Jul 27, 2021

Doing well here, but have some challenges

The night we got home, July 22nd, we could actually see the smoke coming in.

Neither of us have stopped since we returned.  It took three days to unload and clean the RV. I did 14 loads of laundry in three days. Colin had to deal with one of our trees that almost doubled in size while we were going.  It really needed a trim. It took both of us several hours over a few days to get our garden under control. So hot that we can only be outside for so long. The house was wrapped in spider webs and so on. I still am having problems with Revenue Canada since the end of April.  They owe us money yet are charging us 50.00 – 75.00 interest per month. It is all being blamed on Covid.  I am really getting tired of that excuse. It was supposed to be resolved while we were away but it was not. Might even be a few more months.

Then the smoke moved from west to east across the lake.

That same night it was only a day before the full moon. The smoke changes the colours.

The next morning the girls stationed themselves outside the front door. They did not want to miss anything. Ciela decided to bury herself under the towel covering the bed.  I try and cover the beds with one or two towels or blankets so they don’t make holes in the actual bed while chewing.  They are still puppies.

Our tomatoes have gone wild within the yard. So have the ones in the garden. The pot on the right has a  smaller patio tomato plant in it. They all have tomatoes ready for eating, we have already enjoyed a few  as well as cucumbers.

Ciela looks chunky here but she just curls up ‘fat’. In the past month they have not grown more than 0.4 of a pound each.

The night that we returned, the 22nd, was actually Colin’s birthday. I decided that we would celebrate on Sunday the 25th. Colin wanted Chinese take out for his special dinner.  While he was out I was frantically putting some gifts together.  I had preplanned and had various gifts ( from a mini flashlight to a baseball cap ) ready. That M & M bag held six bottles of wine. I did have champagne in the fridge but we decided to enjoy that on a less busy evening.

He was surprised to see the gifts when he got back with dinner. We ate and later opened the gifts. I even had cake – but it was crumble apple pie, his favourite. The morning after photo.

Today the smoke was very thick. I could barely see beyond the lake.

I still plan to do the rest of the Banff blog posts. I think that after tomorrow I should be back to normal. Thanks for checking in.

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12 responses so far

12 Responses to “Doing well here, but have some challenges”

  1. Jim and Barb says:

    7 bottles of wine! Now that is my kind of birthday!

  2. Linda Sand says:

    You taking care of you is my number one priority. I’ll be here when ever you have time for us. No pressure from me.

    • contessa says:

      Thanks Linda. Somedays I am pulled in so many directions. Today I haven’t even got close to 2,000 steps.

  3. Maxx Trails says:

    Happy Birthday Colin :=)

  4. Judith says:

    Whoa. You have been busy, but in spite, looks like Colin had a pretty good birthday, and then the moon, discolored by smoke as it may have been, rose over the lake and suggests time will keep going…maybe for even better days. I hope so.

  5. Pauline says:

    Ciela is not “fat” it’s muscle 🙂
    The colourful dachshund statue is cute!
    Do what you can when you can; it’ll eventually get done 🙂

  6. Dolores Tanner says:

    Love the way you guys celebrate and make great occasions!! That moon pic is great. and oh MY you guys have LOTS of smoke!!!
    My house was covered in spider wens too, what is that???
    My tomatoes/cukes are going crazy too, but not getting much off them… deer got our 3 huge ones that were just starting to ripen.. i see bees on the lavender but not the tomatoes.. that seems weird…
    Glad all is ok there 🙂

    • contessa says:

      Someone mentioned that the heat brings out more spiders!! Yuck. I have become a human bee and use the tip of my finger to pollinate the new tomatoes blooms and sometimes I use a Q tip to do the cucumbers. But our zucchini are not happening.

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