Thursday, July 30, 2015
Needless to say, no blogging was happening, either.
Just about the time you think life has settled into a nice, comfortable pattern.....
We arrived home a week ago, and spent the first couple of days getting the trailer all cleaned up, laundry done, yard tidied up, paying bills, making sure that life was in order the way it should be.
Last Saturday morning, as I was catching up with emails and doing some general stuff on the computer.........it died! I mean really dead! Never to be resurrected. It wouldn't even accept power.
So off to the computer store we went, because our whole lives are on the computer. After much discussion, and angst over the prices, we decided to go for the gusto and get a MacBook. Now there's a learning curve! We'd pretty well mastered the iPad, and even worked out how to move pictures over from the computer without too much stress. But this! Holy cow! This is a whole new world!
We've had this lovely little, light-weight in our home now for two whole days, and I thought this morning that I'd sit down and write a blog post. For years, I've been using Windows Live Writer, and love it! But apparently WLW doesn't talk to MacBooks. So I'm reduced to writing a blog post right in Blogger - I feel like an alien here.
I did spend some time searching for a blog-writing program for Macs, but no success, at least not without spending some money. And, yes, it's not huge money, but still what if I don't like the program? Should Apple not keep up with Windows and make something available without cost? Come on - these computers cost a lot, surely there's a program out there somewhere.....
Sometimes, I think life could be a little less interesting, and I'd be happy(ier). Blessings, Peg
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Out of a sow’s ear….have you heard that one. It’s kind of like making lemonade when life hands you lemons.
Well that’s what we feel like we’ve done.
We’re on our way to Alberta, left home on Tuesday with our trailer. Yesterday morning a handle broke as Grizz was emptying the gray water tank. Oops!
So, this needs to be fixed. We stopped at Revelstoke to see if there was an RV repair shop there – nope. Then on to Golden. Grizz knew what needed to be done, the only problem was he didn’t have the right tool for the job (well, he has one, but not with us of course). Again, no RV repair shop in town, but a greater scope for being able to find tools. By the time we set up camp, shopped around town, found and bought the right tool, it was too hot to do any work like that, so we scrapped any idea of visiting Radium Hot Springs, and settled in for a second night in this lovely town way up high in the Rockie Mountains.
This morning, the repair took only about half an hour in the coolness of the day, and then we went out to do some exploring.
It’s been years since we’ve spent any time here, and we were delighted at the atmosphere of the town-site, and the friendliness of the people we met.
Instead of murals, a conglomerate of people have made some lovely mosaic artworks that depict life in Golden:
We re-visited the covered bridge:
and admired their BC Spirit Square, which was under construction on our last visit:
After a delightful lunch at a local deli, we headed for Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, to ride the gondola. (This seems to be our year for gondolas):
There’s a haze over everything from the many wildfires burning throughout the province, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying the views at the top:
At this time of year, as in Whistler, mountain bikers take their bikes up the Gondola and ride down. We watched several of them at different spots on the trails both on our gondola ride and while at the top of the mountain (by the way we were about 7800 feet above sea level up there). This fellow hesitated a few moments before heading down this rock face, and it turned out he was right, because just after we took this picture, he fell – but he got right back up again, so we knew he was alright:
All in all, a lovely day, and so glad we were able to make a silk purse!
Happy purses and lemonade! Blessings, Peg
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Thursday, July 2, 2015
My brother and sister-in-law came for a visit earlier this week, and brought me this lovely treasure:
In almost mint condition, with several attachments and a locking cover, it’s a perfect addition to my collection.
Then about 6 years ago I picked up this 1911 portable at a flea market near Leavenworth WA:
And about 3 years ago a friend found this 1920’s Featherweight gem at a garage sale for a good price, and couldn’t leave it behind. She already had one, so offered it to any of us at our quilting group, so I snatched it up:
This newest acquisition was apparently manufactured in 1924, belonged to my sister-in-law’s mother, who apparently never used it (so maybe she inherited it from somebody). And they’re all Singers!
Happy collecting! Blessings, Peg
Sunday, June 28, 2015
While camping (our kids say what we do isn’t camping, but while RV-ing may be a new ‘word’ it just doesn’t sound right to me) last week at Squamish, we took a day to visit Whistler.
Many memories for us at this lovely mountain village/ski resort, but not skiing or hiking.
The moguls weren’t nearly as big, and there was no chairlift then, but we were thrilled to see our first-timer take 7th place (of about 60 riders in his age group).
Now the chair lift of course takes skiers up during the winter, but in summer, mountain-bikers use it:
The bikes go up on their own specially fitted lifts, and the bikers follow, then coast down the mountain, probably on the ski runs.
Whistler is a lovely village, and we enjoyed our stroll through, and visiting some of the shops:
It was kind of a sad sight as there were very few people there, and absolutely no activity. Signs said ‘open to the public June 28-Sept 6’ but we weren’t sure what the public was supposed to do there, other than maybe visit the restaurant which might or might not be part of the opening a day or two after our visit. There was indication that lessons and rentals would be available for winter activities, but certainly none of that happening in summer. Considering that the Calgary Olympic Park is busy all year, we wondered why there wasn’t something similar set up here. And then we realized that COP is just outside the city, and clearly visible and easily accessible from the highway, where WOP is 9 km off the highway, the turnoff 7 km outside of Whistler itself. So it’s a bit of a trek to get there.
Nonetheless, we enjoyed our visit, reveled in our memories, and found the changes and improvements to the area interesting to see.
Happy touring. Blessings, Peg
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Traveling on the Sea to Sky Highway, from North Vancouver to Whistler, about the half-way point is the town of Squamish. This is where we’ve chosen to take our little get-away.
We’ve been here before, but it’s been many years, so it’s almost like visiting it for the first time. And there are new things to see and do since our last visit.
On some previous visits, we took the steam train Royal Hudson, which is now decommissioned and on display at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park. Our visit there brought back many memories
According to one local shop-owner, the word Squamish means Mother Wind, and as we strolled the streets and found an out-door restaurant, we appreciated the cooling effect of that wind in the heat of the day.
I have to admit that riding gondolas is not my favorite thing to do, so I made sure I looked up not down both ways. But once we were at the top, and standing on a solid platform, I had no trouble enjoying the views
I braved the suspension bridge
and then enjoyed our strolls (some climbing on the one path) through the forests. We found possibly the most peaceful place on earth
Afterward, we went down the road a bit to Shannon Falls
All in all a wonderful day in the beauty of this world God made
Happy touring Blessings, Peg