Week In Review for July 12 2020

Well lets get stared. the first thing I would like to write about is the success in my garden. Yes, I have a green thumb. I think this never came out because never being a land owner, I was never inspired to grow things. When you truly care for something, you look after it, nurture it, and so on. Well owning your own place is like that. having a place to grow tomatoes is part of that. I have six plants, and they are super healthy, yielding me lots of them.

Not only do have tomatoes, but strawberries too–these are ever barring plants too, so I have been getting a steady supple of them. 

Yesterday, while I was out in my little garden, the morning sun was interrupted by these huge dark clouds–no rain, just lots of wind. a good size storm, that would have caused hell if down in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. The whole weekend was like this here in the skeena Valley.

Overall, not a horrifically bad weekend, but a low 5 out of 10 if I have to rate it. I was able to get out and enjoy it. The Skeena River is starting to drop it’s water level, so the flooding will not happen this year, but is was cooler than usual–thus the name Julyuary 2020. Still alive anyways.

Conquering Terrace Mountain.

We did it! We took the Terrace Mountain challenge, and we made it, walked the entire length of the trail, the circumference at the 600 Metre mark, without any help, on our own. It was growling at times, and we were happy the day was not 30C plus, we had some breezes to help us along the way, and keep the mosquitoes at bay. Suzette lead the way, I followed, so it was at her speed, and she walked hard. so 4 hours later, after almost 5 km of trail, the day ended. My legs a little sore, but in good condition. I would do it again! HAPPY CANADA DAY!

Terrace Mountain is not a hike to be taken lightly, it is very hilly, thus the mountain part. There are places where the ground is nothing but loose rocks, sharp ones at that, and tree roots were you can trip easily.  And you need to look out for bikers, these are mountain bike trails after all, with some trails in the system reserved for hikers. Along the trails are some awesome lookout rest areas were you can soak in the valley from the mountain’s top. 

And to my walking partner who really taught me a thing or two about the mountain, my very own Mountain Girl Suzette. She claims not to be bothered with aches of pains from the hike–she has legs of steel.

Then we rested while soaking in the view of Terrace itself. We saw this. There was this little pile of rocks at the view site. These little piles seem to be a signature of Terrace, becuase everywhere we go, we see these.

Summer Has Arrived!

Yes, I thought I would never get here, but here I am. I spent the morning siting on my patio, absorbing the Sun’s rays, feeling awesome in general. Although it is officially summer, you would not know it looking outside. we just had two says of full on rain, 85mm of it, and just a little half hour hole in the sky where the Sun broke through, and accidentally lit up Thornhill. I’m hoping to have Suzette join me on a walk that involves a hill, we should burn off a few milligram of fat.

It goes with out saying that summer in Canada, makes Canada the most awesome place on Earth. Ever with the crappy weather on the North Coast, summer is a welcomed season. Everything aspect of our society changes, and is set up for this time of year. In the Skeena Valley, you see something that is unusual, the Female population emerges into the light, like flowers in the month of May. Sure they were always there, but you never notice them, until they shed their winter garb.

Summer is the best season of the year, and it started today!

Hart of a Plant

With days left in Spring 2020, I thought I would share this with you. Yes, this my own plant in my own garden, something I wanted for many years now, and only now became obtainable for me. This was one of the first plants I planted in my back yard. I am stoked about this. It is going to look so cool there. AND NO ONE CAN CUT IT DOWN, unless you want to see my lawyer. *super evil grin*

Onto other news, I started the new medication on Thursday. OK, I now pee a lot, dizziness, sore legs, are now part of my day, I hope this makes my life easier. Going to work was a bit of a challenge, as I was amazed I got through the day. I tried to sleep in this morning, but need to pee was greater. The reason why I am torturing myself with this, is, For a year, I have been dealing with huge diarrhea from my last medication, so pleated to get this changed, yes money is part of the story, I was willing to submit if it meant keeping money out of the local economy. Any way, I am happy with this, in a sick and twisted way.

Taxes are up. More money to be kept out of the CVID-19 Economy. I’ve started my money and cost roll-backs for this year, I’m sorry private business owners and restaurants in my local circle, but our leaders need to be paid too for their mismanagement, and careless governing. So you have heard that our previous BC Government lost a Court Challenge for under funding the French Schools, and now had to pay that money back, The CON. party, needs to be sued as well, for their misguided ideology, and cost the tax payers even more. Do you see the symmetry here?

Well I need to start my Saturday. I have chores that need my attention. I wish you all a great and wonderful weekend.

We Suck at Geocaching

Geocaching, seems to be a lot more difficult for me to obtain that Good Old Canadian feit cash, Me and Suzette, went on our very first Geocaching expedition last weekend, hoping to find all of the stashes on our list, even when hampered with the limitations of not being able to install the GPX files onto my Garmin GPS device, since then I figured this process out, so all is good. But Saturday June 6, 2020 was discouraging for us, as we came up “Zero in Four,” Geocaches we had on the list. With my partner armed with her Smartphone, this was our only means of searching for the allusive Cash. We quickly found out that the Smartphone was the worst means of finding things using the GPS, as it seems to be out as much as 10 metres, As you wonder, just when you think you are right on top of the Cash. So we have the clues from the website to aid us, but those did not work for use either.

Note: when you are setting up a Geocache, in the forest, using a Tree as a clue is pointless.  

The second site, we went to on Ferry Island, in Terrace, BC, was even worse, as we were searching for a peanut jar size item, created by children, we were stumped to find their hiding place. We are under the assumption that someone else has taken it, and never put it back.

That last two places on Ferry Island, were much more difficult, so we only gave it half of our energy, with no luck. We left for home defeated, our tails between our legs. It was not until later that night I finally got the GPX files to load onto my Garmin GPS device. Yay!

Sure, it was our very first time doing this, so being so hard on the sport maybe unfair, but we did have a good day walking around, in the forest, so it served its purpose of getting out in the fresh air. 

AN ode to the Spelling Nazi

I just love how some people jump at the opportunity to check mistakes and offer criticism on grammar and spelling, yet they themselves most often carry their own bad luggage in their back side. Sure it is easy to criticize, but they never offer criticism to the writing itself, or anyone who is making the effort to write. I just went through a ten email exchange of someone who had the nerve to call me a xenophobe. and yes I admit the mistake of further adding to my friend’s Diatribe, when I said, I have no fear of the xylophone, in fact I played one while in High School. That just started the fire which turned into a full on storm, and I was left the choice of doing one of two things: Either ignore the comments after that, or fight the cause. I chose to stay and fight.

I went through my writings meticulously, saw the error, a type”O, and quietly corrected it. I then thanked the person, taking the moral high ground, which did not stop the barrage of the next eight emails within an hour, from my Nazi critic. On and on it went, it even went down to the choice of words I used in my blog post; grammar; and how I hyphenated a group of words; and the content. The worse part of this, was that it was all based on a old post from 2019. I counted the words the spelling Nazi wrote to tell me all of this: a whopping three thousands words, perfectly spell checked, and formatted: who has that kind of time?

Looking back, I will just ignore all the Nazis if they are anonymous, and continue on writing in my Blog. If I know the person, I will do private exchanges, and leave it at that.

Yes, it had been that kind of weekend. Thank you.

Tiny Tiny Terrace British Columbia, Canada, on Kalum Street.

Another awesome week of awesome weather! We saw 25C with no clouds, just lots and lots of Sunshine. It was like summer, in May. How nice is that? So I took the lovely Suzette out for a drive up at the Arena Hill, so watch the daily routine of Terrace, using my camera’s Effects.

Thise was a random shot of Kalum Street using the  Miniature effect from my Camera, a Sony A77v. Looks neat, Eh?

This next photo was me using a colour filter that only captures a primary colour, Yellow, while leaving the rest of the photo in Black and White. I like this effect.

The weekend was picture perfect, hope we have many more to come. In fact here is hoping that we have an awesome summer too, and this COVID-19 is fixed, and we can have our mass outings.

Exercise On the Howe Creek Trail in Terrace, BC

Me and Suzette went on our epic hike on the Howe Creek Trail in Terrace, BC. We seen everything from a North Coast Brown Squirrel, to a couple of ducks, a Male Lady Bug Rock, a Ghost Rock, and Bee Rock, and the allusive wood carvings of Bald Headed Eagles, Nesting. With the exception of needing to pee towards the end of the journey, it was a good hike, or walk. Lots of other hikers were on the trail too becuase it is so close to town, and is very well maintained.

This is the Ghost Rock I was telling you about. Cute isn’t he, or her. The little rock was hard to miss, as it was painted bright white.

There was lots of Colour on the trail too, looking at this rock. It looks like oil Paint that is fresh, We never touched it (that COVID-19 Thing). We left it for all to enjoy on their hike on the trail.

And then there is this little guy, The Male Lady Bug Rock, I know becuase Suzette Checked. This one must be a cousin to the Kalum River Lady Bug we saw last summer, just a little smaller.

And the reason why we took the trail today, was…….

The birds, are sitting on a Nest made by the carver, there is a mother eagle and her baby, a Father eagle (bottom), and the a mom has a fish as she is just landing to feed here little one. We did not catch this until we were on our way back to the car, as we took a different trail for our hike. If you are not looking up, you will miss it. The Sun was setting, and we were losing light fast, so the photos were “Meh” of it.

Then there was this cute little guy, the Candy Rock, which I love the smile.

O Kay, One more Rock, I promis.

Ta-Dah, the “Bee Rock”, which was found very close to the Park Side School, Downtown Terrace, BC, Yet on the Howe Creek Trail. Suzette claims that the text on the rock is a quote from the Christian Bible. I will take her word for it.

It was a very windy day, so when we got to Christy Park, It was not surprising to some Kite Flyers.

Just to show you the blue sky over Terrace, yes there is a kite in the sky. The day was warm and windy, a good day for a hike.

One More Week To Go of Self Isolation

Tick, tick, tick, the clock goes, as I wait from my little corner of the universe to go back to normal. Since getting out of the hospital, I’m feeling about ninety per cent normal, my throat hurts still, but other than that, the rest of me feels back to normal. My orders from the good doctor was fourteen days, of self isolation. It is not like I’m watch the clock, but I am counting the hours going by.

I’m starting to develop some bad habits too. Like sleeping in, something I wanted to avoid.  Keeping the rhythm of the day going is important for me, but my daily routine is broken. My 5:00am Starts are now 8:00am wake-ups. And with one more week to isolate, it maybe a supper challenge to get myself back on track so when I can return back to my job. Funny, a couple of months ago, this would have been a dream come true, to get two weeks off like this, now, it is a drag.

Yeah! Testing Negative for COVID-19.

Some awesome news to report. The Northern Health Nurse phoned me yesterday, to tell me that my COVID-19 Test was NEGATIVE! I’m clean.

That means that it was a lung infection that got me last week, and sent me to the hospital. In a way I am freaking out becuase at least knowing what type of infection it was would have made feel better than the unknown. I got two weeks, to think this out.

Stay Clean, from COVID-19. and Social Isolate.