MKMMARTY's SparkPeople Blog MKMMARTY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Life in and around the kitchen <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is so hot - but I am not complaining <BR> Since I can not get out so much to observe nature - nature is coming to see me. <BR> <BR> ---- <BR> <BR> What to do? My mother broke her glasses,on Friday and wants me to pick them up and take them in to be repaired - ok I have some free time now but my delivery truck has not arrived yet a... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 16:43:05 EST why did the bear cross the road <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ---- to scare my wife and to give me the opportunity to take some pictures. This is my first bear sighting of the year, and i am so please. We were just riding along minding ou... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 10:05:02 EST So many people <img src=""> <BR> The campers are here and so far all is well. <BR> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:58:07 EST Who is this <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I went to visit my mom this afternoon - brought her a coffee and a muffin. I walked into her room and my first reaction was who is this person - did they move my mom and not tell me. <BR> My mom was able to get a haircut and a colouring. I can not remember her any other colour than red or white, although I seem to have a recollection of her changing her hair color a lot when I was little <BR> <BR> She seemed to ... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:43:35 EST Kitchen stresses What is wrong with me - is it me? <BR> Yesterday one of our new young program directors,told me that he wants to come into the kitchen at night and dehydrate food in my ovens... I said No. An hour later the owner comes to me and asks me what time am I finished at night so that people can come into the kitchen to use the ovens. I tell home I don't want people coming into the kitchen after I am gone - I remind him that equipment gets broke or lost and food safe.... He says other camps do t... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:37:11 EST Food order is placed Concerns and a head ache ! <BR> Solved! <BR> Camp begins on the weekend for the summer season and the numbers are huge - around 180 mouths to feed three times per day. The numbers increase slightly every year.... I can handle the cooking and ordering of the supplies but where in the world will I store everything? <BR> We have been pushing the limits for the last few years - using every available spot I. Dry storage - walk in coolers - freezers as it was... <BR> Solution <BR> I will now ... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:26:06 EST Red tape Step two complete - mom has been officially accessed to move into a full care facility and will be moved as soon as there is a spot suitable for her and her needs. I went to her old placed today and handed in the keys and talked to the administrator to make sure she would not be charged July's rent. I tried to change her address at the post office but I could not - I don't have power of attorney- mail will be sent back to sender - although if it was at the post office I could pick it up bec... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:18:19 EST Stage one complete <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Weekend is just about overs - I spend most of my time Saturday packing mom unit into boxes and today after church several men came with trucks to bring everything to my condo. <BR> Stage one complete - now we still wait to see where and when she will be sent to a " nursing home" - then depending g on where most of this can be relocated to her new place. I will need to go through all this again to. Dispose of thi... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 18:57:57 EST Mom and not aging so well If you remember I mentioned in a blog posting around the time of my birthday that my mother fell just before we went out for a celebration - ... Time for an update I guess. <BR> She did brake a bone in her foot and spent some time in the hospital for a few other reason as well but did eventually go home. I had met her doctor in the parking lot and he had mentioned that mom should go into a full time care centre but nothing came of it even though her assistant living arrangements were concer... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 11:37:29 EST Power on - off - on Power was out but now it is back on. This was no issue for me today althoght some staff people were all in a panic.... So interesting to observe different reactions. We were notified that the power would be off from 9 to 1:30 unlike last year when they just did it without warning. I am only feeding the staff and the group of 6 still and so this is no proble for me and besides I have 2 gass stoves/ ovens as well as the two electric convention ovens. I served tacos using some of the lasagna ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:04:01 EST How was your day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Teachers are on strike and the students suffer... <BR> Today i was to feed a group of 120 but onl... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:37:37 EST Picture--- Apple problem I googled it and still have no answers on how to fix the picture issue. It seems to be an iPad - Apple issue. <BR> I hope I can resolve this soon so my pictures are normal. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:57:32 EST Silver <img src=""> coming out storage <BR> <BR> <img src=""> the result <BR> <BR> <img src=""> the use <BR> <BR> I seen on YouTube that if you put tarnished silver in a pot of real hot water with allumin And baking soda it will come clean. I did not want to spend hours polishing and I would like to use the silver that I have h... Sat, 14 Jun 2014 10:25:41 EST Picnics and food <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It is no wonder I gained all that I loss back, all my life involves Food. <BR> Having another weekend off we Noni and I and our friend went to the Peace Arch Border crossing to have a picnic and to seek a geocache or two. Dalhouise was to come but he ended up stay with our friends daughter at their home. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:45:21 EST A Picnic <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yes I am at work - i am feeding 55 people. I can do this with my hands tied behind my back..... ... Tue, 27 May 2014 23:06:46 EST Hummingbirds <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I wish I could spend more time off to enjoy the hummingbirds that buzz around feeders - but such i... Sat, 24 May 2014 17:38:14 EST biking pictures Here are some pictures of our bike riding around camp. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkp... Thu, 22 May 2014 10:16:43 EST Picture of the bike ride <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> some pictures came in upside down so i deleted will try again later --- the internet has stop responding... <BR> <BR> I managed to get onto the internet bus early - but still the speed was like a crawl. <BR> <BR> Wed, 21 May 2014 10:26:07 EST Exploring on the bike Biking with Noni can be so fun at times. She had no idea what she was getting herself into when she she married me and moved from Jakarta Indonesia to Squamish Canada. I was surprised she liked to bike, but today was another new experience as I took her onto a side path, off the paved country road. Where are we going ? She asked once or twice - my answer exploring.... <BR> - <BR> <BR> After this off road trail we returned to the paved road and then another small detour to show her a nea... Tue, 20 May 2014 19:24:28 EST Reunion 15th year camp reunion... I was surprised we did not have more people attend. - but still Noni and I are cooking for 50 people an endless amount of food. <BR> The long weekend - we are not biking or doing walking along the road , there are just too many yahoo's partying down the road at the beach and a free campsite near the river. However the new pond is up and running I have been it three times now - the water is almost perfect for my taste. A little cooler than bathtub...... Temperature... Sun, 18 May 2014 15:03:42 EST Stanley Park and a Bus <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <BR> The bus - thi... Tue, 13 May 2014 09:44:57 EST weekend bike ride <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We went and we conquered... Stanley Park. At Prospect point we parked the car and unloaded the bikes. We rode and rode and ended up out of the park down town past David Lam Park almost at the BC Place. From there we turned around and went into Stanley Park and cycled Burrard Inlet back to the car. <BR> <BR> The clouds were growing darker but the rain held off, this was good because it also meant that it was ... Tue, 13 May 2014 00:55:34 EST Mac and cheese <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Friday never felt so good..... 175 mouths have left the camp, and We are off this weekend again. If it is not raining tomorrow we might head to Stanley Park for a bike ride. <BR> <BR> So today for lunch I cooked 20 pounds of macaroni noodles and mixed in 1... Fri, 9 May 2014 18:36:46 EST Help Help Why are my pictures upside down? Wed, 7 May 2014 18:35:54 EST 175 hungry mouths <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 175 children have arrived at camp. I'm ready .... <BR> This will be the waking call for my two new dishwasher / kitchen helpers. I am serving per perogies and nacho chips and a huge 35 item salad bar for lunch. I am also serving left over pasta jumblya on the side with French pea soup. <BR> Chaos ... First meal - first large meal 21 tables set - new staff getting the hang of things - it actually went quite well.... Wed, 7 May 2014 18:34:11 EST Beach Ride - enjoying life with Noni <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The storm clouds give warning that the forecast of the day just might be right. We left Camp early in the morning with the full knowledge that rain was called for in the afternoo... Mon, 5 May 2014 09:21:28 EST Beach ride So we went for a bike ride at Iona Beach Regional Park. <BR> I was able to find 21 caches and see my very first Yellow head Blackbird. <BR> I understand the jetty is four km to the end, but it didn't feel like it. Looking at airplanes overhead fly past as they prepare to land at the international airport not so far away, eagles, gulls, herons, tree sparrows, redwing black birds and the Yellow headed blackbird and a seal. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 5 May 2014 01:35:09 EST Bike <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I did it- I bought two bikes - one for Noni and one for me. Now I have no excuse, between walking and riding I should begin to see some results again. I measured the distance to one of the areas we bike to 7 km so 14 km return.... This is not bad for a ride, but I think more often it will be 8 km rides. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="http://p... Mon, 5 May 2014 00:55:41 EST Dog days of summer are on the way I mentioned in my last blog that I walk in the heat of the day! Well Dalhouise has the right idea after the 4 km stroll to the single lane bridge. His expression says it all... Down into the cold water he went and he just stood there for a long time looking at me. I eventually pushed it in at another spot to make him swim. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img sr... Fri, 2 May 2014 16:27:05 EST Back into it I love my iPad and hate it... I just wrote a whole bunch and it disappeared before my eyes.. Now I must try to remember what I had said the first time. <BR> Walking - every day this week at 2 pm when I take my afternoon break I go for a 8 km walk. It is 4 km to the single lane bridge from the cabin door. I measured it with the car the other day to see how far I walk. It takes just under two hours to do this in the heat of the day. The first day I forgot to bring water with me and I was get... Fri, 2 May 2014 15:13:01 EST They are here <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> They are here - the season has begun. <BR> This is the lineup into the lodge for dinner. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:14:15 EST Gotta be ready Compute is now being revived,,,, I bought an iPad - I enjoy it much lye and it is sort of easy to use, Noni has her Mac that I bought her for Christmas so we have officially convert to Apple and yes I was give an iPod from my boss as a gift so it is Apple all the way, <BR> However I seem to post pictures up side down - not sure why! It look normal on viewing before posting"...... <BR> I am having some regrets all my document are being erased - I asked the service people to try to keep all t... Sat, 26 Apr 2014 13:52:53 EST Road trip thoughts Sunday morning we made a stop at the hospital to visit my mother who has been in there since my birthday... She fell when we first arrived to go out to eat together... The next day because of pain she went to the hospital and there she remains for now. I told her we were going on a road trip and would see her In Three days. That night the hospital nurse made a mistake and gave her the wrong medicine and she ended up sleeping until Tuesday morning - didn't,t even know we were gone....... <BR... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:15:11 EST Tulips Fearful thoughts ... Fear kept popping its ugly head and I had to keep pushing it down. Within minutes of dropping off at his sitter I began to worry. In the past there were no small children to worry about .. But now there are two. The youngest not to worry about he is just learning to walk so Dalhouise can get away. However the other is about around ten years old and she comes and goes outside to play with her friends --what if Dalhouise should get out side too and run away, looking for me... Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:10:55 EST Fear Fear - Noni and I are about to take a Road Trip. <BR> I am a little hesitant - what if I get into an accident - we are beginning full time employment in four days and if we should get injured we will loose the job. <BR> I lost my other dream job nine years ago because of a head on car colision when another driver fell asleep and crossed over into my lane. I spent one month in the hospital and another nine months in bed at home before I could begin the process of standing and learning how to... Sun, 13 Apr 2014 01:47:25 EST New this is going to be interesting.. I bought a iPad Air... just had to many viruses on my PC so now I need to figure out how to use this new device. How do I upload pictures? <BR> <BR> It took me a while even to begin with apple names and passwords .... But I have that figured out one and have been playing around ... But can not get my music from I tunes nor any free games to work. <BR> <BR> I did get 4 free magazines app and when I went to open them they wanted me to pay money and I then ha... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 01:23:22 EST Happy Birthday Today is my birthday - it actually began on Saturday night when I arrived home and I had that delicious cake waiting for me and then the next day going to Vancouver with my mother and Noni to eat again, at the Keg restaurant. But today the actual day here I am sitting at work blogging and cooking. <BR> When I arrived this morning there was a dozen eggs fresh from the chickens that we now have at camp, a little gift from the owners wife. I am pleased - haven't had fresh eggs since I moved f... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 18:26:27 EST a facebook thought Another wet rainy cold day has gone by. I could be doing more puttering - cleaning at work - but then again I am not being paid a full day wage .... am not sure actually what the full agreement is with myself and owner. I arrive to work for 9 am - and I go home at 7 pm. I prepare a lunch and supper - prep breakfast for the next day which they finish off before I arrive, and serve the two meal that I am here for. <BR> Numbers are ranging between eight and ten people - and they are workin... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 12:14:43 EST be very still I'm at work - I am working - but not like I am going to be soon. I have time to rest - I have time to wander - I have time to listen to the rain splatter like a thousand feet on the canvas tent top and to listen to the sounds of nature. <BR> I heard it - the deep - deep whoot of an owl so near the dinning lodge - I must go out and see if I can locate it. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> no luck -- however I sat down next to this old hug... Fri, 4 Apr 2014 16:35:52 EST Extended Coffee Break <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I went for a two hour coffee break this afternoon -off onto the mountain roads I drive. <BR> I have two goals -- one is to take pictures and the other is to go geo caching.. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <B... Thu, 3 Apr 2014 01:15:44 EST wallowing in self longings <img src=""> <BR> Looking up from the loading dock I can remind myself that there are trails and paths and probably a geo cache or two ,I should be on - but as it is I must work to earn my living. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> ... Wed, 2 Apr 2014 10:34:44 EST Sink <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well the plumber did show up around twelve o clock and work for about three hours to get my kitchen sink back into working order. When I left camp the taps are backwards - I guess I can live with this - at least I will have hot water... on the way out I ... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:01:21 EST Hope I wonder how long it will be before I have water in the kitchen sinks. I am told the plumber was going to fix it yesterday - he was on sight I seen him but he was working else where -- and I was also told he was going on vacation beginning today. (26 March). I have a little hope -- I left camp just a little early - so just maybe - hopefully - he came into the kitchen and replaced the busted pipes. The camp maintenance man had made a comment the day before that he might have to be the one... Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:39:53 EST Camp = Work It is over -- today I returned to work. The season is a little earlier starting this year about 20 days sooner. Wouldn't you know it - it was hot and sunny -- the forecast said heavy rain - they were sure wrong. <BR> Today was the beginning of cleaning so we can open and I can begin cooking... but as soon as I arrived I was greeted by the maintenance man who was a little sheepish... I have no water he apologized -- does that sound familiar - last year opening... <BR> I do have water in... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:43:21 EST Estuary Hike <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Squamish Estuary who knew it was so large and that it has different trails almost like separate parks. In the morning I went out with Dalhouise hiking the newer section on the west side of the channels for about two hours - came home ate lunch <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> and then went out again with Noni and Dalhouise for another two and half hours. ... Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:43:13 EST Capilano Canyon <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Capilano Canyon is listed as a 8 km hike and easy. <BR> <BR> Is this March - the sun is out and temperatures are about 11 to 14 cellulose and so it is time to do some hiking. <BR> I have this book "Best Hikes and Walks of Southwestern British Columbia" and my goal is to hike as many of these hikes as possible in 2014 and it just happens... Wed, 12 Mar 2014 00:09:13 EST Arctic Days I hope are in the past <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The cold Arctic front has come and gone. I can not say I enjoyed having it hang around last week. I want spring to arrive and I want it now. Today even with the time change that has messed up our sleeping pattern we went for a hike. First mission was to find a newly publish Geo cache and then to explore some trails. I drive by this area so many times - I have been wanting to go explore but last year Noni was... Sun, 9 Mar 2014 19:44:17 EST Arctic Days <img src=""> Dalhouise face says it all... <BR> Arctic front smothering the whispers of spring. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thanks to Dalhouise who forced me off my comfortable couch and out into the wilds <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Sun, 2 Mar 2014 20:52:36 EST more Mom time <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What I will not do to get a happy face on my Geo caching home page map. This was a day out with my mother and Noni - so we stopped at White Rock so I could measure this rock which is a earth cache. At first my mother wanted to stay in the car and wait for us and I said No Way - you need to get outside. She is in this mood lately of just sitting around her unit. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.... Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:12:35 EST Stinky -- NOoo - I mean Dalhouise <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> so my cute adorable little dogie went soaking his paws in the waters of the estuary - he smells - he stinks --- but he is my baby and I love him Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:31:00 EST