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!

Friday, September 30, 2011

September 27 to 30, 2011; shopping and visit in Kamloops

SEPT 27, Tuesday
We went to Kamloops today to shop at Costco and at the mall for Val’s hair and make-up stuff that she cannot find in Salmon Arm or the States. We also stopped at South Thompson where I collected a cheque for the converter that was replaced in Mexico (I had forgotten about it until I was going through some papers of mine and realized that I never collected that money).
At home, we had happy hour at B&G and John, who is out to winterize his cabin, joined us.

SEPT 28, Wednesday
Sunny but cool! I went to Chase first thing this morning for my usual blood test and was told that I couldn’t because I just had one in August so I fasted for nothing overnight. Oh well!!! I helped Bob for a while then did some of my own stuff such as loading the truck for our departure. Val went to work this morning and she got paid this week so she went to Chase after work to deposit her fortune in the bank. Later in the afternoon, we all drove up to John’s cabin on the hill and had happy hour with him. He is leaving tomorrow for Alberta.

SEPT 29, Thursday

Val went to work for her final day! At 1 pm she went to bottle wine while I drove to Salmon Arm to get my apnea machine checked out then to the collision place to pick up my door strip that was damaged while at the tranny garage. I made a stop at 1st Klassen tranny and they checked it for leaks then I was on my way home. I also got an oil change and lube for the truck. Now we are ready to leave...almost! I phone Cartmell to get a quote on our health insurance and he will call again tomorrow for a price. I think things will go up due to my being an “official” diabetic.
We moved Marcel and Donna’s trailer off their lot in preparation of receiving their Park Model. Their neighbours, Len and Terry, moved their Park Model in today. Happy hour at B&G then home for dinner and a quiet evening at home. Got text messages from Rochelle that Hayley is playing volleyball at a local school in Kamloops this Saturday so we will definitely be attending that.

Sept 30, Friday
Another month gone by, time is flying fast! Got more e-mail from friends heading down to Mexico. Even one of our neighbours is talking about meeting us in Nogales then travel down to San Carlos together (Safety in numbers). Cloudy this morning but warmer than yesterday!
We received a text message yesterday from Rochelle that Haley was playing volleyball in Kamloops so we headed out and watched her games at NorKam High school on the North shore. They lost 2 games and won 4 which is excellent for girls on their first year tour. We had lunch together and dinner was at the local pub with Rochelle and Kevin while Hayley went to her room for the night and a light snack with her friends. It was an excellent day and a break from our regular routine. We got home around midnight and it was straight to bed.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

September 22 to 26, 2011; Tucker's shots & SURPRISE VISIT from Manitoba

SEPT 22, Thursday
Work is winding down, I have one day left! It was another cloudy and somewhat warm day! I went to work at 10 am today for a 5 hours shift. First thing this morning, I helped Bob bring his boat out of the water on his trailer. Then, Maurice and Jack showed up and moved the shed off his (Maurice) lot and into the compound. I helped until I had to leave for work.
For dinner we had chicken then it was a quiet evening at home.

SEPT 23, Friday; last day at work ( I think!?)
I went to work at nine so that I could home earlier. As it turns out, I only put in 4.5 hrs as there was very little to do.
Bob and Gail had the neighbourhood over to their place for Happy Hour and House Warming dinner. There were 8 of us and it was a success. Lots of happy’s and beer & wine and for dinner, a nice chilli with cheese bread and carrot cake for dessert.

SEPT 24, Saturday
A pleasant day! I worked some more on organizing all the stuff we intend on taking south then I went over to Marcel and helped him move his shed as they bought a Park Model. Seems like Bob & Gail have started a trend!!!
Happy hour was at Ron and Theresa, our neighbour on the left of us, and Bruce and Joyce also joined in. We had dinner then I started a fire and Bruce and Joyce joined us for an evening of stories. It was a very warm night!

SEPT 25, Sunday

It rained overnight and it is cloudy right now (morning). I helped Marcel again this morning then in the afternoon, Val planted some tall grass plant so I dug up the holes for her. I went over to Brook’s place on the hill and helped him with his satellite receiver. For some reason, he can’t get a signal. After much fiddling, we finally got a strong signal. We ended up having happy hour there! Gail and Bob joined us then their son showed up from Alberta and we met him, nice kid!
We had decided yesterday to have a “last dinner” as a group at the Greek restaurant in Sorrento so we all met there at 6 pm: Theresa & Ron, Gail, Bob and their son Bob, Marcel & Donna and us of course. We had a good time, good food and lots of laughs. T&R are leaving next week for Nova Scotia where Ron was born and raised, he is Acadian!
We left the restaurant around 8 pm and on the way home, Val realized that she forgot her purse so we drove back but the restaurant was already closed. On the way home, we got a call from Gail that she had Val’s purse and had put it on our table inside the rig so things turned out OK!

SEPT 26, Monday, Tucker’s shots
We took Tucker to the Vet for his shots including rabies renewal. He was not a happy camper and gave them quite a rough time especially when the vet did his anal glands. The look on his face was priceless! Afterwards, we went to pick up our mail then groceries. At home, we unpacked everything and were just relaxing when a yellow car drove by, turned around and stopped in front of our place. At first I thought they were just looky-looks but then they got out of the car and to our biggest surprise and joy, here were our good friends Lori and Dennis! They used to be neighbours of ours in Logan Lake then our neighbours here at the park before Donna and Marcel bought their lot. We’ve always kept in touch even when they moved to Manitoba two or three years ago. So what a surprise when they showed up here! They were on their way to Kamloops and had just driven from Kimberley. WOW! We had lots to catch up on but unfortunately time came for them to leave as they had a commitment in Kamloops. We said our goodbyes with promises to see each other again. We were really happy that they would take time to stop and see us before heading on. It rained on and off all day, Fall is definitely here!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

September 17 to 21, 2011; Tranny repair

SEPT 17, Saturday, it rained!
Yes, we had rain overnight and early this morning. The day was cloudy and cool but the sun finally showed up in the afternoon and warmed us up some.
Happy hour at B&G then dinner and early to bed; it was a tiring day at work but I’m off tomorrow

SEPT 18, Sunday
Rain again overnight! It was really cool all day but the sun did manage to shine through again in the latter part of the afternoon. I was up at 7 am and went back to bed around 9 and slept until noon! WOW!!! It was a lazy day sort of; Val did some laundry then we watched a movie. A quiet day at home.

SEPT 19, Monday
I took the truck in to the transmission expert for a check up and service. Val picked me up and we went to check for our mail and had our usual breakfast sandwich at the deli in front of UPS store. We picked groceries at Save-On-Food then drove home after stopping at the Vet and making an appointment for Tucker; he needs his rabies shot renew.
I got a call from “1st Klass Tranny” that I may need a new clutch but they had to investigate further so I gave them the go ahead, I am to call them again tomorrow morning. At home, I took everything out of the basement, vacuumed and washed the floor and wall then organized more stuff. We have less than a month before our departure!!!

SEPT 20, Tuesday

Back to work! A sunny but fresh day! I got a call from the tranny repair shop and it looks like I need more work than originally thought. The pressure pump needs replacing and one other part so what started out as just routine is turning out to be bloody expensive which is not what I was expecting at this time of the year. The truck will be ready tomorrow. I BBQ’ed steaks for dinner and Val made a salad and sweet corn. We watched TV in the evening. Almost forgot...we have new neighbours, Len and Terry (his wife). They bought Morisse’s lot, 4 down from us and are putting in a park model right away. They claim to like Happy Hours!!!

SEPT 21, Wednesday
It was a funny day today; cloudy but warm and windy with definitely Fall in the air. I finished mowing the lawns at work then worked around the sites until 1 pm when I left and went home. I picked up Val and we drove to Salmon Arm to get my check up on the sleep apnea machine then it was over to 1st Klassen transmission to pick up the truck. $1600 later we were on our way home. They damaged the rear bump panel on the door and had it fixed and gave us 10% off the total price for the inconvenience. I think that’s fair! B&G came over for happy hour with Gail’s sister Joyce. We called our friends Lynden and Charlene and chatted for a good 20-30 minutes then it was “Survivor” time

Saturday, September 17, 2011

September 12 to 16, 2011; more news

SEPT 12, Monday
I can’t remember if I mentioned it but Forest River came through with some money to defray the cost of the suspension. It was enough to make us satisfied and now we move on!
I helped Bob with some stuff around his place then washed the car and Val did some laundry for our neighbour, Brook. Another hot one today and the AC is on full time. Dinner then TV!

SEPT 13, Tuesday
A quiet day on the farm, as they say! We did go out Geo-Caching all the way to Anglemont at the north end of the lake, found 12 caches on the way then came home. Bob was working on his trailer and was glad to see us as it meant Happy Hour. In the evening, we watched a movie then to bed.

SEPT 14, Wednesday, busy day!
Val went to work at 5:30 am as janitor and came home at 11 am. We took Tucker in for a haircut and around 2:30, I went to Salmon Arm for a follow-up appointment with my breathing apparatus. I got a new nose breathing mask which is much smaller, only covers the nostrils. I sure hope it works!!! I picked up our mail while in S.A. and stopped at the tranny “1st Class” and made an appointment for next Monday to check the transmission on the truck; just routine stuff.
Gail and Bob received their new Park Model this morning and I took a few pictures for them (see folder #79, Fall & departure for a couple of them). We had them over for a drink and dinner then we watched “Survivor” together. I chatted with my daughter Rochelle for a few minutes getting all the news from home and confirming that she is having “Thanks-Giving” again this year. Early bed time as we both have to work tomorrow.

SEPT 15, Thursday
Both to work! This is my last two days then it’s retirement time or so I thought... I was offered to stay on for another week so I accepted. I will be working tomorrow and this Saturday and again next week.
On the home front, Jack and Mim came out to see B&G new Park Model but since they are not home yet, we had them over our place. Marcel joined us then his wife Donna. Bob and Gail eventually made it home and we all moved over to their place for a visit. George and Dorothy also joined us. Val had to go for a haircut at Heather so left and I came home.

SEPT 16, Friday
When I got home, I learned that CSRD turned down Gateway’s application for a “Destination Resort” so now we’re not sure what will happen. Coo, the major investor from Hong Kong, in this project, had served notice that he may take them to court, so we will see. Happy Hour was lively with discussions on the subject. Supper was fish and rice for us then I watched “Pacific” and went to bed

Monday, September 12, 2011

September 8 to 11, 2011; Gateway & medical news

SEPT 8, Thursday
There was excitement at work today! A truck caught fire at the Haig-Brown Park across from Gateway and I was sent down to investigate and get some info on the situation. When I got there, the fire trucks and police were there and the truck was smouldering and totally burnt out. After it was taken away, we, the firemen and I, had to clean the black top where it had been sitting. It caused a lot of damage to the asphalt. Anyway, I got the info needed and returned to the office. Other than that, it was back to projects and routine stuff.
Val went kayaking with Jenny in the afternoon and they both really enjoyed it. I BBQ’ed pork chops for dinner then it was a relaxing evening outside as it was still warm around 8 pm.

SEPT 9, Friday, Doctor visit
I only went to work for 4 hours as I had an appointment with a specialist in Salmon Arm. I ended up with a breathing machine which forces air in my throat allowing the air way to be open hence no snoring. It consists of a 2 part machine, a long clear tube and a nose mask. I tried it first early in the evening and had a snooze; Val says I never snored once and my breathing was quiet. IT didn’t feel uncomfortable either.

SEPT 10, Saturday
I slept with the nose piece on and had a quiet night but did wake up two, three times because of this foreign object around my head (straps) and nose. I do feel a bit better though!
Val was called to go to work and I worked around the yard and helped Bob removing the skirting around his fifth wheel as they bought a Park Model which is being delivered Wednesday. I made my supper and when Val got home at 8:30 pm, we visited for a while then I went to bed while she went to Donna and Marcel and visiting with them and their family who were out for the day.

SEPT 11, Sunday
Back to work for me but just for the day! We had Happy Hour at Marcel and Donna with Bob & Gail and Allan and his dad. We all decided to go to Quaout Lodge near here for dinner and had a marvellous time and meal. We got home around 8 pm and everyone called it a night; we had a fire then also called it a night!
The weather is still holding; sunny and hot, near 30*C as a matter of fact and it’s been like this for the past two weeks.

I have uploaded new pictures on folder "#79 Fall of 2011" There are a couple pics of me hooked up to my breathing machine.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

September 4 to 7, 2011; Back to work

SEPT 4, Sunday
A beautiful sunny day! I spent the day re-organizing and cleaning the front locker of the trailer then re-organized the upper locker. I read for a while in the afternoon then we had Happy Hour at Gail & Bob where Bruce and Joyce joined us. Dinner then a walk around the park and visited Herb and company for a while. For dinner today, we tried, successfully I might add, to cook a Roast on the rotisserie and it turned out cooked just right and had a very nice taste to it.

SEPT 5, Monday, Labour Day!
We decided to go Geo-Caching today; it is a beautiful day but very windy so shouldn’t be too hot. First though, I had to cut branches hovering over our lot from our neighbour’s cotton tree. I did a deep cut and as high as the cutters would allow me. IT has an extension on it which can reach quite high. I borrowed it from the Park.
We went to Adams Lake then Chase and the north side of the river all the way to Pritchard, a distance of approx 20 km and return home via Hwy TC 1. We found 9 caches and dropped off a “Travel Bug” at one of them. I’ve had this TB since the States so it was high time I dropped it off.
At home we had a drink with George and Paulette then it was dinner and relaxing evening by the fire.

SEPT 6, Tuesday, Park’s wound-up BBQ party

We went to Salmon Arm to pick up our mail and some groceries. We also drove to Chase so that I could pay a health bill which wasn’t covered by BC Medical. The wine place called and we made an appointment for Friday to bottle our wine.
At 4 pm, we drove to Scotch Creek Provincial Park and had our year end party with the crew from the Park. We had steak/chicken dinner with all the trimming and free booze. We came home at 8 pm, watched a bit of TV then went to bed.

SEPT 7, Wednesday, back to work for both of us
Val went to her job as janitor at Super Value and I went to the Park to work on projects which we never got to finish or do while on the regular summer job. The Park is closed now except for four lanes and those are pretty well full with retirees mainly.
At home, Happy Hour was at our place. Ron and Sheila stopped to say goodbye, they are headed back to Alberta. It was a very warm evening which made it hard to go to sleep comfortably but we did manage!!!

Sunday, September 04, 2011

September 1 to 3, 2011; End of work at the Park

SEPT 1, Thursday
It was a very cool day with cloudy skies; Fall is in the air! The Park is near empty but this is the calm before the storm as we expect it to be full this coming Labour Day week-end. Val went to town to pick up a machine for me which I wore overnight. The purpose is to see how my sleep goes and to test for “sleep apnia”. It consists of a pinch taped on the finger and connected to a small receiver which records my breathing and blood pressure. She has to return it tomorrow. I went to bed early and Val went over to visit with Jenny.

SEPT 2, Friday
Well, I heard about the results of my trial and I am not sure I want to hear them! I apparently stopped breathing 17 times in one hour and my breathing went down so low to make my heart palpitate faster so I have an appointment for next Friday.
Work went well and I am glad it’s over, one more day to go!
We had Happy Hour at our place then dinner with Theresa & Ron, Donna & Marcel at their place. A good day overall!

SEPT 3, Saturday
Last day at work as a “Park Maintenance Operator” and a boring day it was. All the sites are full and no one was moving out so there wasn’t much to do. Even the garbage and recycling runs were without any efforts.
Came home and had Happy Hour at Bob & Gail then cooked fish on the BBQ for dinner. We had a fire in the evening and Brook and two friends came over for a drink. Theresa and Ron also joined us.