These are eight, random "Daily Photographs" from my personal Flickr collection.

Friday, December 09, 2016

Snow is an Oddity Here

It never stopped raining in October and November. Now, what a December it's turning out to be! Luckily our hot tub is about 40C so that helped to make up for the -04C outside.

-4C or 40C

The delivery window for our appliances ended at 4:00 PM. Considering how slick the roads were getting, I wondered if they might end up upside down off the side of some road. Yet, with 15 minutes to spare, the guys stopped their truck out front. They needed to unpack the boxes in front of the building. So, our new refrigerator and stove had a little snow on them before they made it up to the apartment. I'm 57 but had never bought a refrigerator or range. Cheers to new experiences.

Just Delivered


Thursday, December 08, 2016

Dam Power but Damned Expensive

We got an automated phone call that our refrigerator and stove should be delivered tomorrow between noon and four o'clock. There's supposed to be a whopper of a snow storm on its way this evening that may upset the apple cart.

The fridge presently in the kitchen is showing its age of 30 years, but a major reason for replacing it is to reduce our energy usage. Prices for electricity here continue to rise every year. About 80% of British Columbia's electricity is produced by hydroelectric sources. We wouldn't be subjected to increases now had the system, built in the 1940's to 1980's, been maintained. Political interference in the provincial corporation and treating it as a cash cow for years is why. Now the aging infrastructure will have to be updated by the current ratepayers.

We wanted appliances with good Energy Star ratings. There's little advantage in spending less on a purchase, but then paying more for years to come. I do find it rather strange that the US and Canadian ratings differ on the Whirlpool model WRB329RFBM. Perhaps Canada is colder and the compressor doesn't have to work so hard in the Great White North! LOL.

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Endymion Slept and Remained Ageless

Bed in a BoxUPS isn't very helpful in providing a delivery window. They only state the day a shipment should arrive. At around 5:10 PM our box got here. We let it sit in the hallway last night.

The shipment came from the Canadian, memory-foam mattress company, Endy Sleep. That's named after the mythological Greek ruler, Endymion. The box measured about 15 x 15 x 66 inches. It's kind of amazing that a 10" queen-sized mattress could fit in such a small space. The shipping weight was supposed to be around 45 lbs but I think it was closer to 65.

This morning we stripped the bed and put the old Sealy mattress against the wall. I am embarrassed to admit that the bed skirt probably had not been washed for a couple of years. Oh, and who knew my feather pillow could possibly shed so much! The six by four piece of carpeting we'd saved was also under the box springs. After vacuuming, we put all back in order as we are using the box spring under the new mattress.

Unboxing Day
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Rolling the tightly-wrapped mattress onto the box springs was easy as was cutting along the perforation in the plastic wrapping. It started to immediately grow back into its shape. Some people had mentioned that we would need to air out the chemical smell but we couldn't identify any. Now everything is back in order as we disposed of the box, and put on the new mattress pad and bedding.

I guess the real review should come tomorrow morning. However, we might be able to sneak in a little nap this afternoon too.


Tuesday, December 06, 2016

When the Mountains Won't Come to Dennis ...

It was an absolutely clear, beautiful morning. Of course, when the sky is cloudless, we generally get cooler temperatures. It remained close to freezing today. That allowed the snow from yesterday to stay in view. It is pretty.

I found myself sticking around home as we're expecting UPS to deliver our Endy mattress. It is already 2:50 and I'm not sure when our delivery will arrive.

Oh well, I can post a few pictures shot from the balcony, again! It is times such as this when I continue to be a little awed by the lens on my Nikon P900.

Still on the Ground
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From Balcony w/ Heavy Zoom


Monday, December 05, 2016

Personal Quote #116


"A dusting of snow completely shuts down Vancouver. I think I hear the rest of Canada laughing."
Dennis Sylvester Hurd (1959- )

Returning via 6th

I wrote this statement on Facebook early this morning. We were aware that the SkyTrain system was having troubles from before 6:00 AM because we can hear the announcements from our bedroom. The snow wasn't even covering the grass in Pier Park at the time.

We drove uptown on a few errands later in the morning. Of course, even a few dozen meters gain in elevation means that more snow can stick. In the early afternoon, a new snow advisory was issued by Environment Canada.

Right now at about quarter past three, a few inches is on the ground down here near the river. As I look out past the balcony I see a white-out. This IS enough to now cause a lot of trouble. For example, I have never owned snow tires since living here. The place is all hills though. Most folk don't know how to drive when there's anything except rain on the road. The forecast shows it may remain remain cold for a good portion of the week. This just might be one of those rare occasions where the ground in and around Metro-Vancouver stays white for a few days in a row!

Yup, of course. This is the first winter we've been around in the last three and ...


Sunday, December 04, 2016

Expensive Ceiling Lights

New Light NeededThe other day, I pulled down the fixture for some ceiling spot lighting above the gas fireplace. The cylindrical, gold-coloured lighting tubes screamed 1980's and I thought it was time to buy a fixture to better match the times.

So, today we headed to the Home Depot across the river near Scott Road in Surrey. We ended up returning at about noon without the lights, but with a new stove and refrigerator on order!

I cannot say that it was a spur-of-the-moment purchase. In fact, I had already made a little spreadsheet detailing the size between our cabinets for the appliances. The sales woman was very pleased to see customers who were so well prepared. Little did she know that I first thought about getting a new fridge five whole years ago. The Admiral has been here longer than we have. It was originally installed in the apartment when the buildings were constructed in the mid-1980's. After 30 years of service, I feel it has more than done its job. We saw a new one with a freezer on the bottom that is around the same size as our present refrigerator.

Secondly, we figured we might as well replace the electric range too. We will have to learn how to use a smooth surface rather than the old coils. I'm not sure whether the new convection oven is important as we don't use our present oven a lot. The model we got just seemed like a better deal for the price.

Fridge in Stainless Steel Buying New Appliances

Our kitchen cabinets are white and it was logical to stick to appliances of the same colour. Strangely, we discovered it'd cost more to stay with white appliances. It seems as if 90% of the offerings are in stainless steel now. Who are we to buck trends? We're not bothering to get a new dishwasher now. Luckily, its black panel front will match the new steel just fine. The delivery of the two items is scheduled for this Friday.

We still need to look for a living room light fixture though.


Saturday, December 03, 2016

Remembering Jay's Father

This morning, Jay received the news of the death of his father.

Jay's Father
In the household shrine - Minuwangoda - October 2009

His dad was about 86 years old and still living at home. I first met him exactly thirty years ago on my first trip to Sri Lanka with Jay. That would have made him close to the age I am now. Over the years, I met him almost a dozen times. He tried hard to provide for his family and saw tremendous changes over the course of his lifetime. The funeral will be on Monday and Jay is trying to do what he can from here.


Friday, December 02, 2016

Dropping Off the Recycling

Oh my, it is 12:55 in the afternoon and so dark and misty I can hardly see past the balcony railing.

Earlier we went out to do the vegetable shopping at Langley Farm Market on Kingsway. It is a little sad seeing the diminished amount of produce available during the winter. We've been spoiled by the cheap and copious variety found in both Puerto Vallarta and Luxor during our last two winters. Now we are back to basic hothouse vegetables from BC and imported produce from far corners of the globe.

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While out, we stopped at our usual Return-It depot. We keep a box in the back of the truck into which we throw recyclable bottles and cans. When the box gets full, we stop.

These places are seemingly everywhere and now collect other recyclable materials as well. In British Columbia, we pay a small fee when purchasing new appliances and electronics items. This helps to fund a system for free waste recycling. So as well as the bottles on which we received our deposit back, we left an old toaster, a bag of old compact-florescent bulbs, and my dead Nexus 7.


Thursday, December 01, 2016

He Just Keeps Going and Going ...

Our Christmas Moose has been resting in the box of decorations since 2013. During the last two years we were away during winter. I'd say the old guy predates that by at least a decade, but he seems to keep on going. Apparently, he is friends with the Energizer Bunny.


(Just doing my part to add to all the dumb videos on the Internet.)



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Messaging Woes

All right, I put a SIM card in my old Nexus today. As we're going to be around for the winter afterall, I thought having a mobile number might be useful, especially during the next few months.

Having a text number again renewed my interest in messaging apps. None of my friends seem to use the Facebook Messenger app much. I mean, I have people who never even notice a newly-sent message because they don't run the standalone app on their phone or device. Early in the afternoon, a friend sent a Viber request, so I downloaded it and joined. I asked some others to join it so I can rely less on Messenger.

Then, I checked the Internet. I found out that Viber is now a distant third and is no longer 'the coolest'. After being purchased by the Facebook folks, WhatsApp seems to have the largest user base in the entire world. The weird thing is, it looks as though I only know a few of those one-billion people.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Ordering a Mattress Online

The bed is fine, but I wondered if a memory foam mattress might be more comfortable.

I cannot remember where we bought our current Serta Pillow-top. It must have been in one of the major bed-sales showrooms. I can remember that the process was very annoying. There were tiny, cutaway diagrams. One could bounce on and off a few sample mattresses for a half minute or so. However, it was impossible to tell what was really inside and whether spending an extra $300 made for a better purchase. The sales people whether commissioned or not, weren't terribly helpful.

I checked here in my blog, which ends up being a lifesaver for those times when I am trying to find something from personal history. It seems as though we bought our current mattress in the summer of 2005. Wow, that doesn't seem possible! I guess it is time for a new one.

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Click this image to visit endysleep.com.

I often find my preferences are more like a millennial than a baby boomer. Sure, I'll try buying a mattress online. I learned a lot more from the Internet than I ever could in a store. Please Endy, ship one by UPS. I'm rather looking forward to trying memory foam. Giving business to a Canadian company seems like icing on the cake.


Monday, November 28, 2016

Momentary Blue

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A bit of blue made an appearance this morning. I mentioned in a Facebook posting that during the months of October and November we have had well above 400 mm (nearly 16 inches) of rain. This month is not quite over yet. It takes just a few minutes of sun to make me forget all about the rain though. However, the ball of light seems to have already gone missing again.

I will go with Jay to an appointment with his cardiologist this afternoon. His cardiogram was completed two weeks ago today. We are ready to learn what courses of action are necessary. How lucky we are to live so close to the Royal Columbian Hospital, the primary cardiac care center in the Vancouver area! It is one stop by SkyTrain or a five minute drive from home.


Sunday, November 27, 2016

No Traffic Sundays

This really is turning into a boring daily journal, isn't it? That is all right. I'm not sure how many days of one's life can be filled with suspense and drama. Yet, I'm coming to find that many joys in life are found in its everyday-ness.

We had a Bulk Barn coupon for $3, so we drove over to Queensborough. It seems a breeze getting over the bridge to that part of town on a weekend. I'm mentioned that store many time before but I always enjoy going inside very much.

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A Walmart is next door. As I noticed Jay trying to clean the crumbs out of our really old toaster, I figured it might be past time to replace it. I may have picked the former one up at a thrift store more than 15 years ago. It works fine but is a little worn looking. Now, Chinese crap is practically give-away. The way the world is set up now, it is easier to get the cheapest appliances and simply throw them away a few years later. It saves time cleaning. What a disgusting realization!

New Toaster


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Just Got Back

We went downtown to visit friends this afternoon. It was nice seeing them before they head to Puerto Vallarta for a few weeks. I'm happy we had dinner there.

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It's been a while since we rode the SkyTrain to Vancouver. And in fact, it has been sustantially longer since we were on a SkyTrain full of passengers wearing cool weather and rain gear. There are small things one can forget when away for a few winters.


Friday, November 25, 2016

The Uptown Mall

I did my best to be a good little consumer.

Black Friday

I mean we rushed up to the mall today. Even though it was Black Friday, we couldn't find a single thing we needed.

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And the Santa looked a little too old for me to sit on his lap. So we left without contributing to the economy or the seasonal traditions.


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