Category Archives: Life List

Summer Vacation In Ontario

The heavy snowfall we’ve had recently has me longing for the lazy days of summer.  I was browsing photos from the warmer months, and realized I hadn’t gotten ’round to writing about the wonderful trip we took to Ontario this summer!  I even got to accomplish a couple of list things, thanks to Mike’s really

On Turning 30 And Blog Anniversaries

That photo is me, at 25, when I still had dreadlocks. The long weekend saw the passing of two important events, wrapped up into one great day  Firstly, I turned the ripe old age of 30.  Secondly, the blog celebrated it’s second anniversary. I started this website on something of a whim, on my 28th

Backpacking Flores Island: Video Post

270. Do at least one vlog post (video blog)

Backpacking Flores Island: Camping At Cow Bay

The following four days were absolutely amazing. Waking up in the morning to the sound of the waves crashing on the beach, and watching whales spouting while we drank our morning coffee, it was incredible. We fished, and played in the water, and caught crabs and minnows and whatever else we could find. The beach

1000 Things To Do Before You Die – #17, #25, & #38

Some of you are familiar with my Life List, but if you aren’t, I encourage you to take a peek.  Basically, it’s a growing list of items I would like to accomplish before I die. Quite a few of the things on the list have been covered here in previous blog posts, but there are

How To Make Your Own Cheese In Three Easy Steps

I recently stumbled upon a rather simple recipe on Offbeat Home for making your own cheese using nothing but whole milk, lemon juice, and a bit of cheesecloth.  Awesome! So, I rounded up the required ingredients (as it was, it worked out perfectly, as I required lemon zest, but not the juice, for Ukranian Easter

Alaska: North To The Future – Day Four

Tuesday found us docking in Skagway, which was essentially founded during the time of the gold rush, when prospectors from countries across the world arrived there, and struck out for the Yukon and the promise of easy money. Skagway is a quaint little place. During it’s wilder days, Skagway was home to well over a

Alaska: North To The Future – Day Three

On Monday morning we woke up early, as our ship was making its way into Juneau, which was our first port. We dressed and headed upstairs for breakfast, followed by taking some photos from the deck of the ship. The air was chilly but not too cold, and the view was beautiful.

Alaska: North To The Future – Day One

I am FINALLY getting around to writing about our Alaska trip (I know, it’s overdue). So the four of us left Calgary on Friday around noon and headed southwest, towards B.C. and eventually the border.  It was a long old slog, but we drove through Crowsnest Pass (always scenic) and stopped in Sparwood to visit

Camping With The Kids: Radium Hot Springs Edition – Day One & Day Two

Yesterday afternoon we returned home after a long weekend camping excursion into British Columbia with the kiddos.  We camped near Radium Hot Springs at Lake Enid, which is about four hours drive from home. We headed out after Mike got finished work on Friday night.  The SUV was packed and we were all very excited.

Preserving The Memories

Ronnie, my best friend of well over a decade, recently commented on my Life List, and pointed out that I had failed to cross off an item that I completed in February.  It’s fortunate she helps me keep on top of these sorts of things because I am rather absent-minded at the best of times.

Our Weekend At The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Last weekend Jay invited Mike and I to join him and the kids in Banff for a couple of days, and to spend the night at the Banff Springs Hotel. We headed for the mountains early on Saturday afternoon (after we finished up with the condo developers) and after arriving in Banff, we checked into

We Are Headed To Banff This Weekend!

My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing – Aldous Huxley I know my recent updates have been a lot of random photos and other fluff, but there is good reason for that.  Mike and I have both been rather busy with job hunting, and we are both starting new

Homemade Playdough!

I have many, many fond memories of my grandparents.  I spent a great deal of my young life at their house, generally in the company of my siblings and cousins, getting into all sorts of mischief and adventures. When the weather kept us all indoors, my grandma would find various and assorted methods of keeping

On Snowshoeing And Our Visit To Ontario

On Tuesday Mike and I returned from our trip to Ontario to visit his family. We had a really wonderful time. It was so good to see everyone and catch up with them. Made me miss living there and being closer to all of them. We spent most of our time indoors, spending time with

1,000 Things To Do Before You Die

If anyone is actually reading this humble site, they may have noticed a new link in the upper right-hand corner of the page (right next to “About Mike & Cal”) that says Life List.  If you click it, it will take you to a list of 400 or so goals that I have written down,