July 2018

August 1, 2018

Boy, does that sum up our lives in the big picture, and summer in the smaller one!
 
Here we are in August, the lush, eighth month of the year, when the corn is high, the sun is warm and the impending back-to-everything of September is still a glorious 31 days away. We wait all year for these sweet and succulent months, fantasizing about how we'll spend them. For Rob and me, August is a month of adventure. And it began yesterday with my arrival at San Francisco International airport.
 

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July 31, 2018

Where did July go? It's just the sweetest month and although it's been a rainy one in the east, at home in Victoria, the days have been long, sunny and a comfortable 25-28C. We sure have nothing to complain about.
 
When I posted a sunrise picture from our bedroom a week ago, someone asked on Facebook "Why would you leave?" and that's a question that is always worth asking. Here it is, in case you missed it.
 

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July 30, 2018

Welcome in! I hope you had a terrific weekend and if you did try those mini Capreses that I shared Friday, post a pic on FB, won't you? I hope you had great success.
 
I mentioned to you on Friday that we're on the road again and I'll explain more here tomorrow. But first, there's a story I didn't share with you earlier this month when I shared tales and pictures of our drive from Nevada to Arizona, Utah, Idaho and Montana. It's a tale of sheer panic and it's set in an airport.
 

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July 27, 2018

NO, you aren't on the wrong blog site - I'm actually going to share with you a little appetizer trick that I made last week! 
 
Do you love Caprese salad? You probably know it: slices of tomato interlaid with slices of sweet mozzarella and garnished with fresh basil and balsamic vinegar. We love it, too. And after being inspired at a dinner party, I decided to try making a miniature version for appetizers. 
 

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July 26, 2018

Thanks for the great feedback about yesterday's "mother of invention" journal. Today, as I did last Thursday with Lisa Brandt's terrific book Make the Media Want You, I'd like to take a moment to shine the light on someone's brilliance.
 

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July 25, 2018

I had promised at the end of Monday's journal a story about some travel troubles. I've moved it to next week as we'll be "on the road again," as Willie Nelson sang. So here we are with one I'm hoping you'll find entertaining.
 

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July 24, 2018

Yet again yesterday we awoke to news of a tragedy in Toronto. There was the Yonge Street van attack and, of late, escalating violence that I hear about in snippets and tweets. But before I went to bed on Sunday night, the news of the gun attack on the Danforth hit especially close to home - that's because it was.
 

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July 23, 2018

My goodness, we're already three quarters of the way through July. Summer, as it always does, is flying by at a pace most incongruent with the slow speed at which life should go during this most delicious of seasons. But we're looking forward to August, not only for our upcoming road trip (yes, another one - this is what we hoped reWirement would be all about) but we've got our fingers crossed that Dad will hop on a plane out of Kelowna and pay us a visit.
 

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July 20, 2018

Wow - Friday! I know, as someone enjoying reWirement, the days of the week don't carry the same weight as they used to, but boy, we're glad to reach the weekend. The previous week, it was about appointments and scheduled social events. This one looked wide open, but boy, were we wrong! So, I thought I'd wrap up this crazy week, in which we got four freelance voice jobs in four days, with a few stories from home.
 

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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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