Thursday, September 30, 2010

RV Dreaming shopping checklist!

We received ‘ The Highways’ magazine in the mail  this week..as we were flipping the pages there was an article with regards to ‘buyer aware’..it included a list from a man and woman’s point of view with regards to buying an RV…

The article made us think about all the things we are looking for…

1. good price

2. good size( we need to buy the right one in the beginning..there will be no room for error)

3. low mileage

4 . good condition

5. outside storage capacity

6. towing capacity

7. electric awnings?

8. satellite dish?

9. diesel or gas pusher?

10. winnebago….itasca..holiday rambler?

11. fireplace?

some of the other things we thought of were…

opposing slides?..one, two, three or four?

slides in..can you get to the bathroom?..make a meal in the kitchen?

is there a spot to put your feet up?..what about your cocktail?..is there a spot to put your drink down?

storage space in the kitchen?..counter space?…regular oven or convection?

double fridge?..ice maker?…large sink?..

booth or free standing dinette?

floor space for the ‘Tuckmeister’..what about the kitty?..cat litter  box?..where is it going to go?

king size bed or queen size?

washer dryer combo??

clothes storage?

bathroom all together or separate toilet  room?

so many decisions to make..good thing we have lots of time..because this is going to be a LONG process!

 

 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

lesson learned….

In my previous post I mentioned about a situation I had with a potential buyer for an item I had for sale on Craig’s List…

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We have sold many items on this free website and have actually had no real problems to speak of..except for one nasty phone call from a lady who wanted some dishes that I had already sold…that was until the incident this past weekend…

There have been no more emails from our disgruntled purchaser so that is a good thing…we have learned a lesson from this incident though…

We will continue to use Craig’s List but from now on my advertisements will now say …… FIRST COME FIRST SERVE…if you want it?..please come and pick it up!

There are no guarantees in life….if you don’t get here first….someone may beat you to it!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

you can’t win ‘em all…

 

It was race day at Hastings Racetrack…a beautiful sunny afternoon…Classic Alley Kat was favoured to win…

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We were all hopeful….

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there she is …number three…looking good as usual…

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the results not so good..she came in fourth…too bad ‘Bobby’..you can’t win ‘em all…..

this afternoon was a no win situation…

but not before we get a nasty email from a disgruntled man in Chilliwack…this email was with regards to an item we were going to sell on Craig’s List..we found out we couldn’t sell it..and he was angry..said we had a verbal  contract and we had no right to back out…he had emails to confirm….blah blah..now he wants to take us to small claims court..get a life buddy!!!…unfreaking believable!!!..all over an item worth $100!

Our late afternoon was spent..dreaming…kicking tires..where?..the Rv show in Abbotsford..was there anything there worth dreaming and drooling over??..sure there was a couple of nice buses…but it’s not time yet…see you in the used RV lot when our time comes….

Since it seemed to be  date night…we went to the Olive Garden for dinner…had to wait 45 minutes at 800 pm…gosh, people eat dinner late??…

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the sun has set …and the rains have arrived….

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fall has arrived…we have not missed the rain!!!..but you can’t win ‘em all!!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

one word for you…LETITGO

I have been told numerous times over the last few months to ..LETITGO…Let what go you ask?..well, my post from yesterday, and the topic..THE BAD PENNY..

Donna’s comment has hit the nail  on the head..I thought that if the trailer was gone..gone would be the memories that went along with it..but they are still with me..

What do I miss?..not all the work that was involved with going and coming home..but it was the in between time..the peace and quiet…the campfire…coffee outside in the morning..the smell of bacon cooking..coffee perking..…the walks on the beach ..…the simpleness of life in a trailer….the one on one time…no housework or laundry…(at least till we got home)

I know…LETITGO..one day we will be back out there..and I am hanging onto that…some days it is the only thing that keeps me sane!…I just think how much we are going to appreciate it when it is time once again…so for now I am learning to LETITGO!!……there will always be the memories for now..but one day we will be making new memories!

Keeping  an eye on the prize!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

like a bad penny?

 

Our truck has been gone  from the car lot for the past few months..and the trailer has been sitting all alone in the lot..right where we left it…we went by the car dealer on Friday  and the trailer was no where to  be seen..We thought..oh my goodness..finally someone purchased it!!!…thank goodness …

We no longer have to drive by and see it sitting there…but low and behold this morning when Doug was on his way to work he looked over and there it was..just like a “bad penny” … it showed up again…geez……

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I know in my heart that it is just a big white box on wheels but I wonder ???……if it could talk what would it say???…..

"Does no one want me???..I made my former family happy, that was until they did some number crunching and realized that I was never going to be theirs??..I was in  actual fact was just a rental for  the past few years. ..the forever ever plan from the bank??..I enjoyed taking them on their adventures but my time was  done..time for a new family and some new adventures..Please come and buy me so I can feel the wind once again!!  I will be good..I promise..I will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer..throw away your tent and come and try the fiber glass box on wheels..you will never want  to sleep on the ground again!!..fridge, stove, television, radio, dvd player,  full bathroom, microwave, awning, two propane tanks, double sink, lots of storage, queen size bed..what more could a family just starting out ask for ???"

 so as our ‘bad penny’ sits in the car lot ..we hope that one day it will be gone for good…we have moved on …we only wish this fiber glass box would too!!!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

….said the spider to the fly??!!

 

 

this spider web is on a light pole  about 20 feet from our third floor sundeck..one dark and rainy night……the camera came out…IMG_3576

yes, the camera has returned home..and my how  I missed it….my blog posts have had to be creative…using google images..the quality is not the same but the pictures were sufficient to tell the story…

my list of favourite blogs that I read has grown to a great magnitude…they are like a spider web…the web keeps getting bigger and bigger…says the spider to the fly….

It is hard to comment on all the blogs..I enjoy reading all of them..for different reasons…..

I like to live vicariously through the ones who are travelling fulltime and those who are part time....I learn from some…and can relate to others who are at the same stage as us..working for a living and just waiting for the dream to come to fruition.

As the summer of 2010 is coming to an end..autumn will be here next week…the winter snowbirds will be on the road soon…lucky you…have fun as you head south to warmer climates….

Autumn is my favourite season…the changing colours, the crunch of the leaves…and the smells of pumpkin, cinnamon and turkey…the cool fall days with blue sky…picture perfect!!!

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Today..not so perfect …rainy in the morning…the sun did come out later in the afternoon….and not very blogworthy…a pretty dull day around here…maybe next weekend will be more exciting.

so as this ‘fly’ is caught in the blog web…I will continue to read along as you go on your adventures…have fun..safe travels to all of you…..

Thursday, September 16, 2010

THE BIG DAWG HAS RETURNED ……

Yes, my beloved husband has returned home after being away for six days..not that I did not enjoy my time alone…(my party of one)..but it is nice to have life back to some sense of normalcy…

Where did he go?…a work related conference in Ontario…he works for a company called Torlys…the head off ice is in Mississauga, Ontario.

There have been a few conferences.over the years and sometimes  the spouses are invited..( I have been to Langdon Hall and also to Old Montreal..thanks to the generosity of Torlys)..this year no spouses..just employees…

The conference was held at Klempenfelt Conference Center in Barrie, Ontario.

It is located on the shores of Klempenfelt Bay, Lake Simcoe..15 acres with 1500 feet of private shoreline…

 

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once the conference was over on Sunday afternoon..he headed back into Mississauga for a few days of work at the main warehouse…

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heading home on Wednesday…coming  back where you belong….

 

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almost home…this would be the Golden Ears Bridge in Pitt Meadows…from the plane!..no toll charge for this….IMG_3561

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feet on the ground after a five hour flight…..behind the wheel of the jeep..stuck in traffic….heading home..great to be home…back to work tomorrow!!..life is still good!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

34 days..

 

thirty fours day from now..is October 16th, 2010..there is going to be a wedding in the family…

who is getting married?…my niece…my sister’s daughter..Crystal is the bride to be….today was the bridal shower…

another day without the camera… Sad smile..

the room was filled with nieces, aunts, grandmothers, mother in law, bridesmaids and a few small children..

there was a good turn out..and it was a lovely shower filled with party games, lots of presents and a table full of food!!

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my advice to her…’being married is the hardest job you will ever have…and when Mike is ‘wrong’..he is still ‘right’…

lots of give and take..sometimes more take than give…

her grandmother’s advice…don’t go to bed angry at each other..

take all the advice you will get and make it work for the two of you…

Showers of happiness!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

a party of one?

My party of one?….what kind of party games did I play?

well first off was this one called…

housework 

once I tired of that..it was off to wash the jeep..hey this is not my job!!..but I did it anyway…and did a fine job to boot!!

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then it was time to shop..I love to sh0p..have I told you that??..

first it was Costco..I love going there on a Saturday afternoon with all the other crazy shoppers……. 256

 

and then ....brace yourselves..can you stand the excitement?…

Real_Canadian_Superstorebut you know the good part of this lovely day…I got to drive the jeep..nice and clean and shiny..sun was shining....all by myself!!!..radio going..no one to tell me where to go..or which lane to be in…love it!!!!

okay..now I am tired..is the party over yet??..nope one more game..the baking game…

pumpkin loaf….times 5….

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 and cranberry loaf..times 3

cranberrynutbreadnow for my real complaint about this day..we have two cameras..one olympus..point and shoot and then my favourite, our canon..do I have a camera in my possession today???..nope…one is at Carlie’s house and the other has gone on vacation to TORONTO!!! 

How am I suppose to blog without my trusty camera??…GOOGLE IMAGES THATS HOW!!!..thank goodness for GOOGLE!!!

thanks for attending this ‘party of one’…this party girl is heading to bed..early tonight!!…..

While the ‘bigdawg’ is away?..

While the ‘cat’s away the mice will play?’wpr0100l

what is a girl to do when the hubby is out of town???…stay up late…sleep in …eat what I want when I want…..sounds like a good time to me!!..hey wait a second..that sounds like my normal life …???

Where is he??…the big “TO”..Toronto for those  who don’t know what “TO” stands for…a five hour plane ride from home…have a safe trip..and hurry back!!!Flair_01-779641

 

…the yearly conference..work related fun!!!..when is he coming back??   Next Wednesday!!

don’t get me wrong I miss him…but sometimes time alone is a good thing…lots of time to do those things that just don’t get done…just me and my two ‘fur children’..we are going to PARTAY!!!!..

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maybe tomorrow??…..

here it is  1245 am.. three more hours and I will have been up for 24 hours..this party girl is heading to bed…time to get some beauty sleep..don’t know if there is any hope..but a girl can wish!!!

beauty_sleepparty on..blogville..more later….

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those two numbers will always remind us of that fateful day 9 years ago..

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT?

Imagine that you had won the following prize in a  contest:

Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in your private account for your use.

 

However, this prize had rules, just as any game has certain rules.

The first set of rules would be:

1. Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.

2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.

3. You may only spend it.

Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400.00 for that day.

The second set of rules”

1. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, “It’s over, the game is over!”

2. It can close the account and you will not receive a new one.

What would you personally do?

You could buy anything and everything you wanted, right?

Not only for yourself , but for all the people you love.

Even for people you don’t know, because you couldn’t possibly spend it all on yourself..

You would try to spend every cent, and use it all…

ACTUALLY, THIS GAME IS REALITY!

Each of us is in possession of such a ‘magical’ bank.

We  just can’t seem to see it.

THE MAGICAL BANK IS TIME!

Each awakening morning we receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life, and when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is NOT credited to us.

What we haven’t lived up to for that day, is forever lost.

Yesterday is forever gone.

Each morning the account is refilled, but the bank can dissolve your account at any time..

WITHOUT WARNING.

WELL..what will you do with your 86,400 seconds?

Aren’t they worth so much more than the same amount  in dollars? Think about that, and always think of this:

Enjoy every second of your life, because time races by so much quicker than you think.

Take care of yourself, and enjoy life!

( as you have now finished reading this…I wish I had thought of this analogy but …..I got this as an email and I felt it was worth sharing)

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

WILD AND WACKY WEATHER??

It was sunny today when we got home..a beautiful afternoon..a run in the park for Tucker….barbequed sausages for dinner…a nap on the couch..one day of work and I am tired already…and then it started..the thunder, lightning..rain and hail???

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IMG_3454IMG_3458IMG_3457it was so loud it disturbed my nap??..mother nature was saying ‘wake up you lazy sod..you only worked one day so far!!’….what are you doing ‘napping?’

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and then ….by some strange weather miracle..the sky turned pink and the rain stopped?..okay I am awake now…!!!..’you did your job’

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working for the weekend ..wordless wednesday

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