Happy First Day of Fall

“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.” ~ John Burroughs

Although summer (and sun and warm temperatures) is my favourite time of year… there is something special about fall and the colours of the leaves as they say good-bye until spring. Of course, I do wish we could skip winter altogether.

This quote by John Burroughs speaks to me as I realize I am growing old. Maybe only closer to middle age; but the gray hairs remind me I am no longer a young woman. So it’s time to remember the leaf – full of light and colour regardless of the age on my passport.

Smiles,

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Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning…may be true, but they’re still beautiful! Saw this one over Padilla Bay in Washington State.

Today’s picture comes from La Conner, WA where we met this lion’s mane jellyfish. Before our trips this summer, I had never really seen these impressive jellies.

A boat, wind and an extra-long weekend

This past weekend, handsome hubby and I took our Tollycraft 26′ boat for the two-hour run to Anacortes. The purpose? To join other Tollycraft Boating Club members for a mini-rendezvous. Or perhaps, more accurately, to have fun (wine, food, laughs) with friends on Cap Sante Marina’s docks.

While the weather forecast wasn’t great (we need rain but it could have waited until Monday!) it didn’t look bad when we set out on Thursday.

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The weekend started off with great weather!

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Yummy Vegan Calzones

Yesterday was World Vegan Day, National Calzone Day and a bunch of other special days. Guess November 1 seems like a good day to celebrate.

Anyway, I figured I could combine vegan and calzone and celebrate with a tasty dinner. Only  problem is that I have NEVER successfully made pizza dough. And I mean never! It has always been an unmitigated disaster in one way or another.

But since I’ve decided to conquer my cooking fears, I looked in my favourite cookbook – Google – for a vegan calzone recipe. After looking at a few, I chose this one from The Flaming Vegan site. It looked simple enough, although the dough part was still pretty intimidating for me. Proofing yeast, rising dough, rolling out the dough… SCARY!! Continue reading “Yummy Vegan Calzones”

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ~ Albert Camus 🍁 🍁 🍁

Such a pretty walk today in Port Coquitlam with the beautiful leaves everywhere. It actually did look like spring.

One Hit Wonder Running Playlist

September 25 is One Hit Wonder Day. And for every U2, Dixie Chicks and Tragically Hip; there is an EMF, Blind Melon and Michael Sembello. Even though they are known for one big song, who doesn’t smile and sing along when it starts playing?

With that in mind here is a running playlist featuring some favourite one hit wonders.

  1. Unbelievable  by EMF: 104 BPM
  2. The Final Countdown by Europe: 118 BPM
  3. What is Love by Haddaway: 124 BPM
  4. Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum: 128 BPM
  5. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers: 132 BPM
  6. I Ran by A Flock of Seagulls: 145 BPM
  7. No Rain by Blind Melon: 148 BPM
  8. Maniac (from Flashdance) by Michael Sembello: 157 BPM
  9. Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of…) by Lou Bega: 174 BPM
  10. (I’ve Had) The Time of my Life by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes: 109 BPM

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Happy First Day of Fall. Here’s to a season of pumpkin spice, crunchy leaves, sweaters and comfort food.