her for 3 years.
 
 This is Phantom.  He is a little cuddlebug!
Three dogs is the limit in our city so that is it!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

48

 Today is my birthday!  Yay!!  
48!!  
Marissa got me cupcakes the other day because she left for her summer job this morning!  She will be back near the end of August!!  Another quiet summer!! 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sailing

 Marissa took some photos at the Provincial Sailing Competition over the weekend.  She went to help out with the Sea Cadets!