Friday, November 5, 2021

The Real Count Down Begins, One More Sleep

The Ridge

On Friday, Nov. 5th we all woke up around the same time and by 7, we were up for the day. On each of our minds was ‘please call about the truck’. We went about sorting laundry and at 7:30, I drove into Durham to get that done. We also needed 2 water jugs filled and 2 loaves of bread from Foodland. When I arrived, there was no one in the parking lot. Good news BUT no so good that the doors were locked. Hmm, it opens at 7 so this didn’t make sense.

I laughed at this
Apparently, I'm not the only vain one in the family!
He was just sitting looking at himself πŸ’“

I waited around until 8 to see if the timer had just jiggled off an hour. Nope, so as much as I hated to text Jamie after him working an afternoon/midnight shift, I needed to let him know. At 8:15 when he hadn’t responded, I did the other errands in town and checked back at 8:45. Still locked up and no lights on. It didn’t make sense to hang around for however long, so I drove home to start boiling my eggs for sandwiches.

5 minutes cooling
I forgot about them so they cooled for a lot longer!

It wasn’t long after that when Jamie texted apologizing and he told me the last power outage screwed things up with the timer and that things were open now. Within minutes of that call, Bill’s phone rang around 10:15 with the news we’d not really expected until at least 3 this afternoon. Yippee!! Black Beauty was ready to come home so Jeff really put the push on for us. That gets a big gold star in our books even if it hurts the pocket book.

Grilled cheese and olives for lunch
Breakfast was a no show for us today

We picked her up right away, dropped the Ford Edge off, I ran into the bank to deposit my Canadian $ and Bill then delivered me and the laundry to the Mat. Jamie was there in full work mode, working on a few of the washers and cleaning. It got crazy busy, which is great for him, I did our 3 loads and Bill picked me up. Another job taken care of. While he waited, Bill took the truck for a wash and filled a propane tank.

Taking a walk to check the mail

Back home, I had Madame IP make my eggs and I chopped them up. I won’t make the sandwiches yet nor add the mayo, until Sunday. Things are falling into place. Donna received a parcel from Amazon that I ordered and had delivered there because I wasn’t sure how quick it would come. It just arrived yesterday so it would have been fine. It’s a gift for someone special so I can’t tell you what it is. 😊

My corral hill garden isn't looking
too spiffy but it is just going into hibernation πŸ˜‚

We drove in to meet her in Durham to pick it up and then back home to finish our packing up. Bill checked the truck tires and we locked up the outhouse and storage shed. We lock the Bunky once we have turned off the hydro power at the box in there. The fridge out there is turned off so there isn’t anything else to do. As I figured, he got everything packed away nicely in the basement. We’ve left a couple of things behind that were debatable but I doubt we’ll regret that decision.

Bill checks tire pressure

Nothing else to do here

When we returned home, we decided, since it was 3:30 and Bill was getting worn out from the day’s happenings, to wait until morning to hook up and dump on our way out. It would have been nice to get it done today but we’ll be up early anyway. 😊 Bill and Gibbs rested upstairs and I took the opportunity (without a little helper) to stay downstairs and trim and paint my toenails. They won’t be seen at the wedding but soon I’ll be wearing sandals again! Yay!

Things are looking more like winter
with the leaves off the trees

The boys joined me half hour later and Bill asked for his own pedicure so I obliged. Then we relaxed in our chairs some more, listening to the radio and I got into my Michael Connelly book. Aah, Harry Bosch, I’ve missed you! I was hooked 2 pages in. Supper was easy with leftovers; meatloaf, potatoes for Bill, cauliflower rice for me, spinach and corn. Neither of us needed dessert so we cleaned up dishes and Bill took Gibbs for his ‘around the corral walk’. At least I assume that’s where they went.

Gibbs sits in my chair with me, but behind
me to look out the window and I can still
work on my laptop
Gosh, I love this little lovebug
Woops! my Canada pin is upside down!

It doesn’t feel real yet for us, hard to believe this is our last night up here on the Ridge. It’s looking desolate already with things put away and sheds locked up. The satellite dish is put away too so that tonight was a radio night unless we wanted to watch a recorded program or a dvd. To be determined. 😊 I’ve closed up most cupboards with the security bars in place.

leftovers for supper

This was a mixed-up day from the beginning, time-wise, but it turned out great and here we are. We are both smiling.

The kind of evening it was 😍

Getting back into Bosch
Good night!

Thank you for your encouragement and support as we took the necessary steps for us. If you wish to leave a comment, we’d love to hear from you! If you want to see what Bill has been up to for the last month, check his post out here.


  1. Finally you really start out tomorrow,I am so happy for you . I hope you sleep well tonight,-Mary

    1. Thank you, Mary. In bed at 9:30 so awake at 4:30 but that's okay.

  2. Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable trip and we'll be looking forward to seeing you here in the states.
    Take care.
    Don in Okla.

  3. Safe trip friends. I look forward to following along with you by way of your blog. Hugs to all 3 of you.

  4. Good luck getting underway and safe travels all the way. I'm excited for you and look forward to your upcoming blog posts.

  5. 3 .... 2 .... 1 .... GO!!! Glad the weather is good and you are on your way!!

  6. I'm almost as excited for you as if we were headed out as well. Safe Travels. If you get near our part of the woods, reach out to us. Enjoy!!

  7. Oh my, by the time you read this comment I expect you'll have pulled out of the Ridge and on your way to the wedding. It won't be long before you'll be on your way south. And lots of us will live vicariously through your blog.

    Safe travels!

    1. Your first sentence is almost bang on. I think we pulled out just before 9. :)

  8. Great news that you can go south again this year. After spending a winter on the quite soggy Oregon Coast we are ready for some short pants, t-shirt and flip flops weather this winter.

    1. Thank you! It would be great to run into each other again somewhere. :) Safe travels to you two as well.

  9. We are skipping AZ this winter. I will be happy to enjoy the great weather thru you. But I do enjoy wearing sweatshirts everyday. Elva

    1. Noooo!!! I was hoping to see you again.
      I prefer shorts to sweatshirts, I think you know that. ♥

  10. We too are skipping AZ this winter. But when we read your blog it will help to see you both enjoying yourselves and the lovely weather there. Be safe, be happy and stay away from bad germs. Sending our hugs as well.

    1. That's too bad. :( The Q will probably be one of the safest spots to set up camp. Hopefully next year.
      Thank you!

  11. Well, have a wonderful winter! Hope you're going to keep up the blog so we can all follow along.

    1. Thank you FG & Mrs. FG. I plan to continue the blog and it will perhaps be not so boring over the winter. Who knows?