Saturday 26 August 2006

Garage Sale & Dinner at the Cottage

Today dawned another bright sunny but cool day. It was the day for the garage sale at the RV Park to start at 1:00 p.m. I had been putting some things out all week for the sale and this morning I priced it and got ready to put the items out on the picnic table. I also printed off some photos of Nick and Becky’s wedding for Betty as I had bought some photo paper this week. They turned out quite well and she was happy.

I had everything ready for the garage sale by about 12:15 p.m. so I sat outside and read my book for a while. Gordon walked around the park to see if anyone was participating in the sale. Betty came over about 1:30 p.m. I still didn’t have any customers. She and I then walked around the park and let Gordon man the sale at our lot. Betty bought a couple of items but we still had no customers by the time I returned. Betty took a couple of my mixing bowls that I had out for sale and the rest I loaded into the truck.

Betty had invited us to the cottage for dinner so on our way to the cottage I dropped the items off at the local thrift store. We had dinner in the gazebo on the dock. It was a mild evening but to Gordon’s disappointment, no sunset as it was cloudy.

We were home by about 9:15 p.m. just before it started to rain!

The photo above is of the little church at Pleasant Point where the cottage is located.

Friday 25 August 2006

Big Harv Gets a Bath!

Apparently there was a nice sunrise this morning (photo above taken by Gordon). I wasn’t up yet. By the time I got up it was cloudy and cool with a threat of rain.

That being said, after breakfast this morning we proceeded to wash the RV. The site that we have is perfect as we can pretty much use the truck as a ladder on all sides and there’s no one behind us so we also used it for washing the rear. Our ladder isn’t really tall enough to be able to get any strength behind washing and this time, it really needed strength. It was very dirty, a lot of it from washing the roof on Wednesday but there were also black streaks which are very hard to get off. Gordon did most of it with me running errands. I did do the part under the nose. Photo above shows Gordon using the truck as a ladder. It was actually a good day to wash the RV, it wasn’t too hot and the sun wasn’t shining in our eyes. Gordon got soaked so after we were done, we went down to the campground showers and had long hot showers. Our shower is convenient but it’s nice to be able to let the hot water run instead of taking ‘navy showers’. It never did rain while we were working.

It started to rain late in the afternoon and has been raining steadily all evening.

Thursday 24 August 2006

Two Year Full Timing Anniversary and More Shopping!

This bull was very curious about what I was doing walking by his field

Mist on the river

I forgot to mention that yesterday marked our 2nd year of full timing. We picked up our rig at Vos Trailers in Stittsville, Ontario on August 23rd and headed to Tranquil Acres as it was the closest RV Park to the campground that had pull thru sites. For a more detailed account of our two years, see Gordon's site at

Today, Betty returned from Toronto where she has been for the last couple of days, picked me up at the RV and off we went to Peterborough to shop again in her little black and yellow Mini Cooper. I had originally planned to wash the RV today but decided shopping would be more fun. We do need to get it washed before we leave here though as not many campgrounds will let you wash your rig on site!

We stopped at Red Lobster for lunch. It seemed to be taking forever for our lunch to come and it turned out something was wrong with their printers. The waitress had input our order but for some reason it hadn’t printed out in the kitchen so we got one lunch for free and they chose the most expensive one to give to us!

Then on to the Peterborough Mall. Betty bought a bracelet at Ardene’s. We then stopped at a mall that has a Reitmans and a Winners and Betty was itching to buy something else. She bought a black top with bling (wooden beads in this case) and a long black skirt. I didn’t buy anything!

Garth was having dinner out with his golf group tonight so we called Gordon on our way back and he met Betty and I at Taco Bell in Lindsay. Then Betty left for the cottage and we stopped and picked up a few groceries.

Yeah! I don’t have to cook tonight!

I also didn’t take any photos today so I’m posting a couple that I took this week on my morning walk.

Wednesday 23 August 2006

Happy Birthday Margie!

This is my little sister, Margie - Happy 40 something!

I've posted this photo before but she does look young enough to be Nick's date!

Today my little sister, Margie is 40 something (over 45) . A friend of my older sister commented on looking at the photos of Margie’s son’s wedding in July that she looked young enough to be Nick’s date. I’m including a photo of Nick and his Mom above. It's true! Margie is a very loving, giving person and a wonderful sister. We celebrated her birthday at the cottage on Saturday night but again, have a great day, Marg!


This morning we went to the RV park’s coffee klatch and met two more couples, Paul and Carolyn and Tom and Pat. Tom and Pat just sold their house on August 1st so are newbies and are very interesting folks. Carolyn and Paul aren’t full timers and were basically just overnighting here at Double M but had just come from Ottawa.

Last week we met Jim & Pam who told us about some interesting spots in New Mexico that we’ll have to try out.

After we got back from the coffee klatch, we started working on washing the RV. Gordon had to do the roof first so I tried to get the tree seed pods off the awning which didn’t work. He basically finished the roof and we packed it in for today. Now the RV itself is a lot dirtier due to the black stuff from the roof so another day for that!

I’ve had a bit of a meltdown last night and this morning from loss of our puppy. I’m not sure if crying it out is the way to go or trying to ignore it. Crying is just making me feel weak and shaky but it’s obvious that ignoring it isn’t working either as I’ve tried to do that since Friday last week so I guess it’s just time that will heal.

We relaxed for what was left of the afternoon. I also started going through things to get ready for the garage sale at the RV park this weekend.

Betty called after dinner and wanted me to go shopping with her tomorrow. Since we have to wash the rest of the RV, I told her I would go with her if it rains, so I have to call her tomorrow morning to make the decision. I also called Margie to wish her a Happy Birthday again but she had gone out so I left a message with Danica.

Tuesday 22 August 2006

Shopping for Travel Medical Insurance

Sunrise over the Scugog River (taken by Gordon)

Betty and Danica riding up front in the bow rider (taken by Gordon)

Today was another bright, sunny day with a cool breeze, just right for walking.

Late this morning I went into Lindsay to do some errands. I priced travel medical insurance in a couple of places but I think we’ll go with Brian Sanderson through the RV Explorer Club. That’s who we used last year and they paid my entire claim for my hospitalization in Cincinatti (amounts negotiated by them). I also looked around the downtown area a bit as I hadn’t been there yet this year. I picked up some ink for our printer and some other odds and ends that we needed as well as a few groceries.

I arrived home around 4:00 p.m. Gordon was nearly ready to send out the posse since I had been gone for about 5 hours. Shopping occupies my mind so I don't think so much about my poor little puppy.

The rest of the day passed uneventfully. At least we’re getting decent TV now!

Monday 21 August 2006

Road Trip

Although I have no reason to get up early anymore, there’s no little dog to get me up, I got up at about 7:30 a.m. and went for my walk. The sun was shining but it was quite cool – 7C (45F). After I got back, all of a sudden the fog rolled in and lasted for about an hour and then the sun came out again with a nice breeze.

I napped and did some interneting this morning. My plan had been to go into Lindsay and pick up some groceries and generally look around the town but couldn’t get up the enthusiasm to go.

Around noon I asked Gordon if he wanted to go to Beaverton after lunch. Beaverton is a little town about 30 miles northwest of Lindsay on Lake Simcoe. Betty and I had been there last year but Gordon hadn’t been there yet and since it was such a nice day it was a shame to waste it. So, away we went. It was a nice drive but not a lot to see in Beaverton. We drove out and parked near the jetty, then walked out to the end and took some photos. Photo above is of me sitting on the jetty. We drove south from Beaverton for a while then cut over and picked up Hwy 7 and came home.

Both of us are really tired so we had a nap and read a bit. Nothing else to report for today!

Sunday 20 August 2006

End of the Annual Cottage Weekend!

L to R Back – Garth, Nick, John, David

L to R Front – Betty, Becky, Margie, Sandra

Front - Jasper (Margie & John's dog)

I woke up today to rain on the roof, heavy at times so I took the opportunity to sleep in again. I got up around 8:00 a.m. and did a brisk walk around the park.

We got to the cottage this morning around 11:30 a.m. and helped Margie get lunch ready. Betty & Garth, Nick & Becky had gone to church and they arrived home about noon. After lunch the Ottawa folks started packing up for their trip home, we got our yearly photo done this year on the back deck instead of down at the dock as it turned much colder today and then everyone departed for home, including us!

We were happy after a long weekend of visiting to relax with a book and take a nap! The sun actually came out at the end of the day!