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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:)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Fun Side of Life

Now that I've bored you with house details let's talk trailer life!

We spent 4 days at Ole MacDonald's Resort with the girls and their families. It was perfect weather, perfect activities and perfect people. So nice to have some family time with everyone in a setting where the kids are so happy. 

Pictures say a thousand words so here they are:)

Our next trailer adventure was a trip to Saskatchewan to join Ken and Brenda. I think we were more excited to hear that they bought a trailer than they were to have it!  We spent a lovely two days together. Slow and easy days visiting and catching up. Life has sped by for us and now we are all grandparents, enjoying our families and long healthy marriages. It's great to be able to share that with them. 

 I had meant to take at least one more photo but here we are.

Home for a day and then we were off again. Here's our newest news. WE BOUGHT A BOAT!

So our next adventure, after trying to ensure that all parts and pieces were working, the Journey had a hitch, etc was a trip to Cross Lake. I was tentative about this journey with my Journey, but was pleased with how it pulled and the experience. Don has been a saint in teaching me to back up, hook up and everything else involved. Not unexpected we had a few mechanical snags, but we are very pleased with the performance of the boat, and the power of the motor. It is a 1985 16' Edson with a 140HP Evinrude. Out first trip was to ensure it floats, followed by an evening fishing outing. Don caught this magnificent perch. 

I caught air. 

The next day Tracy and the kids came out to try the tube. We had a delay due to the warning horn, which turned out to be done and needed replacing. But the kids were oh so patient and we finally got them out!

I can't wait for the next trip, and days and weeks to follow as they grow up enjoying the water. Hopefully we can find a time that Lindsay and her family and our schedules work so they can join us for a day this summer, but if not we have forever. 

I also forgot to tell you about our beach lunch with everyone. Lindsay and Jeremy live on the south side of Edmonton in a community called Summerside and they have a beach!  It's so cool. 

Anyway I'm sure I've missed lots of adventures. Some day I will tell you about our new adjustments in health and exercise, but for now we are getting ready to head out for an overnight visit to a retirement party for a colleague of Don's. 

Enjoy life - we are!!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Updates and Fixes

Well I did tell you that after our Yellowknife I would slow my posts down. True!

But our time at home has hardly been at home, which is a trend for us it seems. 

Every year we do some home repairs, maintenance and cosmetic surgery to our little house. This year we decided to take the leap and install a new furnace. This is a hard decision to make because although the existing furnace is the original it has never had a problem. The professionals will agree that the call outs and higher percentage of problems today are the newer furnaces with electronics galore. But estimated at over 40 years old, we knew we were starting to play roulette. So one thing leads to another and the first order of business prior to the furnace was a full duct cleaning. Then the furnace. 

Next on the list of house things was upstairs painting. The last time the main living space was done was about 15 years ago. We had since then updated the main floor bathroom and the offices, but the living room, dining room and kitchen were in bad need. Now why not throw in the cupboards for good measure?  And so began the vigil of taking down art, cleaning things up and moving furniture. 

The painter, who is a wonderful gentleman, is almost finished. I can only say his skills are evident and we are thrilled we chose him. There is a noticeable difference from the last one, mostly in the prep work, which of course affects the final results so much. 

Next on the itinerary is replacement of all the ceiling tiles in the basement. For all of our basement party friends I know you are sorry to see the orange tiles go. But life moves forward. 

The last house fix this year is new carpet in the bedroom. Our room seems to be last for flooring etc. but is going to be great to have done. 

I think the interior is done now. Maybe backsplash in the kitchen some time but no rush. 

I already have plans for next years work, but it will be outdoor items. 

Our little home looks fresh, clean and updated. Or it will once the furniture and pictures are back in place!