Family and Buddies

The day the power went out.

by Carol Browne on August 29, 2015 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, Festivities, Photos

Whoa! It's windy out there!

ZOMG! We had such an adventure today – this, our 17th anniversary. I know! How do we stay so young, you may ask? I have no idea! We keep having anniversaries and birthdays and stay the same age. At least, that’s what my brain keeps telling me.

Anyway, we came home after a breakfast of French Toast and a photowalk in the local cemetery (do we know how to party or what?) and walked across the street to the movie theatre to see, Inside Out (in 3D, of course.). Side note: this is the first time we’ve been to this little theatre and it was great. Well kept, comfy seats and the price is right. We should have been going to that theatre all along. But now we know.

ANYWAY, we’re watching the cute 3D movie and the BOMP. The movie stops. We don’t know what is happening for a few minutes, but then we get asked to leave because the power went out. NO! How is this possible? The weather was pretty windy, but the temperature was quite warm, so it was weird to wear a jacket because it was hot. I’ve been in worse storms before by far, so it seemed weird this one was so damaging. We saw other places around Vancouver where trees had been uprooted and everything, so maybe we got it less severe out our way?

We walked home with our free passes for another movie with popcorn! Bonus for us, but bummer for the owner. Oh well. We’ll go back. Once back in our complex, broken branches were all over the ground and it smelled like Christmas trees.

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International Dog Day, huh?

by Carol Browne on August 26, 2015 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, Photos

Stinky shoes are the best!

I’m not sure who declared it International Dog Day, but it was everywhere on the Facebook today.

I wish we had a dog, too, but we can only have 2 pets in per unit in the complex where we live. Probably a good idea because I could see us having so many pets! Baby goats! Puppies! Peegs! OXEN! They could fit on the patio FOR SURE. And we’d have to have 2 because TEAM WORK! Maybe we should just get 2 oxen and hide the kitties?

Anyway, Donner enjoys stinky shoes – the stinkier, the better. And trust me, it’s summer and Mike’s shoes most likely fit the bill. I didn’t check, but why else would Donner be putting his front paws all the way into Mike’s shoes and just sitting there like this? Enjoyable for him. Fill your boots!

Donner and Oscar had a big adventure today – they stepped outside with Mike. They were very hesitant and didn’t go very far from the door, but they went outside for the first time ever. Actually, one time Donner dove out the backdoor into the backyard then quickly back in the house. He was outside for less than 5 seconds that time. Tonight? He was out for about 15 or 20 seconds. I think for fun we may get them some harnesses and leashes and see if they’ll walk out in the grass around our neighbourhood.

Good luck to us to get a harness on those two.


Beauty Mark

by Carol Browne on August 15, 2015 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, Photos

Beauty mark apple

We decided to have a lazy day today (THANK GOODNESS). We went out to Historic Stewart Farm for an easy photo walk. Sadly, the house was closed (I think for a wedding), but the garden and the orchard were still open for business so we helped ourselves to photos. We did not take an apple, I promise. As tempting as the were, the temptation was thwarted with a sign in the orchard that talked about Apple Maggots. GROSS. Keep your disgusting apples, Stewart Farm. BLECH. But to be fair, they looked wonderful. I can only imagine back to when the Stewarts lived there, with the farm in full swing, harvest time must have been terrific.

The farm is right on the water, and tide was OUT (P.U. low tide!) but I was able to see thousands of tiny minnows in amongst the sea lettuce? sea weed? Green stuff. The teeny fish were in there.

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Thinking about those oxen

by Carol Browne on August 13, 2015 · 0 comments

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In the Oxen Barn

I sure do miss those oxen from the Big Ex in Nova Scotia. I asked my FIL (Father In Law!) if they always keep the oxen together and he said yes. For team building. And I did a little research about training oxen and they do like to be with their buddy and around other cattle. AWWW! I love the oxen! Also, further research revealed that oxen are mostly castrated males. Sorry dudes. You really are beasts of burden. So being gored to death by an ox probably won’t happen. But sleeping in front of the TV eating popcorn? That could happen with an ox. One more reason to love the mighty ox.

Here are some of their pals also in their barn:
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The tour guides? Or the tourists?

August 12, 2015

My camera feels too heavy to start taking photos of Vancouver again. I still have so many photos of Nova Scotia to post that it doesn’t matter. Those tourists in Gastown can always wait a bit longer. We came home to no rain at all and maybe a little bit in the foreseeable future. Frightening. I […]

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Back with the Smashy Brothers

August 11, 2015

I was kind of worried that the kitties would be mad at us for leaving them for 10 days. I guess that’s a stupid idea now that I type it out. I don’t think they can tell time and they were fed by the neighbours twice a day, so it makes no sense. ANYWAY, they […]

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Friends and family

August 8, 2015

We were on the road today to a place called, Endfield, to watch our nephew play in the world’s shortest and longest baseball game. Let me explain. Oh wait. I can’t. The game went only 4 innings, however, the score was something like 25 to 4. And there’s a mercy rule which I can’t remember […]

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Carters Beach & Broad Cove

August 7, 2015

Boy, I wish these Brownes would take us somewhere nice for a change.

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Birthday Lobster

August 5, 2015

Lobster dinner was DELICIOUS! Mike’s dad went to a lot of trouble today for us. He had to get the lobsters for us today at 3 pm, bring them home, cook them up (sorry, guys. You were delicious.) and then make it easy for us to pull all the meat out. It was quite the […]

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Today I went to Horizon Hill Farm and all I saw was…

August 4, 2015

Martina with about a thousand (or so) dogs. Mike with a 30 year old horse:

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