May 21, 2011
Well, lots! I spent the first week unloading the rig and then, since the weather was shi..y I washed down the inside as well. What a good girl! Okay, it really was weather dependant and since it was raining anyway it was easy to do. I also made a list of all the things I need to buy before we leave next fall since it is easier to remember what I want to take now rather than try to figure it out later. When I got that all done there was six months of mail to look at as well as the taxes to be done and I put my head down and got that out of the way as well. Meanwhile Eric was getting the rest of “Big Red’s” importation done. Thanks to Sam for her new name, it really fits. Turned in our proof of time in Mexico to ICBC for our winter rebate and then got our old dog Moxie back for the summer. Our daughter Erika and husband Wade along with granddaughters Abby and Holly did a great job looking after her for the winter. They even let her sleep in the house when it was too cold outside!
Get out of my yard bear!
Luckily she has realized that she can’t chase them anymore and besides that she is quite deaf now. The nose still works well!
She was 13 in the winter and they have had her with them for the last four winters and for that we are really great full. She is as much their dog as ours and I think she has a special spot in grand daughter Abby’s heart. We have been arguing with a black bear since we got home as to who actually lives here and I think we have finally convinced him that it is us!
Guess what that is and who it belongs to!
If you guess him, you are right.
Yelling and shooting birdshot in the air helped a bit. A bit of birdshot in his butt helped too and finally Eric ran him with the tractor and I think he finally gets it. There have always been bears up on the hill grazing in the spring and that’s fine with us but I don’t want them in my front yard. This guy thought he could be a lawn ornament but I say “NO.”
I helped out a bit with Holly over last weekend as it was her final dance recital and Erika had a horse show to run as well as pony club testing and since Wade was away another driver was needed. That was me and it was great to see the final recital as I don’t get to see any of that over the winter. I didn’t get to see Abby ride in the horseshow but I’ll catch up with that at the next one.
These are the little tiny dancers and the are so cute they bring tears to your eyes.
Grand daughter Holly is on the ladder!
The next few days were spend getting all the dead stuff off the perennials and then getting a lawn mow clean up done. Eric was great because he got all my garden machinery up . and running quick so I was ready to go. I am now trying to get things done in the garden since the house is pretty much in order and Eric has washed the outside of the rig and is now waxing it. A really big job and of course he has found some delamination right were he thought it would be on the slide and he will deal with that as well. RV’s are so sloppily manufactured that there is always something to fix and it is an ongoing job. It is great to have it under cover now so the washing etc. can be done out of the rain.
I have managed to catch up with my friends and it is really great to hear their voices and catch up with their news.
So in the end we have managed to get a huge amount done in the last 2 1/2 weeks and feel like we are moving ahead with things. Eric has even managed to squeeze in a couple of rides on Big Red. Oh, I forgot he also rebuilt Blue’s starter and she is back in business. He has decided to offer her for sale so we’ll see what happens with that. He could keep her if he wants but I think he’s thinking it will be hard to ride them both.
For those of you who might wonder where we live here are a few pictures.
That’s Eric’s new pole building on the right where the rig is now stored when we are home. If the sun was shining there would be a big snow covered mountain behind that cloud. Oh, did I mention how cold and winter like it still is here. We’ve had a few nice days but mostly cloud, wind and rain. Yuck.
Our little house.
This is the beautiful Skeena River that we drive along on our way home. The Seven Sister mountain range is in the distance.
The Seven Sisters.
We live in a very beautiful area, especially when the sun is shining.