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7/13/15 12:44 P

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We have been getting lots of rain here too. I am really hoping it is not a prediction of the Winter. I dislike Winter ALOT!!!!! Mostly I dislike snow LOL
It sure is pretty though :)

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Wow Marty! I feel you man, it has been a hot and humid summer. We get used to it, but it has been a cooker all summer with rain almost daily. It reminds me of Florida. Not used to surprise rain here in Virginia.

I have noticed the cedar trees blue with berries, the apple trees are crazy, persimmons are very visible this time year even being green. I guess it is the motherload of rain, but the animals will have lots to eat in the fall. Some say it is a sign for the winter, but we will see. You never know.

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7/12/15 7:53 A

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Enjoy your cool relaxing air conditioned day off :)

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Two hundred hungry campers everyday for the last two weeks... I'm exhausted. It has been extremely hot. The thermometer read 36 / 40 c everyday as well. At least I have been drinking lots of water.
At night there has been no relief.. Hot and sticky. My wife even has allowed me to have a fan.. She hates fans - says they make her sick. I shower .. A few moments later I am just as sweaty as I was before the shower.. So my point is.. My sleeps have been restles, waking up uncomfortable and tired.
But today and tomorrow I am off.. Time to recharge - to get some needed recuperation.
So off to Vancouver we drive.. Stuck - dead stop both lanes of traffic as emergency crews deal with an accident. I hope no one dies.. But it seems very serious. 45 minutes late we are on our way.. At least it was overcast and 20 c as we sat on the highway waiting for the road to open.
We are heading to Vancouver to buy an air conditioner if we can find any. We do a couple of stops in large stores to be told they don't have any left.. Not looking good for success ..
We go to Costco - my membership has expired over a year ago - we are hopeful they might have an air conditioner - nope - but I did renew my membership and get a new credit card. And a hotdog.
Ok onto the mall. Final stop with not really much hope of finding an conditioner - surprise - surprise - we go into Sears and they have just received a shipment of them. We buy one..
Service sucked - but I have it and now I'm just waiting to turn it on.
( it was laid down in my car to get it home so we have to,wait three hours before I plug it in and turn it on.). It better work....
Oh we came home - sat it up,right - went out to eat supper..
Now I'm writing and resting..



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7/2/15 5:23 P

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Looks like a great walk to e I love the purple flowers :)

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7/2/15 12:55 P

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Gorgeous pictures! Looks like you had a wonderful stroll. emoticon

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7/2/15 12:43 P

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I had a lovely long walk in the sunshine today with the ducks

the gulls

the flowers

and a very big fish!


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6/25/15 2:36 P

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6/25/15 10:58 A

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Wow Marty, you are really busy. I have hard enough time for my family of 4, I couldn't begin to do what you do. Don't get me wrong, I love to cook, but I do it in small doses.



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6/25/15 10:01 A

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So it begins .. Again.. Summer camp is about to start on Saturday and we have 200 registered.
20 will be leaving two days later to go on a canoe trip leaving me 180 to feed three meals every day. This is a large enough number to cause stress.. Where and the world am I going to store all this food.
Right now at 6:30 AM I am expecting the delivery truck. Over 8000$ in supplies are on their way. And this is most for four days, with a little carry over. I will be going to a three day delivery, more stress as I have to stay on top of inventory and cooking all this food / storage, and reordering. Yes I do it all my self ...
200 people wow... 180 people for days on end.. Spring groups usually only have 180 for a day or two at the most and then they leave and the next group is small so we can bounce back. Now there is no bouncing back just. More and more mouths to feed.. Food to order, food to store, food to cook...



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6/20/15 7:41 A

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So I am off now. Finally
We had 2oo more or less come for supper I cooked 80 burgers and 150 hot dogs on the BBQ they all left at six and then I added more charcoal and began cooking the staff final BBQ meal.
Some staff are leaving and on Monday about 25 or so new staff arrive.
I served lobster tail, shrimp, steak, salmon, chicken breast covered in Swiss cheese, corn on cob, asparagus and garlic roasted potatoes


And for desert Noni made
mango mouse cake

lemon cheese cake

I am so full




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6/19/15 7:09 P

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We had a really nice time . Thanks :) We went up to The Acoma Pueblo . It was a really cool place to tour and learn about .Then we went to a holy place in Chimayo NM It was another really moving place. Once I get my act together I will try to post some pictures :)

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Have a great weekend - sounds like you've earned it!
Silverwitch - thanks for the link.

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21 days of work with no day off.. I am so ready for this weekend. But first I need to get through today. 85 people here for breakfast and lunch and 250 for a BBQ supper.
I hope to go to a movie, maybe find a geo cache or two, possibility of going to a bird sanctuary, and of course my wife wants to go to a mall to do some shopping.
Oh - my mother has been complaining so I must go visit her as well..
These are my weekend plans.
I hope you all are about to enjoy your weekend and have some rest too.



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6/13/15 2:52 P

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6/12/15 11:38 A

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I hate inspections. Sounds like you nailed it though. All of your food always sounds so yummy. And everything you post looks clean and organized. Sometimes I think we are over regulated .
:)

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emoticon Marty, that sounds stressful. Great job!

Saw a raven yesterday which is very rare in my area. I was so excited, haven't seen one in 14 years. I heard they were moving down from the mountains.

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Stress no more for a few weeks... Today was our follow up health inspection. I had the kitchen, dish room, dish/ laundry room and my dey storage spotless. Two days of cleaning and wiping everything. It looked good - no it looked fantastic and we were feeding 100 people ( 230 people yesterday lunch) on top of that yesterday to boot..
She came and looked - then talked with me for two hours.. We have a couple of issues like a new cooler/ freezer unit to give me more dry storage space.
In my dry storage I have four freezers and so I need more storage space.. But the cooler is also at max capacity so just get me a new extra one. This won't happen this year but I can see it happening for next year..
Talked about my salad bar .. She doesn't like salad bars... But after our talk we have solutions that makes her a little more acceptable to ours..
She might come back this fall only for a check in..
Two hours - this is my longest time ever spent with a health inspector..
Secretly maybe she was trying to catch me..



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Welcome back :) The beach sounds delightful ! We got some rain here which is a big deal. My gardens are looking really good . Lots of flowers and the veggie garden is looking great. What kind of squash did you plant? I Love squash too. I planted acorn. yellow ,zucchini ,pumpkin and Tromboncino. I would plant more if I had the room .we are already getting a few of the summer squash it will be a while before the others come in .

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I have been back from the beach for a little over a week. I was so busy catching up at work, I haven't had much time for anything else. This past weekend, I did a bunch of flower planting and weeding in my garden. I put in some later squash too. Love the stuff!

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5/31/15 1:59 P

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Love the pictures . Nothing better in the entire world then a real grill. Gas is just not the same. I also love cooking in a campfire. The smell and taste are unstoppable. I bet everyone was please. emoticon


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day's end and now I can have a rest with the family

So on the BBQ I cooked hotdogs and beef burgers and some chicken. In the oven I baked vegi dogs and vegi burgers.
Salad bar had about 40 items on it. Such as toss salad, spinach salad, potato salad, pasta with tuna, pasta salad, couscous, bean salad and there was a few more. We had sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, - oh I can't remember all we had lots to choose from.
I also placed out some tomato soup,and navy bean soup and a insert of fried rice.

Like I said the owner is happy.. All the guess we're very satisfied.
Even before I began cooking I had people coming up to me. Marvelling at the aroma of charcoal whisping around the camp. People were surprised it was not gas but a real BBQ ..
My point exactly to the owner later.. I think he thought I could not BBQ for this many and long.. Two hours out there in the sun and waves of heat from the BBQ and the sun - I loved every moment .. And the food was a success too



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5/30/15 7:46 A

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That looks like fun. Nothing screams perfection like the smell of a grill and the laughter and chatter of children. Well Played Chef ;)

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Sounds like a great ride. I have to chuckle our road have a very slight incline. Not enough to even notice unless you are on a bike. By the time I make the end I am huffing and puffing. I am not one with the bike.
I love to hear about your adventures
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Saddle sore, but feeling engergzed. Putting on my cool looking mirror sunglasses I hop onto my bike saddle and head out the gate. Construction.. Half the road is missing and the other half is cracked and pot holed. But it is sunny, and I have supper all prepared (lasagna) so I have time to go for a long bike ride. We - my wife and I drive the four miles to the single lane bridge, ah we keep going to the four mile / eight mile viewing spot along the river bank. Do I stop? No even though this is the furthest we have ever gone on this road. We keep going and going to we reach some houses... We come to the house with the huge yellow smiley face hanging on a tree. This is where cell overage ends when leaving town towards the camp.
At this point we turn around. I am not sure what way the wind is blowing. I thought we were facing it but as we return back home it still feels like we are facing it, it is becoming more difficult to make those peddles go round and round.. Are we going up hill? It looks flat and when driving the car I never notice a difference in engine sounds.
I now and then look up to admire the mountain being swallowed by a cloud - just majestic.
I notice the wild roses in bloom as I coast on past splattering the brush along side the road with pink blossoms - not to mention the wild berries that are still in flowering mode.
We are well past the construction zone and I only hear the wind in my ears and the chirping of birds. I must make time to to do this again, but not today as I seem to have sat a little too much on that tiny little seat.



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We have them here too. They are very dangerous for sure. Better safe then sorry is the best motto. Enjoy your time off. Today is my Sunday. Back to work with me in the morning.
Yesterday we worked around the yard but today we took the the Corgi boyz on a nice hike and picnic. emoticon

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Dalhouise is not a happy camper today.. But I don't care! It is for his own good even though he doesn't understand.
Ring - ring - ring.. Our neighbour phones us.. His dog was killed last night by a cougar. He is phoning to let us know to keep our dogs tied or in the house as this large cougar is hanging around the area - also we must be aware to make sure none of our campers are wandering alone either - safety...
anyways I pick up Dalhouise and carry him back inside the cabin. Later in the morning I go get him and fasten him to the chains I have. One of the staff replied that they have never seen him tied up before.. I replied. It happens now and then. I have one at the cabin entrance and one at the entrance to the dining tent, just for occasions like today. The one by e cabin does get used more often in the middle of the night if Dalhouise decides to wake me up to go outside because I don't want him eaten..
So now he is sitting with me on the swing tied.. I guess this OK .. He is happy to be sitting with me.. ** I am off now - it is the weekend.. Hurray



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5/16/15 3:06 P

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red breasted sapsucker

rufous humming bird

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American Crow

future frogs


Bear food








a good way to begin the weekend











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Thank you so much.. I am keeping both...




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Glad that you did receive your delivery. It is hard not to stress if you are responsible for the ordering ,meal planning and cooking for everyone.
Enjoy your 3 days off. That must be so refreshing :)
Very very windy here today. I did what I needed to do outside for the morning. Hope it simmers down before I have to go back out to tend the garden and the animals later.
Took some pumpkin puree I put up last Summer out of the freezer .Making some nice chicken stock now. .We will be having some pumpkin soup later ;) Wish I had some of your fresh bread to go with it
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Deliver came - delivery came around 8:30 ish we were just finishing breakfast. So all my stress and anxiety was not needed... But I will make sure I stock pile enough food to the future to cover delivery days. Last year we had nothing but issues with them coming late in the afternoon many times, I was told this issue was solve... Sales people are liars.

Today if it is not raining the plan is to rest,do some easy hiking and or do some cycling, keep an eye open for any bears wandering along the road and hopefully see some birds and get a picture of these. Most importantly not to be ran over by any crazy speeding intoxicated car drivers.
Long weekend is here... Hurray.. Pay day was yesterday, I am off for three whole days. I usually fill theses days up with activities - but so far I have no plans other than the above mentioned



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That is very stressful. I dislike when things do not run smooth and orderly. I realize we can not control every little thing. BUT...!!!!!! UGh I hope it all worked out. It is a sham e delivery companies are so unreliable :/


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Good morning - kind of..
I had a stressful night worried about today's delivery. My lunch ingredients are on that truck.
The truck until last delivery has been arriving around 630 - 8 AM perfect timing. Last delivery truck arrived 12:30 just after guess sat down to eat lunch. I am to be dropped numbers 1- 5 to get here early - I was drop number 9.
What to do if it is late?
I can change menu from perogies to Mac and cheese... So we can feed the 115 people..
Supper is here.. Turkey dinner
Tomorrow's breakfast is here
Tomorrow's lunch I can impervise ..
So should I just refuse this order if it comes late and reorder everything for next Tuesday? .
Long weekend OFF ...???



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It must be fun to have a day off from cooking :) Hope the food was good ! Beautiful little hummers .

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Time out with my mother.

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Beautiful pictures. I love wildflowers !


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Today was a good day to be outside



















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Have a great d ay . It always looks so beautiful there . Dalhouise looks like he is feeling much better :)

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Wow a week has come and gone. I been busy feeding 200 people all week - time flies when you are having fun..


Dalhouise is tired from watching us





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You are right about the cat.

You day off bike ride looks like a wonderful adventure. I planted a few things in the garden and finally got the work bench cleared emoticon
Today after work I have PT That requires a nice quiet drive through the mountains .
Enjoy your day :)

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I am sure the cat would have bun batting them around...

Yesterday I was off and it was sunny after having a week of rain and dark dreary days that reminded me of fall not spring.. Noni and I took a drive to Vancacover with our bikes attached to the bike rack so we could do some cycling around the Sewawall. I think a few other thousand people had the same idea. Yes it was a little crowded but there was lots of room to move about.








Seen some birds also




and some flowers


It was a good day.




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It is absolutely beautiful there! Enjoy your ride .
I am finish up the cleaning off my work bench. I laid out a necklace to bead before I went to Florida to help my mom. I have been home for over a month and have not yet finished it. I need my bench back to do other projects. HA and I had better get it done before the cat knocks it off
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I had some time off, so down the road I went for a bike ride looking for birds, bears, and flowers.
I think a dogwood tree flower
salmon berry flower maybe?

me enjoying some of my 30 for 30 time outside this month partaking in the David Suski challenge




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Looks like the ribs were a huge hit :)

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Supper is ready



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Sounds like a good inspection :)
Your food looks so yummy. I bet people really enjoy it a lot. Some times menus are so boring.

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Inspection is over...phew.... I have yet to see the final report, however she said she seen no major violations. That is good. We have a couple of things that need tweeting, nothing of real consequence. I need to buy a cooling wand to cool my soups and sauces quicker, a brighter light in the fridge, raise a shelf higher off the floor, and for me to buy more storage containers to keep mice from contaminating cake pans and slicer. I walked her around and described how we serve - she looked over my menu - I told her he two most high risk items I bring in are the turkeys and chicken and in doing so I told her how I thaw them and store in fridge.
Thinking about it - we actually are a safe kitchen, as Noni told her we eat here too so we are not going to do anything that would cause us not to want to enjoy our meals.

For lunch I served Chinease food - processed - sweet and sour pork, chicken In a sauce, spring rolls, fried rice, stir fried Vegetables (fresh) and a soup.


Supper I am serving beef ribs, chicken breasts, corn on cob, friend rice and home made buns and a salad




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Looks very relaxing.I have a swing in my front garden. I love to sit out there a listen to all the birds visiting the feeders.Always plenty of activity.I had a mexican jay visit the other day.If i spot him again i will get him some peanuts :)

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The sun is out, it is about 15c and I am relaxing finally.

This morning we went to the condo picked up our extra matteress with a another staff member then back to camp. Tonight we should sleep well with this matteress.
In the mean time I am going to sit outside with Dalhouise and watch the robins and hummingbirds.

Tomorrow the plan is to go to church, then go visit Mom and hopefully take her out for supper.
But right now I must be still, relax, and not think about what I am going to do next.



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Our robins finally came back . Very late this year.
Marty I am not sure you can teach common sense.GOOD LUCK! Sounds like you are very busy

I can say for the first time in 2 years my gardens are all weeded and the paths in the labyrinth are walkable. I love my physical therapist :)

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Ike's .... 161 guess are coming for supper, and staying for breakfast and lunch for the next five days. It is an international group of some kind - new to our camp.
As I look around we are looking pretty good - we are set to go..
Reality for my new dishwashing girls.. Now is the time to develop a routine and listen carefully to the procedures and systems I have been telling them about. It is so hard to teach during staff training as nothing is routine - we cleaned and cleaned the kitchen area / dishpitt area to get it serviceable .. But this afternoon the whys all come into place and hopefully they will understand.
Two very different girls.. One very clever on the ball - the other - well let's just say I think a few cards are missing out of the deck ....
Or is it that parents just failed to teach plain common sense... Can I help / teach this young lady?
Example - I reminder that she needs to fill the sugar container at the coffee station - white normal sugar.. She goes and fills the container with icing sugar...
There has been more of these little funnies with other simple common sense things ..
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Marty, does this mean the robins are back where you live? They stick around down where I am in Virginia. When I see them flock in the winter, I know a snow storm is coming. I have been hearing a lot of singing from them and many others too.

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this was my solution to the mattress issue

me cleaning the oven racks and plugging the leaky drain

bacon anyone?

all ready for me to cook bacon

my kitchen is ready for inspection -- if only I can keep it this way..



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Dalhouise is so happy that we are home - he seems more happy now we are at camp , but that first day when we were packing to come here - Dalhouise thought we were deserting him again even though I told him he was coming with us....



It is that time of year once again.. Back to work. We moved in on Friday morning and been cleaning the camp kitchen getting ready to open. Today Sunday my two kitchen crew helpers arrived and began cleaning and sanitizing fridges - tomorrow's if our plumber comes the process of sanitizing all dishes and pots and salad bar containers will happen, if the plumber does not show -'I will have them wipe all 200 chairs and clean and sanitize tables (24) hopefully the plumber will show... He was suppose to be here on Friday.
Official meal is Tuesday night when all program staff arrive to camp..
25. Staff for the week then a week later the schools come.. And we are busy for the next six months if all goes as plan.



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How is Dalhouise doing? Better I hope.

Have a wonderful Easter! emoticon

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Look what came in my mailbox this day. My lady friend from Ontario sent me a book "Life on Earth by David Attenborough". What I find interesting is that just last night I watched a documentary about said author.. Showing the history of film and wildlife photography from the beginning till now. But look at the envelope.. So many stamps. She had asked the post office to put as many on as possible..
Also I recieved a postcard from her that she bought 40 years ago and was tucked away In a old cookbook from Banff Alberta.
Then I have a postcard from Amsterdam from Mike?

Now my mailbox will have to wait till next Thursday before I can check it again. I think I will be pleasantly pleased when I get home and open it.





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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.
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 had to be dealt with.. This past month I could tell something was wrong - and there is No way possible he knew we are going away. I only took out the suitcase on Friday so that he wouldn't know it... Well he was coming to me wanting to be hugged. - sit on my lap - hitting me with his paw so I would cuddle him and pet him. He wanted me to make him feel better...
The doctor said he would almost immediately feel relief after the tooth was pulled because it was that badly infected - he actually pulled two.. I was told.
The old age lumps - I don't know what they really are - they were refered as that so - that is what I call them were removed as well. One on his mid back near tail and on his left hind leg.
Dalhouise kept biting the one on his leg and it was always bleeding. I was concer about infections after he swims in muddy ponds / creeks or when he gets rolling around in the dirt. Camp life is paradise for a health dog. Dalhouse is turning 13 on his birthday and he is a very healthy - young at heart dog for his age.. All those kids coming to camp must keep him that way..
I am happy to say as I close - this morning he is looking alittle more chipper.

( send him a get well postcard:)




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Singing to the world that it is going to be my birthday soon ...
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.
Marty Marquette
C/0 Camp Summit
PO Box 48
St Main. Squamish. BC
Canada
V8B 0A1



( don't worry if this is a different address than before - that was home and this is place of employment. I check both places)



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Not a lot of hking done today. walked around the park with Dalhouise. Walked to the plaza and back again pushing a little cart.. I had to go buy a new car battery. When I came back from our bike adventure in Surrey I accidentally left the dome light on and so the next day I had a very dead battery. I called the motor club and got a boost.. Dave around for an hour and let the car idle for about half an hour.. Turned it off and went to bed. Next day I go try to start the car it is a no go.. Battery is dead again. I had inklings that it was going before and I think this was the last straw with the dome light left on. Thus the walk to go buy a new battery.. Once I got the batter home the plumber was just about to leave from doing a job here on site.. ( do you remember my last month plumbing bills) well I asked him if he would help me change the battery as I don't have tools.. He agreed - nice guy...
The car works now and so we drove got some groceries and I bought a new hand held GPS.
Remember my GPS died when I tried to turn it on on the bike trip to Surrey. I need to have a GPS for Mexico in five days from now..
I didn't buy a better one - same brand and company as the one I had because it was on sale. Discontinued .. So I got it for 89 dollars.. Regular I see was 199.$. I just didn't want to spend so much money right now. Need it for our vacation and property taxes and ultiities tax coming due in the nex 60 days.
Hopefully it will work ok for a year or so..




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Song Sparrow

Dark eyed Junco

Stellar Jay


Today I feel like I accomplished something .. Checking the bank account early I found to my delight that the income tax refund was in.. Hurray... So I was able to pay off the visa and put some money in our RRSP s for next year tax breaks and some into our savings... Then I went and did some banking for my mother at the bank and while I was there I put some money into one of my account to pay for my life insurance policy that is due in April. Next it was a stop at Service Canada to print out the application for my wife's permanent resident card that is due this year and then over to Walmart to get pictures for this application. Did a stop at the drug store to get a copy of Mom's prescriptions tax report receipt and then a drive to the accountants office so that Mom can get her taxes done. Earlier in the day I collectd all her receipts and papers. Now it is out of my hands - hers is more complicated than mine and so I did not want to make mistakes.
I walked Dalhouise to the post office where I mailed a couple of postcards and bought some stamps and postcards already stamped so that I can mail more. (Hint)





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stellar Jay
Do you have any more peanuts?

walking I go





Salmon berry blossom

Bears will be eating well

ah Spring


How do you like these blooms ?


for most this is a sure sign of Spring

come on let's get moving - you take too many pictures ..

northern Flicker came back today

I really do need to cut my lawn








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Going to work.. I havent said that in awhile. But tomorrow morning I must wake up and get ready to go to work. Over the winter the kitchen has grown a covering of mould to keep warm I guess. So before the fire inspector comes in, before the maintence man can come in and repair broken pipes, before the fridge maintence company comes in to do a cleaning -- I must come in and remove the mould..
Wonderful...
Today I went and bought a safety mask because I am going to wash the kitchen with bleach..
I have a solid day of scrubbing to do.. I am going to be so tired tomorrow night...







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Hello.. I did a blog posting - but not everyone reads my blog..
I have started a hobby.... Collecting Postcards.
I would like to eventually have one from every State and Province.
I love getting snail mail and I am sure my postman would love delivering to my address..
So you get to encourage him and me... That sounds like a good thing to do..
Postcards with anything thing that you think is showing off your city... Or anything interesting to you..
My address
Marty Marquette
301 - 40100 Willow Crescent
Squamish BC
Canada
V8B 0L8

I look forward to checking my mail box and seeing some interesting cards... And if you include your return address I would gladly send one back.

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