Erin's Journals

April 25, 2017

After the inevitable tears that flowed upon sad goodbyes to sweet Colin (during which I inadvertently said, "Be a good girl for Daddy and Brooke" - muscle memory?) we were on our way to people who would make us smile and laugh, giving us exactly what our souls needed. It was as sweet and as fun a visit as we could have hoped for; Rob and I arrived at Mike and Debbie Cooper's place in Buckhorn mid-afternoon yesterday, having shed a few tears (that was me, not the driver) on our way out of Ottawa.

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April 24, 2017

First off, thank you for clicking and listening on Friday. While it's not a podcast per se, this is as close as it gets for now. And to have so many readers click and listen is exciting.

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April 21, 2017
British Columbia


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April 20, 2017

Welcome in. As you may know, we're on the road and I'd love to share pictures with you of our daily adventures as they happen. Unfortunately, time isn't on our side. If I get anything to share, I'll do it as soon as I can on my public Facebook page or on Twitter. Thanks for understanding. We'll add more as we go along - especially after this weekend's visit to Ottawa to see Colin!

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April 19, 2017

Where is "home" when you've just moved and you're trying to start a new life? Hearing my sister Heather introduce us to Dad's Dawna as "Erin and Rob from Victoria" sounded very strange last weekend.
When we're away and people ask where we're from, the first word out of my mouth is "Toronto"! How long is this going to take, I wonder?

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April 18, 2017
The Coquihalla, BC

Well, hello again! That seemed like a long break since last Thursday, but here we are and Rob and I have logged a lot of kilometres.

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April 13, 2017

And here we are on the cusp of the first long weekend of spring. After a smooth ferry ride from Sidney to Tsawwassen (near Vancouver) we made it safely through the beautifully sunny and dry roads of the Coquihalla. We spent a night in the warm hospitality of one of my two older sisters, Cindy, who lives about a 45 minute drive from Kelowna in a town called Summerland. Sounds idyllic, like it should look like this. (It doesn't, but it's a nice Hawaiian picture anyway.)

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April 12, 2017

Oh, my goodness, isn't that the truth? By the way, if you're looking for a very interesting read and one that's like nothing you've experienced before, Google Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. It's based on the fact that when his young son died, the US President went into the crypt and actually held his son on two nights. The story is told by the ghosts who witnessed it (Bardo being a form of purgatory, if you will) and as I say, you've never read anything like it. I was enthralled.

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April 11, 2017

I think you can relate!
And, we're off! This time it's via today's 11am ferry from Victoria to Vancouver and driving to Kelowna, as we hope that the Coquihalla is kind to us. We had planned to drive east tomorrow, but the forecast changed and we obey Mother Nature! Goodness knows that this passage from Abbotsford up to Kamloops can be dangerous.

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April 10, 2017

Welcome in to Monday and it looks like we're hauling out the suitcases again. On Wednesday we'll be heading back to the mainland for a family gathering and, on a very happy note, we meet my father's new girlfriend in Kelowna. Yes, he's got a girlfriend! We're delighted for him and it would seem that her children are delighted for her, too. And, honestly, why not?

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April 7, 2017

Well, here it is: actual proof of why we've been so very down in the dumps the past month (and a bit). And why we've been eyeing the nearby airport - and those wascally websites that rip off travellers - with more frequency than we ever could have predicted during these early retirement months.

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April 6, 2017

Thanks for all of your feedback on Monday's travel rant. For those who suggested using a travel agent to avoid all of the bait 'n' switch of the websites, I will say this: I wouldn't put a professional through all of the searching and mind-changing that we go through whenever we book a trip.

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April 5, 2017

There are meals in your life that you remember fondly. Maybe they're your wedding banquet, a first date or the time you made your boyfriend lasagne after a band gig, so that he'd fall in love with you for sure. (The latter happened and it worked. He still talks about it, and I have kept him wanting more by only preparing homemade lasagne, oh, maybe three times in 30 years!)
But there's a meal we won't forget for all of the wrong reasons and I thought today it might be food for thought, if you will.

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April 4, 2017

My goodness, another sunny day in the forecast for us out here. Believe me, after rain every single day last week except perhaps one, it's a big deal. We sweep and brush the decks here before they can turn green; most of our neighbours' houses' roofs are covered in moss. It's pretty damp, but at least the skin on my hands doesn't crack anymore. That's the bright side, for sure.

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April 3, 2017

Welcome in to Monday and a brand new week. So, I've got something I'd like to get off my chest. I need to know where else this is allowed to happen to consumers.

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March 30, 2017

It's been a long time: over three months since we've seen him, which is the longest time we've gone without seeing the little guy since we awaited his birth in 2014.
Colin will be two-and-a-half on the 11th of next month and he's a very tall little man. And cool, too, judging by this picture that was sent to us a few weeks back!

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March 29, 2017

Thanks for all of your comments on Facebook yesterday about the whole carry-on issue. Some expressed their disdain for people who try to get by without paying for luggage by piling all of their earthly belongings into a duffel bag and then trying to cram said body-sized bag into the overhead compartment. It just doesn't fly, in more ways than one, and I get that and agree wholeheartedly.

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March 28, 2017

As you may recall, yesterday's quote had to do with using pain to fuel our journey. Today's journal is about the pain that comes with a journey. A weighty issue, for sure.

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March 27, 2017
Lauren in Mexico

Here we are - we made it to Monday. Actually, making it to Saturday was our aim last week, and we did. And we partly have you to thank for it.

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March 24, 2017

26 years ago today our lives were forever changed for the better. For the best. This is the day that our baby arrived - the one who gave me such an easy pregnancy and birth that I was looking forward to having another child and told my ob-gyn as much at my very first post-natal appointment.

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