Reminiscing My Childhood From The Air

I was expecting a package this weekend; so someone always had to be home. Mike was out Saturday and I went out today. I wanted to do some new aerobatic combos, and won’t try anything new with a passenger. Therefore, I had a solo flight. After looping and rolling around above the airport, I headed west over our house:

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Yup, it’s one of those! I flew over Sunset Beach and there was a fair number of folks there, but seemed to be spaced out well:

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I then decided to see some places of interest from my childhood. I always loved looking at these pipes while driving up or down the Niagara Escarpment on my father’s motorcycle. It is the Decew Power Station:

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Glenn A Green school, which I went to from grades 5-8:

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E.L. Crossley Secondary School, my high school.

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The giant mural out front:

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My childhood home, where my mother resides:

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And Merrittville Speedway, I frequented from a very young age and through my teens:

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It was such a relaxing, fun and peaceful flight.  Afterwards, I had a really nice visit with my awesome mother.  Back home, Mike and I watched The Bird Cage.  So funny and it was nice to see Robin Williams.

Today’s symptoms:  I slept very well last night, I think because I did so much physical work during the day.  Since there was a fair amount of activity today, I’m hoping tonight will be sleeptacular as well!  I’ll certainly be crawling into bed with a smile on my face.  🙂

Buy a House, They Said. It Will Be Fun, They Said

So I just planned on tidying up a bit out front today.  Nothing major and not for too long.  Well, I got on a bit of a roll.  I can’t believe how different the driveway looks:

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A few hours later:

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A couple people commented on how it looked and it really felt nice!  Now I just have to keep it this way.

This was Pinky while I was out de-lawning the driveway:

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She’s not very lady-like but she’s awesome.

I hope to go for a short local flight (maybe some aerobatics) tomorrow morning and then visit with my little mother. I believe she’s having a bit of an issue with her lawnmower.  The wheel flew off last time she cut the lawn.

We were asked at work to share pictures of the things in our life that make us happy and positive.  This is the pic I submitted:

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Which was probably a better choice than this one:

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Tee hee!

Today’s symptoms: After a fairly rough week symptom-wise, I was feeling much better today.  I think I may have overdone things a little last weekend and paid the price.  I love these good days!

Vyctor’s Twin

I was recently contacted by someone who created a Vyctor look alike on X-Plane (flight simulator).  I cannot believe how perfect it is!  I got goosebumps the first time I saw these amazing pics:

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And one of my more favourite orientations to be in:

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Thanks again, Stephen!  Amazing job!

I was able to go up in the actual Vyctor today.  Mike and I went for a short flight around St. Catharines and Niagara-On-The-Lake this morning.  The weather was great, with decent winds (I like flying on windy days) and cool temps.  I hear it’s going back up in the 30’s this week.  Yuck.

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We came home to Pinky (the ham) glazing in the sun.

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I spent most of the weekend working in the yard.  My little mother helped me out on Saturday while Mike did projects inside.  Jan, who hates gnomes, was thrilled to see this adorable gnome statue (in Vyctor colours) I bought for my flower box.  She also wasn’t impressed when I told her it’s me holding her up on my shoulder.  She called me some choice names.

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We all got quite a bit done so it was a very productive and fun weekend.

I just went upstairs to refill Peanut’s water fountain and he immediately jumped onto the bottle.  It looks like the little fella wants to come out and socialize a bit:

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Today’s symptoms: I actually felt quite good this week.  My energy was decent but I had a bad headache both days.  Nothing to complain about through – it’s all good.

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What a great weekend we had!  Yesterday, we got tons of projects done around the house.  It was super productive.  One thing is we got our awesome new airplane light up, which Mike’s sister and bro-in-law gave us:

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Love it!  I continued to work on the back yard, and am happy with how things are coming along.  I wasn’t sure what some of the flowers would look until they bloomed.  This one sure turned out nice….does anyone know what it’s called?

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The kitties enjoyed sun bathing in the kitchen.  I don’t know why Abby is licking Pinky since they don’t like each other:

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Later I attempted to get through my emails but Mya had other ideas:

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Today, Mike and I took advantage of the amazing weather and went for a flight.  I did some aerobatics then we flew south along the Welland Canal then east along the Fort Erie shoreline.  As you can see sticking out of my door handle, Donkay enjoyed the flight as well:

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Then a landing back at the Niagara District Airport:

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After the flight, we went to visit my little mother.  We nommed on the Tim Hortons we picked up on the way, and had a great chat with plenty of laughs.  I cleaned out her eavestrough and then we went out back to dig up more ferns for my place and also for my friend.  I planted Fernguson and Fernando next to Lefern and Shirley as soon as I got home:

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The small garden near our shed has become ferntastic!

Today’s symptoms: After a week of not feeling too good (I know I physically overdid things with the gardening the previous weekend, which always leads to days of much worse symptoms), I had a good day!  I slept well last night which usually helps the severity of my symptoms the next day.  Hopefully I have another day of waking up bright eyed and bushy haired tomorrow!

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I’m still absolutely loving the new house.  I stare at our petite back yard from my bedroom window every morning.  I think the view tomorrow morning is going to be the best yet as we cleaned all of the bedroom windows today.  I hate cleaning windows but love the result.  The backyard looks much different from when we first moved in.  There were some rather invasive plants that needed to be removed.  The one hole I dug to get as many roots as I could was almost three feet deep and quite wide.  It was a ton of work but I can’t wait to look out and see the end result.

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In case more shoots spring up, I will likely be unable to plant much in the back this year.  I’ve read that this plant may take years to eradicate.  I did, however, plant a couple ferns in the back corner.  I named them Lefern and Shirley.  Tee hee:

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Ferns have been one of my favourites plants since I was a kid.  My mother has a wooded area behind her house, where tons of ferns popped up recently.  She was kind enough to pluck a couple out for me.

I love sitting out on the back deck, the Japanese maple peering down on me, birds chirping and critters running about:

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Our neighbour was kind enough to lend us their ladder so I could climb up and cover the vent to the bathroom fan.  Soon after we moved in, we heard chirping and rustling.  A couple starlings made a nest and had some babies.  One of the neighbours behind us let me know that he saw the two babies fly the coop, so it was safe to cover the vent.  I graciously (not!) climbed up the ladder and used a hockey stick to try and recover the nest.  It’s clearly in very deep as I wasn’t able to reach it.  I taped aluminum mesh over the vent until we get a proper cover from Home Depot.  Mike’s picking it up tomorrow so I’ll be able to meander back up and install it.

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We have tons of projects in the works.  We ordered carpeting to be installed on the basement stairs today.  We went to Alexanian, which my mother and I have both used twice in the past with great results.  Then we’re going to have a floating floor installed in the basement and the upstairs bathroom retiled.  Then we’ll start the painting (I really don’t like painting so I’m not looking forward to it at all!)

I have much more to share but I’ll continue in the next blog.  It’s getting close to gathering up a bunch of kitties and getting ready for bed.  I’m pooped!

Today’s symptoms: I apparently did a tad too much physical work over the weekend and really paid for it yesterday and again today.  Yesterday was far worse though.  I can hear my mother going “Hmmmm….told you so” with an eye roll.

What a Great Day!

The weather was supposed to be decent this morning so Mike and I could go for a flight.  We arrived at the airport after 10:00, as we first had to wait for the fog to burn off.  We chatted with my friends at the Club and then we climbed aboard Vyctor.  I phoned the tower as the clouds were really getting close and low.  We determined it would be good enough to at least do some circuits.  We climbed up to 1500′ and realized that it would not be a long flight.  Total time: 9 minutes.  Bummer but at least we got to fly.

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And we got to see our new house from the air:

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Yup, it’s somewhere down there.  We’ve flown over it a couple times before but I never saw it.  There were other planes in the vicinity so I had to keep my eyes on the sky.  As no one else was flying today, I had a better chance to look.

Since we can no longer fly anywhere for breakfast, we hit Timmies on the way home.  Not quite the same but still yummy and really hit the spot.  Once home, we greeted our furless felines:

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I decided to add some Irish cream to our coffees.  I opened it up and the entire bottle was a gelatinous blob of spoiled gooey grossness.  Bummer.

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I ended up spending the afternoon gardening and Mike did some organizing and installations.  Very productive day for both of us!  I could never understand how my mother spent hours and hours gardening, but now I see how addictive it is.  I’m absolutely loving it and find it fun and relaxing.

I made another friend today.  This is Svendalyn.  I always loved finding toads as a kid and I see nothing has changed.  I cleaned out the window well and placed him back down.  Then I made him some of Peanut’s (gecko) noms:

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The reaction from my little mother wasn’t surprising:

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Tee Hee!

After all of the work we did today, we decided to treat ourselves with a store-bought pizza.  We’re trying out different ones around the area.  Good pizza and a nice paw warmer for Mya:

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I’m looking forward to tomorrow.  I’ve been pulling up bamboo from my back yard and we are going to plant it along the back at Jan’s tomorrow.  Hopefully everyone is feeling good and the weather is decent.

Today’s symptoms: It was a better than normal day for me energy-wise, which was greatly appreciated.  I’m on day three of very bad crushing pains in my hands.  It’s weird in that it seems to be quite steady in intensity but actually using my hands only makes it a bit worse.  So I’m glad it’s not limiting me in that sense.  I’ll be content with a similar day tomorrow, although I certainly won’t complain if the pain decides to fly the coop.

Meeting the Neighbours

So a few of us met the next door kitty:

We’ve been organizing, cleaning and making some modifications. It’s been so much fun and satisfying. I don’t think it’s fully sunk in yet that it’s our house. It still feels like we’re visiting a nice cottage somewhere.

As of right now I’m so pooped, I can hardly think. I best keep this one short. I don’t want to over-utilize my remaining functioning brain cells.

Today’s symptoms. I slept fairly well last night and had decent energy today. I live for days where the fatigue isn’t out in full force and the pain levels are down as well. I was able to do more organizing today and feel really good about the things I got done.  I’m just paying for it a bit now, but it’s totally worth it.

I actually wrote this post yesterday but forgot to post it. My bad! 

Moved Into the New House!

It has been a crazy and wonderful couple of weeks. Mike and I are now in our new house in Port Weller.

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Everything went very smoothly. The movers, Two Men and a Truck were amazing. We highly recommend them. As of today, pretty much everything is unpacked, sorted and put away. It feels great. We still have pictures to hang and a few small things to find homes for, but that’s about it. Once things are somewhat back to normal, we will replace the carpeting upstairs, the upstairs bathroom floor, plus put a floating floor in the basement. We will also do some repainting. We were lucky that the appliances were included. We have already replaced the kitchen faucet and upstairs bathroom toilet. I’m looking forward to the winter weather ending (hopefully by August) so I can go clean up and organize the shed.

My mother let us have her insanely heavy cement bird bath. She has had the base for almost 40 years. We had to replace the top around 25 years ago after an unfortunate accident. It’s very comforting to look out and see something that I’ve seen in the backyard of my childhood home since I was just a nugget.

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We still feel like we’re vacationing in a nice cottage here. It’s such a difference from my apartment and his apartment-style condo. I’m still taken aback a little when I come down the stairs and see the screen door out to the porch. The outside is right there. That seems weird but to get outside from my apartment, I would have to open the door to the hall, wait for the elevator, step out of the elevator then through the lobby, through a small vestibule then out the front door. It’s nice seeing my car Lola Corolla sitting right there rather than being down in a parking garage.

We haven’t made the effort to sit outside or go for a walk since we’ve been so busy. That and we’ve already put our winter clothing away.  However, we did head out to the airport Sunday morning for a flight.  Apparently, I was the only one out flying that morning, according to Brian in the air traffic tower.  It’s still weird to see everything looking like a ghost town, such as Niagara College:

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We flew down to Lake Erie.  It wasn’t surprising to see empty beaches (both due to COVID and the close to freezing temps).  Even this lighthouse looked cold:

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We only checked out Niagara Falls from a distance:

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It was a really nice flight and it was just so nice to get out and up!

Since it was Mother’s Day, my little mother came over for a visit.  We needed groceries and so did she, so after having some Timmies, her and Mike went to Zehrs to pick some things up for the next couple of weeks.  We’ve been trying to limit our grocery outings to only about once every two weeks.  Not too long after they got back, we had dinner.  Mya and Abby decided to try and get in on the action:

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I told the dorks that they had to wait with the rest of their sisters for noms later on:

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I guess being cute all day and spending some time in the sun really drums up an appetite:

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So life is quite good right now for all of us!

Today’s symptoms: I think I slept quite well last night but am feeling kinda blah today.  I’m really fatigued and I’m having tons of nerve pains in my hands and forearms.  Hopefully that and this bad headache bugger off tomorrow!

New House Tomorrow!

The weather was perfect yesterday and we were able to go out for a flight.  It was my first flight in over 50 days, but I didn’t need to refer to my “How to Fly a Plane” manual!  Mike and I climbed up to 4000′ over the Niagara District Airport and did a few aerobatics.  Everything went well in that department.  Since we were already above 3500′ after the aerobatics, we headed south-east to Niagara Falls.  We wanted to see how a now mostly closed major tourist attraction would look.  All we could say was wow:

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We did a couple trips around the scenic circuit and checked out the eeriness of the ghost town plus the beauty of the Falls:

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We came back up north and flew over the empty Outlet Mall in Niagara-On-The-Lake:

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It was a really nice flight and so great to be back in the cockpit again.  On the way home, we drove by a much different view we had in the air.  We couldn’t believe the number of cars at the Beer store.  The lineup (which you can somewhat see) was huge:

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And more good news, we take possession of our house tomorrow.  I thought it may be best to not move on the same day as closing, so we actually don’t have the movers come in until Wednesday.  For the next two days, our mothers will be helping us to clean and do the basement floor, as well as move smaller items.  I wonder what the little kitties are thinking with all the packing and how they will handle the move.  This will be at least the fourth move for Mya:

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Hopefully the weather will be good over the next few days while we move.  You know that Spring is upon us when one of the naked kitties heads out to rest on the chair on the balcony:

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Wrinkly Boo was the first one this year.

Today’s symptoms: I actually felt okish today after another decent sleep.  I think I’ll be so physically exhausted over the next few days, that I’ll probably sleep well again.  I just feel bad that I can only help out at the new house on moving day, so that I avoid people as much as possible. 

Stay positive and don’t forget to have fun when you can to keep your spirits up!

Day 50 – Finally Left the Apartment!

For the first time in 50 days, I put on jeans, shoes and a coat.  Wow, it was so weird but nice to finally get out again.  We had to go to the lawyer’s office to sign the final paperwork for the house and give him the down payment.  The lawyer was kind enough to come out and speak to me while I sat in the car.  I signed about 729 documents and the deal was done.  Woot!  Mike and I take possession on the 27th.  We will spend two days doing some cleaning and resealing the basement floor, then move on the 29th.  Can’t wait!

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Today’s symptoms: I actually had a somewhat decent sleep last night.  Woke up with a bad headache and lots of sharp pains in my hands and arms, but other than that, nothing notable.  Paws crossed for another good slumber tonight.

40 Days Inside

I’m going to keep this one short and sweet (like my mother).  Today is the 40th day I have been inside my apartment.  I’m afraid when I do go out, I’ll forget how to tie my shoes.

I did, however, have something absolutely amazing happen today.  I was looking at how much coffee I have left and I found this piece of perfection:

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Yes, it’s chocolate!  Nice way to “cheers!” the fortieth day. It’s better than being glum about it.

Today’s symptoms: I have not been sleeping well at all and I really felt it today.  The fatigue was bad but also constant sharp nerve pains and still a bad headache.  I know it’s from all the stress we’re all going through right now.  I just can’t turn my brain off at night.  It will get better though.

My Ham Turned 12!

Yesterday was Pinky’s birthday and she turned twelve!

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After hours of partying, she was extremely wiped out today.

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Fortunately, sleeping for most of the day seems to have recharged her battery:

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It’s only right that since there was a birthday in the household, there was also cake!  Mike and I ordered from Swiss Chalet, and fortunately, they had a nice slab of chocolate cake (which Pinky said that we could have).  She’s such a thoughtful ham!

I haven’t stepped out of my apartment in over three weeks now.  Mike was kind enough to go downstairs and check on my car, Lola Corolla.  He sent me these wonderful pics to show that she was still alive and kicking:

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She’s a 2009 which I’ve had since 2008, and only has just over 65,000km.  Every year I say that I’m going to have her for twenty more years!

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I at least have a nice view to enjoy while wittling down the hours.  I see the folks at the LCBO are behaving and staying apart from each other while in line.

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Yesterday, I heard a few fire trucks race by and stop downtown.  It looks like there was a fire in or around the St. Catharines market.  I’m still not sure what happened or where exactly the fire was:

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I’m keeping busy by working away on my computer, watching movies, playing Skyrim on the PS3 and playing with the kitties.  I’ve also really been enjoying the visits by my little mother every few days.  Mike usually comes over after work as well.  Looking forward to the move to our new house in three weeks is certainly helping to keep our spirits up.  I think one of the best things I have to look forward to when we move is just being outside.  It’s been so long, I don’t even remember how to tie my shoes anymore!

Today’s symptoms: I got very little sleep last night.  Maybe three hours total, all broken up.  I’m sure many people are having sleep issues while dealing with everything.  I had a pep talk with my brain and body, and they agreed to let me sleep tonight.  Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to feeling better tomorrow.  Woot!

Exciting News!

I mentioned in my last blog that I had some very exciting news (at least for us) to share.  Mike and I have been together for over seven years now, with the last two years of our relationship being the best yet.  I have been living in the same apartment for over eleven years now and for the last six, he has been in a condo across the driveway from my building.  We decided a few months ago that we are at a perfect point in our lives and relationship to move in together.  We went for a flight around Niagara about two months ago, looking at different areas where we may want to consider living.  When we landed, someone at the Flying Club asked us where we went.  I said that we were doing some house hunting from the air and she said that she was selling her house.  I asked her to describe it and it was pretty much what we were looking for.  A few weeks later, she invited us over for a tour.  We were very impressed as it was close to perfect for us, including the location.  With less than a five minute walk to a large, St. Catharines beach as well as walking and bike trails.  It was only a matter of a day or two before I texted the seller our decision.  She couldn’t view the gif I sent so she asked me to send it to her sister’s phone:

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Tee hee!  Probably the silliest way someone has sent a message to a seller regarding the largest purchase of their life!

We are very excited.  The closing date is at the end of April.  We have pretty much completed everything we need to do with the bank and lawyer, plus setting up the moving crew.  This wonderful news has certainly helped us to stay happy and positive during this horrendous situation the world is dealing with right now.  It has also provided us extra time to pack, clean and prepare.  I have already completed around 2/3’s of my packing and Mike has done a good amount as well.  Having to stage his condo to sell helped to motivate him with that!

The kitties are thrilled as well, especially with all the extra space they will have to skulk and roam around.  I’m certainly going to miss my awesome 10th floor view of Lake Ontario, Toronto, the Niagara Escarpment and downtown St. Catharines but I know I will be much happier in the house.

Today’s symptoms: I’m actually having a pretty good day.  I slept in until after 8:00, which my spindly little body needed.  I have a bad headache, but that’s the worst of today’s symptoms, so no complaints!  Please stay safe and positive!

Final Flight for A While

Last Saturday, Mike and I made it out for our last flight for at least a couple weeks.  The Flying Club has shut down (understandably!) for at least two weeks.  So, I won’t be reuniting with Vyctor any time soon.  I’m so glad we had such a nice flight.  Since I had already started mostly quarantining myself that day, my buddy at the Club kindly pulled Vyc our for us.  That way, I did not have to walk through the Club or around anyone to get out to the apron.  But first we hit the drive through at Timmies then sat in the car in the airport and watched the planes:

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We couldn’t fly anywhere to breakfast, of course, so it was a nice local flight.  We headed south through Welland and out to Port Colborne.  Heading east toward Buffalo then turning north-west through Fort Erie.  Here is the eerily empty Peace Bridge:

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We came along this which looked very strange from the air.  We circled around it once but couldn’t figure out what it was.  It’s a bit more obvious from the picture:

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It became more apparent when we zoomed in on the picture, that it was a decommissioned greenhouse.  All of the plastic sheathing is gone, which makes it look so odd.  Here is what it used to look like, as per Google, at a slightly different angle:

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And yet another empty bridge, the Queenston-Lewiston:

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And around the less than full Costco, in front of the closed YMCA:

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What a great end to at least a few weeks of being grounded.  I have not left my apartment in seven days.  The first few days were really tough because I wasn’t feeling well and everything about the enormity of what’s going on in the world.  I decided that feeling down wasn’t going to help the situation, so I’ve since been forcing myself to be more positive.  Keeping busy has been a big part of it.  I also have been focusing on the awesome, epic news I have to share.  Stay tuned!  I will share this news in my next blog and also some of the things Mike and I have been doing while I am on lock down.

Today’s symptoms: I actually felt decent today, after getting a good sleep last night.  The first four nights of my “quarantine” were horrible – very on and off, but mostly off.  I’m sure it’s all the stress and of course, my fears due to my sissy immune system.  Everything will be good and we will all get through this.

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I guess I have more time to write blogs, although I’m not sure how many exciting things there will be to report on over the next few weeks.  The MS medication I’m on is one of the few that suppresses the immune system.  My lymphocytes are looking rather scant at 0.4 when the normal range is 1.0 – 3.5.

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They have gone up to 0.7, but have been at 0.4 for at least six months now.  So needless to say, I’m staying inside.

Luckily we were able to go flying over the two weekends, as I will be grounded for the next little while. The flight two weekends ago was a trip to Tillsonburg for breakfast. The weather was perfect and there were quite a few other planes out and about, taking advantage.  After landing, we got Vyctor all snuggled-up while we went into the Skyway Cafe for breakkie.

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As usual, the restaurant was quite busy.  I don’t think we’ve ever had a less than enjoyable breakfast here.  And of course, a great view of the apron and runway.

On the way home, we decided to head slightly south to the Lake Erie shoreline.  I usually fly over the ice fisherman, but the weather never got cold enough for them this winter.

Anyone up for Windmill Slalom?

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From one power type to another, here is a rather large solar farm:

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It was just a perfect day for a flight.  I had one last weekend as well, but I’ll get into that in my next blog, which should be very soon.

I’m so grateful to have my kitties as company.  And could one have cuter company than these goobers?  Mya:

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Pinky:

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Little porkish Abby, who has gained more than two pounds over the last few months, due to the steroid she’s on.  She is so much more comfortable and happy now!

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Boo being frisky with Mya:

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Here’s a better view of Mya’s shirt:

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Her SpongeBob shirt was in the wash.

I hope everyone is staying safe during this difficult time.  Please remember to take care of yourself, both physically and mentally.

Today’s symptoms: I haven’t slept well in the last few months, plus I’m dealing with a bladder infection, so I’m not feeling too well.  Lack of sleep, needless to say, exacerbates my MS symptoms as well as my “usual” headache.  I’m really hoping for a great sleep tonight, so I will feel better tomorrow.  Having hope usually helps get me through the rougher times. 

Brampton for Breakkie

More good weather last weekend meant that a flight was in order.  Mike and I decided to fly to Brampton, as we hadn’t been there in a few months.  The weather was fairly calm and warmish.  We actually didn’t see or hear of too many small planes flying around there at the time, which was weird since the weather was so nice.  The restaurant there has really good food and is usually fairly busy.  Of course, Donkay joined us:

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After we finished a yummy breakfast, we wandered over to the shop there to peruse the merchandise.  Ironically, they had tire pressure gauges there.  I was checking my pressures before I left, and I inadvertently ran over my gauge while we moved the plane to accommodate the snow plow.  Oops.  Minor dent:

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My new one is purdy:

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Something else followed us home too:

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I’m such a dork.

All of the kitties got a bath recently.  Even little skinny Mya, who I usually only have to bathe about once a month.  She doesn’t get oily for some reason:

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Maybe her overwhelming cuteness repels oil.

The only four-legged resident who didn’t get a bath was little Peanut:

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He seems to want to come out quite a bit more lately.  He’s always happy to see his sisters, even when they’re licking their chops while looking at him:

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I’m so lucky to be able to wake up to these adorable goobers:

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Although I hardly slept last night and was quite weary, it was still a great day.  I gave a lunch and learn presentation on Decluttering at work.  I was so nervous that no one was going to show, but there were over twenty people.  Very nice to see and they were a fun and interactive group.  The presentation went well and I’m looking forward to giving it again at the two Hamilton offices in May.  I love developing and presenting seminars like this.  My last two were on Technophobia and Safe Online Shopping.

I can’t believe it’s going to be Friday already!  It looks like the weather is going to be nice, so hopefully we can get another flight in.  My mother was even talking about going out and doing some yard work, since I think it’s going to be around 10 degrees C.  Bring on Spring!

Today’s symptoms:  I plan on getting a much better sleep tonight.  There has been a lot going on lately, but mostly positive.  The pressure, stress and excitement (more to come!) has done a job on me physically.  It usually takes a couple days to recover from times like this.  I guess it’s comparable to a non-MS person recovering from the flu.  I usually end up with more muscle cramping and spasms, worse than normal headache, more fatigue and just all round feeling more blah.  But I know it will get better so I shall keep smiling and pressing onward!

Finally Made It To London

Mike and I have been trying for almost two months now to fly to London for breakfast.  I’m very happy to report that the stars aligned on Saturday and a jaunt was finally a go.  Around 10:00, we barreled down the runway into a roughly 20 knot headwind.

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This was Donkay’s second flight and the first one to a different location.  It took about an hour and twenty minutes to get there.  It’s usually about an hour but we had the headwind to contend with.  When we arrived in London airspace, the tower had us do a 360 degree circle, to accommodate the Dash-8 that was on final for landing.

Once we got Vyctor all bundled up, we headed into the Katana Kafe for breakfast.

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I rarely order them when out at a restaurant, but was having a bit of a hankering for pancakes.  Mike ordered himself a skillet:

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We had the joys of seeing some other interesting aircraft taxi and hover by while we were nomming:

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Vyc had some orange company – briefly, anyway:

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We had a great breakfast and then flight home.  The trip to London was totally worth the rather extended wait!

I was able to see more orange that evening, whilst enjoying the view during my shower.  This is certainly one thing I am going to miss if/when I move:

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I really appreciate the architect of my building for deciding to put a window in the shower!

Today’s symptoms: I haven’t been sleeping too well the last couple of nights, so I’m a bit more weary, achy and blah than usual.  I already gave myself a pep talk for sleeping well tonight, so I expect to feel much better tomorrow.  I’m hoping this bad headache takes a hike too!

Inaugural Flight

Great news!  The weather finally cooperated and I was feeling well, so I was take Donkay on his inaugural flight!  It was just him and I.  Here were go, rolling down the taxiway on the way out to runway 24:

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Fortunately, there was a nice clear spot over the Niagara District Airport, so I informed the tower that we would be heading up for some aerobatics.  It was the first time I had done them in over a month, so it was a nice rust remover.

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I’m thrilled to report, UK Donkay loved it:

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It appears Vyctor was happy to get out as well.

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For weeks now, he’s been plugged in over night (oil sump warmer) on Friday’s, in preparation for great weather Saturday.  I think we’ve prepared on Friday to fly to London for breakfast at least six or seven times now.  Then we’ve woken up to aviation weather like this:

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I’m VFR (Visual Flight Rules) only so can’t (and have no desire) to fly through clouds and low visibility.  It’s never a good sign when this is all that is listed:

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We had a great time and hopefully are able to get up again soon:

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Mike was out with his friends that day, so the kitties and I just chilled:

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I had this cuteness sitting over my shoulder for a bit:

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I forget what Boo and Pinky were up to that afternoon.  Probably scheming.

Today’s symptoms: I had a good day today.  This week appears to be going nicely, symptom-wise.  Of course, experiencing the usual pains and had the MS Hug a couple times, plus a worse-than-usual headache.  But everything else seems to be fairly stable.  I greatly appreciate times like this.

Yesterday Was Awesome

I was hoping to wake up to  nice clear skies and roads yesterday, as I had to drive to Toronto that morning.  My hopes and dreams were shattered when I looked out the window to snow-covered roads and hearing about car accidents on the radio.  Mike and I left at 7:00am to reports of two lanes of the QEW closed due to a jack-knifed tractor trailer.  The going was slow and most people were driving for the conditions.  Although we did see one car on it’s roof and another in the ditch.  I was hoping to be there by 9:30, since the event started at 10:00.  We managed to find a parking garage and then ran over to the building.  Poor Lola Corolla got a tad soiled on the drive in:

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We met up with the event organizer and some other folks helping out.  Everyone was so nice and welcoming.  The were two really good speakers before me and then I presented for 35 minutes.  The group was great – very attentive and receptive.  It was days like that where I would give anything to just be giving presentations full time. I’m actually getting ready to give another one at my office, but this one will be a Lunch and Learn on decluttering (physically and digitally).  I think it’s for next month (I should probably look into that!)  The ones I gave prior were on Safe Online Shopping and Technophobia.

We had a much better drive home than we did on the way up.  On the way back, we accidentally stopped at the AvWorld store.  I feel kinda guilty about it, since I didn’t really need it, but I sorta bought this shirt:

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It will look nice with my orange hoodie I often wear when I’m flying (the pilot should always coordinate with their plane!)  I really wish the weather would clear and I’m feeling decent so I can go for a flight.  I miss little Vyctor:

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I didn’t have a very good day at work and ended up taking the afternoon off.  I was just so weary after the awesome day I had yesterday.  I don’t think it would have been so bad, if not for the stressful drive up.  Regardless, it was worth it.

Abby and the rest of the kitties were all quite cuddly today, so that made things much more enjoyable:

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Even Peanut came out for a bit.  Boo is really eyeing her brother.  She ended up sniffing him once and walking away:

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Today’s symptoms: My typical MS symptoms weren’t much worse than normal, despite being so weary today.  Headache is it’s “usual” as well.  I’m sure I’ll sleep well tonight and feel much better tomorrow.  Woot!

Come From Away

Mike and I had the pleasure of going to the Come From Away theatrical performance at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto.  We live close to the bus station, so we walked over and hopped on the 10:00 bus to Toronto.  So much less stressful than driving.  We lucked out and got the front seat on the way up:

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We dropped our stuff off at the Hotel Victoria, which we had been to previously.  Then after freshening up, we sauntered over to the theatre:

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I highly recommend this show.  Everything about it was great, including the upbeat music and humour.  I’m so glad they shared such a truly Canadian story.

At one of our Recreational Aircraft Association meetings, I showed the group this eye opening documentary about what the pilots of all aircraft in North America that day, the Air Traffic Control people, and folks such as those portrayed in this performance during 9/11.  It’s called Cleared for Chaos.  I found it to be a perfect program to watch for a better understanding of what people went through in Gander, Newfoundland.  Truly makes me proud to be a Canadian!

I’m also proud to be the mother of these little cuties.  Peanut was quite intent on venturing out of his tank the other day.  He was in a very crawly mood:

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Up my neck a few times:

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Meanwhile, Abby kept an eye on the crickets.  I’ve had these same crickets from either October or November!  I can’t believe how old they are, and the males haven’t stopped chirping constantly.

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I’m really excited about tomorrow.  I’m giving my motivational/mental health talk to a government office in Toronto.  I’ve never been to this office before and am really looking forward to the day.  The weather looks like it’s going to be horrible.  It’s already snowing and we’re supposed to get a mix of snow and freezing rain all night and into tomorrow.  Yikes!  I want to be there for 9:30am…..maybe we should leave now (the night before 9:10pm)!

Today’s symptoms: This is the first day I felt really good in almost two weeks.  I was dealing with a joyous bladder infection, which I used to get almost constantly.  First one in about a year, so I’m not complaining!  I caught it early and only had to be on antibiotics for a week.  Sweet!  Other than that, things have been their usual up and down.  One day I’m feeling quite good, with below average (for me, it’s my worst symptom) levels of fatigue.  My headaches have been bad though.  I’m so hopeful for feeling great for my presentation tomorrow.  Paws crossed!