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Lake Cowichan view from our dock.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Moving In

Wednesday, May 16th

The movers arrived at Kristi's house at 8:30 am to pick up our bedroom suite and then we all made the trek down to Lake Cowichan to unload. (Ray in our car and me in my rental car.) Although they had estimated to pick up everything in one try, after packing up the house in Surrey there was some doubt if all the rest of the stuff would fit in the truck hence they decided to make 2 trips.

Once unloaded in Lake Cowichan, we left Ray with Freya at the house and I drove 3 of the movers up to Ray's brother's place in Errington, up island, while the moving truck followed with the other two helpers. It was like driving Garrett and his buddies years ago to Mactush. One of them was sleeping in the back seat as soon as I started off and the other two guys painted his nails with a sharpie while that one guy slept. Had to also stop along the side of the road for a "pit stop" to find some trees for them. Ha Ha. These guys were in their 40's .... I guess boys never grow up. lol

The shed with all of our outdoor stuff was quickly loaded up and then it was back to Nanaimo to Kristi's Office storage room to pick up the rest of our stuff.

Kristi's storage locker
We made it back to Lake Cowichan by 6 pm. The movers only had time to set up the three beds and then they were off to catch the ferry with pizza and a beer in hand. Ray bought the pizza for them in appreciation for the work that they had done. At least all of the boxes/furniture were in, mostly in the correct rooms. Ferguson Moving was great. Nice people to work with and overall quite reasonable for the scope of the work they had to do.

Ray and I kept a couple of pieces of pizza for ourselves and that was dinner. We were both exhausted. A lot of driving for me today so I did not get much unpacked as I would have liked.


Ray and I were up bright and early at 5:30 am ... damn dog. We hit the ground running both days, spending most of our time unpacking boxes so I could set up the kitchen, Ray sitting and unravelings the mega wrapping and me placing. What a chore ... had stuff from Dad's house and our house from 6 years ago plus stuff I had taken out of our motorhome to amalgamate into motorhome and House. Lots of stuff went directly into the trash pile. :) First thing though we had to return my rental car into Duncan and be back for the Shaw Cable guy to hook us up at 9:30 am. Just made it. We also had a furniture delivery from LazyBoy this morning.

With all of the "bad backs" in this family ... I did not want to give up my chair. lol (Picture taken Monday morning)


Kristi arrived late Friday afternoon with her two dogs in tow to help us unpack. Ray and I took her out for dinner to the local pub, a few minutes away. She did haul into the garage all of the broken down cardboard boxes as it was supposed to rain overnight. Other than that no putting her to work tonight ... we are far too tired. After dinner we chatted for awhile and were all in bed by 8:30 pm. Kristi had been not feeling well on Thursday so she was pretty tired too.


We were all up early again and after coffee and a strudel it was time to work. Kristi moved all of the boxes we had sorted and repacked to be stored, downstairs for us.

Garrett arrived about 10:30 am to help with his dog, Kira in tow. Now we have 4 dogs running around the house. The house seems to handle us all pretty good. lol I continued to unpack, do laundry and direct where to move furniture to. Ray had the kids move stuff out of the garage down into the basement and from the basement move up into the garage all left over wood building products so everything is in the same spot. Garrett and Kristi also moved the old woodstove out of the basement to the firepit area in the yard. Louise had left a bunch of lawn furniture so we culled out what we will keep but most also was carried upstairs to the garbage pile. Ray and I had our new dining room table delivered at noon. It looks fabulous and will definitely be well used by family.

Solid maple butcher block table.

Around 12:30 it was time to go out for lunch .... again at the local pub. Sure is convenient. Very reasonable and great food, not to mention great beer. The day was mostly cloudy with a few rainshowers.

Jason arrived at around 3 pm with tools. We were not thinking when we loaded up our motorhome with everything. It stayed in Nanaimo with all of Ray's tools while we needed them for assembly in Lake Cowichan. :)

Big thanks to Jason for bringing the tools and helping set up our patio furniture and TV set up.

Garrett spent an hour putting together my new yard cart that will enable me to take things from the garage down to the basement easilty. Another day gone in a blink. We ordered Chinese Food for Dinner. There is a place again, a few minutes away, so Jason went with Ray to pick up our order.

After dinner, Jason received a phone call that one of his fishing buddies passed away today, in Nanaimo. He ended up heading back to Nanaimo to keep Neil's wife company as she did not have any family close. Hopefully he can come back tomorrow.

Garrett and Kristi dealt with walking all 4 dogs so Ray did not have to. Ray and I were in bed at 8:30 pm. Kristi stayed up with Garrett a little while longer and then also headed to bed. Garrett stayed up until 11 pm but neglected to turn out the lights which kept Kristi awake as her room was very bright. A learning curve for all of us living here. lol


We were up early again ... damn dogs, mostly mine creating havoc with the other three. lol

Anyways, once we were all up and had coffee, Kristi walked her dogs and then headed back to Nanaimo for the day as she has a course at Nanaimo General Hospital. Garrett, Ray and I started in on more stuff that needed to be done. Meanwhile, Ray was directing Garrett ... move this here, throw that in the garbage pile etc. I went into town and bought the last propane tank from Home Hardware to get our barbeque operational so I could cook on it easily. Also, they had light bulbs etc. and clips for shelving. Don't know if Jason will be back or not. The dogs are having a blast swimming in the lake and laying in the sunshine on the back lawn. By noon the sun broke through the clouds, a beautiful afternoon.

Jason arrived around 3 pm with a box of Tim Horton donuts in hand. Thanks Jason. Ray and I spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the sunshine on the lawn with the dogs. Garrett opted to go swimming .... Brrrrrr.



And there he goes!
Once it started to cool down we all went inside. Jason went for a nap as he had a bad headache while Garrett, Ray and I ate left overs for dinner. Jason was not hungry as he had a huge subway sandwich at about 3:30 pm. Kristi arrived at about 6:30 and had eaten too, so an easy dinner for me to prepare. lol

The bunch of us spent a nice evening together watching some TV with great conversation. It was lovely to spend so much time with our kids.

Monday, May 21st

It was Garrett's dog that got us up this morning. I could hear her upstairs trying to wake Garrett but when that did not work, she made her way downstairs to get us up. I brought her into our room and told her to lay down. She lasted half an hour more until 6 am when she bugged me again, so out the door she went. Yup she had to go.

Made waffles and bacon for breakfast. Jason headed out about 8:30 and Kristi followed about an hour later. A quieter day with just Garrett and us.

A great weekend getting lots accomplished thanks to the kids helping out. Future visits will be more fun for them to enjoy the lake instead of being put to so much work. :)

Preparation for the big move to Lake Cowichan

Wednesday, May 9th, our moving adventure begins.

We got the coach back from the repair shop by 10 am. We had the front end damage from the tow two years ago repaired, as well as the locks replaced and painted from the break in. Both Ray and I spent the rest of the day loading it up for the move to the island tomorrow. Fortunately the rain held off until dinner time, so we did not get everything wet. A long, hard day, especially for Ray, he could barely walk by the end of it, but we got it done. This for me included house stuff as every dish was washed and put away, vacuuming in case of house showings etc. Ray had to take out all the garbage ready for pick up on Friday. We collapsed in bed at 8 pm.

Thursday, May 10th

Up and attem by 5 am to load the car and get ready to leave by 6:15. I did not sleep very well as I was worried the theives would come back so I kept waking up every couple of hours and checking outside. Ray parked the car right up close to the passenger side so you could not open the basement doors but the other side although locked, was still exposed. I packed the car with our clothes etc. and did a final sweep through the house and we were off. I'd made a reservation for Ray for overheight just in case, but I was able to get on no problem. We met up at the cafeteria for breakfast. A beautiful sail across to Nanaimo, sunny and flat calm. There were a few showers and the other side.

Once we arrived at Kristi and Jason's, it took a few tries to settle the motorhome into her resting spot for the next week or so until we bring it down to the new house. Jason and Kristi recently bought a 21 foot trailer that we needed to negotiate around so in the end Jason hooked up and moved it out of the way so we had a clear shot at backing in and then he moved his trailer back in. Kristi was in surgery today so we won't see her until later tonight. It showered a few times throughout the day but otherwise fairly warm. Ray and I went out for lunch and ran a few errands. Nice to be back on the island. Tomorrow is the appointment with the lawyer to sign the papers for possession next Tuesday. I think it will be early to bed for me tonight. lol

Friday, May 11th

Kristi was on call today at the hospital but was able to stay home in the morning as she only had phone calls and no urgent cases. It was nice to spend some time with her. before our appointment at the bank. The appointment did not take very long, mostly handing over the moola and signing a couple of documents. We were back home by noon. Our dog and Kristi's two, all went to doggy daycare today. Freya will be nice and tired for tomorrow. :)

When Jason came back later in the afternoon, it was time to get the new batteries installed. Jason was a great help in doing the lifting so I did not have to. While Ray was trying to hook up the cables he realized he was missing some jumpers ... more had been taken by the thieves than we thought. With Jason's help, off to the battery place for a diagram of how they should look and some extra parts. After 2 hours the job was done and I fired up the generator to get the charge happening. The other 6 batteries had not been charging for the past month unbeknowst to us and were down to 11.8 so hopefully not wrecked. Only time will tell.

Saturday, May 12th

Another beautiful day ... only 3 more sleeps and Ray will pick up the keys to the new house, although we won't be moving in until Wednesday. Today Ray will blow off the junk on the MH roof from debris left from the winter at Dad's. and clean off the solar panels for charging. We can actually see the roof from the kids sundeck. First time I have been able to have a really good look at it as I don't climb up the ladder. lol Anyways other than dirty solar panels and a bit of trapped debris under the dish ... it does not look too bad. The batteries seem to be all fully charged according to the display panel. With all of the sunshine it did not take too long for the solar panels to charge them up. Spent most of the day enjoying the sunshine, a glorious day. Kristi actually had the day off.

Sunday, May 13th, Happy Mother's Day

Kristi is back on call starting at 8am this morning. We are all going out for Brunch for Mother's Day as Jason's Mom and Dad (Nadine and Dale) and Grandmother (Joyce) are coming up from Victoria. Even though Kristi was on call, she managed to come for lunch as well. A lovely visit. We'd not seen Jason's parents since the kids wedding, nearly 8 years ago. They stayed for several hours before leaving back to Victoria. It certainly was a warm day at over 26C. We are all not used to hot weather yet so the fans were on and blinds all closed trying to keep the house cool for sleeping. :) Not complaining though after our wet and gloomy spring.

Kristi, Grandma Joyce and Nadine

Jason and Ray

Dale and Kristi

Monday, May 14th

It's getting closer !!!! I did not sleep very well with all of the "packing" thoughts running through my head. I have to pick up the rental car this morning and get back to Vancouver in preparation for the movers tomorrow. Two more days!!!!! Ray will probably go out and take some pictures today, a hobby he has not had much time for of late. We are so thankful that Kristi and Jason have their basement suite that they welcome us to use. It sure has made life much easier for us having a place to stay when we come to the island.

Not too busy yet.
My rental car, Hyndai Accent.

Once in Surrey, I got a bunch of stuff ready for the packers tomorrow. A solitary dinner at Browns Social House.  Did not eat very much though ... it was over 30C and way too hot to be hungry.

Ray and Kristi went out to the new Beach Fires Grill Restaurant in Nanaimo for dinner. They both said that it was amazing and excellent food. A little pricey but fabulous. I will have to go there. :)

Ray took a walk in the Nanaimo Harbour in the afternoon.

Tuesday, May 15th - Take Possession of the Lake House

I was up bright and early at 4:30 am and started some laundry ... cleaning the bed sheets so they would be clean at the other end. lol Still pretty warm in the house. I will be glad when this part is over. Unfortunately the house still is not sold so I will have to go through this again at a later date. At least there will not be too much to deal with at that time as most of the furniture left will be for other people. Received an email this morning from the previous owner of the lake house, thanking us for buying her home. Louise said we were meant to live there and hope we enjoy the lake. How nice. A great way to start my day.

Looked out into the backyard this morning. There is a rabbit that thinks he lives here now that Freya is not here to chase it. :)

The packing started at 9:30 am  and continued to about 5:30 pm. I ended up having our realtor, Ryan, locking up after they had finished as I had to leave at 4:45 to make my ferry to the island. Exhausted.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Campbell Valley Regional Park and White Rock for lunch

Monday, May 7th

Both Ray and I were feeling very unsettled this morning. We can do nothing but wait for the coach to come back from repairs early Wednesday morning, before we load it up in preparation for taking it over to the island bright and early Thursday morning. Also, our realtor tells me that he is waiting for an offer to be done sometime today ..... so it is a "hurry up and wait" kind of day. We had 3 showings on Saturday, one gave us such a low ball offer we did not even respond, this next offer we are waiting for also saw the house on Saturday. Tomorrow another showing at 11am.

After an hour of trying to figure out where to go, we decided to see the Campbell Valley Regional Park. It had been on "Ray's list" and we had yet to go there. We had a lovely walk with Freya and only 10 minutes away from Dads house.

"The Campbell Valley Regional Park in Langley is a large park located amongst farm land and with a sprawling network of trails for walking, horseback riding, and exploring. The park is also home to the Campbell Valley Downs Equestrian Centre and the historic Langley Speedway. Birdwatching, picnicking, and dog walking are also popular in the park as the easy terrain is perfect for families"

There is also an old historic site with a house and barn and old schoolhouse which we walked around.

The old visitor centre that has lived out it's life and is now permanently closed. They opened it in another location "the Red Barn"

There was a school outing with the parks people catching and counting tadpoles in the pond.

Next off to the historical farm.

This is where the new Visitor Centre is ... it was not open today.

A short walk further we found the old schoolhouse.

And now a picture of the new "farmhouse" located across the road from the field. lol

It was lunch time so we drove back home, dropped Freya off and went into White Rock for our last opportunity to have fish and chips at Moby Dicks. We just got one order and shared it as it was so big! A short walk down the promenade and back home for the rest of the afternoon ... still waiting, waiting, waiting.

A lovely couple of hours spent enjoying the sunshine.