I am home. Back in the land of wet and green. I will write tomorrow about some of my observations. Right now I have a date with my chair, TV and crochet hook! Oh and dogs! Lots of dogs no doubt.

Dispatches from the Swamp – the ‘ahhh, I’m home’ edition

  • We left Kamloops around noon today. I love the drive from the desert down to the coast where things are greener. I watched the temperature slowly decrease to finally 23 degrees when we got home. The transition makes me very happy and it is why I call this place home.
  • It was so nice to see the other dogs when we got home. Kiefer came running up to me and his tail was swishing back and forth. Zoe was thrilled as well to see us too! Sawyer apparently did a somersault when he saw Sienna.[1] Later they were crazy playing later and Sawyer got the zoomies.[2] Watching the dogs play is better than TV.
  • I am so looking forward to my bed tonight! After almost a week of sleeping in a twin bed it will be nice to be able to spread out. I have also missed my heating pad that stays on all night. I sleep with it on low and it really helps my pain levels. Plus it will be nice to sleep in our cool air-conditioned room!


[1] I didn’t witness it.

[2] His zoomies are hysterical. He tucks his little bum in and off he goes, darting from place. Sometimes he wipes out as he goes around the corner and loses his footing.


I am so happy to be home. Calgary was so dry. Even though a lot of snow fell in Calgary over the winter it is still really, really dry. I can’t stand the dryness there. Because there is so little water it means that trees and other plants are quite small in comparison to here. None of the leaves were out on trees there either.

Spring has been very slow in coming here. I think we are at least a month behind. The cherry blossoms just came out in Maple Ridge. Usually by May, it is warm enough that we need to use an air conditioner at night. I really hope this doesn’t mean we are going to have a really hot and short summer!

I slept so well last well night. I really miss sleeping with the dogs when we don’t have them. All of us sleep together in a big mass. It is very comforting to sleep with the dogs.

Being home brings me back to my world; the world where I feel comfortable physically and emotionally. Even though my sister behaved and my mother was not directly insulting, it was still emotionally draining. It was a difficult trip nonetheless. Now it is time to crash and burn!


We go home today. We are both relieved. In fact, we will be out of here in less than 3 hours. We are going to meet my friend Joe and his partner Sheldon to go out for dinner. Then we will head to the airport. Once we are home, we have an event to go to so we will be driving as quickly as possible to Burnaby for an event we are attending. It will be a busy day.

We are home

After a well planned and well executed escape we are home. My friend came and picked us up and we had a fabulous time at lunch. Great conversation and lots of laughs! Plus she also gave us some lovely lotions and one from Lush too! We can’t wait to try them. We need to get together again soon!

We were at the airport in plenty of time however, the flight was too full for us to get a middle seat blocked. WestJet has a program where you can get extra space based on a disability. We are going to fill out the paperwork so we never have to go through this again. The last minute wrangling on the flights is always stressful. Luckily we had a really nice woman who sat with us. She and her family are interested in adopting a rescued dog so I am sure we will be in touch.

We are going to open up the balance of our presents tonight and have real Christmas. We will be cooking a turkey sometime during the week and having a friend over for that meal. I am sure that will be a great evening too!

It had been a really hard 5 days since we left. While we were only there for 3 full days it felt like 3 weeks. It has been an incredibly negative and emotional trip – none of it good for either of us. I am off until next week so at least a little time to de-stress and get back to normal. I am so happy to see the dogs!! They make me feel so much better!

Breathtaking views

I love where we live. From our backyard we have an excellent view of the Golden Ears peaks. It constantly amazes me that mountains can look different everyday. This morning was a rare treat. It was clear, cold and crisp. There was a thin line of cloud below the peaks but the peaks themselves were completely unobstructed with fresh snow.

I love the mountains. Growing up in Calgary we lived within an hour of the mountains could frequently see them. We spent a great deal of time in the mountains as kids (hiking and cross-country skiing which I hated and would be a topic for another blog!!!). Deb loves the ocean like I love the mountains. This is really the perfect place for us to live as Deb can get to the ocean and I can see mountains.

So in spite of my 2-3 hour daily commute I would not choose to move from here. Coming home to the peace and quiet of the country and the beautiful view we have is soul satisfying.