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Christmas dinner – the MOVIE

Yvonne and Rob hosted Christmas dinner 2020. AND served up the same meal for Boxing Day.

We all agreed, leftovers are even tastier than the original. πŸ˜€

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Christmas Eve dinner in Parksville has evolved into an annual burger bash.

Prime Rib with Β PortobelloΒ mushroom
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Happy March 193rd


I had big plans for 2020. All postponed.

Instead I’ve spent most of the year in small town Parksville B.C. at my parent’s home. All is well with me and family. We have had very few COVID positive cases in this part of Canada. Almost everything is open.

We’re staying safe as possible in these troubling times.

Since March I’ve made about 15 overnight bikepacking trips. And now feel very confident in this new-to-me hobby.

cycling Vancouver to Calgary 2020

As days grow short I’ll cycle less, run more. Add more playground conditioning. Add basketball. Perhaps add Golf.

I’d hoped to get to Nepal for November. But they can’t get the virus under control.

I’m now looking at Hawaii.

Stay safe.

McCharles family

RUBY XL HD Handheld Video Magnifier

My Mom is using this product. Recommended by the Canadian Institute of the Blind.

It’s not perfect. Battery life is surprisingly short.

She doesn’t think she’ll use it all that often.

It’s expensive, too. Right now USD $700 or more. But there are similar less expensive competitors available.

I saw one as low as USD $18.

You can magnify materials up to 14 times.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.