Summer Dates

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Have I mentioned it’s hot out yet? ‘Cause it’s hot… In the summer spirit, the roommate and I are out together again, bringing up my date standards. Back into Kelowna we go! Although, no creepy people this time..
We saw a TikTok awhile back about a place in town called Karat. It’s a chocolate and pastry shop that’s all local and made in house. So, that’s our first stop!

Midna is such a good girl!

The aesthetic of that store is top notch! I fell in love before we even walked in! (Future editing note, apparently the baker there knows a good friend of mine, so I’ll be going back!) We ended up splitting a delicious veggie sandwich! 

I’ve said to my roommate that 35 is too hot, but 30 is manageable, so we are trying to not spend too much time downtown. I say that, but, have I ever talked about my favourite bar downtown? I went back and looked and I don’t think so, but it was called Muninn’s Post. It was a viking bar that had board games and a stellar staff. My group of Magic nerds definitely loved that place. The reason I bring it up is because they sold and now it’s a cafe.

Highlight from our downtown adventures!

Twice the Dice is it’s new name. We were walking by and saw a chess table outside. and of course, I clued in and ran inside super excited! I wandered around looking at the shelves or board games just amazed at how full it was with life. The owner is very friendly and talked to me about renovations and Magic for a bit. I’m glad, that little shop appears to be in good hands. She kept the big viking hull as the counter too which was comforting to see. 

After our little adventure has got rather warm, so we’ve decided to hit up the mall. See if we can blow way too much money on shoes. 
No shoes, but there were some redeeming sweaters. Pastel pink is everywhere and I am a sucker for that as of like three months ago! Only real downside, I was about ready to throw down with this lady for trash talking her own kid for having feelings. The poor girl got overwhelmed about choices and started to get worked up, and this woman literally shouts at her “what’s wrong with you!” My god, some people are dooming the next generation. 

Shadow is secretly a demon, but that’s fine

Our social batteries are running low, so our buddy is going to pick us up. Apparently there’s a food truck event downtown, so that for dinner and then homeward bound. Spending the day out with my roommate was a lot of fun. I love her dearly and am blessed to have her in my life. But yeah, that was our adventure. Thanks for coming with us!
— Deryn

Busing Again

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It’s been a hot minute since I got to talk about taking the bus. And I know I just got my car fixed too, but that doesn’t mean I’m driving yet. There’s still so much to see out in the wild public transportation world.

June 22
Man it’s been awhile since I rode a bus. Today, the roommate and I are headed into town for just a couple hours. It’s been long enough now that bus drivers are collecting fare again even. Hopefully I can start making these regularly again! And hopefully the plague goes away soon…

My dads flowers

July 9
There’s a leak in the light fixture, water from outside is getting all over the bus. And of course, I had to sit under it because there are too many people on the bus and I’m shy… I think the dude next to me is asleep. His nose is whistling but I don’t want to stare just in case he’s actually awake. 

Dad loves his lilies

July 20
Going into town with the roommate again. Kelowna is currently the largest epicenter for Covid in BC, so we’ve got masks and are trying to stay safe. People keep looking at us funny, maybe it’s just anxiety, but I feel like too many people are disregarding how problematic this is. I do not want to get sick, that would ruin me. 
On the way home…
“Hey Blondie! Nice glasses!” Best bus interaction I’ve ever had. Some guy smelling of booze was trying to be friendly. I’m a social person, but you could see my poor roommate just freaking out inside. We got asked all sorts of questions, like where are we from, I lied of course, visiting or, again, totally lied. Like, buddy, frig off. And then, the best thing ever, “hey Red, your tattoo mean anything?” 
When we got off the bus, this guy tried to skate away and biffed it on his board. People man, got to love ’em. 

Such pretty flowers

But Yeah,
That has been my slow entry into busing again. I missed this, people are so odd. If cases end up getting worse here, I’ll have to postpone doing more of these just for safety. Thanks for coming around today! Have a good one!
— Deryn

Date with the Roommate

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Yesterday, the roommate and I had some drive to go out and do stuff in town. So we decided to see if the cute Japanese garden and the art store were open or not. So at about noon, we set out on our journey. 

To get into Kelowna we have to take the bus. Yes, I will be bringing back Bus Adventures eventually. The main downtown strip is almost completely closed to vehicle traffic, so the bus had to do a funny loop and wait for so many people on foot. At first when the Mayor said he was going to close it to vehicles I thought he was nuts. Now that I’ve been down there a couple times, I really like the idea.

What an awesome parachute!

The way the huge interchange, exchange thing, is built is that you have access to city park, the library and downtown. With that, we had options, and the art store was the closest. My roommate and I like wandering that store, Opus is what it’s called I think. Guess what’s closed on Monday? Well frick. Onto the next thing then?

Chaibaba, which is a cute little tea cafe place was our next destination. Beautiful 25 degree weather complimented our iced lattes as we doubled back towards the downtown area. The different groups of people downtown are just, wow. We saw so many gorgeous people, there are just too many people to gawk at all the time really. 

Koi living their best life

With our lattes in hand, the Japanese garden awaits! I made a post on it awhile back because the koi fish are so cute! Seeing the Sights! The city is putting new fish into the pond and doing maintenance to keep the place alive and healthy. Walking through there is so peaceful, you can’t hear the cars driving by. It’s just so amazing and calming. If you’re ever in Kelowna, I recommend it one hundred percent!

With calm vibes and some tea in our systems, it was onto lunch. I needed, like, needed, poutine. There’s a Smoke’s Poutinerie that was just calling to me. I don’t normally get cravings, so I couldn’t fight it. Restaurants in my town are taking names and phone numbers just in case your health is at risk. I know it’s only been a day, but I haven’t heard anything so…

That Japanese Garden is still vibrant and stunning

The lake is warm and such a stunning view as of recently. There are way too many people out and about though. Being on the lake, we happened to catch the parasailing people. My lovely roommate treated me to a ride on that parachute and it was amazing! What a relaxing way to see the whole city. If I wasn’t scared of dropping my phone into the lake, I would have got a picture from up there.

After all of that, my poor roommates social battery was running on empty, so we made our way home. That happened with perfect timing as the weather started to change on us. I had a great time.

I love Koi fish

Having a good relationship with my roommate is something I really am thankful for! I love her so much and am beyond grateful to have her in my life. 
Thanks for stopping by today!
— Deryn

Pauls Tomb and Knox Mountain

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I went walking again! This time with a different couple of friends, which honestly was pretty fun. I love my normal hiking gang, but these two were very “just run up you’ll be fine” kind of people. And after we all get to the top, we’re dying and cursing each other, but it was 100% worth it. 

The Knox trail starts at the bottom of the mountain and you work your way up to a split in the trail. On way goes right up to the top of the mountain, which sounds like effort, and the other is really just a nice walk, which is the one we took. Overall the trail is about five kilometres, so nothing crazy. The views though, wow.

Like, look at this! What a beautiful city! I’m proud to live here! I wish I got this shot before cars started hitting the roads again.

And the lake! Oof! So pretty! Okanagan lake is always just so stunning.

Trees though! Such wonders! I’m so lucky that I got these pictures. There were quite a few people and it just so happened there wasn’t anyone around.

Yeah the views are stunning, but it’s just a walk, there were quite a few people and their dogs, so it was a little busy. All in all it was refreshing to get out again. I even ran up some stairs, which is a lot for me. I’m impressed, but I only did it because Bella is a bully. I would recommend this trail for someone looking for something a little easier. 

But yeah, I know this is a shorter one. I really enjoyed it either way. Definitely want to take the other trail right up the mountain next time! Thanks for stopping by today!
— Deryn

 

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