MKMMARTY's SparkPeople Blog MKMMARTY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A day at George C. Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary <img src=""> Great Horned Owl <BR> <BR> So yesterday braving the warm sunshine and moderate temperatures I headed away from Squamish to the George C. Reifel Bird Sanctuary in Delta. I could not not pin point the address to place into my cars GPS and so I think we were loss for a while. I stopped and got some directions - there goes my manliness ,,,, Who cares the joy - the delight - the pleasures that were enjoyed as we walked pass th... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:30:36 EST Owl - pepperspray - crazy lady - success <img src=""> <BR> <BR> As you see from the picture I found the Great Grey Owl. <BR> This took three days of looking in the wrong spot and an education of where most the birding happens in Squamish. Where exactly is the birding hot spot that makes this area so special? I have always thought it was along the area that is known as the Spit. Whenever I go there and walk the trails - I seldom see the birds I hear other people list on the mo... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:40:53 EST Out into the morning <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I woke up early.. It looked a little more sunny first thing in the morning than what the day so far ... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:37:29 EST Mountain man and a parade <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was looking like a wild man from the mountains so I had to do something about that. <BR> Noni and I went to Vancouver to watch the Chinese New Year parade, we arrived a little to early so as we were walking around waiting for it to begin I found this barber shop with this older gentleman sitting reading a newspaper. The price advertised 8.50$. That is very reasonable so I went inside and tried talking to the ge... Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:12:54 EST Let's go for a walk This morning I went for a walk. This is why it is worth going out to walk.. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:48:36 EST Who is to blame? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The grocery stores are filled with so much bad Food choices - way out weighing the healthy choices. I listen to the news on TV concerning people that are in so much debt... Or that our children are more obese now even than ten years ago -- yet advertisement are all gear for people to go further in debt or to buy all the unhealthy foods. <BR> Another case in point, I see - when we go to the swimming pool/ skating ri... Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:10:46 EST Truck <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> A old one but still drivable / useable. Thu, 19 Feb 2015 16:46:32 EST Birds seeking at Ambleside Park <img src=""> <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://ph... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:34:19 EST Blooms of a winter day <img src=""> <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://pho... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:17:42 EST Valentine's Day <img src=""> supper <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> noni made a cake <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Happy Valentine Day is all I can say.. I am so thankful I have Noni as m... Sat, 14 Feb 2015 21:22:43 EST Bird seeking day one <img src=""> Pygmy Owl <BR> <BR> <img src=""> immature Bald Eagle <BR> <BR> <img src="">double crested Cormorant <BR> <img src="">Chestnut backed Chickadee <BR> <img src="">female House Finch <BR> <BR> <img src="h... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:03:13 EST Lunch with mom <img src=""> <BR> This week on a day it was not pouring rain, I took my mother out for lunch. She has been looking forward to this day since Christmas when she received a gift card for Boston Pizza. <BR> I think this place is so expensive but this is where we went. I feel a little better.. The portions were large and my pasta dish was very good... and I should know being a chef. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Fri, 13 Feb 2015 00:00:58 EST Walking is enjoyable so get walking <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Another day.. The sun is bright and shinny for a couple of hours early in the morning then the clouds roll in. So before it rains back to the "pond" Dalhouise and I go for our walk. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> American Dipper <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Spottd Towhee <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.spar... Wed, 11 Feb 2015 16:08:44 EST A sunny walk <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The sun was shining today so it was a little more easy to get me out the door. This sun shine was not expected but I'll take it. So to the pond Dalhouise and I go. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <i... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:34:12 EST Dalhouise says get up - get off your butt The rain is falling, I am drained of all energy and I am sitting comfortably in my cozy chair watching birds come and go at my feeders drinking a hot cup of coffee - life isn't so bad... <BR> This is my Facebook status... However the Dalhouise said no way you're going to stay sitting all day... I want to go out. <BR> Oh the joys of be a slave to your dog.. So out the door we went for a walk around the pond. <BR> Not much going on.. I spotted three Hooded Mergansers - 2 females and 1 male. <BR... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 17:39:14 EST BBQ season The sun is out... I don't think it was planned. However I took the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the sun and temperatures of about 13c. <BR> I think Dalhouise was real happy too . <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was in charge of cooking the main dish for our potluck supper for a bible / prayer meeting tonight. I decided to marinate chicken drumsticks in a teriyaki sauce and then BBQ it. <BR> <BR> <img src=" Mon, 9 Feb 2015 00:50:33 EST Noah must have been Rained on worse Still raining, so I took Dalhousie back to the beach. This time I video his run butnI can't seem to up load it onto my Sparks blog. I tried a couple of times.. I am sure some of you would had enjoyed it.. It is on my Facebook page though.. <BR> The ocean seems higher, and it is much more choppy this day. Being choppy the colour has turned dirty brown. The rain continues to fall and I noticed Shannon Falls over in the distance is gushing forth with gusto. So after the run Dalhouise and I g... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 21:36:14 EST RAIN so to the beach we go How heavy can rain fall? I don't know but I do know it was a heavy - heavy - heavy rainfall this day. So once again it was a beach day. Dalhouise ran and I drove the car once again. I did get out for twenty minutes for a walk around the park later though.. <BR> At the beach .. It pays to go to the beach when the rain is falling in bucket loads from the sky. <BR> As I waited for Dalhouise to meet up with the car I was taking pictures of birds on the ocean. <BR> I have never seen so many h... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 19:50:04 EST Such a good day to,walk <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I did not make him walk the plank .. Honest. We were out walking this morning and came to this old wooden bridge.. I took the dirt path and Dalhouise just automatically went on the wooden platform. He struggled - his feet kept on slipping off between the boards.. I decided not to help him but let him figure out his own solution. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR... Tue, 3 Feb 2015 22:16:48 EST Dalhouise Love <img src=""> <BR> <BR> What happened to the week? I thought it was only Wednesday or Thursday and I have been informed today is Saturday. Thinking back .. Yes it is .. But this week went so fast. If ths keeps up I will be back to work to soon. This week it has been very sunny warm and so I have been out side so much.... No wonder it went fast. Forecast calls for rain next week the beginning of February.. I wonder if this will slow... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 19:55:40 EST One step at a time sore or not <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I could not stay home.. Yes in the morning walk around the park with Dalhouise I was a little sore and not so motivated or energic - but as the afternoon rolled around I went out again. First I went geocaching.. No not to find one but to help fix a major misplacement. I was sent an email from the owner of a cache in downtown Squamish who lives in Ontario .. The cache is in another suburb totally about five or m... Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:43:24 EST Burnaby Lake Hike <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The day has ended.. Dalhouise was home waiting for us with his tail wagging like crazy as we entered the Condo unit, it seems we are forgiven for leaving him. <BR> So one question that nags my mind why did a two hour hike take us five hours? I know the two is the average and we are below avaveage - it normally takes us a little longer. A Little is the key word... But five hours.... Noon right on the dot is wh... Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:37:41 EST A secret from Noni <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The day before I thought that yesterday I would like to go on the ten kilometre hike. But in the morning it looked grey and not very promising so I decided not too. Besides and don't tell my wife - I was a little sore myself from the hike and bike ride I did the day before.. She told me I did too much.... I did not want to get I told you so talk! <BR> So using the grey overcast skies and the weather network chann... Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:42:20 EST Cake and shaking Blueberry pound cake for breakfast.. Noni made cake. <BR> I walked Dalhouise early in the morning - ate cake - went to church. After church we go to Subway joining a couple of other friends to enjoy the fellowship. Noni and I share a foot long teriyaki chicken sub - no soda only water and no cookies. Pretty healthy.. <BR> But as I sat in my chair holding my half of the sub they all noticed that my hands were shaking pretty bad... <BR> Then we got into the discussion that eating cake for a m... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:58:12 EST What a day it was The sun rose so pink in the sky this day.. I did not what to go to Vancouver to hike Burnaby Lake - maybe tomorrow this will happen.. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> But neither did I want to stay inside. So Dalhouise and I went for a 90 minute walk. Oh it was wonderful .... <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <i... Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:48:12 EST Noni goes snowshoeing first time We have rain - heavy rain forecasted for the next week. If I am going to get out with Noni today must be the day. The plumber came - the plumber left. So it was a snap decision to head north to find some snow and to take Noni snowshoeing. I ended up going a little way past Whistler to find an area with snow deep enough to actually to be able to use snowshoes. <BR> This is Noni's first time... She enjoyed it so we will try again hopefully before this winter season is finished... It is only ... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:18:49 EST Failed day or successful day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not all was consider a wasted day... I was makings plans - I had a goal - a mission was formulating in my head. The sun was shining it would be a perfect day to go for a hike.. A hike around Burnaby Lake and to geocache. I thought earlier in the week to just go myself but I asked Noni if she would join me in it.. Well she she said ye... Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:59:36 EST One amazing Day in January <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This day turned out to be a very good day for me. I began sitting in my favorite chair looking at my bird feeders - not much activity was happening there.. So Dalhouise and I went for a walk / hike along the Manquam River Dyke. The sun is out and the air was comfortably warm. <BR> I counter 45 Bald Eagles along my path and to make it even better I encounter one eagle just a few feet away in which I was able to ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:56:59 EST Skating <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fear that could be me ... And so I don't skate anymore. The fall it self is not my concern, it is what will happen to my knee that has all the pins holding it in place. I can not run since the car accident 9 years ago... After the accident the doctors gave me a 50/50'chance of walking and the declaration I could not return to work as a chef and stand on my feet for eight hours. <BR> Well I did return to,work and ... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 19:01:56 EST 17 January - birding - geocaching - shopping <img src=""> <BR> I could not spend a wet - cold windy day inside... That would be normal and since when am I ever normal? <BR> So after I forced my self out the door to walk the Dalhouise,, I returned home and told Noni lets go. She has been wanting to go to this food equipment supply store in Richmond, BC. <BR> I sat down at her computer to upload caches into my GPS and I checked to make sure the store was opened on a weekend. <BR> Al... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 00:46:49 EST A full day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today - where do I start? <BR> First I took Dalhouise for a short walk to the local park. Returning home I got on my bike and rode downtown to meet up with Mom, at the post office to change her address. We did it but it was not an easy ordeal to do even with her at my side. She has no picture I'd... She does not have any official documentation saying she is whom she says she is.. <BR> <BR> Next we went to Sear... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 23:33:22 EST False starts False starts, but enjoying every moment. But some times not. <BR> That sounds catchy doesn't it? Spring sure seems to have had sprung, sighting a Robin, seeing some flower buds appear up through the soil, having a picnic at the beach sitting in the warm sunshine - and yesterday I went for a bike cycle ride. <BR> This false ending to th flu / cold thing I could do without. This morning I woke up and those ickie feelings - stuffy nose conditions - slight sore throat are making an appearance ... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:09:59 EST Picnicking in Januaryn Waking up this morning with no real plan... I had mentioned to Noni that we should go to Vancouver again to buy some speciality coffee that she likes. Well once uttered it becomes written in stone it seems, so since the sky was clear off we went. Of course I had plans developing in my head to walk some of the Seawall at Stanley Park to look for birds and to geocache. <BR> I am pleased with the bird I seen and that I could identify <BR> -- Black Oystercatchers - Double Crested Cormorants o... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:26:40 EST Yesterday I am home... Went to the store and it was closed on Mondays.. Then I got loss... <BR> Eventually we found our destination - Piper Spit at Burnaby Lake. <BR> I am glad that we returned here as we seen lots of Mallard Ducks, Wood Ducks, Dowitchers, Green Wing Teals, Spotted Towhees, Great Blue Herons, Common Mergansers, Canada Geese, American Coots, Rock Doves ( Pigeon) Crows, Ravens,and Red-wing Blackbirds. <BR> We walked the trails for two hours and ten minutes roughly.. <BR> I found Ei... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:00:06 EST Is it Today Today - this day if I kick my butt of the couch I want to do some walking in Vancouver area... Birding and Geocaching could be part of my motivation to get moving.. Last night before bed I was motivated - excited. But now this morning. That zeal is gone... Why couldn't I just stay in bed.... <BR> Well I have a wife.... I told her I was thinking about taking her to the store she wanted to go too ... This might be the kick in the butt that literally gets me moving today... <BR> Happy wife - h... Mon, 12 Jan 2015 10:34:02 EST Meadowlarks and happiness <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This morning - I did it again I left my camera at home when I took Dalhouise to the local park to do his business before we went to church... Wouldn't you know at the park sitting on the ground only a few feet away was a Western Meadowlark. I could kick myself... <BR> Went to church, worshipped - had fellowship then came home. While Noni prepared some lunch I took Dalhouise back to the park this time with t... Sun, 11 Jan 2015 17:32:42 EST Estuary It was a good day with me sighting 14 species of birds. I even seen my first Robin of this year... In Ontario the first sighting was always an encouragement that winter was almost gone - spring has arrive. I don't think it means the same here in BC, nevertheless it is my first Robin of the year. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I had all the regular birds show up at the condo then I went for a walk in part of the Estuary near downtown. Hap... Sat, 10 Jan 2015 22:46:38 EST Excitement <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Another day of sun shine and warmth.. This day I was out two times. Went for a walk in the morning with Noni. And then this afternoon I went out again to walk around the pond. <BR> <BR> When I returned home from my afternoon walk I was met at the door with my wife all in a flitter talking to a neighbour -- we have a leak and it leaked into our smoke alarm thus setting it off. Noni did not know how to shut it o... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 20:09:53 EST Sunny and a regret <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The day is passing, I regret that I did not go back out to hike, walk, explore.... But I am thankful this morning Dalhouise and I did go for a stroll around the "pond". I soaked some sun in, breathed deep fresh air and returned home wet with swett. This illness that hangs on really zaps your energy. I took my camera so I will share a... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 19:07:04 EST Snowshoeing <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Trying out the new Christmas gift. <BR> So yesterday was spent inside.... I did not what to repeat that so today I went to Camp for a visit. It was raining by the time I got there so I only went for a short hike around the Boundary Trail that circles the camp property and besides Noni was at home cooking lunch. <BR> Dalhouise left me... He was so excited at first full of engery and vigor but soon this all disappea... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 20:07:58 EST Inside during a snow day I missed an opportunity to go outside and "play" explore, hike, or walk. Actually to took Dalhouise out for his walk around the park, but that was all. Even Dalhouise after he did his business turned and headed home. When we first left the condo he was bouncy and happy as he broke new ground in SNOW. However he soon tired and began walking in my tracks. I pushed him over into the snow and he found a car track and walked in that. Smart dog. So when we went into the park he did all that he... Mon, 5 Jan 2015 11:47:42 EST Not the best start Happy New Year. <BR> Christmas with Mom turned out good. When she first came she was doing some complaining, but stopped soon afterwards and we actually had a good time together. Our feast was delicious, and we played UNO for a short time. She wanted to go home... At first she was complaining her visit was going to be too short.. I know her... Anyways she became tired and cold ( even though my condo is hot) and she became short of breath. As we sat at the table to play UNO that exercise ... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 11:14:59 EST 22 December 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... Tue, 23 Dec 2014 11:43:25 EST Thinking about Christmas Dinner <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 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 fea... Sun, 21 Dec 2014 19:05:48 EST Recovery <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 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. <BR> 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 ... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:58:15 EST The season for debt 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. <BR> 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. <BR> She still has not figurd out that she can't be spending so much money- b... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 23:38:22 EST Home is home <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dalhouse is so relaxed and happy we are back home and settling down <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No need to look all proper and trimmed when you are home with your love ones <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:27:36 EST No cold Dalhouise... After I had Dalhouise groomed, a couple of friends said he would be cold. <BR> Well I have that covered.. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 12:30:42 EST A day out Shopping day. Noni wanted to go to the Asian Market so off we drove to Park Royal in West Vancouver. The drive was pleasant as there was sunshine again for the third day in a row. It never stops amazing me at how much things cost. We don't buy a lot but the total was over a hundred dollars.. <BR> We walked around the mall before and after the grocery shopping was done for some exercise and some how - don't ask me how we came out with a purchase of shoes for both of us... Another hundred +'... Wed, 3 Dec 2014 21:36:41 EST Spaw day Dalhouise .. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dalhouise - Dalhouise you smelled bad and looked like a little mop... So now that that you are living in our citified condo I had to do something about that. <BR> <BR> To the groomers you go - time to be treated like the little prince you are and have a hair due manicure and a little massage... <BR> I am not so sure he enjoyed the id... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 16:30:23 EST