Yesterday was successful and a disaster. Noni and I went to Burnaby Lake to go bird watching and I was planning on hiking around the lake and to Geocache as well. Well I did see several variety of birds mostly water types. Once we began to hike Noni said her feet were sore and she was cold.. Well I new I could not hike with her in this condition so we turned back. I drove the car to another area to park and went out on my own while she sat in the car. I was able to find three caches as I explored the trails. I saw a couple of different birds that were not at the other site. So disappointed that I could not hike the loop around the lake 10 k. But happy to find some caches nevertheless, and take pictures of ducks, herons, mergansers, ands some smaller birds. I will return own to hike the loop soon. And to geocache.
Next was a drive to the mall - crowded. I thought I was in Asia, so many Asian people shopping and brewing about this mall. Once we went into our favorite store T&T which is an Asian market we bought our lunch/supper at the hot food section. More walking and both Noni and I are limping. I must look interesting with my back pack on and muddy shoes and muddy wind pants on. Add to that bags of groceries and a couple of other bags with Christmas gifts... Yes I look and feel like a pack mule....
Next on the to do list was to go look at thenChristmas light display at VanDusen Botanical Garden. I felt like I was in Jakarta... What a pain getting parked, then we were part of a herd of people. I really can't say I have ever been in such a large crowd of people. This place must be making hundred of thousands of dollars - 15$ per person and people just keep coming and coming and coming. I am glad I seen it.. Will I go back not likely for a couple of years though. I understand this has been going on thirty years - not sure about that but was told by one of the helpers working there - no rain - I maybe should had gone on a rainy night - but it was a Monday... Can't imagine what a weekend night would be like..
Christmas is getting closer - today I went and bought the yams and olives, dill pickles, hot pickled peppers and some cranberry juice... My mother keeps reminding me about Christmas dinners of long ago and she is looking forward to one again. I don't know how much longer she will be with us or be able to join us so I will put on a feast this Christmas for her not really accounting for the calories or salt content of some of the fixings .. Once a year right...
I have the Turkey - camp gave it to me at the end of season, I will take this out of the freezer tomorrow and we will stuff it with read stuffing.. Will have cheese, cranberries, gravy, mash potato , carrots and not sure what else as of yet
Today was - has been the first day that I have begun to feel normal. Since camp ended and during the holiday in Indonesia I have not been feeling all that well. Then when we came back jet lag was worse than ever experienced before. Hopefully what ever it was is now behind us for good.
Today I went out the door for a walk around the pond and Dalhousie and I ended up going twice as far staying out for 135 minutes walking along some trails.
The other day whe I was out shopping for my mother I found snowshoes on sale. Each one was only 30 dollars and listed price was 79.99 $ so I bought a pair for Noni and I. Now we wait for Christmas and some snow. Well I could drive north a hour and have lots I think. Anyway I amsure even if we only use it only once it will still be cheaper that renting two pair for a day. Because of my injuries I am not sure if I ca even snowshoe.. But I will try..
My mother is driving me nuts.. I have been running around helping her - doing her Christmas shopping, taking her mail to her that comes to my home and trying to control her spending.
The Christmas cards that come here - she asks me everyday if any came and from whom.. All she is really concern with is who sent one back to her and whether she needs to send a new one to a person she did not send one too already.
She still has not figurd out that she can't be spending so much money- but all her life she would spend so much at Christmas and be in debt from it for the next eight months only to begin it all over again the following year. And now the struggles the temper tampers that I must deal with