Ten Minutes

That’s how long the eating area carpet lasted after yesterday’s blog. The look on Sylvia’s face as I came upon her staring at the carpet meant it had to go.

To remind you, here’s what we had yesterday. 

After a conversation with our Design Capable son and a trip to a few more Carpet stores here is what we ended up with.

This time I even got to take the tape off the floor that I was using to determine where to locate the rugs. Sylvia is happy, so that means Everybody is Happy. And yes, it was a nice day as that’s sunshine streaming in the window.

And as a side trip on the way home we stopped in an Accessory store and picked up this Mosaic for our Living Room.

Rumour has it that more pieces will be coming along soon as Sylvia has checked out most every store in town. In case you’re wondering, we’re spending our Tax Refund……In a hurry it seems.

Thank You

I just want to thank those of you who took the time to wish me a Happy Birthday today. And believe it or not I even got a card via Snail Mail this afternoon. There are certainly less of those showing up every year. Most cards seem to be like the one my son emailed to me today.


I had a pretty busy day to celebrate my 61 years. This morning we pulled out the area rugs that came with our house and got ready to replace them. This is what the Living Room looked like.


And here’s what we replaced it with this afternoon.

It looks good, and is quite a bit lighter than the old Brown thing. We spent a few days last week shopping for the new rugs and came home with sticker shock. The first place we looked at came up with a price of $11000.00 plus tax for the two rugs we wanted. After shopping around a bit we got both pieces for about 10% of that. Not quite as nice maybe, but far easier on the bank balance.

I don’t have a ‘before’ pic of our eating area, but it was very dark blue. Here’s the new one.

Sylvia isn’t too sure about this one yet, as it doesn’t necessarily complement the chairs the way she wants. We do have three days to figure out if we want to keep it.

On my way to picking up the rugs I went to a tryout for a local Softball team. They have a couple of openings and there were 5 of us looking to fill the spots. I think I did pretty well, but there’s another practice on Thursday after which they’ll pick the best of us. The team plays in a ‘Competitive’ division, but they’re nowhere near as good as the Jokers that I played with this winter. I’ll let you know how things turn out.

We’re just having dinner at home today, as we have tickets to a play (Rock of Ages) tomorrow and will do the dinner celebration thing then. I do get one special treat for my Birthday though. 

Chocolate Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting. The iced ones are for me, and the plain ones for ‘She who doesn’t understand how I can eat something so sweet’! In case you didn’t notice, I even get an extra one!

So thanks again for the Birthday Wishes. I hope that your day was as good as mine.

Just About Done

So, we’ve been home for almost a week, and things are starting to resemble normal. It really doesn’t take us long to unload the trailer, but then all the work begins. It took us until Sunday to get all the stuff sorted out, laundered, put back in the trailer as necessary and finally return our Dining Room to it’s original condition. For a few days it has looked like some of the Second Hand stores we’ve seen in Apache Junction. Crowded and disorganized.

In our last post I promised to put up some pictures of our trip home, but just haven’t had the time to get the pictures sorted and organized. We really didn’t take many pictures, but here’s a few.

Our drive through Los Angeles wasn’t a highlight by any means, but the trek over the Tejon Pass allowed us to see hillsides full of California Poppies.

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Between California and BC we didn’t take a single picture, but the rest of these are from our trip over the Coquihalla Highway to our home in the Okanagan.

The lower reaches of the Coq were pretty clear.

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And the snow was on the mountains where it belonged and not on the road.

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The highest point of the drive is the Pennask Summit, less than 30 miles from our home. There was quite a bit of snow along the roadside, but thankfully nothing actually on the road.IMG_4251IMG_4252IMG_4257

And then we were home. Like a lot of places in North America, it’s been a slow start to spring. The next two pics are of a Dogwood tree that is alongside the parking lot at our church. The first was taken exactly one year ago, and the second was taken this afternoon. Quite different.

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And now that we’re home we’ve already begun looking for music events to attend. We’ve purchased tickets for a couple of shows in June and on Saturday attended a regular event for us, the Coldstream Coffee House. One of the highlights of the night was a 5 year old boy who played guitar, harmonica and sang and did them all very well. When I was 5 I could hardly talk and walk at the same time.

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A second highlight was to watch Sylvia’s brother perform a couple of songs, including one of his own creation. The picture isn’t mine, and he sounded wonderful.

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The feature act of the evening was a group called The Creeks. I really got a kick out of seeing the guy on the left play a Ukulele sized Bass. I didn’t realize it was a Bass until he started plucking the strings.Image may contain: 4 people, people on stage, people playing musical instruments, guitar and concert

The only part of our house that still looks like a hurricane has hit it is our office. We are in the midst of doing our taxes, and have a number of new files to set up now that we have a second home to organize. Have I mentioned that Sylvia loves spreadsheets and filing cabinets? Between the 4 drawers of files at home, the box full of files we carry in the RV and another drawer we’re setting up for the Parkmodel, I think we have cornered the market on Hanging files and Manila folders.

The weather is supposed to improve over the next few days, and hopefully we’ll be playing some Pickleball soon. The cool wet weather has at least made it easier to sit inside and file our taxes. What fun we have…..

Home Sweet Home!

After 3 days of visiting Sylvia’s folks and  getting everyone’s Income Taxes filed we headed for home this morning. We drove into the driveway by mid afternoon and spent 3 hours unloading most of the trailer. Not that we put all of it away; it will probably take us a couple of days to figure out where to put everything. And then there will be a few days of searching the drawers and cabinets to find where we put the stuff. 

The roads were clear and dry, although there was a lot of snow in the highest pass we went through. Pictures will be along in a day or so when I get my computer set up. Now our so called Normal Life can begin again.

Welcome Back.

At least that’s what the border guard said to us as she handed us back our passports. We had a short 4 hour drive today which took 5 hours and absolutely no drama as we crossed the border.

The extra time was on account of Tacoma traffic. Here’s the view we saw for quite a while.

The rest of the drive through Seattle was quick and uneventful. A not so usual occurrence from our past experience.
We’re planted in the Freak Of Nature’s back yard (Sylvia’s Dad) for a couple of days watching the rain fall, and believe you me, it’s falling hard right now. We’ll be here for a few days before heading home.

We Had Some Help

Our drive on Friday between Canyonville Oregon and Centralia Washington was fairly short 300 miles, and also fairly quick. We also got great fuel mileage, as we had a 30 mph tailwind for most of the day.  That is a rather odd occurrence, as it seems no matter which way we go it’s always into a headwind. 

Our night at Seven Feathers resort was quiet from a standpoint of Highway noise, as the RV park is isolated from the Interstate quite nicely, but had a few other interesting events. All during our setup we could hear someone in the canyon behind us discharging a high powered rifle. There must have been more than 50 shots fired, and with the accompanying echo it as just a bit uncomfortable. Then, by mid evening the wind and rain came with a vengeance and I eventually had to pull in our big slide, as the topper was flapping like it wanted to fly away.

In the morning when I was trying to pack up our hoses etc. our site was surrounded by about 3 inches of water. It made for an interesting departure, and I was happy I brought along extra work clothes and shoes, as it was also still pounding rain. 

Midway RV in Centralia is also far off the highway, and I think this was actually our quietest trip home other than the windstorm.

In a short while we’re off to cross the border, and our other life begins again. At least we’re not dealing with this stuff like we did in 2011 near Zion Canyon. At least not yet, though the pass into the Okanagan is still seeing lots of snow. But that’s a problem for later in the week.