One Summer Afternoon

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Holy frick it got hot quick! Out of nowhere we got hit with 35° weather… I vividly remember sharing things on Facebook with captions such as “we aren’t allowed to complain about summer,” and I am trying but holy crap man. It’s so hot…

I spent Wednesday afternoon just sitting with a friend of mine, talking about life and having a drink. I don’t know what made that so special, but I just had a stellar time. And it was one hundred percent better than being in the sun.

The high for today is only 29° which is a lot nicer that yesterday and the day before, but I really just want it to be autumn again. A season where I can sit under a cute tree and read for hours. I really enjoy fashion in the cooler months too, just because sweaters are the best!

It’s not even August yet, so the worst of the heat isn’t here yet, but I’m honestly ready for it to be over. Although, I haven’t had the opportunity to spend much time at the beach. I’ve got to do that more first. I have a tan line I want to fix from my backpack strap.

Anybody else as excited as I am for cooler weather? The pictures for this post are from my hike up Rose Valley, for those curious. Anyway, thanks for reading!
— Deryn

Revisiting Myra Canyon

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Now that it’s July, most places that had snow no longer do, so we decided to hit up Myra Canyon again. During the warmer months, there’s bike rentals up there. The trail itself goes all the way to Penticton I believe. The views too, man they’re just as breathtaking as they were a few months ago! I think we walked about ten kilometres this time too. Remember last time?

I swear the roommate is a Disney Princess

I haven’t got much to say about it this time. It was just so beautiful seeing it in two very different seasons! Thanks for stopping by for this short post. You’re amazing!
— Deryn

Happy Anniversary

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Wow! Guys, I’ve been doing this for a year now! How crazy is that?! It’s hard to believe that I started this as a hobby a year ago only to now use it for both my sanity, and to tell my stories. I’m excited about this! 

I’ve gone to England on this blog, I’ve hiked random trails around the Okanagan, and I’ve made friends of mine do new things just so I’m not alone on here. The adventures I get to experience, man I love what I do. 

Yes, I’m reusing pictures. Hush now

Without all of the people who tune in and read this every chance they have, I really would be nowhere. I’m baffled and grateful. And to the friends who read my work, and the friends I’ve made, thanks for being there for me! I know I say it a lot, but I really do love all of you.

That’s my office I work at on Tuesdays

I’ve been going through quite a bit lately with understanding trauma and growing for what feels like the first real time as a person. There’s a category of posts tagged under mental health here, and I’m appreciative that I can talk about those things. Being able to put what I’m feeling into words helps me understand what’s going on, and gives me the chance to work on it in a healthy manner.

I still love this picture

I love what I do, and I can see myself doing this for at least another year. This is, was? the best decision and hobby I ever threw myself at. Writing is just, I don’t think I have the words, it’s everything I really needed to control my heart and mind. I feel at peace behind this keyboard. And being able to take pictures of the world around me to show some adventures I get to take, this blog has really become my baby in a way. Many of you know more of what I do in a week than my family does. It’s weird how hobbies can change a person isn’t it?

As a thanks to helping me grow, and as a challenge to myself because I should have posted this forever ago, I’ve decided to post the opening paragraph to that book I still haven’t finished. That’ll be on the bottom of this page, and I am freaking out a bit over doing it, but now that I’ve said it I kind of have to. No one has read that yet, and I mean that. 

Water is neat, isn’t it?

Before I go for today, I figured some shameless plugs for myself are in order. Because I have things like Patreon, Instagram, Twitter, and with this being what I want to do as a career, I would love it if you checked them out. You all are amazing, and I cannot thank you enough. Have an amazing day and stay safe out there!
— Deryn

Clear page break before the novel piece.

Today has been interesting. I’ve never been surrounded by so many bland people. What is the point of drinking until you pass out? I guess that’s what I get for having hobbies and no real friends. I’d much rather be at home reading, or playing cards. Young adults with raging hormones are battling everywhere for attention and alcohol. Man, I’m fucking tired. And the music; oh my God this music is ass.

“Hey babe,” sparks up from behind me.

“Oh hey,” crap, what a lackluster response. 

“You alright?” Tones of kindness and love bring joy to my heart. How sweet, the poor guy is worried about me. 

“Yeah cutie, I’m fine. I don’t know, I guess I’m just tired.”

“Okay, well if you need me at all, I’m going to be over by the food tent.” His heads up of where he’s going is wholesome. 

Too bad this world is boring. Our reality is just a bunch of people trying to make their way in a world that doesn’t want them. If only my world had something worthwhile going on. Magic, airships, literally anything at this point would make life worth my damn time: all I want is a hint of excitement. Well, at least I have food I guess.

This food tent is mediocre: breakfast from a cheap fast food joint and an insult of an attempt at handmade food line the tables. Why serve breakfast with alcohol? Doesn’t dinner, or even greasy American food pair better? It doesn’t help that rain started pouring down. Today is just another waste of my time. 

“Babe! Look at what I found!” The only thing in this world I really care about is him, isn’t that strange? “It’s your favourite!” 

Oh hey: tequila! And it’s my favourite too!

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

Visitation

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A friend of mine from closer to Vancouver is on town today and I am so excited! He actually arrives when this post goes live today. With so much time between him getting here and now, I’ve decided there’s a few things I really want to do both while he visits, and before he gets here. I probably should have made this list yesterday, or literally whenever I had more time, but whatever.

Saw some geese yesterday

I have my hiking groups, and I’ve really grown to love the journey over this quarantine, my buddy however doesn’t have the same love as I do. So we are for sure making him come with us hiking places. I need more pictures of hikes I’ve done, and he could use the adventure! I mean, everyone could, there’s something so eye opening about going out and seeing the world through the mountains and trees.

I’m getting rid of my old futon that has seen better days, and putting in a day bed. Granted, the futon is longer, but a day bed will be better for the long run for us. Plus, the decor options are endless. I want to have that done before he gets here, but I am me. Not saying I suck, I just may struggle a tad on my own, plus I’m lazy by nature.

I’ve already rearranged my living room to feel more open, and I did it just in time too. The way I had it before felt like I was trying to make two rooms without the wall, which wasn’t the best idea now that I look back on it. I still have a lot to do before this room is finished but it sure does look better now than it did. I’ve also started drinking Diet-Coke too much, so I could use a recycling in this room…

Pardon the mess. It’ll look great later

Taz and Midna have been really lucky and had the chance to hit the beach at least once every week if we can help it, and I think it would be good to get some miles in the water soon. I used to swim all the time, and even considered being a lifeguard, and right now is a great time to get back into that. Plus, nature shots. (I’ve been super into my photography lately. It’s great!)

That massive cabinet that I got the now ex-boyfriend is taking up a huge amount of space in my living room. Remember the cabinet? It’s way too heavy and I’ll never move it, but it is solid and a really amazing quality, so I’m trying to brainstorm what I should do with it. I cannot move it at all it is so heavy. The roommate had the idea of taking the doors off and having a cute shelving unit. That just means I get more decor which isn’t a bad idea, that or more books. At the end of the day, I’m not set on keeping it anymore, but we’ll see.

All in all, I have a few things planned for both when he gets here, and the future. He’s also a massive nerd, so we may spend a day just watching old nerd movies. I’m excited though, he’s an awesome guy, and the whole reason I have Shadow is because he moved to the Vancouver areas for school so…

Shadow and Percy just chilling

But that’s all I’ve got for today, I’ve got to go meet him soon here. Thanks for stopping by and reading this today! You’re awesome!
— Deryn