Since we have moved my commute to work is almost an hour long. It is all highway driving and I don’t mind it….much.
I have to say though many people have no clue what the rules of the road are. They have no road etiquette.
For most of the way there are 2 lanes of traffic but in a few places there are 3 lanes.
I need to confess something here….. I speed. The roads are dry and the traffic is not heavy for the most part. Don’t judge!!!! I know, I know. When it is wet I will slow down.
I am usually in the fast lane. Passing the cars in the slow lane along with many others. We zip along until we have passed the slower cars and trucks then when we have done so we shift lanes back to the slow lane until once again we are coming up behind someone going the speed limit or slower.
A quick shoulder check and then back into the passing lane to go with the flow of traffic.
Sometimes this does not go as planned though. Sometimes a large truck will change lanes to go around a slower going motorhome and they don’t move their big, heavy butts back into the slow lane. This is annoying for two reasons. 1. they don’t go as fast as the rest of the lane and 2. you can’t see around them when traffic is slamming to a halt for some reason.
Some people get into the fast lane and pass one car and then stay there in the fast lane. A huge gap forms between them and the next car in front of them. They are blocking the fast lane. Cars are lining up behind them yet they don’t move over. Cars follow closer and closer (not me… I never tailgate) until suddenly for whatever reason the traffic must slow down in a hurry…Next thing you know cars are slamming on their brakes in order to not crash into each other. Leave some space people. Think about it.
But then what happens is you leave a space for a safe stopping distance and people from the slow lane cut right in as if you left it just for them. Most times they do this then slam on their brakes because they now realize they are waaaayyyy too close to the car the just separated me from. Where does that leave me? Mashing down on my brakes.
You best not be tailgating me because I will make it very clear I don’t like you that up close and personal. Back off or I will continue to slow down to leave enough room for my car to move out of your way if the traffic is coming to an abrupt stop.
I haven’t succumbed to road rage as of yet but I have shaken my head at many of them.
So what about you? Do you hug the slow lane and never venture out of it unless the lane is closed down?
Do you nudge people out of your way?
Do you let someone else do the driving an just close your eyes?
Jul 21, 2014
Jul 14, 2014
This was the sunset tonight from the deck of our new home. It just kept getting prettier and prettier.
The weather has been extremely hot and we have not been out on the deck in the evenings because of that but I could see this through the blinds of the bedroom when I went to bed.
It wasn’t quite this nice when I first climbed into bed but after about 10 minutes it looked like it would catch fire it was so red. It was well worth getting out of bed to take a photo with my cell phone.
As I write this it is 1:30 in the morning and it is still so hot outside that you could be sitting out there in a bathing suit and you would still be warm. This is very unusual for our lower mainland weather.
Jul 1, 2014
Happy Canada Day to all my friends and family.... and join me later this afternoon for a nap because what kind of fool gets up at 4:30 in the morning when they don't have to....
Jun 12, 2014
One more sleep.
We have lived here for 31 years, 6 months, 12 days.
We have made many changes in our home over the years. We completely landscaped the quarter acre lot and filled it with garden beds and trees. New fences. 2 new roofs. 2 new hot water tanks.
A brand new kitchen about 12 years ago. All new double paned windows and steel doors with a beautiful French door out to the back deck.
One, soon to be 2, remodelled bathrooms. A huge deck in the backyard that hosted many, many parties.
But we are also giving up terrible traffic noise, having to lug laundry up and downstairs, groceries upstairs, lack of closet space and all the garden maintenance that is too much when you work full time. We are trading it for a home in a quiet, gated community overlooking a golf course. It has the garage, laundry room, powder room, living room, kitchen, dining room, office and master bedroom suite with a full bathroom and walk in closet all on the same level. It also has a full downstairs with 2 more bedrooms, bathrooms, rec room, den, media room and sitting area to use when we need the space for parties or guest visits.
The grass area is minimal and so are the garden beds. I will garden in pots which is so much easier.
We will sleep well at night once we get used to the quiet. We will replace our old furniture over time as we decide how we want the rooms to look…and when I say we I mean me lol.
We will have friends and family over for visits and will barbecue on that top deck overlooking the golf course and a magnificent view of the valley. I cannot wait to watch a thunder storm from there.
Jun 8, 2014
I posted this originally 5 years ago. It was a fun post and I thought we could revisit it again today.
I got up on a Monday. I was feeling blue or maybe yellow, I don't know. I felt like I was going to have a metamorphosis for sure, but into what I couldn't say.
Tuesday had me searching for three or more of something, anything. Grains of rice or pretty poppies. Which to choose. Rice is pretty interesting.
By Thursday I am so exhausted from all the memes I think I will Treat Myself. Apparently I was just about the only doing this so treating myself may be retired. The ladies are all so busy setting the tables they don't have the time for treats. The dishes are filling their cupboards and some are spilling into other rooms too. Forget what fork to use. I want to know what happens to people who spill their red wine across these beautiful tablescapes.
Then when Friday hits we finally have something to put on those lovely dishes. Foodies everywhere cook and bake and create. We all moan and groan with delight and some of us plan our grocery list to cook up the foodie offerings that look so darn good. Some of us just lick the screen.
Saturday is the day to make small talk. Chit chat. Lists of six. Of course us overachievers always have to add just one more. The real overachievers will write it in a pink font.
Sunday is a day of rest for bloggers. Ya right. We repost a favorite one from the past but we end up writing a whole new post to explain why we chose the old post and then we update the information that has changed since we posted the old post so that we don't have to come up with a new post on Sunday so we can have more time to ourselves to take pictures of our gardens and tables and food and collections and walls and redecorating and thrifty finds and and and...
And where does Mr. Linky fit into all of this? He teases us and laughs at us. He plays games with us. Doesn't he know what day this is? Keep your fingers crossed that he will show up.
Oh yes. Please note the Mosaic for this Monday at the top. Make sure you visit all the lovely hostesses for these memes. They always put on a great event and the other bloggers never cease to amaze me with their creativity and talents.
Have a good week.
- Mosaic Monday
- Metamorphosis Monday
- Blue Monday
- Mellow Yellow Monday
- Three or More Tuesday
- Wordless Wednesdays
- What's on Your Wall Wednesday
- Outdoor Wednesday
- Treat Yourself Thurday
- Tablescapes Thursday
- Foodie Friday
- Small Talk Six Saturday
- Sunday Favorites
Jun 7, 2014
Listen to me my friends... no really, really listen. I want every one of you to go into a drawer, cupboard, closet or pile in your house right now and choose one thing to get rid of. Toss it. Yup toss it out. Unless you know you are going to actually take a pile to a charity or have a pickup scheduled already you are going to toss it in the trash or recycle bin. Trust me. Nobody wants your stuff. You don't even want it. Then you know what. You are going to do the same thing next week. Choose something and remove it from your home. Keep doing this week after week. You will thank me for this wisdom one day when you are going to move.
Garage sales are usually a total waste of your time and energy. We carried so much stuff down the stairs and outside. Lots of it was heavy. We were sweating like waterfalls. We were exhausted before we even started.
We sold a bit of stuff but it really wasn’t worth it. Not worth our energy. Not worth our time. Not worth the frustration. Not worth the jerk who looked up our address online and phoned the house the day before to see what kind of stereo equipment we were selling. He then showed up 25 minutes early on a sale that specifically said do not come early and wanted to scope out the stereo equipment. I told him to get out of the driveway and wait until 9:00 like everyone else had to. When his buddy walked up at ten to nine and said let’s go in my husband heard him say…”no…she yelled at me”. Lol.
Well my friends. There you have it. My advise. My wisdom. My experience. Purge that house one piece at a time. Start now and when you have to move some day you will not have to entertain the insanity of a garage sale.
May 27, 2014
6 hours later:
I understand privacy policies with businesses. We have them at my work and I know how annoyed people get when we won’t let them have access to someone’s account. I am the toughest one at work and won’t capitulate to demands of non-account holders when staff come to me to approve it. Yes we know you are the wife and you pay all the bills. Doesn’t matter… and I get that.
In planning for our move I am taking on the responsibilities for our accounts everywhere. Hydro, phone, cable, credit cards.
Unfortunately these were all set up with only my husband’s name over 30 years ago when we lived in previous century. If I recall correctly there were dinosaurs roaming freely at that time. Now with computers and the internet we are able to manage things more easily but in some cases we are still archaic. I would do it all online except that we are keeping our old services active past the date we move as we will put the old house on the market later. We need services until we sell in the old home but new services in the new home.
Let’s start with phones.
Called phone company. Account is in BB Guy’s name but I am a contact. I can change the account and add an account but I cannot close the original account. They were very good to deal with except that the new phone will stay in his name or we will lose the lower rate for being a long time customer. We cannot have it in both our names. Cable company. Same thing. I have set up the new account but it is just in my name. Again I will lose any long time customer benefits. This is not fair as I have been part of the original account since 1982 but not in name as my name didn’t matter at the time.
Home electric bill. Online I am listed as the account administrator. Have been since 2008. I cannot do anything over the phone however. Only online. This would work except we are not cancelling our current service. We just want new service set up. Since the house we are buying has been vacant for a while we also have to supply them with a purchasing agreement to prove we are “new people” and not who the place is listed under now.
I was going to just set it up in my name and add BB Guy as the contact but since I am not a current customer
DIDYOUHEARME…NOTCURRENTCUSTOMERFORTHELAST31YEARS….I will have to pay a security deposit for an account in my name. That is where she lost me. I was not very polite and as someone who works in the service industry that is totally out of character for me. I WILL NOT PAY A SECURITY DEPOSIT WHEN WE …. YES I SAID “WE” HAVE BEEN PAYING THE CURRENT ACCOUNT FAITHFULLY FOR 31 YEARS.
Lets move on to a credit card. All I have to do is change the mailing address. Online again because the primary cardholder is whatshisname… (are you sensing the tension?).
Cardholder name and card number…right from the statement…. nope….. it doesn’t match….How can it not match when it is the information they are sending us and they specifically say that you need to have the statement handy to complete this.
Honestly I just don’t have the patience for this stuff. I do have my own credit cards and do have a credit history of my own but all this stuff that we have to move was set up over 30 years ago and housewives were not recognized as contributing members of a marriage.
Of course we want anything new to be set up with both our names but the companies won’t do it because they use credit information for one primary person only…. well if that is the case don’t come looking to me for payments if the accounts were ever to go in the toilet. Oh wait… I am liable for the bills if something were to happen… Hmmm funny how that works.
(BB Guy came home early from work to deal with all of this and everything will be set up on time. The Hydro guy stated someone 16 years old or older has to be at the house for them to set it up. BB Guy replied “ NO PROBLEM, MY WIFE JUST TURNED 16” Groan… at least I had one laugh today)