July 4, 2017 - Off Dollarton Highway lies a large area that is bordered by Burrard Inlet on one side and a salt marsh on another. It is a large swath of land that has been conserved for birds and other creatures on the edge of a busy city. And it is a lovely and [...]
July 1, 2017 - Happy 150th Birthday Canada, I am so grateful to call you home. Today, for Canada Day, for Canada's 150th birthday, we decided to celebrate by trying something new. Paddleboarding….because it is hot and I'd rather fall into the cold ocean on a hot day than a cold one. And I was [...]
April 16, 2017 - The weather has just been atrocious so far this spring. March was officially the gloomiest on record with only three days free of rain, and April hasn’t fared much better so far. Honestly, I don't mind the rain, but it's just been a bit much this year so far. It reminds [...]
February 3, 2017 - Vancouver has a population of Anna's Hummingbirds that overwinter here. They are tiny, have high metabolic requirements, and feed is presumably scarce at this time of year, so I try very hard to make sure the feeder is always out, always contains food, and stays thawed out. It's a pretty neat [...]
December 22, 2016 - Today was a good day. Kirk and I both left work an hour early to get to the bank to make a mortgage payment. A very special mortgage payment. Our last mortgage payment. Completely debt free again! How good does that feel? Freaking awesome!
December 18, 2016 - I am NOT an outdoor cat! What the hell is this shit anyway!?!?!? Get me out of it and let me IN!!! Vancouver really doesn't do snow well, at all. ICBC offered these tips for drivers when the snow started to fall last week, and they are all great lessons, but [...]
December 17, 2016 - Vancouver is such a challenging place to live, the horrible winter weather we have to endure? I mean, we had snowfall warnings for accumulations of 5cm last week, then this week the thermometer dropped to -8C and we had windchills warning for as low as -18C!!! And the snow didn't go [...]