Red Potatoes

March 15 – 2012



I went to the Safeway to buy steak and mushrooms for dinner the other day.  As I searched thru the produce section for fresh bulk mushrooms, I was, once again, reminded of some of the differences between Canada vs USA.  I couldn’t find what I was looking for at first, I ended up in the potatoe section and there is an elderly lady in a motorized chair picking out red potatoes. She commented to me that she loves Red Potatoes vs White Potatoes ’cause you don’t have to peel them!  I told her, that my husband likes them because they are firmer and don’t go mushy as fast as the white ones do. 

‘nope’, she says, whatever makes my cooking easier is what I like!

I told her that my husband does a lot of OUR cooking

she says: ‘my husband cleans like a Titan!,

 he cleans everything,

all the time,

he’s an awesome cleaner,

he’s a keeper!,

 BUT, I don’t think he even knows what COLOR OUR KITCHEN IS!!’

Did you Try That On?

March 14 – 2012

We’ve now been here for a couple of weeks and I decided I better go buy a bathing suit top JUST IN CASE I decide to go near a pool for some unknown reason.



I head up to J.C. Penny’s here in Bullhead City.  I know they’ll have something that will fit and will be good enough for the people I hang out with :-).  I find a black/blue/white combo patterned bathing suit top that will go quite nicely with my black long legged swim type shorts and up I go to pay for the item.

The lady at the front counter takes my bank card,

Swipes it,

It Doesn’t Work!

Well, ok, I’ll put it on my credit card then.  Swipe, Wait, Wait, ok all is good.  I sign where indicated and all is well.  Just as I’m getting ready to leave and she’s putting the top in a bag, she says to me ‘did you try this on?’

and now she’s looking directly at my chest!

‘Yes, yes I tried it on’, I say.

She says: ‘well, you’re out on the side’ and points at my chest!


Now the store is filled with only ladies, so I look down, adjust my bra, wiggle everything around and say, ‘no it looks fine to me, everything is where it should be’.

She continues to point at my chest!  I finally realize that she’s talking about MY SHIRT! 


At no point in our conversation does she say to me ‘your shirt is inside out!’ 

 I’m thinking that telling someone their shirt is INSIDE OUT is preferable to telling someone they are ‘out on the side’. 


Canada vs USA – cool differences, and that doesn’t just mean the weather!!

 I’m adding stuff as I go along:

March 14 – 2012 

Cool Difference #7 


Most of our mail in Canada is delivered right to our door where we probably have a mail slot or a small metal mail box attached to the wall of our entrance to our house.  There are still some people with mailboxes and alot of subdivisions now have the “Super Mail box”, which is on the side of the road and you stop by it on your way home, open your padlock, get out your mail, and away you go.

But here in Bullhead City, all the mailboxes in the subdivisions we have walked thru have a mailbox at the side of their driveway.  There are some really cool mailboxes!  Your traditional mail box shape on a post, but we’ve discovered mailboxes inserted into cement walls or decorative posts.  Mailboxes that are all different colors, shapes, sizes and with different decorations.  It makes for a very interesting walk down the street.  I am tempted to take my camera and photograph all the different ones, but don’t want to intrude on peoples privacy and property.  But they are fun to see!  Here’s a couple of pictures that I’ve copied from the internet to show you what we’ve seen.










Cool Difference #6 

We’ve all heard the expression: cool as a cucumber! 

Well It turns out that cool difference #6 is indeed cucumbers!!  I eat a lot of Long English Cucumbers! 


  I didn’t realize this, but Long English Cucumbers seem to be really popular in BC! The internet calls it “the lazy man’s cucumber”, because you don’t have to peel it or core it to eat it.  Mmnnn — I thought I liked them cause they taste better and are crunchy and sweet! 

We’ve been to all 3 grocery stores here in Bullhead City, and we have managed to find them, but you have to look,look way high up,’cause they are hard to find, and there’s not many to choose from.

When we walk into any grocery store in Canada, the LongECuc’s are everywhere!  They’re laid out in displays at the front of the store, and in the vegetable isles, and, in the organic section, they are everywhere!If you want to find a regular cucumber, then the hunt begins! 

 They are usually somewhere near the zuchinni and then you look at them,

look at the zuchinni,

look at the cucumber,

yes, that’s a cucumber, yes, that’s the zuchinni.Cool!



Bat Cave Lego

March 2012

Cool Difference #1

We are spending this month in the States.  We get to escape the wet, grey Vancouver Island weather for the month!  We leave in a howling south easter that included some snow flurries and beat our way over the border.  Our first stop is in Portland, OR to see the kids.  We have one excited little grandson who knows that Grandpa is taking him shopping at “The Lego Store” and he can pick out anything he wants for a birthday present.  We drive to a mall, the excited child dashes into the mall and makes his way directly to The Lego Store!!

We look at each other – ‘There’s a Lego Store?’

‘Really? – a store operated by Lego, contains only Lego?, Really?’

That is so cool!!  They also had A Disney Store!!  Do we have a store like that in Canada? Now, I know we don’t live in a huge place or anything, but do we?

Cool Difference #2


We were reminded that it is really difficult to buy Coffee Crisp and Peppermint Aero chocolate bars while in the States.  You can rarely find them!  But what you can find everywhere and easily is BOOZE!  They have a pharmacy chain of stores down here called CVS Pharmacy and Liquor!  I’m serious – AND Liquor.  That’s what their signs say.  It’s in all the grocery stores, gas stations, corner stores, – it’s everywhere!  AND CHEAP – 6 Millers for $6 and that’s at Chevron – it’s probably cheaper if we shopped around.  A 26’r of Meyers Rum for $18 at Wal-Mart that costs at least $40 in Canada.  We haven’t even tried the Liquor Stores yet.  We’re scared to go in there – we might spend our whole budget in a giddy shopping spree!


Cool Difference #3

Vinegar!  You can buy it in all the grocery stores, but it’s not available at any restuarant if you ask for some for your fries.  If you do that or ask for brown toast, the waiter or waitress will ask you what part of Canada are you from?

Cool Difference #4

Bacon comes in these cool ziploc packages.  You don’t even need a knife to break into it.  Just ZIP, pull the edges apart and Voila!  Bacon ready to go.  Pull out a few slices, ZIP it back together and back in the fridge it goes. No rewrapping, repackaging, just ZIP!!


Cool Difference #5

A $.99 cent bottle of lotion called “Spider Cider”.  The label says it’s made with real spiders, but I don’t see ‘the spider parts’ listed anywhere in the ingredients!!.  🙂   It’s very citrusy, goes on smoothly, not greasy and should be kept out of the reach of young adults, just in case they confuse it with drinking cider!!

Stay tuned – I’m sure I’ll add more stuff as I go along…




A VERY smooth shave!

March 8 – 2012

Here we are down in the USA, now there are small differences between Canada and the USA that we are reminded of as we go to and fro.  I went to the grocery store and picked up some pretty orance razors that guaranteed “the smoothest shave” probably the smoothest shave EVER.

I manage to break into the package, extract the razor and off I go to the shower. 

Apply some soap!



Shave shave shave

WOW!  This IS the smoothest razor I’ve ever used


I wonder how it will feel once I take the thin, clear, plastic cover, that I never noticed off the blades???

Hello Mr. Nice Policeman


Bullhead Police badge

After 3 days of driving thru rain / wind / snow and some sun we arrived in Bullhead City to ‘the house’.  We managed to find the gate, entered thru and drove up the driveway to the house.  We grab the key, review the alarm instructions, nod our heads in agreement, yes we know what we have to do!  –  we enter, dash for the alarm panel, make a wrong turn at Alberquerkie (while the alarm alert goes beep beep), key in the code (while the alarm alert goes beep beep), and still – beep beep while we look for the OFF button (it is located in very small writing on the top left ocrner of the alarm panel) – beep beep – We push “OFF” – beep beep – and then, that’s better – silence.  Our elation turns to alarm when we notice that the ALARMED button is still RED and still ON — our suspicions are confirmed quickly when the whole house starts resonating “WHOOP WHOOP WHOOP”,  Immediately the phone rings, hello ALARM COMPANY, no we don’t know the password, we give them our names and hang up.

Within 6 minutes, or less, a very nice policeman strolls up to the opened front door and gazes in at these two road weary Canadians who have packed half their house across the USA and have now unloaded everything into this house.  Cooler, computers, camera, tripod, 9 pairs of shoes, blankets, pillows, golf clubs, fishing gear, kitchen knives, spices, food stuff, suitcases, beer, scotch, juice, groceries that we just picked up at the store — all of it scattered everywhere as we just got here and are getting organized for our stay.

Oh, HI we say.  yeah, sorry, it was us who set off the alarm, sorry, we didn’t know what we were doing.  he says

‘what are you doing here?’


 ‘who are you?’,


‘do you have rental papers?’


‘you don’t?’


 ‘do you have ANYTHING that says you are supposed to be here?’


  Randy looks at me, I look at him, I calmly drag out my Super Duper IPhone that DOES everything, and has everything on it, NOPE, can’t find anything at that instant. 

 In the face of all adversity, I maintain a calm demeanour, so does Randy,

the nice friendly policeman finally determines that we are probably not Canadian House Squatters, but is still searching for evidence…

Do you have a?




 a house key? 



here’s our key! and after he made sure it fit the lock, and it turned the deadbolt, he was on his way!  It is so nice to be here, finally, and know that we get to spend our time in the “sunny river house”.