May 30, 2016

Sunshine morning

The storm that passed throught yesterday was pretty wicked.

The storm that passed through yesterday was pretty wicked.  This was taken on Okanagan Lake, not our lake.

As soon as she got up this morning Carmeh headed over to the sofa to lay on her pile of p

So nice to wake up to blue sky and sun.  As soon as she got up this morning Carmeh headed over to the sofa to lay on her pile of pillows and blankets to sunbathe.

Caeli started out the morning laying under the bench

Caeli started out the morning laying under the bench on the left in the green dog bed but moved to the fireplace which was not turned on but she still was getting warm from the sun.

We were all happy to see the sun today, even Colin who got to head out and do some photography 😎

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May 29, 2016

Working weekend but not for $

It rained most of the weekend and when it wasn’t we were outside on Saturday power washing.

Colin power washed all the siding as well as scrubbed it with soap. Nice to get all the cobwebs off.

Colin power washed all the siding on the four sides of our home as well as scrubbed it with soap. Nice to get all the cobwebs off.  It looks wonderful.

My job was to clean the driveway.

My job was to clean the driveway.

Today we worked inside doing a basic house clean with lots of extras thrown in as well.  The house is ready for visitors including the Queen 😀 Finally we were done, the laundry was done and it was time to take a walk with the girls.  We hadn’t been back more than five minutes when the rain came down in full force with fierce winds.

Rain was literally bouncing off the lake.

Rain was literally bouncing off the lake.

The rain chain was working overtime.

The rain chain was working overtime.

The girls are shaking side by side on the bed, poor things.  Colin has gone across the road to help a neighbor and is still stuck over there.  Meanwhile I am putting this post together.  Time for some vino blanco and a cuddle with the girls.  I assume that Colin will get back home eventually, he doesn’t even have a jacket with him.  Likely he will wait out the storm.

I find it difficult to believe that we are supposed to hit  a high of 73F tomorrow with sunshine.  Tonight will be a low of 37F.  What happened to all that lovely weather we came home to 🙁  If the forecast of sun is correct I won’t see Colin for a few days.  Oh well, such is our life.  Now how many more sleeps till Mexico?

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May 27, 2016

Que pasa

Well for starters it rained cats and dogs all day.  The plan today was for Colin to take my Z3 ( BMW ) into town for his meetings and then take it in to a local shop to have the speaker problem ( buzzing noise ) checked out.  Meanwhile I was to take the Mercedes to my medical appointment and then on to do errands.  My car would not start.  I told him to take his car while I would cancel all my appointments which is what I did.  It actually was nice to stay inside with the fireplace blazing.

Staying with the topic of repairs from the last post......half of our kithcen lights

Staying with the topic of repairs from the last post……half of our kitchen lights stopped working.  Colin did his best to trouble shoot but it is a complicated lighting system so we had to call in an electrician yesterday.  In this photo he is checking one of the two transformers we have.  The people who sold us this system told us it was likely a transformer as in $1000.00 to replace.  That was hard for us to believe as we have only lived here a short period of time and we are gone half the year so how could something like that wear out?  Hence the call into an electrician.

The actual problem

The actual problem turned out to be a bad contact from where the wiring reaches the rail track, just above his head in the photo.  Easy fix.  $126.00 with tax.  Yeah!

It turns out that others here in our park were also concerned about the census.  Just got word today that ‘they’ will be mailing all of us a census to complete.  No one cared about my concerns when I contacted the census people.  Guess I don’t have enough clout 🙁

This was taken May 2nd and that snow was 3/4 's melted until today. The rain at higher elevations means snow.

This was taken May 2nd and that snow was 3/4 ‘s melted until today. All the rain today at higher elevations means snow.

Snow was falling most of the day today along the Okanagan Connector highway, the main route between here and Vancouver.  At the higher mountain passes about 4 cm/1.57 inches of snow was expected.  Pretty late in the season for snow.

However due to tmepratures hight than normal

Because of the higher temperatures this spring, we are expecting to buy local cherries sometime within the next 10 days.  I used to look forward to mid July to buy my cherries.  Guess I better hurry before they are all picked and gone this year.

When id buy the groceris it is fruit and veggie but when Colin shops......

When I buy the groceries it is fruit and veggies but when Colin shops……at least he bought a lottery ticket.

I have mentioned it before, Carmeh is Colin's girl. When he is goin she paces from door to door, I get up and open the door for her but she just stickes out her head to make sure he is not in they yard.

I have mentioned it before, Carmeh is Colin’s girl. When he is gone she paces from door to door, I get up from my desk over and over and open the door for her but she just sticks out her head to make sure he is not in the yard.  The other day she just lay on top of the pillows on his side of the bed.

She is so very special and we appreciate every moment we have with her.

She is so very special and we appreciate every moment we have with her.

It is a year ago today that she went paralyzed.  We are so very grateful to have had this extra year with her and that her recovery has been amazing.  She truly loves the Isla and the beach and we believe that it made all the difference to to her recovery.  This past week we have noticed her stumbling and falling over every now and then.  Nothing too serious but certainly the signs of fragility are there.  So we just love her all the more each and every day.

As to my car, a neighbor brought over his portable battery charger this afternoon and boosted the battery.  Colin ran it for about 90 minutes.  Tomorrow we will see if all is well or do I need a new battery.  Life changes direction each and every day.  Be sure to live each day of your life to the fullest.

 

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May 25, 2016

Repairs, repairs, repairs

Who doesn’t have repairs to do?  It seems to be one of the constants in life.  In fact one of my special friends was over her eyeballs with RV repairs the other day and none of it her fault, quite tragic indeed. However she persevered and things were worked out between her and the manufacturer 😀   Fortunately our repairs are of a minor nature.

MY golf cart

The hood on my golf cart was not closing properly.  Can you believe that Colin even drove it up on mini ramps?  Wow great job mi amore.

Yeah it closes perfectly. Can't have a corvette around that needs repais

Yeah, it closes perfectly. Can’t have a corvette around that needs repairs.  That is Caeli sitting on the seat in this photo and the one above.  Carmeh is never far from Colin’s side.

Next on the list was running some electrical cord. Colin had to crawl from one side of the house to the other, about

Next on the list was running some electrical cord.  Colin had to crawl underneath the house from one side to the other, about 22 feet.  All the while he was stapling that yellow cord along the underside of the floor in order to reach the only open electrical plug we have open.

Hard to see in the photo buit that is one of the biggiest spiders either of us have ever seen.

Hard to see in the photo but that is one of the biggest spiders that Colin is holding, that either of us have ever seen.

The purpose of all the under the house with the big bugs was to power up this outdoor

The purpose of all the work under the house with the big bugs was to power up this outdoor light.  We don’t have much light going up our stairs and this is a real help.

The last repair this week was to balance our wind wheel. Colin did a good job and it turns even faster now.

The last repair this week was to balance our wind wheel. Colin did a good job and it turns even faster now.  Makes you kind of dizzy depending on how much vino you have consumed.

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May 24, 2016

The good and the bad

Last week we had our carpet cleaner come to do all of the RV and we also had him come here to the house.  We only have carpet in the bedroom and a few area rugs that I wanted to get cleaned.

He always wears his runners which I suppose is fine if you mostly have carpets as we have had in the past.

He always wears his runners which I suppose is fine if you mostly have carpets as we have had in the past.

I have to set the scene first.  As we were expecting company last Thrusday Colin and I were doing some cleaning and Colin had just vacuumed and washed the floors.

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First thing I noticed were the rug cleaners foot prints all over the floor. They were wet from his standing on the carpets he was cleaning and walking from carpet to carpet and all along our hallway.  Colin tried everything to get them off.  Finally he had to use a fingernail to scrap off all the prints and then rewash the floor.

We were not impressed at all.  So I now wonder what type of residue his shoes are leaving on the carpets.  Anyway they do look great despite all the extra work for us.

The good was that the two patio umbrellas we had ordered from JYSK were finally in stock.  We waited over three weeks for them. When Colin went to pick them up and pay for them it turned out to be some sort of anniversary celebration and we got 12% ( the taxes we would have paid ) or $21.43 off the bill.  Plus we were gifted a lovely microfiber bathrobe with a value of $11.18 as well as a ladies wrist watch with a value of $6.70.   I will use the watch and give the robe away to someone on the Isla this coming winter.  So in total, $39.32 gifted to us for simply turning up at the store on the right day 😀

This is an online photo of the new patio umbrellas. Sadly since we got them it has been too windy and cold to put them out not to mention the rain.

This is an online photo of the new patio umbrellas.  I love the colour and it goes well with our new planters.  Sadly since we got them it has been too windy and cold to put them out not to mention the rain.

 

 

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