Sep 13, 2022

Certainly not the way we envisioned our day

We knew it was going to be busy but not over the top. But first to catch up on a few photos. Tonight I am going by date just because it is easier.

So why not start with a sunset for a change. This goes back to September 6th.

Honestly the shot looked much better in real life but what the heck, take the photo anyway.

The next day a fire started mid afternoon not too far from here. Amazing how the wind carried the smoke.

The smoke was in this precise wind drift.

A bit of the sunset that evening, slightly smoke affected.

Aha, just found this photo of Colin holding Ciela during the chipmunk visit. I had also tried to hold each of the girls earlier in the day and calm them but as you can see Ciela was fighting with everything she had to get loose.

Sunday we had a very nice visit with our friends Jannose and Colin from Alberta. On the right is Diane, Jannose’s mom, who came along for their vacation through BC. I believe that I have known these people for close to 40 years or more. We all had a really good time together. Short but sweet.

Except for the wasps. I have no idea why but the wasps here in the Okanagan have been extremely nasty these past few weeks. They just slip inside the house through a crack in the door. Our friend Colin was rather concerned as he carries an epipen with him in case he he gets stung. So we stayed inside and made sure that all the wasps had been removed. Why? Because Colin L. had left his epipen back at the hotel 😯

I certainly enjoyed my fish tacos for dinner that day.

The next morning, Monday the 12th it was so chilly when we got up that Colin lit the pilot light for the fireplace and turned it on. Carlie under the fireplace all wrapped up.

Ciela preferred to be outside under a few blankets. Carlie soon joined her there.

Our view for the past few days. So much smoke.

This morning while doing my kinesiology exercises ( got new ones yesterday – they get more difficult each week) Ciela jumped up on the bench I was using for a few exercises. She totally surprised me as she jumped up at the end of the bench between my legs.

We had no idea that they could jump like that. Here her tongue is cleaning my face.

So what made today so chaotic? Colin left early this morning to finish two hours of  interior photography on a home that he has been working on. When he got back and was downloading his photos at his desk, he got stung by a wasp between his left thumb and first finger. Ouch! He has never had a reaction before to a sting but was this time. I gave him Claritin but it was rapidly becoming more and more inflamed and painful.

He took the girls for a walk and came back with a very puffed up hand.  So I then gave him 800mg of Ibuprofen to help with the swelling. Today was the carpet and upholstery cleaning day for the RV.  It really needed it. The company called and said that they were two hours ahead of schedule and called to say that they were arriving in thirty minutes. So off Colin went to put out the two slides. The RV is in the storage lot and we are not allowed to put slides out, etc. We did it about four years ago and got reported to security. So yesterday Colin spoke to the two people who have the storage lot on either side of us.  They were okay with his leaving the slides out for two days 😉 S0 Colin let the cleaners in and they said that they would be about an hour. So he came back ( he was using the golf cart to go back and forth ) and stopped about two homes away from us to chat with a few neighbours.

That was when he got stung for the second time in less than 90 minutes. This time he got bit on the inside of his left knee. Once home, three minutes later, he came in feeling hot and the site was sore. However his entire body was suddenly itchy everywhere. The venom traveled through his body very very rapidly. He was hot, sweating, red all over ( including his head ) and itchy. I made him lie down on the bed and take his shirt off. I could see red patches developing all over his body. His ears and forehead were bright red. I knew that he had to get help ASAP. I called Inger but she was busy, while I was calling her Colin just walked out and over to their home. Colin was feeling faint and thought he was going to fall. Colin climbed into their car. His lips were numb and puffy ( still are  a bit ). An ambulance would take too long to get here and back to the hospital. He needed help right now!!  I was calling a local walk in clinic, they were full and unable to see him. I told them I thought he was going into anaphylactic shock. He had so many symptoms. They said that they would have a doctor on standby when he walked in and they were ready. Colin tried to text me from the car but he was pretty out of it. He finally had to tell them when he arrived that his heart was very tight. His lips were so swollen that he could not talk.

So why did I not take Colin to the clinic? I was not dressed to go out ( ie no bra ), the carpet cleaners were on their way here once they completed our RV and we were expecting a TV delivery for the RV. The girls knew that something was up and were out of sorts. So the TV and the carpet cleaners arrived at the some time. Both my cell and home phone were ringing constantly. Mucho loco 🙁  I remember texting Inger that I did not want Colin to die. Yes, it was that close.  Finally the doctor saw him and said that it was a bad reaction but his pupils were fine and his heart beat was fine. He did however make Colin sit for another 15 minutes to keep an eye on him.  However it must have been a bad reaction as the doctor sent Colin home with an RX for an epipen.

It did not take too long to clean our bedroom carpet.

This is who they were in case you want to know.

Colin got home ( thank you Steve, there is no way we could have waited for an ambulance ) and Colin was still wobbly. He laid down for a bit and I could see a red rash all over his legs. He was still very itchy but alive, thank you God and the Universe. I put Cortisone creme ( 1% ) on the itchy areas. Finally he fell asleep. Meanwhile I went to check on the RV that the door had been closed. I also turned on the three overhead fantastic fans. I was told that the carpet here in the house and the RV  ( as well as the furniture ) would be dry by the end of the day. No way!

I am so thankful that we came through this day with nothing serious. I love Colin so much and this was a huge awakening in our lives. My motto has always been to live life to the fullest each day.  We plan to do better than that.


We leave five weeks from today. Thank you all for being there for me. Colin is not back to normal but his mind is clear despite the swelling and itchiness. He just said that life is even more precious to him.

Colin asked if the girls could sleep in our bed tonight. Of course!







Sep 10, 2022

A visual tribute to Queen Elizabeth

Phillip came to me today,
and said it was time to go.
I looked at him and smiled,
as i whispered that “I know”
I then turned and looked behind me,
and seen I was asleep.
All my Family were around me,
and I could hear them weep.
I gently touched each shoulder,
with Phillip by my side.
Then I turned away and walked,
with My Angel guide.
Phillip held my hand,
as he lead the way,
to a world where King’s and Queens,
are Monarch’s every day.
I was given a crown to wear
or a Halo known by some.
The difference is up here,
they are worn by everyone.
I felt a sense of peace,
my reign had seen its end.
70 years I had served my Country,
as the peoples friend.
Thank you for the years,
for all your time and love.
Now I am one of two again,
in our Palace up above.
Author – Joanne Boyle


Sep 08, 2022

It has been the best day of their lives

Colin worked again today ( 3rd day in a row ) but he did not have time to walk them before he left. But they settled after breakfast and suddenly about 9:45AM started shrieking. I have never heard those sounds before from any of our doxies. I thought that perhaps one of them was in horrible pain and the other was calling for help. I ran to them and saw that they were both running and screaming at something in the corner between the printer and lower kitchen cabinet. I did not see anything. They would not let up and were going in circles and back and forth to the white leather sofa. Then they started to try and bite the bottom edge of the  sofa trying to get under it. All I could think about was that they had seen a mouse or a rat. I tried to pick them up to calm them but they were all muscle and stronger then me struggling to be put down.

As I took no photos today I am sharing other photos. Ciela a few weeks  ago decided that she needed a special snug time with me every morning.

I was unable to take any photos nor a video, everything was happening much too fast.

She likes to put her body directly against my throat.

Their screaming never stopped. I was fully expecting security to arrive at my door any moment about noise complaints. I shut the windows. The girls never let up, running all around and the constant noise. I finally called Colin who could not believe the sounds they were making. They did not stop for four hours.

Sometimes is is difficult to breathe. Not to mention the nose kissing.

Finally Colin came home and the first thing he did was pull the teak credenza away from the back of the sofa. The girls were seriously trying to get under the sofa. I had got on my hands and knees with a flashlight and could see nothing. As soon as he moved that piece of furniture we all saw a creature run away. I thought it was a huge rat but I only saw the rear end. The girls were off in the attack mode. We leave our patio door open a few inches for the girls to come and go.  Looks like we had a visitor of some sort. Suddenly it ran ( so quickly that it was a blur ) under my exercise machine. Then back to under the sofa and then back to under the sauna. I finally was able to get a glimpse of a critter with a tail. It was a tiny chipmunk like squirrel.

It was the one closest to you in this photo, a chipmunk. Ahh poor thing. I can’t image how it felt, the girls noise was driving me insane.

Colin got it out from under the sauna and it ran into the kitchen. The girls cornered it the the left to the sink and then to the right of it. I tried to throw a towel over it. This wee thing was moving at the speed of light. And then we lost it. Turns out that it had run outside the front door next to my desk. We carefully checked that it was not inside. The girls had stopped screaming. Colin and the twins went outside. Colin spotted it behind the tomatoes pots and then it ran behind the shed and back and forth with the twins in pursuit Finally it made a run for the rocks lakeside. Carlie & Ciela had the critter corned. Colin lifted the rock it was hiding under and the chipmunk made a run towards the tree and up it went.

Our girls are certainly hounds.  They used their noses to find out where Chippy had been. The knew that the scent inside the house was not fresh and so they concentrated their efforts outside. It did not take long for them to discover where Chippy the critter had gone. So smart, they kept looking up at the tree.  However they never stopped sniffing and hunting.

It is now 5:42PM, eight hours later, and they are still sniffing every inch of the yard. I am exhausted and I can’t image what they are feeling.  They would not stop to eat, I could not pick them up, they were going crazy but at least the noise had stopped. I was relieved that it was not a mouse nor a rat. I truly felt so sorry for Chippy.

I am almost certain that he came in early this morning. Somehow I know that he will never ever come back into our home.

6:00PM and Colin has forced Ciela to go water the garden with him using the golf cart. Carlie continues to run around the yard sniffing. She is not giving up.

So yes, there is always drama in our lives 🙄 I certainly was not expecting my day to go sideways like this. One thing for certain is that we know that if ever there is a mouse in the RV that we will be alerted.

Aha finally Colin’s turn to be disturbed.



Sep 06, 2022

Que Pasa

Our new 43″ TV. We are now looking for a 26, 27 or 28 inch TV for the RV. It must be a smart TV. Hard to find in Canada. Guess we will have to get it once we arrive in Las Vegas. If you find any send us the link please.

I have been meaning to update you on the RV windshield replacement. I was the one who answered the phone when the glass shop called. Yes it was ready and yes it was perfect when I asked, “we always do perfect work”. So Colin drove to Vernon, yet again, and much to his surprise the window had cracked again. It happened about ten minutes after they called us. What can we say? Still no word on when they will get a third windshield. Good thing we started this back in early May.

Nice and slim and because of the thin frame it really is only an inch larger all the way around. Colin did not add the legs that came with it as the TV would then be too wide for the table. Instead we got this swivel base stand that he was able to screw the TV into. It stands barely an inch above the TV table, perfect for us.

FYI we leave exactly 6 weeks from today 😯

Will we be prepared? Right now it is too much to think about. I have to break it down to day by day. Looks like Carlie is ready to go.

I am feeling much better since I saw my chiropractor in Edmonton. Almost no pain when I lay face down which I have to do on a few of my kinesiology exercises. I had an appointment today and got my fourth set of exercises. I was sore all the way home just from learning how to do them. Not looking forward to tomorrow morning. My therapist is so very helpful and is going to put a program together for me to do while I am sitting when we are driving. Also something that I can do at every stop within five minutes. The overnight set will be more complicated.

Other than the seafood pasta this food was all from our garden. So very yummy.

Got my mammogram results today and all is well or so the letter says.

Ciela found a shaft of sunlight the other morning.

Can someone tell me why Canada only sells butter in one pound blocks? The US gives the option to buy the solid block of butter or wrapped in individual  quarters. So much easier for measuring in recipes.

Colin is putting in an edge to keep the Oyama shale in place. He has been waiting for it to cool down just a bit.

It looks great and will eventually fade to match the colour of the existing board along the road.

Colin builds things while I tend to drop things ( or fall ). I am going to miss my beautiful water glass at my desk here.

Last Thursday we had friends who happen to be neighbours ask if they could come by for a while. Hmm. They dropped a bombshell. They listed their home last Monday and it sold last Thursday. They had wanted to tell u in person. What!!!!  I am still in shock. Of course I never took any photos. Inger is the one who looked after the girls while we went to Vancouver for Katies’ service and both her and Steve are good friends. However the sale is subject to the selling of the buyers condo by end of November. We will be gone by then. Fortunately they are not moving too far away.

Do you think that this really happens?

One of the best books I have read in many years is The Sisters of Auschwitz. I thought I knew a good deal about that time in history but this true story of two Jewish Sisters’ opened my eyes. I learned so many details ( often more than I wanted to know ) and was surprised that these sisters crossed paths with Anne Frank in the camps. Those liberated from the camps certainly did not have an easy time trying to get back home. Such a difficult time in Europe right after the war ended. I have since read two more novels based on truth. So very many different things that happened that only survivors could share.

I meant to wish you all a wonderful long weekend a few days ago but somehow I ran out of time. I can’t let this carton go to waste.

Hope you all enjoyed your three days off.




Sep 03, 2022

Getting smoked in

For first time that I can remember ( many many years ) we have had a smoke free summer except for the odd day here and there. Yesterday that all changed.

Taken by my good friend Cindy who was at the beach with friends.

Taken not too long before the previous photo. Cindy was the photographer as well as for the next two.

The smoke suddenly appeared. It just swooped in. Apparently most of this smoke is drifting north from the White River and Irving Peak Fires that are burning in the Cascade Mountains east of Seattle. We have a very few local fires that have been burning off and on and have produced little to no smoke.

I took this one from our patio as soon as I saw the colour of the sky changing.

Colin took this one at exactly the right moment.

This morning we woke up to smoke filled sky and a faint smell of smoke.

Taken a few days ago on the Isla. Simply stunning and overwhelming.



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