Since it has been about 2 months since I last posted anything you might think nothing is happening here. That is the furthest thing from the truth.
We have had a few trips out of town to visit family in both Calgary and Vancouver, but most (and I mean MOST) of our time has been tied up in projects and pickleball. Our Pickleball Club has turned into a full time job for Sylvia and I as the administration of a highly successful club has turned out to be quite a time consuming project. When we started the club last year we anticipated 85 or so paying members, and ended up with 137. When we set up the budget for 2018 we anticipated the numbers growing to the 150 range. As of this week we are above 250 members, and there are still quite a few from last year that haven’t signed up yet as they are seasonal residents and will be arriving over the summertime.
That’s not to say we haven’t been playing any pickleball, as I was at the courts 4 days this week, including some training time as I prepare for a Tournament in August, and Sylvia got there twice. I also volunteered to clean the courts and ended up power washing 8 courts with a small crew for about 7 hours over two days. Time to relax.
Our Park Model addition doesn’t take up much of our time while we’re home, just the waiting and watching to see if anything gets done (not much gets done). We finally got the water stand for the site moved last week to allow construction to proceed.
The hole has now been backfilled and the concrete can be poured to allow the attached shed to be placed. Once the framing for that is done, and inspection can take place and we will see progress on the inside and outside finishing…..we hope. About the only thing done since we left was the opening into the Park model from the addition have been framed and drywalled.
We are also in the middle of a Reno project at home (I know, gluttons for punishment)
We are removing a bank of high cupboards in front of our kitchen and replacing them with Counter Height cabinets that more resemble furniture (or so we hope) that will blend into our Living room.
So, we’ve gone from This:
in a couple of week.
Now we’re waiting for the Granite Countertop to be installed. It was measured about 2 weeks ago, and we were told it would be ready last week. Yeah Right. The last conversation we had supplier was not very enlightening, and we don’t really know when it is going to be installed. I am not going to hold my breath any longer, with any contractor…..
In the meantime we’ve had some adventures in the house. Our Water Softener had developed a persistent leak so I went to the Culligan Dealer to see what I could do to fix it. He gave me a $5 part, and some instruction on when and how to replace the plug. I must have misunderstood his instructions, and when I pulled the old plug out a rather large volume (geyser) of water and softener medium blew out of the hole before I could get the water to the house shut off. If any of you know about the oxide used to soften water, it is a Golden Coloured sandy material, and when it is sprayed over a large area it tends to look like everything is Gold Plated. I spent a few hours vacuuming up the debris with our Carpet Cleaner and put it all in a shallow tray to dry for a few days before putting it back in the softener the correct way. Sorry, no pictures but believe me it was messy.
The Gardens are doing well, although we are again suffering from an extremely dry spring which is making the lawn look a bit parched and brown already. In Vancouver it was the driest May on record, and we recorded our 3rd driest May in history in Kelowna. It has made for nice flowers though.
The Columbines in the last 3 pics were from seeds given to us by Deb and Dana. Yep, they grow nicely in BC too!
And I haven’t had a chance to take many pictures of our Roses yet, but I will keep you in suspense until next time. IF the Deer don’t get to them first.
We have been hearing Owls again in the Ravine behind our home the past week or so, but hadn’t seen any until yesterday. These two were perched at the back of our yard when we were preparing breakfast. Is it just me, or is the guy in front not that amused by our presence??
Ok, now I am going to go back into hibernation, but hopefully you will hear from us before another 2 months pass.