Keeping Our Minds Busy

Keeping Our Minds Busy

Although we are retired, we still like to spends a little time Keeping our Minds busy.  It is a well-known fact that the mind needs exercise just as much as the body does.  “Use it or lose it” is something many researchers believe applies to brain health.  And so, this is something important to us to maintain in our retirement.  We both have had careers in the software development industry so it seemed natural to us both to explore website design.  It turns out it’s something we both enjoy very much!

We started up Website-Builders.ca, made our own site, made one or two for friends, and now have just enough clients to keep us busy when we’re not travelling.  We are learning a little something new with each site that we develop.  It’s a lot of fun!

KEEPING OUR MINDS BUSY

Besides developing website for others, we have also developed a finance related site called CanadianPreferredShares.ca.  It started with Alex collecting data for his own use, and it turned into a site that helps others who are also interested in preferred shares.

 

The site is updated daily with Key Metrics.

There is a section that ranks the preferred shares for each company that offers them.

This section has comparisons of all the preferred shares by their credit ratings.

This section has comparisons of all the preferred shares by the business sector the companies are in.

 

Click here if you would like to know a little more about us.  Thanks for visiting!

Yours Truly …. Yula

 

Jones Falls in Owen Sound Ontario

Jones Falls in Owen Sound Ontario

If you’re looking for a day trip in Southern Ontario, a visit to a waterfall is a perfect getaway. Just head to Jones Falls in Owen Sound Ontario for some nature therapy.  From the parking lot, it’s just about a 15 minute easy walk to the waterfall. You’ll walk over a bridge and through a very well maintained wooded trail.

The waterfall is absolutely gorgeous. If you take your time you could carefully make it to the base of the falls. We didn’t go but saw others down at the bottom waving back to us. The sound of the water is so therapeutic – it’s a beautiful place to relax.

There are lots of trees and rocks to step through and explore. It is located in the Pottawatomi Conservation Area and there are many longer trails to explore if you’re up for the hikes.

Jones Falls in Owen Sound Ontario

Click HERE for the Google location. It’s just a 2.5 hour drive from Toronto.

 

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Yours Truly …. Yula

 

The Cliffs and Caves in Tobermory

The Cliffs and Caves in Tobermory

Date visited: September 2015

We took a short weekend trip to explore The Cliffs and Caves in Tobermory. Tobermory is about a 4 hour drive north of Toronto.  It’s a little village on the northern tip of the Bruce Peninsula, dividing Lake Huron and the Georgian Bay.

 

Little Tub Harbour is the focal point of the town.  It’s a pretty stroll around the harbour, with a few little shops and cafes closeby. 

Just a 5 minute drive from Little Tub Harbour is Big Tub Harbour, and the home of Big Tub Lighthouse.  We visited a couple of times – the nighttime visit was very peaceful.

We took a glass-bottom boat cruise on the Tobermory Explorer.  We found out that Tobermory is a very popular destination for scuba divers because there are many shipwrecks in the area to explore underwater.

It was cool and windy that day, but the sun was shining brightly.  We cruised around the little islands – the most famous one being Flowerpot Island.  The rock pillars on the island were something to see!  We also took a little ride by the Big Tub Lighthouse.

One of the most popular destinations in the Tobermory area is The Grotto in the Bruce Peninsula National Park.  The caves are fun to explore, and we could not get enough of looking at the turquoise water.

The Cliffs and Caves in Tobermory

 

Although short, our weekend getaway to Tobermory was memorable.  We will definitely go back and explore more in Bruce Peninsula National Park.

Thanks for reading! 

Yours Truly …. Yula

 

Sunday Drive in Halton Ontario

Sunday Drive in Halton Ontario

We are aching to travel.  Until parks and campgrounds starting opening up, it’s best to just stay home.  But when it’s sunny and warm and we can put the top down, going for a Sunday Drive in Halton Ontario is just what the doctor ordered.  

So we packed some snacks, put on sun hats and suncreen, put the top down and started up the summertime tunes.  We headed north and drove through quiet country roads.  Nature was green and healthy and in full spring mode.

We ended up in little Waterside Park in Rockwood, Ontario.  A few were fishing in the Emarosa River, and others enjoying the sunshine.  Everyone was spread out quite responsibly.  

Rockwood Conservation Area was close by so we thought we’d head there for a hike.  It was closed through, as we suspected.  We walked through a forested area not far from there.  The official Ontario flower – The Trullium – was in full bloom all over the forest floor.

Driving with the top down is great for looking up and capturing birds soaring in the sky (great the the passenger, that is!).  It’s always fun seeing the farm animals too.

Sunday Drive in Halton Ontario

And that’s a little taste of our sunshine-filled day trip.  I hope you too can one day drive through the winding roads of Halton Hills.  You won’t regret it.f  Thanks for visiting our site 🙂

Yours Truly …. Yula

 

Plan a Road Trip with Google Maps

Plan a Road Trip with Google Maps

The internet makes it SO easy to plan a trip, especially when you Plan a Road Trip with Google Maps.  Let me show you how I do it.

First, I identify the main road that I will be travelling on to get to the final destination.  In this case, the shortest route is to travel through the USA, but for this particular trip we want to stay in Canada. 

I add a couple of stops that I know I want to pass through (Winnipeg, Jasper & Kelowna), and now I have a general route.

Then I take an area at a time and identify the places that I’ve always wanted to visit, as well as places recommended by travel sites.  For example, if I’m passing through Edmonton and I would like to visit the West Edmonton Mall, I search for it in Google Maps, click on “Save” and choose the Favorites list.

After I identify all the places I’d like to visit, I can view all my Favourite spots on the map.  I simply click on the Google Maps Menu (top left), Select ‘Your places’, then click ‘SAVED’, then click ‘Favorites’.  

Now I have a big picture of what my trip will look like.  I can adjust the route based on my favourite places that I identified.  For example, I would love to visit Whistler, BC.  My original road plan didn’t pass by there, so I will adjust the plan to drive a little more north in BC to visit.

Plan a Road Trip with Google Maps

If you have the Google Maps app on your smartphone, you can also view all your favourites there.  All phone display the app a little differently, but if you can find ‘Saved’, and ‘Favorites’, you can view them by List, or by Map.  This is very helpful when you’re travelling.

 

And that’s how I do it.  As you can see from the screenshots above, I’m currently planning a trip to Western Canada.  I’m always looking for secret hidden gems to visit – if you know of any, let me know!  Thanks for reading!

Yours Truly …. Yula