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Island View Park

"Come at me, bro!"

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Today I was shown a small but awesome sea glass beach in Sidney. I think I’m addicted. No pictures of that, because I was busy filling up my ice cream bucket with pieces of awesome :D But we also stopped off at Island View Beach to explore a bit, and drove all the way to the top of ” The Centre of the Universe” where you have an amazing view all the way around. Oh, and lunch at an awesome place called Bad Betty’s. Much better than staying at home, eh? Now, all this beach walking has me tired, so BED.

It was a little bit gusty…


We had wind gusts up to 50 km/hr yesterday, which made for some awesome waves. Sometimes sneaky waves that catch you off guard if you don’t see them coming. Brrr. Bailey and I managed to stay pretty dry and keep our cameras safe. Eric went down the stairs and got splashed, and he and Braden walked out on the breakwater. Good thing his coat is water repellant! At one of the beaches, the wind was so strong that Bailey and I had to lean forward a bit as we took pictures. It wasn’t quite strong enough to blow us away, but it was definitely enough to make us lose our balance. Our fingers got stiff, but it was totally worth it. Kind of exhilarating :)

 

Duck, duck, goose… (before the snow)

 

 

Mallard duck, Canada Goose, Bald Eagle, Hermit Thrush (I think), Spotted Towhee, American Robin, Hooded Merganser, and (probably) a Double-crested Cormorant. (I love this book <3)  Now I need to start identifying mammals, not that I see much other than squirrels.

Just a few from today

Tiny little white crowned sparrow

Mute Swan

American Wigeon

Uh, mystery ninja sparrow?

Chilly/sleepy mallards

I can’t find Ninja Sparrow in my bird guide. I wonder what he is? And FYI, swans move fast when they see a person with a camera. Yeesh.

Today had a really neat sky

A couple shots of the back down from Kamloops

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And a few from today…

The different layers of clouds make me happy. Not really composed great, but I was practicing sky shots. Got distracted by pigeons for a moment (all huddled around the warm air vent), but I spent a lot of time looking up :) Plus 2 pics from the fraser canyon.

Ocean Blvd, Thetis Lake

 

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A little early, but still welcome.

We had our early Christmas/Solstice dinner last night. Eric and I pulled off an amazing feat – a huge dinner in our tiny kitchen in two hours. (That food processor was the smartest decision ever.) It was like a food prep dance, moving around each other. We somehow managed to make a huge ham with roast carrots, stuffing, mashed potatos, pan-fried brussel sprouts, fresh buns, omgfood. Definitely tested the limits of the size of the oven, but with some creative Tetris-ing (“Heck yeah we can make buns in two pie tins!”) to fit things around the ham, it worked.

Braden’s mum is here for a few days before taking him back home for Christmas, and with one more friend for good luck, we had a wonderful dinner. I love the dinners that take up every chair in the house and gather them around the table.

We had a small gift opening, really just Braden, because I’m working late tonight and he leaves tomorrow. I made him a Jake the Dog scarf (from Adventure Time). I was smiling the whole time I made it, and I’m so glad he loved it too! He didn’t take it off the rest of the night. (The best compliment, I think) I’ll try to get some better pictures soon. Now, for us, it’s all downhill until January when it’s our turn to visit family. There is plenty of time to breathe and plan until then. Whew.

The house smells delicious right now

-watching The Bishop’s Wife – making ginger crinkles – wishing I had robot arms about the time I add the 6 cups of flour – hoping they turn out even thugh some of the molasses was a little crystallized – rolling 88 little cookies in sugar – and baking baking baking until the whole place smells amazing –

It’s been a pretty good day :)

 

 

It’s that time again!

Time for lights and decorations and yummy baking. This was the perfect “Friday” activity :)

A year in the making

Blurry Toby is helping

Blurry Toby is helping

Martin wants to help too!

pin ALL the egdes!

Preparing to stab myself, er, sew the edges

Martin loves blanket tunnels!

ta DA

 

After putting off finishing for a YEAR, I completed this blanket because I’m procrastinating on a knitting project.

I know. I’m strange.

It’s made from old/free/PAX tees that were too large or just no longer worn. The backing was reeeeally cheap,and when this is used as a park blanket, it’s already green and brown! The cats graciously christened it with fur already (So nice of them). It’s nice and hefty and a little ugly/awesome and I love it!

Now I should really finish that knitting…