Coming Soon

I was hoping to post the info of the final leg of my first EV road trip once I arrived, fortunately for you, I have a lot more to say as that final leg was an adventure, and therefore taking a little longer to write.

However, it does contain some jaw dropping news for anyone passing through GP in an EV, yeh I know! Which you will really want to read.

The EV Road Trip

Well here we are ready to set off on the first road trip in the Kobe EV. Having never had a electric vehicle this first trip is be done with a certain degree of trepidation, I am sure it will be fine, and I see this as a great adventure .

I have been following the 20/80 charging regimen, that is, charging when it gets to around 20% and only going to 80%. So for the trip I brought it up to 100%, I suspect as I do this more and I fine out when highway travel mileage is, I live in a city where I get lots of regeneration, so I am unsure what overall distances will be on a highway.

The other part of the puzzle is the drive from Nanaimo goes from sea level up to Grande Prairie’s 650m (2130ft) , basically uphill all the way.

So as I start with 100% charge I have 504kms without climate on or 480kms with climate on, and as there are lots of chargers all the way up to Mount Robson I see no point in not using climate.

The drive from Jasper to Grande Prairie will be without climate, unless I see really good distances on full charges up to that point. As I said, this is a first, so leaning on the side of caution.

Ferry

So the first leg of the trip is on the ferry, Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, from there over to Hope where despite the size has an Electrify Canada station as well as a BC Hydro station both with DC Fast Charge, along with a number of L2 for that final top up.

Stay tuned for updates over the next 24 hours.

New Look New Outlook

Trying some new looks with the blog, so sorry if it is a little inconsistent over the next couple of weeks as I settle on a new look and customize it.

Been a while since I posted with life getting in the way along with a new puppy which swallowed up my time with just trying to keep things moving around the house and even that fails, don’t believe me you should see my floors right now!!

It’s hard to believe that this time last year the pandemic was just starting to roll, although, at the time, I think the thought was that by Christmas all would be back to normal, well we know how that went. We even lost over $1,000 on an Airbnb as the company would not refund us, never use OnlyBC for your rental they lie and cheat you out of your money, but that is for a post all to itself.

Last year our house was on the market as we had decided to make the move to the island anyhow seeing as school was done for the year for Owen and with the hope, we would sell our house before not too long, we did sell getting an offer days before we moved at the end of May.

So a year later Jenn and I were talking about how, if it was not for the pandemic, we would not be in the house we are in.

The timing of moving at the end of May and not the end of June or later the house we had rented would just not have been available, with three-bedroom rentals in Nanaimo, particularly houses, almost impossible to come by. (We ended up buying the house four months into our lease, just pure luck the landlord was looking to get out of the rental business and sold it to us at the assessed value, a steal of a deal.)

Now with everything going green again, although green was always there, we look forward to spring and summer of walks and relaxation on our patio, along with some wine, gin and beer, yep, nothing changes on that front.

So where are we going with this post? Just to say there will be more posting, with my typical views on the world, tips and news about tech, retirement life and life, in general, living in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

So till next time, stay safe and if you can get your vaccine.

Through the eyes of…

…the home worker

We cleaned out the shed today, which was supposed to be done last weekend but the weather was not good. So far, we have made $85 from selling old stuff in there and should have some more $ coming tomorrow after the Facebook bidding war has closed on Owen’s bike!

Not too shabby and should help pay for fixing our water heater with never ending problems!

…the teenager

Today I am feelin okay

Yesterday was a great day I got some work done.

Tomorrow I predict that I will play basketball with my dad

Today I hope to figure code stuff out and then use it and I hope tomorrow I can get a lot of work done

…the retiree

All I can say is I hope this is the last fix on the water heater, pouring water out of it today.

Through the eyes of…

…the retiree

Although we are moving we had the yard spring cleaned today, need to increase or at least keep up the curb appeal, so looking forward to the grass starting to grow and turn green. The front lawn does look pretty good when it’s green and cut nice.

Was Monday today, so it was off to the grocery store and car wash, just seems to a good time, quiet at the grocery store, and easy to get through the car wash.

The grocery store was fully stocked, aside from hand sanitizer, even picked up some shaving gel for the teenager.

…the home worker

Nothing exciting to report today. Today was crazy busy even though I expected it to be very quiet. For that, I did an extra 10 minutes of yoga on top of the 30 minutes planned.

New cases of the virus dropped in Alberta today, which was nice, but still frustrated by the teenager’s whining about not being able to go play basketball.

Lock… down

Through the eyes…

…the teenager

Well he keeps skipping his entry, need to fix that.

…the home worker

Today was pretty eventful!

We had a virtual viewing of our rental in Nanaimo we’ve had our eye on for 2 weeks, signed our lease agreement, then at 9:20 pm we got an email saying someone wants to look at your house tomorrow. Let the cleaning frenzy begin!

As we start the cleaning we find a page of the lease agreement on the floor that fell off the printer we needed to sign.

Weeeee. I’m already having trouble falling asleep so I am pretty sure I’ll be binging on The Office for a while tonight!

…the retiree

The highlight of the day was the quiz and visit via Zoom with our UK family along with my youngest son who is in Nova Scotia.

Good old Pizza Hut pizza for dinner, not the best pizza, but your cannot beat the price.

Have house viewing tomorrow, got a good handle on the cleaning this morning and this evening, little more tomorrow.

Through the eyes of…

…the home worker

Yesterday I mentioned how today I should have been getting ready for my 3rd Evergreen Trail Trek.

Today I went out and did it anyway. Partway through the day I texted my friend because I heard that maybe some people were still going out to run the course. She wasn’t sure how many people there would be but suggested we could go a different way if it was busy. We met up at 5 and were the only ones there! It was tough running trails after not doing them for a while, but it was a lot of fun hard work.

The only downer of the day was seeing so many kids out playing basketball and seeing Owen so sad he couldn’t go play too. I can go for a physically distanced run or walk, but it is impossibly to play physically distanced basketball.

…the retiree

Still struggling to get motivated these days but I did get out and did some packing and organizing in the garage, even got the bike moved to the front of the garage.

Watched the last episode of a Uk show on Netflix called The Capture, if you have no seen it, you need to. The scary thing is the subject matter is very real.

Still in Lockdown

Through the eyes of…

…the retiree

Had a physical today, my Dr said I was in pretty good health, he said not to have a cholesterol check as going to the lab at this time was not a good idea.

I also asked my Dr if he felt I was in a high risk group, related to COVID-19, and he said elevated but not high risk in that there where people who where at a higher risk than me.

Had a good visit with my good friend Rick this morning, went to his place and we sat on opposite sides of his Yurt, he said he had wiped down the whole of the inside before I arrived, that’s Rick, going to miss him when we move.


…the teenager

Today I’ve been feeling good about homework

Yesterday was Monday so I just came back so yesterday was a nice day except the wind

I look forward to play with my friends on video games and hopefully the corona virus is called off

I am excited to work out with my dad again so I can get fit.


…the home worker

Nothing very exciting to report today.

I was reminded that tonight would have been the night before the Evergreen Trail Trek, a trail race near and dear to me. I would have been running the 21k but with the virus I stopped training for it weeks ago.

I’m sad to not be running in this event tomorrow, but will look towards exploring new trails very soon.

Opening Soon!!!

Have you ever walked up to the door of a store and seen a sign that says, “Back in 45 mins” but no indication as to what time the sign was placed. Could have been 5 minutes ago or 40 minutes ago, you either have to wait 40 minutes for 5 minutes????

That’s what it feels like now, we know things will open up eventually, but is it going to be 2, 4, 6 or 8 weeks and what will be open when.

We have a wedding to go to in August, we have no idea if we will get there right now.

There are so many unknowns right now it could be due to the UK enforcing a 2 week quarantine on people coming in, or it could be there is still a travel advisory in place and therefore we would have no travel insurance.

So we wait…

Through the eyes…

…the home worker

This weekend was one of my better ones in the last while. I went for a physically distanced walk with my best friend here (besides Derek) for the first time in two months. It was so great to catch up, even when life isn’t all sunshine and roses.

I also got a chance to FaceTime with my sister who had a baby 3 weeks ago. I can’t imagine how hard it must be being new parents and not being able to see anyone.

As far as moving goes, Derek and I managed to get a ton packed. We have specific rooms of the house scheduled each weekend. We did 4 storage closets, which required a lot of gin and chips to keep us going. Of course we don’t want to pack any excess weight so we have to drink all the liquor before we go.


…the retiree

Monday is grocery day, so off I went to pick up the usual items, bread, milk etc.

We are working through the freezer and cupboards so we don’t to throw out anything, although I did make a comfort food that my dad made from time to time. Steak simmered in an onion gravy with mash and corn, well with dad it would be peas but the home worker does does not like peas that much.

Sent the info off to the movers, who will be here 4 weeks tomorrow, glad we have a plan to get things packed.

Lockdown

It’s been 38 days since Alberta declared a state of emergency, the day after all schools in Alberta where closed for an unknown amount of time, they said expect schools not to reopen until the fall, although some other provinces have mentioned school opening, but have met with comments from parents saying no way will they send their kids in with so many new cases still being announced.

Today the provincial leaders met to talk about who they would have a unified process for opening up the country which makes total sense. The dates may be different, but when you have say a Keg in every province it makes sense to have a single process on how restaurants will operate when they get to open, how airlines will operate in each of the airports we have across the country.

The next few weeks and months will be the strangest of times.

Through the eyes of…

…the home worker

I had another productive work day today. I did finish early so Derek and I could join quiz night with our family out in England via Zoom. We played trivia and talked for over 4 hours! It was a lot of fun connecting with other humans socially!

Zoom Afternoon with UK Family

…the retiree

Did the Friday house clean today, well almost.

As mentioned, we joined our UK family for Friday night quiz night, well night for them and afternoon for us.

We spent about an hour or so playing the quiz and then we just visited for a few hours, it was such a normal time. Thoughts of the pandemic faded, we laughed, we joked and we made fun of hand jobs!!!

They have been doing it for a couple of weeks now, so we will be joining them, I guess that means we will have to host one night.

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May the Force be with them!!!

So Saskatchewan has released a plan to open up starting May 4th, interesting day to do that. (Look it up)

I was listening to our chief medical officer of Alberta and reading between the lines we could be following very closely to them, part of the reason being how close some towns are to the provincial border, in fact one small place straddles the border.

Through the Eyes of…

…the retiree

The weather is still good, aside from the wind and was nice to go for a walk with the eldest son today in the park.

We are in a 5 week countdown to our move, so strange to be leaving Grande Prairie during this crazy time. We came across a list of things/places we planned to do in GP before we left, none of it we will be able to do.

…the home worker

Work has been really busy, which is nice as it keeps my mind busy and off the real world.

I tried running using an app called Zwift, which allows you to run on your treadmill and see yourself run through virtual worlds online with other real people. It syncs with your watch or foot pod to know how fast you’re going. My only qualm is that the calibration between my watch and the app is not good. When the app says I’m running slower than I really am, I get frustrated. It is a cool way to get my exercise in and keeps things interesting on the treadmill but not sure it’s worth it without a foot pod, which would provide more accuracy. If we were staying here I would definitely buy a foot pod, but where we are going I won’t be doing many indoor runs!

Light at the end of some tunnel

The pandemic goes on but there seems to be some hope, BC is looking at relaxing things a little mid May and I think Alberta will be a couple of weeks behind them.

The move is on, just trying yo decide if we will use a Uhaul or a mover, leaning towards a mover as there would be less for us to do, just hope whoever we chose can do the move in less than 5 days, one of them says they can but who knows.

Through the eyes of…

…the home worker

I’ve had a good set of happy days for a while. Maybe not quite a whole week’s worth, but close. Tonight was tough.

I’m really missing my friends and especially sad to be leaving likely without having a proper goodbye. I chatted briefly with a friend last night and found out she was struggling with the lack of social interaction. It was one of those scenarios of what you see on social media isn’t always what’s really going on in someone’s life. I went to sleep feeling so sad about her and everyone else suffering in silence (and of course those who are open about it too).

The takeaway here is to check in on people, even if they seem to be fine.


…the retiree

Really finding it tough to get motivated these days, even just getting things packed, tomorrow is a new day, so will see how it goes.

The weather has done a turnaround and aside from the wind it means getting out for a walk is much easier, the ice has gone, the snow is disappearing quickly and will all soon be a distant memory, and hope to never see such amounts for so long ever again.


…the teenager

Today I’m very eggcited to find a document
Yesterday was amazing but terrible I got to have cheese burgers and root bear and got to play with my best friends. And apparently I’m moving in 6 weeks.
I’m getting ready have a 45min walk soon
Today in my video games I’m gonna try to get STEPH CURRY to score 120pts
And yeah that’s it besides its pretty windy