These are eight, random "Daily Photographs" from my personal Flickr collection.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Expensive Ceiling Lights

New Light NeededThe other day, I pulled down the fixture for some ceiling spot lighting above the gas fireplace. The cylindrical, gold-coloured lighting tubes screamed 1980's and I thought it was time to buy a fixture to better match the times.

So, today we headed to the Home Depot across the river near Scott Road in Surrey. We ended up returning at about noon without the lights, but with a new stove and refrigerator on order!

I cannot say that it was a spur-of-the-moment purchase. In fact, I had already made a little spreadsheet detailing the size between our cabinets for the appliances. The sales woman was very pleased to see customers who were so well prepared. Little did she know that I first thought about getting a new fridge five whole years ago. The Admiral has been here longer than we have. It was originally installed in the apartment when the buildings were constructed in the mid-1980's. After 30 years of service, I feel it has more than done its job. We saw a new one with a freezer on the bottom that is around the same size as our present refrigerator.

Secondly, we figured we might as well replace the electric range too. We will have to learn how to use a smooth surface rather than the old coils. I'm not sure whether the new convection oven is important as we don't use our present oven a lot. The model we got just seemed like a better deal for the price.

Fridge in Stainless Steel Buying New Appliances

Our kitchen cabinets are white and it was logical to stick to appliances of the same colour. Strangely, we discovered it'd cost more to stay with white appliances. It seems as if 90% of the offerings are in stainless steel now. Who are we to buck trends? We're not bothering to get a new dishwasher now. Luckily, its black panel front will match the new steel just fine. The delivery of the two items is scheduled for this Friday.

We still need to look for a living room light fixture though.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Remembering Jay's Father

This morning, Jay received the news of the death of his father.

Jay's Father
In the household shrine - Minuwangoda - October 2009

His dad was about 86 years old and still living at home. I first met him exactly thirty years ago on my first trip to Sri Lanka with Jay. That would have made him close to the age I am now. Over the years, I met him almost a dozen times. He tried hard to provide for his family and saw tremendous changes over the course of his lifetime. The funeral will be on Monday and Jay is trying to do what he can from here.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Dropping Off the Recycling

Oh my, it is 12:55 in the afternoon and so dark and misty I can hardly see past the balcony railing.

Earlier we went out to do the vegetable shopping at Langley Farm Market on Kingsway. It is a little sad seeing the diminished amount of produce available during the winter. We've been spoiled by the cheap and copious variety found in both Puerto Vallarta and Luxor during our last two winters. Now we are back to basic hothouse vegetables from BC and imported produce from far corners of the globe.


While out, we stopped at our usual Return-It depot. We keep a box in the back of the truck into which we throw recyclable bottles and cans. When the box gets full, we stop.

These places are seemingly everywhere and now collect other recyclable materials as well. In British Columbia, we pay a small fee when purchasing new appliances and electronics items. This helps to fund a system for free waste recycling. So as well as the bottles on which we received our deposit back, we left an old toaster, a bag of old compact-florescent bulbs, and my dead Nexus 7.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

He Just Keeps Going and Going ...

Our Christmas Moose has been resting in the box of decorations since 2013. During the last two years we were away during winter. I'd say the old guy predates that by at least a decade, but he seems to keep on going. Apparently, he is friends with the Energizer Bunny.

(Just doing my part to add to all the dumb videos on the Internet.)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Messaging Woes

All right, I put a SIM card in my old Nexus today. As we're going to be around for the winter afterall, I thought having a mobile number might be useful, especially during the next few months.

Having a text number again renewed my interest in messaging apps. None of my friends seem to use the Facebook Messenger app much. I mean, I have people who never even notice a newly-sent message because they don't run the standalone app on their phone or device. Early in the afternoon, a friend sent a Viber request, so I downloaded it and joined. I asked some others to join it so I can rely less on Messenger.

Then, I checked the Internet. I found out that Viber is now a distant third and is no longer 'the coolest'. After being purchased by the Facebook folks, WhatsApp seems to have the largest user base in the entire world. The weird thing is, it looks as though I only know a few of those one-billion people.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ordering a Mattress Online

The bed is fine, but I wondered if a memory foam mattress might be more comfortable.

I cannot remember where we bought our current Serta Pillow-top. It must have been in one of the major bed-sales showrooms. I can remember that the process was very annoying. There were tiny, cutaway diagrams. One could bounce on and off a few sample mattresses for a half minute or so. However, it was impossible to tell what was really inside and whether spending an extra $300 made for a better purchase. The sales people whether commissioned or not, weren't terribly helpful.

I checked here in my blog, which ends up being a lifesaver for those times when I am trying to find something from personal history. It seems as though we bought our current mattress in the summer of 2005. Wow, that doesn't seem possible! I guess it is time for a new one.

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I often find my preferences are more like a millennial than a baby boomer. Sure, I'll try buying a mattress online. I learned a lot more from the Internet than I ever could in a store. Please Endy, ship one by UPS. I'm rather looking forward to trying memory foam. Giving business to a Canadian company seems like icing on the cake.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Momentary Blue


A bit of blue made an appearance this morning. I mentioned in a Facebook posting that during the months of October and November we have had well above 400 mm (nearly 16 inches) of rain. This month is not quite over yet. It takes just a few minutes of sun to make me forget all about the rain though. However, the ball of light seems to have already gone missing again.

I will go with Jay to an appointment with his cardiologist this afternoon. His cardiogram was completed two weeks ago today. We are ready to learn what courses of action are necessary. How lucky we are to live so close to the Royal Columbian Hospital, the primary cardiac care center in the Vancouver area! It is one stop by SkyTrain or a five minute drive from home.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

No Traffic Sundays

This really is turning into a boring daily journal, isn't it? That is all right. I'm not sure how many days of one's life can be filled with suspense and drama. Yet, I'm coming to find that many joys in life are found in its everyday-ness.

We had a Bulk Barn coupon for $3, so we drove over to Queensborough. It seems a breeze getting over the bridge to that part of town on a weekend. I'm mentioned that store many time before but I always enjoy going inside very much.


A Walmart is next door. As I noticed Jay trying to clean the crumbs out of our really old toaster, I figured it might be past time to replace it. I may have picked the former one up at a thrift store more than 15 years ago. It works fine but is a little worn looking. Now, Chinese crap is practically give-away. The way the world is set up now, it is easier to get the cheapest appliances and simply throw them away a few years later. It saves time cleaning. What a disgusting realization!

New Toaster

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Just Got Back

We went downtown to visit friends this afternoon. It was nice seeing them before they head to Puerto Vallarta for a few weeks. I'm happy we had dinner there.


It's been a while since we rode the SkyTrain to Vancouver. And in fact, it has been sustantially longer since we were on a SkyTrain full of passengers wearing cool weather and rain gear. There are small things one can forget when away for a few winters.

Friday, November 25, 2016

The Uptown Mall

I did my best to be a good little consumer.

Black Friday

I mean we rushed up to the mall today. Even though it was Black Friday, we couldn't find a single thing we needed.


And the Santa looked a little too old for me to sit on his lap. So we left without contributing to the economy or the seasonal traditions.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

More Than Salt and Pepper!

Today, a lot of people probably ended up too full.

We're not having the traditional fare today as we were guests at an amazing meal at the Canadian one six weeks ago, back closer to the actual harvest. Thanks again, Shinji!


I did give thanks for the gift of food today though. Jay was cooking and I realized the cupboards are full of spices that I wouldn't have a clue as to how to use. Of course, Sri Lankan cuisine, and Asian food in general, makes copious use of seeds, fruits, roots, barks, berries, and buds. Yet, I don't know my cumin from my coriander, or my fennel from my fenugreek.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Personal Quotes


"At least when the winter skies turn grey, the beer turns darker too."
Dennis Sylvester Hurd (1959- )

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

I'm Such a Beast

I am not sure exactly when we last saw a high for the day of 7C (44F). It must have been a few years, at least. The wind seems cold. When walking back the three blocks from the cinema, we about froze in the non-stop drizzle. My umbrella turned inside out once.

I'm Such a Beast

The movie was long, so I felt as though I got my money's worth. The beasts and all scenes were quite stunning visually, although there were just a few really fantastic moments.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Little Things to Keep Busy

I've shown this easterly direction up the Fraser River from the balcony at least a million times. I wanted to show that unlike this past week and the upcoming one, we had a little blue sky today.


We are trying to keep busy. Today, that involved going up to get a doctor's note for Jay. He needs to show extenuating circumstances to request full rebates for some air tickets and Airbnb.

Before that 11:10 appointment, which actually turned to an 11:30 one, we drove to pick up a microSD card for my new tablet. As long as there's a slot, I thought I might as well fill it. This would allow me to copy a number of un-watched movies onto the ZenPad should we go on a trip. One can never have enough free memory, right? The Burnaby branch of NCIX, on Kingsway, had 32GB USH-1 modules for around $15 with taxes included.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Travel to the H-Mart in Coquitlam

China Southern Airlines Flight 330 left a few minutes late, departing from YVR at around noon. We were not on it.

I know that Jay is disappointed that we are not presently in the air flying towards Ghangzhou, China and SE Asia for the winter. His surprise diagnosis of heart trouble resulted in rather abrupt cancellations. He is ever the explorer and really takes joy in seeing new parts of our globe. We know that getting him patched up takes top priority. We want to continue jetting about the planet for many more years, so it's best to take care of things from home this winter.

I thought it would be good to get out of the apartment although it remains terribly dark and wet outdoors. This morning, I discovered an app for my new tablet for local flyers. One just enters one's postal code and has access to many of the local, bulk sales pamphlets. I favourited all the ones we generally like for the ease of reading via my tablet. I noticed H-Mart supermarket too.

We had never ever visited one of the large stores of the chain which stocks primarily Korean products. We drove up North Road, just over the border in Coquitlam. It is on the opposite side of the road from the Lougheed SkyTrain and Mall. It was interesting as it seemed like a traditional ethnic market, except bigger. We didn't really need food but we got some bitter melon, apples, and jalapeno peppers. Oh, and of course we returned with a half kilo of kimchi. The live eels are still there.

H Mart, Coquitlam

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