Another Item Off the List

It was a pretty amazing day from start to finish!

Exercise:

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:)

Family:

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!

Eating:

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:(

Travel:

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!

Errands:

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!

Words:

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!

AJ

An Out Day

It was a nice combination day with some lazing and some outside activity.

I spent the morning just hanging out with my mom and reading blogs.

Eating:

My dad got to choose the restaurant and we ended up here.

My dad had been here with my uncle for coffee and donuts and so wanted to try the food. He had the supreme cheeseburger and really liked it. It sure looked good. My mom and I split the cold turkey sandwich and coleslaw. I used the cranberry sauce to add some moisture and my mom used it and coleslaw. It was a very dry sandwich!! Sorry for no picture, it wasn’t worth it.

Shopping/eating:

So last fall I went to the Gluten Free Expo in Downtown Vancouver and had tried some products by Bake My Day. I was excited when I heard they were located in Duncan as I knew that was somewhat close to where my parents dock their boat. Well today, I made them drive around until we found this bakery. LOL I didn’t expect it to just be someone’s garage. 🤣It was set up as a full fledge bakery though.I was excited because I knew they had things that were gluten free and dairy free. It turned out only their tarts were ready made and gluten free and dairy free. They had six kinds that were safe for me and I bought one of each to try.

The first I tried was the lemon curd tart (top right). The lemon was sharp and tangy. The pastry was a little heavier than I would like but definitely not the worst I’ve had. My dad (who hates everything gf/df says the lemon was good, but the pastry needed to be done more. My mom says the lemon curd was wonderful and she wouldn’t know it was df/gf.

The baked lemon with raspberry tart was a surprise because the lemon was sweet and the raspberry was tart. I was expecting the opposite and think I would have enjoyed that more than the combo it was.

The final tart, again with a cute heart, was a strawberry rhubarb tart. It was a nice surprise as it had a hint of an orange citrus taste. The rhubarb was still slightly crunchy and it was a very yummy tart.

The caramel apple was the next to be sampled. I loved the little Apple on top. My dad says it’s a very distinct flavor and he liked it. I liked that the apple was still a little crunchy and it had a good cinnamon taste that was present but not overpowering. My mom liked the seasonings and was impressed the pastry didn’t taste like typical gf pastry.

The chocolate caramel had a delicious sweet topping that was a little crunchy. It was definitely sweeter than the other two. I liked the contrast between the tarter chocolate and the sweet topping.

The pumpkin (the bottom left) was very creamy tasty. I was a little surprised it didn’t have more of a cinnamon flavor.

While it was super nice to have a tart and to have choice in tart, I have to admit that I would probably order the lemon curd tart if I could only have one as you couldn’t tell it was gluten free and dairy free!

Sightseeing:

After the bakery, my dad had a couple of errands to run so my mom and I wandered the tourist section of Duncan. It was a super cute area with lots of outdoor decoration!

We went to a couple of stores. The first was an antique store that was lovely, clean, bright and smelled great!

We hit another store that contained a bunch of arts and crafts from a variety of artisans.

It was in this arts store that I found the perfect sign that describes my exercise today.

The third and final store we went into was so cute! I really love stores that have space in them so I don’t feel like a bull in a china Shop.

I founded the cutest West Coast growth chart for my friend’s baby. I’ll have to get it wrapped up and mailed to Regina.

We ended the day with a drink at a brew pub. I think it is the first time I have ordered a drink that I just couldn’t drink. I didn’t like it at all, but the decor was awesome!

Socializing:

We had to be home by a certain time as my parents go for Wings Wednesday with people from the marina and we couldn’t possibly miss that.

I had tuna steak on salad as the waitress said that was the safest thing for me to eat. Most of the table had wings, but my mom had wonderful looking nachos beside me.

It was an awesome final day, but I can’t believe I have to go home tomorrow:(

Once again my dad has a boat full of people so I must go be social.

Have fun!

AJ

A Run with a View

Yesterday was a quiet day.

Exercise:

I got out to do my 50 minute Squad Runner mission first thing. I wonder if there is ever going to come the day that I do t doubt my ability to run that?? I kept telling myself that I could run slow. I had no problem doing it, and I even did extra! My mom obviously thinks I’m a better runner than I actually am as she had me run all the way to the end of the road- up and down all of these hills!

It was a nice view when I got there though!!!

I wandered back slowly with my mom and picked blackberries as we went. Thankfully she had brought coffee with her so I could use the mug to hold the berries. They were so ripe and sweet they melted in your mouth!!!

Knitting:

We were supposed to be going out but my dad is still having trouble with the power system in the boat so he dealt with that- solved one but got another:(. My mom went to close the fridge door and realized the freezer wouldn’t close it had so much ice so she spent the day defrosting the fridge. I stayed out of the way and did some knitting and finished another pattern repeat. That’s two done and two skeins gone too! I might need more yarn😳

Movie:

I watched a new movie on Netflix last night called the Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society. I had read this book a long tome ago and loved it. Thankfully, I loved the movie too! Definitely worth watching!!!

Socializing:

My dad, of course, had the back cockpit full of people again last night. I came and went:)

Well I’m off to start my adventures for today:)

Have fun!

AJ

Thirsty

I actually got off the boat today, though thankfully we were back for the excitement!

Reading:

I finished another NetGalley book today. If nothing else, this holiday is getting me caught up:)

October Kiss tells the story of Poppy and Ryan. Poppy has been drifting through her adulthood trying to find what is right for her while Ryan is completely focused on getting his new app sold, to the detriment of his relationship with his children. Poppy agrees to be Ryan’s nanny to prove that she can stick with something, but maybe she’ll do more than she ever thought possible!

I loved the characters of Poppy and Ryan. Poppy is the epitome of what I think all grownups feel at some point- lost and without focus and wondering what exactly you’re supposed to be doing and are you doing the right thing? She has a good heart and a good work ethic, but just hasn’t found her thing. I love how she interacts with the children and brings her zest for life to everyone!

At first I thought Ryan was going to be the quintessential workaholic, but he actually is trying to remedy the situation! He is able to have fun with Poppy and the children and he truly is clueless about what other people’s motives are. I like how he put the feelings of his children first!

This is the perfect book to read for the Fall and will definitely inspire my Fall bucket list. It is full of all that is best of the season and is like a how to for having Autumn fun.

I enjoyed how the book wrapped up, however, I wish we had learned whether the big presentation was successful! Otherwise, a great Fall read to get you in the mood for the season and cosy romance.

Thank you to Hallmark, the author and NetGalley for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Sight seeing:

My dad wanted to go for fish and chips at lunch so while him and mom did that, I looked around town. A gorgeous path they have around the community hall. There are benches and even a food truck in this little green space.

There was a cute little cafe where the lady was actually cooking a turkey to make her turkey club sandwich. I wish it had been gluten free as that sounds like a good sandwich! I checked out the thrift store and a few other stores, but finally found the…

Reading Centre! Of course I would find the library🤣 They had a bright, uncluttered and well-organized space. It is run completely by volunteers and they had a good selection. They also had books for sale, but I managed to restrain myself:)

Product Review:

I had fun looking through the local IGA to see if it had different products than at home. I have to admit that looking through grocery stores is something I like to do on holidays. Today, I found a few new things to try.

This peach flavored iced tea was light and refreshing. It really hit the spot during the hot afternoon. The peach flavor is very light and it is not overly sweet.

I wanted to have a different diet pop around for some variety, but there weren’t many options. This one was on sale and a man in the store said his kids love it, so I decided to try it. It tastes like cream soda, but isn’t as sweet as the ones I remember. So far, so good!

This was the final new thing I tried today. When I opened the package there was a slight strawberry smell. They mainly taste like granola with just a hint of berry. My mom said they were lovely and good. I liked that they weren’t really hard granola so it didn’t hurt my teeth to eat them. Again, a lightly sweet treat that will hopefully keep my sweet tooth satisfied. I bought a chocolate hip flavor to try too. I have to admit this product did make me want to go home and bake my own granola bites!

Knitting:

It took me a long time today to settle down and take out another row of my knitting in the hopes of finding my lost stitch. I ended up only having to take out one more row, so three total, to get my stitch back. It looks like I had forgotten to do the second stitch in a right twist. I set to work and actually got my first pattern repeat done! 🎉🎊

Boating:

As I was sitting knitting, I looked up and thought we were getting closer to the boat anchored by us. A few minutes later, my mom yelled for my dad that we had to move!! With the wind that came up this afternoon, we were definitely too close!! We moved further into the bay and hopefully have found a better spot. It is definitely crowded in here tonight! I have the feeling we’ll all be up checking the anchor is holding tonight.

Exercise:

This afternoon I was catching up on Instagram and saw a workout, so I decided to try it. I definitely couldn’t do as many repetitions as Crystal Seaver did, but it did the trick on the boat. You can find the workout Here:)

The last thing I did today was my run to complete today’s Squad Runner mission. The mission was thirty minutes and I managed to get 32 in. My mom came out to walk so I kept looping back to her, unfortunately that meant I did this never ending hill several times:(

The hill continues up around the corner for about another 200 meters. It doesn’t look bad in this picture, but it felt killer!

Thankfully I was rewarded by a beautiful sunset on the dock while we were waiting for my dad to pick us up in the dinghy.

Its home sweet home again and I have to decide if I’ll knit or read:)

Have fun!

AJ

Do We All Become Our Parents?

What can I say, every vacation day is a good day:)

Exercise:

I started the day with a 5.7km walk with Anne and Moiya. It was already really hot out when we walked around a local lake, but I enjoyed it anyways as I knew it would be my last walk with these two.

Coming back I managed to grab pictures of the Easter Island garden art someone had. They have four or five in total and they are all different. Some people are so creative!

This evening, I managed a 5.1km run to complete the Squad Runner mission for today. My mom didn’t want me running on my own (nice to know that no matter how old you get- you’re still your mom’s little girl, but I really don’t think anyone was planning on stealing me🤪🤣), so I ended up running loops around the John Henry Pub and Marina. I managed to add on a little bit more so I only had to do 9 laps to complete this mission on this hot, muggy night. I even managed to be a tiny bit faster than I have been this summer- not back to spring running times, but improving.

Knitting:

I was working away happily on my parent’s boat afghan, until I realized that I was missing a stitch:(. I have ripped back two rows, but still haven’t found the stitch:( I might cry if I have to rip out 25 rows of knitting as this would be my 6th restart of this project, and here I thought it was going so well!

Blogging:

I went through my posts today to review my titles so I will hopefully not repeat too often. I had to laugh at myself as lately I’ve been worried when I only get 30 something likes on a post and as I looked back and saw the posts at the start of my blogging that had only one or two likes, I decided not to worry, I am slowly plodding forward:)

Grateful:

A few months ago I did this after my sister in law introduced me to the idea and I keep forgetting to add it to the bottom of my posts, though I think it’s an awesome thing to do at the end of a day. So here goes:

I am thankful for:

1) having the opportunity to spend time on a boat in a beautiful place with wonderful people

2) having the sunshine that will give me vitamin D and make me thankful for fall weather temperatures

3) for getting holidays from my job as I know how lucky I am to have such an extended period of time

It has been a very quiet day of mostly reading. As I looked around I saw that my parents were doing the same thing. Am I becoming my parents???😳🤪

Have fun!

AJ

Off Again

I got up early this morning to shower and take the skytrain down to the boat. I wasn’t positive I’d be going anywhere as they were having trouble with the generator, but I went anyways.

We did manage to finally leave at about 10:30 and spent most of the day put-putting up the coast. It was a gorgeous day and other than the wake from a few big boats, the water was wonderful and calm!

I used the time to get caught up on blog reading and I had a nap (unfortunately I rolled over onto my arm so it’s unhappy), I knitted, and I enjoyed the sunshine.

This is how I boat!

We arrived and have anchored in Pender Harbour which is actually made up of the unincorporated Madeira Bay, Irvine’s Landing and Garden Bay.

Exercise:

This evening we went for a walk with the dog and it looks like if I’m going to be running, I’ll be doing hill training around here😫😳

Well all that fresh air and sunshine has worn me out. Here’s my view and now I’ll close my eyes!

Have fun!

AJ

Away

It was so hot I had to escape!

Exercise:

I went for my usual Sunday morning run, but still couldn’t run:(. It was a good walk and my legs are definitely feeling better.

I also joined up with L for a workout. I was on the bike again and boy is that a workout! I had a small sweat Lake under me by the end:)

I had to modify the weights a bit but managed to get swing squats, jump lunges, 180 jumps, row and press, and frogger jumps done. I was a sweaty mess by the end but it felt good to workout!

I got an easy 3km walk done with my parent’s friend A and her fur-grand baby.

When it hurt my arm to run, my running buddy who is a retired ER nurse had a look at it. Unfortunately she thinks I may have a crack so she wrapped it and I’ll try to get an x Ray tomorrow:(

I’m really hoping it’s just badly bruised!!!

Family:

My parents have been anchored in downtown Vancouver for about a week and because today was supposed to be the hottest day, I ran away to their boat. I figured the coolest place to be would be the water!

It’s been lovely! Here’s a few pictures to show you:)

Well I’m off to bed!

Have fun!

AJ

A Little Change in Plans

Today has definitely not gone according to plan!

Running:

I had a run this morning at Crystal Falls with my running buddy. It was great to have company and be out on this gorgeous trail. Crystal Falls is a forest trail that leads out to a small waterfall. It is obviously uphill going out as you are following the Coquitlam River. The trail has recently been widened and cleared so it is quite accessible, though there are still streams you have to make your way across. The  log barriers that the mountain bikers use now have trails you can take around them. This trail was a great choice for today as it was several degrees cooler (a nice break from the super hot day).  Of course on this hot day when I wouldn’t mind a refreshing foot bath, I managed to stay completely dry, but on a cold, winter day I always seem to manage to end up in the water🙄.

Unfortunately this run was my only exercise for the day:( An epic fail😫

Eating:

I was supposed to be making a batch of apple chai scones today but a friend called me up and suggested lunch before the craziness of school starts up again. We met at the John B Pub on Austin avenue in Coquitlam. The waitress was super knowledgeable about allergies and made sensible and clear suggestions of what I could order. I ended up with the celiac stir fry with scallops and prawns. It was absolutely delicious and looked just as lovely with big pieces of veggies and seafood.

My indulgences didn’t end with the lunch however as my nephew and I hit Matteo’s Gelato in Port Coquitlam tonight. This is my absolute favourite ice cream store in the area because out of fifty flavours of Gelato, 38 are gluten free and 18 are dairy free. There are so many options that I feel overwhelmed!  img_8711.jpgI also love how you can have as many flavours as you want in each size. Today I tried five different flavours- coconut, chocolate peanut butter, salted caramel, chocolate covered cherry, and mango. I would have a very difficult time choosing a favourite as they were all amazing!

Events:

My friend and I checked out IKEA for back to school items. I went in looking for nothing but came out with magazine holders, an aloe Vera plant and some kitchen scrubbers. At least at IKEA when you go crazy, it’s still cheap:)

I’ve done a little bit of knitting but still have half a sleeve to complete. I am babysitting my nephew tonight so ended up in the pool with him and am now watching the Mayweather/ McGregor fight with my brother’s company. Definitely not what I planned to do tonight! Lol I can’t even knit because they smoke! As well, this cutie keeps getting on my lap and chasing the needles. 😂IMG_8718

Oh well, I suppose it’s days like these that make life interesting!

Have fun!

AJ

A New Start

Everyday little things happen that I don’t remember. I know I should and I started a “good things”  jar to help with this, but sometimes it’s tough to decide if something is big enough to put into the good things jar.  Does anybody else ever question this?

So this evening as I sat detangling the wool for my newest project, I decided that perhaps I should just record what happens on my days. I always think I want to keep track of what I wear, my new favourite things to cook, bake and eat, the newest project I’m working on, the cute things my students do, the places I visit, etc but I don’t have enough time or energy to have a blog or diary for each of those so this little site is going to have all my rambling thoughts on it:). So here goes!!!!

I’ve been visiting my parents on their boat for a few weeks, well actually we’re at 16 days now (can you say cheap holiday???) and so my life hasn’t been exactly normal, but I’ll take you through my day anyways.

I started the day well with a thirty minute run this morning in Ladysmith. Did I mention that my parents haven’t untied their boat from the dock in the Ladysmith Community Marina in a year? I love being out on the water, but this works too:). My run got done but my legs were screaming the whole time from the squats and lunges I did yesterday, obviously I haven’t been doing enough of those on this holiday 😫 The best things about the run was I ran up this hill two times in a row and it didn’t feel hard (yay!) and I saw the cutest lab running with a woman! I somewhat felt bad for dragging my mom out to walk while I ran a whole ten minutes after she got out of bed, but then again, it was good for her😛

I made myself face the scale when I got back from my run since I felt so pudgy yesterday and it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. I can live with 99.2 on a holiday. I’d better get back on track right away when I get home though so this doesn’t get out of control. I’m way happier at two digits!

Breakfast was awesome! Fruit salad with a dab of cocowhip and a chai latte with coconut milk. Much more decadent than I would have at home, but I am on holidays:) I found this Domo Authentic Chai stone-ground tea latte at London Drugs and it has done a good job of taking the place of a tea each morning since I’m without a tea pot here (insert gasp of dismay here).

I helped my nephew study the next chapter for his PCOC test. (Had I mentioned there are four of us sharing this small boat??) I’m starting to think that I should probably take this new test. I have a certificate from my safe boating course I took as a kid, but now that I’ve studied everything with him, maybe I should just update it anyways. I so have better things to spend my $50 on though!!!! Decisions, decisions… I don’t ever plan to actually drive the boat, but it would be cool to be able to say I have it when people ask. I guess I don’t look like the boating type as people seem shocked by my going on a boating holiday each year.  Can you call it a boating holiday when you stay tied to the dock?

Last night I had finished my latest knitting project so I had promised myself I could go to the local yarn shop and see if they had anything interesting.  I went to Beehive Wool Shop in Victoria last Friday and the awesome clerk there, Kate, had introduced me to some local yarn. I had never thought about asking for a store’s local offerings, but I definitely will from now on!!!  I hit Main Street Yarns in Ladysmith, BC at 10:30 this morning and finally at 12:30 I emerged. I knew right away I wanted to do something with the Indigo Moon wool from Gabriola Island, but I just didn’t know what. I had just finished a shawl, so I jumped on Ravelry to see if I could find something else, but ended up deciding upon the Reyna shawl I had in my favourites. The clerk was awesome! She was helpful when I had questions and offered opinions but also didn’t impose herself and let me take my time. It was a seriously tough choice choosing a colour out of all that gorgeous hand-dyed wool!!!

The fam and I headed out to Duncan after that. A quick stop in Crofton at my dad’s favourite second hand store (under the Brass Bell pub) netted my nephew a new reel for his fishing rod. Then it was onto the Pacific Northwest Raptors in Duncan, BC. I really wanted to see this place even though my dad and nephew didn’t. ( I don’t think I’ve ever met two such negative, grumpy people in my life! How can I possibly be related to them???). We got to the raptor centre  just in time to see the end of the flying session. It was amazing! I had to duck as a barn owl flew just over my head! I don’t love seeing animals in captivity, but it was still very cool and educational. Definitely a great stop! My nephew complained the whole time, but I think he’ll remember it. My mom and I loved it!  I certainly learned a lot!! Who knew that a stork was a real live bird, I always thought they were just a fairytale creature that delivered babies 🤔IMG_7231

A quick stop at Wal-Mart for more fishing stuff (don’t ask me what all those things are for lol) and fruit so I can enjoy my fruit salad again tomorrow morning and we were ready to head home to the boat.  Two things: I bough more fruit because if I take nothing else from this boat holiday I have realized that I can simply mix fruit together and happily eat fruit salad every day for breakfast. It gets really interesting when you add a new fruit each day. I wonder if there are actual recipes for fruit salad? So far I’ve been enjoying the random combinations.  Secondly, my mom and I were looking for board games for the boat and I can’t believe the price of them!!!! 😳$15 or $25 they all seemed to be. Maybe families would spend more time together playing board games if they weren’t so crazy expensive! Think I’ll just keep my eye open for a sale on Clue, Scrabble, Monopoly and Yahtzee.

It’s Wings Wednesday so my parents are out enjoying themselves. I promised my nephew pizza from the Roberts Street Pizza here in Ladysmith, BC. We had it the other night and it was good and he says he enjoyed the meat lovers pizza again tonight. I was going to get a gluten free veggie pizza with no cheese but it had to be a large and that is just too much pizza and too much money so I enjoyed a nice taco salad from last night’s leftovers.

So I’m heading back to detangling my wool so I can start my new shawl… If anyone reads these ramblings, feel free to comment or give suggestions. It’s been neat to be able to record my thoughts and questions.

Have fun 🤣

AJ