Back to Work

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I know right, LAME! For the past, oh I don’t know, month-ish, I’ve been at home off work because the world has been low key ending. I mean I don’t mind too much, I get to go back and make more adventure stories, but at the same time, I’ve really learned that overworking myself like I was isn’t what I want to do anymore. I want to have time with my friends, and to have time to garden and enjoy life. I also have to look at getting a job with more pay, because that’s what’s going to hinder me the most with getting a house.

I’ve been still doing my Tuesday’s with getting yelled at for twelve hours at a time, but other than that, I haven’t been doing much besides living my best life. My computer is finally built even, so I’d rather be home and gaming or creating content. Plus I have a couple more things I have to do in my trailer before I can list it.

My dad’s lilac tree!

I made some calls and asked way too many questions so I think I understand the problem I was having looking at places to purchase. That problem being I just don’t make enough money. With that in mind, I need to change what kind of property I’m looking at. The down payment I’ll have just isn’t good enough. I’ve been learning a lot and it’s really opening my eyes to the idea that I’m going to be a corporate slave forever.

With going back, I can’t work for as little as I make right now, which is too bad because I really enjoy my job. I’m going to have to look at some other opportunities to try and make enough. And if I do end up buying a property in the near future, I want to be able to manage it and not cry every time bills are due. I’ve applied for a few jobs now, so fingers crossed I get something back!

This rhubarb is so dang pretty!

I’ll still keep to my schedule for posting as best I can. I don’t see it becoming a problem, but my memory is trash after all. Plus I may open up streaming or something eventually. But yeah, that’s all I’ve got for today. Thanks as always for stopping by, have an awesome day!
— Deryn

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Po-ta-Hoe if You Will

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Did I ever talk about the little garden area in my backyard? I just went and looked and apparently I did not, oops. So, I have a little garden area in my backyard that I used for growing herbs and peppers last year. The rosemary and sage lived, and the bay leaf is well, still standing. Otherwise everything else froze over the winter.

Clearing out all of the pine needles and ripping up all the dead plants really reminded me how much I love gardening. And I planted them at the perfect time because now it’s raining, so I don’t have to water them myself. I don’t plan on growing a lot this year just in case I buy a house and leave: I don’t want to invest money into food I won’t get to eat.

Pardon the pine needles

I know they’ve only been in the ground for a couple of days, but I don’t see any sprouts yet and it’s making me sad. I blame games like Harvest Moon for my love of farming. I’ve grown different things over the years, and some stuff grows really easy. Potatoes, lettuce and flowers are some of the easier ones I’ve grown. Although me lettuce grew straight up and was like four feet high but whatever. Herbs I find are just harder to grow. Sometimes they thrive, other times, I can look at them for too long and they die. I don’t get it totally yet, but I am still trying and always researching to see what grows nice in my part of the world.

It’s been a week and a bit now, and I’m so sad. They haven’t sprouted yet. Which honestly makes sense, but I’m an eager beaver. I’ve also now planted a lavender plant, so hopefully that thrives. When I started gardening years ago, I made my own fertilizer. Dried banana peels, non-bleached eggs shells and if I ever had any, some coffee grounds are literally all it is.

I finally found a picture of everything I planted last year! I was definitely over ambitious considering the amount of space and my knowledge on plants as a whole. And honestly I don’t think that was the final picture of everything planted. That year it was filled with everything from peppers and lettuce, to sage and catnip. Some plants had to be put into pots due to their whole “growing like a weed” thing that they did.

It just came up in my Facebook Memories

My dad got more and more into his garden as the years went by, which helps me a lot when I forget to water or maintain anything growing. Because of his hobby, I’ve decided to grow as a person, I’m so sorry but I really thought that was funny, and really invest into my attempt. Plants don’t usually grow overnight, so I’ll have to update everyone when harvest season comes around.

Which means that’s all I’ve got for today. Thanks as always! Have an awesome day!
— Deryn

Late Night Paints

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More renovations on my closet are happening, which is super freaking exciting! You can tell my trailer is… unique, by some of its quirks. The walls in the closet are paneling, and that paneling is starting to almost pull apart in a sense from one another. To fix this I’m using drywall mud and just patching these spots. Two layers should be enough right?

Apparently not. I’ve done like four layers now and it’s just so UGH! There’s one wall that has like, one stud. Every time I accidentally push on the wall, or the nice mirror gets moved, it cracks and splits. I swear I’m going to snap if I do anymore this week!

It’s like, day six of just applying drywall mud and sanding the walls, and I think I’m finally okay enough to wash the walls one final time, and then start prepping for painting. Impatience is something I totally suffer from. This room has five walls just due to where the furnace for the house lives, and because of this, there are not as many supports in the walls as there should be. I’ve dubbed each wall by the colour they currently are; blue, brown and white. The blue wall is just dirty, pop stains and double sided sticky tape all over it has made prep work difficult. The white wall was the wall I painted like, last year. And then the brown wall, it has never had paint on it. Literally just a sheet of paneling is what is giving me so much dang trouble. And yes, there are two other walls, but they’re fine so I don’t care.
This wall, I have spent a good couple hours of my life just swearing at it. The wall is about six or seven feet in length, and has a stud on each end, and one right in the middle of it. I leaned up against the wall too hard while sanding the drywall and it cracked all the way down.

Finally started painting! Painting is super boring though, I hate having to wait. Good thing the roommate is here to keep me company. I’ve put her on paintbrush duty, while I have the paint roller.

Layer one looks so nice! We’ve done a pretty okay job at not getting paint on the floor too. I’ve definitely got a decent amount of paint of the plastic covering my floor… I’ve stepped in too much paint. The best part is that I’m finally doing something with this room. I’ve been wanting to for a couple years now. Painting everything has been a good bonding experience too. My two (human) roommates are the best!

Layer two is really bringing this room together. You almost can’t tell what colour the walls used to be. The paint also fills in the lines in the paneling. I’m starting to struggle having to wait for the paint to dry. I can already imagine where we’re going to put different tables and clothing racks. The bits that look like cracks are just where each piece of paneling connects to each other and locks into place. Some of those spots I filled with drywall mud, others are just being painted. That’s why the roommate is on paintbrush duty.

Layer three guys! We’re here! It looks so good! I’m honestly happy with where we’re at with the walls. I’ve just got the odd touch up here and there, then we should be good to go. I’m starting to not want to do baseboards now. I may just cut them and add them later since you just hammer them into place. I’m so eager to have the closet functioning and stocked.And if I lean on the wall, it doesn’t ruin everything anymore!

Final touch ups are done! We painting another room! Over half of my trailer has been rebuilt now, and that’s really exciting! I’m so pumped to be making real progress! This is going to look so good when it’s full of stuff. I know we want to put in a cat tree because the window has a decent view for the cats. I say that, but they’re going to be in there when one of us are in there. Our boys are the best.

I don’t have a wide angle shot of the room since it’s built funny, but I’ll be filling it with stuff soon. I’ll make sure to update everyone with a finished product when I get to it. So in the mean time, here’s a picture of Shadow.

Thanks as always for being awesome! Stay safe, and I’ll see you all again soon!
— Deryn

Master Chef Me

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YO OKAY SO I JUST WANT TO SAY I’M EXCITED SO I MAY USE SOME SLANG AND I’M SORRY BUT I’M AMAZING ONCE IN A BLUE MOON!!! So, I made dinner the other night. I know that’s not the most exciting thing ever, but hear me out okay. Up in my cupboard is some Red Lobster biscuit mix, like three boxes worth. If you’ve never had them, they’re the closest thing Canadian’s can have to the breaded crack that is Olive Garden bread. 10/10 would recommend to every person I’ve ever met who can eat bread.

That’s what the box looks like. I just bought it from Walmart

I wanted to make chicken nuggets for dinner. I was feeling twelve at heart and wanted nuggets and fries, and I’ve made that before, however I had no breadcrumbs left. My mentality, make the biscuits, put them through a food processor and BOOM, breadcrumbs. My lovely boyfriend was all, “why not just wrap the chicken in the batter mix?”
Honestly that was the best idea in the whole world. So naturally I had to try it. Biscuit mix is so sticky, and I’m saying that. I’ve handled a lot over my few years of life, and I can tell you, biscuit mix is sticky. I could not get it to hold chicken and not my hand to save my dang life.

Okay, new plan. It’s basically just bread right? So out came the flour, and then attempt number two. Wrapping bits of chicken is apparently really difficult for me? Roommate suggested I wrap them like a dumpling and then roll them out like a meatball.

One and two in the top left look so bad!

It took attempt three to really get the shape I wanted for these nuggets, but I had so much fun! It took awhile of rolling out and flouring each biscuit ball, but holy frick was it fun! I laid out 24 of those bad boys, and set them to bake.
I got to use my first thermometer for checking the temperature for the chicken, which was super neat, and then I made the fries after, since I only have one tray and accidentally misplaced my other two really nice ones.

Finished product!

All in all, dinner was really good. Homemade honey mustard was made, and a really yummy kale salad to go with everything. Team work made a dream work. I am so impressed with how that turned out in the end and as much as I’d love to do it again, that was way too much bread. I still have one box of those biscuits left, so I think I’ll just make them to compliment a different meal later.

So, yeah, that was my dinner adventure. I was so excited by what I had made, and I wanted to share it with the world. The biscuits come with a garlic butter sauce mix, which we used the next day to spice up pasta. All in all, it was fun, but that’s all I’ve got for today. Thanks for reading!
— Deryn

Scenic Canyon

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What a trail! Damn! It was gorgeous! Boyfriend was at work, and the walk itself is like six hours for the piece we did, so we got another party member. A friend of mine who also takes beautiful pictures! Go find his Instagram! He was a good sport, not the biggest fan of heights, but he conquered that and I think in the end he really enjoyed himself.

Graffiti on a bridge we found

Our day started off rather cloudy which was fine. Most of the trail wasn’t covered, and since the dogs have black coats this was ideal. The trail starts off as some other trail that leads to where we wanted to be or something? I don’t entirely know, but it was super cool. It’s also like, eighty percent bike friendly, so watching people on bicycles ripping by was an experience.

The river was just roaring

There were stairs, so many damn stairs. I’m naturally a lazy person, so climbing stairs is actually evil. In all reality it went up and then back down over and over again. But the views were one hundred percent worth it. This one definitely takes a sightly higher skill level though. I wouldn’t have been able to do this nearly as well a couple months ago.

Scenic Canyon Trail goes from the lake in Kelowna, all the way to the other side of town; it’s a straight up day long hike if you want. We only did a piece however. We’re not quite training for the PCT yet.

The mountains are a work of true art

I don’t have a lot to say, the views spoke for themselves really. But I made sure to get pictures! This is the rest of them. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did! The Okanagan Valley has so many beautiful spots to see, and if you’re willing to go you will not be disappointed. We’ve been a quite a few hikes and walking trails and my life has changed; the world is just breathtaking.

This bridge cut across a marshy swamp area

Thanks for stopping by today!
Oh, as a side note, I hoping to really get this blog going by upgrading my website, buying a camera and really investing my time into this. I know times are tough for a lot of people, but if you want to support me I’d probably cry honestly. My PayPal and Patreon still are active, although I don’t update the patreon as much as I should. And if you can’t support with money, don’t feel bad, tell your friends about this blog, or even follow me on social media. It’s because of all of you I have grown this far. I appreciate all of you, and thanks again!

That’s all I’ve got for today! Thanks again for everything! Stay safe!
— Deryn