:wave: Welcome to our new CANADIAN SIZZLING SUMMER THREAD ...
I just know that Canadians are big outdoors people; always have been, so I know you are all just very busy at this time. I suppose it is officially SUMMER now, so it is time to make our new summer thread.
The weather here is still spring-like this week: cool, with lots of :rain: during the night but it is helping our grass, trees, flowers and bushes a lot. Thank goodness, we just got some rain and not anything else. It was very cold last night, so I had to put the furnace back on, but it is a bit warmer today (around 16 C).
DH and I spent yesterday hauling out summer linens and such. I change them from winter to summer every year (put the warm thick stuff away and bring out the light & bright airy bedspread and accessories). It's a nice change too.
We got our front beds all prepared for this year; added a new sand/black earth mix and some compost to give them a good boost too. I plan to plant some onions sets, some leaf lettuce, and radishes for salads this week; then later on, plant some green beans too.
We also set up our half rain barrels on the south side in between our peony flower plants; and filled the bottoms with sand & gravel. Then we'll put some soil in them as we get some more to add to them later on. Not sure what to plant in them, maybe some petunias and beans or something like that; we'll see ... ;)
I also bought some cherry tomato plants for salads; plus some raspberry and gooseberry bushes, which will start our mini-fruit orchard in the back yard. Later on, I would like to add in one other kind of berry to round them out (like blueberries, honeyberries, or elderberries). We already have a nice big rhubarb patch.
So hope all our Canadians have a wonderful summer this year. Be sure to pop by and visit us now and then, OK? Don't want to be too lonely over here all by myself now. :)
06-03-2012, 12:31 PM
Ohhhh man! The last 2 days in Toronto have been CRAZY!!
2 days ago, it rained about 45mm, and due to the construction at Union Station (apparently the busiest GO/subway station in Canada?) FLOODED. And by no means was it fun. It was water + sewage, and fireman had to carry people out at one point. they blocked off like 7 stops on the subway, including the one I needed to get to work :( HOWEVER - for the first time in my history of having to take a shuttle bus, was it running smoothly! When I got outside there were 3 buses already waiting for us, and they didn't get crowded at all. Apparently there were 100 shuttle buses on route for us. Thats ALOT. But I guess we were talking the busiest part of the downtown core. Bravo shuttle bus drivers. Granted - I had taken the subway/shuttle a few hours after the flood, so maybe it took them that long to work nicely ahah. Normally the mention of a shuttle bus just makes people angry, because we wait in the subway station for like 15 minutes thinking "where's the subway" and then some official guy comes and says, "sorry it's not in service, shuttle buses are on their way" and we all flood to the streets, and NO shuttle buses appear for like another 15 minutes at least, and THEN when they do, there's not NEARLY enough space for people to come on the bus. It does suck, and I'm not one to blame the TTC, because in all honesty they are usually doing their job right, just one or two stupid people who decide to skrew up their reputation. Well enough ranting for me for THAT.
So yesterday I was happy to hear that the station had cleared up and all subway stations were back in service. So I go to Eaton's Centre after work to eat and fix my phone, I left around... 5:45pm, get home around 6:30pm, and guess what is on the news. A shooting in the Food Court at Eaton's Centre. Apparently happened around 6:23pm, needless to say I was SO thankful I didn't stay that long. Apparently 8 people were injured, including one deceased 25 year old, and a 13 year old boy (complete innocent bystander) in critical condition. One of the 8 wasn't shot, but she was pregnant and I guess fell or got trampled on and then I believe went into labour. But still. This is crazyness! my hearts go out to al the families involved.
06-03-2012, 05:51 PM
SF ~ well, I'm just gonna hafta defend the TTC guys becuz one of them is my brother ;) ... and they have to work around the weather and mechanical break-downs too. I'm not surprised that they worked their butts off to get things cleaned up and back to normal. :D
As for the Eaton Center food court: hate it -- it's just too crowded and you can barely get in to buy anything anyways. The last time my sister and I went there, we just left becuz we were being tossled around by so many men -- eeks! Don't go there at lunchtime; all the men flock there from the businesses from uptown or downtown ... :lol:
Sending up ^prayers^ for all those injured people at the Eaton Center Food Court -- the pregnant lady, the 13 y/o boy; and the families of the deceased 25 y/o, and everyone else too. Even the family of the shooter will feel very badly too, I'm sure. :(
We had very heavy :rain: here too the last two days, but it will do a lot for our greenery -- our grass is now nice & green. The :sunny: is trying to peak out here & there, but the clouds are winning right now. I just did some baking -- making some oatmeal muffins and banana loaves for DH's snacks; and our turkey dinner with sweet potatoes and veggies smells great. Should be ready real soon.
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend (I mean anyone who wasn't in TO this weekend, that is). Take good care now ... :hug:
06-03-2012, 06:05 PM
You know, sad as that Eaton Center food court incident was -- I was just recalling the last time we went there. Here we are (my baby sister and I), both single young ladies in our mid-late twenties, and we are going one way through this food court; and all of a sudden the doors open, and hundreds of men come rushing in at us. We were being tossled about like little rag dolls, but I have to give those guys credit, we could tell that they were actually trying not to hurt us. All of a sudden, it seemed like the Dead Sea parted and there was a straight path all the way to the doors. Maybe it was the stricken looks on our faces ... :shrug:
I was thinking that was kinda like a single girl's fantasy dream -- to be literally surrounded by (what seemed like thousands) so many men of all ages, all at once. I thought -- gee, at any other time I would have enjoyed all that male attention, but at the time, it was a bit disconcerting. Honestly, my sister and I were laughing about that incident for some time. ;)
06-10-2012, 04:44 PM
Well, we sure have a :hot: sizzler :hot: out there today, so we are indoors under the fans. It's so nice to see that even with outdoor temps at 32 C (in the shade with quite a strong breeze), it is still quite nice & cool in this house. We haven't had to turn on any air conditioners here so far -- just a ceiling fan, and I'm almost chilled! ;)
With brick all around the outside of our house, plus two porches (east & west sides); we are staying pretty cool, I think. We won't bother with the A/C's this year, if we don't have to (and will save some $$$ on that for sure).
The seeds I planted in the front beds are already coming up; I'm gonna have salad after all. I have delayed transplanting the berry bushes becuz we still had a few low night temps; research said to delay to late spring to avoid any frosts, so I am being cautious, just in case.
We did yardwork yesterday AM. My SNOWBALLS on my hydrangea bush are getting bigger and whiter each day. I always wanted one of those as we had one when we were kids almost everywhere we lived. This is the first year it has bloomed (I fed it, watered it, and mulched it well).
WE put support rings around the light pink peony plants and now they are standing up proudly (not splatted all over the ground like last year). I purchased protective rings on sale (just good tomato cages) for the berry bushes and some fence for the bigger ones too.
We'll start one 1/2 barrel this week coming to spread the veggies out; then do one about end of June as well. The front garden plants are doing much better this year with the pruning, and adding compost and more soil to the beds. Oh, and my Yellow Cinequfoil Bush did survive after all; I thought we lost it. Well, someone said that they are hard to kill; my sister was right -- she said just wait til spring, maybe it will come back, and it did.
So did the SandCherry Bush and my Yellow Day Lily but it got hacked off a bit by accident, but it is fighting back. I know from past experience that it can come back and bloom still. I just love all these perennial plants and bushes. :D
I hope all our fellow Canadians have a wonderful second week of June ... :flow1:
06-19-2012, 09:10 PM
:wave: Gee, I didn't realize when I called this thread the "Canadian SIZZLING Summer Thread" that it would be somewhat prophetic, cuz it's been unusually :hot: here so far this year. It was a scorcher again today, but it was bearable, at least (in the mid-80 F or 30 C).
I sent DH a hunting for our air conditioners down in the basement, but he could only find one (the portable) and it's hose, but not the window brace which you need to vent the hose outdoors. I may have to get really creative and make one out of cardboard.
If it was me, I would just keep looking until I find it, but he has no patience. I can't get down there as there are not hand rails in our stairway, and it has really narrow steps. Not going to chance it as I've had some bad falls down stairs in the past; and I'm still living with the consequences of those injuries today. So, I will get inventive, if I have to. ;)
My eating has been good this month; very happy about that and I've lost another 6.5 lbs to bring me over the 100 lbs mark. This is quite a milestone for me; and I am well over halfway in my goal's department. Onward and downward, I go ...
Hope all our Canadian friends are having a nice summer so far. Someone in another thread said that summer doesn't actually start until June 20th -- I didn't realize that. Oh well, I was a bit early, I guess. :flow2:
06-24-2012, 10:40 PM
checking in from the west coast here. :)
06-27-2012, 06:12 PM
:welcome: TRANCEDREAMER ~ WOWIE, look how much weight you have lost; you look G-R-E-A-T!!! :bravo:
We usually have many more posters in here, but the summers are the slowest. I guess Canadians just love the outdoors so much they don't have time to pop by. I know that we are outdoors almost every day too, if the weather allows for it. :D
07-02-2012, 04:19 PM
HAPPY CANADA DAY -- to all our Canadian friends out there ...
I meant to come in here yesterday, but was busy & forgot; then was reading just around the time the fireworks were going off here. We could hear them quite clearly as we live only a few blocks away. We didn't go this year as we have no wheels; and I don't like getting eaten by skitters -- they seem to come out in droves on this day. At our last place, we could see them from our kitchen window and back deck; that was nice.
Hope you are all enjoying the day off today, and the nice weather we are having here as well ... :flow1:
07-14-2012, 08:21 PM
I think all our Canadians have gone on camping vacation this month. This is the most popular month for holidays in Canada. They say that camping in our area has increased by 30% this year; I'm not surprised.
It has been :hot: here the last two days (in the 90' F or 30's C today). Had to break down and put on the portable air conditioner late this afternoon so we could eat dinner and be relatively comfortable. We just had homemade mini-subs (6") for dinner; nice and light and no cooking ...
Hope you are all keeping :cool: and enjoying your summer in spite of these weird temps we are having. It is supposed to drop back down into the 70's (20's C) for the next few days and have some more :rain: too -- we'll take it. Back to more typical Canadian temps.
Have a great weekend everyone ... :flow2:
07-16-2012, 06:28 PM
another west coaster here! just joined to site too!
07-16-2012, 10:28 PM
:welcome: ROSA ~ glad you dropped by; this is a great site. Lots of nice people here and wonderful ideas, tips, plans, and support.
07-16-2012, 10:38 PM
thank you for your kind words! :)
vancouver is still mild. yet another cold summer. :(
07-18-2012, 04:51 PM
Good Wednesday Canucks!! Just a quick check in ! I finally tried out the zumba and it was ridiculously funny. I don't have the moves. Any moves really. It was a good work out regardless. Anyways, Weather is lovely and the summer is rolling on! I've been walking my dogs 4k every day and trying every leisure services drop in class I can. Still hate the spin class!! Makes my back sore! Anyways trying to get back inot fitness day by day!! What's everybody's plans for the summer?
07-19-2012, 04:56 PM
TAM ~ glad that you finally got to try out the Zumba classes and had some fun. We don't have much planned for this year as we don't have any "wheels" anymore; so that sure puts a cabosh on any travelling plans for us -- but we are really enjoying this first year in our new house. Who knows what next year will bring though?
TRANCEDREAMER ~ you should share your success story in the GOALS FORUM of this site, as I am sure many people here would love to hear how you lost so much weight, and how you are working to keep it off; plus I am sure they would be very encouraged by your story as well.
The weather is really nice here this week (in the 70's F/20's C); and we are loving that. Eating is going well too and that makes me really happy. We have been spending our time gardening and doing stuff around here; there's lots to do to keep us busy.
Have a Fabulous Friday tomorrow ... :flow1:
07-23-2012, 10:11 AM
Just checking in to keep myself honest! :)
Rosebud - we are keeping it pretty simple too this summer. We went camping on the weekend, but beyond that we are staying pretty close to home for the weekend. Maybe some weekend outings, but my dh works in the summer so that keeps us homebound which is perfectly fine.
This morning my neighbour and I are going to go for it and keep up with our C25k journey!
Anyways ladies have a great day!!
07-24-2012, 11:59 AM
Walked our dogs this bee-you-tee-ful morning! Last night there were storms all over southern SK and they are sort of petering out this a.m. in our area so not too hot for me and the hounds to hoof it down the lane. I like going for early morning walks as our neighbours have the scariest german shepard. ever. and she doesn't seem to wander around until later in the morning. I am terrified of that thing. Anyways I am off to find a fitness class to attend at some point today! HAGD everyone!!
07-24-2012, 12:25 PM
hey hey Montrealer here!!! :) It's been really hot lately here mixed in with summer storms. Pretty intense ones at that, I lost power 3 times last night! Didn't help with my workout but I did my best :)
Hope you all have a good day!! xo
07-25-2012, 12:21 PM
Hey Caramel Kitty!
What a summer of storms!! I have only been to Montreal once and did I LOVE it. It was awesome.
What do you do to work out?
I have been just walking, doing the C25K with my neighbour, and playing soccer about once a week. I have leisure pass so I can attend any of these drop in classes at any of the civic centres so I'm really enjoying that! Today I might take my bike into town and cycle the bridges. Maybe!
Anyways HAGD everyone!!
07-25-2012, 09:41 PM
TAM ~ we've had some nice weather this week; the temps came way down -- yeah!!! So we are really enjoying that. We've been getting :rain: during the night which is great; waters the gardens so we don't have to. My beans are starting to sprout (just babies) and I have been eating my cherry tomatoes for a while now; these ones have been quite productive. Best wishes on the C25K ...
KITTY ~ nice of you to drop by; you are looking' pretty good in that avatar, girl! Hope your power stays on for you all down there. I know the south needs the rain; a friend says the grass down south is turning yellow from lack of rain. WE are very blessed up here in the northern part of the province and everything is green.
Eating is going good this week too; had some bumpy days there with hunger pangs (cals were a bit low, so sugars dipped a bit). So adding in some fruit & chz for that so I can still stay on plan; plus last weekend, I baked some homemade fruit & fiber muffins and put them in the freezer for snacks too.
Have a great week everyone ... :flow2:
07-31-2012, 11:47 AM
Just a quick check in again!
Rosebud - Your garden sounds great!
We have had some wild weather this past weekend. So much lightning! Yikes!! But the days are beautiful and the dogs and I are loving the walks. My eating is all over the place, but I shall do my best to get to a fitness class today. Have a great day!!
08-01-2012, 12:10 PM
Good Wednesday!! Yay!
Well--yesterday i went to the civic centre to take a boot camp class and lo- my husbands third wife was there!! Yikes. I've never seen her in person. She is a fitness instructor evaluator. So I guess I was on her turf so to speak. Haha. Well needless to say I made an about-face and made my way to the other end of the building. I think it's funny, but I just couldn't imagine trying to work out in front of her. My exciting days. Lol.
I took the hounds out for bike ride today and I may make it to the civic centre once again. There are about six in the city --so I will just see later on. Have a great day!!
08-01-2012, 11:51 PM
Greeeggsandtam Haha that must've been a shock!! Does she know you? :p
I've been having a hard time working out, I can't go for bike rides it's way too humid and I feel faint when it is.. so I try to work out inside doing my Jillian Michaels workouts but I'm in the middle of a move so it's a little awkward, I just finished unpacking so it's easier, I think tomorrow I'll get back to it!
I weighed in at 139.4 for the last couple days, gotta get it down!!
08-03-2012, 09:19 PM
TAM ~ feel for ya there; not pleasant to run into ex's unexpectedly, esp when you are working out -- I would have done the same thing (I'm not interested in socializing with them either, so it's time to run: things to do; places to go!) :lol:
CARAMEL ~ The humidity bothers me too; I stay indoors on those days! You are doing great; and are almost at goal. You look wonderful! :cheer2:
We have had cooler weather here lately with some :rain: and we are loving it! Even if it gets up into the 80's F or 20's C, it's not too bad as long as it isn't humid. We get wonderful breezes through our porches here; love this location.
My eating has gone really well for July and August is staring out great too. Just want to focus on more nutrient-rich, high fiber foods this month. I want that scale to go down more too! Hope you all have even more success in August and some better weather too ... :flow2:
08-06-2012, 12:07 PM
I really hope the weather cools down a little.
Yesterday was really humid and dry and crazy rain. I mean crazy, the trees were bending lol
I was NOT going to go bike riding in that!
I'm down to 137.8 this morning and hopefully it keeps going down! :D
Good luck everyone!
08-08-2012, 09:33 PM
I was NOT going to go bike riding in that!
:lol: I understand, but it is a cute outfit. I saw your first pic with your SO; didn't think you were half hiding. You look great in that pic just like you do in your avatars. Jeepers, I actually remember a day that I was at your weight (in my mid-20's); and I was so self-conscious even then. Couldn't see myself correctly; it takes about 2 years for your mind to catch up with what your brain sees in the mirror. You are doing great; not far now ... :D
08-10-2012, 11:35 AM
We have had some amazing weather lately here on the prairie. We only needed 25 or so tornadoes to break through to August. lol. What a CRAZY summer. Anyhow we have the most amazing moonrises, stars, meteor showers. Clear nights! We heard the drums from the pow wow across the river last night and fireworks the other night. On the down side my eating has been as wild as the weather, but I have been keeping up the dogwalking everyday and sticking with the soccer so ---I won't complain.
Have a lovely Friday beauties!!
08-12-2012, 09:38 PM
HI TAM ~ we're having lovely weather here right now too; mostly in the high 60's to low 70's F (low 20's C), which is ideal to me. We had some fierce mini-storms here about a week ago, but things have settled down now.
I picked two baggies of beans this week, and my hanging cherry tomato plant is quite prolific this year -- they taste great in my salads. I'm hooked on these things; hope they have this one available again next year.
Eating is going well this month; even better than last month. Making sure to eat meals that are more satisfying while staying OP too.
Have a wonderful OP week coming up, my fellow Canucks ... :cheer:
08-13-2012, 11:39 AM
Hi Rosebud! Your tomatoes sound divine! Ours are only just starting to ripen! Mind you we are sort of up on a hill on prairie and the storms in July beat up our planters. They looked like they went on a bender and got in a fight. I fertilized them a few times and they are starting to come back nicely though.
Q: Do you restrict your bread intake at all? I eat an atrocious amount of bread and cheese. And wine. All of which keep me nice and round, but I was toying with the idea of limiting it for a week to see what happens. Your thoughts?
08-13-2012, 05:24 PM
Q: Do you restrict your bread intake at all?
YES, I do limit my bread to 3-5 servings a day. I eat a really dense whole grain bread which I find more satisfying too. I often have a wg english muffin with an egg/chz for breakfast; if I'm out, I use the bread mentioned above (just one for BF); and 1-2 times a week, I may have a medium wg bagel with PB or Chz.
For Lunch, I have either a sandwich; or a wg pita pizza; or leftovers; or a 6" wg subwich (I alternate about every other day for variety).
I don't usually have bread for dinner unless I have eggs or beans or chili (may have 1 tst with it) or 6" subwich, but this may only be once a week. Usually, I have a small new potato; or .5 cob corn; or 1/2 cup beans or brown rice/barley; or 1 cup cooked pasta (once a week).
08-21-2012, 04:18 PM
WOWIE, the temps really plummeted here this past weekend -- down to the 50's & 60's F (teens C) during the day; and way down into the 30's & 40's F during the night. Was getting concerned for my veggies for a while there; but the temps are slowly climbing back up today. The :sunny: is just now peeking out and it is expected to get up to about 80 F or 25 C by the weekend or sooner. It was a nice reprieve though.
My DAD said that if those lows kept up, he was expecting some of the "white stuff" by September -- I said, "Hey, don't swear like that" ... :lol: So, it was nice to see the new forecast for the rest of the week looking a bit more seasonable for us. I have been blessed with lots of cherry tomatoes this year, and I have some more beans just making their way to a good eating size right now. Sure don't want to lose them. :^:
Hope you are all having a good summer out there in Canuckland ... :D
09-01-2012, 09:49 PM
Hello, my fellow Canucks ... Well, I didn't realize that it had been so long since I posted in here. We have had much nicer temps the last half of August. Now September is here and it is cooler, but still nice in the low 70's F or about 20 C.
I may get a few more beans out of my barrels, and lots of cherry tomatoes have been ripening this week. I think it is the cooler temps causing that, but I have more than 12+ new clusters that have started up too. So I am thinking that I will bring it indoors soon so I can have all of them too. I think if I put it in front of a sunny window, I may get some tomatoes for some time; it's worth a try anyways.
My eating went really well in August and I lost another 7 lbs in my August weigh-in which brings me to 111 lbs lost now. I am so grateful to have found a way to smash through those stalls that I had a few years back. I have put a link to my progress pics in my signature, and they are giving me so much encouragement too.
I hope you all have a wonderful long-weekend, and a super September too ... :cool:
09-05-2012, 03:45 PM
Rosebud you look fantastic!
Love the progress pics!!
I'm back at it for the school year so here I sit at my desk - salad and muffin for lunch. Blech. I didn't have time to get groceries after the long weekend so cafeteria food for me. Cannot WAIT to get groceries after school. My neighbour and I went for a walk with ourdogs at 6a.m. so that's a good start to the day. Must find more activities for the fall as soccer is winding down. HOpe all is well all of you!
09-05-2012, 09:37 PM
Ah, gee -- thanks! :o
I was very surprised myself when I saw the last ones. I knew that I looked different when I looked in the mirror at my face, but the pictures really show it much more!
When I was young, I played soccer a lot too. I played a lot of sports actually (baseball, road hockey; floor hockey, ice hockey, basketball, touch football, badmintaon, volleyball, racketball, cross-country skiing, etc). Oh man, why did I stop? I know -- injuries.
Maybe some floor hockey or roller-blading, or salsa dancing, or something like that for the winter??? :D
09-14-2012, 11:41 PM
Well, our sizzling summer is coming to a sizzling end very soon -- :lol: We've had cold, damp weather with the fall :rain: today even though technically it's still summer. It looks more like fall here with the leaves turning yellow, gold, and red wine. Lots still green too though.
I picked the last of my green beans this week and stewed them with some tomatoes, onions, and shredded cabbage. Very yum and low calories. My TUMBLING TOM hanging cherry tomatoes are still producing, but I moved it close to the house tonight becuz the temps have dropped so low. I still have at least 20+ clusters on it yet that I hope to harvest if the weather improves. They say it will get warmer on the weekend with some :sunny: showing up.
My eating has been going super swell this month; am so very pleased about that. Hope you are all enjoying your September weather. It's much more enjoyable out there now that it's cooler. Have a wonderful weekend everyone ... :flow2:
09-21-2012, 10:51 PM
Well, according to the weatherman, today is technically the last day of summer, but it really felt and looked more like fall up here where we live. We've had some cooler weather and lots of :rain: which is common here -- we really do get those "spring & latter rains" each year. :lol:
My eating went really well this summer; and I was able to stick to my plan really well this year. I lost another 7 lbs over the summer, which I am happy about. Now, I am hoping to continue on through the fall and winter as well.
We kept busy working in our garden and yard; plus around our new home. There's always some little thing to do, but we love living here. I've been able to go out walking more now that it isn't so hot too. I love the spring and fall for that, but esp the fall. It is so pretty here with the mix of fall colors.
I hope you all had a good summer too; despite the temps. I think I will start a fall/winter thread tomorrow. That will last longer for us too. We usually get more people popping by in the wintertime simply becuz they are stuck indoors more in the winter in this country. This week, I picked up some books, puzzles, and games at our local second-hand shop. That should help a bit, I think.