Hummingbird Food

My Instant Pot has been my favourite kitchen appliance for the past three years, and I use it all the time, but until today I have never felt the need to blog about it.

We have two hummingbird feeders and fill them both every three of four days … yup those little hummers are eating out of house and home 🙂

When I make their food I make enough to fill a four litre jug and store it in the fridge. This morning when I asked hubby to pull out my big pot he said he didn’t know why I didn’t use the Instant Pot to make their food. Hmm that never even crossed my mind.

Off I went to my encyclopedia, the internet, and sure enough there was a recipe. Everything I found on the internet said to use four cups water to one cup sugar but I wanted more than four cups. I debated doing twelve cups at a time but decided to play it safe and do two batches of eight cups and it worked perfectly.

No more standing over a hot stove! I dumped eight cups water with two cups sugar, set the pot to high pressure for one minute and sat down to drink my coffee and read a book …. honestly it’s that simple!

Until next time …

Nothing To Say

I keep thinking I need to write a blog but honestly I have nothing to say. We are still keeping busy with our Social Distance coffee groups … in fact our Tuesday group now has the name BAGs, which stands for Back Alley Group since we meet in the back alley behind a strip of stores.

The view from the parking lot at BAG coffee.

Our Wednesday Fed Ex group has been meeting at various locations, the last two weeks were here in the park.

Last week the SLOBs all congregated at the campground for three nights. Do you remember the SLOBs? That is the acronym we came up with for the three other couples and ourselves when we went on the Panama Cruise. It was a fun time even though the weather wasn’t the greatest.

This guy followed a friend and I around the park early one morning and then finally jumped over the chain and through the gap in the gate to get out. He also had a friend with him but the friend continued on to the creek and got out that way.

Tomorrow our oldest son and his wife are coming up from the coast for the day. They are going to spend some time with us, which will involve roasting hotdogs on the fire, and then picking up our grandson from school and taking him home with them for a visit. It is so nice that they only live three hours away now and can do that more often.

The lake is just above full pool and will hopefully start to drop and we will see the return of the beach.

And that’s it, I have nothing else of interest to share and what I did share probably isn’t that interesting to most people but it’s all I have 🙂

Until next time …

People :-)

Today is the day! Hubby finally has people to talk to 🙂 The park opened at 11:00 a.m. this morning and we are told we will be full tonight. We have been busy talking to campers and hubby has helped out a few that were having trouble with their water and other first trip out RV problems.

These two deer were waiting outside the gate the day after I saw my first deer of the season. I think they were respecting the park closed sign 🙂

It is different with some COVID changes and we are still figuring out the best way to provide tourist information while still mainlining two metre distance, but I’m sure we will figure it out … and everyone has been very friendly and respectful of our personal space.

We see this one legged geese around the park, he does very well with only one leg.

Our Tuesday coffee group resumed five weeks ago with a change from inperson to meeting over Zoom. That worked great but two weeks ago we decided to meet in a parking lot, sitting two meters apart of course. Last week we got rained out after forty-five minutes but the weather tomorrow is looking promising.

Wild Rose

Bridal Wreath

The park is a wash in colour!

This Wednesday will see the return of our Fed-Ex (ex Federal Government employees) coffee group where we are meeting at a members house and sitting outside … it sure will be fun to see everyone again.

We had an outdoor movie night before the park opened … we won’t be able to hold them this year due to COVID

We did go to our daughter’s house for Sunday dinner last night but they, and two other couples, are the only ones inside our bubble so I think we are all staying safe.

The Finch and Hummingbirds are eating us out of house and home!

I hope you are all keeping busy and staying safe and healthy 😀

Until next time …

WooHoo We Have Toilet Paper!!

I know most of you are probably thinking it’s not that hard to get toilet paper anymore and while that is true for most people, it’s not the case when you live in an RV. RV tanks require TP that doesn’t clump and breaks up shortly after hitting water. We know many RVers use Costco toilet paper but it has never passed the RV toilet paper test so we don’t use it.

Pictures of toilet paper are boring so here are some of my flowers.

Our go to toilet paper that, during the test, outperforms any other toilet paper is Western Family Premium Soft toilet paper from Save On Foods and until this morning we have been unable to get any 😦

So here we were down to our last roll of TP and feeling really desperate. Okay to be fair we did buy another Costco size package of Kirkland brand (and did the TP test again and it failed) because we were unable to get any Western Family TP. We figured we may not have a choice and would just have to deal with whatever it did to our tanks.

After some discussion on Sunday, when we realized we only had one role of good TP left, we decided that Save On Foods may get a truck in after the weekend, and stock the shelves Monday night, so we would go at 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning and hope we were right. Guess what?? It worked … we now have a new supply of RV quality toilet paper 😀

My sister gave me a lot of plants that she had started earlier this year. Now I just need some more dirt to plants them.

And what will we do with the big supply of Costco toilet paper? Well, because of the pandemic, it is looking like we won’t be going south this winter :frown: Neither one of us wants to spend a cold winter living in the RV so we will probably buy or rent a house or a town house or a condo, so there will be lot’s of opportunity to use that toilet paper.

Until next time …

A Beautiful Day!

It is starting to feel like summer in Kelowna, B.C. The last few days have been sunny and warm, which has inspired us to get outside and do some yard work.

Herbs in the pot, veggies in the garden.

Onions on the left, potatoes on the right.

Flowers planted around the pamphlet rack … hopefully I will be filling it up soon.

Well honestly living in a provincial park as the campground host really doesn’t require any yard work but we do putter around our site and keep it tidy.

Most of the wild violets are gone, I took this picture a few weeks ago.

The Oregon Grape is in full bloom and smells so pretty!

Park staff having been mowing lawns and working on the campground, getting it ready for a possible June opening.

The Saskatoon bushes are all in bloom.

We had some nice days early in the week so I was able to get our vegetable gardens going and yesterday I filled up all my plant pots.

The Okanagan Sunflower is also in bloom but it’s mostly along the hills and trail up to the waterfall and there are to many people walking along that trail for us to go up there. There is no way those people are social distancing, the trail is to narrow in many spots to keep a distance of six feet.

Today as we wandered around the park we commented on how strange it felt for it to be empty.  Normally on Mother’s Day weekend the park is full … especially when the weather is so great. But we did enjoy the solitude as we sat outside and read our books for most of the day. We even enjoyed a gin and tonic this afternoon … there is just something about the warm sun and the clinking of ice in the glass that makes a G&T so inviting on a sunny warm day!

Nice view as I looked up from my book 🙂

And it looks like another great day tomorrow so I guess I will have to once again sit in my chair outside, read my book, and enjoy all my flowers 🙂

The finch are making quick work of the bird seed.

And I’m constantly filling the two hummingbird feeders.

I’m sure tomorrow will be a much different Mother’s Day for most mothers, but I hope you enjoy it and are able to use technology to visit with your mothers and children.

Until next time …