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!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

July 24 to 31, 2014; Work, shopping and visitors from AZ

JUL  24 to 28; Work and visit from Arizona
What a day!  It rained all day and we had to work in that!  A couple trees came down in the Park so we had to clear that then it was site cleaning and we ended the day by placing new “Recycling bins” throughout the Park; I came home soaked right through even with a rain coat on.  Val left work early to take Tucker to the Vet to have his coughing checked out.  After a couple shots and more meds, he came home and thanked Val by piing on the passenger seat on her way back home (he couldn’t help it due to the shots he received).  He seems better right now and the coughing is down.

Friday was sunny again and we had visitors from Arizona, Kim and Tim, friends we met in Mexico years ago and have kept in touch with and visited from time to time at their home.  Pat and Rick brought them down from Logan Lake (Thanks guys).  We visited here at our place then went out for dinner at Quaaout Lodge!  We had a marvelous visit but it had to end too soon unfortunately.  We were home by 9 pm and in bed by 10!

The rest of the week was work, work, BBQ dinners and watched the end of “Boardwalk”.  It got hotter as the week-end went on…33*C on Sunday!  Monday being our “Friday” was hot but quiet.  We had a quiet HH then ate the perogies that Val’s partner at work gave her.  They were delicious; I want more!  We began watching the 3rd season of “Boardwalk, the Empire”

JUL  29, Tuesday; Home
This is wash day and chores around the place. It is also a very hot day; 36*C in pm!  Our heat wave is back for another week!  BBQ’ed chicken for dinner then we watched another episode of Boardwalk.  I am really enjoying this series. The A/C is working hard to cool things off; I think we are going to have a horrendous Hydro bill!!! 

JULY  30, Wednesday; to Salmon Arm
Again we had a late morning and I cooked pancakes for breakfast.  After showering, we went to Salmon Arm to get our mail and groceries.  I got a refund from my Extended Health on our glasses so I deposited that cheque; unfortunately, still no refund from ICBC.  We also stopped at the Vet and got more pills for Tucker’s coughing.  He now has more pills than us!!!  We came home, put everything away and relaxed as much as one can in this heat (33*C at 3 pm).  We bought a cooked chicken for dinner and I made fries which I cooked in our “T-Fal”. 

JULY  31, Thursday; Back to work
End of another month and 5 weeks left at work!  Another hot day and we had to cut lawn in the morning which made it even hotter.  Management had a BBQ for all of us at lunch.  An uneventful day!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

July 15 to 23, 2014; Work, Gateway, visitor from Chilliwack

JUL  15, Tuesday; Gateway
Today is supposed to be the hottest day yet!?  We sure have broken all kinds of heat records all over the Province!  We have reached temperature of 35 to 39*C with the humidex.  We did laundry and worked in the yard in the morning then retired inside where it was much cooler.  After dinner we watched the last of the first season of “Boardwalk” then to bed by 10 pm.  I’m sure you’ve noticed that we haven’t had group HH for a while now:  It is just too hot and everyone is staying inside with their A/C running.

JUL  16, Wednesday; To Salmon Arm
Another hot one but the forecast is for a cooling trend by the end of the week starting tomorrow!  We went to town today and left Tucker home as it is just too hot to have him stay in the Jeep.  The sky is filled with smoke from fires near Kelowna and Kamloops; so much so that we can’t see across the lake.  Salmon Arm was no better and all we can breathe and smell is smoke!  Picked up our mail and groceries, went to the bank to deposit a refund from ICBC then came home.  I installed a new LED light in the kitchen for Val and replaced one in the bathroom.  We stayed inside mostly as it is just too hot and smoky outside!  Cooking on the BBQ was no fun but I did it!

JUL  17 to 21; Back to the grind and Insurance Refund
First day at work was pretty warm and the air full of smoke from the fires burning near Kelowna. It finally began to cool down on Friday and we were able to have a pleasant HH with Bob and Gail.  We woke up to rain on Saturday; good for the fires burning throughout the Province and made work much more comfortable as the temperature was lower than what it has been.  Finally got the refund from the Insurance for the MH while in Mexico; now we wait for the final one from ICBC.  On the last day of work, I came home early (noon time) as I had to take stuff to drain me and get me ready for my colonoscopy exam tomorrow.  The appointment is at 7:45 in the morning…YUCK!!!

JUL  22, Tuesday; Hospital in Salmon Arm
We were at the hospital by 7:45 this morning.  After a short prep and wait, I was wheeled in the operation room and put under.  I next woke up in the recovery room around 10 am!  After a short delay, I was allowed to get up and get dressed.  They called Val and she picked me up.  We went straight to the restaurant to have breakfast; I was starved!  I called daughter Rochelle and Jeffrey to let them know that I had a clean bill of health and texted brother Gaetan.  We went to a meat shop called WINDMILLS MEAT & IMPORT and got a couple pounds of veal and some pork sirloin steaks; nice and thick!  While I was under, Val went shopping for grocery and picked up the mail so there was nothing more for us to do here so we drove home.  As we were coming in, Costco called to say Val’s eye contacts were ready so she drove to Kamloops to pick them up after dropping me off.  Later in the day , we had a surprise visit from Val’s cousin and his wife from Chilliwack.  Val, of course, showed them the rig and her garden.  They are staying at Quaaout Lodge for the night so we met them there for dinner and had a great visit catching up to family news.  We were home by 8 pm and in bed by 11.

JUL  23, Wednesday; Wash day!
WOW!  We both slept in until 9:45 am; must have needed it!?  Val got the laundry going early and I swept and cleaned outside.  We had quite a storm that blew over with very strong winds late in the afternoon.  So much so that our tree broke in half and fell down dragging the flag pole!  WOW!!!

I cleaned up the mess as much as I could under the rain.  We really had a deluge of it.  No BBQ’ing for dinner!  Watched more of “Boardwalk” then to bed by 10 pm

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July 8 to 14, 2014; Gateway and work

JUL  8, Tuesday; shopping and mail
The forecast is for upper 30’s by the end of the week and 34*C today; it’s going to be a hot one!  Val went to Kamloops to return some items to Costco and I went to Salmon Arm to pick up our mail and a couple of other items.  I got back by 1:30 pm and Val got here around 3 pm with a carload of groceries and stuff, (she is dangerous shopping without close supervision).  The A/C is on full blast! 

I did some searches on the cost and possibility of spending the winter in BC; I’ve been looking at Fort Victoria and Oceanside in Sydney.  We are figuring on working over the winter and save some money for a possible trip to Alaska next summer unless of course we win the lotto where all bets will be off!!!  Yes, we will live in the Motorhome.

JUL  9, Wednesday; Gateway
We did laundry early in the morning then Val did some work in the garden but we eventually had to move inside as it just got too hot outside.  Some of our neighbours came over for a drink (Ron and Sharon).  We watched a movie in the evening and part of a new series: “BOARDWALK EMPIRE”, about prohibition in the early 20’s and 30’s gangsters

JUL  10 to 14; Back to work!

Back to work on Thursday!  It was payday on Friday, Yippee!!!  HOT, hot, hot at work, we spend the days hiding in the shade of the trees.  I worked some overtime as it was pretty busy for a couple days.  I’ll be glad when this heat wave ends!  Having some issues with a co-worker and not sure what to do about it but I do know that if it happens again, something will be done!
I go to work for fun (and the paycheck is a bonus of course); I had to put up with that kind of shit when I was working for a living but no more.  Life is too short for that!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

July 1 to 7, 2014; Gateway and work

JULY  1, 2014, Tuesday; CANADA DAY!
Sunny and hot (30*C)!  Regular day off for us which means “Laundry day”!  I slept for a couple hours then read my book for a while.  HH at Donna and Marcel then home to a wonderful dinner of spare ribs, mashed potatoes and salad. 

JUL  2, Wednesday; Shopping day
It’s going to be another hot one!!!  I got a call last Friday from the hospital and missed it so I called this morning and left a message to call back (Heard back and my appointment is on July 22)!  I went to Salmon Arm with Tucker to pick up our mail.  From there, I drove to Chase where I had lunch then went shopping for groceries.  Afterwards, I drove to our wine place and bottled Val’s white wine.  Val went to Kamloops to Costco for her contacts and picked up a couple of items.  Busy for both of us.  We’ve had the A/C on all day.

JUL  3 to 7; Back to work
We had heat, we had rain and we had more heat these past 4 days!  Work was busy again since we are now in full summer season.  Evenings were spent sitting outside, watching “Games of Thrones” and just relaxing.  Tucker has been really good staying at home by himself.  I just love how he greets me when I arrived home at 3:45 pm.