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Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Quick and Efficient

We retired early so as to have more time for ourselves.  There's little excuse not to have errands and chores done quickly and efficiently now.

Hoser

However, that doesn't always seem to be the case.  Our EV would get very dirty in the residential parking spaces under our buildings, so we use a custom car cover when we're gone for an extended period.  We returned from our winter in Asia on April 1st this spring.  We finally got around to washing it and the car today (after more than four months).


Monday, August 08, 2022

An August Evening

August Evening 
Today, we ensured that we'll be on an epic cruise later this year. We had bookings but we paid uptown at the Expedia Cruise Ship Center this morning. 

I have to admit to loving the weather now. The temperature hit around 31°C (88°F) this afternoon. However, in the typical British Columbian style, it'll drop to around 17°C (62°C). That is excellent daytime weather but it is easy to sleep at night!
  An August Evening


Sunday, August 07, 2022

Iced Coffee

Summer Afternoon Coffee

My Keurig coffeemaker kept spamming me with unwanted emails during our recent cruise. You see, I had unplugged it and it was a little angry.

I would like to report that it's happily on my Wifi network again.  Its 'Brew Over Ice' function is not a gimmick.  I really do enjoy having an iced coffee on a hot afternoon such as today.


Saturday, August 06, 2022

Summers Are Back!

So Much Sunmer 
We bought fresh corn when shopping this morning. The bright sun and lovely temperatures helped us to remember what BC summers are like. It seems as though we were cheated out of a couple of them by the COVID situation. 

Our annual strata BBQ occurred this weekend. It is interesting to see all the new people in our buildings whom we had never met. Doug, from our strata council, always works hard to organize these events. I was a little less excited about picnic food because of our 18-night cruise. I didn't have as much desire for smokies and chips. However, it was nice. 

Then, we walked down as the main drag of downtown New Westminster was closed for a 'several-block' party. Food trucks and crafts lined our section of Columbia Street. 

It feels nice to have summers back!
  Jay


Friday, August 05, 2022

I ♥ August!

I guess BC had a heatwave while we were seeing the sites in Iceland and Greenland. We missed that but I'd rate today's weather as about 9.5/10. It's around 25°C and mostly sunny.  
  My Solar Powered Clothes Drier

A Swiss Army Knife for On-The-Road WifiOf course, we put some of the sunshine to good use by doing a load of laundry before we even ate breakfast.  We surely had a lot of clothes to wash from our recent cruise.  The photo shows just the first load.   I love the smell of clothes dried outside.  It's a better smell than any laundry product I've known.  Take that observation for what you will as I do love the smell of bleach and Ivory® soap too. 

We did make an appointment with our New Westminster Expedia Cruise Ship Centre representative.  See you on Monday, Arlene.  We ain't done sailing on them big ole boats this year! 

Speaking of travel, last night I ordered a Swiss army knife for on-the-road Wifi.   It arrived and was in front of our doorway when we got back from uptown.  It's a travel router that I'm sure I'll find handy.  During winters and when on trips, it'll turn Airbnb and other public wifi signals into a secure personal network.
 


Thursday, August 04, 2022

Back to Eating What We Make Ourselves

Today was a bit low-key after our six-hour flight last evening. We did a bit of shopping so there'd be something in the fridge. Most dirty clothes are on the floor in front of the washing machine. Still, being away for three weeks is much, much less than during our entire winters away. We're pros at this travel thing.
  June 29 
This wasn't taken today. I have only managed to put my phone's photos on Flickr. That is one site that didn't work with my ship's Internet package.  Jay also has many pictures that I'll put here and the Canon zoom camera contains many others!  I think I pulled off over 200 from my phone alone. Isn't that freaky? Remember, when a roll of film had just 24 or 36 exposures? I'd only shoot a few rolls of film during an entire vacation. Now, I bet by the time I end up adding all the pictures to my Flickr album, there'll be more than 500 or so!


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