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One final post for 2015

Before leaving 2015 behind, I have been reminded (by myself while looking through my December photos) that I never posted pictures of the Gingerbread House display (for Habitat for Humanity) that was set up at the Inn at Laurel Point during the Season.  So, without further ado, here they are – and have a wonderful New Year’s Eve.  See you in 2016!









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Running for Bacon: Training Day 9

So Tuesday I went out for my 9th training run.  It was a bit more challenging, being 2 min walk / 2 min run twice, and 3 min run / 3 min walk twice (of course, with the warm-up and cool-down walks).  But after the first interval it started to feel nice.  Kilometer-age for this run:  3.5K.

And, while it was chilly, it was quite beautiful out there, as you can see from the pictures I took during those nice walking breaks.












Until Training Day 10, happy running (or sitting, or eating bacon…just happy!)

Every day is bacon day!

A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

So, apparently yesterday (December 30) was Bacon Day.  If you don’t believe me, check out National Calendar Day (  So, in honour of the day, I ate bacon.


Of course, I eat bacon on many other days.  In fact, one of the things I am planning on doing this next year is blog a bit about food.  Specifically, food with bacon in it.

Kevin’s cousin Kirsten gave me a little recipe book when she visited in October.  It’s called Bacon Recipes, and as you can see from the cover, there are 55 recipes, making it the perfect recipe book to blog about over a year.



Of course, I anticipate some challenges, specifically with the gluten-free aspect of my life – oh, and the taking pictures of food part (taking picture of food is hard!), but it could be kind of fun figuring all that out.  And this way, I can celebrate the joy that is bacon all year round!   Look for my first post from the Bacon Book this next week.

And now, to complete our Daily Post today:



All shook up.

A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

So, as I posted last night, we had an earthquake.  It was pretty weird.  Kevin and I were sitting on the couch, at about 11:30 pm binge-watching the last couple of episodes of Jessica Jones (wow!) when it felt like a truck hit the front of our house (right behind us on the couch wall) (wow again!)   The cats FREAKED out and scrambled away madly, and Kevin immediately said “was that an earthquake?”

After he ran outside to make sure that a truck had not run into our house (interestingly enough, none of our neighbours were outside checking their houses…), we of course went online to Facebook where there were already many posts informing us that yes, indeed, it was an earthquake, the epicenter of which was in Sidney (about 19K northeast of Victoria) of a 4.8 or 4.9 magnitude.  This was followed by friends posting their experiences and commenting on others’ experiences until the wee hours of the morning.  Social Media, eh?

Everything is fine though.  No damage has been reported from what I’ve seen, and there have been no aftershocks.  And we finished Jessica Jones.  Wow!

If you want to read more, here is that link again I posted last night:

There have been a few earthquakes since we moved here, and I remember feeling one at work a few years back, but that felt more like the floor slid under my feet (which was a very strange sensation).  This one felt much more violent.  Fun fact:  the first earthquake I was ever in (although I didn’t feel it – just saw things in my apartment on the floor afterwards) was in Ottawa.  Wonder if my brother knows that (he is moving there tomorrow…)

Time to finally get that earthquake kit put together!

Here are calm kitties before all hell broke loose.









So, this just happened.

23 kilometers away: 4.9 magnitude earthquake felt throughout the South Coast.  Kind of felt like a truck slammed into the front of the house.


Running for Bacon: Training Day 8

At last, my long overdue post of my run from Christmas Eve Day.  I am a bit behind with the training too, in that I was very lazy for the past few days, but did pick it all up again today.

But enough of that.  December 24th brought a similar run to Training Day 7:  1 1/2 minute run/walk, 2 1/2 minute run walk, each interval twice (with the warm up and cool down).  Today was a little more intense, but I will post about that later…in the meantime, running scenes from Christmas Eve day – lucked out again with the cloudy, but non-rainy, skies!











Nachos, Grapes, and a little fire burning…

A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

It was another quiet day and evening for us yesterday.  Kevin is back to work today (for 3 days, then off again on New Year’s Day).  I am home for the rest of the week and back to my work on Monday.  That’s when the holiday season will officially be over.  One difference here from living in Regina is that I don’t have another 4 months of freezing cold and mountains of snow to look forward too.  Definitely some rainy days, but I know the days are getting longer, and various flowers will be starting to bloom again in about a month.

Here are scenes of quietude from yesterday…






See you tomorrow!

The day after the day after Boxing Day

A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

Well, here it is.  4 days left in 2015.  A time when people all over the world reflect on what they did, or didn’t do, during the last year.  Bah Humbug I say.  No reflections here.  No resolutions for the new year here.   Just keep doing a little better every today and if it doesn’t work out for you, just get on with it and do better the next today.

I didn’t take a lot of pictures yesterday because I was busy getting ready for dinner with friends Judy and Gord, and then busy having fun during.

Why a Hallowe’en napkin?  Because that’s all I have left man!


Elliot hanging out – he always likes to be in the centre of the action!


Wine…of course…


Judy and Gord, after I showed them how to access their iPhone camera without actually unlocking it!


It was a very enjoyable evening!  And now, I need some more coffee…

The day after Boxing Day

A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

I don’t have much to say today.  It was a very lazy day yesterday (just the way I like my Boxing Days) and tonight we are having friends Judy and Gord over for supper.  I don’t have much to clean because I cleaned for Christmas Day, but I have a few things to do.  And I should probably get moving to do them.  They won’t get done on their own (although I can dream!)

So, without further ado, here are some kitties and an incredibly colour-changing wine bottle stopper!





Boxing Day has arrived

A response in avoidance of the Daily Post’s Writing Prompt

What does Boxing Day mean to us?  It means we can do absolutely nothing.  It’s after 12:30 and I am still in my PJs, and Kevin is still reading in bed (I only got up because I thought I should feed the kitties).

And now, here are a few images from the day before Boxing Day!

Christmas morning at mom and dad’s







When we got home, this intriguing fellow was on the street having bagged him(or her)self a pigeon…  He only stuck around long enough for me to get this one shot.


A lovely gift from mom and dad now hanging proudly in our kitchen where we can enjoy it (and when the sun is actually shining, wow!)



Christmas dinner (and mom’s birthday celebration – yes, her birthday is on Christmas Day!) at our place (with mom and dad and my friend Darca)







After everyone left, I stood on the deck for a bit enjoying the fresh air, some wine, and the full moon.  No winter here!







I wish everyone a happy and peaceful Boxing Day!!

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