July 9, 2017

Good friends Barry and Helen from Saskatchewan are in our area these days.....

This being Founder's Day weekend here in Greenwood, we took in some of the festivities and walked around the grounds on Saturday. This morning we enjoyed a pancake breakfast sponsored by the 2018 Graduating Class then followed B & H in their Jeep up to their property. 

It was a nice warm day and we enjoyed our ride.

This is an old cabin along the trail....

Here is an old mine we drove to on our way back home.  Michel walked into this mine for as far as he could. He said it was very cold...

Another enjoyable day - good company, a good ride.  We even went back to the Founders Day grounds for late lunch (2:30) then watched more of the entertainment.  

Steve and Doreen came over in the evening and so did Barry and Helen, so we visited in the gazebo, sipped on a beer (wine) and sang a few songs.

July 1st, 2017 Happy Canada Day!

Another trip to Osoyoos. This time was to buy more paint! But while we were there we took in the Canada Day fireworks. They didn't start until after 10 pm so we wasted some time shopping around then we had dinner at the Owl Pub on the corner of Hwy 3. As the outside seating area was quite full we shared the corner booth with two wonderful couples we never knew before. 

Left to right - Elena and Wes from West Kelowna and Pat and Paul from New Zealand. We enjoyed getting to know them over dinner. In the end we all exchanged emails and numbers in hopes that our paths with cross again in the future.

Later in the day we met up with Solange and Leo, set up our lawn chairs and waited until after 10 the for the fireworks to begin.  They were very much worth waiting for lasting for about 40 minutes.  Because Kelowna's fireworks were cancelled this year due to the high waters the beaches in Osoyoos were just packed!! It is estimated there were more than 40,000 people in attendance to take in the show! Pictures just don't do fireworks justice, but here is a little clip of the fireworks bouncing off the lake....


June 30, 2017

We had a pleasant and unexpected visit from Terry Gold a couple of weeks ago.  Terry is from Kelowna and he and Michel worked together back in Michel's 'real estate' days.  Terry owned Gold Realty and Michel talks about him with great respect. He says he learned everything he knew about real estate from this man.

We made a trip to Osoyoos too in June. Michel picked some cherries - Rainiers - Yummy!

June 5, 2017

Sunday - Fun Day! 

Our first run with the Greenwood/Boundary ATV Club and their first run of season.  

Our newest toy - the red one - LOL!
the one on the right. It's an Arctic Cat 500 - and it's a two-up so we can ride together. 

Our first stop along the way was the ski chalet up at Phoenix Ski Hill. 

The view from the top was quite grand. 

Stop number two was to visit the old Rock Oven Camp. Here we parked and walked up.

These Rock Ovens were widely used by people living in the bush in the railroad era. Those ovens were a marvel of efficiency. 

Early in the morning a large fire was built inside and when the rocks reached the required temperature, the coals were scraped out and the entrance carefully sealed to allow several hours of baking, roasting and heating food. 

Onward and forward - another stop - the old trestles, part of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

These treasures are a well-kept secret, as many of the people who have lived in this area for years had no idea they were even here...

Our final stop was Marshall Lake, located high in the hills between Greenwood and Grand Forks. Here we were welcomed with a campfire and a number of non-riding members of the ATV club. Not much beats the taste of the first campfire roasted hotdog of the season! Yummy! 

The Greenwood Boundary ATV club is an active club with over 40 members. On this day there were 15 ATVs and Side-by-sides on the ride and over 30 members and guests in attendance. It was a fun day - made it home just before the rain came pouring down (3:00 pm). 

On Tuesday, we had our first fire in our gazebo. A much smaller group, just our buddies Steve and Doreen. Always enjoy our time with them. A little guitar pickin a lot of talk and laughter!! 


May 29, 2017

My two grand-daughters Melody and Violet 
Family time .....
On Thursday May 18th I flew to Edmonton for a couple of weeks of family time. Michel stayed at home and entertained himself with yard work .. I think I got the better deal!

My son-in-law Rob picked me up at the airport then on Friday we left for Peace River, where we visited with my son Farren and his little family for the long weekend.  
Farren flipping burgers for dinner!

We had a wonderful time - a little family reunion so to speak - the only one missing was Tristan! But I got lots of hugs from my little girls which made this grandma happy! It's always sad for me when we leave. 

Tristan (my grandson) and Tammy (my daughter)

I did get to see Tristan for a while when we got back to my daughter's place. He's a working man now so was only home for the day and gone again. Still had hugs for his grandma though!!

I spent the whole of last week at my daughters house and on
Wednesday morning my cousin Norman and his lovely wife Alice drove out for the day. It's always wonderful to spend time with them and this time was no different. They drove over at the beginning of the storm that swept through southern Alberta and by 4 o'clock we were without power and it was pouring down buckets! So much for the BBQ I was planning. But that didn't hinder anything. We cooked on the stove and talked, laughed and reminisced by candle light. They left for home the next morning. The storm had passed but we were still without power until 1 o'clock that afternoon. It's always so great to visit with Alice and Norman. Thank you for coming over!!

Friday evening my oldest and dearest friend Deb and her husband Len drove over from St. Albert to spend the weekend. I can always count on a visit with Deb. If I can't make it to her place she will definitely come to see me.  The weather cooperated for the weekend with sunshine and a lot of outside time. We had a super time as we always do when we get together. Thank you for driving over to see me. We'll see you again in August!!

Today I get to spend the day with Tammy. She's been working all week and now has two days off.  This is our only mother-daughter day this trip so I'm going to really enjoy it. Tomorrow I fly back home. Thank you sweetie for allowing me to treat your home as though it were mine - lol 

May 6, 2017

Flooding waters .... 

We have been home for a  month now and we've seen a LOT of rain!   Our creek is high and still rising.  In some parts of our little city the banks have burst, yards are under water and basements are flooding.  I don't believe we've ever seen the creek this high.  Hopefully it stops raining soon! 

Don't get me wrong it isn't all bad.... we have seen the sun on a few occasions. We've managed to get into the yard to get the flower beds ready. Michel even mowed the lawn already....

We are now in the midst of planning our trip to Alberta. We'll be there for about two weeks visiting my kids, friends and family. 

April 11, 2017

At long last, an update!!  

We left Phoenix on Monday the 22nd of March enroute to Sky Valley California and our good friends Steve and Doreen.  Along the way we had pizza at Silly Als in Quartzite and spent a couple of nights at an RV park in Ehrenberg, but we arrived on Friday in good time to help them celebrate their 45th Wedding Anniversary the next day.  Red Lobster was the restaurant of choice for this occasion ... yummy!!

(drinks at Red Lobster before dinner)

We stayed for ten days at Sky Valley RV Park so in this time we visited and hung out with them and caught up on all things new... a few outings to eat and a few glasses of wine (beer).

(drinks before dinner at Red Lobster)

(Tracy, Ron and Michel - picture taken at Elliott Lake)

We also had the chance to visit with Ron and Tracy whom we spent time with in Elliott Lake Ontario in June. It was great to see them again. 

April 3rd was our departure date and we had a good drive home, arriving yesterday morning.  We encountered snow along the Salmon River road and it was snowing when we arrived in Greenwood, but today the sun is shining. 

It is good to be back home again!!

March 19, 2017

It's been over three weeks since we pulled into Sarah and Jim's yard, but now it's time to move along.  

We have to say it's been great! Michel stayed busy and we've had ample time to visit. 

I have learned a few things about a horse ranch. The number one thing is that it is far too much work for me!! They board four horses and own three, so between shoveling poop (constantly) and feeding, it is a full-time j-o-b! 

But Sarah and Jim seem to be quite content with this 'laid back' lifestyle. Sarah uses her horses for her business www.desertawakenings.com and between the two of them they are very busy.  

Until we see you again - good bye my friends! Stay happy and take care of each other.

March 14, 2017

What a wonderful surprise when Tammy told me she and Rob were coming to Phoenix for a small holiday to visit the area. 

They flew in last Wednesday, rented a car and drove around visiting Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon, Sedona, and everything in between. I think he said they drove 2,000 miles!

Yesterday they arrived back here in Phoenix, so we met up for dinner then they came back to the ranch with us. We laughed and talked and just relaxed for a couple of hours before they had to head back to their hotel.   

It was awesome to see them; wonderful to wrap my arms around my girl and hug her, so comforting to just be with her!  

Today they fly back to Edmonton. A great holiday but much too short!

March 12, 2017

Tewa wandering around checking things out!

So, we've been in Phoenix at Jim and Sarah's for two weeks and it's been great. 

Michel has been keeping busy with a plumbing project in the ensuite.  

A leak had to be found and it was coming from the shower ... somewhere!!  As it turned out the job was a very big one, and much more physical than Michel had thought it would be, but he persevered and after two weeks he can be proud of the job he did!

First job was to jack hammer out the shower floor in order to located the leak.

Here he found huge roots! This leak had been feeding these roots for many years. What a mess....but, once these roots were cut away he was able to find the leak and fix it then begin the new shower floor. 

After many trips to Home Depot for supplies and equipment, and many bags of concrete (26 to be exact, all carried and mixed by hand) the shower was ready for tile. 

Of course the original tile is no longer available so rather than try to match the tile they decided on contrast. 

The end result is pretty nice. Sarah is more than happy with it!

Michel likes to keep busy and this 'project' did just that!

March 05, 2017

We took a couple of days off from Michel's 'project' to visit with my cousin Larry and his wife Norma.  They have a lovely winter home in Casa Grande which is about an hour and a half from where we are staying at Jim and Sarah's.

We had a great time catching up. It's been a number of years since we've visited and there was all kinds of chatter and lots of laughs and we even tipped a glass of wine (or two) believe it or not??  (lol)   

We stayed for the evening, went out for dinner and later talked Larry into playing us a tune or two on the guitar. 

Thank you Larry and Norma for your warm hospitality. We had a great visit and we look forward to seeing you this summer at our place!

March 01, 2017

Arrived here at Jim and Sarah's in north Phoenix last Friday. They have a nice spot for us to park so we will hang our hats here for awhile. 

Their horses roam around the property as do their dogs Belle and Beau. It is a warm and welcome place and we are enjoying their hospitality and the peace and quiet of ranch life.

Michel is helping Jim with a few 'projects' around the house so he is managing to keep busy.  

February 22, 2017

A couple more things we wanted to see while in Tucson were the Titan Missile II Museum and the Desert Museum - so today was the day.

We caught the first tour on the Titan Missile II. This is a one-of-a kind museum giving visitors a rare look at the technology used by the United States to deter nuclear war. 

It was once one of America's most top secret places and now it is a National Historic Landmark bringing Cold War history to life for millions of visitors from around the world. 

There were 54 Titan II missile sites on alert across the United States from 1963 to 1987 and this preserved Titan II missile site is the only one that remains.

This underground silo was able to launch in just 58 seconds, and was capable of delivering a 9-megaton nuclear warhead to targets more than 6300 miles (10,000 km) away in about 30 minutes. It was a very interesting tour - and creepy!

After lunch we went to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 

This attraction too, has a four-star rating! This 98 acre desert museum is a zoo, a botanical garden, an art gallery, a natural history museum, and an aquarium all rolled into one!

There are two miles of walking paths through various desert habitats, over 230 different animal species, 1,200 types of plants and it has one of the world's most extensive regional mineral collections.

The highlight of the day was the Raptors Free Flight (birds that eat live prey). This demonstration featured three different raptor species; the Barn Owl, Red-tailed Hawks and the family group of Harris Hawks, and focused the attention on how the birds behave in nature. 

An interesting demonstration - - birds were swooping over the crowds of people and diving to the ground to catch their prey for dinner.