Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday 24th May 2017....Day 46!!!

I worked really hard outside in the yard today after my seems I also worked hard on this day 8 years ago...

this is the bog from 24th may 2009!!!

Up at 8am this morning to watch live coverage of a huge soccer game in England between my brother’s MIGHTY Hull and Manchester United.  The outcome of this game and other games being played at the same time determined that although Hull lost the game they get to stay up in Premier Division which is huge in the terms of revenue and prestige.
Some where in this crowd is my brother!!!
The really big soccer news is tomorrow is the BIG DAY!!!!
This is when my team the VERY MIGHTY BLADES, Sheffield United,  play Burnley and the winner will advance to the Premier League next season, stay tuned for the result tomorrow!!!!
The afternoon saw me “put” to work cleaning gutters, don’t people know I am old and retired!!!!!IMG_6889
Tonight I was lucky enough to have another birthday party.  Friday my great friend Ken was not feeling too well and couldn’t make the party so we celebrated again, aren’t I the lucky one…IMG_6890

Ken is such a great man after the cake we watched a DVD of his training in the RCMP in 1953……he just loved seeing all his old friends.
So ends another great day…..

Yashi Kochi!!!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tuesday 23rd May 2017....Day 45!!!

Well now I am 69 my days seem to be a tad predictable.....

Woke up and had peaches, granola and the sunshine!!

Went to Pickle ball for two great the sunshine!!!

Came home and had the sunshine!!

Went outside and worked for the the sunshine!!

At 5.00 pm watched a live hockey game on the 63 inch the sunshine!!!

These I think are funny hope you enjoy them!!

Congratulations to the Ottawa Senators staved off elimination and now it is all down to one game on Thursday night!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Monday 22nd May 2017.....Day 44!!!

It is really hard for me to believe that I am actually 69 years old or young!!!

My oh my where did the years go??

At the same time I feel very blessed to be in such good health and all my life I have been active and I feel really good.......

Heather started my day by making fresh blueberry muffins and a lovely gift from all her family a really great waterproof jacket which is very light weight and perfect for my hiking days and those rainy days coming up in San Miguel.

Then I was off to PB where I played for 2 hours without a break and it felt good and the day was hot and sunny!!!

Came home for lunch and Heather was busy working outside and I went and found some odd jobs to do around the house......

At 3.00 pm Heather insisted that I stop working..she set up a lounger an ice tea a muffin and my book and I relaxed in the sun!!!

Ladies sorry to disappoint you I know it looks like I am naked but I assure you I was not!!!!!!!

My special and lovely friend Gracie in San Miguel who is pictured below with her family....

had arranged unbeknownst to me a special birthday treat for me...she had contacted one of the loveliest pub restaurants just outside of Nanaimo, The Crow and Gate, and had left a gift certificate there for me for my birthday dinner, how very sweet was that???

So this evening Heather and Karen and I drove out and as can see we had a wonderful dinner in a beautiful location!!!

Thank you Gracie so much we wished you could have joined us!!!

So what do you think not bad for 69 years?????

Back home Heather had a birthday cake for me and we sat and watched a hockey game we had recorded....
I spoke to my brother and family yesterday and thanks for all the e mails and best wishes....

Blessed not only to have great health but a loving family and special and wonderful friends in my life!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday 21st May 2017... Day 43!!

Once or twice a month I like to sit down with a cuppa and look back at my blog...pick a random year and month and go back and read what I did I find it interesting and also rewarding knowing how lucky and blessed I have been....

This below is taken from the same day May 21st  three years ago!!!


Before I start telling you about today I do have to tell you about last night and the scrabble winner!!!!
Supposed to be my intelligent look!!!
Had a good sleep and after breakfast we left by 10 am to go about 30 miles to visit Liz and Ivan Janet's brother and SIL.....I have not seen them for a few years and we had a nice little meal and they went off into town and I went on walk abouts these are the shots I took!!!

We then met and the three boys decided to climb Cats Bells and the girls went into this is where we intend to go to the top of the that peak!!!
So sit back and enjoy the views they were fantastic!!!!
A ways to go yet!!!

It was a good hike and a 360 degree of wonderful views!!!!

Up and down took two hours and we all really enjoyed the exercise and vistas!!!!!
We then came back and went out to supper and celebrated my Birthday one day early thanks Janet and Malc!!!!
So now time for a bath yes a bath this site has a bath and then the scrabble with tea stay tuned..big  birthday hike planned for myself tomorrow!!!
Yashi Kochi!!!!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Saturday 20th May 2017...Day 42!!!

Today is the start of a long weekend in Canada...

Victoria Day in Canada

Victoria Day, also known as May Two-Four, May Long, and May Long Weekend, is a Canadian holiday on the Monday preceding May 25.
A statue of Queen Victoria.
A statue of Queen Victoria.

What Do People Do?

In some cities, fireworks displays or parades are held to mark Victoria Day. One of the most notable parades is held in the city of Victoria, British Columbia, which was named after Queen Victoria. Many people gather in parks to enjoy fireworks displays, which are particularly impressive in Hamilton and Toronto.
For many people, the long Victoria Day weekend marks the end of the winter and the unofficial start of the spring or summer season.  After this weekend, gardeners can be reasonably sure that there will be no more frost until the autumn so they can sow or plant out delicate crops and plants. For the same reason, people with recreational homes in colder parts of the country often go to them to open them up for the summer. In addition, many amusement parks and outdoor attractions open for their summer season this weekend. Notably, stores on Prince Edward Island are permitted to open on Sunday only between Victoria Day and Christmas Day.

Public Life

Victoria Day is marked as a public holiday at a national level. Many people have a day off work and schools are closed. However, it is not one of the general paid holidays listed in the Nova Scotia Labour Standards Code and it is not a designated retail closing day in Nova Scotia. An employer may agree to provide employees with Victoria Day as a paid holiday in Nova Scotia.
It is not listed in the Quebec government's list of statutory general holidays either, although National Patriots’ Day is celebrated in the province. Nor is Victoria Day listed as a paid public holiday in New Brunswick, but it is listed as a prescribed day of rest. It is not listed as a paid public holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Newfoundland and Labrador Lieutenant Governor-in-Council can however, proclaim an additional holiday. Moreover, different holidays can be set by collective agreements to substitute the public holidays designated under the province's law.
Post offices across Canada are closed, while stores may be closed in many Canadian provinces and territories. Public transport services may run on a normal or reduced timetable.


Queen Victoria was born on May 24, 1819. Following the death of 3 uncles and her father, she became Queen of the United Kingdom on June 20, 1837 and reigned until her death on January 22, 1901. During Victoria's life, the British Empire expanded considerably. However, her powers as Queen of the United Kingdom were reduced as the House of Commons became more important and powerful in British politics.
The monarch's birthday has been celebrated in Canada since before the beginning of Queen Victoria's reign. After her death, in 1901, May 25 became known as Empire Day. The sovereign's official birthday was still celebrated, often on the King's or Queen's actual birthday. In 1952, Empire Day was moved to the Monday before May 25 and since 1953, the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II has been celebrated on this date in Canada. In 1958, Empire Day became known as Commonwealth Day, which was moved to the second Monday in March. The Monday before May 25 then became known as Victoria Day, which is a Canadian statutory holiday.

Of course I believe that because Monday is my Birthday that the holiday is for that reason!!!!

ANYWAY no matter the main thing is the sun decided it was time to make an appearance and it was just a really great warm and bright day!!

I started my day as usual with two hours of fun and sweat on the PB court......

Came home and helped Heather and Kirby around the yard including two trips in the  truck first to the dump and then to the recycle depot.

Watched a little of a hockey game before I was invited to the Longwood pub with Heather and Kirby and with their good friends Rita and Pat...
It was a very nice evening great food and conversation!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday 19th May 2017...Day 41!!!

Time to in form you about my change in plans...the Tennessee house sit is not happening and after a short amount of thought I realize the place I need to be is back in San Miguel....

I know that I have "left" a couple of times but I always seem to be back the plan is to fly to Tucson on 28th May stay a couple of days and get Little Bluey and head towards Laredo where I will cross the border on Sunday 4th June and be in SMA that night!!!

The great news is that I have my old Casita Doris back to rent till the end of September...I am back in the tennis group...will be back hiking...will be back in the poker group and already I am committed in September to retain my teaching position 2 nights a week......and wait for it...there may just be a slight chance I may get Little Blackie back!!!!!!

I am thrilled with this choice and I shall enter Mexico on a tourist visa giving me and Little Bluey 180 days........

Have a great weekend and to my Canadian friends a happy long weekend!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Thursday 18th May 2017...Day 40 !!!!

Finally a day with no rain but it was a little cool but certainly not complaining.....I went for usual 2 hours of Pickle Ball and it was again a great work out and some really competitive games......

Home in time to get cleaned up and I was invited out to lunch with my friends Pat and Chris..they treated me to a lovely lunch at the Longwood pub where I had a wonderful lamb burger!!!

Later in the afternoon I took Boomer for a long beach walk!!!!

Eagles flying above...

and then in the tree another great zoom shot!!
I like this shot below...
Always a good day when I see a waterfall even if it is only a small one!!
Another good close up...
I was suppose to play poker tonight but the game was postponed till next Thursday...oh well I just watched a hockey game....

Nashville against Anaheim and probably one of the best games I have ever watched!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday 17th May 2017...Day 39!!!!

It was time to say thanks and goodbye to Gail and Larry for a wonderful few days it is a blessing to have a friendship that has spanned so many years and even though we only usually get together once a year it is when we meet like we have never been thank you and see you on the beach in Mexico early next year!!!

Larry dropped me at the Greyhound bus station at 7.30 am and the bus left on time at 8 am and arrived in Vancouver at 1.30 pm..... a few shots along the way to prove it is still winter in some parts of the country!!

 Arrived on time and my next bus to the ferry terminal was scheduled for 3.30 pm but I saw there was a bus in the waiting zone and I asked the driver if I could take it and he said I hopped on and was at the ferry by 2.30 pm in time to get on the 3 pm ferry and I was able to purchase my ticket for half price using my Senior's card!!!!

 Leaving Horseshoe Bay in Vancouver..
 and arriving at Nanaimo terminal....
I had called Heather and she was there to pick me up and I was home just after 5 pm two hours ahead of the original time.....

Heather and I had some supper watching the only remaining Canadian hockey win another game and get one step closer to a series win!!!!  Way to go Ottawa Senators!!!!

Yashi Kochi!!!!

Wednesday 24th May 2017....Day 46!!!

I worked really hard outside in the yard today after my seems I also worked hard on this day 8 years ago... this is the bog from...