The Written Word

During my thirty plus years working for the Federal Government written communication played an important role in my job. From employee evaluations to multi million dollar contracts grammar, spelling, and sentence structure where important..

There are really no pictures that tie into this blog so I have added a few shots I have taken during my morning walks.

So here I am this morning, sitting up in bed drinking my coffee while hubby sleeps soundly beside me, reading past blogs and wondering what on earth happen to my written communication skills! I can still pull them out when I need to, but obviously I haven’t felt the need with my blog. From run on sentences to ones starting with But and And, from slang to very little punctuation, my blog writing is in a sad state.


I was thinking I better pull up my socks, but after a few more sips of coffee I thought, maybe this is just the retired me. Part of the enjoyment for me in writing my blog is to just throw my thoughts down on paper and add pictures that I really like. So folks this is how it’s going to be and I’m guessing if you are still following along you are okay with that, so thank you for accepting the retired me 🙂


Until next time …

A Mystery Solved!

On my early morning walks I pass a really pretty wildflower, but every time I take hubby by later in the morning to show him the flower, the flowers are gone and all that remains is the stem.

This is what hubby sees when I show him the plant … he’s not overly impressed!

Hubby was convinced that I am either seeing things or someone is cutting off the flowers every day. But I know I’m not seeing things and the stems are still there so nobody is cutting off the flowers. I finally took my camera and got a picture of the flowers.


This is what I see when I walk between 7:00 and 8:00 … and I am impressed!

The plant was so interesting that I finally sat down this morning and searched the Internet to find out what it was. It turns out it is a chicory plant, and chicory only blooms as the sun comes up and usually closes midday when the sun is the strongest. But of course we live in the Okanagan Valley where the sun is strong much earlier in the day, so by 9:30 the blooms are closed and hubby misses them!

Legend suggests a maiden turned away from the Sun’s advances so he turned her into a chicory flower that need the Sun to live but faded in it’s mighty light 🙂

Now hubby was sort of right about someone cutting the flowers everyday. While nobody is cutting the flowers off daily, each chicory bloom only opens once and then dies. The stem constantly sprouts new flowers, which is why it always looks so pretty when I walk by.

So on that note, I better get dressed and out for my walk so I can visit with my favourite chicory plant.

 Until next time …

Classic Car Results

I had two people provide me with info on the classic cars so I thought I would pass it along.

Carl says this is a 1933 Ford 5 window coupe and Ken says it is a 1931 Dodge.

Carl says this is an Oldsmobile but he did add a ? to that answer and Ken says it is a 1975 or 1976 Oldsmobile. So Carl I think you can take the question mark out of your answer ☺

Carl says this is a 1953 Chev Belaire and Ken says it is a 1953 Chevrolet so they both agree on this one!

Carl say this is a late 1920’s or perhaps a 1924; Ken says it is a 1928 or 1928 Model A.

Carl says this is a 1946 Dodge; Ken says it is a 1941 Pontiac, perhaps a Strato Chief.

Carl says this is a 1955 Ford Fairlane; Ken says it is a 1955 or 1956 Ford but something about this car throws him off. He says it looks sort of like a Crown Vic convertible but he is not sure they made a convertible.

Once again they are both in agreement about the make, a GMC truck, but Carl thinks it is a 1958 and Ken is positive it is a 1957.

Does anyone want to weigh in as to who the winner is? I’m on the hook for drinks for each of them but I’m just happy they commented because I had no idea of any of the makes … they are just pretty cars to me 🙂

Until next time …

Classic Car Parade

Around dinnertime today we were treated to a Classic Car Parade. Seven cars came into the park and drove around all three loops then down to the day use area for a picnic. I have no idea what make or year these cars are so if you know please feel free to comment; I would be interested to know the details.


They were greeted by lot’s of people clapping but unfortunately several of them thought they should beep their classic horns and that noise set off a lot of dogs! I felt sorry for one of the campers who had just got their newborn baby to sleep and then the cars went by beeping their horns and woke her up … now he is out pacing around the grassy area trying to get her back to sleep 😦

Until next time …

Flood Repair

Well the waters in Okanagan Lake are receding and last week the five sites that had been closed due to flooding where reopened. Since these are prime sites a lot of people with reservations where very happy to have the sites reopened. There was a lot of work by park staff that went into preparing the sites for campers.

The picture below was taken on May 6th when the ground water started to rise around sites 105 and 106 but campers could still use the site.

On May 29th good friends of ours arrived to spend three nights in site 107, they were so pleased when they had been able to reserve that site as it is right on the lake and has a private beach. Little did they know that the lake would rise and the beach would be gone, but they did still have a little break in the foliage where they could fit two chairs at the waters edge. Over the three days they were there the lake continued to rise at the back of their site and the ground water began to rise at the front of their site. The day they left the site was closed due to high water levels.

Waving goodbye and just getting out before water took over their site!

The campers in site 105-106 also left that day and then those sites where closed.

Over the next few days the water continued to rise and soon the sites where completely covered in water and only the ducks where enjoying the views.


Finally, on July 4th, the water had receded enough that work could begin to repair the sites. Equipment was required to move the excess dirt around and re-level the sites, as well as move all the logs and debris that had floated in … and of course hubby had to get in and help, he just can’t help himself 🙂


And then the stone slinger arrived and that was pretty cool to watch!


After a lot of work the sites where ready to re-open, and none to soon as people immediately moved into them!

Site 107, where our friends had been when the flooding started, looking much better!

And the double 105-106 almost done. I wasn’t able to get a picture after park staff had cleaned the tables and put the fire rings back in but trust me they did a great job!

Of course now none of the campsites need their fire rings because we have a province wide campfire ban which is necessary as fire fighters battle the many forest fires across the province. My prayers are with all of my friends in the 100 Mile House area, where I used to live, who are now evacuated. From flood to fire there is never a dull moment in British Columbia!

Until next time …

Canada Day … The Aftermath!

Hubby and I had a busy day yesterday! We helped out with the Bear Creek Canada Day Parade, which started with us walking around to all of the 122 sites and letting them know about the parade. That effort resulted in such a great turnout that we had to run out midway in the decorating party to get more supplies. Once all the bikes, skateboards, scooters, kids, strollers, etc. were decorated the parade started and I’m sure we had around a hundred kids plus many parents walking the parade.

Once the parade was over I helped hubby prepare the amphitheater for the first ever movie night, thanks to a camper who wanted to show The Goonies for his kids.

When our children were growing up, and we came out to the campsite during the summer, they loved attending the Jerry Ranger show that was held at the amphitheater. A local naturalist, Scott Alexander, would entertain children and adults with lessons on stars, plants, local animals, and other such topics. Once the children had attended a certain number of shows (I can’t remember how many they needed) they were inducted as Jerry Rangers. Unfortunately that program is no longer held in the park so the amphitheater is not used as much. Once hubby had the screen open we cleared off the cobwebs and he ensured the power was working and everything was ready for movie night.

Now hubby, being the data and sound guru that he is, has wanted to put on a movie night here since we first arrived. For the last four years hubby has been talking about buying a projector so that we can have movie night in the desert but I have to admit I haven’t been overly supportive, and even when he mentioned that he could use it for movie night at the park I wasn’t running to the store. But I think I have to admit I may have been wrong! Last nights show was such a success, and so much fun, that I could see sitting under the stars in the desert enjoying a movie.

Just before the movie started.

Near the end, there were a lot more people but many younger children had headed home to bed by the time I took this picture.

When the movie was over everyone stood up and clapped … I think hubby was right this should be a weekly event!

Tonight we are having friends over for dinner so I better get busy and start prepping the meal!

Until next time …

Happy 150th Birthday Canada!

I hope all my Canadian readers are enjoying Canada Day and are sporting their red and white 🙂  This is the first year I can remember where I am not wearing red and white but that is only because both hubby and I are wearing our Camp Hosts shirts and walking around the park chatting with folks. But even though we are not wearing red and white our site is looking patriotic.


In fact many sites in the park are decorated for Canada Day and campers are enjoying a sunny, warm day with temperatures around 32C, 90F.  The lake has dropped enough that there is now some beach and it is great to see it full of children swimming and playing in the sand.

This was the most decorated site in the park!

This afternoon our site was full of children decorating their bikes, skateboards, scooters, etc. for the Canada Day Parade around the park.


I will leave you with a little bit of history that I found interesting.

Ariana Cuvin, a second year Global Business and Digital Arts student at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, created the Canada 150 logo. Ariana was chosen from a field of over 300 eligible entries submitted by Canadian students in a national design contest held in 2015.

The logo is composed of a series of diamonds arranged in the shape of the maple leaf. The four diamonds at the base represent the four original provinces that formed Confederation in 1867: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The additional diamonds, that extend out from the base to create nine more points, represent the 10 provinces and 3 territories that make up Canada.


 Until next time …Until next time …