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Driving Miss Donna - what does this mean? Whenever I want to go somewhere, if Don is home he will usually drive. He always says he is driving miss Donna! This blog is for our travels, usually with our truck and fifth wheel trailer, but sometimes in our Journey. Don retired October 2011 so hopefully the travelling part will increase! When we are not vacationing check in for updates about our life at home and our wonderful family:)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Lazy Days of Summer

The first week of July was a nice quiet, relaxing one for us.  Which we needed after that long weekend of fun…

But then the excitement started again.  On Monday Don and I went to the Grande Prairie area to do some work.  My simple humble little job is running the GPS and walking the perimeter of the tree lines for Don to draft.  Never one to make things simple I of course did not wear the proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and tripped on a stump, leading to quite the cut on my leg.  Oh well – just meant an incident report, etc.  Good practice for the safety officer (me)!  In defense I must say that the underbrush was very heavy, but I was told to wear boots and long pants, but chose not to.  I now own proper boots and Carhart pants.

Anyway – another day in history on Tuesday.  We had a consult with an All Weather Windows rep and decided to replace all the windows.  The current ones are originals, and one pane sliders.  The new ones will be triple pane and cranks.  This old house must wonder what it is going through in the last couple of years!

A special treat later in the week was a visit from Lindsay minus Connor and Jeremy.  Once your child becomes a parent it seems odd to have them without their family.  We had a great visit, and did something new – went to the movie Despicable Me 2, with Tracy, Blake and Em. 

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It was great – the movie, the popcorn, the chocolate, the pop.  LOL

Lindsay went home Sunday, and Monday morning we were off for the rest of the week to Ole MacDonald's Resort, near Stettler.  It is a great family campground with a fabulous beach, ice cream store, etc.  We had a fun filled week playing on the beach and trying everything they had to offer which included train rides, tractor rides, go karts, a merry go round, and a petting zoo.  Blake and Em did a lot of bike riding as well.  Blake has mastered 2 wheels, and does loops around the campground!  Tracy and I decided it was the nicest camping time we have spent, and some of that was due to the great weather.

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We came home on Friday, and Saturday morning I went out to Wabamun where Jeremy’s mom and dad live, and picked up Connor.  Lindsay and Jeremy were at a wedding in Vernon, and Grandma Violet and I were sharing Connor.  Although it was a short weekend with Connor, it was a blast.  He is a happy goofy kid, quick to share cuddles and kisses, and also super active.

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Spending a week with the Camerons, and then a weekend with Connor left me a little exhausted, so thankfully my great friend Sharon had scheduled a spa day on Monday as a birthday gift for me.  It was fabulous, we even had a chocolate wrap!

Tracy and I took the kids to K Days on Thursday, and had a blast.  Again – just a teeny bit tired at the end of that.  There’s a pattern to my visits that all end in tired.  Ha ha

Now something I didn’t really announce was WE BOUGHT A NEW TRAILER!  That’s right – we have a new second home.  You know we just love so many features of our first fifth wheel.  At the time we purchased it, and actually still, it was important to us to have what is referred to as an fully enclosed bathroom.  Just something we wanted and weren’t willing to concede on.  Our first one had a huge rear bath, with a large linen closet in addition to a full wardrobe.  To get this feature at that time we had to forego another wish – a rear living area with recliners.  The Pilgrim served us well for many years, and we can only hope the new one is as great of quality and provides as many kilometres of travel – over 100,000!  The new one is still within the legal size limit at our lake co-operative of 35’, and has a rear living room with recliners, and a free standing dinette.  Quite exciting!  So out with the old Pilgrim, in with the new Sedona…

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The weekend was spent packing everything in, learning what fits where, and deciding as when you change houses, if there is anything you don’t use.  I hate keeping lots of things in my house or my trailer, so this was a good opportunity.  Although with an RV when you stay in it for more than a couple of weeks like we do, you need to really consider what it takes for life, as you don’t want to end up always running out to buy stuff.

This past weekend was also filled with many great visits with friends.  First we had dinner with Phil and Therza on Friday.  It is crazy that we haven’t visited since the Eagles concert in Vegas, considering they live minutes form Tracy and Cal’s.  Saturday morning we enjoyed a quick coffee with Regina and Wayne, again haven’t visited with them properly since their wedding last July!!  After getting the trailer from Olds, we had a fabulous evening with David and Anne, including a scrumptious dinner at the Sawmill.  Sunday Paul and Mary popped over to see the new unit.  Monday Tracy and Cal and the family dropped by on their way home from camping and had dinner, then Tuesday we went out with Paul and Mary!  You are correct – I have not cooked much!

Now throughout the month Don has worked a lot, including a week in Peace River.  And I didn’t even tell you about the house renovations Paul has been doing.  He installed a new wider set of closet doors in our bedroom, and re-did the laundry room.  While he was at that, I painted the shed and all the flower bed walls.

So it has been a fantastic month!

Just wait until you read about August – which of course includes many nights in the new RV!  Have a good month, and enjoy August – for many of you it will be the last month of summer, but not for us!  Ha ha…

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