July 2017

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
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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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July 19, 2017

Okay - first of all, thank you for your kind comments, mostly on Facebook, in response to yesterday's journal. If you come here automatically and miss the Facebook link, often with a picture that's not in the journal, here it is.

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July 18, 2017

And just another thought: you may want to consider clicking on the audio journal today, to hear this in my own voice.
For the past week, I've been ruminating over a message I got on Facebook. (Yes, ruminating is my super power...or as Seth Meyers says, "stopping time so I can go back and over-think things.") A woman wrote me a friendly note that I wanted to share with you.

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July 17, 2017

I trust you had a good weekend. I've been watching the GTA forecast and thinking of you, and remembering a summer in 1992 that was an awful lot like this one in Southern Ontario: unsettled, rainy, cool at times and not the kind of weather that pool and spa retailers relish, if you know what I mean.

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July 13, 2017

So, here's a first that went down on the weekend at a neighbourhood get-together: I was meeting new people in a large social setting, not being "that woman from the radio." That's something that hasn't happened, really, for well over two decades.

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July 12, 2017
The Butchart Gardens, BC

How many times have you waited for company to come before exploring a part of your hometown or some nearby area? I know that's the case with a lot of people who'd never go to Niagara Falls, the CN Tower or any of the places that make Toronto and Southern Ontario famous, if it wasn't for people coming to visit.

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July 11, 2017

It hadn't occurred to me that you might be wondering, but I've had inquiries from journal visitors and former listeners wondering if we're near the BC wildfires that are raging out of control. The answer is, thankfully, no.

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July 10, 2017

First of all, I was overwhelmed by the number of emails, tweets and, most of all, Facebook posts, wishing Rob the best of luck on Friday. Thank you. What I'd hoped would be a reminder about the dire importance of sunscreens and hats turned into something perhaps even more helpful: a sounding board about people's own experiences with skin cancer.

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July 7, 2017

I wish I believed that sevens are lucky (I'm more an eight kinda gal) because it's the seventh day of the seventh month, and because we're about to dip our toes into the BC hospital system today.
Remember when I mentioned in March how happy I was that we'd found a doctor? Here's what I wrote at the time: 

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July 6, 2017
Shirley, BC

Well, Robbie and I have been doing a little more exploring, but just further past the last spot we fell in love with called Shirley, BC.

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July 5, 2017

Anyone old enough to remember the Olympic lottery that was held in Canada? This was long before there were multi-million dollar prize lotteries every couple of days, or even the super humungous jackpots in the US.
No, before the early-to-mid 70s, if you wanted to get in on a lottery, you bought one in the Irish sweepstakes. According to the site canadianencyclopedia.ca: "In the 9 draws between 1973 and 1976, $230 million was raised for the Olympics, $25 million for the provinces and $190 million was awarded in prizes."

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July 4, 2017
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I trust you had an amazing long weekend. Ours was filled with family (my aunt and uncle), astounding fireworks under clear, starry skies in Sidney Friday and Victoria Saturday and - just one day earlier - flying! I promised you I'd fill you in on an aerial adventure that I had late last week: flying in a small airplane (a DeHavilland Turbine Otter) from Victoria Harbour to Vancouver Harbour.

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