How the Cookie Crumbles

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An Abbreviated Vancouver Adventure

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Last December, sister Mary and I flew to Vancouver for sister Jean’s 60th birthday. The direct flight took four hours and forty minutes. The snack and refreshment cart rattled down the narrow isle after the first class passengers had been served—just three or four rows behind the cockpit ending the seat before us. No curtain of separation divided first class and the rest of the passengers. We ordered coffee. I received mine first and made a face. Mary noticed and tugged on the airline steward’s sleeve to change her order to mint tea.

“No, you cannot,” he said. “You’ve already had a turn.”

Of course, we thought him serious and therefore rude, until he grinned and giggled, laughter reaching his eyes. He was a rosy-cheeked, round fellow, with a belly which hung over his belt. The tousled-hair blonde female flight attendant was a larger woman than hired in years gone by. How refreshing life is becoming more realistic these days.

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I cannot believe I passed up a free, like-new book left on a brown refuse box inside the airport. My fingers itched for the thick Nora Roberts hardcover novel, but I was already weighed down enough.

After experiencing the Camino-like trek through Toronto airport, we loved Vancouver’s. The baggage claim located close to ground transportation, Jean and her husband met us as soon as Mary texted our arrival. The first rain clouds in a month hung mean and leaden, keen to greet us. This was to be a family get-together with no time for sightseeing.

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Jean served a lovely snack at the house and later a late supper. The time to catch up turned to night. Weary from travel and excitement of seeing family again, we fell into bed midnight Vancouver time (9:00 p.m. in Ontario). The next morning, Mary and I slept in as Jean slipped out to a Yoga class and Michael dawdled in the kitchen assembling breakfast.

A day of eating, drinking, and talking till we were hoarse (necessitating more drinking) followed. After supper, Michael prepared a cauldron of chili (maybe it was a large pot). I threw together a filling for Jean’s petit choux (like one-bite cream puffs): artichokes, softened sun-dried tomatoes, cream cheese, and feta into a food processor for a coarse blend. These were in preparation for the festivities New Year’s Eve.

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A day of accomplishing little, we finally called it a night around 11:30 p.m. I tossed and turned, bolting upright at a thunderous crack. I reacted by checking the shelves of books around us in the great room were intact. For a split second, I thought they’d exploded around us. The report sounded once and no more. My heart hammered on. Mary said it must be the wind.

http://bc.ctvnews.ca/overnight-quake-the-strongest-felt-in-14-years-on-b-c-s-south-coast-1.2717808

The household was awake at 6:10 a.m.—ten minutes later than planned—to catch the ferry to Nanaimo. Seniors get a discount but only if they are residents. Michael paid for the tickets. No one mentioned half of us were from Ontario.

The early morning proved knuckle bleeding and foot stomping cold. We ran across and down the road to use the facilities due to our early arrival. Hurry up and wait, but that’s the unwritten rule. If you want to get on, arrive as close to the front of the line as you can before space runs out on board for your car.

The mountains striking and the water calm, we enjoyed breakfast on board at around $10.00 each for eggs, home fries, toast, and choice of ham, sausages, or bacon. Our crossing across the Georgia Straits on the Coastal Renaissance transpired without incidence.

 

Next on November 11th – Penelakut to Thetis Islands

© 2016 Tess @ How the Cookie Crumbles. All Rights Reserved.

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Author: Let's CUT the Crap!

I'm getting a little LONG in the tooth and have things to say about---ouch---AGEing. I believe it's certainly a state of mind but sometimes it's nice to hear that you're NORMAL. I enjoy reading by the truckload. I'm a grandma but I don't feel OLD although I'm not so young anymore. My plan is to stick it out as long as I can on this lovely planet and only will leave it kicking and screaming!

68 thoughts on “An Abbreviated Vancouver Adventure

  1. I love family get-togethers. There is plenty of fodder for a cannon’s roar. Maybe that is what you heard.

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  2. Applesauce, Tess! There’s always excitement around you (earthquake). I very much enjoyed all your descriptions this time, beginning with the flight staff. Belated happy birthday wishes to your sister. What a fun visit! (Now I want chili…) Mega hugs! 😀

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  3. Well, now I am homesick seeing these pictures. Good thing I am going back for a visit in a couple of weeks. Can´t wait to hear more.

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  4. Sounds like fun I live sister time!!

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  5. Loved the trip summary. Fun pictures, too! I’ve never been to Vancouver, but it’s on the ‘ole bucket list.

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  6. Sounds like a fun get together 🙂

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  7. gadabout. ( I’m jealous).
    xxx Massive Hugs Tess xxx

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  8. Sounds like a lovely visit Tess. Vancouver is such a beautiful city although I couldn’t live there with all of the rain they receive, nor could I afford the real estate!😬

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    • Hi, Lynn. Thanks for reading. Vancouver IS gorgeous but I haven’t yet seen much of it. My sister and her husband bought 20 years ago and the purchase price was 500,000–a tiny house, at that. 🙂
      The rain would bother me too. Nice to visit but not stay, I agree.

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  9. Hi Tess,
    I loved hearing about your trip–the details are a stitch, like the sassy flight attendant and the abandoned Nora Roberts novel. Best of all, I love o hear how you and your sister spend your time. Looking forward to the next installment.
    xo,
    n

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  10. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    A weekly treat that I have snuck in early instead of Saturday morning.. I will be soft furnishing shopping.. Tess Karlinski has crossed country to Vancouver to celebrate a special birthday and some explorations…as is her want.. the first stage is a ferry trip to Nanaimo…. great post as always.

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  11. I so enjoyed this but keep wondering which Nora Roberts novel you passed on.

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    • I know. I a.l.w.a.y.s. look at the title even if a person is standing reading a book anywhere–after which I’ll disturb them and start a conversation. I didn’t look at the title because I couldn’t have it. *Sigh*

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  12. I live in BC and very much appreciated your post. 🙂 Btw, Vancouver airport has recently been named one of the best in the world. Top five, I think. Vancouver gets everything except decent house prices. 😉

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    • Hi. Hi. Hi. Thanks for reading. I’ve been to Vancouver about four times in 20 or so years but have had limited sightseeing opportunities. Sigh.
      The service at the airport is of PRIMO caliber. My hats off in appreciation. Yikes to the house market prices. o_O

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  13. Never a dull moment around you Tess. Despite the thunderous roars, it sounds like a fab time! 🙂 ❤

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  14. What a glorious trip. I really like the lazy day of doing nothing but chatting and catching up. What a fun time.

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    • Flying wears me out. You’d think I was doing all the work instead of the plane and the pilot. It was chilly and wet the end of December and beginning of January. We huddled inside and caught up. I enjoyed the family time.

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  15. I’m glad you had a good time, Tess.

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  16. It has been far too long since I’ve traveled, Tess. Used to cross-country it by train every year. I sure miss it. Thanks for the lovely vicarious adventure 🙂 xx P.S. I thought Vancouver was 3 hours behind Ontario…

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  17. This is great we’re ending next year’s road trip in Vancouver so any tips and places to go would be very welcome.

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  18. Nearly a five hour flight and you hadn’t left the country? Seems hard to believe. 30 minutes and we are out of England, five hours and we are in Moscow!

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  19. Glad you travelled to my side of the world. I love Vancouver!

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  20. Happy to see another adventure, even if it’s a short one, Tess. And the filling for the petit choux sounds right up my alley. Must try it!

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  21. WestJet! My favourite way to fly!

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  22. I chuckled at the Camino like trek through the airport. That’s about right in a lot of places!
    Looks like a wonderful time together!

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  23. Good food, a little to drink and family, sound perfect!

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  24. Enjoyed seeing the photos, Tess. I’ve never been in an airplane before. I think you’re brave. 😀

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  25. Passing up a free and nearly-new book is hard, my sympathies. 🙂
    And a day of accomplishing little sound very relaxing.
    After a longish break from WP, I’m glad to see you’re still going strong.

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  26. I like that stewards and stewardesses are a little less than perfect:)

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  27. You were about an hour and a half from where I live 🙂 It sounds like you had sisterly fun! ❤

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  28. You may not have done any sight-seeing, but the backdrop for your family reunion was a beautiful one! How wonderful that 3 sisters were able to get together to celebrate a milestone birthday.
    Great picture of you Tess!

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  29. Looks like fun. Although I have a feeling you guys would have had fun no matter where you were!

    Stephanie
    http://stephie5741.blogspot.com

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  30. Sounds like a great day! I’d love to try petit choux sometime. 🙂

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  31. Tess, I like your writing style as well as your story. I’m particularly drawn to family stories.

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