Friday, May 25, 2018

Trail to Vancouver...


Was at my BIL & SIL in RB two days after second eye surgery, wondering if I should find another place to stay as they were having their hardwood floors redone, and my Sean called. He asked if I could come up to his place in Vancouver, WA and house sit for him while he is managing a big build project in Arlington.
Willie and I packed up and headed North bright and early Sunday before last. It was a fast, easy eight hour drive even with the stops for Willie, and gas. 
We have settled in, though Willie has gone walkabout twice.  Thank goodness for the GPS tracker and kind neighbors
I've been having more fun! Sean told me to do what ever I wanted with the yard and house!  He may be rethinking that this week when he gets home, as several shrubs have disappeared into the yard waste bin, and even more have been pruned within an inch of their lives. Flower pots have been planted, weeds pulled, lawn mowed, bark replenished. 
In the house it's just been some minor fixits. Sean is such a neat nic you could eat off his garage floor, so there isn't a lot to do.  Cleaning windows, slider tracks and lubing them. Need to re screen a couple of windows and a screen door.   I have been to all the good hardware stores looking for window screen retainer clips. None of the guys even knew what I was asking for. I take out my phone and show them a photo on Amazon and get: "Well I'll be damned, never heard of them before!" And I'm the Blonde, LOL, I will be ordering them from Amazon. 

Next week I fly back down to Cali for the final on the estate, the last eye checkup, and the HS graduation of Marymine's youngest. Sean will drive his pickup down to see the family, and get his trailer with my stuff. We will caravan, his pickup & trailer and my pickup backup here on Sunday after next. I have a buyer for my pickup "Hank" when I get him up here.

Lov'n the weather, cool at night, nice breeze, sunny and warm in the afternoons. 
 

32 comments:

  1. Glad it is all coming together for you.

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    1. WSF,
      I'm not sure it's coming together, but I'm enjoying the journey.

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  2. And your vision??????????????

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    1. Adrienne,
      I can see great out of the first eye, and the second is fast getting there. My close vision is a little worse, the eye surgeon said that might be the case. I just pack my cheapo readers around with me.

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    2. Yay! I can hardly wait to get mine done. My vision is so bad and my glasses don't do squat anymore. It's a good thing I pretty much know where I'm going all the time 'cause I sure can't read the street signs anymore.

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    3. Dang, that has to be tough! My having trouble with signs was driving me crazy'r. Your surgery will coming up soon, right? You are going to be so amazed.

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  3. Dear cousin,
    I am thinking of heading to the Klondike for a few months and would like you to look after my house here in MetroParkCentralis. It's just a little place, 4 floors, 2 junk rooms a porch, more hostas than you could shake a stick out and two fairly large Maine coons who think they own the joint.

    I'm sure you'd find it restful. :)

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    1. LOL, sounds like a perfect job opportunity for someone...else, cous!

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  4. Your pruning sounds like my husband's lol I am always saying less but sometimes I am too late :)

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    1. Rain, I try to take the over grown shrubs back to the size they are meant to be in stages... but sometimes...lol

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  5. Let us know what Sean thinks of your endeavors. How did you drive around so much with your eyes being on the blink. (pun LOL)

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    1. Granny Annie, Sean said "wow, the yard looks great, ma!" So my whacking has been approved by the management.
      My vision was so much better within days for the surgery. I did ask the surgeon how soon I could drive at the last appointment and he said, "go for it!" Don't think he had that long a drive in mind though...lol

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    1. Cheri, thanks, I was concerned that I would bore my few readers, then decided it's my blog, and I should be able to put what ever out there...

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  7. What a beautiful picture. I think you are one to keep busy with all you have done there. Glad you will soon have all the estate business settled.

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    1. Changes, That is one of the local mountains.
      I would much rather be busy than just hanging out.
      You have no idea how glad I will be when the estate is final.

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  8. That eye op is certainly a life changer. So glad it was a big success. Love the picture. Those blue lupins are a delight. I collected seed when I was in Vancouver and they are just forming flower spikes in my garden now. I call them my Vancouver lupins although I believe they are to be found all over British Columbia.

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    1. Nelly, It sure is. Good luck with your Lupines. Hope you will post pics when they bloom.
      I'm in Vancouver, Washington, which is beautiful this time of year with all the gardens in full bloom and the colors so bright.

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  9. You don't let the grass grow under you at all. It would be fun to move around like you do, and visit different places. Takes a lot of energy though. I admire your fortitude!

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    1. Harry, The grass was growing like crazy til I got a lawn mower put together for him, lol. It is interesting to be here, lots to see and do. Hard for me to consider that I can't do everything I used to do with ease and speed. Slow & steady is the mantra now. Dammit!

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  10. Good Lord, woman! When people tell me I work too hard, I will refer them to this post! Well done, Brig--he'll appreciate it all, I am sure.

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    1. Granny Sue,
      You could out work me any day with all that you do!
      He does appreciate it, and is very good to put up with me...

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  11. OK, this blond had to go to Amazon to find out what you were talking about. My screens are all held in by rubber cord. Well I went to Amazon and they had about 100 different ones, so I'm forever confused.

    Don't forget to take a break once in awhile.

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    1. Woodsterman, Wonder if you are confusing it with the spline, anyway I'll send you a photo so you can be in the know, lol.

      I was taking a nap now and again but that meant I was staying up most of the night. So no naps til I get adjusted to climate & altitude.
      Wish I was going to be in the Sierras for your show at Graeagle.

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  12. Glad things are working in your favor (finally)...

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    1. Old NFO,
      Thanks, not counting my chickens just yet.

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  13. before the BadgerMom had all the windows replaced on their house, which was built in 1913, every window had it's own, personal way of securing the screens. I, being the BadgerSon in charge of changing them, finally just went with 5 inch screws, and my cordless Ryobi drill!
    Also, instead of climbing up and down a ladder, I made a work platform that fit into the bucket of Dorothy, my John Deere utility tractor, and told a teenage neice that she was gonna be driving a tractor this weekend, while I changed the screens! That system worked slick Dre would life me and the screen up to the window, and I would be lowered down with the storm in 5 munutes. Dre, Dorothy and I could do the entire 3 story house, with 27 windows, in an afternoon. I would then take Dre whereever she wanted for lunch, and I would then finish the day by putting the screens back in the shed! ( By the way, blonde girls make excellent end loader operators. I think it is because females have better eye/hand coordination than males. )

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    1. Scott,
      No storm window/screen swaps here to worry about, thank goodness.
      You came up with an excellent solution to a difficult task. Like that you name your equipment, too.

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    2. Dorothy got her name, thusly. I had just cleaned the driveways of the entire nieghborhood, after a 3 foot snowfall. Since my tractor was the smallest JD utility, it's bucket was only 5 feet wide, and. as the City of Mauston had replaced the street where I lived the previous summr, including new 5 foot wide sidewalks, I was also able to do everyone's sidewalks, too.

      I drove downtown to Boberg's AMOCO, after i was done, and filled the tractor's fuel tank, and since it was a beautiful day, blue skies, no wind, and in the mid 20's. I decided that I would let someone else make my lunch. I drove out to McDonalds, feeling like the Alpha male of Wisconsin snow removal.....until I pulled into the McDonalds lot.

      There, on a lowboy, with WIDE LOAD on the tractor and the reaf of the lowboy, was a John Deere 855 bulldozer, with a 10 foot wide, six foot high bucket. I looked at the 855, and looked down at my tractor. I looked at the 855's bucket, and looked down at my Deere's bucket. All could think about was how I had reda, not watched, The Wizard of OZ recently. In the book, when Dorothy and her cronies meet the Wizard, " I Am The Great And Powerfull OZ "! In the book, she reples, " I am Dorothy, the Small and Insignificant ". So that day my tractor became Dorothy Deere!

      I bought myself a SIG P-250 in .45ACP a few years ago, as my birthday present to myself. Of course, it's named Precious!

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    3. Scott, What a great story! Thank you for sharing!

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