Erin's Journals

July 19, 2018

Sometimes when a friend does something extraordinary, you shout it from the rooftops. This will be better, since I hope you'll pass this on! 
 

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July 18, 2018

Every now and then, when we're on FaceTime with Colin several provinces away chatting with him, or when I only take my phone shopping because I have my Visa card in it and need only tap it to pay, I marvel at the technology in this age in which we live. 
 
This week, I came to embrace new technology even more and I'll fill you in on an Ontario angle for it in a moment. First, here's what's up.
 

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July 17, 2018

I love learning things - and hearing your opinions - both of which I got to do yesterday, thanks to social media reaction to my journal about cycling and just what rules of the road apply to those of us who like to ride on two wheels.
 

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July 16, 2018

Well, what a weekend! Hope yours was filled with fun and family, as ours sure was. Yesterday we hosted two cousins, their husbands and children and my aunt and uncle for a big ol' family get-together. Grabbed some grocery store chickens, ribs and salads, tarted up my own store bought/homemade potato salad combo and voilà! A recipe for a super day.
 

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July 13, 2018

Here it is Friday and this day (hopefully not an unlucky Friday the 13th), Rob and I are grabbing our helmets, inflating the tires and taking our bicycles out on a riding adventure with our Sidney friends. I'm told there's lunch when we get there, so I think I can keep going! Luckily, despite a lot of hills in our neighbourhood, we'll be on mostly flat terrain. I hope!
 

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July 12, 2018

After making our way out of Nevada, we stayed a night in Provo, Utah and got up the next morning for the hour-long drive into Salt Lake City. The largest city in the state, SLC is a study in dichotomies: founded by religious leader Brigham Young, in the past decade it has been named one of America's 51 most gay-friendly cities. Also, based on the number of plastic surgeons in practice and cosmetics sold, it's been given the nickname "vainest city in the USA." (Really? Not LA or Miami or NYC?)
 

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July 11, 2018

Thanks for coming along on our US travel adventures. We began in Nevada (after Rob drove down there - in two days!) and made our way up and across to Utah. The scenery, as we moved from desert to mountains, was too much for my iPhone to take in fully, but it didn't stop me from trying.
 

Utah

 

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July 10, 2018

First off, a very Happy 25th Birthday to a dear young woman who has, through the most tragic of circumstances, become a beloved member of our family. She's a mother to Colin and a partner to Phil and our love for her grows daily. Life is full of surprises and some of them are truly delightful. Happy Birthday, Brooke! 
 

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July 9, 2018
North Saanich, BC

 
Home. Four lettters that carry so much weight. For some, it's a place to return to that conjures up memories of conflict, of sadness, of a hierarchy that one never truly outgrows. 
 

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June 28, 2018

I'm having a little bit of a moral dilemma, but it's one I'm going to have to deal with at another time. You see, for now, we have travel plans booked and paid for, and once again, they take us to the US.
 

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June 27, 2018

No, I haven't become a spokesperson for a car dealership again! Rob and I have a new resident in the garage, although saying goodbye to the car she replaced was not easy! You may recall last year at almost exactly this time, we found a MINI convertible online and bought it the same day. Gently used despite her age (2005) and mileage (now just over 100k), we loved this little periwinkle blue convertible and seized every day there was to put the top down and let the wind wreck our hair.
 

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June 26, 2018

Well, with so many people talking about and anticipating vacations over the next few months, this couldn't be more timely. Today's journal will let you do a little dreaming. Our good friend and travel guru Gerry Koolhof at New Wave Travel contacted us a couple of weeks ago to tell us about a gathering tomorrow night in Yorkville that I think you might want to know about, even if you are still just dreaming at this point.
 

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June 25, 2018

A few times a year I'll share with you scams that are going around. Either they're proliferating and making the news or - as in the case of the PayPal rip-off that was aimed at my sister (and later my aunt who's selling a car online) - they've hit close to home. Forewarned is forearmed and all of that, right? Well, who would have thought that Rob and I would fall for one too? But here's our story.
 
About a month ago, I got an email through this website. It's easy to find me: the link is right there at the top of this page. Here's what this email from a Bill Shreefer said:

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June 22, 2018

Here we are, nearing the end of another school year. I remember so clearly how deliriously wonderful these last days felt, especially in elementary school when parties were held, projects were taken home and the whole delicious summer stretched out ahead.
 

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June 21, 2018

By the time you read this, summer will probably have begun, having arrived at 3:07 am Pacific time. Of course, that's the astronomical start of summer; for so many parts of the world, it's considered to be June, July and August. Whatever - Happy Summer!
 

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June 20, 2018

Thank you for your kind notes and posts about Miss Molly yesterday. We're really at peace with everything and we wanted you to know that. She seems to be in pretty good shape (especially for a pup going on 14 years old) and we hope she's going to be around for a good long while - just as long as she enjoys her life. That's all we want.
 

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June 19, 2018

In the life of every pet parent, there come dark days. Our last sad day was in the summer of 2015 just a few months after we'd lost Lauren. Pepper's condition deteriorated due to age and, at 17-and-a-half, we had to take him on his last car ride to the vet. He was such a good dog and we knew that when his life was no longer fun for him, it was time to let him go.
 

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June 18, 2018

We're taking a couple of weeks off the audio journal portion of this website. Rob and I are on the road for a bit of a breather, so I'm giving him a break from producing them. 
 
I hope you had a lovely Father's Day. It's not something we mark in our home - at Rob's request - but, of course, I remind him often of how great a dad he was. And he knows it. 
 

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June 15, 2018

This Sunday is Father's Day - but, of course, you knew that! And we hope that if your dad is still with you, you get a chance to tell him what he means to you. This week, we get two chances. 
 

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June 14, 2018

One of things I love about this modern age in which we live (okay, and it's also one of the things I hate) is the way in which ideas can be exchanged so easily. Yes, there are plenty of people who will post absolute garbage disguised as truth (some of them bots, of course) but sometimes, if your mind is open instead of your mouth, you can learn something, too. That was the case with me this past week.
 

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