Myra Canyon

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Did another hike… Don’t mind my hair…

I say hike, this was more of a walk. We walked roughly eight kilometers across the old railway line. Because of the whole, pandemic thing, the bathroom facilities were closed. Hence the next picture. But this walk was amazing, the sights were just breathtaking. I got to do some many new things, like walk along a piece of history, and through the snow even.

A sign of the trail.

When we started there was a hard overcast, and we definitely felt the colder temperatures with every step. Massive bridges just large enough for a train decorate the mountainside. Being the old Kettle Valley Railway, it’s flat with massive cliffs on either side of us. I think the most surprising part though was the other people on the trail; fellow hikers and people on bikes as well.

Those views were otherworldly
You can tell we were not the first people out that morning

The trail was straightforward, and I really mean that, we just kept going. After driving up the mountain for quite awhile, we unloaded ourselves, and the dogs, and just went. Unlike hiking, I can just keep walking and not die after like ten steps or a slight incline. The snow was a pain since I decided I was going to wear sneakers. My complaining levels are also much different on a walk versus a hike. I’m still lazy, it’s terrible I know.

I don’t have an actual camera, so I took all my pictures on my cellphone. Here are some of the shots I got. Everyone took their own pictures, but all of these were mine.

The cave was cool, apparently there’s one farther down the trail that’s spooky. You can tell it was still super cold by all the snow and frozen waterfalls all over the place. I felt like I was exploring new worlds half the time walking that trail. The daydreaming was on point for this walk! I’m not funny, I’m sorry. I’m trying too hard... I definitely want to go back again in the summer! The snow is pretty sure, but the trees just beaming with warmth from the sun sounds like a dream.

Eventually we found a cute little storm shelter.
This is where we had to make a call though. The dogs paws were getting covered in snow and starting to freeze. Poor Midna had snow all up in her paw fur. We decided from here it was better for us to start heading back.

The shelter has a little bench and such in it.

Walking back, the clouds parted and the sun lit up the whole area. A stellar view just got extra beautiful. Seeing the sights makes me understand why people go out so early to watch the sunrise. Every step of fresh air and breathtaking scenery was, and is, totally worth it.

I love this picture so much!

We had so much fun on this trail, I 100% want to come back in the summer and see it again in a different light. This one has been my favourite so far and I will always remember it. If you’re close-ish to the Okanagan, I recommend you take this trail, it was totally worth it. There’s some spots where you can sit on benches and such, so it would be a cute walk to a picnic too. If you’re curious and want to see the official page for the trail, Tourism Kelowna has it on their website. – Link to that

These are only some of the pictures I took, I’ll share some more on my Instagram. – Link – On that note, that’s all I have for today. Thanks for reading! Stay safe out there!
— Deryn

Hello Sunshine

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It’s been a cold and grey winter, and it is still cold don’t get me wrong, but the sun is just shining! AND IT’S GREAT! Even if it’s cold enough outside that I’m hiding away inside, the sun just brings life and warmth.
At least it was until I walked outside, and now it’s snowing. Stellar… That’s what I get, I had to open my mouth. Or I guess I had to move my dang fingers around. Although if this snow clears up somewhat quick then the sun should come back. It was so sunny yesterday too! My drivers are having fun though, so I guess after work I can play in the snow.

Work has been good! I’m stretched thin, but it’s all great! I really think that sunlight made my overall mood just climb because I feel like I can take on the world. Now all I need is Summer to come around and I’ll be perfect!

“Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.” — Charles Dickens

I’ve got a good feeling about this year so far. I hope everything works out for all of you! There’s plans for this summer to be like a tourist and take tons of photos of my town for everybody. I’m thinking “A trip around my town” or even “through my mall”. But I haven’t settled on anything yet.

I’m hyped to go hiking all the time! Photo Credits

Thanks for coming around today! You’re an amazing person!
— Deryn

My House is Freaking Cold

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I’m sure yours is too sometimes. But like, frig my house is cold in the morning. So, since my feet are suffering, I’ve put a list of things together that I do to help me stay warm, or at least warmer, during the winter months.
Now, I live in Canada, so we get cold winters, as in -30°C winters. Sometimes it is just so freaking cold that breathing sucks. I’ve found that crawling under my house and adding insulation under my mobile home is only so helpful. I’m also broke all the time so cheap ways are the best ways.

I love carpet floors. Like, love them. But redoing my whole house to have carpet is expensive and unnecessary. So rugs!
I’m weird and I love the way carpet and rugs feel on my feet. I was reading an article based out of the UK about how much heat is lost through the floors and ceilings and the numbers are insane! – Link to that – It’s 10%! That’s a lot when you think about how long winter is! Plus, heat rises, and I’m pretty sure my ceiling isn’t insulated properly, yet I don’t know how to get up there.

For Christmas I’ve asked for new curtains for my bedroom, those double lined and blackout ones. – Something similar – I’ve heard that they work amazing in all seasons for keeping unwanted temperatures out, and the sun too during the summer.

I crochet once in awhile and my favourite thing to make is blankets. They’re warm and soft, and if I have a full stream on twitch to watch, or a couple of movies that I’ve seen before, I can make one every four to six hours. I just have to sit down and actually do it. Blankets hold so much heat, and making them just feels more satisfying. Plus I just started doing granny squares and it’s great! – Here’s a Pattern

My place doesn’t have a chimney, nor radiators, so I have to find other ways to make heat. I saw one of those terracotta pot heater things with the candles, but they’re more placebo than actual heat (from what I’ve read anyway) but they look super cool! I found a fun one to make using two pots and a stand. – Video Link – The physics behind this is super neat, and I have most of the parts, so I might just make one. And hope Shadow doesn’t try and kill it…

Unrelated, my new – Link for thing – that I’m going to start doing makes me feel more professional. So expect that to stay around for awhile.

While looking into more ways to stay warm for this post, and for the sake of my poor feet, I found an article saying I should see if my fan spins the other way. Pushing air down and throughout the room, instead of cooling everything down. Since heat rises, the fan spinning the other way can push the heat back down into the room. – Link to That

As I mentioned in my last post, I want to start baking. The amount of heat from an oven should be enough to really heat up the heart of my house. – Link to Post – And while browsing the internet, I found my new favourite baker. – Their Website – My boyfriend cooks a lot more than I do, so I may as well contribute to the overall snacks in my house. Pinterest has so many delicious baking recipes that I want to try! I’m making myself hungry just thinking about it!

Winter this year is supposed to be brutally cold through Canada. Every little thing I can do to stay warm is going to be used this time around. Cause like, holy frig man. It’s too damn cold. As always, support links – Here and Here – and follow me – Here and Here – Stay warm this winter! Anyways…
Thanks for reading!
— Deryn

Winter Rituals

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With snow coming soon, I have to prepare for hiding away all winter long. I don’t like being cold, and without the sun around as often, I tend to find myself becoming a shut in, or hermit even.

Lately I’ve been doing small workouts to try and keep me both in shape, and motivated throughout my day. I have a 10lb weight that I use, and I just do small exercises but I find it really helps. Even just the idea of pulling myself out of bed because I “have to do this” can be a great motivator to doing anything. Don’t get me wrong, working out sucks, but doing these little things every day really gets you into the routine and then you don’t stop. Plus, my butt is looking better now that it’s been almost a month and if that isn’t the dream then I don’t know what is.

Baking is something I’ve always wanted to get into, even though I don’t eat sweets, and winter is the perfect time. The delicious smells, and warmth of the oven just fills a house right up. I’ve never made anything worth writing home over, but I’m going to try this year I think. I’ll share links if I do, but I’ll probably share them on my Pinterest. I have a rather large cooking board I know, but this year I’m going to start using it.

Keeping in touch with any of my friends while being shut in and dead half the time is super hard, so this year I’ve put in measures to bully myself into being social. I’ve set reminders in my phone, and bought some new cards for magic so that I have to go out. How can I show off my amazing new deck if I don’t leave my house? And with my phone going off all the time telling me to say hi to people, I’m going to cave eventually and listen to it. At least, that’s the plan.

Shadow would kill me if I never got out of bed. I feed this little dick and make sure his litter box is clean. So if I just never got up, he’d invade the bed and meow until I woke up. He is such a needy attention seeking floof and I love him.

Winter is a rough season for me mentally sometimes, but i’m going to nip this one in the butt** and not let it get me down. Plus with my new found Starbucks addiction, I should be okay this winter. Got any tips? Let me know! As always, follow me here and here, and I appreciate you all!
Thanks for reading!
— Deryn

P.S. Apparently it’s “nip this in the bud” and not butt. Oops I guess.