Friday, 28 November 2014


We put our house on the market at the end of September. Since that time we have had over 50 showings. To start with we would leave when there was a showing. Even ate my soup in the parking lot at the community center one day as they called and gave us 20 minutes notice right at lunch time. Some days there were 3 or 4 showings and we got tired of having to leave. So we stopped.

It was awful living in a fish bowl. Having people tramping through your home every day. Having to keep everything so neat and tidy. Tom said "can't leave anything behind not even foot prints". It was pretty stressful.

We finally received an offer that was acceptable and the deal is done. Closing date is Dec 18. So now the packing, sorting and tossing out has begun. We have over 21 years of accumulation here. We have spent over 1/3 of our lives in this house. I guess we have really skewed the average haven't we. Yikes!!! I hope the new owners enjoy themselves here as much as we have. It has been a damned fine 21 years.

We will be storing everything that doesn't go to Florida for the winter in Stuart's basement. Good thing they bought a house recently!! We took a load of boxes and lawn furniture up today and got it all stowed away. Also the vette went up to spend the winter in his garage. Next will be more boxes and furniture to go. Last will be whatever we are taking south with us. Exciting!!

Our neighbors are all sad that we are leaving. Some even threatened to try scare away any potential buyers. The people next door said they would become the awful drunken Russians so no one would buy and we would have to stay. We will miss our neighbors for sure. Even Frank (but that is another story).

Twyla sent this picture of Karmen and her horse. What a beautiful Grand!! She is a sweetheart for sure. We love her to pieces.

Hope not to hurt myself too much with this moving business. Will have to get to Florida to think??
The Hollinger's are already at the park and keep asking us when we are going to get our butts down there. Soon I hope.
Until next time safe travels.



Monday, 10 November 2014

Lest We Forget

We attended the Remembrance Day Service Sunday morning. A bit unsettling to see this on the Main Street of our town:

With the deaths of our two soldiers recently, on home soil, I guess they were not taking any chances. I saw three heavily armed swat police and there were likely more plus the police helicopter over head. This is not our norm and I hope to god it doesn't become so.

The service was poorly attended again this year. It is sad that so few come out to pay tribute to our veterans past and those that are currently serving in our armed forces. There were more in the parade then were watching.

Lots of cadets, firemen, police officers, veterans, knights of Columbus, Boy Scouts, etc.

Every year there are fewer of the WWII vets but those that can still come out. They get to ride on the vintage jeeps.

It was a cold and windy day. We were glad to get home and warm up. Then it was outside to rake up more leaves. Still more to come down but I think we are nearing the end. It is a good reason to be outside though. When you are working it doesn't feel so cold.

The Hollinger's arrived Sunday afternoon for a visit. We have not seen them since August so it was great to visit and get caught up. They are feeling the cold and are ready to start their trip south in a few days.

This morning we headed out for a 2 1/2 mile walk after breakfast to get the blood flowing before they headed for home. We will see them in Florida in a months time. Safe travels guys. Get the resort all warmed up for us. See you again soon.



Sunday, 2 November 2014

Happy Halloween

Halloween was a bust here this year. The weather did not cooperate for the trick and treaters. It was rainy and cold. We had only 38 kids. Normally we get close to a hundred. There is a ton of chocolate left over. I am thinking that I may have to bury it in the back yard to keep from eating it. Let the squirrels get the big butt!!!

I did get this picture from a friend on Facebook that I had to share. These two are so damn cute. Might be Tom and I in a few years time enjoying the sunny south. Too adorable!!!

Saturday we woke up to our first snow of the season. Nice big flakes that melted when they hit so no accumulation. But a reminder that time is getting short until we head south. Still wearing my sandals. Not giving up yet. Stu and Heajin came for dinner . I had a big pot of Guinness stew to warm us up.

Today it is only about 6C but the sun is shining which makes life so much better. We got all the leaves raked and bagged. Still lots to come down. Wish they would all just blow next door!!

Hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween. Until next time - safe travels.