my Dad’s electric Trike

Dad boughtPedego Trike for running around Parksville B.C.

Joyriding and doing the shopping.

You only pedal in case of emergencies. Dead battery, for example.

It tops out at about 20km / hour … unless you are riding downhill. Downhill I’ve got it up to 30km / hour.

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my Dad bought an electric Trike

We did shop around, finally deciding on the Pedego Trike as being safest for running around Parksville B.C.


Price is about U.S. $3000. Canadian about $4200 including a special lock and B.C. taxes. does a terrific job reviewing what’s available.

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Canada Day in Parksville, B.C.

The population of Parksville is far fewer than 15,000 … but we must have had 15,000 at the Canada Day celebration. The beach was packed.

I was most impressed with fireworks.

Tiny little girls were dancing / celebrating / cartwheeling while watching the show. Very cute.

I caught 3 of the musical acts. All good.

Headliners were The Tragically Hip Experience. Very Canadian.

… Or maybe it was actually The Joe Cocker Experience. Very British. Anyway, entertaining.

Dad sold his boat

This was his 6th fishing boat.

He bought it in 2011 for $6700. Sold in 2019 for $5000. Not bad, though he’d put quite a few extras into it over those years.

Yvonne turned it over within 24 hours on Facebook Marketplace. That service worked well.

In the past they used Kijiji.

Dad’s still fishing. But will only go out on charters in future.

Mom’s 90th Birthday Party

Mom and Dad are doing well. Living independently in Parksville, B.C.

Doreen was born in Calgary 1929. Born right into the Depression.

Families had to be self-sufficient. They put home grown vegetables into jars to get through winter.

Her family had one pig and one dairy cow when she was growing up. Later she had her own horse in the city. It ate the neighbours flowers and walked back to the Indian Reserve when it got loose.

Though my family doesn’t normally celebrate birthdays, for 90 we made an exception. 🎂 🙂

Mom 2015

Yvonne hosted the party. Lasagna, garlic bread, salads and a wee bit of alcohol.

A good time was had by all.

cordless vacuum cleaner for Christmas

I gave my parents a  Makita 18V LXT Vacuum Cleaner.

It works well for small, fast clean-ups.

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You need clean it frequently.

3 Ah is the best battery.

If you don’t already have a Makita battery or charger, the whole set-up will cost about C$200.

Thanks Markos and Keith for the idea.