Things around here have been ticking along as usual. We are finally into some actual summer heat, which is nice. We are glad to have electrical hookups to run our A/C! As usual our days are similar...we get out for a power-walk everyday, whether it is here at the campground or to a local park. We usually get out for a bike ride in the afternoons, too...as long as it's not too hot. Having a car now, I am able to get out by myself to go shopping as I want without depending on Steve for transportation. He likes that too!
The Covid-19 virus has certainly changed daily life for so many, including us. There has been a recent spike in cases here in BC...a result of large gatherings in the interior earlier in the month. Hospitalizations and deaths have gone down, so that is good. I have noticed many more people wearing masks while out shopping...so that too, is a good thing.
The Hydrangeas are in full bloom in the gardens here...just beautiful (but they are overtaking the walkway)!
Sunday (July 26) was a pretty uneventful day. We got our morning walk in before it got too hot and then relaxed for the rest of the day in the shade. I did some knitting and Steve read...along with a little "recline" in the chair.
Oh, he did take care of one chore...replacing the flame diffuser and collection box that houses the ignitor in our 10 year old Jackson Grill barbecue. Unfortunately the mounting ring for the igniter fell apart from the old collector box so that means another trip out to Abbotsford.
The rain sensor on our car popped off the windshield and for the life of us, neither one of us could get it snapped back into place, so we decided to stop at Honda Way...we're still under warranty, after all. They were able to take it in, get it snapped back in place and we were on our way within 20 minutes or so.
On our way home, we stopped at Traveland RV in Langley to pick up the fridge fan we had ordered. Our fridge is having a hard time keeping the temps low in this heatwave...we have it on the coldest setting and the temp only manages to get down to 40F to 43F. So we're hoping the fan inside the fridge will help (update: doesn't seem to be making a difference...drats!)
Tuesday (July 28) was pretty uneventful...relaxing in the shade outside where there is a slight breeze while the trailer is cooling with the A/C on. Gotta love summer...we're in a heat wave for the most of the week. Temps into the 30'sC/86+F.
Wednesday (July 29) morning we decided to drive to the White Rock waterfront and walk the pathway and pier. We have driven along the waterfront many times but have never stopped to walk it because it's pay parking everywhere with no spots large enough for our truck.
We parked in one of the parking lots near the pier, paid for parking ($7.50 for 2 hours) and headed off. Look at that rooftop sitting area at the Boathouse Restaurant! The main street is packed with restaurants and shops...unfortunately we noticed a number of the small ones closed (a result of Covid)...
We headed towards the pier...a nice little plaza area with picnic tables. They didn't appear to be blocked off, so I guess they are open for folks to use, should they wish.
Luckily we are here early so there are not too many people and everyone respected physical distancing...
December 13 to 26, 2018 to see the damage done there). BC Hydro said it was the worst storm damage in their history.
Some 30 metres of pier was destroyed on Dec. 20, 2018, during a storm that saw winds of up to 100 km/h lash the region. Boats were sent crashing into the pier, splitting the span in two and stranding one individual at the far end....The damaged section cost $4 million to repair, while another $11 million is needed for upgrades to the rest of the pier so it can withstand future storms.
(These 2 pictures-above and below-taken from the internet)
Thursday (July 30), I spent most of the morning working on the laptop "taking care of some business". We got notices by email from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) that they had completed the reassessment of our tax returns since 2013...we found out last year that the premiums we pay for our travel medical insurance are eligible to be claimed in our medical expenses for each year. The outcome was good...although I misread it to start with and thought we had to pay! That caused a bit of angst but it didn't make sense that adding more expenses would cause us to pay more. I must learn to read completely before jumping to conclusions! LOL
Once I was done with the laptop, I passed it over to Steve to work on picture editing...and I headed out to pick up a few groceries.
Friday (July 31) was a cloudy start for a change...and not as hot but still warm enough. We even had a few sprinkles of rain. We decide to wait until closer to noon to go out for our walk...we wanted to go to Blackie Spit, it has been awhile since we have been there. And getting out of the campground for our walk would be our last chance for the next few days...we don't plan on going to any parks this long weekend, they will all be packed!
About halfway through our walk, we started feeling raindrops. It got a little heavier but it wasn't a downpour and it was still warm.
Whenever we got a glimpse anywhere along the canal it was full of mostly sleeping ducks ...
Once home I headed off in the car to return an item at Walmart (I had meant to do it when I went out yesterday but forgot the bag...Steve figured I did it on purpose just so I'd get to go out again on my own today!)
And that brings us up to date once again. Stay safe and healthy everyone!