Went for a Walk

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I have great friends. One in particular offered me tomato plants, because I clearly need more plants... The only thing is, I have to walk kind of far to get them. I say far, it’s only four kilometres. The route I took was mostly residential, so I got to see some cute stuff! Man, some people have the cutest places to live. And plants, there are amazing trees all over that I haven’t seen before. I took too many pictures.

There’s a school on the way which has massive fields and hills. Something about this view just feels comforting. This school is known for having the best hills in their district, and I don’t often get to see them in such beautiful light. Plus with school out and parks “closed” there was no one else around. I ended up sitting under a tree for a few minutes just taking in the sights.

In a neighbourhood I had to walk through, the homes were close, if not in the million dollar area. Not only did they have cute yards, but some of the houses themselves were really adorable too. I couldn’t help myself, I had to take some pictures. One day, I’ll have a place that is just as cute on the outside. 

After all of that, I took a different route home and caught a creek just living its best life. No matter how many times I walk around my city, I somehow find something new to explore. There are some cute trails with creeks running through them that I just have to find at some point.

On a side note, people were looking at me funny for carrying a box of tomatoes down the road and taking pictures of every pretty tree I found. And I was wearing my headphones, so I didn’t hear any traffic while I was out. It’s odd how traffic noises are so, heavy. You know?

There’s something about nature and the colours of everything. I love seeing everything as I walk around town. And because I’ve been walking so much, it’s really easy for me to just go adventuring. I share way too many cute pictures on all my social media by the way.

I recently downloaded Adobe’s Lightroom, so I’m hoping to give that a shot and see if I can’t play with some pictures I’ve been taking all over town. Keep an eye out for those! But as for now, that’s all I’ve got. Hope you enjoy the scenery as much as I do! 
— Deryn

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Rough News

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I got bullied into giving up my position at the Adult Store. I don’t know what I did, but honestly there’s not a lot I can do about it. With that, I spent an unholy amount of time writing up a hefty Patreon post with a rough idea on what I’m going to do now. What’s my Patreon you ask, well it’s the only thing with the same name as my website!
Because I’m me, I figured I’d write out what I said again so if you want the extended version, which you probably don’t, it’s here. 

With having so much more free time on my hands, I’ve decided I’m going to invest that into my blog, my writing, and my photography. My website could use and expansion, and I could stand to learn some tips on handling this sucker better. There are probably a trillion different resources out there too, so I’m good.

Graffiti out the Wazoo

I mostly want to do this more, so I’ve planned out some scheduling updates and future plans. They’re not bad, I promise. It’s just more of me. 
Right now, I just post something on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. I have my closet almost finished, so why not do something fun with fashion? It won’t always be me playing dress-up, because I like looking at what’s new and different trends, so I figured something like “Fashion Friday”. Maybe even throw in my attempts at learning makeup into that and I’ll be ready to go!
I also really enjoy gaming, and with having nothing to do all weekend, Monday GameDay is what I’m thinking. That gives me two days to try something new, or invest time into something I really enjoy. Plus I can buy Turnips on Sunday so… But yeah, some schedule updates for the near future. I say the near future, but I have a few more things I have to still do.

My writing and photography skills are not of legend, but that doesn’t mean I should give up on them. I’m going to take the time to hopefully finish a draft or two of my novel this year, and buy a camera. For those who are curious, since my last novel update I’ve written maybe three words. It’s rough I know. And with photography, I live in such a beautiful place, I would live to show it to the world. Even if I don’t buy a camera right away, my phone does a really good job.

I want to grow who I am on the internet and as a person. With that, I need help. I know not everyone has the money to spare, so please, follow my social media, comment on stuff, and share who I am with people you know. I’m always around and I really enjoy everything that has come out of this hobby I started almost year ago now.
I appreciate all of you, and I cannot say that enough. Without you, I wouldn’t have made it this far. You mean a lot to me, and I hope you all are safe and well right now.

Some Good Boys

I know I say it a lot, but thank you so much for stopping by today. Be safe!
— 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

Dog Walks

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Walking the two dogs is officially my favourite pastime. On Sunday we kidnapped the dogs and took them to the beach. Midna has never been off her leash while we’ve been walking before, at least since they moved in. So naturally, at the beach, I let her go swimming! The lake is too cold for me yet, so we just let the dogs play. Midna swims, it’s great. She just runs in and hops and stuff. I love watching her, she’s great. Taz on the other hand, he only goes in to his knees. He’s not into the whole swimming thing apparently.

She gallops in the water, it’s great!

The beach was rather busy on Sunday, we had to find a spot to let them run. There’s a nice little trail down by the beach with some breathtaking views. Okanagan lake is an amazing sight.

Monday we went out again, although my boyfriend had to work during the day. There is a massive trail in West Kelowna that starts at the top of a mountain and loops all the way around to the lake. You can however stay just on the mountain, which is what we did. There’s an old aqueduct up there, and trails that belong in an adventure movie. We spent like, three or so hours up there until my boyfriend got home from work.

I really need a camera…
Massive creek that Midna wanted to jump into so bad
Look at this trail! It’s beautiful!

After that, we doubled back, picked up our last party member and went to the beach again! Why not right?
Going to the beach this time, the roommate came along. The excitement on her face watching Midna hop into the water after a stick was the best thing! She was such a proud mum! By the time we go there, the sun wasn’t covering the beach anymore. Jumping in and out of the lake for a stick started to make Midna cold. We spent like, an hour, maybe two just playing with the dogs.

The view from the dog beach entrance

It’s currently nine in the morning on Tuesday, and Midna is still asleep from the adventures we went on. Poor pup, we had so much fun! Getting out there and seeing the world has been the best part of this quarantine for sure! With the weather mostly sunny and in the twenties for temperature, it’s a great time to be out there.

This whole walking thing is getting easier for sure. I feel like I’m not out of breath nearly as soon as I used to be. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still exhausted every time we go on these walks, but I feel good doing them. Plus, I really enjoy counting my steps. Samsung Health step tracker is super cool. I’m almost done the April challenge of one hundred thousand steps for the month. I’m so close, 98021 steps as of right now. The May challenge is literally double, so I have to prepare for that.

But yeah, that’s all I’ve got that for today. Thanks for stopping by! Stay safe out there!
— Deryn