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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Are we getting closer?

 

We are hoping that end is near..the spending end that is..

Doug went out today to fill the propane tanks that are on “Little Dawg”..guess what?..not a surprise by the looks of the propane tank on the right....but we were hoping that the other one would have been okay..nope…

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They are both expired…good thing we had one extra tank.. so he only had to purchase one..the up side of this is that now he only has to paint the ‘plate’ that the two tanks sit on..instead of the tanks too!

on to the ‘shoes’??..where the rubber meets the road…we figured this is an important item…hoping that one of the tires on trailer will be good enough for a spare…

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here is our ‘Little Dawg’..getting sized up for a new ‘pair of shoes’.. 6 ply instead of the standard issue 4 ply …and a new rim too..because the old one was bent…

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now that the rubber was replaced..time to head to ‘Camp Nunez’…in Pitt Meadows….

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only one campsite spot in this private park…

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all set up in ‘no time flat’..time to get busy with painting..

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it as amazing how a few cans of ‘trem-clad paint’ can make something old and rusty new again!!…perfection…

our little ‘diamond in the rough’ is looking good…

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the sun was out..and it was a bit warm..so that big black fan kept us cool..blowing the hot air straight on through…

our chores finally complete and dinner done..time for a ‘fire in a can’…

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.a few shots of our ‘drink of choice’..some conversation with our campground ‘hostess’ Debbie Nunez....peace and quiet..that was until the ‘crazy gardener’ showed up…

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that would be Sergio (the campground host) madly cutting the lawn while Tucker had a great time chasing the mower…( this is a great campground..no leashes for the Tuckmeister!!)

“I am tired now..camping is hard work…can I go to bed please??”

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our overnight camping adventure was a success…the rain came down as we slept but we were warm, cozy and dry…and today the sun was shining again…

thanks for letting us stay at ‘Camp Nunez’, Debbie and Sergio…we had a great time and got lots of chores done..onwards to the next adventure…only four more sleeps…

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Peace of mind…

 

Since buying a  ‘new to us’   tent trailer..we had a bit of a  list of things that were deemed necessities…

  • Getting the jeep wired for an electric brake and plug
  • insurance for the year

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  • parking space in our condo’s underground parking garage

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  • tires…this isn’t looking too good..this is the spare?....wonder what the other two are like??looks to me like ‘Little Dawg’ is going to get some ‘shoes..

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  • brake check
  • wheel bearing check

the cost of this list is priceless in  comparison to our ‘peace of mind’…

and then there is the ‘cosmetic stuff’..

  • painting the propane tanks
  • painting the hitch, bumper and step
  • wax the exterior
  • eventually the pink and green pin striping and decals will be removed

my inside work was completed last weekend…so now it is time to help Doug with the outside stuff..

should be a fun weekend..now if only the weather co-operates..

we are off to ‘Camp Nunez’ on Saturday for a little overnight adventure…stay tuned..maybe the sun will SHINE??

Monday, July 25, 2011

In the dog house???

 

There seems to be a ‘pattern’ when it comes to the names that seem to ‘keep coming up’..no matter what…

Doug’s brother has always called him..’Auggie Dog’..you know the little dog from Huckleberry Hound…195034_YUNz1LBZQrmoxluEaPZcZN8j7..then there is his love of T-shirts…his favourite brand…note the pronunciation…

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‘Big Dawg’ is now born…but where did  the name ‘Freeway’ come from????

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remember the television show..’Hart to Hart’ starring Robert Wagner and Stephanie Powers..and the adorable  dog “Freeway”…

So then I purchased two stuffed mascots…

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aren’t they just the cutest..a bull dog with a leather vest..he has ‘Big Dawg’ embroidered on the back of the jacket and then there is the little golden retriever puppy with his scarf….perfection..Doug, of course thought I was crazy..maybe I was …but I still think they look so cute together…

one day they will be sitting on the dashboard…watching the view out the windshield..for now they are packed away in a box…away from the ‘golden boy’ who likes to ‘tear apart’ stuffed animals..

Now we have ‘Little Dawg’..so hence the title of this post..we are stuck in the ‘dog house..dog pound..dog kennel’..dog crate’…

but we are happy…no barking, no whining..just waggin’ our tails waiting to hit the road…

 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

before and after??

 

When this blog was born we had a diesel truck and a travel trailer…the truck was ‘Bigdawg and the trailer was ‘Freeway’…

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fast forward to May 2010..and we sold the truck and trailer and purchased the jeep…now called ‘Freeway’..one step in the direction of life on the road..this silver jeep will be our ‘toad’ when the time is right…

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We are  still dreaming of purchasing a Class A motorhome ( which will be called Bigdawg).. but just not yet…there are other steps we need to complete before we can get to that  point…

Rving is in our blood..and to be very truthful we have not been all that happy since we gave up the truck and trailer..we have tried to expand our horizons…and we have seen lots of sights in the last year..but it is not the same without having a little ‘home on wheels’…

Today was  a very happy ‘load up day’ of our new little ‘pup’…

We parked it at our friend’s in Pitt Meadows this weekend..lots of room to spread out and wash and scrub and clean and clean some more…

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Doug made one trip out to Pitt Meadows this morning to drop one load of stuff off..and then he returned home to pick up me and Tucker and another load..

this is what greeted me when we arrived…

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what a disaster!!!…and where on earth is all the stuff going to go??

within a few hours..all the items were stowed away…the curtains were re-hung after being washed…the beds are made…

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there..that’s better !!!…

We still have things to do on the outside…nothing that a few cans of spray paint  won’t fix…but we are saving that for next weekend…..we did more than enough work this weekend…time to re-group and get some rest!!

so now this little ‘pup’..needs a name..for now we can call it ‘Little Dawg’..that is if Doug approves?…

Our ‘Little Dawg’ is safely parked in his parking space in our condo parkade…

Welcome Home!!!

a new ‘pup’…

 

We have been home from our Oregon Coast holiday for more than a week now..this lovely two week vacation has just ‘cemented’ the fact that being in an RV and travelling is what we really want to do..

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this little rental trailer was warm, cozy and comfortable..the only things missing?..were  the fact that it wasn’t ours..and the lack of a sharp knife and a larger frying pan..and a bigger coffee maker…

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..so onward to our life for now..we have tried the ‘tent camping’….once …sure, I know we should have tried again..

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It was a good trip and a great introduction back into the ‘camping world’….BUT…

not quite perfect..we both know what would be  a perfect scenario but that is not to be as yet..some times the plans are too far on the back burner…and so beyond the reality of our life at the moment..

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So for now…we are both wondering?..what can we tow with  our beloved JEEP?….

How about  a ‘tent trailer?’….IMG_6868

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we found this little ‘diamond in the rough’ on Craig’s List..

a 1994 Scamper tent trailer..with a queen size bed, a double bed ,fridge, stove,  and a sink…

you can call us ‘crazy..indecisive’… ‘impulsive’ or just plain ‘nuts’…or just say congratulations and have fun!!

our  ‘new to us’ little ‘popup trailer’ needs a bit of ‘elbow grease’…but soon it will be ‘spic and span’…

so ‘Freeway’ has a new ‘pup’ to tow..…it is not our dream RV ....but it will be  our little ‘home on two wheels’ for now…

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Time to get  ‘scrubbing’…better break out the ‘rubber gloves’

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and the ‘golden slippers’…’Cinderella’ has some ‘work’ to do to get her ‘coach’ ready..ATT00014

Friday, July 22, 2011

Three dog night?

 

Another week is done..has summer arrived?..sure doesn’t seem like it..

The weather  this week has been mediocre..not exactly beach weather…

Doug returned to work on Monday..and I was left to my own devices..my week was filled with the usual household chores, dog walking I even did some geocaching on my own....

oh and then there was the doctor and lab appointments..not exactly blog worthy so I won’t bore you all with that kind of stuff…we all know what is entailed in going to the doctor for those annual check ups..poking prodding..tests and more tests…

NOw..today is Friday…and it is ‘date night’…where did we go?..well for starters..are you ready for this?..

we went to…

Costco

a romantic stroll through the aisles…paper towel…mango juice…raisin bran…laundry soap…glass cleaner plus a few other necessary items…are placed into the cart…$200 later…

then we went out for dinner…costing less than $7….

what did we have?

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two perfectly prepared ‘tube steaks’..and one side of fries with gravy!..our cozy little table for two….a perfect end to a great week…

 

We wanted to go to the brand new Walmart that just opened today but so did everyone else who lives in our neighbourhood..no parking to be had..so we are going to have to try again a different day…

Onwards to home..two ‘dogs’ done..one more to go..the four legged one and a stroll around the lake…

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and there was even time to find two geocaches…

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the ‘little green canister’ was tucked into the tree…ODE TO THE SOCCER MOMS..

time for one more… a short stroll out of the park..and we had one more under our belt…

wATCH YOUR FINGERS…this one was a plastic crocodile tucked underneath a rock…

Our geocaching skills seem to be improving slightly..ever since I downloaded the Geocaching App for my I-phone..the $9.99 cost has been so worth it!!!..

So as the sunsets on yet another week.. Happy Weekend everyone!!

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so ends my ‘three dog night’…

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The shoes of ‘life’

 

I always wonder which direction my life would take if I had made different or better choices?..

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go east….or west?..

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climb the corporate ladder..or just be a workin’ gal..

make a wish and hope it all comes out the way you want it..

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or be calm and assertive and be paddling like  a ‘duck underneath the water’..

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put all the ‘eggs’ in one basket or diversify?..

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some directions can be  slippery  at times…like ‘slippin’ on a banana peel..

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I put my shoes on one foot at a time..just some days they may be on the wrong feet?

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some days the ‘dogs are barkin’

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and other days life is a fast ride down hill..

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so as yet another day begins..which shoes to wear?..

‘tou-can dance shoes?..nope…

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I vote for the ‘golden slippers’..

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“Never let your memories be greater than your dreams"..