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Me Day at the Beach

I have spent most of my days with my daughter and grandson, but today I needed a Me day, a day to myself to enjoy the sun and perhaps take myself out for lunch and maybe some ice cream. So I did just that!

A very steep walk down to the beach and boardwalk

I sat at the beach nearby, listening to families play on the beach, and hearing the waves gently crashing on the shore, and I counted myself lucky to be able to enjoy the beautiful day that was today.

White Rock Beach

I am fortunate to be here, so close to the Pacific Ocean, and having a lovely day to myself walking the boardwalk and chatting to people who pass by me, and getting some much needed alone time. I am blessed!

This view reminds me a bit of Positano in Italy

I took myself out to a restaurant that was recommended by many people, The Boathouse, and I enjoyed some fresh fish and chips, a nice tall glass of cold water (I know – I’m boring that way!), and the amazing view from the rooftop patio. If anyone ever comes to White Rock, go here! The fish was delicately battered and flaky and so delicious, and the chips were cooked just right with good seasoning to it. It was all served with ketchup and this lovely homemade dill tartar sauce. I highly recommend it!

The Boathouse rooftop patio
Amazing fish and chips! And check out the view !

After lunch, I continued on down the boardwalk to the longest pier in Canada. I love the views from the pier, and was amazed to see how quickly the tide had come in since I had arrived at the beach. I was delighted to see all the starfish at the end of the pier. I had hoped to catch a glimpse of a passing whale but alas not this time.

White Rock Pier
The tide came in!
How many starfish can you see?
The amazing views!

It was a fantastic day and I feel refreshed and rejuvenated and ready for another day. This was exactly what I needed!

Walk a Mile for a Smile – Update!

I blogged a few months ago about the walk I am organizing, and it is getting closer and things have changed slightly with it.

Due to my move, it is going to be a virtual walk and despite me wanting it to be a 4 day event, that just wasn’t feasible. So it’s now a virtual walk that will have the last day to take place of September 25 2021. Since it’s a virtual walk, I am suggesting that whenever anyone wants to do the walk, they can go ahead and do it, and to post a video of it on my social media pages. Donation information will be forthcoming.

Getting fit with my FitBit

As a thank you from my daughter for me moving out here to help her and my grandson, she got me a FitBit.

I was hesitant at first about having one – I had one many years ago and didn’t really think it was of much use, but the one she got me is fantastic! It keeps track of my steps – and i’ve been averaging over 12,000 steps a day (thanks to daily walks with my grandson!), it keeps track of my bpm, as well as my sleep cycle. I do not get much more than 5 1/2 hours of sleep a night, but that’s due to hot flashes and night sweats. Menopause sucks!

I have to say – now that I’ve been using it, I have it on all the time. And all the pretty colours delight my grandson – he thinks it’s something he needs to taste haha.

Now if only it would control my eating at night….

Daily Thought – July 15

I have now been out west for 6 weeks – seems like a lot longer than that! I have been enjoying every minute I have been here! I love being with my grandson every single day and it amazes me at how much he has grown in such a short time.

When I arrived, he was still crawling, and not quite being brave enough to stand up at the couch. In 6 short weeks, he is now walking! Fully on his own – crawling up to a couch, standing up and walking away. And he’s grown quite a few inches as well. He’s such a happy little boy and loves his grandma very much – and she loves him to the moon and back!

My granddaughter arrived in this world shortly before I left Ontario, and she is now almost 2 months old. She is a very sweet little girl and she has grown so much too! I had forgotten just how quickly things progress in babies’ first year. It’s a delight to see them growing up before my eyes – quickly to me, but to the parents not so much. Of course, when I had my kids, it seemed to be forever before they walked, or talked, or fed themselves. It goes so quickly – in the blink of an eye some would say. And those some are right.

Enjoy every single moment of every single day with your family – because in a blink of an eye, the young ones will be old enough to not want to spend every minute with you.

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Yesterday was the day for my second vaccination and I was very impressed with the system set up at the rec centre I attended. Very quick, very efficient and they provided a lot of information to those of us who asked questions. I felt quite comfortable sitting there getting my second shot!

As is usual (they say), side effects may occur. Well yesterday I was very tired and had a nap in the afternoon, then couldn’t fall asleep as quickly as I’d like. My hot flashes became much more intense last night (this was explained to me by other women who had experienced this – I wasn’t surprised but not happy about it!). And today, while I thought I felt okay in the morning, I over exerted myself by taking my grandson for our daily morning walk. This afternoon I had a fever, and was even more tired than yesterday. However, my arm was not as sore as I thought it would be.

It has only been just over 24 hours, and they say other symptoms may occur a few days later – I am thinking positive and hoping for the best!

Get out there and get vaccinated – the sooner we all do this, the sooner we can get back to a somewhat normal life. My 2022 trip plans are looking better and better now that I’ve been fully vaccinated!

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You know you’re getting old when….

You know you’re getting old when your bones creak and crack every morning getting out of bed…

You know you’re getting old when you try to get up off the floor after playing with your grandson and everything hurts…

You know you’re getting old when you start saying things that you used to be appalled that your parents would say to you…

You know you’re getting old when you listen to music from the 70s and 80s and someone says oh you like oldies and classic music…

You know you’re getting old when you are taking your grandson for a walk and realize that is the highlight of your day (actually there is NOTHING wrong with this one!)…

You know you’re getting old when you are in bed at 9pm and wanting everyone else to be quiet…

You know you’re getting old when you find it hard to see at night even with your glasses on…

Time has crept up on me – I was not prepared for this to happen to me so quickly!! It’s time for a makeover, both my personal appearance and my life! Wish me luck!

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Grab and Go, Fruit 2 Go, Lunch to Go, and let’s Go!

This morning started with a fantastic breakfast to go bag from the hotel I stayed at. A note on the side – if anyone is in the Regina area, try staying at the Country Inn and Suites – it is amazing! Great service, great rooms and great staff!

There was also a breakfast wrap but that got eaten quickly!

As I was driving along, I came across a lovely Saskatchewan town that needed to be explored! I saw this beautiful church and the view from the lake is tremendous. There are so many places I’ve taken the time to see that have not disappointed. I have a list of places I’d like to one day move to – if I have the time to live in so many of them!

After a long drive through Saskatchewan, I arrived in Medicine Hat and grabbed a lunch from Wendy’s and headed to see the world’s largest Teepee.

I then set out for my destination for the night. Had a snack on the way, checked into the hotel, and decided to check out this amazing southern Albertan town, which is also the Corn Capital of Canada!