July 2015

July 31, 2015

Just heading into this long weekend and I thought I'd check in on where our minds and hearts are for this final Friday of my favourite month of the year. I know where my butt isn't and, yes, it's time to go back to the gym. I can't say I want to, but I know I have to.
 

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July 30, 2015

It appears we're approaching another stepping stone in our family's life. It's one that means more easily navigated shores on the other side, but it's a tough one, all the same.
 
You know by now that our two weeks away were not all seascapes and quiet reflection. Our second week was spent in Kelowna, working hard on the house where my dad lives: a three-bedroom two-storey that he and mom moved into in 2007 or so. Dad's been there alone for the past three-and-a-half years and managing everything (except the loneliness, of course) quite steadily.
 

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July 29, 2015

Have you ever heard of a float spa? I'm learning that they're not for everyone; two people to whom I've suggested it weren't nearly as impressed as I was - but I wanted to share it with you.
 

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July 28, 2015

Welcome! I thought I might update you a little on what's going on with our favourite little duo in Mississauga: our son-in-law Phil and his and Lauren's 9-month-old son Colin.
 
There's no question these guys are doing better than can be expected: Phil's keeping busy as a full-time single parent, trying to get the flooded Ottawa house, its contents and all of the elements of this insurance puzzle straightened out.
 

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July 27, 2015

And here we are back in Toronto. Yes, there's no place like home, but I'd like to share with you a story that illustrates very clearly why we don't always openly share where we're from.
 
Well, that was quite a couple of weeks - and thanks for sharing in our travels with us. I feel sorry to have missed the Pan Am Games excitement that gripped our city, but am grateful to have had some time to collect ourselves by seeing dear family, new sights and a whole lot of the best that nature has to offer.
 

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July 24, 2015

As the premier of BC says, this is no longer unusual. But for a visitor to this province, that "campfire" smell in the air is a reminder that nature isn't cruel, she's indifferent. And the lightning strikes of two nights ago, as well as the ones whose storm clouds we captured in Osoyoos, have meant fires. 46 new ones from Wednesday to Thursday.
 

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July 23, 2015

Thank you for coming in today and making this journaling-on-vacation thing so worthwhile. I thought I'd share a little cooling moment on a hot 36C day as we made our way from the ferry at Horseshoe Bay, near Vancouver, to our eventual destination, Osoyoos, where we stopped for two nights before coming to stay here at Dad's in Kelowna. (Thanks to Google Maps.) 
 

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July 22, 2015

Whew - already Wednesday. I'm glad we got all of our sightseeing done last week; we're working like crazy getting through endless stuff in my parents' basement. I don't know what it would be like if they'd not moved about 15 times in their 55-year marriage; we've already made several trips to the Salvation Army depot, given our nephew whatever he'll take and today we head to a Kelowna women's shelter to give whatever we have that might help someone starting a new life all over again with nothing. Having been inside Sheena's Place for a night, I'm more than familiar with the need.

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July 21, 2015
View of Osoyoos, BC from Anarchist Mountain

 

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July 20, 2015
Qualicum Beach, BC

 
Well, here we are back on the BC mainland. A 100-minute ferry ride brought us here on Saturday afternoon; a thoroughly pleasant way to cross to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver. We got away from anything urban as fast as we could.
 

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July 17, 2015
Painter's Lodge dock walkway, Campbell River, BC

 

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July 16, 2015
Lady Falls forest walk, BC

 
Welcome in. Whenever Rob and I take a trip or head into something we've never done, we always say "Let's have an adventure. But not a big one." What that means is that, if we go parasailing, let's not be left hanging by one clip up in the sky above the ocean off Nassau and have to be (gently) dropped into the ocean and then hauled back onto a boat like a fishing net. Yes, that happened to me.
 

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July 15, 2015
Oyster Bay Resorts

 
Hello again from beautiful Vancouver Island. What a gentle combination of sightseeing, savouring and sleeping! Thanks for coming along for the ride. It seems like forever ago that we boarded our plane at Pearson; I guess that's a sign of a healthy vacation?
 

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July 14, 2015
Oyster Bay, BC

 
We all lead such complicated lives, don't we? But sometimes all it takes to set the world back on its correct axis, if only for a few minutes, is something as simple as an unusual encounter with live animals, and a long sought-after sweet treat. We'll get there with you tomorrow, but for today, our journey on the way to goats and black ice cream.
 

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July 13, 2015
BC flags

 

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July 10, 2015

Today marks the start of our two week summer vacation and I wanted to share a few things with you. Actually it seems in some ways that I've maybe overshared with you lately - from addiction to heartbreak and everything in between - but hopefully that's what you've come to expect from me. Look, it never hurts to be honest. Well, I guess maybe it does in a way, but that's what we do here.
 

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July 9, 2015

It occurred to me today - as it has in the past (nearly) two months, that the only way to face things that happen to you is to remind yourself that there are still so many things for which to be grateful. So today, I'd like to share with you a few really positive thoughts. For me, for you. And because I love a challenge, let's do it in rhyme. Pardon me if it's corny; some days to stay off the bottom, you have to go a little over the top.
 
Here goes:
 
I'm grateful for memories that warm this chilled heart

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July 8, 2015

Somewhere, a girl and her dog are together again.
 

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July 7, 2015

It seems to have been a bit of a weekend for celebrating sobriety - and I am so happy to share news of a guy you may not have heard of, but sure need to know about.
 

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July 6, 2015

Ah, Monday. I sure hope you're enjoying the bliss that comes on the heels of a perfect summer weekend. Hospitable weather, lots of watermelon and iced tea, and a gentle feeling that accompanies the perfection of a July day.
 
Today our son-in-law Phil is off to Ottawa to talk with the insurance guy - adjuster, I think - to find out what's what with the house there that he shared with Lauren and Colin. Phil was supposed to go last Thursday, but when that was cancelled, Rob and I leapt at the opportunity to spend some quality time with our little grandbaby. And we did.

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July 3, 2015

Friday already? I guess a two-day work week will do that. And honestly, it's enough for right now. Our son-in-law has had another blow.
 
There's been a small disaster at the townhouse he and Lauren own(ed): a massive leak in the house above them (they're new, stacked row houses) has basically destroyed their walls, ceilings, flooring, cupboards, countertops. While it's a blessing they weren't there, it's also probable that Phil would have been informed earlier if they had been.
 
How did it happen?
 

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July 2, 2015

Ah, July. My favourite month of the year, despite the often smothering heat - not that we've seen any of that, so far! This month started with a red and white salute to our great nation. Nice way to kick it off. Then our seventh calendar month brings with it the chance to make so many memories.
 
These days we're reliving a lot of old memories, and we were doing just that when Rob and I had the chance to enjoy time with close friends. And that's what summer is all about, isn't it?
 

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