Friday, July 29, 2016

Five Things Friday

It's been a while, I know. I've been a slacker when it comes to posting on my blog and for that I apologize. I honestly just don't feel like I have much to post about or have any motivation to write. I keep hoping my zeal for blogging will come back, but it seems to be taking its sweet time. So in the meantime, I'll just blog when I feel up to it and you'll just have to check in regularly to see if I posted. Or follow me on Facebook for more updates.

1) We went to see Cold Creek County (a country band) at our local free music festival and we had super awesome seats thanks to a generous coworker. We were six rows from the front and got to enjoy an absolutely amazing concert. Oh so much fun!

2) We have a little flower garden in the back yard that seems to have been a place to put specialty flowers. I've enjoyed watching what appears next and so far we have had some interesting lilies and roses. Really pretty and I'm thinking I'll have to improve it next year by pulling out the weeds that take up 90% of the garden.

3) Our three little blueberry plants that we bought a few years back are finally producing enough to enjoy! In past years, I've barely gotten a handful from the whole season but this year have already enjoyed them a few times, even needing a bowl to pick once.

4) I finally got around to hanging our bathroom art, a picture that my niece Eloise drew for us as a wedding gift. It has been in every bathroom in every place we've lived, so I kept on the tradition and added it to our ensuite. It's amazing how much hanging one picture can make a place feel more like home.

5) Dan and I have been getting out geocaching quite a bit lately and have been enjoying racking up our finds. Maybe we'll even pass 300 this year! We spent Sunday afternoon in the Highlands East working on the GeoTour and are up to 62 finds out of 100. Go us!

What has everyone else been up to lately? Tell me your random tidbits of fun!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Mini Camping Trip 2016

We started off our camping season this year with an impromptu one night camping trip two weekends ago. Dan had been suggesting it for a while but we really didn't decide to actually do it until the day before, so our prep work was a little rushed. But we managed and it ended up being a really nice time.

We headed out in the morning on the Friday and stopped by the Petroglyphs Provincial Park for a quick look around. We didn't stay long though because we had Mia with us and dogs weren't allowed in most of the interesting areas. We arrived at our launch point on Eel's Creek and had a picnic lunch by the river before heading out. While Dan and I ate, Mia lounged in the water. Literally.

Can you spot Mia in the water?
Once we finished our sandwiches, we strapped on our backpacks and made the short hike to the river put in.

Can I just say, Mia in her little backpack is the cutest thing ever. It totally makes me smile the whole time I follow along behind her and Dan.

We paddled up the river for quite a while, getting past the more used areas and making our way to the quieter crown land up past the falls. There were a few portages but nothing too long and it was made easier by our awesome gear and our capability of doing a portage in one trip. Having our little pack mule along helps.

Mia was awesome on the trip and didn't whine too much. She mostly just lay in the canoe watching the world go by.

We chose a lovely little spot to camp for the night and got our tent set up. Once we were settled in, we spent some time fishing and reading (I'll let you guess who did what).

It was so peaceful and quiet at our site, with no one around. We spent the evening relaxing, geocaching, eating supper and staying warm by the fire, with a nice little game of Monopoly Deal before turning in for the night. So nice.

In the morning we ate our breakfast and then slowly started packing up our site. We wanted to get heading home earlier in the day before the heat hit us and we also had evening plans. But the main goal for leaving early was to enjoy the calm still water and to get a bunch of geocaching done. We took our sweet time heading back down the river to our car and really enjoyed the time out in nature together. It was the perfect intro to camping for the year and got us excited for our next trip in August.

I would have taken more pictures but Dan's phone died overnight, so that's all you get. But I will leave you with one last bonus picture of Mia wearing sunglasses. What a good sport she was.

Anyone else getting any camping in this summer? And if so, do you do car camping or back country camping?

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

I'm Too Young To Be This Old

Yup, you read that right. I'm feeling old despite being relatively young. I'm in my 20's, I shouldn't be so easily winded while walking up a hill or unable to paddle a canoe up a river without having aching arms for days. Our canoe trip last weekend was the kick in the butt I needed to get moving again. It is long past time, but better late than never. Right?

So here is the plan, for now at least. I want to move in some way every day and I have made up a workout schedule for the next two weeks. I want to run 3x a week, strength train 2x a week and then walk/bike/yoga 2x a week. I've even written this all out on a calendar and pulled out my stickers. For some odd reason, I love giving myself a sticker when I accomplish something.

I started on Monday by going to the gym and doing some cardio and strength. I felt good doing it and accomplished afterwards. Plus, I looked pretty cute thanks to some adorable work out clothes I have. I admit, looking cute while working out is a good motivator.

Yesterday I went for a run (which admittedly, was mostly walking) and have officially started the Couch to 5k program! This is probably the 6th or 7th time I have started this program and have yet to ever complete it. Maybe this is the year?

Today I plan to hit up the gym again and do some strength training. I'm starting out pretty slow and not pushing myself too hard, since I want this to be a lasting thing and not kill myself the first week. Although I may feel differently come Sunday...

I even signed up for a 5k run in September, which means I will be able to cross another goal off my goal list! Go me! I will be running with my friend Vicky, the same one who I ran in the colour run with last fall, although she will be continuing on and doing a 10k, because she is totally awesome like that. Maybe next year I will be able to join her for a 10k.

So that's the plan for me, to get moving and put my body to good use. No more lazing about all the time and wasting away before I turn 30.

Anyone else want to join me? Let's keep our bodies moving!