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 [...]
December 15, 2016 - The day definitely felt festive with three separate Christmas gatherings. The first was the RHQ gathering. Pizza, ugly sweaters, sweet things, and the annual "Thanks for everyone's hard work in 2016". That was followed up with colleagues from the SEP Program heading down a couple of blocks to the Vancouver Christmas [...]
November 25, 2016 - It's sort of funny that I'd taken over 120 photos before 5pm, but that I didn't have a photo for the day. I spent a fun filled couple of hours taking photos for and of a friend and colleague. Taking photos of people is something I generally avoid, but under the [...]
November 11, 2016 - Rain or shine, we attend Remembrance Day ceremonies. Usually we attend the ceremony at the Victoria Park cenotaph; three years ago, in the cold and the snow, I attended the ceremonies at the cenotaph in Prince George, alone and very reflective, while Mom lay in the hospital, but this year we [...]