Alone

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Quarantine and a wack sleep schedule have dismissed the idea that I was ever going to be in my house alone for more than two hours. Now that both roommates are working, I’m all alone in my place, besides the animals of course, and it’s super weird. I’m not used to being left to my own devices for too long. I mean, on one hand, I can do whatever I want all morning right? 

My morning starts with being bullied out of bed by two hungry, and rather large cats. I say that, I bully myself because I love them too much and don’t want anything bad to happen to them. And Midna is a good girl too who has THE SMALLEST BLADDER EVER! Dogs…

What a cute puppy!

Now on with the rest of my day. Jordan is home first at 3:30ish. By this time it’s about 8:30 or 9:00 in the morning and I’m freaking out mildly. I have too much time alone and don’t know what to do. I’m trying to get into a routine with cleaning right away in the morning. If I can burn all of my “AHH!!!” energy right away, I’ll have been somewhat productive, right? Dishes are always somehow dirty?? Literally I don’t even understand how I own so many dishes that cannot be kept clean??? And I just did so much laundry recently I’m scared of my next water bill.

Lunch time rolls around and I have nothing left I need to do. By now my brain is trying to drive me insane. To deal with this, I either start gaming, deep cleaning a room, or attempt to write some more. I never stick to it though as YouTube usually takes my attention. Instant entertainment is dangerous really. That or I can’t stay home anymore and I just got for a walk.

I found him walking around the other day

Realization kicks in that I’ve spent at least a few hours doing literally nothing and that I’m hungry. Jordan should be home soon, so I’ll essentially make him an early dinner and myself a late lunch. That works! My famous chicken and hash browns! That’s a joke. It’s pretty good, but I am anything but a chef. Comfort food is the best.

With one roommate home, that means only a few hours until the other one is back too. Overall I’ve been alone for about seven hours. I’ve been alone longer at work, but for some bizarre reason, this sucks so much for me. I say that, but I have abandonment issues. But yeah, I spent a bit of time alone, and I hate it.

He got whipped cream on his whisker!

That’s all I’ve got for today though. Thanks for stopping by today, you’re amazing! Stay safe out there! I’ll talk soon!
— Deryn

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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

Garden Expansions

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The other end of town has an amazing nursery that I occasionally give ungodly amounts of money to. Dad and I went recently and I bought some new additions to my vegetable problem. Lettuce, onions, tomatoes and some herbs again are all in need of homes around my property. Although I have a feeling I’m going to plant most of them in pots so I can bring them when I move.

So, it’s been a couple days and I’m worried I have become addicted to attempting to garden. I’ve bought in the past couple days way too many plants. Here’s the list;

A beautiful couple of flowers, left to right are a mini rose in a stunning soft purple, a petunia in a “starry night” pattern, a dahlia which is officially my favourite flower holy gosh, and this… Leaf? I don’t remember what he is and I lost his tag but frick what an awesome pattern!

Flowers!

Onto the herbs, I’ve got a mint, a dill and a bay leaf. They’re sweethearts and I’m excited!! I don’t eat bay leaf much, but it’s just cute. Mint and dill are always useful.

Like the dollar store pots?

Veggies are fun too! Lettuce, full yellow onions, tomatoes and cucumbers! I’m excited to have food of my own this year.

I’ve never grown cucumber before
Needed two pots for this dick
I love home grown lettuce!

I’m planning on growing the lettuce inside just because we eat a lot of it, and it’s not difficult. The cucumber can do what it likes outside, same with the tomato. But the onion I’m still not 100% what I’m doing with it yet. I know they grow downward, just like potatoes, so I may just leave it outside too, we’ll see.

Theoretically dahlias and mini roses can live inside with proper care all year long. Guess who’s going to attempt that? It’s me, I’m going to try, aren’t you excited? Although planting them together may not have been the best idea, we’ll see. Now that I know about the dahlia though, I’m going to decorate everything that needs flowers in dahlia’s.

The herbs are going to be in sunlight but hopefully not too much heat, they burn pretty easy and I’d feel bad if they died. Mint and dill are weeds, so they get to stay outside and isolated. I may even move them onto my deck so they can’t invade anything.

Everything looks so cute all planted and ready to live long happy lives! I’m slowly selling my soul to the idea of being a farmer more and more every day. But you know, there are worst things in the world. One day hopefully I get a full greenhouse, have too many plants, sell some home grown stuff at a farmers market, and be that person.

Almost everything I bought is here

Anyway, that’s all I have fore today. I know this post is long but I figured since I have nothing going on this weekend besides work that I’d leave you with some real content to read. Thanks for stopping by today! You’re awesome!
— 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