Saturday, October 17, 2020

APARTMENT LIVING – ANOTHER FIRST FOR US!

 

Winter is fast approaching so yesterday we made the move into our friend Bev’s apartment here in Penticton.   We are just a couple corners away from Karen’s and looking out the window I can see her big trees.  I think we’ll actually be able to see the motor home from our window when we park it along her driveway.

Our motor home made no claims to be warm in the winter and since we can’t go to Arizona this year, we had to move inside.  So nice to have such great friends!  We will have to go soon and dump the tanks for the last time then figure out how to winterize the motor home.  This will be our eleventh year with the motorhome and we’ve never had to winterize it.

It was pretty amazing how much stuff we removed from the motor home that we deemed necessary to have in the apartment.  I made quite a few trips with the car and not quite done yet.  I managed to wrestle my big printer down from its home in the TV cabinet in the motorhome but I will need some help to get it out the door.  Not only is it heavy, it’s large and awkward to get through the narrow door and down the steps.  It can’t stay in the motorhome and get frozen either.

Our house plans are progressing at a snail’s pace.  The plan gets sent back to the drafts person and takes two weeks to come back.  Then all the specified changes weren’t made so back it goes again.  Grrr!  I think we are pretty close to giving the go sign if they could get the changes made.


Mule Deer Buck that visits Karen's yard



I think these are Sandhill Cranes.  Flock after flock went by one morning.



I happened to go in the house one evening when Karen and Bev were having sushi and noticed that Sydney cat had joined them.

I've been in gathering mode lately.  Walnuts on the left are from Karen's trees and the filberts are from around the neighbourhood.

Karen with our last picking of tomatoes

The begonias in Karen's hanging pots are still looking fine

We were up to Salmon Arm the other day for Aileen's dentist appointment and I wandered down to the waterfront.

Leaf drop along a path


Office building down near the waterfront



Wednesday, October 7, 2020

IT’S FALL

 

This has been a long dry spell for this blog.  We’re in the season that’s in between for photography so I haven’t been taking any.  The past few days the fall colour is coming on nicely.  We continue to wait on house progress which is proving to be frustrating.  The house can’t get in the que to be built until the plan has been finalized.  It is nearly two weeks since the last plan revision and we are still waiting to see the next version.

Aileen and I took the RZR for a ride in the mountains this past Monday.  We had a great ride following my nose and we managed to end up at the Keremeos viewpoint I went to in July with Al and Ernie.  I was able to follow the same route home that we did in July.

Today, our 53rd anniversary, we took the RZR and went for a ride up the old KVR Railway trail west of Summerland.  ATVs are permitted along this section.  We saw two cyclists and one other ATV so we enjoyed the solitude.  It was a gorgeous fall day!

We think we have moved most of our possessions from our Salmon Arm storage to our container here.  We may bring a few more things but nothing pressing.   The weather forecast is predicting much cooler temperatures starting this weekend.  We will soon have to think about moving in to warmer quarters.  More on that in future blogs.


Cutting corn for silage

Milkweed

One of Karen's orchids

Fall Crocus we drove past the other day


High country colour

One of the Twin Lakes

Looking across the lake

Our anniversary lunch today

Along the KVR railway trail

Trout Creek alongside the KVR trail


Saturday, September 19, 2020

PICKING UP THE PACE

Yes, things are starting to pick up a little here.  We have hauled two loads from our Salmon Arm storage down to our shipping container we have rented and parked in Karen’s yard.  We are trying to bring anything we want to have in the new home when it is delivered and ready to occupy.  Since we can’t get the car up into Bev and Kev’s backyard when it is wet, this seemed to be the best solution.  We don’t have a lot of furniture in storage but what we do have we’d like to have right away.  We have been sorting heavily as well so lots of stuff that has been in storage for twelve years won’t be making it into our new house.

We took a drive over to Keremeos where there are many fruit stands when we decided to buy pears for canning.  We visited several before we found nice pears.  In fact, it was the same little stand that Richard bought his peaches from and where we bought ours.  Their quality seems to be just a little better and the prices are pretty close to the lower end.  Some of the stands had very high prices and the quality wasn’t there.  Aileen and Karen made plum jam this morning.  The pears will be ready in a few days then we’ll see how many jars we get from 84 pounds.

All photo today were taken with the iPhone

This guy is about five feet from me

Two point and three point bucks


A fawn approaching the bucks


These deer shots are all in Karen's yard

One of the fruit stands had a nice display of old cars and tractors







Their fruit and vegetable displays were very nice, too.




As we were driving north yesterday about 8 am a few kms north of Penticton I managed to get this shot across Okanagan Lake.  Aileen was driving at 100 kmph which is about 60 mph for those south of the line.

Our first load brought from Salmon Arm

 

Monday, September 14, 2020

MARKING TIME

It feels like we are mostly just spending our time waiting.  We have very heavy smoke in all of southern BC so there is no sunshine.  The coastal areas have some rain forecast today but none in our forecast until perhaps Friday where I see the possibility of a thunderstorm.  The smoke makes the idea of pleasure travel or outings unpleasant so we are mostly sitting still.  Road trips or RV travel are on hold.

Things are progressing at a snail’s pace on our house.  We do have the basis of a successful house plan but it still needs tweaking.  Since the builder is very busy, it takes time to make changes on the plan.  We are trying to remain patient.  When the weather turns colder we will be winterizing the motorhome and moving into our friend Bev M’s apartment while she moves in with Karen.  Bev and Karen have lived together off and on over the last few years and travel together so they are looking forward to the arrangement.  Not so sure about Aileen and myself as neither of us have ever lived in an apartment, but at least we will be warmer.

We are renting a portable storage container which we will place here at Karen’s.  This will allow us to get some of our belongings from our storage shed at Bev and Kev’s before the fall rains make it too difficult to access.  Our shed is up a hill behind their house and it gets very muddy in the rain.  This should be quite exciting as most of the storage items in boxes, at least, we haven’t seen in twelve years.  I’m sure there will be lots to dispose of since our lives have changed so much in that time.  I certainly won’t be using all my backpacking equipment as that is not on my horizon.  That ship has sailed.  It will be an experience, I’m sure!

Aileen and Karen are continuing to can with peach jam and pickled beets being the most recent.  Pears will be next and then we should be out of jars and that will be the end of this year’s canning.



The water lily under the sprinkler

Fall Mums

Egg Plant

Roses 

More roses

Lady Bug on Milkweed

Dipping water from Skaha Lake for fire fighting

Going over me but I didn't get wet!