My Current Hyperfixation

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So, I’m making a blanket. I found all my old crochet materials and decided I’d pick it up again. I’m not very good at it, but I enjoy it, and I can actually see the progress I’m making which helps my ADHD with consistent dopamine hits.

Stole this picture from my dad

I decided, I think it was my last year of high school, that I was going to learn to crochet because my grandma knit a lot and I wanted to hang out with her doing something similar. It was all mostly just to prove that I could. We would spend hours watching The Waltons and just making stuff. I remember lying to her about if I had a spare block just so I could come home early to get some episodes in before my dad got home from work.

Fun fact about this hobby, I can’t read crochet patterns, so I watch YouTube videos to learn stitches. I know how to do all the different stitches, and I know their names, but I just can’t read them and understand. That’s amusing to think about actually. I’ve made blankets, bows for Christmas presents, a bag once, and so many other things now, but I can’t follow a written pattern at all.

I think I’m going to put this blanket on my couch. It’s rather large as I was using my bed to measure width. Work today is slow, so I’m making more “knots” as my dad likes to say while waiting to go home this evening. I don’t mind waiting like this though, it’s supposed to hit almost 40° today and I get to spend that inside in air conditioning. If I wasn’t doing this, I’d probably be farming today. I’m almost done Year 2 in Story of Seasons now. Am I a boring person? Sometimes...

My Instagram will have updates on my blanket if you’d like to see it. Low key too, I’m using that app more, so if you want to see what I do in my spare time, go check it out! Shameless plug? Yep! Anyway, I’m struggling to focus, all I want to do is work on this blanket, so I’m leaving this post here. Thanks for stopping by today! Stay safe out there!
— Deryn

Art Gallery

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So, the Bob Ross showing is happening in Penticton. My dad, brother and I are going to that today! It’s a nice day in the Okanagan for a drive. It’s only supposed to hit 28° today, which is nice since Monday is supposed to hit 35+° for at least a week…

Accidentally got here an hour and a half early. So, Denny’s for breakfast I guess. It’s tons safer here than in Kelowna right now, so I’m not overly worried. The poor staff here are clearly overworked. And I swear, the next person that pulls a “Karen” of decides being racist is fun, I’m going to punch them.

A real, like I could touch it, Bob Ross painting! That is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen! I remember sitting with my grandmother watching these episodes together! I think the cutest part is that the exhibit is called “Happy Little Accidents”.

I took pictures of my favourites, but there were so many paintings! Here are some highlights!

These paintings, it’s such a unique experience to see them in person. My grandma would have loved to see them. The art gallery did a great job with placement and keeping everyone socially distancing.

That wasn’t the only exhibit on display. There was also an exhibit on video game scenes under the name of “En Game Air”. The artists for those being Connor Kenney, Clifford Kamppari-Miller and Dr. Merlin Seller. These paintings I also recognized, but that’s because I played the game they’re from. The one Zelda one I knew immediately.

Seeing video games interpreted in such a unique way was just stunning. I loved looking through and trying to guess what game they were from!

If you’re in the area, I one hundred percent recommend going and checking it out. For a donation you can get a pin for the Bob Ross exhibit. Masks are currently mandatory, which I totally understand. But otherwise, ten out of ten!

But yeah, that’s what I got to do! It was honestly awesome! And I’m glad I got to publish this in time for my grandmother’s birthday. Anyway, thanks for reading!
— Deryn

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

We Have Kangaroos

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I know right? Kelowna has a Kangaroo Farm? What?! Way out by Kelowna International Airport, or YLW, is the farm, and my god that is the most magical place I’ve been to in awhile! I say kangaroos, but there’s a lot of different animals living there now, and the open space for everyone felt welcoming.

Massive sign right at the front

When you first enter the farm, area, thing, you find their right side pasture first. The lovely staff made sure everyone was aware, the kangaroos on that side didn’t want to be pet that day and to make sure no one was running around. Turkeys, smaller birds, a snake, some tortoises, a porcupine and an emu all lived out in that area. I think that was all of them, and I don’t know birds well enough to know what we were looking at... A couple days ago we had a few new cases pop up in the Downtown area, so no one was allowed to hold the snake. I get it though.

They’re still young, I think the person there said five years old… I think?

From there, the kangaroos that were feeling social side of the farm was next. That side had ducks, chickens, lots of kangaroos, and a separate enclosure for goats. Those poor goats, they eat everything so strollers aren’t allowed in there. I love kangaroos, don’t get me wrong, but chickens and goats are just, the best! I have such a soft spot for them, I can’t explain it. OH and I almost forgot about the capybaras, such peaceful creatures, hiding in the shade. 

Can’t believe I almost forgot them! They’re so cute!

I love the goats, I got up and pet them and followed them around, like I love goats! I want one, or five, and I just, they’re great! One day I’m going to have one, it’s going to happen. 

Roommate feeding Violet. This one was the only one we got the name of.

Feeding kangaroos, almost stealing a goat, watching an emu get a bath, and the peacock I almost forgot who wouldn’t open his tail were just some of the amazing things I got to do. I’m so glad we went and on such a nice day too!

Goat! I love them!

But that’s all I’ve got for today! Thanks for stopping by! Be safe out there!
— Deryn