Oct 23, 2016
Finally a few hours ago, late afternoon, Colin caught up to and finished his photoshop. He is now writing USB flash drives. In between he can start doing some of the things on his to do list. I have been working on my list all day. Tomorrow Colin is off to collect the final cheques so I can make a final bank deposit Tuesday and close the books till mid April.
Rather than cut the girls toenails we dremel them.
So the girls got the spa treatment today, toes and teeth. We should do their teeth more often but……
Colin also power washed our Weber grill and pulled things out from under the house that need to travel South with us. Meanwhile I had gone through the girls extensive first aid kit, which involves about 7 boxes and got them ready to travel. I also sorted out our first aid kit, even more extensive than the girls kit, which is likely larger than most folks. Being a former RN I do end up doing a lot of first aid on site and like to be properly prepared. I also did 4 loads of wash in preparation for the trip, a few more closer to the end of the week. Everything we do each day is a huge help.
If you start when your dog is young they will just lay back and let you do their nails with no issues at all.
Between the two of us Colin ended up taking a full car load to the RV and unloaded it. Bye the way yesterday, we spent close to three hours at the insurance agency putting our two cars ( the Mercedes and the Lexus ) into storage for six months and taking our tow car, the HHR, out of storage as well as putting ICBC insurance on the RV for 7 months ( just in case we have a breakdown on the way back ). All rather complicated but at least is works and only cost us $1500.00. Sometime tomorrow I will have to go put everything away that Colin unloaded into the RV. The RV is in the Park storage area and our plan is to bring the RV here in front of our home on Wednesday. We are allowed to leave it here for three nights as long as there is enough room for a fire truck to pass by if needed. So early Wednesday we will bring in the slides and move the RV here. It is much easier to transfer my entire fridge and most of my kitchen to the RV when it is close to the house. Of course moving our clothes over is easier also. We aren’t able to put the living room slide out ( street side ) but we won’t need to.
Sadly the forecast is a pain in the you know where. So despite the damp and wet we still have to get the job done.
I know that we have hours and hours yet in order to be ready but all we can do is as much as each day allows. Somehow it all works out in the end. I really do hope that the weather cooperates.
Oct 22, 2016
While Colin was away, Caeli spent a lot of time sleeping in a bed right next to my desk and as close to the font door as possible.
She also was reluctant to get up in the morning.
Carmeh never slept under the covers while Colin was gone and always at the top of the ramp so she could get down right away when he finally arrived. Colin’s flight was delayed and when he walked in the door she was down that ramp so fast and seemed to fly into his arms.
The rest of the time she hung out close to the fire to stay warm.
Colin and his Mom went shopping in Winnipeg and bought the girls a lot of toys so it was a bit of a madhouse here late last night.
At her favorite place for dinner, the Fort Gary Hotel. I think she looks fabulous for 102!
Colin had a great time with his Mom and they packed a lot into three days.
Today we got right into getting ready to hit the road.
Oct 20, 2016
Well Carmeh is definitely depressed. It took a lot of encouragement to get her to eat her breakfast. Then later she refused to play which is her normal after breakfast. She refused to come under the bed covers last night so I made sure that she was covered with a dog blanket. We/I sleep with the windows open and the bedroom is cool.
It is now 10PM and she is sleeping on the bed. Just under 24 hours and she will be reunited with Colin.
For years and years and years, ever since we have had doxies we have done an annual calendar. The cover is a photo of the four of us and then each month is a shot of the girls hopefully representing the current month.
One of my readers, Cat, asked if I could show the calendar photos month by month. Why not I thought?
This is the cover of our 2016 calendar, taken in our garden on the Isla.
Yes we did have snow last October, hence our 2016 October shot.
It has been a hectic time since Colin left but I am happy to say that I only need one more hour to complete shutting down our books until mid April. However I do feel that I am three days behind in my prep to leave. Hopefully I can make up for lost time in the next few days.
Unfortunately I was distracted while making my dinner at 8:30PM and touched a finger to the hot oven rack @ 425F. Yup, I burnt it and it does hurt. Using an ice pack at the moment. Always something with me 🙄
Oct 19, 2016
Colin left very early this morning for Winnipeg. He was flying there to see his Mom and to celebrate her 102nd birthday. I’m certain that I will receive some photos in the next day or so to share with you. Meanwhile our major concern was Carmeh and how she would deal with the separation from Colin. As she ages she gets upset when he is gone for more than a very few hours. Right now we don’t need her to experience any stress to aggravate the pancreatitis.
So as I awoke at 4:15AM today I had the thought that we should bring her to the airport with us so she could actually see Colin leave the car and walk away. She was awake the entire drive and became concerned when he got out of the car.
Over the last few weeks we have been working on some signals so that she knows that he is leaving. Giving her a kiss goodbye, waving hands goodbye and a few things along that line.
Caeli meanwhile stayed home sound asleep and barely registered that we had been gone when we got home. She does not have separation anxiety. Carmeh only developed this over the past 15 months when she became paralyzed and now after her pancreatitis attack. At 13 years of age and all that she has been through I think she is entitled to have her Papa with her.
We both watched Colin walk into the building and I waited a bit so that she could see that he was not coming back.
She laid her head down on the dog bed in the front passenger seat of the car and I could see that her eyes were wide open all the way back home.. She looked so sad. Once home she did sit and look out the window for a few moments before she fell asleep next to Caeli. Overall she was better today than she usually is when he leaves. She only went to the door a few times and asked to be let out. I really can’t say that the experiment worked but she did eat all her food at mealtimes and enjoyed her afternoon walk.
Sadly I am deep into closing down our business for just over five months and did not have a lot of time to play with her but I think she did alright. I would say that today is a good day. Colin doesn’t return home till about 9:30PM Friday so we are only 1/3 of the way there. So far so good.
Oct 18, 2016
Interesting cloud formation early this morning.
By 10AM we were at the Vet for our final check up and paperwork for crossing two international borders. Caeli is so very laid back. She would not stand but did a low side sit and almost just laid down.
Meanwhile Carmeh is shaking and upset. I’m sure that she remembers being here just weeks ago for two days of IV therapy. She was pacing the floor but when I picked her up she settled a bit, but refused to look at the Vet or Caeli. The photo makes her look fat with all the wrinkles but in fact she has lost a lot of weight rather quickly due to the pancreatitis. Turns out she lost a full pound in just under 6 weeks.
The chicken and rice just didn’t do it for her. I knew that she was hungry. In fact she still is, but once she gets her food she has a burst of energy and plays for a good 30 minutes. I decided to feed her the 6.6 ounces of canned food over three feedings as that seemed to fill her the most and the vet said that it was fine but she felt that feeding a dog just once per day was enough. Well sorry, but not my dog 🙂
The sky cleared and we had some sun and a bit of heat. It managed to get up to 53F.
Shortly after our walk, about 2PM, the sky looked ominous. It was raining way back there over the hills.
Just after Colin left to pick up a cheque at Predator Ridge the skies opened. He said that he could barely see the highway.
A few hours later we had a lovely reflection sunset in the East.
The actual sunset this evening.
A wonderful end to a very full day. You missed all the details of our very busy day but I will share that @ 5:30 PM I received an email from our accountants office that Revenue Canada was wondering why I had not paid GST ( a Federal tax ) from March till now! What the heck! Checking my files, sure enough I had not. However nor had I received the usual three month documentation that the tax was due. Not really an excuse as normally I know when it is due and am usually on top of it albeit mostly because of the mail I receive for Revenue Canada. However I was in the midst of my cancer scare in June when it was due and it September I was dealing with Carmeh’s pancreatitis. Coincidentally I had just got off the phone with Revenue Canada mere moments earlier about my Dad’s estate and the Clearance Certificate which seems to have reached a snag. So it seems that I will not be able to finalize my Dad’s estate before we leave the end of the month. It might take 5 – 7 months more. I’m sure that some of my siblings won’t be happy but I must proceed according to the law.
So as wonderful as the sunset was, my day end was not so great. In my defense all I can say is, that is why I drink wine 😯