The state of Emergency for British Columbia was lifted yesterday. There are still fires but not as severe as in July and August. The state of emergency was brought in on July the 9th. Some of the evacuees abandoned their hometowns for Prince George. I guess it doesn’t matter where we live, the weather conditions start many a disaster like hurricanes, earthquakes, forest fires, tornadoes, flooding….you get the idea.
The weather here has cooled considerably, -3C in the morning. I no longer scurry to the sliding glass door to get outside as soon as I wake up. Now I sleep in till it’s warmer and perhaps the sun will show up.
This is my bed, right beside mom. When I was younger, I would bite her….gently, of course, when she would toss around too much. haha It didn’t help keep mom still so I gave it up.
All the veggies except potatoes and brussel sprouts are out of the garden. Apparently, brussel sprouts taste better after the first frost.
The tomatoes are sitting on the kitchen table turning red. Then mom and dad can them. They only have 5 pints done this year.
mol Mom will be never know I actually could get up on her desk. I haven’t been here in many, many months.
Oh my nip, what a mess she has here. I should’ve come by sooner. She really needs a swift kick in the butt, I mean, a gentle reminder to stack items nicely. She’s even got a duster in here. Hopeful thinking on her part. MOL
What to do while I’m here? It’s too uncomfortable to sleep on all this crap.
Mom will probably think Shoko printed on the screen, after all I haven’t been able to get up here. What fun.
So when we left our intrepid explorers they had found the rooftop balcony and were mellowing. After a good night’s sleep, they were ready to tackle Paris. They had a tour lined up for 9am for the Eiffel Tower. They got up early and decided to take the bus. They got on the bus and after 2 hours weren’t getting close to the Eiffel Tower. What to do? They took a taxi to the Eiffel Tower. Way quicker and they had time to spare. The tour got together and went right up to the 2nd. floor. There were long line ups for peeps to get in at the North, South, West and East gates, on the ground but we bypassed them with our tour. The view from underneath the tower leaves a lot to be desired, as you can see.
The Eiffel Tower took 2 years two months to build starting in 1887 and was inaugurated in 1889 and the Parisienne folk didn’t like it. It didn’t blend into the landscape and many found it ugly. The cost in 1889 for the Eiffel Tower was 7,799,401.31 French gold francs. Gustave Eiffel decided to open the gates to people and charge a small fee for the pleasure, to recoup the millions of francs it cost. He recouped his money in 6 months! The Eiffel Tower is 1,063 feet (324 meters) tall, including the antenna at the top. Dad is showing off his camera. Nice isn’t it? Well, on his way back to the hotel from the Metro (subway), a woman stopped him and informed him there was a known pick pocket following him. He never showed off his camera again. He wore a windbreaker to cover the camera when they were on the move.
The Tower’s Protection
Constructed using puddle iron, the Tower is protected from oxidation by several coats of paint to ensure that it lives forever.
In 1900 in his book ” The 300-Meter Tower “, Gustave Eiffel wrote, “We will most likely never realize the full importance of painting the Tower, that it is the essential element in the conservation of metal works and the more meticulous the paint job, the longer the Tower shall endure.”
The Tower has been re-painted 18 times since its initial construction, an average of once every seven years. It has changed colour several times, passing from red-brown to yellow-ochre, then to chestnut and finally to the bronze of today, slightly shaded off towards the top to ensure that the colour is perceived to be the same all the way up as it stands against the Paris sky. Sixty tons of paint are necessary to cover the Tower’s surface, as well as 50 kilometers of security cords, 5 acres of protection netting, 1500 brushes, 5000 sanding disks, 1500 sets of work clothes…and more than a year for a team of 25 painters to paint the Tower from top to bottom.
Excerpts taken from, “Visiting the Eiffel Tower.” http://www.toureiffel.paris/en/everything-about-the-tower/themed-files/97.html.
After the remaking of, *Kiss me you Fool*, they were headed down and out of the Eiffel Tower. Aw, now to tackle the bus. Dad had his cell phone with all the pertinent locations, buses, and Metro stops. How could they go wrong? Off they went on the bus. Mom was enjoying the architecture and dad told her to get off the bus…off they went and found out that they got off too soon. They got on another bus and tried again. They went a little way and dad hollered, “I made a mistake we should have taken another bus.” Mom was getting a bit ticked off by this point. Dad conceded he didn’t get the bus system and there was something wrong with the directions on the cell phone. So they tried the Metro. The Metro had no escalator down nor up and the stairs were a grind after a while. It was the same on the Metro…get off/get on…MOL…Hop On/ Hop Off…till mom had enough and asked a very nice lady who gave her directions as they were nowhere near the hotel.
They returned to the hotel at 5pm and were rather spacy by this time. They grabbed supper and retired for the evening.
The next day they were up and out early once again. They had tickets for the Hop On/ Hop Off bus for two days. Hop On/Hop Off buses are great cause if you see an area you would like to go investigate, you can get off the bus and go visit the area and then hop on the bus again later…no extra charge. The bus had 4 routes or concentric circles it travelled. Mom and dad made it through the yellow and green….got off at Avenue des Champs-Élysées. The most expensive stores are located on this street. Mom and dad went into the restaurant above for snacks and a coke. Mom went to the washroom which was upstairs and she saw the biggest cockroach she’s ever seen. She said it was at least two inches long. She left her camera at the table with dad so couldn’t take a picture. Bummer I would have liked to see it. Well, they couldn’t afford anything other than snacks so jumped on the Hop On/Hop Off bus and admired the scenery.
They came to the Arc de Triomphe and were overcome with the traffic from the 12 avenues connected to the circle.
The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile letwal] Triumphal Arch of the Star is one of the most famous monuments in Paris, standing at the western end of the Champs-Élysées at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle, formerly named Place de l’Étoile — the étoile or “star” of the juncture formed by its twelve radiating avenues.
The Arc de Triomphe should not be confused with a smaller arch, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which stands west of the Louvre. The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.
Excerpts taken from “Wikipedia”…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc_de_Triomphe
Our travelers headed back to their room in the hotel.
Dad gave me a manicure and pedicure yesterday and I painted my nails for my birthday. I look so glamorous! Wait till Buddy Budd sees me…he’ll flip. I love these and with my crown I’ll be the belle of my birthday party. This colour is called Panther Pink.
Shoko is mom making anything special? I think so…she’s making fishcakes…with lots of fish and hardly any potatoes. So it should be fish hash in minutes. She found some salmon and is making salmon puffs too. I never heard of those but they look yummy. MOL Mom put my bobble crown on me but I was not amused! It felt strange on my wee ears.
Another surprise! Oh my…look Shoko, Einey and Buddy from Timmy’s Commentary. My buddy! ‘sigh’ What are you looking for Buddy Budd. Some oregano….I can smell it. I have a bunch over here…come my man.
Here it is 2am and all is quiet. Kali is snoring up a storm and so I wait alone for the Tooth Fairy. I’m getting *yawn* sleepy.
ZZZZZZ……what was that noise? You see, I have one eye open so I can see everything that happens.
I know I heard something. Oh look, the Tooth Fairy’s been by.
Kali look what I got! I got a toonie, two loonies and two quarters. So you got two dollars for each tooth and fifty cents for the broken one. Good hard cash. I got a feather wand too. That’ll be a lot of fun. Just try to catch me feather…MOL. Focus Shoko.
You got a cheque too. Oh, oh. She could be one of those butt(ers) What??? You know one of those dad’s that don’t pay ail-a-money for their child’s support. Oh…MOL…you mean deadbeat dads. Ya,that’s it!! The Tooth Fairy may not have the mew-lah In the bank to cover the cheque. Believe me Shoko if you go cash this cheque, I guarantee you, that’s the least of your problems.
Shoko did you get a picture of the Tooth Fairy? I hope so. I was wearing my selfie remote and attached the motion activator before I went to sleep. Looks like I got her. The camera was on.
This is the Tooth Fairy?? Egads!! She’s not the least bit like I imagined. It looks more like dad. MOL Even dad doesn’t look that crazy. Mom says that the Tooth Fairy has helpers that step in and help her when she’s really busy. I guess this guy is one of them. Probably a peeps Tooth Fairy helper. I’ll bet hardly anybody likes to see him instead of the real Tooth Fairy so be kind Shoko. OK Kali, I sure can understand why nobody would want to see him late at night.
You know Kali, databbiesotrouttowne were right. I got the exact sum they said I would, and not a cent less. Did I get any treats? Yes, you did. You got 3 bags of Island Paradise, our favourite. Mom put them away while you were busy.
What a night. I could use some sleep.
Have a super day and may your fairy bring you everything you want.