Sunday, September 17, 2017

Favourite things

I'm starting a new category in my blog list. It's called Favourite Things, and my first item that I'm posting with this tag is Anco's Spiced Gouda cheese...
It's gouda with caraway seeds, and I love it. And I get lots of compliments on it whenever I serve it at a dinner party. But it's really hard to find! Not everyone carries this version, even if they carry Anco cheeses. The couple of times I have found it have been at the Safeway at 120th and 64th in North Delta.
A similar option is the Caraway Jill from Little Qualicum Cheeseworks. Although not exactly the same, and quite a bit more expensive, it does fill the gap when I can't find the Anco version.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Catching up

I spent the long weekend cleaning house, and organizing my life. After working stupid hours all summer, I needed 4 days just to catch up.
Then I spent 2 days in a whirlwind trip to Chicago for work.
I came home, and spent the one day unpacking, doing laundry and cleaning the downstairs suite.
Then my father-in-law came to stay.
What followed was 5 days of eating, drinking, laughing, talking, cooking and doing dishes. I also got the flu during this time, so I wasn't feeling 100%.
I went back to work for a couple of days to organize and enter the final budget changes (as per our meetings in Chicago).
And now it's the weekend.
I'm so tired! And still feeling sick from the flu. So, I'm taking a sick day today, even if it is Saturday. I have spent the first part of the day on the couch watching TV. And I don't plan to move any time soon.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

PhotoScan app

I needed to scan a photo for a friend, and didn't want to dig out the scanner and the computer, and set it all up, and so on. So my Father-In-Law told me about an app he uses on his iPhone called PhotoScan. I downloaded it, and just to try it out, I scanned an old photo of my Grandfather.
It turned surprisingly well, and I managed to scan the pictures I needed to for my friend in record time. It doesn't have the quality of the scanner, but it actually turned out way better than I thought it would.

Saturday, September 9, 2017


Hubby's dad is in town, so we had a BBQ at our place today.
The best part of the whole day, was actually the worst part of the whole day. It rained! It hasn't rained for so long, and we really, really needed the rain. But, the fact that it rained during our BBQ wasn't exactly the best. Everyone had to sit around inside, instead of sitting around outside.

Thursday, September 7, 2017


I had a whirlwind trip to Chicago this week. I flew in on Tuesday, had a bunch of meetings, and flew out Wednesday night. I only saw the airport, the office and the hotel. I've been to the Chicago airport 4 other times, but each trip was basically the same. So, I haven't seen the actual city... except from the air...
The hotel was really nice though...
And this was Vancouver as we flew out Tuesday morning. The air was so smokey that you couldn't see anything. It was like flying in a thick fog bank...

Sunday, September 3, 2017


I got stung by a bee today!
I love honey, but I hate bees. At least the ones that sting me!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Sunny, warm and dry

Sunny. Hot. And dry. That's how Vancouver has been this summer.
Only 7mm of rain in the last 2 months. At the airport. I don't think we've seen more than 2mm here. In over 2 months. And nothing in the forecast for weeks to come. In fact, we are in for another heat wave, starting on Sunday, and going into next week...
We got a ton of rain in the spring, and then nothing all summer. At I don't remember it going up to 90 degrees so many times during the summer. Once or twice maybe. But, it's been high 80's or 90 for days on end. (The weather reports say 28 or 29, but that means 30 to 34 in our house).
I really don't like this global warming stuff. I would prefer a bit more rain, and a lot cooler temps.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Pool Party

Today, my niece had a pool party at our place for her (belated) birthday party. Five teenage girls descended on the back yard, played their music, and chatted, laughed, sang, and splashed in the pool for about 2 hours.
The flamingo was happy for all the attention, and was even dubbed "Sir Patrick Squidley" by the group.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Budget deadline

Our budget deadline at work was today. So, while the work continues (our budget meeting isn't until Sept 6th), the pressure is off a bit. At least for me. We can't change any of the numbers now. We just have to make sure we have our explanations in order. But, I don't have to "talk". I just have to make sure the bosses know what we did and why. I'll be glad when the meeting is over. I can truly relax then.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Solar Eclipse

There was a solar eclipse today, and while the hype was huge, the actual eclipse didn't live up to all the hype. At least not here in Vancouver. I guess if we had travelled to Oregon, or someplace where they saw either a 100% total eclipse (or even 90%) it would have been better. My brother-in-law did. He got some amazing pics from his travels to Portland...
Unfortunately, we had to work. So, I stood outside, and looked at the sun through a piece of welding glass that one of the contractors had. It looked cool, but I couldn't get any good pics of it. And it only looked about as covered as the first pic above. But, it did get eerily darker out, and even felt a bit cooler too.