Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Change of Plans, Opened an Opportunity

Can Am Guest Parking Lot

On Tuesday, Apr. 16th we woke up in a parking lot. I say that because, when I woke, I had to think about where we were. 😉 The sun was shining and the sky was clear, that’s for sure. Another bonus day. We were very hopeful that the Suite would be going into the shop this morning but after a false start yesterday, I refused to pack things up until Peggy gave us the word. 😊

Gibbs and I walked around the lot and then watched our Suite
get pulled into the shop at 1 pm

Bill was in and out of the building a few times and it was quite warm out, even in the shade. After walking Gibbs, I pulled my lawn chair out from the basement and sat between the truck and trailer with him on my lap (or under my chair). Long story short, after lunch we heard from Peggy that they wanted to get to the root of the whole cable breaking issue, if possible.

Removing things from under the bed gave us a challenge
of finding where to temporarily store things.
The shower worked great and the living room furniture too.

We were advised to strip the bed and remove everything from the under bed storage so they could investigate. (Have I read too many Stephanie Plum adventures?) Bottom line, at 1 pm, the Suite went into the shop. 

It was our last beautiful day for a while

I sat outside with Gibbs again, this time in the sun, and waited to hear. The unfortunate news was that we would not be able to sleep in our own bed tonight. My son, Patrick, lives 15 minutes away so I contacted him to see if he had room for us.

Waiting in the lounge area, 2 someones got sleepy
and dozed in the chair together

Al had the slide in and out about 4 times and could find nothing under the bed that would have caused the problem with the cables breaking. That was good news and one thing we didn’t have to think about down the road. They worked away at feeding the new cable through for a couple of hours and will finish it up in the morning.

We stopped for fuel
and this is a wee justification of
why we had our diesel/gas debacle
last spring.
Yellow handle is diesel. LOL

We left CanAm around 5, fueled BB up and drove to St. Thomas to grab a bite to eat. I’m sure Patrick would have fed us but he’s a working man and had already planned supper for himself and Nathan by the time I’d called. A & W’s Uncle burger combos fit the bill and we sat outside on their picnic table to eat before driving around. I suppose we have all done it, but it was still nice that Patrick was giving up his bed for us to sleep on and he took the couch. 😘

Driving into St. Thomas, we were impressed
with improvements to the town since our last visit.

Jumbo the elephant stands high on the hill into town
guarding the locals
Here is his story. 

We had a nice evening together, even though I know we upset his normal evening routine. Gibbs had a new experience, meeting Molly, a Goldendoodle and after a bit of a growly start (Gibbs) they got along. 

Patrick has many hobbies
One being aquariums with fish

He has about 5 aquariums and many fish
I remember one I had years ago so enjoy seeing
the variety of fish.

Molly is a larger version of our little mutt and it was cute to see them side by side on the couch. We didn't see much of Nate tonight, he's a 14 year old boy, but he did come upstairs to show us 3 card tricks that he'd just recently learned. Hmm, they were pretty good. 😁

They soon decided they could be friends
Kind of.

This turned into a good day and with all things in our favour, God willing, we’ll be home tomorrow afternoon.  We reached a lovely high today of 69F/19C but it will all be changing for our return home.

A pose with Molly and my son
Good night!

Thank you for stopping in to see where we’re at.

Monday, April 15, 2024

Sitting Tight aka In Waiting

Can Am Guest Parking Lot

On Monday, Apr. 15th we woke up to a mostly sunny sky. It was around 7 when I crawled out to join Bill. Boy, did I ever drop off quickly last night! Never heard a peep. We were hopeful, but not convinced, that the Suite would be taken into the shop today. Our initial visit booked during the winter was to get one thing checked and then changed last Wednesday when our cable broke. It is an involved repair so we understood totally that other rv’s were ahead of us.

Good morning!

So, Bill picked up the brackets required to fix the damage under the kitchen slide caused by the tire blow out. Peggy had received those quickly as well as the cable. Bill is a handyman and can fix many things on the Suite so he began that job after lunch. Gibbs and I took a few walks and basically spent our time inside together. The sky cleared out completely of clouds so it was pleasant but with a coolish wind.

We saw at least 2 brand new units leave
the lot today. 
A Reflection 5th wheel and a Bambi (?) Airstream

I took a few pictures of Bill on the job but I’ll let him tell the story. We’re hoping that we’ll be taken care of tomorrow so we can head home. Today is another beautiful day although it started out a bit chilly. We reached 63F/17C by mid afternoon and the wind had died right off. We had toasted westerns again for lunch and that finished off the cut up veggies I had left over from the other day. It was good and filling.

Our cutie pie likes the grass
Can't wait to get him home on the Ridge

The ’gizzy stop’ (plastic closure on our screen door) broke off today for the second time so Peggy brought us one. Bill replaced it. The hardest part was removing the dried glue from the last time he jiggered the fix. 😊 Told you, handyman. I sat in my chair, feeling quite (dare I say) bored and did nothing but read my next Stephanie Plum story. This one is Finger-Lickin’ Fifteen. At 4, Gibbs and I walked around the front lot and when we returned, I made my tea and took my book outside.

The clouds cleared out nicely.

It was not the comfiest place to sit, on our step, but not worth getting the chair out for a couple of hours. As I was finishing up my last few chapters, a horn honked and a reddish coloured Dodge pulled in beside Black Beauty. It wasn’t until Marlene got out that I realized who it was. They were in the city for their own business and took the time to stop around for a quick hello. It wasn’t too long but it was sure nice to see both her and Benno.

then our little 'old' man watches
us make supper

For supper, Bill and I had the last of the meat loaf and a vegetable of choice. Mine was asparagus, his was corn. It hit the spot. 

Supper was good

After cleanup we watched an episode of Fire Country and then NCIS and NCIS Hawaii. It is nice to be back on home time to watch things when they come on instead of 3 hours earlier! This has been a very quiet day but ultimately a good one.

Good night!

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