Rick: Happy 4th of July to our American friends here!
vanislander: OK RB - just finished a bowl of soup - feeling a bit warmer now
RB2sMom: Beer o'clock it is and time to decompress
RB2sMom: Corellas still here
RB2sMom: Back again, 3rd load in
RB2sMom: Laundry out again
RB2sMom: corella invasion
vanislander: Yep - even feisty lories couldn't keep them away
vanislander: Well, darn - the 3 lories are going to be outnumbered soon -
vanislander: Oh good - hope they can work on it asap (the roof) Imagine how hot it will be working up there Phew
RB2sMom: Insurance adjuster is coming tomorrow to catalog repairs needed
RB2sMom: No problem on the inside of the house, if we did not have AC, I would not be here now
vanislander: I imagine they'll be able to keep the corellas at bay - I see the odd one try to land and then take off when it sees the lories
vanislander: Lorikeets visiting Kim's feeder
vanislander: How are you managing with the damage to your house, RB? Are all the open areas in the roof covered? Can you run your A/C?
vanislander: Made a big pot of soup in the Instant Pot - waiting for it finish, then I'll puree it a bit and add some cheese - it's mostly veggies with cauliflour, brocolli, onions, celery, carrot and tater, with some scraps of ham. Real winter food
vanislander: Brrrr - chilly at Kim's - and when I checked earlier - couple of hours ago there was a lot of street noise and voices - wonder what was going on>
RB2sMom: I do see your point
vanislander: Well - I have a long-sleeved top on - one I wear in winter - I just want to be able to sit outside for a bit
vanislander: It will be warmer at Bruce's today than here
RB2sMom: I would take that in a heartbeat
vanislander: 13C/55F here currently - not nice at all
RB2sMom: I would love to have your summers
RB2sMom: More storms coming all next week
vanislander: They're having high temps out East here, but "much of Western Canada, especially B.C. and Alberta, is still waiting for consistent summer warmth, and that pattern will continue through early July. "
RB2sMom: You can have ours...88 feels like 96, very high tropical humidity awful
vanislander: Bruce and RB - was in kitchen making soup on this cold wet day Summer has boycotted us
RB2sMom: I am back and so are my galahs
RB2sMom: BRB, laundry coming out
Bruce: they do !
RB2sMom: All birds claim "this area" as theirs
Bruce: they think this area is theirs
Bruce: yes and very bossy
RB2sMom: Lapwings are hungry too
Bruce: 4 now
Bruce: 3 Kookas just sitting on the fence today
Bruce: Hi RB and Van if your watching
RB2sMom: G'day Bruce, Van
Bruce: Kooka Time
RB2sMom: An original classic early morning coffee view memory
vanislander: 10:32 for today's (funny - it seemed trickier than the other one)
vanislander: I am going to have a go at today's in a while
vanislander: I see that there are now Star sudokus July 1 and 2 (Wed & Thurs) are now avalable. Both are 3* ones. I was interrupted when I worked on yesterday's (Wed) and only managed 10:51
AussieAl: I tried to do the Star 3* early today Van because I have an appointment later. I rushed it and made an error.
RB2sMom: Off to fix dinner and lift a few , need to decompress
RB2sMom: Thanks Van
vanislander: Thinking of you, RB. Hope things go well. Bye for now!
Rick: I definitely want to visit Norway/Sweden some day
RB2sMom: I am busy too, as you can imagine after dealing with all the stuff with the trees down and repairs....my yard is a disaster area
RB2sMom: My husband is first generation American, Swedish father and Norwegian Mother
vanislander: Bye Ricky!
Rick: Take care Van!
vanislander: I must go - things I still have to do today. I've been busy
vanislander: Wow - didn't take long to go from lost keys to fish balls!
vanislander: I am not fond of sardine breath myself. It's one of my husbands favourite snacks
Rick: Fish balls?
RB2sMom: Wally loves sardines, I do not, have to leave the room
Rick: I have a Norwegian friend but don't get to talk to them much these days.
Rick: I've seen videos of people eating that
vanislander: Yes - but you wouldn't like the salted fish ...
Rick: Swedish Meatballs are delicious
vanislander: He had a Swedish girlfriend (and his brass band visited Sweden regularly)
Rick: Very nice
vanislander: I think RB's husband has scandinavian roots, Rick. M
Rick: Oh he knows some of the lingo?
vanislander: Mine spent many visits to Sweden & Denmark
Rick: Why Scandinavian?
vanislander: Maybe - they could even converse in scandinavian
RB2sMom: My husband should get along with yours just fine
RB2sMom: You got that right
vanislander: I tell my husband not to use it in public when I'm with him - it is too embarrassing
vanislander: (Shirley is my very elderly neighbour)
RB2sMom: Wow, both of our husbands have flip phones....I will have to tell mine he is not alone
vanislander: Shirley's reaction is predictable, Rick. As you know. she'd mutter something about 'toyboy'
vanislander: Mine lost his flip phone on the street - he jumped up to look over a wall and the phone flipped out of his pocket. We re-traced his steps (under protest from him) and I found it the next day Rick told me it would never have been picked up by anyone as who'd want a flip fone?
Rick: tell Shirly I am coming for 6 months next time, just to get her reaction
vanislander: On the other hand - 6 weeks keep probably should include future tech help
RB2sMom: My husband lost his flip phone in a lizard cage that he found months later
Rick: Blueberry Pancakes and Maple Syrup is a fair payment I think
vanislander: Rick - you have earned your keep! Now find me that superman smiley!
Rick: They are probably in his man cave!
vanislander: Makes me wonder whether the prescription glasses he lost a few years ago will show up one day too
Rick: I think I've built up some good karma
Rick: I'm glad every mishap has been fixed this week!
vanislander: The vehicle keys he lost last Thursday showed up today ... in the potato bin
vanislander: I'll tell him you suggested that Rick
RB2sMom: Really, Van, pin an extra pair on him
Rick: We should chain his keys to his ear so if he misplaces them he gets a nasty tug!
vanislander: Even though he loses his keys ...
vanislander: I am quite happy staying put - I like to send the gardener out on errands even
RB2sMom: Galahs and a lapwing or 2
RB2sMom: Great Al, I am glad to hear that somebody is going somewhere, I am desperate at this point
RB2sMom: Fauci gets airtime as there are news stations that air the news as it should be and others that air what certain people want to hear or what they are told to do
vanislander: Good for you, Al - you've earned it
AussieAl: We'll be away.
vanislander: Going to the races?
AussieAl: Yes Van.
RB2sMom: Taking the budgies on vacation?
vanislander: Awwww Al - you're taking a cam vacation?
Rick: I think you need a little more than a new gutter but I can get down to Home Depot for you I guess
AussieAl: I won't be streaming Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
vanislander: Rick - the guttersnipe!
Rick: He should, I'm surprised he's been allowed airtime though. He contradicts what the president would rather you hear it seems
RB2sMom: Rick if you do gutters, I need one put back
RB2sMom: Hi Al
vanislander: There's Al -
Rick: G'day Al
RB2sMom: Fauci is an incredible person, should be running this whole health show
Rick: I could try but your roof is pretty high
AussieAl: 'morning all.
RB2sMom: Just wait
vanislander: Do you do gutters as well as windows, Rick?
Rick: I'm surprised your Turnip in Chief hasn't tried to fire Fauci
RB2sMom: I don't really spray touching areas much, very little chance to get it that way
vanislander: Even though we have no current cases of the virus on Van Island (but we all know that will change now tourism is ramping up - either from other provinces, or from across the border)
Rick: Anything else need fixing Van?
RB2sMom: We have incredible people here too, but they are not allowed to do their incredible things
vanislander: I had to get in home computer help today - and the tech guy came masked and gloved - I had already sprayed down all surfaces he'd touch, and wore my mask too
vanislander: We have an incredible team at the helm in BC - our med officer has worked with ebola, sars, etc. She is much loved
RB2sMom: Can we sent our rebels to Canada?
RB2sMom: And no one directing anyone to be obedient
vanislander: Many retired people here on Van Island - we take the restrictions very seriously - any rebels would be cast adrift
RB2sMom: No one is obedient here
Rick: Hi GranVan!
RB2sMom: I wish we could use the Microsoft emojiis in chat, they work in forums but not here
vanislander: We've had our ups and downs, but generally speaking Canadians tend to be more obedient
RB2sMom: Hi Van, at least Canada is doing well with the virus
vanislander: Where's that superman smiley gone to Rick?
RB2sMom: The USA is like that, different restrictions wherever you go, city, county, state, etc....confusing....some states not letting others in from high virus areas like mine, if I went to NY, I would have to quarantine for 2 weeks
vanislander: Hiya Rick and RB
Rick: My area is doing okay but apparently more new cases this week than last.
Rick: It wont be popular but I can see the UK looking like a patchwork quilt of not locked down and locked down cities in a few weeks at most.
Rick: Most things that haven't already opened can open up here on Saturday but there's a currently one city (leicester) elsewhere in the country that has a local lockdown put in place now with others to follow due to a second wave.
RB2sMom: Rick, are you still having virus problems where you live?
RB2sMom: C U
Bruce: sounds nice RB
Rick: Take care bruce
Bruce: so hooroo
Rick: I would love that
RB2sMom: OK, Hooroo Bruce
RB2sMom: I live in a forest with an abundance of wildlife....shade in the summer, and sun in the winter when the leaves come off
Bruce: ok gotta Joys up and we are going to Lismore for treatment at lunch time
Rick: No idea how they got burned, it happened when I was away
Rick: We have no trees except for a couple of partially burned conifers on our boundary line,
RB2sMom: No we have very many trees, which we enjoy, probably 25 plus trees on our property, since 1986 when we moved here, these are the only ones to come down in a storm....we have had some precarious trees cut down in the past before they were a problem. These trees that went down were live, but we had hurricane force winds hit them
Rick: That's excellent! Did you get other trees near the house seen to?
RB2sMom: The tree people are finished to the tune of 28,000 which I had to pay upon completion. Just found out that my insurance will reimburse me the entire amount, minus a deductible after all the repairs and bills are in.
Rick: I saw the pics, can definitely see how much worse it could have been but it's still not nice to have any damages.
Rick: Oh I see, Well here's hoping for some good news!
RB2sMom: Rick, not the repairs yet, the insurance adjuster comes here Saturday
Bruce: I'll go make coffe and put seed out
Bruce: that's the pair that comes to my door in the arvo wanting feed
Bruce: that sausage is definatly dead
Rick: Here's the Galahs!
Rick: Has your home's damage been assessed for repairs RB?
Bruce: maybe Rick
Rick: Hey there RB
Bruce: wonder are they nesting now ?
Rick: someone up the street feeding them better sausages?
RB2sMom: G'day Bruce and Rick, and I see that Al and Van are logged in, sorry I missed you terri
Bruce: they are normaly there waiting since first light, but lately they are late so
Bruce: 12.3 C
Bruce: no not Bad
Bruce: definatly been a change ehh
Rick: Perhaps they woke up late today, is it cold?
Bruce: and a Pie
Bruce: hi Rick no mate
Rick: Very odd
Rick: oh no
Bruce: not 1 bird there at all
Rick: did I miss em?
Bruce: Kooka time
terri1121: it’s almost my Oz-aversary
terri1121: Hello folks
RB2sMom: No social distancing at the cockatoo restaurant
AussieAl: ‘night Van.
AussieAl: He married a Canadian girl.
vanislander: I think I'll have an early night - it was a busy day
AussieAl: Joh and two of her sisters were in Montreal seven years ago on Canada Day. They were there for a nephew’s wedding.
vanislander: Thanks - last few mins now
AussieAl: BTW, happy Canada Day.
vanislander: I should've video'd gardener's "Oh Canada" trumpeting this evening - a few homes across the bay had fireworks - but the Usual big display in town was cancelled - no large public gatherings are encouraged or allowed here
vanislander: Well then - you're the real winner When I gave up on my first try I'd taken much longer than that
AussieAl: 12:31, with a bit of luck.
AussieAl: That's great, .
vanislander: I did it! (But it doesn't count as it was my second try!
AussieAl: Black it out, .
vanislander: I am forgetting about the timer though
AussieAl: ...or not.
AussieAl: I MIGHT go back to it.
vanislander: I am struggling with it - but stubborn too
AussieAl: Naaa, too hard, and I’m not in the mood.
AussieAl: I’ll give this one a go.
AussieAl: The Star might have had a EOFY inventory, .
vanislander: There's no way to make notes on that one - so I sometimes give up
vanislander: I do it every day - but I'm not very good at them
vanislander: Unless you want to do this one https://www.sudokukingdom.com/daily-sudoku-puzzle.php
vanislander: Interesting! Guess we have a sudo holiday
AussieAl: My Star’s sudoku stops at Tuesday too, Van.
vanislander: Later, Al
vanislander: BTW - you are the Sudoku Rick is the fixit
AussieAl: Bbl, Van, I have to go out.
AussieAl: I'll be checking mine later.
vanislander: The most recent one is the one I did yesterday - Tuesday's Hope they don't want a subscription
vanislander: I cannot get a Toronto Star Sudoku for today - not sure why, unless it's cos of the holiday
vanislander: That was a great video - I think you must have liked it
AussieAl: I must have an allergy. I just watched Leonard Cohen, and my eyes are watering.
vanislander: That thought crossed my mind
AussieAl: Hey Van, I thought I was , now it seems Rick is . I don’t recall abdicating the throne?
vanislander: I love this Leonard Cohen "Anthem" video which the Globe and Mail featured today, for Canada Day. The lyrics are so true for these difficult times ...
vanislander: ... and he talked the gardener through fixing one of the cams that wasn't streaming (loose connection) So Here's To King Rick My hero ♥
vanislander: He is my hero today - he fixed some big problems for me today - got my surveillance cam link - even though it was on ie (which MS in its wisdom has replaced with Edge )
vanislander: Rick remembered to put up his Canada Flag in his computer room - I know that because we FaceTimed and I saw.
vanislander: I'm late getting here today - been a busy, busy day. Thanks for the Canada Day greetings
Rick: Take care Bruce
Rick: Poor thing
Bruce: bbl hooroo
Bruce: here's mum with her islocated toe
Bruce: yep starting to arrive mate
Rick: The Galah Gang is here
Rick: I still appreciate the maggies