December 15, 2008


From our house to yours we wish you all a very blessed Christmas and a very happy and prosperous New Year.

It was like Christmas came early for me as I opened all my totes of Christmas decorations. Most of these I hadn't seen in three years. I made the wreath in the window (my crafty project for the year) and put up lights and garlands on top of my kitchen cupboards. We bought a tree because the motorhome tree is only a foot tall... So now we have candles and pointsettas and santas and angels scattered throughout the house. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - especially with the foot of snow we have covering the ground.

November 28, 2008

The view from my window is quite different this morning....

It snowed ALL day yesterday - we have at least 6 inches of white carpet today. The temps are still at the zero mark, but it seems so much colder looking at all that white stuff.

You can see all the snow on top of our poor cold moho......good thing we got her a cover!

Michel got called into work this morning - not surprising - so he'll be cleaning roads all day.

November 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Dad!!

We spent the day in Kelowna to help Michel's Dad celebrate his 80th birthday.
There were just the four of us - his parents and us - and we just hung out, went out for dinner and had a couple of glasses of wine. We just enjoyed the day and the company. (here is a picture of Rick blowing out candles)

- (and this one is Michel and his dad)

Yes - we're still hangin in here- the weather hasn't been too bad. If only it would stay like this! We're planning on spending Christmas with Michel's parents in Kelowna, but I still want to 'do my thing' I'm going to start decorating soon. It's been 3 years since I've seen my Christmas stuff and I'm getting anxious...

Michel is working (on call) for Emcon, so once the snow starts flying he'll get to clean roads. But even though we're not sitting in the sun, we both find time goes by pretty fast anyway. We both manage to stay busy, even if it's only reading, or doing sodoku, or playing poker on the internet - or watching TV - time marches on....

November 8, 2008

Greenwood, BC
We've had rain the past days, and even snow. This morning when I awoke the fog was just lifting. (pictures taken through the window) It was a kind of eerie, but none the less a pretty site. The leaves are all gone now, so we can see the creek rolling by in front of our property. It's getting colder, but I guess we'll get used to it. We have nice warm jackets and our furnace pumps out nice hot air..... We bought an RV cover for our motorhome to keep her warm too.

We'll be thinking of all of our travelling 'buddies' this winter as we read their blogs and see pictures of them playing in the sun. And we'll post snow pictures at this end.....

November 6, 2008

We spent a few days in Kelowna last week helping my daughter pack and clean and get ready for her move back to Alberta. On the way there we saw snow at Big White so I had to take a picture. We haven't seen a lot of snow in the past three years......

Next is a picture of my daughter Tammy, with her man Rob Coates and son Tristan taken behind the U-haul as we were finishing up.

We had a teary good bye but she's happy to be starting her life with Rob, and I'm just happy she's happy......

October 29, 2008

High today was only 7 degrees - but there was no sun so it seemed a lot colder.
Michel had a dentist appointment this morning - finished up a crown.
I was waiting for him at the coffee shop next door to the dentist reading through a few magazines. Quiet day for us today, but I'll leave you with this quote that I came across in one of those magazines........

Thought for the day -

Never answer an angry word with an angry word.
It's the second one that makes the quarrel - W.A. Nance Cleric

October 26, 2008

The weather here has been cooling off. Temperatures around 10-13 degrees in the afternoons, and we have been taking advantage of the beautifull sunshine. Michel goes for a walk almost every day - I join him, but not every day. We've been touring the hills on the west side of Greenwood, and exploring the trails and old mine shafts. (here is a picture of Michel inside the opening of one of the many abandoned mine shafts)

Here we have a of picture of the fall scenery - the trail that we were driving on.

And in this photo we have a view of Greenwood from the North. You can see the school and directly beside it to the right is the area we live in...

October 17, 2008

Well, we're still in Greenwood.

Usually we'd be leaving for the south by now, but as of yet we've made no plans to go. Earlier this spring I unloaded EVERYTHING from the motorhome into our new mobile home and this week Michel was busy outside winterizing the moho. We're going to try to hang out here for the winter. How else will we know if we like it here or not? But of course, nothing is written in stone..... if we decide that we just can't put up with the winter .... we'll just go.

October 12, 2008

My daughter Tammy and grandson Tristan were here to share Thanksgiving with us.
As you can see by the date on the picture, September 20th, it was taken the last time they came to visit. We were so busy visiting and playing, I didn't even think to take out the camera. But we enjoyed their company and had a wonderful visit. It will actually be our last visit until next summer because they are moving - from Kelowna - back to Grimshaw (northern Alberta) where they will begin 'a new life'. Tammy met a wonderful man who wants them to share his life with him. He has a good job and his own place just outside of Grimshaw, so that is where they will all live. I'm sad that they are leaving - BUT no one deserves happiness more than Tammy - I'm so happy for them. Maybe we'll be hearing wedding bells?

September 23, 2008

Our deck is complete.....
As you can see the railing is up, the stairs are finished... Michel did a super job! It looks great.
Michel should be very proud.

We got new patio furniture this year, complete with a swing.....

Michel was sure happy to just relax when the job was done.

September 13, 2008

We took part in the Rock Creek Fall Fair this past weekend. Michel and I joined Citizens on Patrol in Greenwood, and our first 'tour of duty' was Security at the Fair. For such a small town they put on quite an impressive Fair. Last year there was over 8000 in attendance and I'm sure they will have come pretty close to that again. We had day time security so all we had to do was walk around the fair grounds and enjoy all the events..... these pictures were taken at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning - before the rush!!

September 7, 2008

My son and his family were in Kelowna this past weekend. It was a nice surprise when he called on Saturday night asking if we had plans to go to Kelowna . We hadn't planned on it, but of course we did. We spent two great days there - Sunday and Monday. On Sunday we rented a boat and took the kids for a ride - Melody's first boat ride, and she squealed with delight. Here is Melody with her Mom (Khrystal) and with ther Dad (Farren).

In this picture (l to r) Michel, Khrystal, Melody (my granddaugher), Farren (my son) and Tristan (my Grandson). We had a great time cruising around the Okanagan Lake.

Here is a picture of Melody with her 'hair straight back' enjoying the breeze

September 2, 2008

We had a visit yesterday from friends Trevor and Carol. They are friends from Vernon, whom we met at Teacapan, MX last winter. They were on their way home from a 4-day camping trip with a group of antique car collectors and found their way to our place. What a wonderful surprise. They were driving their 1950-something BelAire and pulling a little trailer. And only too late did I think to take a picture of the car and rig ..... BUT - we had a great visit, chatted up a storm over coffee for a few hours.

August 18, 2008

Michel walked his lovely daughter Alisha down the 'grass carpeted' aisle this past weekend in an small and intimate ceremony in her mother's backyard. There was a gathering of about 35 people including only immediate family and a few close friends. They had a beautiful day with the temperature around 37 degrees.

Meet the new bride and groom - Robert and Alisha Wald.

In this picture we have four generations of Lamontagnes - - - (l to r) Kayden, Richard, Ulrich and Michel

August 11, 2008

The skirting is done - and what a difference that makes!

We still have to skirt in the deck, and put up the railings, but Michel put the stairs together and did a wonderful job. Our place is really beginning to look great. We sure do enjoy our deck!!

July 18, 2008

Michel's Dad and Uncle Jean Guy drove down from Kelowna for a visit. Our first overnight guests! It was nice to have them here. We had a good visit.

In this picture (l to r) Michel, Ulrich (Dad) and Jean Guy (Uncle)

July 15, 2008

We've made quite a few trips back to Kelowna to shop and visit, and one quick trip to Edmonton in June for a wedding, then I went to Grimshaw for two weeks to get to know my little granddaughter, while Michel came back to Greenwood to begin construction on our deck.

He managed to get the holes dug for the footings, but we were a month without power, so not much 'construction' happened until July. (in this picture he's pouring the concrete for the footings). Finally on July 3rd - we had power! And only a temporary pole at that. And Michel sure has been busy since then.

Here's a picture of the deck - as it was in the beginning. Michel busily building....

Our deck is now finished except the railings.

Look at that deck - itsn't it wonderful!!

in this picture -- Michel screwing the last screws in the deck !!!

June 15, 2008

Greenwood, BC

I can't believe how long it's been since I've updated this blog. We've been without internet since June 9th and finally today we're back on line!!

Our mobile home was moved onto our creekside lot on May 30th. We had planned, at that time, to just come back and forth on weekends to Greenwood, but Michel's job at Burnco was so part-time that we just decided to move. So we've been living full time in Greenwood since June 9th.

May 19, 2008

Homeward Bound.
Left our friends Rich and Tina around 9:30 heading north toward home. Arrived in Seattle in time for lunch, so we tried out the Space Needle's rotating restaurant. Expensive - but worth the price. The view from up there is awesome. The food is pretty good too, I should add, but at $25.00 (each) they were the most expensive burgers we've ever had.......

The view from the top is awesome! Here are a couple of pictures looking down at Seattle.

May 18, 2008

Olympia, WA - Tumwater Falls Park

We didn't just sit around all day drinking beer, but we could have..... we drove into Olympia for the afternoon to see a few of the sights. These pictures were taken at Tumwater Falls Park, and this waterfall you see is THE waterfall that appears on the cans of Olympia Beer (the factory being in behind - you can see a little of it to the top left).
This picture of Tina, Rich and Michel was taken on the bridge over the falls. That is a restaurant in behind them.

Then we drove to the State Legislature Building.
Can't go to Olympia and not get a picture of that.

May 18, 2008

Ranier, WA
Decided on a whim yesterday (May 17th) to drive down to Ranier, WA to visit friends Rich and Tina. Michel had put in a half day work, waking at 5:30 am to do so, and after a short nap we packed and were on the highway by 3:15 in the afternoon. We drove steady with only one stop to put gas in the Tracker and grab a take-out lunch. We arrived at their driveway at 10:30 p.m. tired, but happy to see them again.
Today we got to visit and see their place. What a great place. They live right on the river. It flows right by as you sit on the deck. They have great out buildings, starting with their tree house, which they are totally refinishing and should be complete in the near future.

This is a picture of Tina's Flamingo Garden

And here is a picture of Tina's "Potting Shed". In it is a collection of Tina's 'stuff'.... Cute!!

May 15, 2008


We have a confirmed delivery date for our mobile home. May 30th is the day. We went to Greenwood a couple of weeks ago and prepared the lot and leveled the mobile home site.

And we've been shopping!! We now have our appliances and they'll be delivered to the mobile home before it gets moved to Greenwood, which will save us $$ in delivery charges. This is a good thing...... We bought a kitchen set and we have a mattress. So when we're there on weekends we have what we need. We have our power ordered and it sounds like we're good to go there too. Everything seems to be falling into place.

In the mean time - Michel is still working at Burnco, though he's yet to get a full 5 day week. But that is okay too as we've needed the days off during the week to get things done. My day goes by - I manage to keep busy and I'm really enjoying not working.

April 21, 2008

We bought a mobile home!!!

No, we haven't yet sold our motorhome. In fact we've only just begun to advertise it. Michel is still working away at Burnco and so far I'm still 'keeping busy'.....

Anyway, back to the mobile home - We're going to have it set up on our creek lot in Greenwood. It's a lovely home, 14 x 66, with more room than I'll be able to fill (for awhile anyway). Compared to living in the motorhome, this will be HUGE!!! It has two bedrooms, one at each end, two bathrooms, an open kitchen/living room, with french doors in the living room, and a bay window in the second bedroom (which will face the creek). It's perfect for our lot - there are virtually no windows on the back side (no door either) which will face the fence, and nice big windows on the front side which will look out onto the creek. Our deck will cover almost the entire front side. We're both quite excited about it, though we won't be moving to Greenwood any time soon. We hope to have it delivered to Greenwood in Mid May, and we'll travel back and forth on weekends and such to work on the fencing and decking and skirting. Hopefully we'll live in it before we leave again in the fall, but it is the place we'll come home to next spring.

Look at this kitchen - the cupboard space - what will I fill them with. I don't have enough 'stuff' - oh well - I guess we'll have to SHOP!!!!

April 21, 2008

April 11, 2007

Motorhome For Sale

We've decided that we'd like to sell our home on wheels. We'd like to get something just a little newer and with another slide (or 2). We've lived full time now in this unit for a couple of years and everything works and runs well.

It has 69,000 miles on the 300 CAT diesel motor, and those miles that we put on have been trouble-free.

So if anyone out there is interested - or knows of someone who may be interested - we've created another blog with all the details. Go to

April 5, 2008

Kelowna, BC

Home Sweet Home!! We crossed the border on April 1st. and it was sure good to see everyone again and give them big hugs. We stayed our first week in Winfield at Holiday Park while we got our 'stuff' in order - you know what I mean - car insurance, taxes, visiting, deciding what to do next??!! It's been a busy week.

Looks like we'll be staying around Kelowna for awhile, as Michel has started working for Burnco, driving a concrete truck. We'll be moving our motorhome to the West Side and residing at Lighthouse RV Park for the time being.

We celebrated two birthdays last Saturday. My grandson Tristan turned 11 on March 23rd and Michel celebrated his 58th on April 3rd. Here is a picture of the two of them blowing out the candles on the cake they shared. It was sure a yummy cake - chocolate mousse - sinful!!!!

March 29, 2008

Laughlin, Nevada

We're only a few days from being home...... Leaving tomorrow morning (March 30th) and planning on being home on or before April 2nd.
In the mean time, we're here at the Aquarius Casino in Laughlin, Nevada staying in our complimentary room. We have spent a few hours in the casino, Michel at the tables, myself at the machines. We also received complimentary tickets to the River Rodeo and to see Travis Tritt. So, in a way, I guess our hours in the casino were worth it????
We spent a fun-filled few hours in the sun at the Rodeo watching the Bronco Riders, Steer Roping, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding. There was even an entry from Canada in the Barrel Racing, a young girl by the name of Kelly Rycroft, who hails from the Grande Prairie area of Alberta.

Then in the evening we went to see Travis Tritt in the outside Amphitheatre. There were no bad seats and he put on a fabulous 2 1/2 hour performance singing some of his old songs, some of his new ones and even some from other artists.