About Me

Lee Creek, North Shuswap near Chase, B.C, Canada
We went full-time Rving in October of 2005! We retired from full time to part-time as of the end of 2015. Our present "small but comfortable" Wagon is a 2008 Camper trailer(TravelAir Rustler), pulled by a 2008 Dodge Dakota, 4X4.l. Our home is now a Gated Community Park, in Oliver, British-Columbia, Canada. I retired in 2005 and my Life Companion, Valerie, retired October 1, 2006 from nursing. We invite you to follow and share our new adventures and mishaps. Life is but an adventure full of dreams yet to be fulfilled!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

September 26 to 30, 2008, back in Drummond'Ville

SEPT. 26, Friday, In Drummond’Ville

Oooooh, It feels so good to wake up in our own bed and use our own bathroom!

A cloudy day but it is warm. Today was a very sad day for everyone! Gilles and Lise had to euthanize Sam, their Bovier dog as he had serious medical problems with no guarantees that it would get better. It was really hard.

We got groceries as we came home then had a few drinks with Gilles and Lise.

SEPT. 27, Saturday, Relaxing

It rained overnight and a cloudy day. Gilles and Lise went to Montreal today to see her daughter and celebrate their grand-daughter’s first birthday. Val cleaned the inside of “Q” and I worked on the outside.

SEPT. 28, Sunday A new addition....Myra

Rained overnight again but the days are just overcast. Gilles, Lise and Val went to pick up the new addition to the family; a 2 months old female Bouvier. She is really cute….see pictures on our Picasa site, folder #22. Tucker took up to her quickly.

Later in the afternoon, friends that we met in Florida 3 years ago, Renald and Denise, stopped by on their way home. We had a marvelous visit and we had them over so dinner. Val had cooked a big pot of chili and we had it in Gilles house. Everyone enjoyed it….Gilles even took the left-over with him to LaTuque.
They left around 7:30 p.m. and so did Gilles. A good day, indeed.

SEPT. 29, Monday

It rained again overnight but it’s cloudy for the day. I went to the local lumber yard and picked up some materials to build a shelve in the front locker under the bedroom. I also called Telus and changed our plan to North America plan as of Oct. 10…all part of our departure.
A neighbor who is a welder came over to weld the bike rack straight so the bikes ride straight up rather than slanted as before. He also strengthen it. My cost? $30. Not bad!

SEPT. 30, Tuesday, out for a drive

A sunny day. The forecast is for rain for the next two days so we decided to enjoy this day by going for a drive in the country side and enjoyed the changing leaves.
Came home around 3:30 p.m. and had a drink with Lise then it was dinner time.

End of the month already! WOW! We have 20 days left to our departure.

Friday, September 26, 2008

September 20 to 25, the Saga is finally over

Sept. 20, Saturday, in St-Hubert

Got up to a warmer morning. It only got down to 10*C overnight. Michel and Therese are gone to his brother’s chalet to help him close it up so we now have the house to ourselves. PARTY TIME!!!!!!
We went to visit Johnny and Ginette and had supper with them. Pierre joined us and we had a very nice visit although Johnny was not feeling well. He thought he had a touch of the flu. Came home around 10:30 p.m.

SEPT. 21, Sunday

A warm night and it was cloudy this morning but it cleared up. First day of autumn! Worked on setting up the new laptop in the morning and in the afternoon Michel and Therese returned home

SEPT. 22, Monday, Parts arrive in Quebec

Checked on the tracking number with UPS and saw that the parts are in Mirabelle, clearing customs. House cleaning today and helped take apart the outdoor awning and Michel got home we trimmed the hedge at the front of the house.
That evening we watched two Rolling Stones concert. This is one of Michel’s favorite group so the sound was cranked up real loud and everyone had no choice but get in the mood. There was so much vibration that two pots fell on the floor, one of which broke and sprayed its content all over the floor. Thank goodness it was a hardwood floor so it was easy to clean. We finally got to bed by midnight…poor Michel has to go to work at 5 a.m.

SEPT. 23, Tuesday, Black cloud still with us

According to UPS tracking, our parts were in transit all day. From Mirabel to Brossard then to be delivered to St-Cyr but never delivered. Called UPS 800 number and got a lot of lip-service and sympathy but no action. One more day to wait.
We went for a drive to St-Jean de Richelieu where there is a big Military college for Officers and a small Base.
We then drove on to “St-Paul de l’Isle-Aux-Noix”. We followed the Richelieu River all the way. It was a very pretty drive. We also stopped at Fort Lennox National Park but unfortunately it was closed so we just walked around. The fort is actually on an Island which we could see but the ferry only runs on week-ends in the fall. This part of the highway is called “the road of the Forts”. It was a very strategic passage when the US was trying to invade Lower Canada.

SEPT. 24, Wednesday, and the saga continues.

Called UPS again and tried to have the parts delivered in the morning….they were finally delivered at 3:20 p.m. at St-Cyr. So much for customer relations!
We went cycling back to St-Jean de Richelieu and followed the canal. Saw a few boats heading south, going through the locks. This canal has 22 locks in total to by-pass the rapids on the Richelieu. It is also a navigatable waterway between the St-Lawrence River and New-York city.
There were also some awesome houses along the way. We stopped for lunch in St-Jean then headed back. Took a few pictures which have been down-loaded. The whole trip took us 4 hours including all the breaks.

SEPT. 25, Thursday…..Q is FIX!!!!

We got the call around 10:30 a.m. that “Q” (Quantum) is fix and ready to go. YIIIIIIPPPEEEEEEEEEEE! Packed all our stuff, cleaned the trailer, dumped and said our good-byes to Therese and Ginette (She came over to say good-bye)
We arrived in Drummond’Ville around 3 p.m. after fuelling up ($1.23/Liter)
No problems backing up and setting up. We sat with Lise and had a beer and FINALLY relax. Gilles came home around 7 p.m. and we had a big campfire.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

September 15 to 19, More bad news

SEPT. 15, Monday

It rained most of the day. Very warm too. Picked up my new laptop and worked on it most of the day. The girls did their thing

SEPT. 16, Tuesday

Sunny and warm. We went cycling to Chambly from the house. We were gone for about 3 hours. Spent the rest of the day transferring files and installing programs on the laptop. I bought a new version of QUICKEN

SEPT. 17, Wednesday

Clouds and warm. It was cool this morning so I turned the furnace on only to discover that there was no propane in the tanks.
After showering, we went to COSTCO and got both tanks filled ($28) then we drove to St-Hilaire to visit a chocolate factory. Unfortunately, it was closed but we did buy some chocolate. From here we went to a local park owned by McGill University and walked around for about an hour. We had lunch then headed back to the house. Rain in the evening

SEPT. 18, Thursday, St-Joseph Oratory

We drove to Cote-des Neige in Montreal and visited the St-Joseph Oratory. It was a project started by Brother Andre who died in 1937. It was canonized as a Saint by the Pope in 2006 when he was here. Anyway, it is a huge place and quite simple but beautiful inside. It has a church that can hold over 2200 people sitting and over 5000 standing. We also visited Brother Andre’s tomb and where they keep his heart. He was known as a people person and was known to heal. At the entrance of the church, there are hundreds of cane form people who allegedly were healed by him. Took a few pictures that can be seen on our Picasa Site (see link on left)
Came home in time to beat the 3 o’clock rush hour .

Sept. 19, Friday, MORE BAD NEWS

A cold night. It got down to -1*C, BRRRRRRRRRR!
Heard from St-Cyr...... Fleetwood did it again….they sent the wrong leg. It is shorter than the one needed. They’ve installed it anyway so we can use the rig temporarily. I called Fran at Fleetwood to let her have it in NO pleasant way. This is so ridiculous that it borders on incompetence. I was VERY, VERY angry {GRRRRRRRRR!} with her and she was very apologetic but it didn’t resolve the problem. She promised to look into it right away and she did call later in the day to inform us that the right leg was on its way and should be here Monday. (heard that one before too) She gave me the tracking number for UPS.
We decided to stay at Therese and Michel rather than take “Q” (Quantum trailer new name) back to Drummond’Ville for just a couple days.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

September 8 to 14, 2008

SEPT. 8 & 9, Monday & Tuesday

Been in touch with Fleetwood. Apparently our parts should be shipped by the end of the week. Picked a package and our mail from Gilles' place
It rained most of Tuesday.

SEPT. 10, Wednesday

We left the house around 10 a.m. and went to "Les Soeurs" Islands (the Sisters) just across Champlain bridge. We found a parking spot and cycled out across this long bridge build for Expo '67 as a rail bridge and now called "Estacade". It is used mainly by pedestrians and cyclists with some, but rare, cars going across the mid channel Island. Once at the mid-channel island, we turned west and cycled to the end by St-Catherine where a lock is situated. I almost cycled into a skunk...saw it just in time. There is a small park at the Locks where we had lunch and watched the Lachine rapids on the St-Lawrence river.
This was an 11 km trip one way. After lunch, we cycled back to Les Soeurs Island and our truck.
A good day. Took a few pictures and downloaded them

SEPT. 11, Thursday

Once again we went cycling. This time we drove to the foot of Jacques-Cartier, parked then cycled west again along Hwy 20 and the river to St-Lambert locks where we crossed to Mid-Island then to the Concord Bridge. This took us to St-Helene Island where we were a few days ago. We had lunch in a neat little park overseeing Montreal. From here, we cycled to the Old port in Montreal, looked around, had a beer then headed back.
Another great day of cycling. It took us 4 hours to complete the cycle. Not a bad day. Took more pictures and downloaded them

SEPT. 12, Friday

Heard from Fleetwood....our parts have been shipped and should be here Monday or Tuesday. Also heard from St-Cyr that the right leg was bend which was causing most of the problems. This part has been ordered and is on its way. How nice of them to inform us this late!!????
Went with Therese to pick up her cigarettes on Indian land ( a quarter of the price one would pay normally) and also some groceries on the way back. Stopped at "l'Equipper" and bought some shorts and pants for me and a shirt for Val.
After dinner, Johnny and Ginette came over and we had a fire and stayed up until 1 a.m.

SEPT. 13, Saturday

Helped Michel get some lumber at RENO. While there, I stopped at "Best Buy" and bought a new laptop: A Toshiba with Vista Window and Intel Pentium
Johnny and Ginette came over for dinner, we had another fire and a very nice visit.

SEPT. 14, Sunday

Rain and at times heavy. It stopped in the afternoon. We all went to the Mall and walked around and had lunch
We had heavy winds in the evening, left over from Hurricane Ike. It was very humid and warm today. 35*C with the Humidex

Sunday, September 07, 2008

September 1 to 7, 2008, St-Cyr Saga

SEPT. 1, Monday, Labor Day

Not much happened this day. Just enjoyed the day with Gilles and his family. Also my sister Christiane came over to spent the afternoon with us all. We left with our rig around 7 p.m. and stayed at a truck stop near St-Cyr RV so we can get the balance of our warranty work done.

SEPT. 2, Tuesday, @ At-Cyr

Dropped off the trailer at St-Cyr and drove to my sister Therese and her husband Michel's place where we will be staying for the next 3-4 days

SEPT. 3, Wednesday, Cycling

We went cycling today to St-Helene Island. I had never been there and it was marvellous. This is where the Montreal Casino is situated. A huge building with 7 stories of nothing but gambling machines. ( YOU REALLY MISSED OUT TERRY and GLENDA!!)
There was a neat little pond with weeping willows where we had lunch. It was so peaceful and beautiful. We also cycled the Formula One race track which was kind of neat.
In the evening, My little brother, Johnny and his friend, Ginette came over for a visit. We sat by the fire.

SEPT. 4, Thursday, shopping day for Val

Val, Therese and Ginette spent the whole day shopping! They had fun. I took Tucker in for a haircut then checked with St-Cyr. They say everything will be ready on time. Michel and I met the ladies at Ginette's place where we heard about their day then had dinner.
It was a very hot day today. Upper 30's

SEPT. 5, Friday, Disaster strikes again

We packed and were just about to leave when we got a call from friends we had met in Florida 2 years ago so, after saying good-bye to Therese, we drove to their place which was only 10 minutes from here. We spent a couple hours with them catching up to new and old news then drove to St-Cyr to pick up our rig.
This rig has been the most frustrating experience I've ever had and the worst is that no one seems to care. We got to St-Cyr and were told that the fan was not exchange as the new one they got was noisier than the one which is in there so they took the cover off and oil it good and they say it's not noisy...Will see!!? We took an inspection of the work done and found that most everything had been done but when they replaced the sink, they never caulked (silicone) around the outside edge of the sink. So I had them do that. Then I went to hook up the truck but couldn't raise the landing gear. The motor was being stopped by the rotating lever and the housing was really loose. So....back to the office and a tech came out, couldn't see exactly what was wrong, determined that it had to be taken apart so back in the shop it went...YES YOU GUESSED IT! IT"S FRIDAY! and late in the afternoon so no work will be done today. When I complained as to why it wasn't checked BEFORE I was told that it had. WHAT A CROCK!!!!

So nothing we can do now. Back to Therese we go!

SEPT. 6 & 7, Sat., Sunday

Therese and Michel had already made plans to visit his brother at his cottage so they left us the house. We met my brother Pierre in Longueuil and had a few drinks and also met his friend, Mona.
It rained Saturday and cloudy Sunday. Therese and Michel came home later in the afternoon (Sunday). We cooked dinner for them then my brother Andre and his girlfriend, Claudette, called to say he was coming over so we all had dinner together and a nice visit. It took my mind off Fleetwood and St-Cyr RV.

I had a lousy sleepless night fretting over this whole issue. I really don't know what to do. It is so frustrating! Did write an e-mail to Fran at Fleetwood