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Oh yes, of course, at the beginning of the hottest period of the summer, we decided to close our swimming pool and have it filled in and the backyard resodded. Not really, we had decided to do it a couple of months ago but it took that long until the guys we hired could start work on our place. Ryan, the man in charge, told us he had done 32 pool closings so far this season!!!

They did a wonderful job. I have put before and after photos below the cut. Fact was that since our kids had grown and moved away we weren't using the pool anymore and we deduced that the cost of keeping it open for nobody to use outweighed the expense of having it filled in ($7,000 paid in cash so we got a bit of a discount). We do have a hot tub and lowered the temperature to 87 degrees F so it's quite comfortable to sit in and cool off. The pool would have been nice and for Sean too but we quite like having a lawn now.

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hiking

Jul. 15th, 2016 07:14 am
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We've started hiking again despite the overly hot weather. But I need to get rid of the fat roll around my middle ASAP and for me this is the best way to do it. These are pics from our local Heydenshore park in Whitby and the trail that runs east into Oshawa. We only did 2 miles for starters and I managed to twist my knee but not too badly.

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I've been gone from here for so long it's ridiculous but let's forget all that for now.

I'M FREE!!!! My retirement from work took place a week ago and true to my word I slept for the first week. Now I'm ready to do all the things I enjoy most, including immersing myself once more into LJ and my fandoms.

It was very busy during June. It wasn't the best time to retire. The stress was almost unbearable.

First was Sean's graduation from his public school. I can't believe that high school is only two months away!

Pictures from his grad and my leaving do are below.

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Today was terribly hot - that flesh-melting, steaming-blob-on-the-pavement kind of hot in which you can do NOTHING but flop down somewhere and stay there for hours not moving at ALL.

I had to work today. Sean wanted me to bring him home a smoothie and a sandwich from Tim Horton's, but I could NOT walk the half-block to Timmy's in this weather at lunch-time. I got him a smoothie from the coffee shop downstairs so I didn't have to go outside, and thank god Eddie went to the grocery store today and bought a fresh baguette, so I was able to make him a sandwich when I got home.

But seriously, we have an indoor-outdoor thermometer which is right now showing 109 degrees F outside and 76 inside. Even the 76 is a bit too much but at least it's not 109! The inside-the-car thermometer was showing 36 C on the way home, which I suppose is the equivalent of near 100 F.

Some of my plants are dying. Everyone's lawn has gone from lush green to dusty brown in the matter of a week. We killed two weird-looking bugs inside the clinic today. That's not good.

But in talking to Olivia on Skype, I discovered that in Lloydminster, Alberta it never gets above 23 C during the day and drops to 5 C at night - perfect sleeping weather. And it stays light outside until almost midnight. And they get the Northern Lights! If anyone doesn't know what the Northern Lights are, here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aurora_(astronomy)

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The picture was taken near Edmonton, Alberta, which is near where Olivia is living as well.

So I am good for nothing the rest of the day. I am going to watch some movies, try to eat something although I'm not even hungry, and then go to bed.

Btw, last night I watched an absolute stunner of a movie. It was just excellent, and not the type of thing I usually like (a prison movie) but it was so much more and I thought it was great. It's called 'A Prophet' and here are the details:

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1213205-prophet/

And last week I enjoyed another immensely entertaining film called 'Winter in Wartime', about a couple of Dutch kids who rescue a stranded British pilot during WWII. It was not at all depressing, but kept me on the edge of my seat with its amazing suspense. And it was beautifully photographed, as well as starring the incredibly attractive Jamie Campbell Bower as the downed pilot.



Okay, time to soldier on...

Hope everyone is managing to keep cool! :)
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These are from the last few days.

Paolo Guerrero helps Juan Vargas of Peru


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In an interview on TV, Uruguay's coach Tabarez said that in the first round of matches coaches tended to be very cautious in the way they approached the games. Perhaps this is the reason behind so few goals being scored. Yesterday Uruguay came out more offensively, playing with three strikers. Edison Cavani and Luis Suarez played more conventionally, and Diego Forlan was allowed to go wherever he wanted. Uruguay's defense is stronger than what most pundits initially believed. The South African team seemed undisciplined, and this resulted in a couple of yellow cards, a red for the goalkeeper and the coach being sent off as well. Diego Forlan scored twice, becoming the first multiple goalscorer at this World Cup. His two were followed by a goal from Alvaro Pereira to make it 3 - 0 for Uruguay.

Pics from the match:

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By now everyone knows that Switzerland beat Spain 1 - 0. I don't know what was more shocking...that Spain LOST or that they did NOT SCORE!

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Bench strength:

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In the most enjoyable game so far of the World Cup, South American Chile faced Central American Honduras and won 1 - 0.

Here are the exciting game pics of two very attractive teams.

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FINALLY! I got a prediction right! My 100% fail record is broken, though. :(

Maicon gets ALL the credit! Brazil won 2-1 with goals from Maicon and Elano against a scary North Korea.

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I predicted an Ivory Coast win, but this underwhelming match ended in a scoreless draw.

Didier Drogba vs Bruno Alves' legs.

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Nice to know that my 100% FAIL record of World Cup match predictions is still going strong in this group. Sorry, All Whites, but I had predicted a Slovakia win.

Winston Reid, the hero.

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Some Spain, Switzerland, Mexico, Paraguay, Germany, Argentina and single pics of Nigeria, Greece, Algeria, and Honduras.

Memo Ochoa of Mexico shows how he's dealing with the cold.

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I am partisan. I am all for Paraguay (as I am for all the South American teams in the group stages). So this picspam is Paraguay-heavy.
This match ended in a 1 - 1 draw, which I suppose was fair. An interesting fact: everyone seems to be calling the Italian team "old" yet their average age is 28.2. (Paraguay's average age is 28.1) Another interesting statistic: the average age of a World Cup winning team is 29.

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The Netherlands won 2 - 0 on an own goal from Denmark and a strike from Dirk Kuyt.

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It wasn't a terrible game, but it was a bit disappointing. I expected The Netherlands to come out gangbusters like Germany, but I think the Danish defense is to be credited for holding the Oranje for the entire first half.

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Japan won 1 - 0.

The most interesting thing about this match might have been this little bird on the pitch.

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These include a few 'extra' pics of the Spain team, Chile, Yoann Gourcuff, Mexico, New Zealand, and single pics of Denmark, Brazil, Switzerland and Portugal.

WARNING: Portugal pic has CR in it.

Javi Martinez adjusts his tie on the plane.

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This set includes Portugal, Paraguay, The Netherlands, Mexico, Honduras, Denmark and Argentina.

Ricardo Osorio of Mexico objects to something.

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GERMANY VS AUSTRALIA

WHAT a match! WHAT a team!

Germany 4 - 0 Australia

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SERBIA VS GHANA

This match result messed up my predictions! Ghana won 1 - 0 because of a penalty. I had predicted a Serbia win.

Wow...more interesting pics to follow.

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SLOVENIA VS ALGERIA

Some interesting pics from this match, which Slovenia won 1 - 0.

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