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!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

June 27 to 30, 2010; Gateway

My last day at work was a quiet one albeit lots of clean-up due to campers leaving. I took a few pictures of the park and my duties and have posted them on Picasa Web. Our neighbour, Jack, also got a job at the park doing security so he’s happy about that.
Monday, day off for both of us, we took the car to the garage to have the leaky steering line fixed then we went to Salmon Arm for our mail and some groceries. It was a quick trip in and out. It is Donna & Marcel and Gail & Bob’s anniversaries today so we all went out for dinner at “Friends”, a pub on the water in Blind Bay; Ron and Theresa also joined us as they are out for the week. The food was excellent and we had a very good time. Afterwards, we met at our place for a drink around the “buddy burner”. It consist of a cookie tin with rolled-up corrugated cardboard rolled up and stuff inside then paraffin or wax is melted and poured in the tin until it completely covers the cardboard then you light it and, VOILA, you have an instant little fireplace. We learned that from our friends Glenda & Terry.
Tuesday, I went to Chase to get a part for the cooler then came home and gave a hand to Ron, our neighbour, to built shelves in our rig. We got shelves installed in the bedroom closet, two cupboards; in where the fireplace used to be and the cupboard above the computer desk. Ron did a fantastic job and my help was minimal. We had happy hour together and Val joined us when she got home from work. After dinner, we got a call from our friends Glenda and Terry; they are coming over next Sunday which is a pleasant surprise.
Wednesday, the 30th, was back to the grind. Both Val and I are at worked while Tucker plays the luxurious life of lazing around and harass the neighbours by barking at them as they walk by! GOOD BOY! We stayed home tonight as it was cool and it looked like it was going to rain but didn’t.
Another month gone by!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

June 22 to 26, 2010 Gateway and work!

Today, Tuesday, Val went to work and I just putter around the yard. I also took the truck to Sorrento to have the rear end flushed and have the drive shaft checked ( I had been told that one U-joint was loose but it wasn’t the case).
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we both worked! This is the first full week for me and it turned out to be pretty good. I am enjoying the job and it’s not hard work but steady! Friday night, we had happy hour at Jack and Mim then we went out for dinner at the local pub with Donna and Marcel. I was in bed by 10 pm. I got my first pay cheque today...$156, for two days of work!!! WE ARE RICH!!!!!
Saturday, Val went to Chase to bottle our wine while I worked. Val had a good day doing her own thing without me telling her what she could and could not buy!!! (Don't smile too hard!)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

June 13 to 21, 2010; Gateway and Chilliwack

Sunday, the 13th,was another very nice and warm day; has our summer finally arrived????? We spent the day outside reading, visiting and doing laundry in Chase in the morning.
Monday was a day off for Val so we went to Salmon Arm to have my web stick fix, picked up some groceries and our mail.
I went to work on Thursday and Friday at the Provincial Park for the first time. Two training days following another worker around and learning the routine and the machinery. My hours are 8 am to 3:30 pm with a half hour lunch and a ten minutes coffee break in the morning. I will be pretty well working on my own doing different duties. After two days, I felt pretty easy with the job and I think I will enjoy this!
Friday evening, we had happy hour at Bob and Gail then moved to Dennis and Ruth after dinner where I proceeded to get drunk on wine and felt sorry for myself all week-end. Of course, I got NO sympathy from noone!!
Saturday morning we left for Chilliwack. Val drove the whole way and I slept off my hang-over. In Chilliwack, we went to Sears to purchase a present for Vanessa’s shower then after an early dinner; we went to see Hayley’s dancing at the theatre. Needless to say we were all quite proud of here. She is getting really good at it and Loves it which helps. She is even talking about following this as a career. The dances lasted for 3 hours and all the kids were marvellous with so some really good shows. We were not allowed to take any pictures but they did sell a video of the soiree. We got home around 10 pm and after a short visit, I called it a night.
On Sunday, for Father’s day, Rochelle prepared a marvellous meal for lunch consisting of a Roast Pork and the works. Present were Vanessa and her future husband, Garrette; Graham with his new girlfriend, Carla; Hayley and all the grand-parents. We had a nice time and unfortunately, I forgot to take some pictures.
In the afternoon, around 2:30 pm, all the girls left for the shower and I slept on the couch. Val did take some pictures there which I posted.
Monday the 21st, after saying good-bye to everyone and meeting with our financial adviser, Andrew, at 2 pm, we left for home in cold weather and rain but as we crossed to Merritt, the sky opened up to a nice blue and the temperature warmed up a lot. We got home around 7 pm after stopping for dinner in Kamloops. Nice to be in our own bed again!!!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

June 6 to 12, 2010; Gateway life

I finished the shelves in the shed and organized everything so that it is easy to find. Took some stuff to the storage in our compound. We had happy hour with Donna & Marcel; Bob& Gail.
Monday was gardening and clean up. It rained on and off all day; we’ll be glad when the sun finally decides to show up full time. Happy hour was at Ed & Judy; AL and Dana were also there, they are waiting for their new park model being delivered, from Alberta, sometime today.
Tuesday, Val went to work and for a change, we had a cloudy day!!! I still haven’t received any calls for a job which is a disappointment even though I go see each at least once a week.
Wednesday was...rain, rain, and more rain! I spoke too soon; I got a call from the Provincial Park and have an interview on Friday for a job. I went into town to mail a letter and ordered more wine at U-Brew. I picked up a bottle of wine for Al and Dana as a house warming gift for their new park model and when Val got home, we went over to drop off the wine and get a tour of the place...very nice! It has two bedroom which will be great for their kids (they have two)
Thursday was more of the same weather! Where is summer and the beautiful Interior sunshine????? Well...some of it came out in the afternoon but only for a little while.
I went for my interview at the Provincial Park Friday morning and got a job as ground maintenance staff. It doesn’t pay all that great but will keep me out of trouble for a while and bring extra spending money for next winter. My schedule is Wednesday to Sunday starting the 17th. I got my park uniform, jacket and cap. I haven’t worn a uniform in years so should be interesting.
Saturday was sunny and very warm. We went to Salmon arm to pick up our mail and do a couple of errands then came home. We went out for a Greek Smorg at the S.A. golf club with Donna & Marcel, Bob & Gail and Ron & Teresa. The dinner was delicious and we had a few good laugh even though Marcel learned earlier that his mom of 86 passed away. We came home and relaxed. It was a warm evening.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

June 1 to 5, 2010: Gateway

JUNE 1 to 5, Gateway
Tuesday and Wednesday rain so stuck around inside, did some clean up. Thursday was nice so re-build shelves in shed to larger and sturdier one. Friday was laundry day.
Saturday, we went to Salmon Arm for groceries and the mail. We got our new coffee maker from Black& Decker which took 7 days to get here versus 12 days for the plug I mailed to them...good old Canada Post. We had happy hour at Donna & Marcel with Bob & Sheila and Jack & Mim. It was a clear day with a few showers thrown here and there.