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Back home again!

Suitcase

Well, I’m back home again after my trip to the Maritimes…

I’m still not even all unpacked, so much to catch up on, so much to blog about… Just a quick blog note to let my regular readers know that I haven’t forgotten them, just been so incredibly busy these past few weeks.

Will try to catch up on my blogging as things get a little more back to my routine….

Oh, and I plan on attending Club Sin’s Fetish Friday event on August 5th — anyone else up for it? Drop me an email, or post a comment, so I know who to look out for!

~ Mistress Jade

Annual PowWow Trip

PowWow

It’s been a very hectic two weeks… I had to prepare and pack for another trip to the Maritimes — and with a non-functioning air conditioner in the main living area of the house, it was extremely muggy and exhausting.

I left around 4 am Wednesday morning (July 13th), and at least that meant that it was marginally cool driving, since the air conditioner in the car was on the fritz again. The dealer had refilled it with coolant and added a tagger to trace the leak, and sure enough, it had started leaking again — so no more A/C on the drive down. Starting around the New Brunswick border, it rained off an on for the rest of the drive to Miramichi. Luckily, I had replaced my wipers while I stopped in Edmunston, as during the drive through the desolate Plaster Rock park, it rained extremely heavily. There is almost no shoulder on that back road, and very few places safe enough to pull over, so it was actually safer to keep on driving, albeit a very slow 50-70 km. The rain was so loud pouring down that I had to have the sound system blaring just to hear the music over the rain hitting the car’s exterior!

I arrived in Miramichi around 8pm Thursday the 14th, and dropped into my Aunt and Uncle’s place to see if anyone was home. No one there. Ok, off to the powwow grounds to find a good spot and at least set up my screen tent. Figures, it rains again while I am trying to put it up, but some very friendly neighbours helped me to get it up quite quickly. I also added the side tarps, to protect the interior from rain, so the ground wouldn’t be soaked the next day and I could put down my ground sheet. Finished up just as the last of the daylight was going and drove over to my relatives and spent the night recuperating from the long drive.

Next day I slept in a bit and ran some errands; such as going to the bank to make sure I had enough bills for change and picked up a Subway sandwich to eat later, as well as some Tim Horton’s French Vanilla, tea biscuits for a quick breakfast, as well as a half dozen muffins, also for later.

I must admit that Miramichi is one of my favorite powwows, because it is big enough to draw a good variety of people but not so huge as to become a major commercial style event. The organizers do a very good job and the grounds themselves, located beside the Miramichi river, are beautiful. They are also one of the few powwows left that do not charge either the vendors or the attendees, which certainly helps both in terms of variety of goods on display, as well as the growing number of visitors. I understand that this year drew about 3,000 people, practically twice as big as last year.

I didn’t get to see as much of the activities up close as I did last year, as there was more crowd between my tent and the dance circle. I also rarely had relatives drop by to spell me for bathroom breaks; my Aunt dropped by for an hour on Sunday so that I could actually take some photos of the dancers and their regalia — otherwise I pretty well would have missed the best of it. Did meet a hoop dancer from Maniwaki who turned out to be the niece of one of our very old family friends; pretty cool how small a world it is sometimes!

Saturday night had a fireworks show, quite tiny compared to the annual International Fireworks Competition we have in Montreal, but it is located much closer to the spectators, so comparitively speaking it seems quite large and impressive. Was quite fun to watch as I haven’t seen that many fireworks this year…

The entire weekend was extremely hot and muggy; at one point, my travel clock that features a temperature sensor, measured a high of 38.5 degrees Celcius in the shade of my tent. Outside in the sun, it measured 50 degrees Celcius or 120 degrees Farenheit. I even took a digital pic of the temperature reading, because I was sure that nobody would believe me later… So many people commented on how cool my tent was compared to outside, so the shade was definitely a bonus for attracting and keeping potential clients to look and shop for my charm bracelets that much longer…

I didn’t do quite as well as last year (about $100 less), but there were so many more vendors than last year that the visitor’s spending money was probably spread that much thinner as a result. Still, a good part of it will go towards the repair costs for the car’s A/C unit, as well as other expenses. It was also very nice to spend some time with my Aunt, Uncle and cousins, and my Mom took the train from NS to join us, so I drove her back and I am currently spending some time here in Nova Scotia.

~ Mistress Jade Dragon

There & Back Again… (with apologies to JRR Tolkien)

Blue Rain

So, I am back from the past few days on the road, from central Nova Scotia, southwards to Halifax and then out to Cape Breton and back again…

We were only in Halifax for a few hours; I was bringing my Mom to some business meeting. Despite some major road construction in downtown Halifax, I was able to find some parking near my favorite little candy shop, called “Freak Lunchbox”. They have the weirdest and most fun stuff there — almost every type of candy you can imagine and some you’ve never heard of. Also, many brands that we normally don’t get in Canada. They even had several types of “Simpsons” brand mints (as in the animated series).

I couldn’t resist buying an old-fashioned potato gun; I haven’t seen one of those things since I was really young. Also, a cherry-flavoured gummy pet rat, some authentic “Turkish Delight” (for any of you who’ve ever read “The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe”) and various other bags of goodies. I got out of there with my wallet $35 lighter. But at least I’m not alone… apparently Rob Lowe spent over $90 in that store not long ago and Cybil Sheppard called it “A delightful little store”.

From there I ventured up the street and to my utter delight, I discovered a little shop called “Venus Envy” that I had heard about online. They also have another location in Ottawa. Finally found a copy of Midori’s rope bondage book and picked it up. (I know I could have ordered it online, but I am from the old school of those who prefer to leaf through a book for myself to decide whether it’s worthwhile, before plunking down $40-ish CDN for it.)

Also picked up a great sort of DIY book on how to make all kinds of kinky crafts, toys, tools and furniture. Has all kinds of illustrations and photos. I’m looking forward to having fun with that one, as I’ve always loved creating things with my own hands. That one cost me $55, but it’s a huge softcover that is comparable in size to a big Sears catalog. The name escapes me for the moment, because the book is in a bag in my car. (The Better Bondage Book)

I also picked up a tiny but great handbook on Wax Play, that has some recipes on DIY low heat candles, as I’ve been wanting to create my own, in order to better control the quantity and quality of the ingredients. (I’m a stickler for that sort of thing.)

And lastly, 20 feet of exquisitely beautiful black braided cotton rope. I had seen the same rope at my local Reno Depot at around $2.25 a foot, but there it only cost $1 a foot!

So — an expensive outing that lasted only an hour, and I walked out of there about $140 lighter. So, about $175 for the day and it wasn’t even lunchtime yet! (Aren’t Platinum Mastercards wonderful?) Ouch… but I am very pleased with my purchases and will have lots of fun with them when I get back to Montreal.

I showed my Mom the rope when I picked her up after her meeting and she agreed that it was very nice quality and a very good price too. I also told her about the books I bought and I even explained the basics of wax play on the return drive.

(I know I am repeating myself, but I am sooooooo lucky to have such a *amazingly cool* Mom!)

We stopped at the MicMac Mall in Dartmouth for a bite to eat before heading back north out of the city. Stopped at Mom’s place for a few hours nap and supper, before packing the car and heading out for the 4 hour drive to Sydney, Cape Breton.

Only a bit of rain on the way there and some fog and mist, which of course, slowed down the driving again. We arrived at my Uncle’s in Sydney at about 2 am. I unpacked and managed to unwind with a half hour game of Galactic Battlegrounds on my laptop before catching some ZZZZzzzzzs.

The next day was busy running errands and dropping off promotional material around the city while my Mom was attending her conference. I got a fair bit accomplished in such a short time, so I felt quite happy at the end of the day. We got my Saturn packed up again and hit the road at around 8 pm, only minutes before the downpour started.

Have I mentioned how much it’s rained since I’ve been down here?

Yes?

Well, I’m *really* getting tired of it, as are my aching knees. (I had a hiking accident in Calfornia over 10 years ago and my knees haven’t been the same since…)

We arrived back at my Mom’s a bit after 2 am, but that included a short meal break at a Tim Hortons in Port Hawkesbury. I plugged in my laptop and checked for any important email (again resorting to the agonizingly slow dial-up) and then channel surfed the satellite channels until I was tired/relaxed enough to actually fall asleep.

Was hoping to get some more errands done today (Friday) but the rainy weather (yet again) put a literal damper on things and I took it easy and stayed in and recuperated from the week’s hectic driving schedule around the province.

Not too sure what my weekend holds at this point, as some of it will depend on the weather. I might try to get some work done on my laptop if I’m stuck in again…

Man, I am *so* going into withdrawal from my high-speed cable internet access at home in Montreal — as well as from my usual kinky activities. Ahhhh, but that which does not kill us makes us stronger… or so they say.

So, what does your weekend look like? No rain I hope… Please tell me that you are having more fun and are having better weather than here? TALK TO ME PEOPLE, I’M GOING NUTS OUT HERE!!

~ Mistress Jade Dragon

The Journey Continues…

Tulips

This past Victoria Day Weekend was also the annual Tulip Festival in the little maritime town where I am staying. (See pic above.) Lots of rain though, so I didn’t venture out too much…

Tomorrow morning (Wednesday), I have to drive about an hour south to Halifax for a meeting, then back here. Then we leave again that evening for Cape Breton, another 4 hour drive for another meeting on Thursday and then back here for Friday…. ugh. Lots of driving.

Personally, I feel like curling up with my laptop and playing “Diablo 2” or some “Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds“, rather than spending the day driving around the province.

So, what’s your favorite computer game? How do you waste your time when you are not online? Looking forward to feedback and/or comments, so I have something to check when I get a chance to get back on the Net and check my email and my blog…

~ Mistress Jade Dragon

The Long Journey Eastward..

Bluenose

Ugh, I’ve just spent 24 hours in a car, driving from Montreal to the Maritimes.

My Mom (see my earlier blog of May 7) was in Ottawa earlier this week for a business conference and I had offered to drive her back to Nova Scotia, in order to spend some time with her and get some miscellaneous business-related paperwork taken care of while I was there.

Since my Mom doesn’t drive, it was entirely up to me to drive the 18+ hours to get us out there. However, I’ve had a lot of experience with long drives since my family used to make the Quebec-Maritimes trek at least 1-2 times a year when I was younger.

I ended up taking 3 two hour rest/sleep breaks, so it was a total of around 24 hours of being in the car. Mind you, I have a nicely appointed Saturn wagon with tinted windows and all the luxury options, and I have the back seat fixed up with comfy blankets and pillows so I can crawl in the back stretched out — after all, I am only 5 foot tall.

We stopped briefly just before Quebec City/Lévis to get our “fix” at a 24h Tim Hortons. (For those non-Canadians who might be reading this blog, Tim’s is a very popular nationwide chain of coffee shops.) I had my usual French Vanilla Cappucino. I now have several of my friends hooked on FV, including my best friend, Lady Katana. Mom and I shared a large grilled turkey club and some soup – I don’t like to eat heavy when I drive as it can make me sleepy.

There was an awful lot of fog during the journey, starting out from just west of Riviere-du-Loup QC until Edmunston NB. After that, there was misty rain, which was just a bit too light for my rain repellent to work very well on the windshield. It did rain much harder later on that night, so it was worthwhile putting it on after all… On long trips, I prefer night driving, as the traffic is much lighter and the sun doesn’t bother my eyes so much. (I have above average vision, so I am highly sensitive to bright ambient daylight.)

We dropped by my Aunt’s place in New Brunswick, as we had to drop off some package or other for her. Only time for a nap, a meal and then on the road again… Mom wanted to take a short cut to avoid having to drive all the way through Miramichi, but it ended up being the wrong road near the wrong set of two bridges. We were grumbling at each other, but as the driver, I had final say — especially when I pointed out that the GPS signal on my PDA was showing us as travelling parallel to the route upon which we had come into town. Meaning that we were backtracking and heading in the wrong direction!

I finally stated that I would rather drive through the city and take an extra 10 minutes, than spend another 20 minutes trying to find the so-called backroad shortcut. Then I remembered this great little ice cream shack along the road that my Aunt had taken us last summer to that had the most scrumptious Strawberry Ice Cream Shortcake and decided that was exactly what I needed to get me out of the grumpy mood I was in after Mom got us lost/sidetracked with her “shortcut”.

Yummmmmmmmmmmmm

Wow……. just melted in my mouth.

Yup, exactly what I needed.

Mom had a frozen yogurt and then we were off again. After going a bit on the road, we realized that there was a second set of two bridges, after a big curve that matched the map we had and indeed was the one we were seeking to the shortcut. So we both felt better realizing that she had been partly right, but the landmarks were so similar to what we had seen farther out of town, that it hadn’t really been wrong, and that my call about the GPS had kept us from getting even more lost. Anyways, everything always looks better after strawberries & ice cream…

The fog and mist continued on and off, but it was at it’s worst as we crossed over “Folly’s Mountain” shortly after crossing into Nova Scotia on the Trans-Canada Hwy. It was so bad that the trucks all had their blinkers on and I actually had to drive in the left passing lane (it was a divided highway) so that I could see the yellow painted band on the left side, as the middle stripes and right side band were too worn. It was the only way I could tell where the edge of the road was! Wow, sometimes I forget how bad the fog can get out here…

Arrived to late to catch the local broadcast of the CSI season finale, but since my Mom’s place has satellite TV we were able to catch a more western broadcast starting at midnight. After that, I stayed up to catch the tail-end of the remake of “Planet of the Apes” as I was still too alert after the drive to fall asleep right away.

Slept relatively well, considering that it isn’t my pillow-laden and duvet-covered waterbed at home. But it was especially nice that Rusty, my late father’s little dog, remembered me and forsaked everyone else to sleep with me all night on the couch and followed me to sleep in my Mom’s bed after she left for work. It was funny too, because during the drive, I had a dream that Rusty was sitting there waiting for me. I guess in some way he was… the two of us “clicked” extremely well last year after my Dad died and I spent several months out here helping my Mom get her life back together. He used to love going driving around with me and kept me company all the time. He transferred his affections to my Mom after I left to go back to Montreal, but it’s nice to feel he hasn’t forgotten me…

It’s been raining off and on all day since I got here. I’ve been taking the day fairly easy, trying to recuperate from the drive. Spent an hour trying to connect my laptop to the Net; last time I used to be able to instantly connect to the high-speed line, but something’s been changed on their system and I’ve had to make due with a backup dial-up account that I have for emergencies. (Jeez, after using high-speed and cable internet for the past year, dial-up is interminably slow.)

Will try to post more blog updates when I can during my trip, but web access may be intermittent so no guarantees.

Wishing everyone well while I am away!

~ Mistress Jade Dragon