Busy times

Last week I was at the provincial Fire Chiefs convention and had a good time with lots of very helpful workshops. Now I am back home and busy with yard work . the yard is coming along nicely and we are busy restoring the gardens to their original state. There is lots of work but we are really enjoying ourselves.



we are starting to uncover the rock retaining wall that has been overgrown soon it will be back to the original state after we do some work 🙂


next job is getting the pool going, I am determined to have it full by the weekend

20170526_171737 there is lots of fun ahead !

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What goes around comes around

We have always tried to help other people and give people “deals” when we sell something ,when we have extra things we give them away. It is finally our turn, things are just working out for us not that we got anything free but we have the type of  house we have wanted for a long time  and our lives are flowing along smoothly. I recieved an award for long service (it is what you get for showing up for a long time)  🙂  We are slowly getting the house organized and are working on getting the yard and pool in shape for the summer. Life is good ! it is our time to enjoy our life once we get unpacked. soon we can get back to wine fridays and have some parties again.


Bob Graham medal-2

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the move is over

We are totally moved,however that in no way means we are set up or organized that will take some time. I think we will be able to relax a little now that everything we have is in one house. the next project will be to figure out where everything goes

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We are in the process of moving and working. This has been a hectic couple of weeks and we are coming down to the last 2 days and we still have things to move. The big problem is that we are both working and don’t have a lot of time when we are both off at the same time. Deb has been really good about getting all the packing done and I have been loading and trucking. A friend has lent us a big truck and we load it then take it to the new house to unload. The problem is we both work so have limited spare time and then I am fire chief and every time I think I am going to have some spare time I get a call, the past 2 weeks it has been for flooding,and this past weekend when I thought I would have 3 days to move I had to work at the winery and then go to 2 different flood situations. We are down to the almost end of things to move but today I had to drive the bus,work at the winery, sign the last papers at the lawyer for sale and purchase and now I am getting ready to go to a town council meeting to give a fire report and receive a medal for always showing up (or something like that  🙂 ). we have to be out of the house by thursday noon.  On the bright side the new house is great the trees and flowers are simply amazing . I will post some pictures soon. last week we got our container. We don’t have a garage or shed of any kind at our new house so we decided to get a container , it will be a garage for the bikes and riding mower and a shed for all the stuff we don’t know where else to put . We plan to put some windows and a door in it and a dividing wall in the middle so it will be really functional we also plan to plant trees around it to help it blend in. Tomorrow will be a big day and it looks like I will be working alone but I have to get this done, my plan is to get everything possible out of the garage and take it to the container there is some stuff that will go in the pickup and most in the big truck then I plan to load everything that is left in the house. we have 2 small freezers and the washer and dryer that will have to go when we can get a couple of helpers after work. I really hope my plan works.


the container arriving, crushed gravel for a base  20170506_191038   now in place

flowering trees in the yard



another just outside my bedroom window


we are going to get this done

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finding new things

We are moving into our new house and every day we find new things to be happy about. One of our first surprises was when we took the carpet out of the bedrooms and discovered hardwood floors that were in great shape. The yard constantly gives us surprises with new flowers and plants, trees are coming out in leaves and flowers.yeserday we discouvered some asparagus growing in a flower bed. Life for us is going well , sometimes Karma is great, what goes around comes around. When you do good for other people eventually good comes back to you.


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We have a new house

Wow this has been a whirlwind of activities . March 3, I was appointed as the Fire Chief for our town. One of the firemen decided we needed to have a celebration and offered to have a bonfire and hot dog roast at the home of his parents who had passed away last year . The house was empty and for sale so it seemed like a good place for a party. When Deb and I saw the house we knew it was ment for us. we put in an offer and put our house up for sale. our offer was excepted and our house sold in 2 days and above asking price. Now all the conditions are off and the deposits are paid so the house is ours. We are looking forward to moving in to our new home next month. In the mean while I have been busy adjusting to my new job as fire chief.  I read somewhere about stress and certain activities. On my stress chart within the last month I have added : new job, new grand son, sold house, bought house. It is definitely time for some wine. If only the weather would improve I could get out on the motorcycle, it is the best therapy


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spring break

My spring break is over and it didn’t really feel like spring. Last year I got to do a lot of riding this year I hardly got any rides in because of the weather. There has been lots of activity to keep me busy. We put our house up for sale and have picked out another house to move to. We are very pragmatic about this, if we get the house we want and our house sells then we move if not we stay either way we are going to be happy.  The new one is definitely not “new” in fact it is an 80-year-old heritage house with a nice big yard. I don’t want to say too much about it untill everything is settled. It is kind of unsettling to know you have to pack up and move but can’t do much untill everything is finalized then it will be a big rush. We have enjoyed living in this house and have done so much to upgrade it, we will miss the memories we have made here and our wonderful deck however we will move on and make a new place for more memories.  Today now that my spring break is over the weather is improving I am going to try getting out on the bike and get some miles on. I had planned on doing some maintenance on the bike but it was too cool to work on it but I need to get the work done before we move as there will be no storage space there for a while untill we get  something built. I went to a special lunch last week to celebrate Chief Clarence Louie receiving the Order of Canada . Clarence asked me to come and he talked about my work in his speech .

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