Erin's Journals

August 17, 2017

There's been so much heaviness this week. A terrible weekend, followed by meagre steps towards doing or saying the right thing by the man supposedly in charge of the country, only to have him take two huge steps back just a day later. It was enough to break your heart, and the pain from our neighbours to the south is palpable.
 

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August 16, 2017

So, I came across a little tidbit while preparing for my radio show a few weeks back and I can't stop thinking about it and how much I love the idea. Ford is releasing its new Mustang GT this fall. For an extra $895 US, you can have something Ford calls the "Good Neighbor Mode." What it does is it muffles the exhaust when you turn it on. (The feature was designed by a guy whose neighbours called the cops on him for revving his Mustang's engine.) The muffler, if you will, brings the GT noise levels down to 72 decibels - about the same as a dishwasher.
 

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August 15, 2017

I'm going to lighten things up a bit today here with something I think you're going to find interesting. I know I did. We were out to dinner the other night and it suddenly became a bit of a focus group on how we eat corn on the cob. I know, it sounds strange, but think about it. There aren't many other foods with so many possible variations when it comes to consumption; I mean, how many ways can you eat a hamburger, right?
 

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August 14, 2017

There are days when you simply can't believe what you are reading, hearing or seeing. And yet, it's all truly happening.
 
And although in the past eight months - actually since November 8th - there have been several of those days, the last few have been particularly harrowing. The battle of rhetoric between Trump and that North Korean twerp has been enough to make the world wish Twitter had never been hatched - and I love Twitter! 
 

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August 11, 2017

Back in April, you may remember me mentioning that Rob and I had gone to Kelowna to help comfort a relative, and that I'd share details with you when I could. Today I'm going to do that, as my younger sister Leslie has asked me to do so, and allow people who are familiar with her family, but haven't heard yet, to be aware of what has happened.
 

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August 10, 2017

Tempted as I am to "duck and cover" after saying this, I will anyway: today we set a record here for the longest recorded period at Victoria International Airport without any measurable precipitation. That's right: at 53 days, it hasn't rained here all summer (or even before the season began). And I know what a cruddy summer it's been for most of this journal's readers (in Southern Ontario) and for that I am truly sorry.
 

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August 9, 2017

Well, here we are: wondering what in the world is happening - or, more appropriately, going to happen - to our world. The tweeter-in-chief spitting "fire and fury" at another man of questionable sanity with a really bad haircut had me actually considering the fallout of a nuclear war - something I've never had to do in my lifetime.
 

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August 8, 2017

Rather unexpectedly, I returned to emceeing on the weekend and it's a pretty cool story, but today I wanted to tell you about something absolutely harrowing that happened on the way home from that event that made our Sunday memorable from a whole different angle.
 

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August 4, 2017

I got an email last week (or maybe it was a Facebook post) from someone asking for my special corn cooking method. You may remember me posting this in the past, but given that we've just started making it here again, it seems timely. The corn so far is small kerneled but sweet, although we've just started enjoying this season's bounty, so it's early to tell.

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August 3, 2017
view of BC smoke from space

 
Well, file that under "best laid plans". We've had our weekend travels cancelled thanks to what can best be described as smaze: a smoke/haze mixture that has made travelling to do some sightseeing pretty much a waste of time.
 

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August 2, 2017

Later this week, Rob and I are hoping to be island hopping again, this time to explore a bit of Hornby Island. But I remembered my promise to share with you the artistry of a very special competition that goes on every year in the spot we hit the last time we packed up Molly and the MINI and headed north.
 

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August 1, 2017

Welcome to August. Before we start hearing the dreaded Back to School ads and the reality of the passage of time kicks in, I thought I'd share with you something sweet and funny that happened the other day.
 
It was early evening and we were outside, saying goodbye to company as they loaded up the car with kids and headed home. As I stood on the driveway, I looked across the street at the neighbour's lawn.
 

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July 31, 2017

Welcome in. I trust you had a wonderful weekend and I hope that the forecast in the GTA for the first rain-free weekend of the summer came to fruition. We don't have rain in the forecast here until August 13 and even then it's just a 40% chance. It will set a record for longest stretch without rain (which, at 52 days, will be surpassed on August 9). Glad we don't care what golden colour the tiny bit of grass in our yard turns. And no...I am not complaining.
 

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July 28, 2017
Happy No Reason Day cake

 
Here we are at the end of another week and almost the end of July. I'm so happy to see a pretty sweet forecast in store for you (if you're in Southern Ontario) and wish you the same wherever you may be reading this.
 
So, have you ever celebrated a "Happy No Reason Day?" Until last night, I never had. But who knows? After this, maybe you'll consider holding one, too!
 

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July 27, 2017

These days, in addition to trying to add to step counts on my Fitbit and do a daily radio show, peck away at this book I'm writing, and deal with a tsunami of feelings that ebbs and flows from the moment I awaken, I sometimes feel at risk of being crushed by despair.
 

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July 26, 2017

So, how many days until you consider yourself a cyclist? I mean, for three days in a row we strapped the bicycles on our car rack and headed out. I've taken to wearing my Fitbit on my shoe so that each pedal pump registers as a step - I'm all about goals - and for the first time since walking the streets of Seattle in June, I've managed to surpass the magic 10,000 step mark. We're on to something. But I have a question: how can a bum this...padded...feel a bike seat so acutely? We're off to Canadian Tire today to get something with more gel so my sit bones don't smart. 
 

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July 25, 2017

Okay, I admit it, I like lists. I especially like them when they show off something with which I agree, like, say "Best Fish and Chips" (remember Penrose on Mount Pleasant?) or "Favourite Radio Station." So, what a treat it was to come across this list from CNN Travel of 10 of the World's Best Loved Airports.
 

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July 24, 2017
Erin Davis

 
Well, hello again. Hope you had a lovely weekend; ours was mostly uneventful. We did hook up our bikes to the back of the car and drive to a nearby bicycle path that skirts Victoria International Airport and then takes us near the ocean, as well as a memorial of rusty iron feathers assembled in memory of, and including names and ages of military personnel who flew out of Sidney in WWII and never returned.
 

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July 21, 2017

Summer's a month old and we've so much more to discover. I promised you some more pictures today, but I'll put that off for a few days, if you don't mind. 'Cause I want to share with you some thoughts about a movie that is opening widely today and that you may be considering seeing.
 

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July 20, 2017
Campbell River, BC

 
This - July 20th - is National Moon Day. Now, before you start wondering if this is in honour of that neighbour who insists on showing off his or her, er, southern smile when they're gardening, it's all about an event that happened on this day in 1969. "One small step..." and all of that.
 

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