2018 – A Year in Review

Happy New Years!!! Well, it is New Year’s Eve and tonight we are heading to my parent’s house for a new years eve party. They invited a bunch of friends of the family and we are staying the night as we don’t want anyone drinking and driving. We’re going to bring our blow up air mattress we got for camping a few years ago for our honeymoon and sleeping somewhere, though I am not sure yet where. We are going to play games like Uno and Bad People a game my parents got for Christmas.

Anyways, I’ve written and re-written this a few times. I find it a bit hard to look back on a whole year, mostly just because it’s hard to remember what happened when and also I never know what is the best way to write about it. Sometimes I feel writing is not one of my strong points, even though I have been blogging for almost 20 years – more than half my life! I’m just going to jump in though and sort of go in chronological order and do the best that I can to remember everything, not that there really is all that much to remember. READ MORE

Working from home

We’ve been in Digby now for 2 full weeks, half way through our 3rd week. In this time Edward had not worked at all for the first two weeks. Department of fisheries stopped the boats from going out so there were no lobsters. He finally got a call Monday night he was working Tuesday. I drove him in at 6 a.m. to Digby to meet Dad and Denton at Tim Hortons. He worked from 7 a.m. to about 6 p.m. and I went back into town to meet them at Tim Horton’s again and then we were going to grab some groceries at the Superstore. We got groceries, got back in the car and got about 3 minutes down the road and I started to have issues breathing and felt like I was having an Asthma attack, something I haven’t really had much in years, just the occasional one. By the time we got home I was really having issues.

What neither of us considered in this whole thing is I am allergic to shell fish! Of all the things not to take into consideration, that had to be the worst one not to think of. We made it home, I didn’t have an inhaler but he did, so I took his. I made him strip out in the lean-to and throw his clothes right in the washer and I washed them twice. We talked it over and decided we couldn’t chance it as I have gone into anaphalactic shock before from eating shell fish. We just never considered the smell an issue or touch, just ingestion. I had heard of people reacting to the smell but never really experianced it myself. Only ever had issues if trying to eat it. On top of that he came home soaked and reeking of it. Needless to say he now has to look for another job. He’s frustrated and I feel for him he hates not working and not bringing in money for us. But we will survive, we just can’t chance it. On a good note though he has an interview at Walmart. READ MORE

Camping & Crutches

Before you ask, no I did not go camping on crutches but yes I am on crutches and yes we had planned to go camping this past weekend but that was before I ended up on crutches This put an end to our camping plans with my parents. My parents ended up going without us this past weekend because I was in too much pain and can’t get very far on the crutches, I was only able to get to the washroom and back before my back and neck were in extreme pain.

I fell on Sunday June 10th, just after we got back from the Salt Marsh Trail. I had already wrote and scheduled the last two posts so I didn’t bother updating them I ended up injuring my ankle, knee, back and neck on my left side. At first I was more concerned about my back and neck. I went to see the on call doctor on Monday and he said I likely sprained my knee and ankle and soft tissue injuries to my back and neck. He put me off work till the end of the week. Within a day or two though I was unable to put weight on my left leg. READ MORE

You know it’s summer when the pool goes up!

Last summer my parents bought a 22 feet long by 12 feet wide swimming pool that is 4.5 feet deep. They intended to get it up last year but it didn’t fit in the yard I guess my father was so excited by the price of it he didn’t take into consideration the amount of flat land to put it on in their back yard. So he spent most of the spring, summer and fall of last year trucking in dirt, old wood from decks people were tearing down and bricks and he built up an area big enough to hold the pool in a yard that slopes drastically.

This spring he has managed to get it to a point that we are laying out the pool and should have it ready by the end of June so that we can get July, August and maybe early September if it is warm enough out of it. Eddie and I have been helping him when we can between work and everything else. I am so excited that it is almost there. We are going to lay out the pool tomorrow and then he is going to over the next week or two with our help on the weekends finish off the retaining wall and start filling it. READ MORE

Salt Marsh Trail

On Sunday June 10th Edward and I decided to go to the Salt Marsh Trail in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia for a walk. This is one of my favorite trails to walk on and is part of the Trans Canada Trail system which amazingly enough is 24,000 km, the longest recreational trail in the world! It extends into all 13 of our Provinces & Territories! I love walking this trail. It is a 9 km linear trail which means it never connects back with itself, it just goes from one point to another. We only walked about 1.5 to 2 km and then back again. It’s a pretty place to take pictures and enjoy forest and salt marshes. The salty air is refreshing and it’s a great place to see birds, go biking or walking. There are usually some pretty flowers, bushes and trees along the way.

It starts out from a parking lot along Bissett Rd in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. It goes both ways from the road but I have only ever gone in one direction, towards the salt marsh. It starts off as a woodsy trail.
I love dandelion’s as long as I don’t pick them and get the white stuff inside the stem on me. I am apparently allergic. I read somewhere that it is latex which I have had reactions to in the past which I find interesting
You come out of the woodsy part of the trail to this view. The sky was perfect and the salty air so cool and refreshing on a hot day.
There are some interesting tree’s along the trail. This I believe is a birch of some kind. I love the pattern, almost a camouflage in the bark. It makes for an interesting picture I think. Sorry it’s slightly out of focus
I love the sky and the colours in this picture! I love the view from the trail. It’s always really pretty and serene and relaxing.
As we were walking this seagull was looking for food and he came up with a crab in his mouth! I actually got a really close up picture as well that you can see the crab but it was really out of focus but it was still to see. I am sorry this one is slightly out of focus as well. I was trying to manually focus but was not fast enough. I need to read a bit about taking pictures of birds in flight.
The sky was just amazing! I love all the cumulus clouds. It was such a nice day to walk the trail. All we say for birds was seagulls but I was on the lookout for other ones as well.
Catching birds in flight is a lot harder then it would seem. I need some practice and maybe I don’t have the right lens for it. Not sure. But it still turned out okay. Not great but okay.
Last bird one I promise. This one I am pretty proud of. It’s actually fairly clear and I was fairly close. It looks better when you click the picture, much clearer.
This is the view pretty much on both sides of the trail through more then half of it with some bridges along the way.
I think I have mentioned this before but I love bridges and boardwalks and wooden walkways.
One of my favorite flowers in the lady slipper. We have some here in places. I saw one on our walk back but it was far into the woods and as there is poison ivy right along the edges of the path I didn’t dare go off the path. However just as I was about to get into our car at the end I saw this one just a few feet from my car. Fearing there still might be poison ivy in the area I didn’t leave the gravel parking lot so I just zoomed in on it. Even though we have them here I have never seen one this close before.

We ended our walk about 1:30 pm and headed home to grab some laundry and head to my parents as it was my Mom’s birthday as well. We went out to my Aunt Ferne’s for cake and ice cream after supper. It was a nice end to the weekend. Usually I work Sunday’s but I have been using some vacation time throughout the spring and will be in the summer for some 3 day weekends before our week vacation in August and Quebec City and the St Lawrence River trip we will be taking. READ MORE