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Jul 26, 2021 - 1:10:12 PM

donc

Canada

6693 posts since 2/9/2010

Here we are north of the northwest. The weather here is a record string of hot sunny days. B.C. is usually the place to spend some weeks with time off. This year is quite different. Many people around here head to that foreign country 1 hour south. For a few more weeks that gate is closed as both sides deal with a new wave of the pandemic. The next alternative is the interior. At the present time there are about 240 big forest fires so you have to like smoke and potentially dangerous fires. The third alternative is to head to Vancouver Island. The covid numbers are almost at zero. There are no forest fires and its a beautiful place to visit. The big problem is that everyone has the same idea. The cities of Victoria and Nanaimo are one large parking lot of cars trying to get somewhere. The highways are being mended during the high traffic season so a lot of time is wasted sitting still in traffic. After my rant comes the good news. After 18 months we were finally able to get away and stay away for a few days. It wasn't a perfect destination this year but getting away was a healing experience. I would recommend it for anyone in need of an escape.

Edited by - donc on 07/26/2021 13:11:08

Jul 26, 2021 - 1:55:53 PM
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Owen

Canada

9335 posts since 6/5/2011
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Being retired kinda means year-round vacation.  My enjoyment (?) seems to hinge on the ratio of sanity:insanity around me..... so far things seem to be improving a bit faster outside of MB than inside, but where there's life there's hope... I hope.  We're managing.... only two outings with the SurfSide so far, but will probably make a bit more of a concerted effort..... as the ^^ ratio warrants/allows.   

Jul 26, 2021 - 2:32 PM
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Brian T

Canada

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Same as my Spring Vacation and my Winter Vacation. I hunted a few grouse during my Fall Vacation. Probably gone out to eat more in the past 6 months than in the past 6 years.
Dry, smokey, really bad buggy, not real threats (so far) of local wild fires.

I'd like to get out on the plains somewhere. I need to see the horizon. About 5 miles away from my house here.

Jul 26, 2021 - 3:55:09 PM
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wizofos

USA

6100 posts since 8/19/2012

Summer going good so far, not much different than winter, spring or fall. In winter I snow blow the drive, fall I clean up leaves, spring we spend time putting in the garden, summers are cutting the grass. To many hot and humid day so working outside in the early morning then spending the afternoon in the AC napping and working on learning new banjo uke.
A retirement week is 5 Saturdays and Sunday. Not as much camping as we wanted but spending some time doing little chores on the camper. Tore up the old linoleum floor and replacing it with tile, going to repack the wheel bearings when that is done. Splitting and putting up firewood for next winter.
I will be spending a day volunteering at EAA this week but otherwise not much difference.

Jul 26, 2021 - 4:24:46 PM
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RonR

USA

1860 posts since 11/29/2012

We took the family to the Catskill Mountains for a week to beat the heat here in the mid Atlantic.. There were lots of mountains, lakes and water falls.

Jul 26, 2021 - 4:43:32 PM
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rinemb

USA

13745 posts since 5/24/2005

Now away vacationing this summer. We have enjoyed some cooler evenings on the patio. Though the skitters are making their presence big time. Brad

Jul 26, 2021 - 5:15:53 PM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

25116 posts since 6/25/2005

I’m retired. Year-round vacation—such as it is.

Jul 26, 2021 - 5:29:16 PM
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4171 posts since 10/18/2007

It’s hot.

Jul 26, 2021 - 8:23 PM
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55 posts since 6/15/2021

And dry.

Jul 27, 2021 - 12:36:20 AM

Paul R

Canada

14886 posts since 1/28/2010

A bit too much rain lately. We had our first getaway on Saturday - up Highway 15 and across to Merrickville on the Rideau Canal system, just south of Ottawa. Just a day trip. The bicycle rides have been short, It seems we've travelled farther for vaccine and medical appointments. They've scattered/outsourced some med procedures. Thursday I have day surgery - in Napanee. Nice little hospital there.

Today we have a smoke advisory from forest fires at the other end of the province.

Jul 27, 2021 - 1:08:54 AM
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3757 posts since 4/22/2018

Mines not happening yet. We had a week in Scotland booked with some friends, but my trip into hospital stymied me going. Luckily, friends and family stepped in and both my kids got taken up north and are holidaying with our friends (much cooler than having dad around). My sister in law who lives near where the kids are staying, had arranged an amazing birthday gift for my 14 year old daughter - how cool is this?




 

Jul 27, 2021 - 2:20:20 AM
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58025 posts since 12/14/2005

Friends of mine had a couple big trees ( maple and black walnut) taken down.
I got a log each, with which to make banjos.

BUT!- - -
LAST week:
The black walnut log had originally been 7 ft long, and took 4 people to muscle it into the trailer.
So, at my house, I took my electric chain saw, and sawed it down ( while still in the trailer) to two pieces, one of which was a bit longer than a banjo neck, and the other about 3 ft.
STILL a heck of a job for ONE person to load and unload.
Unloaded them into the storage shed, and looked around for a sawmill.
THIS week:
Loaded them into the wagon.
I ain't a big husky fellow, so it dang near killed me.

Then off to Jackson WI about 9 miles away, to have the logs sawed into boards, so I could make banjos.
Got to the place, and the guy says anything under 4 ft, too short to fit the clamping system on his sawing machine.
All 3 of mine are under 4!

Will think of SOME way to get 'r done, OR will haul the logs to Habitat ReStore and donate them, take a receipt for a tax break.

Jul 27, 2021 - 4:49:35 AM
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rinemb

USA

13745 posts since 5/24/2005

Mike, a good time to go to Connecticut and visit figmo59. Swap a square eel for some wood cutting and home cookin. Brad

Jul 27, 2021 - 5:00:14 AM
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banjoy

USA

9795 posts since 7/1/2006

Summer, I understand. What's a vacation?

Jul 27, 2021 - 5:29:49 AM

Buddur

USA

3054 posts since 10/23/2004

Oh if vacations could only last all Summer.

My vacation isn't until the last week of August. Acadia NP then the White Mtns. Can't wait.

Jul 27, 2021 - 5:31:41 AM

396 posts since 5/22/2021

Hi!

Planning to hed up to the Pennsylvanian mountains, like the alleghenies and the poconos, for a few days, and then come right back.

The weather channels say it is going to drop to the mid 40s degrees FAHRENHEIT at night on July 30th, so thats pretty amazing, although it would be in the upper 50s here in southeastern Penna.

Have a great summer! Mine is coming along pretty nicely, although we dont travel much.

Jul 27, 2021 - 5:33:04 AM

396 posts since 5/22/2021

quote:
Originally posted by Buddur

Oh if vacations could only last all Summer.

My vacation isn't until the last week of August. Acadia NP then the White Mtns. Can't wait.


Ah, always wanted to head to the Acadia NP!!! Have not been up that far for a while. Vermont, and Lebanon NH are also great stops, if you are going to head that way by driving. Dartmouth College is a real cool sight to see!

Jul 27, 2021 - 2:13:20 PM
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58025 posts since 12/14/2005

  • quote:

Originally posted by rinemb

Mike, a good time to go to Connecticut and visit figmo59. Swap a square eel for some wood cutting and home cookin. Brad


Cheaper to buy a banjo, than to buy gas and tolls to haul the trailer and wood the 2,081.8 miles (minimum) round trip.

Although I did visit him once, and it was a delightful time!

Jul 27, 2021 - 2:46:14 PM

Paul R

Canada

14886 posts since 1/28/2010

quote:
Originally posted by Buddur

Oh if vacations could only last all Summer.


I've been on vacation since '02. Winter, spring, summer, autumn.

When I was a kid, Dad rented a cottage in Vermont for the summer. So, my vacation did last all summer. Dad's was a month, so he came down from Montreal on weekends.

Jul 27, 2021 - 8:21:32 PM

donc

Canada

6693 posts since 2/9/2010

Paul.. I've always heard that Toronto gets a lot of humidity with the summer heat. I hope you're staying afloat.

Jul 27, 2021 - 9:09:12 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

58962 posts since 10/5/2013

Hangin’ around a hospital with a bunch of other half-as*ed idiots

Jul 27, 2021 - 9:54:44 PM
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Paul R

Canada

14886 posts since 1/28/2010

quote:
Originally posted by donc

Paul.. I've always heard that Toronto gets a lot of humidity with the summer heat. I hope you're staying afloat.


Well, Kingston gets the same weather as Toronto, so not too bad except for the occasional heat wave. They're at opposite ends of Lake Ontario (we're just up from the St. Lawrence). It also depends upon how many trees are around. On hot days, when I lived close to High Park, I'd get off the subway on a hot night and get the cooling effect of all the trees.

What we've been getting lately is a lot of rain. I'm on a Zoom session out of Phoenix, Arizona, and their heat is something I can't even imagine. If it's too hot we can always go to the basement, but they don't even have basements - the soil is too hard. That soil also makes it dangerous to be out in the rain - it just sweeps through the depressions and can kill.

I'll be hanging around a hospital on Thursday. Luckily, it's just day surgery. I have to go to Napanee, what with all the "outsourcing" of procedures due to the pandemic. Nice little community hospital, though.

Edited to add: Ottawa is the killer. They have broiling heat in the summer and freezing cold in winter - extremes.

Edited by - Paul R on 07/27/2021 21:56:30

Jul 29, 2021 - 5:23:34 AM

3757 posts since 4/22/2018

Looks like my vacation is about to start tomorrow. I’ll be heading up north to Scotland to join my kids who are already up their with the friends and family who stood in to take them away when I became ill. I will be having a few days with them on the coast at our friends holiday home. I really can’t wait, the last year has been tough with the lockdowns etc but I have also been incredibly busy with work (which I won’t ever complain about in the current financial circumstances) so I am really ready for a few days with a change of scenery. I’ve stocked up on fishing tackle and am looking forward to spending a few hours fishing for mackerel from my favourite spot. Roll on tomorrow!

Jul 29, 2021 - 9:18:39 AM

6822 posts since 9/5/2006

been on so called vacation since march last year,,this summer? well its been a leg infection and 2 planter warts on my right foot that feel as big as a rock and won't go away with all the home remedies and freezing kits. still care giving for my MOL and its 95 here today. other then that ,,,everything is GREAT !

Jul 29, 2021 - 9:39:45 AM

Brian T

Canada

18531 posts since 6/5/2008
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In 2021, since January 01, outside my front door, I have seen both -37C and +44C. Those are shade temperatures, too.
Retired, it's perfectly excusable to phone and say it's too cold, etc. Everybody is OK with that.

Going to be some push here to establish a Men's Shed.
I don't know if that's what I want to do.
I can make the same mess of chips & sawdust in my own basement.
I'll go. Sit on my hands and listen.

Jul 30, 2021 - 12:43:56 PM
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Owen

Canada

9335 posts since 6/5/2011
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....just got back from outing #3.... to a smallcampground 3/4 of an hour east of here.

Pics of morning, evening and inbetween.

* = 10 sites; 6 seasonal and 4 daily.  Only 3 trailers in the seasonal sites [one in use, two with nobody aroond].... only us in daily..... and to boot the couple in the one seasonal left on a.m. of day two so we had the campground to ourselves.... other than a couple of day trip kayakers/canoeists.

P.S. Terry, I don't have knowledge spcific to plantars warts, but dehorning paste did a number on a wart on the inner fold of a knuckle on a guy I know. He tells me it's been absolutely trouble-free for 40ish years.... his wife, however, still shakes her head.




 

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