Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Mix, Mash and Muddle...

It has been several days since I shared my thoughts, and thought I should share some at least. It does no good to have a blog if I am unwilling to blog!

We had an opportunity last Sunday to attend a concert in North Vancouver. We dressed up, not quite to the nines but at least to a solid seven. Here's a picture as we are getting ready to head out (note the good looking young couple in the picture in the background!)

We arrived in North Van early enough to get a bite to eat. Anyone for Sushi? There's a little place on Lonsdale Avenue just a block down from the theater. Hey, we eat sushi. Here is Scooterchick, ain't she adorable?

One of the items we ordered was their version of a Dragon Roll. I was so busy eating it that I had to quickly remember to take a picture of the dragon's remains before we polished it off.

There was an excellent parking spot that was "theater adjacent". We snapped it up without delay, and sauntered towards the door.

This week we also had the opportunity to visit with friends we have not seen for a couple of years. They live out of town and were visiting their daughter and grandson. Meet Eric and Elaine. They own of all things, a record store. It is wildly popular. I have known Eric since 1981 and Elaine since about 1984.

I had to snap a picture of the appetizer, Portobello Mushrooms with a Crab and Cheese filling, with Mesculun Greens, Red Onion and a sweet Balsamic Drizzle...

Later on this week I made a trip into the city to attend to some work. The clouds were low and the sun trying to break through. I wanted to snap this picture because of the texture of the light. I'm not even sure that's the right description but it seems to fit. It feels rich. I didn't even get out of the car, but shot this through the sunroof.

I stopped to see a customer in Deep Cove, which is a delightful little neighborhood of  North Vancouver. I was happy to see the last glimpses f fall in a Maple Tree. I am glad I caught it before the leaves fell.

It makes me happy. The vibrant colors make me feel "all tingly inside". This is what "all tingly inside" looks like.

I was reading a blog of a friend of ours and found out the crackdown is on. To find out more check here. BobSkoot's Blog While it is absolutely impossible to legislate common sense, and jurisdictions since the Roman Empire have tried, the latest effort by the Queen's Cowboys (RCMP) to swell their coffers rankle me!!

That being said, $35 worth of prevention beats an $85 ticket for being unprepared. I will probably never use these tire chains, as when the going gets thick I go back.
I am willing to wait for the plow truck and follow him rather than hit the ditch,

Well, I believe that brings us up to date. Life goes on.........see you a little further down the road.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Getting Our Fill of Fall

When you wake up and your stomach is growling, there's only one thing for it. according to the hunger imperative I fired up the frying pan and mad some chow for Scooterchick and I. Of course Scrambled Eggs with Cheddar always go down well, and I decided on something a little unconventional. Taking a package of Cornmeal Muffin mix I made something that I remember my Grandma calling Johnny Cakes. They are like pancakes, but not so much.

Of course there was room on the plates for one more ingredient....that's right Bacon. One can never have too much Bacon. Can one?

We decided to go for a drive and snap a couple of pictures of the fall foliage before the rain and wind take the leaves away for another year.

This is a Gingko tree. It is said to be the world's oldest species. Is it, I don't know but it turns a striking gold color in fall.

Soon the leaves will be gone for another year. I love this time of year even if it's a fleeting season, and the frost on the ground this morning is proof that the year wanes yet again. Soon we'll be hearing Ho-Ho-Ho, then Happy New Year.

The colors can be quite striking. Turn another corner and you have to pull over for another picture of spectacular splendor.

We stopped at a local beanery for a quick nosh. I decided Scooterchick was just too adorable for words so here are a few pictures that will substitute for the thousands I cannot utter.

Another 1000

I can't stop myself, 1,000 more!


We finally made our way back home as the sun began to set. The last few rays of the sun illuminated the Stawamus Chief as we headed back to the ranch.

And now for something completely different. We had dinner with friends last night and they had a Tuxedo Truffle cake for dessert. This is something we cannot find when we are in Oklahoma.......oh how I've missed you!....did I say that out loud?

To compensate for the above average overage of yesterday, we went lighter for dinner. A few Corn Tortilla Chips, some Queso, some Salsa and Fruit. 

Our day comes to a close, and we are relaxing on the couch. We can recommend the same to you....

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Need a Hook Up?

For those of you who have been following along, you'll remember the sad tale of the trailer lights. Here again is the miscreant that caused all the trouble.

Being sans left turn signal and heading into traffic congestion, we thought it best to stop off and have it looked at. If you have trailer related issues, either in the hitching up of, or the wiring and braking of there's no better place in the Lower Mainland than BURNABY HITCH CO!!!  Well looky here.

These guys are the consummate professionals in all things hitch related. And that's not all......

They have a huge showroom. If you need to outfit your rig, be it Beetle or Behemoth they have what you need. And accessories to bling your ride too!

The friendly staff, forewarned by a telephone call, had a tech ready to work on the car almost before I could bring it to a stop. They are Uber-Helpful!

They also have all manner of totes, racks and carriers. It's all in stock, and if not they can have it there before you can come back for your install.

There is a coffee machine that has every variety of java known to mankind, a terminal for websurfing and truck and accessory magazines galore to amuse while you wait. Don't get the idea that you will be waiting long. I hope you are a fast reader. I got most of the way through a game of Candy Crush and the car was ready to go.

This is the professional hero who repaired the problem. Sadly I didn't catch his name so I will call him Dave. He was fast, friendly and efficient. Dave, who should rightly be called Super Dave had the car ready to go in about 15 minutes with the trailer reconnected and the lights tested. Everything worked to perfection and they gave me a "Senior Discount" to boot!!

We put the few things back in the trunk, tested the lights again and rolled on towards home. It is helpful to have lights that work when you want to brake, make a turn or switch lanes. These things we do.....frequently.

This is me. I happy now!

Just remember. If you need hitchin', switchin' or de-glitchin' the fellows (and gals) at the mighty BURNABY HITCH (see link) will have you rolling and patrolling in no time flat. See you later.