Nov 06, 2021

Crossing things off the list

So much happening all at once.  And then the phone rings with a personal or a business thing and dang there goes two hours. But we are making progress. My foot is better, I use it one day and rest for two. Except now I am in the RV putting things away but I don’t have too far to walk. Somehow I slept on my side and did something to my left thumb. Coping with that. I have a thumb brace and am using a cooling gel.

Are these my twins?

We rented a private site here in the park for two weeks. A very reasonable price based on the fact that at the moment there is no electricity to that particular site ( long story that you do not want to know). So a few days ago when we had freezing temps for three – four days we ran an extension cord across to our friends so that we could run an electric heater in the basement.  So far so good. Well it’s going to be freezing again for a few nights ( this is a three day post – written a bit here and there ) so using it to run a heater in the basement.

Who took these pictures?

Colin had to take the RV out to Freightliner this past Tuesday to get an oil change. It was last changed after we came back in March of 2020. All is well. The electric components ( element & switch ) for the hot water heater have been changed. However we have not had enough power to check it out. They also adjusted his windshield wipers but they don’t look quite right. No time to take it in again.

It appears that I may have caused some damage to my Lexus on the last day I drove it before the insurance ran out. Simply parked it too close to the house. Hmm guess that will go onto the back burner until April or May.

Long term weather forecast between here and Las Vegas looks pretty good, cool nights enroute but no precipitation, at least not yet. We have snow forecast for here the day after we leave 😉

When the sun is out the girls are out.

We have found the generator we need and will pick it up in Las Vegas.  More on that at the time.

We now have Mexican insurance for the RV and the Jeep.  About the same price as we paid in the fall of 2019. Extra careful to be sure that the Jeep is insured for towing as well as to drive on its own.  A new thing apparently.

So much fun!

I also got us covered for medical travel insurance with Costco who use Manulife. Included is COVID insurance for up to ten million per person. Whatever it takes they said.  Our bank quoted us $3765.00CAD total. We have been using the Costco Manulife for many years and only paid $2423.72CAD for both of us. This includes the 10 million for COVID plus plus. We decided to do this as an annual thirty day multi trip policy with a $500.00 deductible. Then we paid an additional 112 day top up for our 143 days out of country. My usual insurance agent went on maternity leave just before we left here mid October of 2019 and has not returned to work. Her supervisor hooked me up with Leevy @ 1 877 222- 7350.  That is his direct line. He was extremely patient with us, we were on the phone for 90 minutes between figuring out the best bang for our buck and asking all the medical questions that are required. We have always been able to say to no to each medical question. So now we are fully covered for Mexico as well as any additional 30 day trips we take before November 15th, 2022 either in Canada, the USA or anywhere in the world.  It does look like taking our dream vacation to Egypt may not happen.  We were booked for October 2020 and have been able to reschedule that for October 2022. At this point we don’t see us taking that trip. We would lose $600.00 USD each. Who would look after the twins for 2.5 weeks? Plus what state will the world and especially Egypt be in eleven months from now?

Sometimes we have the Jukebox Oldies radio station (908 – Shaw Direct ) ) on for the girls to mask the outside sounds. This just might have been me dancing and singing along with Simon and Garfunkel singing the Sounds of Silence. My mike is a soup ladle. We make fun when we can.

Love our long girls enjoying the heat of the sun. We can’t wait to introduce them to the beach.

We just discovered that there is a Kelowna Dachshund Club. I have joined their FB page. Looking forward to some fun events once we return in the spring. It might be fun to bring the triplets to a meet up.  Heck we will start our own meet up when Sequoia visits here in 2022. Who can resit twins, well wait until you meet THE triplets!

After the Freightliner appointment Colin stopped alongside our home to fill up the RV water tank.

The girls are really being so patient for 10 month old puppies. They don’t even bark at us going back and forth to the RV. It is very cold inside so they have only been there the once and were so excited. Carlie went to hide so we would not take her out of the RV 😀 We have made an area at the front of the house street side so that they can see us come and go. They are so good at using the ramp. We were surprised that after the first day they did not bark too much as cars drove past or folks walked by. Great training for leaving them alone in the RV – that will probably take all winter  to achieve.

So proud of our girls.

I am writing this post off the top of my head. So many details to deal with. I did a major grocery shop on Thursday. There were certain items that are out of stock but I will check in the US.  No butter to buy 🙁  Much cheaper to buy here rather than the US never mind Mexico. We are trying to minimize our shopping in either the US or Mexico.

You can see how close we are to our rented site. Easy back and forth. Colin is using our trolley to carry the heavy items.

Every day is full. Who has their financial advisor drop by on a Sunday to get papers signed?  We do! Tomorrow is a huge laundry day, regular for us, but huge for the girls, all their blankets get washed. Monday I have a massage and my left leg veins get done right after.  Tuesday I have a 30 minute appointment followed by last minute grocery purchases. Colin wants us to see the chiropractor midway Wednesday with is great idea due to the aches and pains.  He really is doing all the heavy work and much lifting. My car is back in storage for the next six months. So we have just the one car to share 😉

Just spotted this trio yesterday. We will miss being here this winter. An eagle did a very low fly pass this afternoon. I could see his eyes from my desk.

I am so going to miss my Christmas Cacti that I got a year ago. Who will care for them for me? Looks like I might see a few blooms before we leave.

It occurred to me that our departure date was Remembrance Day, November 11th. Best recheck with the plumber we hired to do our blowout. Oh he doesn’t work on holidays but he will for us ( extra $$ cash ) plus I have recommended him to many others this year.

Colin carries a number of baskets over to the RV for me to put away. It constantly amazes me that I can find a place to put all the stuff. Then the baskets get refilled and we do it over and over again.

We have to pay $40.00 to get our  house water shut off to the house for the winter. We really did think we were spending the winter here. I have been buying chocolate like it was the end of the world based on us hanging out here. Oh well, it is all in the RV now 😎 The eagles have been doing some low fly passes.  I saw a pair of eyes earlier this afternoon from my desk. We are going to miss our wildlife over the winter.

Ciela sees Colin walking back and is scratching on the sill, maybe so he hears her noise?

However things are becoming stricter in Mexico. You are no longer automatically given an 180 day tourist pass ( FMM ) but they can chose to only give you 10 days or two months.  This is of interest to only those who travel to Mexico but explains the process. The Mexican government is basically cracking down on illegal foreigners and Mexicans. this link is via Facebook. Click here to read about the new situation which will only get even stricter in the years to come. Basically Mexico no longer needs tourists especially those who are abusing the system.

The dog could be right but right now my C stash needs more of their mom.

Don’t forget. So happy to get that extra hour tonight.

I have read that folks are already lining up to cross the border. Hope they all make it.

You never know with me, I might post tomorrow or the next day. So be sure to check back soon.










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13 Responses to “Crossing things off the list”

  1. SandyM says:

    Nice catch up post. We like the Kerry Gold butter we buy at Costco; salted or unsalted. It comes in 2 pound packages. We miss good butter when in Mexico. Wishing you traveling mercies all the way to the Isla.

  2. SandyM says:

    Nice catch up post. We like the Kerry Gold butter we buy at Costco; salted or unsalted. It comes in 2 pound packages. We miss good butter when in Mexico. Wishing you traveling mercies all the way to the Isla.

    • contessa says:

      Sadly we don’t have a Costco in Mazatlan although there is a Sams Club. I have the room so why not take it with us.

  3. Jim and Barb says:

    Sounds like you are getting things in order for your big adventure! Hope you have calm weather and safe travels for your trip south!

    • contessa says:

      So far the first fours days look really good. Snow is in the forecast for the day after we leave so hopefully is does not arrive early. It is a big adventure.

  4. Michelle says:

    You can never have too much chocolate and the twins will need lots of beach walks which will help burn the chocolate calories. Here in Connecticut it is 29F this morning so Mexico sounds wonderful! It will be so worth all your hard work:)

    • contessa says:

      We are going down to 27F tonight, I feel the wind in my bones. The hot sand and the heat of the sun on our shoulders will be dry welcome.

  5. Maxx Trails says:

    I find butter much cheaper in the states than at home. It sounds like things are coming along 🙂

    • contessa says:

      I just Googled Walmart butter and it seemed more expensive. Prices have gone up a lot especially on cheeses. Yes things are coming along. If I didn’t have these appointments ( booked before the border opened ) I would not be concerned. However it will come together, it usually does.

  6. Wow, so much happening at your place and all that work packing the RV. Good for you to still write a post with all that activity. The girls sure know that something is up and they already remember their previous trips in the RV. At least you know what to bring to Mexico because of your experience so you won’t miss much if it isn’t available there.

    • contessa says:

      It would be so much easier to travel within the USA. Not a big deal to get the type of food we eat. There are lots of choices in Mexico but not always the ones for our diet.

  7. Cindy M says:

    I love reading your posts on your blog and pics of the girls! Priceless! Can’t wait to see them on the beach pictures!

  8. Pauline Watson says:

    What a fun post! I loved all the pics of the girls 😉
    I’m so happy you get to go Mexico this year.
    Take all the chocolate along you can carry, I don’t like how chocolate tastes in Mexico. M&M’s are not the same.

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