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We had an earthquake! ..... No, REALLY ! Way to put a snag in my vacation! Oh WOW !!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

This is the first day of vacation with no shopping, had a great and very exciting day anyway! Went to visit an old friend and her hubby. They have a pub built into their basement, just like the old English pubs were when I was there on vacation ages ago. He used to be an actor and is quite the character, one of the most interesting people I know .... and he is 90 years old! No, really, he is, and he knows everything about everything and what a great life history he has. I just love listening and talking to him.

Sat down there chatting and catching up, which was great, until the earthquake hit! No, I am NOT kidding, it was a 3.6 and shook the house. My friend said it felt like something hit her in the back, I felt the floor move and the couch shake. The windows rattled and so did the glasses hung over the bar! There is always talk of a big earthquake hitting here as it is the middle of the fault line from California up the coast to where I am, Victoria, B.C. (Canada)

It was a bit scary, my first experience with such a thing. I kept thinking about other earthquakes featured on the news and how they get smaller ones prior to a big one and it should be taken as a possible warning .... EEKS! Not enough EEKS to make me cut my holiday short, but it was something I thought about, I tell ya.

Today we are heading south on the island to my favorite little town, Sidney. It is right on the ocean front, beautiful blue water and lovely beaches with restaurants and flowers all the way along it. It has the neatest little shops ever, full of unusual items and items of local artists. This island is known for it's artists, and the well known people in their craft. You will find painters, sketchers, sculptors, wood workers, Canadian Indian art and jewellery, and authors here. Their wares are everywhere, it is amazing. No two items is ever alike, and although sometimes pricey, the stuff is nothing that you can find in other areas of Canada (or the USA).

Ya just gotta come see it all ......... before the big earthquake that is !!! (I may not sleep tonight!)

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ERINMARIE424 8/30/2012 9:04PM

    Wow! Sounds exciting! I lived in LA for a while and we had a few little shakes but I don't think any were quite that big. Glad you're ok and your vacation is intact!

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CINDYWAGNER1 8/30/2012 3:07PM

    Glad you are safe. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 8/30/2012 1:50PM

    we loved Sydney when we visited the Island, glad you were safe

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SPARKLISE 8/30/2012 10:39AM

    That was quite an adventure!
Hope that was it for earthquakes!
Have fun! emoticon

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SHERYLDS 8/30/2012 5:15AM

    earthquakes are first experience was on a business trip to California....
I was ready to get back on the plane and head home.
Enjoy your vacation

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I love shopping on vacation, having a fantastic time!

Monday, August 27, 2012

More shopping for clothes, I didn't bring much in my 2 suitcases as I have to fly home and wanted to make sure I had room for purchases, now I think I may not ..... and that's after 2 shopping trips only!

The deals here are abosolutely unbelievable! I will never shop at home again even though the taxes here are more, the low purchase prices make up for it over and over again.

Having a great tme, and it's only day 2 --- at this pace, I will need to go home and have a vacation from this vacation ... I will be exhausted, but very, very happy!

And how was your day? !

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CINDYWAGNER1 8/27/2012 10:28PM

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MT-MOONCHASER 8/27/2012 8:27PM

    If you buy more than your suitcases will hold, you can ship them home...

Not that I'm encouraging you to go shopping...

Have a great time!!


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Finally at our destination holiday spot, AAWWW !

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Well, we're finally here -- drove all day yesterday and most of the day today and the a 1.5 hour ferry ride and we have arrived, exhausted but excited.

We are in Victoria, British Columbia on the west coast of Canada and the weather is beautiful, not too hot, not too chilly. Went for a long walk when I arrived, picked some blackberries on the way, fresh off the bushes, yummy, always one of my favorite things to do when I am here.

Stopped at a beautiful clothing store on the way to the ferry (go there every time I come out here, they always have a big sale this time of year) ....... picked up 4 pairs of pants, two blazers, two dresses and a shirt for just over $240.00 total. Name brand clothes too, one dress is by designer Joseph Ripkoff from Canada for $39.99 !! Could NOT believe it, regular price $227.00. Also bought some Simon Chang jeans $19.99, regular cost is $110.00. I needed some more new clothes after loosing so much weight, this is the third time I have had to shop for smaller clothes, getting smaller all the time. This time I got smarter and bought a bit snug, so should be OK for a while. In fact, with this lot, I may have a tailor adjust some of the items if they get too big. It will be worth the cost.

Well, enough about that. Will try to blog again soon and keep you posted on my vacation, gotta rub it in you know.

Until I write again, take care all and enjoy your WORK week, tee-hee (sorry !!) Bye for now.

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ERINMARIE424 8/27/2012 12:12PM

    Sounds like a great place and some great deals! Enjoy your vacation!

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CINDYWAGNER1 8/27/2012 10:44AM

    I am too on vacation. Have fun and be safe.

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PAPAMIKIE 8/27/2012 1:29AM

    Well it is a small world, we are vacationing in Whistler BC. We arrived Saturday and are here for a week. We are planning to do a whole lot of nothing. I will run in the mountains of course, and do Tai Chi Chuan overlooking some nice vista, but we will most of all relax. Today was Gramie Leanna`s folks 50 Anniversary party, and with family from eastern Canada, Western Canada and Japan it was a bit busy, plus I got to be DD for part of the group and had to traverse lots of unknown mountain roads so just a touch of stress there, however, nothing very big. We have photo opportunity at a lake house tomorrow a.m. but then we are done with all the obligations of the trip and will do what every we want when ever we want.

Hope you have a great BC vacation, I know we plan to.

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DRB13_1 8/27/2012 12:50AM

    Ka-Ching! Score one for the super shopper!
Enjoy your trip - sounds heavenly. Fresh berries are nearly a lost art - straight off the vine? emoticon

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ELSCO55 8/26/2012 11:19PM

    Sounds like a great trip. Wish I could find such great clothing buys.

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TICK TOCK TICK TOCK .... Come on clock move along already!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Leaving for the west coast of Canada in 6 more hours ........ can't wait

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ERINMARIE424 8/25/2012 9:56PM

Have fun!

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JENAE954 8/25/2012 4:41PM

  Enjoy your journey!

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Off work at noon, then packing my stuff & going on vacation .. WOO HOO

Friday, August 24, 2012

Well, this is it, only working 1/2 of the day, all ready to pack, and leaving at 5:30 tomorrow morning for the coast ........ can't wait, I have so much to enjoy in the one week I'll be gone!

Anyway friends, in case I don't have an opportunity to email or blog, have a good week .... keep on sparkin'

And, yes I will be continuing to eat healthy and exercise!

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CINDYWAGNER1 8/25/2012 5:41PM

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MOMMY445 8/24/2012 2:10PM

    way to go! have fun on your vacation!

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