Thursday to Wednesday, May 9 to 15, 2019 (Oceanside RV Resort, Saanichton, BC)

Thursday (May 9) was an uneventful day. Steve is feeling better...but says his chest cold/flu feels like it's going into a head cold now. But he was definitely more spry, has his appetite back and even went for a walk around "the block" with me.

We're into an early heat wave here...with record breaking temps for this time of year. It's supposed to only last a couple of days but with temperatures in the mid 20'sC (80F) we're enjoying it while it lasts. Of course, being right on the water, the breeze cools it down a bit. So our afternoon was spent sitting outside in the shade...Steve reading and me, knitting.

Unfortunately by early evening, I was starting to feel the heavy chest and headache, so I "drugged" myself up and headed to bed early...thanks for sharing, honey!

Friday (May 10) was another uneventful as we both are both under the weather. Steve seems to be getting better but still doesn't have much energy. I have a horrible bronchial cough and headache.

So today was all about doing nothing...we watched a little TV, Steve got out for a walk, making it almost to the end of spit, and I did a couple of slow walks around the park. And that was about it...we're not getting anything accomplished this week!

Saturday (May 11) was pretty much a repeat of Thursday and Friday....same for Sunday (May 12), but I was feeling worse. Not a very happy Mother's Day for me!

Monday (May 13) morning, I was feeling much better than yesterday and Steve, other than a bit of a cough, is fine. After a week of doing nothing, we have too much to do to be sick any longer!

Around 10:00 we headed off in the truck...never had we thought that we would be driving out to Langford so many times! We're going back to Home Depot to look for the connections required to complete the installation of the faucet in the kitchen.

While Steve went in, I stayed in the truck to make a phone call. We leave here May 31 and since I hadn't heard from RebalanceMD about an appointment with a Nurse Navigator, I thought I'd call to see if I could get in before the end of the month. My doctor's assistant said that she would send a note to the nurse admin to let her know...but that was all she could do. Don't know if it's going to make a difference...but at least they know. I have a feeling this whole knee replacement process is going to take much longer than I had hoped.

Steve had no luck finding what he needed in Home Depot, so we headed off to Tom's RV...no luck there either. He was successful, though, at Andrew Sheret, a local plumbing supply store.

Our final stop was at the Real Canadian Super Store to pick up a few groceries. While I went in, Steve went across the parking lot to Mark's Clothing and bought himself a pair of pants and a couple of shirts.

Once home, Steve got right to work installing our new faucets...he started with the kitchen.

Out with the old. The old fittings were 1/2 " male from the braided hose to 1/2" female Pex fittings on the supply lines...
In with the new... required 1/2" MPT to 3/8" tube fitting adapters to the new faucet lines which were 3/8" female fitiings...
...and then the bathroom. No messing around with adapters as everything was the same. It was just very awkward for Steve to get into the cabinet and up in behind the sink to work. After it was all apart he tried to remove all the old calcium and mineral deposits from the counter top as the new faucet has a slightly smaller footprint. It was impossible to get it all off so he polished and sealed the counter top...
A little Teflon tape...
And voila!
We woke up Tuesday (May 14) morning to rain...don't like it but it is really needed. The province is so dry that a number of significant wildfires have already started...and it's not even the middle of May!

I was feeling okay today but had more nasal congestion and found any little bit of exertion exhausted me. So even the act of getting the laundry ready to take up to the laundry room had me sweating. But I persevered, with Steve's help, and got the laundry done. At least by the time I was ready, the rain had stopped so we didn't get soaked walking it up to the laundry room.

After lunch we made a quick trip into Sidney to pick up Steve's contact lenses that had come in...and other than that, a lot of time was spent inside, watching TV.

Wednesday (May 15) Steve headed off just after 7:30 to take the truck into P and R Truck Centre to have the grease leak in the front left wheel fixed. It only took them about 15 minutes to replace a hub gasket and he was home around 9:00.

The sun was shining this morning but there was quite a breeze coming off the ocean. Steve puttered around outside for awhile and then decided to give his power walk down to Island View Beach a try. I walked down to the beach and back and then around the campground.

And that was pretty much the extent of our day. I'm still not 100%...with the cold now bugging my sinuses and ears and I have absolutely no energy...sheesh! It's been a week now...enough is enough!



Thursday to Wednesday, May 2 to 8, 2019 (Oceanside RV Resort, Saanichton, BC)

We woke to mainly cloudy sky this morning....but by the end of the day, we had lots of sunshine. Today is the day that we were not looking forward to...we have to return the rental car. That was a fast month!

So just after 10:00 we headed off...Steve in the truck and me in the car. After topping the gas tank off, I followed Steve into Victoria and Budget Car Rental.

After dropping the car off, we started to head out to Home Depot in Langford to purchase new faucets for the kitchen and bathroom. But as we got onto the highway out that way, we could see ominous clouds that looked like rain. I checked the weather forecast and there was only a 20% chance of rain, but it definitely looked like it was raining out there, so we took the first exit and headed back to the highway home. Steve spent 5 hours washing the truck...no need to get it dirty if it's not necessary. We will go out there another day.

On the way home, we decided to go to Island View Regional Park...the park that Steve walks to on his daily walks. The booklet about knee replacement surgery that I received yesterday says that I should continue to exercise as much as possible and to use a cane or two walking poles to take the stress off the joint. I have walking poles, so we went for a walk along the waterfront trail...a nice easy level walk....
When Steve walks here, he approaches from the opposite direction, walking as far as the campground and back. We walked the trail to a point where it becomes loose sand...and then back. A Great Blue Heron is camouflaged nicely in the driftwood on the beach...
 He took off and landed a ways ahead of us...
 We'd catch up and he'd take off again...
I forgot to take any pictures as we drove down the hill to the park, so I took a few as we headed back up. Nice homes overlooking the ocean...
This is the best I could do showing the view the houses have, as the road curves and goes further up the hill...
And now going down the other side of the hill towards the highway...Michell's Farm. The owner purchased our old ATV before we started full timing....
Once home, we had lunch and then Steve cleaned out a bunch of old clothes from his cupboard while I did a little baking. After that, I sat outside in the intermittent sunshine with my knitting while Steve watched his TV shows.

Friday (May 3) started out with blue sky but some cloud quickly moved in. With the morning sunshine, Steve decided to go outside and work on his RC plane...and figure out if it can be repaired once again. He determined that it should be good for one more repair, so he went ahead and ordered the parts.
He had to remove the busted firewall and epoxy from the Styrofoam fuselage...
After lunch we headed into Sidney...in the truck...first full day without a rental car and we're missing it already! Parking Buster anywhere in Sidney is pretty much impossible, so he dropped me off to pick up a few groceries and continued onto an RV store for a look-see at what they have. I wasn't all  that long, so it wasn't long before I was texting him that I was ready to be picked up. We made one more stop...at Peden's RV, where we had purchased our fifth-wheel 9 years ago. We had a chat with the owner, Brad Peden, and then I went to sit in the truck while Steve had a quick gander around their RV supplies.

Back home, Steve headed out on his daily power walk and I sat inside to do a little banking on the laptop. By this time, the clouds had pretty well covered all of the blue sky and it was a little chilly. The forecast for the weekend is for lots of sun with highs around 18C/65F.

Saturday (May 4) morning Steve headed off in the truck to P & R Service. He had noticed grease leaking out of the hubcap on the left front wheel and wanted to get it checked.

I was waiting outside when Angie and the boys came by to pick me up...we're all going to the pool. Bryce has swimming lessons, Conner came along because Dad had to work today...and I'm there to have fun in the water with them...and do some water walking.

A couple of hours later, we were back at our place. Grampa visited with the boys while Ang and I cleaned ourselves up and then we headed to the Prairie Inn for lunch. We asked Grampa if he wanted to squeeze into the back seat between the 2 car seats but he didn't think he would fit and besides, he had some chores he wanted to take care of.

Yes, even with the console up, it would be a little tight in there for Grampa! Bryce on the left and Conner on the right...
We found a table for 4 in the restaurant side of the pub and enjoyed a nice lunch. The boys were well behaved and after finishing their meals (or should I say, eating all they were going to) were curious about the rest of the place. We were seated in one small room of the restaurant, so they had to go peek into the other rooms. Conner was particularly interested in what was beyond the sign "No Minors" so told his mom he would just go as far as the sign. He came back to report that he couldn't see the dart board in the pub but was sure it must be hidden around the corner...too cute! The Prairie Inn was established in 1859...for a history of the building click here.

It was close to 2:30 when Angie and the boys dropped me off. We initially had plans to go to the Boat Show in Sidney but then common sense hit me...I can't walk very well and certainly wouldn't be able to climb in and out of all the gorgeous boats (or should I say, yachts) they have on display!

I found Steve relaxing inside watching his shows on TV...he had had a full day, taking care of chores and he even managed to get his daily power walk in! His view on his walk today...a sand bar appears as the tide goes out. In the distance a tugboat towing a log boom.
We were sitting outside in the sunshine this beautiful Sunday (May 5) morning waiting for friends Rob and Nancy to pick us up. One last chance to see them before they head off on a fabulous 6 week vacation to Europe tomorrow. After a great visit over coffee and breakfast, they dropped us off  back at home. Thanks for the ride! Enjoy your trip!

The rest of the day was pretty well RnR...Steve got out for his power walk...look at all those Great Blue Herons!
And then we both sat outside...Steve reading and me, knitting. I also did a number of rounds of walking "the block" around the campground. We both also took the bikes out for a few loops around all the roads.

We were sitting outside in the late afternoon sunshine when Angie and the boys popped by for a visit. Conner and Bryce had both had birthday parties to attend and they even went and saw dad at work (Rob worked 12-hour shifts all weekend...there is obviously a push to get something ready).

It was after 5:30 when we gave the boys and Angie big hugs and said goodbye...have a good week!

Monday (May 6) just zipped by! We headed out just after 10:00...we've got some shopping to do! After much looking around, we decided on the faucets we found at Home Depot. Along with new faucets for the kitchen and bathroom, we also picked up all the 4 - 10' lengths of PVC pipe, 8 elbows and a few couplings. Steve is going to use these to make something to place on top of the slide toppers to hold the awning material down in high wind. Nine years ago when we were living here prior to retiring and going on the road, he saw other RV's with this....and thought it was a great idea!

We had driven out to Langford, a suburb of Victoria...a growing community with great shopping concentrated in one area. So we took advantage of it by stopping at Walmart, the Canadian Super Store and Canadian Tire...only a few of many stores. By the time we were finished and heading home, it was 2:00!

Once home, Steve got started on his project while I put the groceries away and made us a bite to eat...a late lunch today! He was all done just after 5:00....only took him 9 years to complete this project!


Just before 6:30, we went into Sidney to watch Conner play soccer..so cute watching a bunch of 6 year old's learning to control and kick a soccer ball! It was also nice to get a chance to visit with Rob. His one day of "regular work hours" before starting another stretch of 12 hour shifts...starting at 4:00 a.m. tomorrow morning! That means he has to be up and on his way to work shortly after 3:00 a.m.!

Tuesday (May 7) afternoon, even though we had our flu shots, the flu hit Steve like a ton of bricks! He woke up saying he felt congested in his chest and had an annoying cough and was a little achy. He managed through the morning...bottling (or should I say bagging) wine at Wine Kitz Sidney....
 The owner, Derek, pumping wine into the bags that are on a weight scale...
3 bags to a box...
We stopped at a pharmacy to pick up some medication and as soon as we got home Steve immediately went to his chair....where he remained, watching TV, for a couple of hours until he went to bed. He said he hasn't felt this bad since he got sick in the Serengeti while we were Tanzania, Africa! No idea where he picked it up...must have been while out shopping yesterday. (Steve here...we stopped having our daily happy hours about a week and a half ago. Now the number one ingredient in that medicine we got was alcohol. See... I stopped drinking plenty of fluids (beer) and got really sick...no wonder!)

It was an absolutely beautiful day today, so after baking some keto buns and making granola, I sat outside with my knitting. I also did a couple of short walks...I'm trying to keep up some exercise but it's hard.

With Steve so sick, Wednesday (May 8) was a do-nothing day. He got up at our usual early hour, had tea instead of coffee and showered...and then resumed his position in his chair. I puttered around, doing a little cleaning and then some banking on the laptop.

After a small bite to eat for lunch, he took some medicine and went to bed. I watched a PVR'd episode of Outlander (I have 9 episodes to catch up on) and then went outside to sit in the sun and knit...and again, went for a few short walks.

He was up a few hours later, sitting in his recliner again but after a light dinner, he headed back to bed to watch TV in there. Sure hope he gets better soon! And I must say I am really feeling "stuck" here...yes, I can drive the truck but not here! There is no way I would be able to park it wherever I went. So to say I'm missing a car would be an understatement!


Tuesday and Wednesday, April 30 and May 1, 2019 (Oceanside RV Resort, Saanichton. BC)

The forecast for today is sunny with a high of 18C/65F...a perfect day for friends Harry and Vicki to visit! They are in Sequim, Washington for a few days and are taking the Coho Ferry from Port Angeles over to Victoria for the day. We first met them in 2012 at the RV-Dreams Rally in Harrisburg, Oregon...and now see them every winter in Quartzsite.

We were watching as the Coho ferry pulled into the Inner Harbour at 9:50...
And were waiting as Harry and Vicki came out after clearing Canadian Customs...they let Harry in LOL!
After big hugs....we walked along Belleville Street passing the Parliament Buildings, and then up Government Street. We tried to go inside the Fairmont Empress Hotel but "looky loos" aren't allowed in the guest entrance...hmm....that's new. So we continued up Government Street to Bastion Square...Bastion Square is located in the heart of downtown. The ceremonial entry arch, located at View and Government Streets, welcomes visitors to the original site of old Fort Victoria. The square looks out on the Inner Harbour and boasts some of the finest restaurants, pubs, and cafes in Victoria. In the summer, its seasonal artisan market and many outdoor patios make it an ideal spot to visit.

We walked through Bastion Square, along Wharf Street back to Government Street, eventually reaching our car...we had lucked into a parking spot beside the museum. We were so busy talking we didn't get any photos. Time for a driving tour of the Greater Victoria area.

After driving through Beacon Hill Park, we continued to Clover Point and then along the waterfront past Ogden Point, the cruise ship terminal, then through downtown, eventually making it to Mount Tolmie Park..."The Best Place to View the City"...

Cropped from Steve's phone. A cruise ship and downtown Victoria... mountains on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State across the straight...
From there, we decided to drive out to the end of the Saanich Peninsula and show them our son's house (our old house that we built in 1990), the beautiful little town of Sidney, and on the way back, our current home Oceanside RV Resort.

It was 1:30 by the time we were back in Victoria and Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub...enough time to enjoy lunch on the deck overlooking the Victoria harbour. We were seated, ordered our beer choices and when the waiter delivered our drinks, the tray tipped sending 2 pints of beer onto Steve's lap! See how much darker his left short leg looks...he had Chocolate Stout on his shirt, shorts and down one leg all over his left shoe. Harry got a little splash too. After the mess was cleaned up...including Steve (he ended up getting a free t-shirt and they comped 2 beer), we enjoyed our beer and lunch while we continued our visit... Thanks for treating us to lunch!
We dropped Harry and Vicki off at the Black Ball Ferry Terminal just before 3:30, in time for the 4:00 sailing back to Port Angeles. Such a great visit and a wonderful surprise! So glad you came over for a visit! Enjoy your summer gig, safe travels and we'll see you in Q next January!

Wednesday (May 1) was another beautiful sunny day. After breakfast, I loaded a ton of laundry into the car and drove over to the laundry while Steve did the dishes and cleaned up inside. Laundry day ended up being a horror show...I had the 3 big front loaders full. Two of them worked fine but the third did not! When I opened the door, the contents were sitting in water! Imagine how fun it was pulling out water saturated flannel sheets and duvet cover and getting them over into a (now empty) top loading washer! To top it all off, when I went to the office to let them know of the fiasco, they had no mop (apparently only the cleaner has one and she is not there right now)...so a lady came with a roll of paper towels and was down on her hands and knees cleaning up all the water on the floor!

By this time it was going on 11:00 and Steve had to leave for his eye appointment in Sidney. I drove the car back along with the clothes that don't go in the dryer. He headed off in the car, I hung the clothes and then walked back up to the laundry room. Steve stopped and picked me and the rest of the laundry up on his way back....now that was a wonderful few hours!

After all the laundry was put away and the bed was made, we headed off into Victoria. We stopped at his old office to see his former co-workers and then made a couple of stops at stores to look at faucets for the trailer. It was all high end stuff and surprisingly chrome seems to be the most popular. Based on what he saw, looks like Home Depot is our best option.

And finally, my appointment at RebalanceMD with an orthopaedic surgeon. There ended up being absolutely no question that I was ready for a left knee replacement. Unfortunately the wait for surgery will be "approximately" 4 to 6 months. I also let them know that I would be available for any last minute cancellations. He gave me a booklet about knee replacement surgery, and left us with his receptionist who gave me a lab requisition for blood work and ECG.

The lab work has to be done at a hospital (why, I don't know), so after dropping Steve off at home, I went right to nearby Saanich Peninsula Hospital for the lab work. My timing was impeccable...I had a very short wait before being taken in.

I was home within an hour to find Steve had also just gotten home after his daily power walk down to Island View Beach and back.

Now the waiting begins...in a perfect world, I would have immediately been given a surgery date so that we could plan and ensure we have RV parks reserved. As it stands right now, we have parks reserved on the island until September 2. Then we go over to the mainland and stay in Fort Langley until October 2...after which we would be heading south for the winter. The knee replacement is major surgery...not to mention the physiotherapy and rehabilitation afterwards. So we could likely need to stay in the Victoria area longer than September 2...and possibly months after. It could possibly not be an issue if I were to be lucky enough to get an early surgery date...but we can't count on that. So I guess we should check out the possibility of staying here beyond September 2 and going south is up in the air....


Saturday to Monday, April 27 to 29, 2019 (Oceanside RV Resort, Saanichton, BC)

With huge hugs, we said goodbye to Deb and Ray...our time together went by so quickly! But it was so relaxing and we loved every minute of it...thanks so very much for your hospitality!

Our route home is one that I have never taken but Steve had about 40 some odd years ago on his motorcycle when it was just a gravel logging road. We've always wanted to take it now that it's paved and were happy to finally have the chance since we're up this way and have a rental car. It's now called the Pacific Marine Rd., and runs from Mesachie Lake, just west of Lake Cowichan, and goes through to Port Renfew, on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

We had a beautiful day for our drive home...

We stopped to take a look at this...



Harris Creek...



Above and below from the bridge...Harris Creek in Harris Canyon...
The road became quite narrow and windy...
Lizard Lake Campground was still closed but walk ins were camped in tents...
These campgrounds can be found on sites and trails bc.
We continued on past Fairy Lake Recreation Site but it was also closed. A couple more river crossings...



San Juan River...
San Juan River Bridge at Port Renfrew...one of the things Port Renfrew is famous for, other than fishing, is the West Coast Trail and more recently, the addition of the Juan De Fuca Trail...
History
The 75-kilometre (47-mile) West Coast Trail is part of the ancient paths and paddling routes used for trade and travel by first nations. Huuay-aht, Ditidaht, and Pacheedaht villages and camps were well established before the foreign sailing ships started to arrive off this coast over 200 years ago. As the years passed and the number of ships sailing the Juan de Fuca Strait increased, so too did the number of shipwrecks and drownings along the coast. In time, the coastline became known as “the Graveyard of the Pacific.”

In 1906, when the steamship Valencia went down with the horrific loss of more than 125 lives, the public outcry prompted the Canadian government into further action: Pachena Lighthouse was constructed in 1907; lifesaving stations were established at Cloo-ose and Bamfield; the telegraph route was upgraded to become the Dominion Life Saving Trail, complete with six shelters stocked with provisions for both shipwreck victims and their rescuers. As navigation technology improved, many of these measures became obsolete and were abandoned.

In 1970, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve was established and in 1973, the lifesaving trail was included in the national park reserve as a recreational hiking trail, beginning a new chapter in its history. Today, over 7,500 backpackers hike the West Coast Trail every year. They come to see the beauty, experience the challenges, and walk the path of those that came before them.


Steve did 7 miles of this trail when he was a young lad in Air Cadets back in the early 70's. Apparently it was very rugged and wasn't much of a trail back then...it took them all day to go that short distance!

The River flows into the bay at Port Renfrew. Steve said that one time when he was here many many moons ago the sun was behind the surf and when the large waves were almost ready to crest they became translucent and they could see seals body surfing within the waves! Very cool...
We're at the Pacheedaht First Nation's Campground on San Juan Beach. I guess we didn't drive in far enough, but from what we saw, the road and beach access parking area was full of huge potholes and the outhouse was disgusting. Apparently they have sites with power, water, and a shower building which we never saw...
Looking towards our destination for lunch...The Renfrew Pub...
View of San Juan Beach as we drove down to the Pacific Gateway Marina
Bridgemans West Coast Eatery at the marina...
The Renfrew Pub...
Port Renfrew Community Dock...
Wild Renfrew Gift Shop and Cottages...
Studio cottages along the dock. They also have larger cottages and a lodge...

Steve initially thought those were stacked fish containers but they are actually the floating sections of the marina taken out for the winter...
Looking back towards the pub...
Okay...lets go eat!
Just as we were ready to go inside about 30 people walked in first...great...going to be a wait now!
We found it a little too cool and windy to sit out on the deck...gorgeous view from it, though!

We had a great lunch then headed off to check out Botanical Beach. Steve had his heart set on checking out the variety of sea life in the tidal pools. We were here decades ago, before it was developed. You used to be able to drive much closer to the beach on a really rough road but now there's a paved road to a parking lot and a 2.7 km loop trail to the beach. Unfortunately I can't hike that far with my knees. Also Ray and Deb gave us their old 30 gallon Blue Boy which we'll need when staying in Qualicum in July (thanks guys!). So that's taking up most of the space in the trunk so our luggage, camera bag and lap top are in the back seat and signs say thieves take advantage of valuables left in vehicles. We could put the lap top and camera bag in the trunk but that still left our luggage in view. Too bad...this is a really cool beach to explore and wave watch :(

View across Salish Sea looking towards the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. Rough seas out there. It's been very windy since we got to Port Renfrew and we've gone through intermittent rain. We later learned  BC Ferries cancelled their sailings Victoria/Vancouver sailings. One ferry had to turn back in Active Pass and another was damaged trying to dock.
Arriving in Jordan River...
Jordan River Regional Park Campground comes into view so thought we would check it out...
It's awning to awning and exposed to the wind...

It's popular with windsurfers...
An empty spot but very little room...
The windsurfer moving quickly along the shoreline...

We used to camp at French Beach Provincial Park in our 17 1/2' trailer but after taking a drive through, found no big rig friendly spots in the loop that was open...

Scotish Broom is beautiful to look at in full  but is very invasive...
Scotch broom is native to the Mediterranean areas of Europe. It was intentionally introduced to B.C. in 1850 by Captain Walter Grant who planted broom at his farm on Vancouver Island. Regrettably, few realized the invasiveness of this perennial as it quickly spread up the east coast of Vancouver Island before invading the Gulf Islands and mainland. Humans encouraged its continued spread as highway departments planted Scotch broom as a bank stabilizer because of its deep root structure and rapid growth. Nowadays, Scotch broom can be spotted with its brilliant yellow flowers in open areas such as roadsides, power lines, and natural meadows. This weed is a strong competitor with various native plants including those within declining Garry oak ecosystems as well as newly planted coniferous forests. It competes with native species for available light,moisture and nutrients, especially on disturbed sites. So far there are no known natural predators for this weed, therefore allowing it to spread throughout southern B.C. and other parts of North America. It does particularly well in recently disturbed areas, and for this reason it continues to increase in areas of Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland where land development is intensive. Despite these detriments, Scotch broom is quite spectacular with its striking array of bright yellow flowers in spring.and for this reason it continues to increase in areas of Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland where land development is intensive. Despite these detriments, Scotch broom is quite spectacular with its striking array of bright yellow flowers in spring.and for this reason it continues to increase in areas of Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland where land development is intensive. Despite these detriments, Scotch broom is quite spectacular with its striking array of bright yellow flowers in spring.


Crossing the Sooke River in Sooke...

This is the route we took today...
We got home just after 3:00...a fabulous road trip and for the most part sunny. After unloading the car and unpacking our suitcases, it was time to relax for the rest of the afternoon. 

Sunday was a pretty lazy day. I downloaded all of the pictures taken over the last few days and after a 40 minute power walk to Island View Beach, Steve got to work on editing them. 

I headed out in the car to run a couple of errands...first of all, I stopped for a quick visit with Rob, Angie and the boys and then took my time doing some grocery shopping.  When I got home, I worked on a blog post detailing our visit up island. And that was pretty much our day....

Monday was a sunny beautiful day. I headed out just after 10:00 to meet a friend for lunch...but first of all, I stopped at Costco to pick up a few things. Again, it never ceases to amaze me how busy all Costco stores are! I lucked into a great parking spot not far from the entrance...bonus! The line ups at the cashiers were crazy long...so I quickly picked up the few things I needed and went to stand in line.

I met Linda at Milestones in Langford and we enjoyed a wonderful hour and a half chatting and catching up over lunch. So good seeing you! Unfortunately, I completely forgot about taking a picture...sheesh!

I got home shortly after 2:00 to learn that Steve had just gotten home after another power walk to Island View Beach. I'm really finding it difficult not being able to join him...after all, that is such a part of our lifestyle. Hopefully, I don't have to wait too terribly long for the knee replacement surgery. I guess we'll find out more at my appointment on Wednesday. I'm going to take Steve with me as an extra pair of ears...plus with our lifestyle, it's not easy to just be at the hospital without some pre-planning.

At 3:00 we drove into Sidney to our Blood Donation appointment. We used to give regularly before we retired and since we are stationary for a couple of months, I checked to see if there was a clinic in Sidney. Today was the day...perfect! Turns out I was able to give, but Steve needs some clarification from doctors if it's safe for him to give blood with his heart block condition.

We were just about to have a bite to eat before going out to watch Conner at his soccer practice when I received a text from Rob saying that Conner was sick so they wouldn't be going tonight. Ah, poor little guy...maybe next week.