The Best Laid Plans….

Well my mom and I had today all planned out and it was derailed by hurricane dad😝

I got out for my usual run in Ladysmith. It’s amazing how quickly you can get into the pattern of doing something. It is a nice route for anyone in the area- run along from the Ladysmith Community Marina to the Ladysmith Marina and back. It takes me about a half hour, but I’m quite slow.  I found the perfect shirt to describe me, 🤣

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Today was PCOC day. We got my nephew through it and he was so proud to be a legal boater. I decided that since I had just spent a week reading the material with him, perhaps I should replace my 1989 boating course certificate with a PCOC. Unfortunately this took another three hours of my life and $50, but the little plastic card will be much easier to carry around than my large certificate. I think it’s similar to carrying a ghetto blaster rather than an iPod lol.

I did get lots of knitting on my Reyna scarf while I was “studying” for three hours and will hopefully be able to finish this tomorrow on the ferry home.

A trip to Costco to pick up pictures to make a holiday album for my nephew was crazy.  Who knew absolutely everyone in Nanaimo went to Costco at 1pm on Friday???

My mom and I managed to sneak out for an ice cream at Roberts Street Ice Cream while we were picking up a photo album for the holiday picture project. It was a lovely end to a day that didn’t go according to plan, but still managed to be quite good and productive.IMG_7278

It is my last night on my parent’s boat for this trip😞 I am really going to miss the boat! As I look at my photos I’ve come to the realization that I absolutely love water and sunsets! IMG_6738.JPG

Of course, I’m also going to miss being able to watch a Hallmark movie every night using my parent’s wifi. There! Now you all know my guilty secret😛

It is always so peaceful on the boat (except for when my father insists on listening to Hank Snow on Spotify😫) and so neat to meet people from all over. Boaters really seem to be a very friendly group of people on the whole. It is so nice to be able to wander the Marina talking to people from all over and of course dreaming of a new boat (footitis can hit in the blink of an eye)!The one thing I have noticed though is the names of boats. I know that during emergencies you have to spell the name of your boat in the International Telecommunications Union phonetic alphabet. With this in mind, I’ve always thought that Bob (Bravo-Oscar-Bravo) would be the perfect name for a boat, but I haven’t seen one called this yet!!! Some of the names are crazy ( Nostril Agony, really???) and others would be painful to spell in the phonetic alphabet (like Huckleberry, Bateau du Vent, Merriweather, The Beat Goes On, etc.) People should really think of this before they name their boat!!!!! I do have to say thank you to the Ethel Faye (the boat, not my aunt) for another lovely holiday😍

Chill

Today has been a pretty chill day:) When my students ask what I do in the summer, I always tell them I like to lay in bed in the morning with my cup of tea and think about what I want to do that day and then go do it. (I don’t mention I have to get up and make the tea first😞)

The biggest decision of the day has been; should I read or should I knit? Definitely my type of decision. I’ve been trying to read as many books as possible while I’m here so I can leave them for my mom so she can read them and then pass them along in the awesome book give and take the Ladysmith Community Marina has.

I have made it to chapter nine of Blossom Street Brides by Debbie Macomber today and so far it’s been a good and easy read. Perfect for a summer boating day:)

In knitting I have made it to row 69 of the Reyna shawl by Noora Laivola that I started this morning.  This is  what I’ve decided to make with the Indigo Moon wool my parents and I spent last night untangling. IMG_7250.JPGSo far the pattern has been awesome. Super easy to follow and yet still interesting as it alternates between two stripes. I love that the designer/author even included a row tracker! As I was knitting along I was thinking that it would be a perfect project for a knit night or a knitting retreat as it would definitely be possible to visit while you complete the project.  The project is showing off my wool colour beautifully, but it could also easily handle a much more interesting wool too.IMG_7271.JPG

The wool is Indigo Moon Fingering weight in the colour Hollyhock Red. I absolutely love the variegation in the wool and it is easy to work with. My one concern would be that it seems much heavier than a typical fingering wool to me. I was set to use a 2mm needle and I had to go up to a 4mm as it was just too dense and tight. I am happy with it now through and think I’ll get lots of use out of the shawl:)

I’ve only left the boat twice today. The first time was to run back up to Main Street Yarn to get a longer 4mm circular needle. I remembered to ask, and the super helpful woman yesterday was named Lynn. I was hoping she would be there today as yesterday there was another customer from Halifax talking about a scarf pattern with moss stitch edging that uses up stash wool. She had found the pattern in a knitting magazine and I am kicking myself for not getting the details as I have plenty of stash to use up! If anyone has any clue, please tell me! Otherwise that will be another Ravelry search😛

The only other time I left the boat today was to walk part of the Holland Creek Trail with my mom. We’ve been saying we were going to do it for two years now and tonight we at least did part of it. We walked up Roberts Street six blocks and then walked the trail from there down to Coronation Shopping Centre (or almost).  The trail was beautiful, shady and cool on this hot day, very peaceful. IMG_7255.JPG

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We didn’t see the Creek for a while, but when we did, it was satisfying:) I thought I had read that the trail was wheelchair accessible, but the part we did would definitely not be fun in a wheelchair!! Very hilly and several sets of stairs and roots. We took a footpath to cross under the Tans Canada Highway and returned along the old E&N Railway tracks. Perhaps not part of the trail but since they aren’t used by trains anymore a safe and quick route and surprisingly pretty with the sweet peas, butterfly bushes and gorgeous mystery flower (neither my mom nor I can remember the name) bordering the edges and the rabbits crossing our path.  It was a lovely half hour walk, bough we were very surprised at only passing one person!!! Don’t people walk around here???

Mom and Dad have gone off to Music on the Dock night and so I will now return to my dilemma of the day, knit or read???? 🤣

Have fun!

AJ