MKMMARTY's SparkPeople Blog MKMMARTY's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Here we go again Home - unpack the suit cases - do lots of laundry - go get Dalhouse - pack the suitcases - go visit Mom - and load the car. <BR> That seems like the day in short yesterday. Today we will finish loading the car and packing - take Dalhouise back to the veterinarian clinic to have his stitches removed and then off to Camp we go. Noni will settled in the cabin and I will check out the kitchen and turn on gas and fridges and place my first food order. <BR> My body is still adjusting to being back... Fri, 10 Apr 2015 11:03:31 EST Mexico comes to an end <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last time I used Sunwing Travel and it was terrible - I have nothing good to say about that experience - this time we used West Jet and I am pleased. So far every thing has gone more or less great. Our hotel room was not the best but acceptable and the Internet at the hotel was a hit and miss.. But over all I am happy. <BR> Noni and I sit in the airport in Puerto Vallarta Mexico waiting to board our flight home i... Wed, 8 Apr 2015 20:24:14 EST Airport in Vancouver middle of the night Why do they make us arrive so .... Early at the airport. This unearthly hour of leaving at six AM - thus must be at airport 330 AM. I have at least an hour drive - more like an hour and half to reach the airport from home so that means -- I actually left the house at midnight - stopped to get a coffee - drove through some pouring rain - found the parking area - took the free shuttle over to main building - washroom beak - now sitting down and log in ( 240 AM) <BR> I tried to get a nap afte... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 05:48:26 EST Take the pain away - Dalhouise <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dalhouise sure does look sad and sore. He wobbled out of the clinic like a drunken sailor walking along the wooden boardwalk back to his ship on a Saturday night. <BR> I wanted him to have his needles up to date and that spot on his left hind leg that is still bleeding looked at before I took him to the sitters on Tuesday. Well during the examinanation it was clear even to me that he had a tooth infection that... Sun, 29 Mar 2015 10:44:17 EST My birthday is soon <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Singing to the world that it is going to be my birthday soon ... <BR> I collect postcards from far and near.. If you so wish to drop one in the mail to say Happy Birthday - that would be awesome. <BR> Marty Marquette <BR> C/0 Camp Summit <BR> PO Box 48 <BR> St Main. Squamish. BC <BR> Canada <BR> V8B 0A1 <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> ( don't worry i... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 11:26:35 EST Dalhouise - spaw - postcard For those who love my Dalhouise.. <BR> <img src=""> before <BR> <BR> <img src=""> after <BR> <BR> <img src=""> before <BR> <BR> <img src=""> after <BR> <BR> So I picked up my Dalhouise - I am no longer feeling stressed about his being away. <BR> I was told he was a good... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 15:28:43 EST Postcards and slow mail Hello Spark People... <BR> I have begun a new hobbie... I love getting snail mail. Soon work will be started and I will be so concentrated on my responsibilities. Any kind of encouragement would help when I become exhausted and forget that I really do love my job. <BR> Hobbie.. Oh yes over the years I have collected postcards, then life situations caused most to be loss .. I would often take lots of pictures and buy a postcard or two just in case the film / photo didn't turn out.. I still h... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 14:50:24 EST Ripped off? I took the car in for the spring time semi annual maintence today. Oil - lube - winter tires off - and an inspection. I don't understand they want to change spark plugs, brakes, rotors and I can't remember what else... Estimate price is about 1300 dollars.. Everytime I go there they give me a list of things to fix.. And I always say OK.. But not today.. I don't belive them - I think they take me as a sucker.. So I am going to pay and go else where and get a second opinion. I don't have a... Sat, 14 Mar 2015 00:09:12 EST Exploring on our Bikes - Steveston BC <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Time to check out our new bike rack. I must say it is easy to put on and take off the car, and it is extremely easy to put on and take off the bikes. I think I made the right decision in buying this even though I paid a little more than I was wanting to. <BR> <BR> So we are heading towards Steveston Village to geocache, do some birding, and have fun biking. I will let you see some pictures so that you can come ... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:30:48 EST An exploration at Steveston Choices! <BR> Where should we go today.. I want to geocache, go birding, bike riding and have it so Noni will enjoy herself also. This is not as hard as it sounds.. We could go to Stanley Park - Iona Park - Central Park or Steveston area. <BR> I decided on Steveston as I know the area is flat making it an easy bike ride for Noni - yesterday she complained about the hills too much.. And the area is quite beautiful. So off we went.. <img src=" Wed, 11 Mar 2015 00:41:24 EST Just a week Where did the week go.. Time is flying by now.. This is both good and not so good. The good is the plan of a vacation to Mexico. The bad.... but good is I return to work a day after we are back from Mexico. <BR> This week I seen the eye doctor who gave me a lecture about not seeing him every four years. I told him I would try to come in every two years, but I hate paying the price... If I had medicle I would have no issues but since I don't and it costs about two hundred dollars every time ... Mon, 9 Mar 2015 00:23:26 EST 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