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, August 31, 2011

August 28 to 31, 2011; Gateway re-zoning

AUG 28, Sunday
Today was a quiet day at home. Val went to work for 4 hrs but it ended up being 8 hrs. I washed the inside of the truck and wiped the outside then it was water time...YES, WATER TIME! My body was rejecting any kind of booze taste today so I took it easy on it! No Happy Hour although we had visit from our neighbours wondering if I was sick or dying! Hihihihihihi!

AUG 29, Monday

We went to Kamloops to Costco and Super Store. We had to return some items and got more stuff of course and groceries at Super Store. Came home by 3 pm, put everything away then went to Theresa & Ron’s place for dinner. It was a delicious one too: Chilliwack Jubilee corn, perogies and BBQ farmer’s sausage. Afterwards, we played cards until about 8 pm when we called it quit.

AUG 30, Tuesday
Back to work for me; my last week there! Val managed to do one load of wash before she got a call to come in for work; noon to 8 pm. so I fended for myself for dinner. Actually we had bought a Sheppard pie at Costco so I heated it in the oven. Val had some when she got home. Wasn’t bad but I won’t buy it again.

AUG 31, Wednesday
We both went to work this morning. Another month gone by! Time does fly by! Val did more laundry then went to Chase to the bank to deposit her pay cheque. I got home at 4, had an early dinner then we both went to a citizen meeting in Scotch Creek regarding the rezoning of Gateway. This is the third and final reading of the proposal then the CSRD will vote on approving or not the development. We had a good turn out representing our development but so did the Lee Creek Association however it was very civilized and no one bickered or insulted anyone. Got home at 10, posted this blog and went to bed after making my lunch.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

August 21 to 27, 2011; End of summer

AUG 21, Sunday,
I went to work for 3 hours this morning as they were short one worker and 124 campers were leaving. In the afternoon, we went to Salmon Arm for the mail and groceries than home and Happy Hour at Gail & Bob. Dinner was lasagne then Val went for a walk with Tucker and Donna while I did the dishes.

AUG 22, Monday
We went to Kamloops to Costco for some meat and bread then stopped at Walmart and Super Store as Val was looking for “colour free sheets” for the laundry but to no avail. We also stopped at a store call “Princess Auto”, a paradise for men!!! Everything you can think of was there on the shelves; I will definitely be back. It was a cloudy day with sporadic rain. When we left Kamloops it was 24*C and it went down to 15* by the time we got back to Lee Creek.

AUG 23, Tuesday
Back to work for me, Val did the laundry and worked in her garden. It was sunny and warm all day. Happy hour was at our place with Gail & Bob. Called grand-daughter Vanessa to wish her and her husband Garrette (who was still at work) a Happy FIRST Anniversary! We chatted a good 15-20 minutes before saying bye. It was really nice talking to her! They went to Whistler for their Anniversary.

AUG 24, Wednesday, sunny and warm
Well, I was the hero again today. A kid was lost/missing so, of course, we are all put on alert and have to patrol the Park until he/she is found. This 5 year old decided to go explore the trails in the Park with friends. His mom was very happy to see him and grateful we found him. He got grounded to say the least. Otherwise, it was a quiet day and once home, it was a quiet evening with the A/C on as it is still very warm outside.

AUG 25, Thursday,
Another hot day! We both went to work and Val ended up doing cashier work. I worked all day on the tractor cutting lawn in various places and fields; there is a LOT to cut, took me 6 hours to do it all and that is with a 15 minutes break and lunch (half hour). Back home, the A/C is on again until it cools off later in the evening.

AUG 26, Friday
After work, Dan came over for a drink then Donna & Marcel. Bob & Gail joined us too and then Ron & Theresa arrived from the coast and came over. Fun was had by all and dinner was delicious.

AUG 27, Saturday
Last day at work before my week-end and 5 more days to go before the end of the season. We went to Herb and Mary’s place as it was his party. Pretty well the whole neighbourhood showed up. They live in a two bedroom Park Model with a huge deck. It was a warm evening and George played music and sang us to dancing. It was a lot of fun and the food was absolutely fantastic; yes they serve everyone food, cold and hot. Their daughter, her husband and friends did all the BBQ’uing

Monday, August 22, 2011

August 12 to 20, 2011; Last of summer in Gateway

AUG 12, Friday,
Val went to work as a cashier today and she liked it although it was a long day for her...8 hrs! A quiet day for me too except that I lost my sun glasses somewhere and I’ll be dam if I can find them although I know where I lost them!?
For Happy Hour, Gail & Bob came over then our new neighbours Bruce and Joyce then Morisse and his wife Brenda also joined us. Afterwards, Gail, Bob and us went to Scotch Creek Pub and had dinner: fish & chips and a beer! As we got home, the sky opened up and we had a downpour with lighting and thunder even though it was sunny and hot all day. Time for bed!

AUG 13, Saturday,
Val went to work again today as a cashier and she is enjoying it. She works 8 to 4 with a half hour lunch break. I started at 7 am and put in 8 hours, came home, showered and put on clean clothes. We had Happy Hour at Marcel and Donna then it was time for dinner. I fell asleep in my chair so Val went visiting with Mark and his wife as they are leaving for home tomorrow in Fort St-John.

AUG 14, Sunday,
We had a small drizzle early in the morning but nothing serious, it is 15*C at 7 am. I must felt energized this morning as I washed both the car and the truck then cut and placed the bottom boards in the gazebo to hold the screen down, cut a 2x6 into pieces to make new pads for the front jacks, unloaded the truck which had fire wood, went to Scotch Creek and bought some a few items to put up Val’s clothes line while Val dried the clothes that she had washed earlier. Then it was time for a cold one and a relaxing moment before dinner. We had a fire in our pit in the evening; the days are getting shorter and shorter but it is still warm.

AUG 15, Monday,
It rained again overnight and it is overcast this morning. We went to Salmon Arm for our usual mail pick-up and groceries. I had an appointment with my doctor for routine stuff then we went to the mall where I got another pair of sun glasses as I lost my other pair (very bad habit of mine) and a pair of hiking boots as the Park will reimbursed me $50. to replace the ones I’ve been wearing and worn out. We came home and relaxed for a while before having Happy Hour with Dan & Lorie and Bruce & Joyce; Bob & Gail didn’t come over as they were recuperating from their hike yesterday on Mt Todd (hihihihihi!). Val and I had a fire later in the evening then it was bedtime

AUG 16, Tuesday
Back to work for both of us! Val went in for an extra day! At 4 pm, we went to Bob and Gail and Bill joined us. Dinner, news, and relaxing evening

AUG 17, Wednesday
More of the same. Cloudy day and a bit cooler, no Happy in the afternoon but a good dinner then to bed early

AUG 18, Thursday
Sunny but windy and cool! After work, we had Bob and Bill over for Happy Hour then Val cooked dinner for us and Bill; Bob didn’t want to stay (Gail is out of town until later). After dinner, Dan and Lorie showed up with a bottle of wine for Val as she did some check up on Lorie so we proceeded to drink and be merry. Brook showed up later for one glass then left. Bill is going home to Calgary tomorrow.

AUG 19, Friday
Work, work work! Then it was Happy Hour and relaxing time. Not much else to report so will keep it short

AUG 20, Saturday,
More work for both of us except that Val was sent home at noon as it wasn’t busy. We held Happy hour then after dinner, went to Ed’s place for a quick drink and chatted around the fire with Dan & Heather

Thursday, August 11, 2011

August 6 to 11, 2011; Lee Creek

AUG 6, Saturday
First Annual Gateway Party! But first, we both had to go to work, both our last day before two days off! I really wrenched my back at work; I got to remember I am not 20 anymore. Anyway, came home, had a shower then it was Party time. Bob installed his big tent, the band had their stuff arranged on the balcony, food was everywhere so let the fun begin. It was a complete success and I think pretty well everyone was there at one point or other. We had 9 BBQ’s set up to cook the meat or whatever one wanted to cook. We also celebrated 100 years of marriage anniversaries between 4 couples (this was actually the excuse for the party) in the park. The party went on until the wee hours but I called it quit around 11 pm. Val stayed on to dance the night away but my back was really giving grief. It was a complete success!

AUG 7, Sunday
Clean up day! We all went to clean the yard in front of the office and what a mess but it didn’t take too long. It was a good Party! Afterwards, we just work around our own yard and I had a snooze in the afternoon while Val went visiting. It was another sunny and hot day!

AUG 8, Monday
I went to Chase to the clinic for some blood work then we drove to Salmon Arm to pick up our mail and buy groceries. We stopped at Cdn Tire and bought some lights to place in and around the garden. We came home and put everything away. Happy Hour at our place with Bob & Gail and Ed &Judy. Dinner was BBQ’ed pork chops.

AUG 9, Tuesday
Back to the grind, only 4 weeks to go! Busy, busy at work and hot! Val did the laundry and then it was dinner and relaxing time.

AUG 10, Wednesday
We had a big rain fall at work this morning and yet it hardly touched Lee Creek where we live. I worked 8 hours today and Val woke up late and was a half hour late but made up for the time lost. Happy hour at Ed & Judy!

AUG 11, Thursday,

We had more rain overnight. Fairly quiet at work and I got home at 2:30 pm. Val went for Happy Hour by herself, I slept through it. I guess there was a meeting in Scotch Creek about another development and it was not well received. People in this area are really scared of new development and increase in population yet that’s what keeps their business going!?? Oh well, life goes on! Time for bed!

Sunday, August 07, 2011

august 1 to 5, 2011; Life at Gateway

AUG 1, Monday
We went to Salmon Arm this morning for our mail and groceries. Another beautiful warm day with a gentle breeze that keeps the temperature comfortable. Before leaving Ron and Theresa called us over as a snake was eating a huge frog. We watched it for a while and took a couple pictures which I have uploaded in our latest folder. When we got back, I had a snooze while Val read outside. At 4 p, we had Happy Hour with Bob & Gail and Ed & Judy. I haven’t mentioned this before but Ed had his trailer stolen from the storage area. It was full of his hunting gears and an ATV. Snow mobile mounted on a trailer were also stolen. I noticed tonight that the days are getting shorter; it is dark by 9 pm.

AUG 2, Tuesday
Back to work once again! A quiet day, overcast most of the day with the sun peeking through once in a while. Happy Hour at our place with Bob & Gail, Marcel & Donna, Ron & Theresa. Fish and salad for dinner; I am on a no red meat diet for three days as I have to do some test for my blood work and other things (too private). Nothing serious, just annual stuff!

AUG 3, Wednesday
I went to work for 7 am and worked an 8 hours shift. Val at 5:30! In the pm, she went to Salmon Arm to deposit her cheque and get the mail then we had Happy Hour by ourselves tonight. Dinner then relax.

AUG 4, Thursday
A very warm day today; it got to 30*C! We had a quiet evening at home with the A/C on full blast.

AUG 5, Friday
Another hot day and early start for work. We learned this morning that a young guy hired about two months ago, only has a learner driving license. Our manager was very angry about the whole thing as he had been operating golf carts, tractors and the dump truck and would have caused quite a sting had he had an accident.
Val went to her job and learned to be a cashier; she is enjoying this new adventure. Happy Hour was at Donna & Marcel with the rest of the usual gang. Carlo and Sandra arrived at their lot and joined us then it was time for dinner. Mark, another neighbour, came over and we chatted for about an hour or so about this and that. Early to bed as it is another early day for me.