Still Can’t Believe It

To read the entire post: click on the title Still Can’t Believe It Tomorrow I start my second month of being home and I still can’t believe that I am thrilled to be here … something I never thought would happen. It probably means that I’m getting really close to putting my camper up for sale. I have had many, many offers to purchase my truck and after checking what it’s worth (which is close to what I paid for it almost twenty years ago) I think I have decided to keep it. After nineteen years it is still in perfect running condition and since I’ve been taking it to BC Diesel, right here in Surrey,  it will stay that way … perfect running condition … and if I haven’t mentioned it before – my 1997 F-250...

I Reserve the Right …

To read the entire post: Click on the Title I Reserve the Right I have always reserved the right to say “ask me next week” when my friends, neighbours and family ask “how do you feel about being home?” Since I had cut my summer short by 2-1/2 months (and had been gone only 4 weeks) and have now been home for 16 days I have a huge confession to make: I am happier being home than I thought possible. If you read my last post you know that last year working in Clinton was tough – this year it was impossible.  I’m glad that I had my stint at Okanagan College between Clinton and home because it made me feel there is some normalcy in the world.  I missed my friends and television and the internet and grocery shopping someplace other...

I’m Home

To read entire post please click on title  “I’m Home” Well, I’m home – 2-1/2 months earlier than expected – but I’m home.  Am I happy to be home, you ask? Yes and No.  To start with Clinton, British Columbia, in the centre of the province right on highway 97 leading up to the Yukon and Alaska, where I was supposed to be for the summer, was a bust. I was welcomed by the owner the day I arrived and all seemed good. By the second day he decided that it was funny to aim his truck at me as he rode around the campground and then slammed on the brakes and turned the wheel just before running into me.  The first time I yelled at him.  The second time he did that a day or so later I screeched at him.  I am too old to be that...

Cruising around

I know it has been way-too-long since I updated but I just returned from an Alaskan cruise and feel the need to update and, once again, I promise to do it more frequently. Life, fortunately or unfortunately, just gets in the way of doing what we promised. My latest cruise was May 7 to May 14 and the reason I chose Alaska – I didn’t have to fly anywhere and it was easy. I hopped on a bus that took me to the skytrain and got off at the end (waterfront station) walked up the stairs and there was the cruise ship centre in Canada Place. EASY – PEASY. I was with a friend/neighbour/card shark Dori and I was sure it would be fun.  I have been to Alaska twice before.  The first time I drove a motorhome by myself from Sarasota, Florida to Alaska and...

Four Days in Sarasota, Florida – Magic

To Read the Entire Post – Click on Title   I’m working my way backwards from the (almost) month long fantastic journey Christmas Day, 2015 to home on January 21, 2016.  My cruise, that had started in San Diego, California on January 3rd ended in Tampa, Florida on January 17th, 2016.  Several weeks before leaving Vancouver I had put a note on Facebook telling my friends I would be landing in Tampa and IMMEDIATELY received a reply from my RVing friend Chayenne saying that she and hubby Jr. are just north of Tampa for the winter and could we meet for breakfast, brunch or lunch.  Yes, yes, yes I replied.  Although we are on Facebook all the time it has been years since we met up in person.  I was really excited and posted when and where I would...

Tuckahoe Slidebottle

Yes – I know.  What is a Tuckhoe Slidebottle?  Every once in a while I am so conflicted by a book – one that I am reading, not writing –  and that’s where I am right now. The book is a collection of short stories by Neil McKinnon and was one of the finalists for the Stephen Leacock Award for humour when it first came out. I have been reading about town folks of Tuckahoe (Saskatchewan) for several weeks now. Every story is a shiny pearl and I read one story a day because I just didn’t want it to finish. Tomorrow I’ll read the last chapter and I’ll be sorry to see it go. The year that Tuckahoe Slidebottle came out Stuart Mclean had a new book as well and that book won the coveted award. I have read a few of his books and...

Ready to Share

  TO READ THE ENTIRE POST – CLICK ON THE TITLE     As most of you know I returned, on January 21, from an incredible vacation.  I spent 9 days in Southern California catching up with all my siblings – something that has not happened in many, many years. From San Diego I left on a two-week cruise through the Panama Canal and ended with 4 days visiting friends in Sarasota – friends I had not seen in 18 years – and it was magic. I will post some of the most special events but I won’t do it all at once. To start with I’m going to let everyone who asked – and there were many – about the hotel that I was so impressed with in downtown Vancouver.  I stayed at Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel, 1041 Southwest...