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Driving Miss Donna - what does this mean? Whenever I want to go somewhere, if Don is home he will usually drive. He always says he is driving miss Donna! This blog is for our travels, usually with our truck and fifth wheel trailer, but sometimes in our other wheels. When we are not vacationing check in for updates, although less frequent, about our life at home and our wonderful family:)

Sunday, March 22, 2020

WTH

Well things can change fast can't they? I referred to COVID in my last post. We've been doing a lot of reading amd talking wlth the kids, and thinkng about heading home. Then on Friday and of course the 13th, our insurance company sent out a notice if you are outside of Canada after March 19 and get sick from the Corona Virus, your insurance won't cover you.

As worried as we are about the virus our hearts are heavy with our decision to return home. We will have to isolate in our house when we return as well.

So we are stocking up as much as we can on groceries fresh and frozen amd heading home. Thank goodness we are so self contained that we will not have to have contact with anyone on the trip back.

I'll keep you updated.

Take care everyone.

March - in like a lamb? Or out like a lion?

So I made it to Saskatoon and back:)

And I have some very exciting news. I think I shared that I was letting my name stand for District 2 Director on the Federated Co-operatives Board? Well - I WON! IN anticipation of doing so I had booked an extra night in Saskatoon, and a flight a day later than usual. I didn't want to say too much because I was nervous and not too confident on the direction the vote would go. Sorry to my male readers, but I do believe that women are just getting going on this Board, and in my District the outgoing gentlemen was well liked. Anyway, it's over, and I have a 3 year term!

So here we are in March, what now?

On Wednesday we went to the city, stocked up, and planned our next destination. You know Telephone Cove is a favorite, so that's we headed to. This area is for relaxing, some fine dining in our terms, and relaxing by the water; all of which we are quite accomplished at.

Every year we meet awesome travelers, some full time RVers, others like us. This year's group was VERY cool, and we shared a ton of laughs, beverages and campfires. I am always somewhat awed at women who travel alone, and we met 2 ladies that live in their vans. You need to know that rarely are these folks sad, whiny or even poor. They typically have worked hard their entire lives, have families across America and choose to live this simple lifestyle. LOVE IT!






Our next destination? Yuma.

Pat and Walter and Ivan are there. We know that there will again be lots of food, laughter and beverages. And hopefully still lots of sun. Yuma is having a wetter winter than normal, but compared to ice and snow still better.

I will say we are starting to carefully track what is being called the Corona virus, as I am sure many are. After our Yuma visit we plan on going to Phoenix to hang with Ken and Brenda, Ron and Bev, and Carol and Richard.

So what has Yuma involved? Quiet evenings with Ivan, lots of visits and cards with Pat and Walter, and Don and Ivan snuck in a couple campfires.

Our boondocking site is so close to Yuma, I love it. You know I love a good city or town as much as I love boondocking, so this is the perfect location.







The bottom 2 photos are "the wall". Yes the wall between the US and Mexico. It was quite dusky out so the photos aren't the best, but it was chilling to see in person.

As often happens on our travels we have met some new friends, this time through Ivan. Ernie and Deb are fellow Saskatchewan folks from a long way back, and currently full timers. A short evening visit turned into a late night of music and 2 Ukrainian gals having a dance party!!

Well I have a better offer on the table right now than writing - a cold beer, so I will talk to you soon.




Friday, March 6, 2020

Part 2 February

So we did depart on February 19 after my eye appointment. I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. I was told they would be doing a more intensive test and I was still expecting another needle. I was beyond thankful to learn that my eye is 100% healed!! It may remain more sensitive to bright lights and perhaps not great in darker areas,  but that is not too new for me. So yay, let's hope no needles go there again.

We had the trailer packed and hooked to the truck so we headed home and were off.



We overnighted at Walmart in Helena, and other than the temperatures,  all was fine.


Our last night on the road was in St George. We had a little mishap on the way down amd broke the toilet.  We know the St George area well so we were confident we would find a place to purchase a new one, as well as overnight too. 



Our destination was Government Wash just outside of Vegas. Typically we stay at Laughlin because I fly to Saskatoon for Co-op work, but this year we thought we would try something different and closer to Vegas.

It was a great choice. Although there were lots of people it was not crowded, the views were still great, and we had easy access to city or countryside.



As you can see we also found a short hike to get us back into the swing of things. The Lake Mead Bluff Ttail is a nice 4 km walk through some gorgeous areas. 


The fun can't last forever so soon it was time for me to leave for Saskatoon. This year I was gone from Friday to Tuesday. 

Don kept himself busy with a few hikes, and cleaning the trailer:)

And I guess this will be continued again...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Finally February

I don't say that because I want time to pass, but rather because February is always busy and ends with Don and I going away!

First Mason's birthday! We picked him up and as per usual with most of the kids, he knew what he wanted to shop for. Although there were Lego involved, he also had a couple of other ideas, and it didn't take long to finish that trip. Lunch of choice was McDonalds, and Lindsay and Connor were there as well, so we ended up with a family lunch.

Mason enjoying his 6th birthday day dessert and his birthday party that we were still home to attend.




Next birthday up was Emerson. Emerson was so excited for her 11th birthday treat! She knew she wanted some new clothes and what stores to.find them in so off to West Edmonton Mall we went. She's a bit slower shopper then the boys, and by the time shopping and dinner were over we were DONE! I don't mind that she wanted clothes but as she gets older I like to see her still wanting a few toys, hence a picture with some sloths. 




Okay now we are on to Connor's birthday. He's turning 8! He also pre shopped a bit amd knew lego was in his future. So we visited Master Mind Toys. He was excited to receive his birthday money as cash. He found a wallet at home and did a very good job of paying forems amd having his money counted. 



I did say February is busy! We also have a tradition we try to keep of visiting the West Ed Waterpark with all the grandkids. Everyone except Blake,  now that he's in Junior High, have a week day off in February called Faith Day. So its just the 4 kids now. We have an absoljey fun filled wet exhausting day! It will be sad as the numbers decrease as ages increase, we nigjt have to look at a different day or time. 





One totally non birthday item we dealt with this month was booking the hall for our 40th Anniversary!! We are so excited to host this. In Don's mom's family her and all her siblings had big hall anniversary parties and we wanted to do the same. It seems surreal that the hall is booked. I'll share more details as we get closer. 

So we are now a day away from departimg for the south!

I can't miss two other very important February birthdays! Our son in laws Cal and Jeremy. No birthday visits or special lunches. LOL I wonder where they would go to spend their gift money amd lunch with us?

February to be continued:)

Monday, February 10, 2020

A Whole New Year!

We welcomed 2020 with a trip to Saskatchewan!

First a stop at Ken and Brenda's in Lanigan. We were able to visit all their kids and families and as always Brenda fed and watered us well!

Then off to Tisdale. We stayed with Ron and Bev, and got up to our usual shenanigans. Or at least Bev and I did - who knows what the guys did. LOL

We had some great family time with mom and the rest of Don's family, and managed to ring in the New Year at Ron and Bev's.



I always feel like in January I'm trying to stuff in as many visits with the kids as possible, in anticipation of going south for a couple of months.

So we attended every possible event we could, including an ice fishing day, hockey and ringette games and tournaments and suppers and visits.

Not too exciting for the readers, but to us pure happiness. Take care.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Merry Christmas and Farewell 2019

Not sure how December passed so quickly and somedays what we even did.

December was full of what are normal things for us, watching hockey, ringette, swimming and now basketball will enter the equation. 

I had a few Christmas parties to attend or plan. KidSport,  Co-op, and then our own. This year rather than a hard core all nighter DWS party, we decided to try a late afternoon open hose with friends as well. We both thoroughly enjoyed it, and as much as people lingered for long times,  it felt like we had more visiting time as well. Everyone seemed to like the new format so I think we will keep it!

Other than Christmas day itself though our favorite December activity is Santa by Appointment at West Edmonton Mall. This is the greatest opportunity for the kids to see Santa, we get the perfect Christmas photo of them, and it's scheduled so no waiting in line, etc.




I am getting so behind on the blog I am going to list December

  • Another eye appointment for me - hopefully we start seeing so much progress that I can find a final treatment date
  • Games night for me with some new friends I met while working the federal election
  • Reese's Christmas concert - SO CUTE!
  • Mayor's Christmas Reception
  • Making and bottling DAM Fine Moonshine
  • KidSport Christmas Party
  • Wine Night Ladies Christmas Party
  • Blake's Chritmas Band Concert
  • Mason and Connor's Christmas Concert

Christmas Eve with the Marshalls

Christmas Day!!




I just have to include these "crazy" pictures - that's real life.

AND - we decided to visit Tisdale for the New Year season - more to follow on that!