Oct 20, 2021

A few updates

All I do everyday is deal with the must do’s. The priority was dealing with reservations heading south. I got the last site in our favourite RV Park in Las Vegas. I started by making a list of what is at the top if my mind, that is almost done with. Although I almost forgot about ordering pesos. Will do so next week. I have a large stack of paperwork from previous trips including a master list that I have yet to find. It has been two years since we prepared to head south so my mind is foggy. I didn’t even keep a daytimer in 2020. So I am now going though the 2019 one to find more to do’s. Lots of extras every month re filling tax reports for the business and other things.

Both woke up from a nap but one came out as a turtle. Carlie carried that blanket over her for some time. Cute.

Then I will go thru all those papers – hopefully I will have done some things. I do need to find my master list. A time consuming part is finding out what I need to buy before we leave, checking out the cupboards. New things, like this year the dog food including changing from puppy food to adult food in January. I did call the vet today to ask for some meds.  I always travelled with Metacam so I hope he will give me some, tick and flea meds, etc. It has been 4.5 years since I gave up my dog first aid kit, I will just have to go by the seat of my pants on this one.

A sweet photo from a few weeks ago. I often wonder what they would have done without each other.

Colin did find a generator that he will order online and pick up in Vegas. I will do as much shopping here as I can. We are trying to keep our stops down to nights in an RV park, fuelling the RV and last minute fresh food items and some wine which we will do in Las Vegas. Not to worry Kay, when shopping we plan to double mask.  We will not be seeing anyone, at least not planned thus far. Here in Canada we are masked anytime we enter through a doorway and we don’t eat in restaurants. Having our home on wheels will help keep us safe.

We also found out that that the RV Park, Tres Amigos on the Isla is going to be sure that everyone has been vaccinated. Although if people prefer to not wear masks and go to bars, etc who knows how safe it will be in the RV park.  We intend to keep to ourselves as much as we can.

Thank goodness Colin had done the majority of our fall cleanup before the border opened. The tree was full yesterday. You can see that the honeylocust is finally turning yellow. Oh I just remembered we still have produce in the garden beets and carrots. Can you freeze carrots?

Thank you to A Jame for the 12 volt plug idea. Turns out we have one. We do also have a proper inverter and can use it to certain extent. I will blog enroute but not as detailed as in years past. The pups will need attention as well. Meals will have to be planned so that they are cold or that they can be cooked over the propane stove top. Grilled cheese sandwiches and salad perhaps.  I just added make seafood chowder to the to do list.

Just another snap shot of the twins. That grate outside is covering a new hole that they dug in the lawn.

Tuesday we had a scare with Ciela sneaking down to the beach and eating weeds/crap off the beach. She came in and began gagging & had trouble catching her breath.  She would sleep for a few minutes and then wake up gagging. We figured that something was stuck deep in her throat. She drank lots of water and settled enough to eat dinner. Dr.Goggle said that if they won’t eat it is serious. But she seemed to improve as the hours went by.  Of course they slept with us. Today she is back to normal.

Are you getting ready for the witching hour?

The carpenter project got 80% done on Saturday and we have not seen him since. They left such a mess that Colin spent the full day Sunday cleaning up the house. Bits of this and that were strewn everywhere.  I am still finding bits on my desk that was used as a garbage can. Colin had given them one 🙄  So far the project looks really good except for the unfinished bits. 7PM now and we are are still waiting to see if he is coming tonight.

I hobbled out to get this for you at dusk. For those who want to know about Gus, the rest of the story will be coming once I have extra time.

Last night we discovered that we had no TV.  Very long story short – we were on the phone for three hours, we now have a dead Shaw receiver. Not only that the tech guy said we had to do a factory reset and of course we lost everything that we had taped including movies 👿  I spent another three hours this morning speaking to the powers that be and we are getting a replacement receiver shipped to us ( two week wait ) at no charge. I had no idea that you now have to pay$299.00 for a replacement 😯

Directly to the west. Usually I go to the edge of the lake to miss all the foreground but this was as far as my ankle would allow.

Of course my sitting at my desk is not helping my sore ankle. Yes it still hurts and I still limp. Nothing to do but keep pushing through. Once we leave I hope to be able to totally relax it. Usually I never leave the RV from when we leave here until we get to Vegas, so not too much walking involved. Good thing that we have a small house here as well. I have not even done 1000 steps today.

How many of you are planning to get a flu shot this fall?

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22 Responses to “A few updates”

  1. Michelle says:

    I’m so glad you can travel to .Isla, it always sounds heavenly. I’m a beach bum at heart.

    I did get a flu shot and my 2nd shingles shot. I did it on a Thursday night, because I went into Walmart at 7:30 pm and there weren’t any customers at the Pharmacy. That gave me the weekend to recover, but other than being tired, I thankfully had no issues:)

    I hope the girls know how lucky they are to go on all these wonderful trips:)

    Good luck with your preparations, it is so helpful to have those lists when you’re travelling!

    Be well,

    • contessa says:

      Good for you getting all your shots. I just said tonight, that they have no idea that they will be missing the cold and the snow and instead enjoying a beach where they can run as mom as thy like off leash.I love my lists, they keep me sane.

  2. Dee Tillotson says:

    Speaking of Wal-Mart (they seem to generally have most everything), Beach and I got our Pfizer booster shot there and our flu shot just recently; just had to show them our vaccination cards so that they could note the date we had our last vaccine shot; it needs to be six months from your last shot, and at present you have to be at least 65 years of age. (From what I’m hearing on the news, soon the younger age groups will be getting them.). Our shots were all free. Kathy of Mazatlan has been getting hers while traveling through the states; you and Colin could do this too, but only at the Wal-Mart Supercenters where they have pharmacies; no appointment and, for us, no lines. Walgreen Drugs is also doing it, but it may require an appointment. Also, on the news today, “mixed” vaccines have been approved by the FDA for use in the US; for example, if your first vaccine dose was Pfizer, you can now take Moderna as your second vaccine dose. About four million Canadians have taken “mixed” vaccines and, therefore, they are now clear to cross the US border because of FDA approval today. Please drive safe!

  3. Dee Tillotson says:

    Correction: Kathy, got her Covid test and her first Moderna vaccination at Walgreens on her way back to Canada. This year, because she is flying, she will attempt to get her flu shot in Mexico; she already has her Covid booster.

  4. Sandie says:

    I’m so excited the four of you get to head south. Hopefully you won’t have any bad weather to put up with. Our neighbors are going to be in line on the 8th to start their trip down. Can hardly wait to see them. Its been so long. We got our flu shots and our booster shots (not at the same time). So we are done with shots for this year. Love your fur babies.

    • contessa says:

      I really wish that we could get together so that you can meet our girls. Who knows, one day it will happen. I can’t imagine being in lineup on the 8th to cross the border. It will be too many RV’s on the road ahead of us. Bumper to bumper.

  5. Carol says:

    if you are coming through amado Mountain View RV is completely full, not one space all construction workers till end of december. we are at DeAnza waiting for a new water heater. safe trip

    • contessa says:

      Thanks for the heads up. We had already decided to stay at DeAnza despite the exorbitant cost as Mountain View has become too slum like for us.

  6. Kay says:

    Carrots CAN be frozen… think frozen mixed veggies…. 🙂 I think I would blanch them though. Glad to hear the masking up, talked to my friend last evening, she still remains sick and locked away from society. She informed me there is a “new” food delivery service. It is called “Step Delivery or Porch Delivery” depends on the the door of arrival. Thank goodness she has plenty of friends over there to nourish her well.

    Remember to take some Oregon Grape Seed with you, its a great natural to keep the icky’s at bay…

    Safe travels south and have a wonderful beachside time.

  7. Kathryn Tycho says:

    Flu clinics are now being done here in Terrace, BC so we’ll get one today. Our “booster” for covid was because BC had not documented our first USA shot correctly so we decided to get an October shot which was the third but only the second in our BC record. If we were driving we’d have gotten a Covid booster in the USA. We are booked to fly so driving is out for this year. Mexico was safe last year even without vaccines..you just have to be careful and mask up, which you do and so do we. I will venture out more this winter. Life must be lived and Covid is here to stay.

    • contessa says:

      Good idea that you got that booster. Lets try and get together this winter. Perhaps on the Isla as it is too early to leave the twins alone for too long in the RV park. We could leave the others for hours but these are still babies.

  8. Jim and Barb says:

    Glad to hear Ciela is okay, we know from experience the kind of trouble pups can get in by eating random things!

  9. MJ says:

    I’m excited for you guys, and me too. I always look forward to reading about
    your travels and your stay on the Isla. Especially for the twins also. Stay safe.


    • contessa says:

      I can hardly wait to get this adventure going. It has been a long while. It is going to be so exciting with the twins, their first time at the beach with all the sand and the surf. That yo for following along.

  10. Karen says:

    Hi Contessa, so happy for the four of you heading south! So much to do and so little time to do it. Yes you can freeze carrots, I suggest a quick blanching first, we just got home from getting our flu shots at shoppers. They are booking appointment but we actually didn’t have to make one,if you would like the website to book just send me a email and I’ll send it to you

  11. Pauline Watson says:

    I’m so excited for you!
    All the best in prepping, I can’t all imagine the logistics involved 🙂
    Prayers for traveling mercies and to staying healthy.
    Looking forward to next year and to trying any new margarita recipes you might encounter this winter 😉

  12. Heidi says:

    Neat blog. Your lake pictures are gorgeous and the turtle pooch hilarious!

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