It was a pretty amazing day from start to finish!


It’s great when you’ve told someone you’re planning to run as then you actually have to go out and do it! I headed out right away this morning for a 4km run. I’ve been really slow all summer and so figured it would take me about 28:30 to do this. I don’t know what happened, but I was back to my winter/spring speeds and managed 4.15km in 26:46. I know this is still super slow for most people, but I was happy😀. It was a 6:27/km average. I was a sticky, sweaty mess, but it got done.

Unfortunately I didn’t plan this out very well and realized I had to go out again tonight for an 8km run as it sure won’t get done tomorrow! It was much slower, but it also got done:). I had headed out to the dyke to do this one as I just wanted flat! I was starting to die and there weren’t as many people around as I was expecting so as I passed the 3km post I walked and was revising my plan. A woman running went by me and right away I felt bad that she had seen me start walking. I got running again and actually got to run with her for a km. Her regular running buddy had come down with a kidney infection. I think I may have slowed her down a bit, but it sure was nice to have someone to chat with and she got me out to the 4km marker:)


We stopped in to the cottage to see my aunt and cousin. It was great as it seems like it’s been way too long since I’ve seen them! The cottage is so beautiful! I don’t think I would get anything done though as I’d just be on the deck enjoying the panoramic water view all the time!

My cousin has done a beautiful job of decorating and is now almost done her room. I can’t wait to see it finished!


My parents and I had lunch together at a bistro right in the Nanaimo Harbour. Unfortunately, I have no idea what it was called. I had the seafood salad.

I have to tell you that this was not worth the $17.50 they charged for it in my opinion! The only seafood is what you see on top and the rest of the bowl was just lettuce. It tasted good, but I expected a lot more seafood. I always find that though- you either get great food or great ambience, but you rarely get both:(


My parents have given me an awesome ten day boat holiday, but at this point I had to head for home. I had originally thought I would take the ferry home and have my friend Brenda pick me up, but then my parents suggested I take Harbour Air. Taking a float plane ride has been on my bucket list for a lot of years!!! And today,…it got ticked off! I left the bistro and walked down the dock and boarded the plane. I think I grinned for the entire 20 minutes of the ride! It sat 11 people and there were only nine of us on it. I got a window seat and didn’t have anyone beside me so the view was awesome the whole way even though I was right beside the wing!

It was so neat to be able to see what the pilot was doing!

It didn’t hurt that he was super cute too!

Even with the one hour ride home on skytrain after landing in the Vancouver Harbour, I still saved myself about an hour and a half of time and it costs about the same as taking my car on the ferry. I may never take a ferry again!


Even though I was tired by the time I got home I had to immediately go out and renew my car insurance and pick up a quilting pattern for my aunt in Nova Scotia.

I took the opportunity to pick up some buttons as this shop is moving further away!

Well, this along with laundry has been my day!


A few days ago my mom had told me that she was proud of how I have changed my life. The fact that I found myself thinking of this tonight on my run really illustrated the power of words for me. I love that she told me that as some days it is a struggle not to slide back into my old habits! I’ll have to remember to ensure my words leave a positive impression too.

Have fun!


33 thoughts on “Another Item Off the List

    1. My cousin flies them and I always watch them so it’s been on my list since I was a kid, glad I finally got to go. If you get the chance, do it!!!! It was amazing

  1. what a great way to travel 🙂 I love your words “you either get great food or great ambience, but you rarely get both:( They remind me of my on words and ones I hear often “You can have it cheap, fast, or good (Pick any two). , as you rarely, if ever, do you get the luxury of getting all three at one time when ordering or requesting any product or service. I

  2. What a wonderful day! So glad you got to check off a bucket list item 🙂 My Mom also does the row-by-row quilt kits – neat to see them from different areas! You got a good stash of buttons there 🙂

    1. I am too and two in one summer is remarkable for me!!
      I have never heard of these row by row quilt patterns. I’m going to have to google and find out about them!

  3. it’s always seems to strengthen will power when people recognize and acknowledge the hard work put in.

    the sea plane ride sounds like so much fun. glad you enjoyed your time on the boat with your parents and were able to relax and enjoy the time

    1. Yes it is nice when hard work pays off. I find I’m better about my eating and exercise as soon as I see results.
      Thank you! The holiday was great, but now I’m home and adulting

  4. My brain has to constantly do the math on your km’s since I live in miles 😛 and true on the food thing, I hate feeling like “this is all I get for the price??” you get to enjoy the cool vibes of the place, or you go elsewhere and it’s average but you get enough food for two

    1. Lol I spend my life on these places converting from miles to Km’s so I guess we’re all doing math!
      Yup I don’t need a ton of food, but I would like it to be good!

  5. I didn’t realize that you live near Vancouver! Just last night, we realized we needed to cancel our 3-week sightseeing/hiking trip to Washington, BC, and Alberta due to the fires. We are super bummed. I had such a headache after spending 3 hours online searching for something else to do that I had to go to bed at 9PM. Now I’m waiting for the sun to come up a little more so I can go out in the yard and pull weeds before the heat index soars into the 100sF (38+C). That will help with the frustration, plus, they are taking over my zinnias. I am super impressed with your stick to it-iveness! What major change did you make?

    1. Yup born and raised about an hour outside of Vancouver. That’s too bad about holiday:(
      I changed my lifestyle and lost 50+ pounds.

  6. Sounds like it was a memorable trip and another item checked off your bucket list – how did you do for your Summer bucket list? I like the shadow picture at the top – I like using shadow pictures sometimes as the long shadows make for interesting pictures.

    1. I still have another week so I’ll be reviewing my bucket list just before I go back to work.
      I love my shadow as it makes me look so tall😀

      1. Wow, down to the last week – well you made the most of your boat trip and your weekend with your friend, and then suddenly there you are – at the end of the vacation. Here, the Catholic schools will start next week and then be off the Friday before Labor Day – the rest of the kids for all grade levels will start the day after Labor Day.

        I love taking shadow pictures. I took one yesterday and have to see how it turned out – I walked six miles this morning, but didn’t go on any excursion today. It was dull and gray out and they said maybe a mid-day shower. It was so warm and high humidity again and so I just took my car for a spin and walked at the Park where I go everyday. I took this pictures in the Park in the Winter of Parker and me …

      2. I start the day after Labour Day too though I’ll have to go in and set up before that:(
        It’s good you still got out:)

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