June 2019

June 1st – 2nd

I finished off my kitchen  cupboards. Jackie after work  filled the seams and only the painting to go. I will be glad when this LONG project is done as with work interruptions, golfing games and commitments it has seemed very busy. The doors worked out well. And it is rustic so makes the process a little easier. Plan now is to paint them brown then teal and then sand to look distressed. I am looking forward to seeing how it looks.

The smoke is finally gone which is nice. Jackie worked all day then we babysat Jackson. Corey came out for a bit and helped me finish while Jackie played with Jackson. We had Costco hot dogs. Boy are they juicy which is a nice way to say full of fat. Very good tasting though.

At the playground I bet you there were 25 kids all under 10 playing games which Jackson joined in. It appeared to be a chaotic game of tag with different rules that us adults couldn’t understand but the kids seemed to have a blast. I am sure Jackson loves it.

Jackson stayed out with us overnight and Jackie said he didn’t even get up until 9am. Awesome sleeper.

I had a 6 hour shift today to work. Supposedly 10 -4 but when I checked in by phoning as the new GM wants they wanted me in by 9am. I do not believe this is fair to any employee. Make the schedule and live with it. If you need extra help ask for it then not having employees phone in and changing hours last minute. I am not a fan of this. Just biding my time before I see a correction. To compound this I am working 2 to 3 times a week which is NOT what I am looking for.

I had a fun shift and it was warm out. It is fun to tease, joke and converse with a mixed bag of golfers. Even some good golfers out today with me giving away at least 6 chips. Always fun.

Took back my repaired tire to Canadian Tire for a second repair. Funny they phoned when it was ready and left a message they won’t be charging me anything extra. Made me smile as that wouldn’t have happened.

After work I came back and with Jackie we sanded the cupboards. Paint tomorrow !  Wonderful out here tonight in the warmth, quiet, and darkness of country. actually smelled more marijuana tonight then cow manure. Go figure.

Talked to Fred to see his timing on his deck and gazebo. I think we have a plan that will work.

Thought of the Day

I crunched a few numbers today on our retirement account .  Now it is time to figure out who will drive the get away car and who will wear the mask. 

June 3rd

Funny how time flies. Today is Jeff & Wendy’s 24th wedding anniversary. It seems like just yesterday. I remember it well with Jeff having a cast on his leg and needing a cart to get to the top of the hill at Midnapore Lake for the wedding ceremony. The girls Jess, Tor and Shandi loved riding in Nola Walen’s ( Ed wife from Stampede Wrestling) as she was the JP officiating and she drove them to the lake. It was a nice ceremony but as I said seems like only a short time ago.

Worked all day finishing up the electricity for the kitchen. Used a RV 30 amp cord and a waterproof junction box with a GFI receptacle. I had to do some re working on the box to make everything work.

I do have to say shopping at a big box store and wanting knowledgeable help can’t be in the same sentence. Trying to find product as they don’t seem to want to be everything that makes sense together and to get product information is like pulling teeth. I do find the paint department personnel always seem to be on the ball. I spent a long time in the electrical department trying to get the right products that will work for me. Today I was at Depot, Lowes, Canadian Tire and Woody’s. I can’t say any of them have good or even mediocre customer service. Woodys of the all is always a disaster. I ordered my parts I needed from Amazon easy peasy.  Cheaper and easier except for the few days wait. You would think stores could figure out if you stock carry stock people are going to stop going to you. Online just keeps growing. I picked up new light fixtures, RV cord, electrical box, clamps, elbows, shelving unit and plumbing connectors. It took me until noon to complete this.

First thing was a major issue. Jackie had a storage compartment lid come off in her hands. First age comes in to play and difficult to close due to location combined for a hinge failure. Our motorhome new was $225,000.00 and made by one of the best manufactures but why would they EVER think a rubber hinge would last forever. It didn’t. I tried to see if a easy fix but it is a very difficult task as it looks like a 30 ft long hinge system. I phoned my good RV repair place and she confirmed as I thought a very difficult job. To add to the dilemma is the finding the replacement part as Triple E doesn’t make Class A coaches anymore. Shauna was going to look for the parts and advise me. Fingers crossed.

Jackie got all of the mdf primed tonight and we sat outside enjoying the evening again until it got very very windy.

Thought of the Day

For those that say there is no such thing as a stupid question haven’t worked in customer service. The expectation and the delivery today are a little out of whack.

June 4th

Wind, wind go away come back another day. The wind everyday has been amazing. I am going to be guessing but I am sure at least 50kms. It is funny as it isn’t loud but the leaves constantly blowing just sound loud. Odd. The temperatures though are wonderful.

Today was my plan to put the boat in it’s position. I built a 4 x 4 platform 2ft wide beside the Saloon backside and used a screw in eyebolt and a 6 inch threaded eye through the side wall of the shed. I was lucky enough to have just enough plywood and lumber in my pile to complete it. Finished it late after noon and the boat it is rigid and secure which is nice. For aesthetics  I will find something to limit the visual impact it makes but the location works out well.

I put together my pressure washer  with it’s new parts and cleaned the roofs of the shed and gazebo best I could. The troughs were jam packed with leaves and buds. Makes a mess but when done really makes everything look better. Watered the plants until I can get time to install my irrigation system.

A nice relaxing work day.

Jackie & I headed into Strathmore to look at deck boxes and thought while there have supper and pick up some groceries.

Strathmore becomes a ghost town at 7pm. So no deck box. I decided as my Faux Outhouse would not be too visual it wasn’t worth the hassles as it does not meet the parks clearance rules. So rather than have to defend and possibly move it a 70 cu in deck box 4 x 6 is easier, less money and less hassles. Now to find it. LOL

Thought of the Day 

There is a saying ” if you don’t break the rules the rules will break you” Very true but sometimes you just have to concede and tow the line.

June 5th & 6th

It is so enjoyable out at the lot.  Quiet cool evenings and the nights are so nice. As I am writing this though a noisy pigeon is cooing away. LOL  I guess some may call that music.

I was supposed to work today but got a call from the GM that the tee sheet was on the light side. Warm day, no smoke, small breeze ideal day for golf but people must be cutting back as Heatherglen’s pricing is attractive and the course in perfect shape. So I planned a busy day. After researching best deals the deck box I wanted was at Rona Strathmore. I headed into town in the Dakota as these sheds are heavy boxes and I needed some lumber for the base. I went into the store and got everything ordered and headed out to the yard. The gate guy asks ” Did you think you need help loading the shed? ” Sure not old Totem staff. The yard guy and I whip to the sea-can at the back of the yard. Low and behold the shed I want is at the very back of a 40ft sea-can. Lucky the guy had decent strength as we both struggled getting this huge box out of the back. It was a chore but we finally did it.

It is a 70 cu ft shed made for large garbage cans. It has a piston opening lid and two front doors to access the interior. It fit perfect behind my Saloon. I made the base with 2 x 6 and 5/8 PWF plywood base. One sheet now costs $60. Pricing keeps going up. Very sturdy base done and then start the assembly. I had Jackie’s help after work and we completed the project including moving stuff into it. It works perfect for storage of my 12 inch miter saw with base, the table saw, compressor and after I get a another shelf in it some gardening stuff. Love it !

Finished up and headed to Heatherglen for an afternoon golf game with Jeff. We finished 18 holes in under 3 hours. Wonderfully warm and a fun night golfing. A decent night for both of us with Jeff breaking 90 and myself with an 81. It could have been so much better. Wings and beer after at the Bull to cap off a wonderful day.

Early morning rise to head to Turner Valley for my men’s league. I NEED A SPORT PSYCHOLOGIST. The organizer laughed when he saw my score and said ” Did you succumb to the pressure? ” Answer yes. I have an issue when playing in this men’s league similar to my men’s league in Mesa that I do poorly. Having said that I did finish in the top ten money earners in Mesa. Shot an 81 than next day a 94 is illogical and frustrating. I know exactly what happened that thru me. First hole and I hit it long but right. No trouble but in some trees with no under bush so a punch shot out or even maybe a clear path 100 yards to the green. We could NOT find my ball. Three playing partners not watching and I lose a ball having to shoot 4 a long ways away from the green. Thanks guys with old eyes. lol This is a ball that SHOULD NEVER have been lost. Taking an 8 on the first hole I could not recover and struggled the first nine. Back nine was ok.

I had three fun guys to play with today which still made it a fun outing.

After golf I went out to Oasis and met Jackie out there. We did a lot of discussing on the Saloon Bunkie and I think we have finalized the interior layout. Closet, bathroom and davenport living room with a fireplace and closet. Tight but it will work. Shabby chic clean white design theme.

A light rain carried on. I love the sound of it on the roof.

Remember D Day today.

Thought of the Day 

If a deaf person goes to the court house for a trial is it still called a hearing ?

June 7th

Mom & Dad’s wedding anniversary today. Not exactly positive but I am going to say  this would have been their 67th  year if Dad was still here.

Rained all night and still raining. It was only 6 degrees in June. Correction car gauge said 4 degrees. I attempted to work outside in my shed or gazebo but too cold. It will wait for another day.

I am having a difficult time with the repair of my storage door on the motorhome. First attempt was my favorite RV repair place Wild Mountain RV. I talked to Shauna and she was going to check into getting the part and get back to me. Three days later I phoned and talked to another lady there and was told Shauna was with other customers and she would phone me back. NEVER heard from Wild Mountain. Consistent superior customer service should be every companies goal. Second attempt was to ArrKann RV near Chestermere as it was close. Very helpful until an email comes that they are not familiar with motorhomes. An RV place that fixes only trailers. Go figure !  I even have an email from the factory saying they have the hinges in stock.Third attempt is Guarantee RV where we purchased a trailer and a motorhome from. They say they can do it so fingers crossed. I will drop it off on Sunday as I have the 8 hour Marshall shift coming up tomorrow.

Checking out product this morning online and my deck box/shed from Rona was on sale. Two days after buying it. Rona was exceptional at looking after this and refunded me the $100 difference. That’s service. The money I saved I bought my electrical for the Saloon and a light for the gazebo. Nice !

Still raining. We are coming back into Calgary tonight as I have to work at 9am tomorrow, it is still raining here and too cold to work in the shed or gazebo. There are three tournaments going on tomorrow and those are rarely cancelled as the chef has pre ordered all of the food based on the quantity of poeple. It will be a three layer clothing day with winter gloves to stay warm. Rain suit perhaps to stay dry. Fun !

It is a frustrating weather year. From the time we have gotten back to Canada the weather has been crappy. Snow, cold, wind, more wind, cold , and rain. Not good. June always is the wettest month but please let us have some nice days thrown in.

Watching the news and the reporting on Premier Ford’s one year anniversary today. I just can’t figure out why people don’t get it. If you are spending more than you are bringing in you need to cut. That means less nurses, less maintenance workers, less infrastructure ,less teachers, wage reductions and on and on. Education, health care and public service are the three most expensive departments in the government. In most cases getting above average salaries and benefits. All incredible hard working dedicated people but in a scenario of cost cutting it has to be first. Hopefully in the future after the economy changes it can be slowly brought back. Biggest issue is the unions and the brainwashing that has brought on a sense that this isn’t fair yet they continue to collect their monthly dues no matter what they negotiate.

Jason Kenny recognized cutting needs here in Alberta already and even lowered the minimum wage which is a great thing. I am sure he will have protests also.There will be deeper cuts of our public sector in Alberta as they are needed. I remember many, many, years as a private sector employee getting no increases and then getting 1 to 3% for years after, years after. Myself as a salesrep in most cases the dollars sold in your territory reflected your salary so in a slow economy we took a bath with some years 25% less than the previous year all due to poor government decisions affecting business .Nothing wrong with a few years wage and hiring freeze. Slow economy usually means very small inflation. As usual we will recover again and this will be a bi-gone issue. The UCP is on the right track so far.

Speaking of watching the news. Dodgeball is now promoting bullying is the newest thing.  Wow that is stretching it. We have a way too many too-gooders making an impact on our world. It is a game that kids love. The small guy just has to be fast and quick thinking. Yes someone may get out of game first due to being a target but that is the game. We need to relax.

We know traffic cops are usually men that were picked on as children. I would like to find out how many of them played and hated Dodgeball. LOL  Next time you get stopped ask them.

Even though a dull and dreary day it was a wonderful day with getting a $100 back from Rona, I found a RV place to repair my motorhome( hopefully) and I got to relax as it was just too cool to work.

I have enjoyed having Jackie out at the lot. Even though working all day she and I got to have lunch together and talk a bit . It was nice. Looking forward to more warmer days ahead to continue having fun.

Talked to Mom today and two of my Aunts have had recent birthdays. Out of the 8 Dickson kids the 5 girls are still around. All of the Uncles have passed. All of the Aunts lost their husbands years ago. Two Aunts now over 90 and the other three all in their 80’s with Mom being 87 yrs old. Good genes on the female side. Interesting to see in the next 20 years if the average mortality rate decreases for women as the baby boomer generation has had equal or more stress than the male population with having to full time work out of the house and added responsibility in most matters. The baby boomer generation really is the first to experience this in the biggest degree.

Love this retired life !!

After another Raptor win Trump may have a moratorium on not allowing non USA teams to play basketball or baseball in the USA leagues.

I hope everyone remembered D Day this weekend. It is amazing to me the courage of the young men on all sides. Remembering from a history book when the boats filled with men were heading to shore the fold down ramp was like a shield protecting the soldiers from bullets and when dropped the young men were picked off like a circus game. Soldiers said the bullets sounded like a typewriter with the hits. The actual number of casualties even today isn’t established but historians put it at about 10,000 for the Germans and 10,000 for the allied troops. As a country we did not do enough for the veterans. If the standard pension is $1500 ( CPP and OAS) I think a veteran that went to war ( any war) should have or should receive at least double that. They literally put their lives up for everyone else. Amazing. Any veteran now would be at least 92 years old of WWII.

Thought of the Day

Anyone else notice how most people only do good things to put it on social media ?

June 8th

9 am start this morning at Heatherglen. We had three tournaments going on plus many multiple tee time groups. The first tournament was the only one that made me busy. Fun great guys with a few ladies thrown in with the bulk of them non golfers. One group in particular was extremely slow. First time around a talk to see if they could keep up. Second time I asked them to miss a short Par 3 as they were two holes behind. Funny thing the one good golfer believed as they weren’t holding up the group behind them it was ok to go slow. EVERYONE should know “Keep up the group in front of you” It doesn’t matter where the group behind is. Third time as they were playing Best Ball I dropped a ball at the 100 yard marker and asked them to shoot from there again to try to get them to keep pace. Nothing worked. We had to ask the cook to delay their dinner. It took them 5.5 hours to finish a best ball tournament. The balance of the groups were pretty good. The odd driving on a Par 3, getting lost to their hole and lost clubs but overall the balance of the day went fairly well. I had a lot of fun with so many people. One group in a tournament came up to me to ask about how to mark the scores. They were confused and I wasn’t informed so between all of us they decided to enter NET scores. Wrong !  Typically a mark or dot indicates a hole with a handicap on it. Some of the players have had this on score cards in other tournaments as have I. But it is wrong as GROSS was supposed to be entered and a computer would do the calculation. This team will have a screwed up card. Too bad. A full 8 hour shift is a long day but due to the “fun” with the people I liked it. I dressed with three layers today as it was supposed to be only 13 degrees and possible showers. A bit nicer but not by much and we watched the storm clouds just miss us twice.

Babysitting Jackson tonight.

Thought of the Day 

No matter how clear of instruction you give people will still make mistakes.

June 9th

Happy Anniversary Victoria & Corey. Married now for 12 years. I remember the day well. Even though hurting the pocket book the marriage of your children is one of the special days you never forget. We were so lucky to have had both daughters meet and marry wonderful partners. To organize a wedding is a lot of work but the reward of seeing everyone especially your children have the time of your their life’s is fantastic. Victoria’s wedding was held at Crystal Ridge in Okotoks which was a great venue. Victoria was the first grandkid on both sides of the family to get married. ( Tor & Jess also were the first grandkids on both sides) Cor & Tor’s friends and wedding party were awesome as was family friend Jeff Grace in his Master of Ceremonies duties. It was a lot of fun. I am sure Victoria and Corey are shocked how fast it went by. The best part of marriage is finding that person. That person that laughs at your jokes. Is there for you no matter what. A warm body for the cold nights. A friend to talk to and share experiences. I love being married and watching the relationship between Victoria and Corey I can tell they fell the same.

Victoria & Corey
June 9th 2007

Live and love long !!!

Work load today was to whip out to the lot and ready the motorhome to take in to Guarantee RV. We bought our first motorhome from these guys years ago. They were helpful and here is hoping they can do the job. Fingers crossed.

I had to get it ready, pull in slides, drain grey and sewer, clear out broken bin, move stuff into the shed and hook up the Jeep plus clear out the fridge. Took a few hours. Guarantee is at Calaway Park so it is a long way to go. Speaking of Calaway I don’t remember the parking lot being so full. Good for them. Got it there and filled out my forms and dropped off my keys. While there I looked a 2019 Southwind. On sale for $189,000. Not a bad price when I consider ours was $225,000 in 2007. It didn’t have as many options but was beautiful in looks and design. Now to just wait until they phone. I am out of town and busy until Friday so they do have time to look at it.

Thought of Day 

There is a saying  “tying the knot when getting married” They forgot to mention your legs being hog tied also. LOL

June 10th -12th

First thing is good news. I heard from Guarantee RV and they can fix the hinging system, Like I thought they have to remove the entire bottom portion under the hinging. Each cargo bin and hot water heater, I guessed at a $1000 to repair and their quote cam in at $1200. I hate the dollar amount but very glad they came through. $200 worth of parts and $1000 worth of labor. They have a shop rate of $170 which when you consider the mechanic maybe is making $40 a hour it always seems too high for me. Having said that I am very pleased with Guarantee’s communication, commitment and  service level.  They were excellent to deal with when we bought our motorhome and were very generous on our trade in travel trailer. If I remember correct they gave us $6k more than what Woody’s offered.

Hinge runs from main door right the back of the motorhome

I am hoping for a relatively quick turn around and I will be very pleased and relieved.

The weather for this next few days is and was awesome awesome.  My Player Host shift was cancelled on Monday due to lack of tee times so I headed to help Fred earlier than planned. First I picked up 2 gallons of stain at Sherwin for $39.92. Regular $65 a gallon so a super deal. Headed out and picked up a couple of tools and left.

Fred & Terry had quite a bit done by the time I got there. We finished off squaring the deck. putting the stringers in and blocking. We got the picture frame done also so a very good start. Temperature was very nice and only a small army of mosquitos.  The deck already looks great and adds a lot of appeal.

Day 1 deck addition

Second day up early and started and worked until about 6 pm. Then tiredness crept in. But we completely finished the deck and 75 % of the gazebo.  They bought a modern design one 12 x 12 and I love it. Gives it a unique look and design. As usual there are 1000 bolts to put in with a Alan wrench. We broke the rules and used our drills clutched a way down. We both have Sojaq gazebos and the reviews are always excellent on them. I love mine but it has a few tweaks the manufacturer could have done as does this one. The roof panels don’t lock they just overlap which is fine except for aesthetics. The only real issue was the extremely poor instructions. No words just pictures and poorly done. Three bars we put up and then took down and re installed due to poor instructions.  If Fred & I struggle comprehending the process for install I can only imagine a newbie to construction. We worked all day again and quit at supper as we were tired. Another good day !

Day 2

Third day the other portion of the roof went up so easy compared to yesterday we were shocked. We completed the roof in a couple of hours.  Installed the screens and curtains. One issue was either Terry hid the box or the gable end screens weren’t sent so we didn’t install them.

Day 3 all done

I worked hard and long, was fed very well with good food,good rye ,cold beer and a few crib games. Another project done !!

Jackie was very busy babysitting Atticus and August for three days. She is pretty good at finding things to do including going to the lake this time as it was so nice out. I am sure she will be tired tonight though.

Lake visits are always fun

Looks like Attitcus must have been a little under the weather with cough medicine on the counter and this picture.


Not the happiest

Jessica & Atticus at the lake

Another week gone by like that.

Travelling on Hwy 2 I found the perfect rabbit. We were travelling along nicely at 140 kmph ,which is what the 2019 speed limit should be, and I see we gather a bunch of coyotes behind us in line like a pack. I always rear view mirror check as I don’t ever what to be snuck up on. Right at Innisfail the rabbit and I notice a ” want to be cop” Sheriff sitting on the off ramp so we slow down as fast as possible with braking. The whole pack slows down and watching in my mirror I see the “want to be”  come after us. I am always a little tentative as I have illegal smoked windows and they like to add to the revenue stream by handing out multiple tickets if they can. The cop comes up, puts his cherries on and pulls over the last guy to join our train. I laughed to myself as it was a prefect example of profiling. He stops the convertible Mustang instead of the Jeep or Taurus. Note to self. Never be the last guy in the train. LOL

Busy sports week with the Open, the NBA finals and the NHL finals. Great for the sport fanatic.

Thought of the Day 

I  got pulled over for speeding near Thunder Lake AB with Jackie . The cop comes to the window and asks ” Do you know how fast you were going?  I say ” No, I was too busy watching the fuzz on the road”  We both had a laugh as the poplar fuzz that year was incredible. I can’t remember for  sure but I hope he least reduced it a bit. LOL

June 13th-14th

I  am going to say today is the best day of weather in 2019. It hit 30 degrees with full sun and no wind. My men’s league is on today so no excuses. Or so I thought. I was playing with 3 nice guys today each with different golf strengths.  One of the guys was mister steady short and in the middle of the fairway. One with consistent straight drives and good chipping. One with a long ball hitter and good iron work.  I was very disappointed again. I CAN NOT score well at TV. The fairways and greens are exceptional, the yardage is fine but I cant seem to get it done. Today another 93 which is horrible. The 9 on one hole didn’t help. If I “removed” out 4 to 5 strokes for that hole I would have been about 88 which is still a way to high. I need to golf more as once a week like last week isn’t enough yet I am to busy it seems as it is. I didn’t win any money on a snips or deuce either. No excuses. Next week.

I had a unique experience today at the club. The club about two years ago decided for members they would provide ice, water, and cups with lids and straws for free. I said at the time it was a poor decision as they lose all bottled water revenue. Finally someone figured out besides the lost revenue it was costing over 2K in year in cups, lids and straws. I can say I am happy they were clever enough to figure it out but it took long enough and should never of happened in the first place. So management told staff NOT to give members plastic glasses for thier own water now. Here is where communication is key and give full details.

  1. in a literal manner or sense; exactly.
    “the driver took it literally when asked to go straight across the traffic circle”

A restaurant employee took the advise literally. I bought a soda pop bottle for $2.50 and asked for a glass with ice to go with it. Notice I said I paid and was told I couldn’t have a glass of ice. How any employee can be so literal and not use common sense is beyond me. A fountain pop comes with ice and glass. Peanuts come with a plastic cup if we are so concerned about plastic . Don’t sell fountain pop or use cardboard cups if it a huge environmental issue. I find it funny how common sense has left us as a society. It just seemed odd to get hassled for something that in business would be considered normal.

From now on I will order a fountain pop with glass and ice to save the hassle. LOL

Came home and watched the US OPEN golf. That is one nice  course

Raptors win. A great game and fun to watch plus great to rub into the USA.

I got to sleep in today as did Jackie as it is our anniversary. Amazing how 39 years flies by. It seems like yesterday yet it does seem forever. I love being married and nothing is nicer than having a partner that is beautiful, very smart and a best friend.  It is scary the speed that it went by though.

June 14th 1980

We were going to go someplace for our anniversary but after a busy week and a few things to get done we stayed at home.

Anniversary flowers

We headed out to Boulder Creek for a fun afternoon golfing together. Jackie has not golfed a lot so struggled a bit and her thumb caused her pain which didn’t help. The weather turned out absolutely perfect for us and the course was in perfect shape. They had a huge rainstorm this morning so we were asked to use cart path only. I sort of like this as you can get your 10K steps in and still have a seat to rest the back. It works perfect for me. I scored very well today ending with a 77. I am starting to think perhaps Turner Valley isn’t the best place for me play. I consistently score below 80 at Boulder, Heatherglen, McKenzie and Speargrass and have had 5 games in a row at TV over 93 .  It is all do to do with Turner not offering punch shots out from under trees. There are too many willow trees and low hanging spruce instead of removing the lower branches and clearing out the willows. I lose too many balls at TV where I lose none on these other courses. Making birdies and pars is lot more fun than boogies and doubles plus quads due to lost balls. And they don’t want to give a glass of ice on a hot day with your $2.50 pop. LOL

Fun day golfing

After golf we drove into Langdon to go out for supper at Il Bricco. This authentic Italian restaurant is always amazing. Again tonight a 5 out of 5. For a Calgarian it is worth the drive. We both had spectacular meals and thoroughly enjoyed the ambience.

Love this place

A wonderful anniversary day !

Thought of the Day 

The secret to a long marriage is just shouting “What ? ” from another room when you actually did hear it the first time. The out !

My most brilliant achievement was my ability to convince Jackie to marry me.

Funny thing about that is Jackie nor I ever remember asking or being asked to be married. Yet it happened.

June 15th

Jackie had some repair and run around for Audrey to do so I headed out to the lot. An absolutely beautiful day.

Oasis had a huge windstorm that dropped a lot of leaves, branches and even toppled over one large tree. I cleaned up our yard and luckily no damage. A bird nest fell out of our huge Popular tree and two baby Robin’s died on the ground. Gross picking them up.

Loaded all of the wood cutoffs, all of the tree branches including a lot of branches of the trees I trimmed beside our parking spot of the motorhome. I had to borrow a lighter from the neighbor as the motorhome isn’t there and he even included a bottle of BBQ fuel to use. I broke up all of my plywood and OSB panels small enough to fit into the firepit and had a roaring fire. Later it become a huge smudge fire. LOL

Installed the new gazebo overhead light by hardwiring it into my kitchen lights. I installed the last light in the kitchen. I installed my swing arm for the TV and mounted the TV. The cord was 1ft short of making it to my waterproof plug so had to come up with a plan B. I installed another receptacle nearer the TV on the inside. Had just enough wire. Moved the wiring around and went for a test. Everything working perfect EXCEPT the worst case scenario the range hood wasn’t working. I didn’t plan a access panel and enclosed the unit as whole. A nightmare to take apart as I had to remove barn wood also to lower the bottom panel.  I usually use glue but as I was putting this panel up under the cabinet by myself I didn’t when I made it which turned out to be very lucky. I NEVER use the new modern system of pushing in the wire for a receptacle as I like the bend the wire and tighten around the screw. Turns out the wire pulled out when I was shoving in the plug. Working on my back under a cabinet I didn’t notice it. The only plug I have EVER used the “NEW” method and I will never again. Lesson learned. I used old normal system and all is working perfect after wasting a good hour ripping things apart. Nothing beats the true and tried method.

Jackie completed the kitchen with our farmyard distressed cupboard painting and I LOVE IT. I really like my outdoor kitchen in Arizona I built but I like this one even better.

I love the looks and functionality

Country chic

DONE ANOTHER PROJECT ! One more thing off my to do list. Love it.

We stayed out at the lot until 11pm it was so nice out. Miss having the motorhome to sleep in.

Thought of the Day 

The hardest project to ever work on is YOU ! 

June 16th 


Jesse Willard


Peter Huggett

Losing a parent isn’t always the easiest as a reality sets in you are alone in this world.

A Dad is special. No one can replace them. They are unique in their thinking, their behavior and the way they teach.

I was so lucky to have my Dad until he was 89 years old. One of the smartest, wisest, kindest man I have ever known. I am so blessed to have inherited or learned a lot of his traits of, patience, being able to figure out how to do most things, creativity and hopefully be a kind person. He lived in time when Grade 9 was all that was really offered and yet he was an accomplished machinist, mechanic, welder, plumber, carpenter and electrician. He could make a Buick water pump work on Chev, he build three homes himslef ( one without power tools for the majority of the build) he build his own boat, he build his own truck camper and on and on.

Always thinking of him as he was my go to guy for help and advise.

Peter was a true English guy. Stern, strict by the rules. I enjoyed Peter as he was very clever and listening to him with his side of things always was interesting. He was hard working as a new Canadian, a expert gardener and loved his cold beer.  He was also a good cook . Jackie spent a lot of time with Peter in his last 5 years of life which was very good for both of them.

Heading out to the lot today to plant flowers !!

Just a wonderful warm day. Jackie and I spent the balance if the day there. We planted our grasses and perennials and filled our pots with annuals. I would like more geraniums as they are my favorite and lucky enough we have some room for them Other than the odd year for our patio flowers it has been 12 years since we spent money on flowers. A few hundred dollars disappeared just like that. Our soil out there is like rock so digging in isn’t easy. We planted and had pizza and pop for supper while enjoying the warmth and sunshine. Looks good !

Thought of the Day 

A few Dad memories–

  • Fishing all day, whistling in the boat and having ham & cheese sandwiches with root beer
  • Dads horse rides on his crossed legs
  • Hours and hours repairing my cars in the garage
  • The wonderful laugh at anything funny
  • Rocking back & forth in our Vauxhall to make a steep hill
  • Camping trips, BC Trips
  • Getting advise even as a older person on anything I was working on
  • See the results of dandelion wine

June 17th

Up early to head out to Heatherglen for my shift. For a 25 degree day and not be fully packed is odd. I beleive it is the sign of the times. The course is in remarkable shape, the greens the best in Calgary and the pricing is right for the value but not full today. I had the ladies league which is always fun. A new cart delivery and a sign making situation was about all of my events outside of the norm.  It was a fun nice warm day.

After work Victoria, Jackson, Jackie headed out Oasis . We had a KFC supper without a lot of utensils as the motorhome is still gone. KFC like Chinese the odd time is a wonderful meal.

We went golfing for the first time at Oasis. Jackson played every hole every shot. Let me say I was very impressed with how far and good he hot the ball. It was awesome ! I think he had a wonderful time.

It was a fun night golfing with Tor & Jackson for father’s day. We were so lucky that a storm passed right around us and we stayed warm and dry. Great Day !!

Ps Jackson brought home a new pet Caterpillar from the lot. Leaves and twigs in a KFC dish and his buddy made it home.

I sprained my ankle a few days ago and the odd time with movement a burst of pain runs up my leg and I feel like I could fall down. I worked through that as we walked the golf course and my back from working the last few days is hurting a way more than normal made golfing a difficult task tonight. Lots of Volteran and i should be as good as new tomorrow. The stuff is amazing.



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