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Patriots

Since Canada day and American Independence Day I’ve been struggling with several things. I was once married to a Canadian army guy, I’ve had brothers in the U.S. army, and a brother in law in the army. I’ve always felt passionate about people who volunteer for causes that mean something to them. On July fourth Luke and I watched “The Patriot” and the passion that people had back then was cause to celebrate! I feel people forget why America celebrates their independence sometimes.

The people who have sacrificed and lost their lives for a cause of freedom and equality over the last hundred years I fear has been forgotten. We have days like remembrance day, Canada day, Independence Day and patriots day to celebrate those hero’s, and yet it’s turned into party’s with drunkards and fireworks.

The America’s was the place for people to come to, to escape tyranny and cruelty. It’s now turned into a place that creates discord and hatred. I find it interesting that Europe who was the tyrant is now more open to change than the Americas.

In Canada, we have a prime minister that says the veterans are asking to much. He also says we need to support the globe with aid for war torn countries. I’m at a loss with this premise, because he is not taking care of his own.

I grew up with helping people less privileged than us (and we literally were asking for donations to feed our family). My family always helped people. We never had much but if we had more than we needed, we gave. But the point is help your own, and if there’s more to share than by all means!

This last week has taken a toll on me in regards to all of this. My brother Chris had PTSD from his years of service in the US army and in his last hours called for help. He was not approached with understanding, but with violence. I morn him every day but this week with all the so called patriotism I’m at a loss. I’m angry at the system that makes young men and women feel they can do their part to maintain the freedoms most people in our countries take for granted. When they come back they are not celebrated but tossed aside.

Something has to change in both Canada and the States. Our forefathers built North America to allow for people to live free from tyranny and those who fight for that matter!!! Those who fight should be treated with way more respect than they are given. It’s a fucked up world out there and some people see the worst of it. We shouldn’t blame them or ignore them after they’ve gone to fight for everything we believe in.

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The end of June

This week has been interesting to say the least. I was preparing myself for some major dental surgery that got canceled, which lead me to some stress. I found out my dogs have cushing’s disease potentially, which is a whole other thing. Been stuck at work with few customers. All in all a shitty week.

On the positive side, I spent Tuesday off work with Luke and had the most pleasant day. He was working as he does from home so I was able to relax for a bit and then jump into the projects we want to accomplish.

We found a dining set circa 1960’s for $125 and are now working in repurposing it. So far we’ve sanded and chosen the paint palette. Today we started painting but it’s so hot out that the paint is cracking. So we’ll have to sand the painted parts down again and start over. Most likely in the dusk or morning.

Canada day

Canada day is tomorrow. Luke and I haven’t seen fireworks together, so we are gonna find a beach somewhere tomorrow night and watch. We’ve been together for 5 years now so it is weird that we haven’t done any Canada day things together. When we lived in Calgary it would’ve been a trek to get downtown which is most likely the cause. However this year we live close to where the fireworks will be held so why not?

Summer is here

Summer is officially here and we are so excited to be able to spend so much time outside. The rain over the last few weeks will help with keeping the forest fires at bay this year, hopefully. We have a camping trip planned for next weekend and we are more prepared than the last time. We are totally glamming up our tent trailer. We’ve already bought the fabrics but most likely going to wait to start that project until the fall when we aren’t using it so often.

More wineries to visit and camping trips to be had, here’s to an amazing summer!

Happy long week-end Canadians.

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Okanagan living

This past weekend just proved to myself that it was the right choice to move to British Columbia. Canada is amazing. We have so many different landscapes and I’ve been lucky to have seen so much of it.

We took a camping trip to Okanagan Falls this weekend. I had high hopes of seeing said falls, however they built a dam in the ’50s which made the Falls disappear. I obviously didn’t read up on that enough To know. The campground was nice and clean and the people running it very hospitable. My only qualm was the accessibility to the lake. We had the dogs with us and would’ve had to load up the truck and the dogs and the kayaks to make it onto the water which seemed like a make work project to us.

The Okanagan river ran through the campground and they did a good job of making pools with rocks near the coastlines. By building up the rocks in a wall like structure it diverted the water to slow in those areas making it a living pool that we could swim in. Pretty cool. The water was still fairly cold and the weather not quite warm enough but we still jumped in a couple times to help ourselves feel less grubby.

Wine tastings

Day two at the site we decided to check out some wineries that were very close to our campground. The first was “See ya later ranch”. Honestly some of the most breathtaking views I’ve ever seen. Mountains cascading from both sides, the lake in between and rows of vineyards to make up the rest.

This picture does not do this view justice. The blue of the lake doesn’t shine as much as it did in person. The story behind the vineyard was cool too. The owner Major Hugh Fraser bought the land in 1916 and started growing. He was an avid dog lover and often had anywhere from 5-10 dogs at any given time. Some of the wines are named after the dogs like “Nelly” and “Rover”. You can still see some of their gravestones in the property.

The house was made from Limestone which I love coming from living in Kingston Ontario for so many years. (The Kingston area is called the Limestone district). The people there were knowledgeable and nice and I would highly recommend.

Next vineyard

We went to Nighthawk vineyards next. Neither of us have ever heard of them before. Much smaller than See Ya Later Ranch but very hospitable and knowledgeable of their wines. Their Gerwurtraminer is fantastic. Probably the best I’ve ever had. They have limestone in their vineyard which apparently helps with the mineralization of their wines. It’s so yummy I may have to buy a case.

That was our weekend. We got home this morning and cleaned up and I went out and bought a bunch of veggies. We are starting on the plant paradox cleanse tomorrow. I will talk about that next post.