I can’t believe it has been almost a year since I wrote a blog! Let’s see, I left off when we got back from a long trip in the camper.
Shortly after we got back, Paul’s brother Chuck and his wife Monica came to visit. After they saw how great truck campering is they bought one too! So, they brought it up to see us.
In June, I took a quick trip to Arkansas to attend my cousin’s Mikey and Savannah’s wedding. As always, spending time with my cousins, aunts and uncles was great. Also, Annie and I moved and split wood to get Aunt Linda and Uncle Melvo ready for winter.
After living here for three years, we decided that since we live on a river we needed to get out there and enjoy it more. We bought a couple of jet skis. A Sea Doo Sparks for me and a four stroke stand-up Kawasaki for Paul. We had a lot of fun last summer on the water! It was nice to have water toys when our friends came for a visit.
My summer wouldn’t be complete without going to a concert. Specifically, a Kenny Chesney concert with Jane! Kenny was playing across the state in Seattle. Jane and I met there and made a long weekend out of it. We met up with my local friends, Sally, Dawn, Sammie, Sarah, and Jamie for pre concert drinks and hung out in the sandbar together. We even found Nicki up in the high seats and made the trek up to have a drink with her.
My summer water activities came to a halt when I missed the last step coming down the ladder holding a kayak over my head and broke my ankle. It didn’t slow me down too much, I was still able to go for jet ski rides with Paul, fishing, gardening, and camping with my friends.
My friends and I have grown fond of girls camping weekends. Here are a few photos from the three times we camped locally in the past year.
A broken ankle sure didn’t stop me from meeting Jane in Buena Vista, Colorado for a music festival! It so happened that Dierks Bentley was putting on a 3 day festival called Seven Peaks in the small town where Jane’s daughter Stacey lives. Actually, Paul’s parents had a summer home there for years, yet we had never been there to visit. I never knew what we were missing. It is a beautiful place to visit! Paul and I plan on going back this year.
In the Fall, Paul and I spent some time out harvesting wood on Forest Service land. You get a permit and can take dead wood to use for firewood. The area we went was a short drive from the house.
After using the axe a bunch, I noticed a bump in the palm of my hand. I googled it, of course, and it looked like it could be a hereditary condition called Dupuytren’s Disease. I called my mom, and sure enough, she has it too. Hers also started with a nodule in her palm around my age. After doing research and seeing a specialist, I decided to have low dose radiation to hopefully halt the disease at the beginning stage.
We went to Las Vegas on what seems to have become an annual trip to hang out with our Cat City fire family. As always, it was a blast.
From Vegas, I rented a car to go to see my mama and then to Indian Wells to celebrate Jane’s birthday.
For Thanksgiving, we met Dustin and his girlfriend Jill on the coast of Oregon. We rented a house on the beach for the weekend and I made my first turkey. Even though I screwed up and didn’t have the turkey in the roaster right, it turned out pretty good. It was a really fun weekend, hanging out with the boy and getting to know his girl. Spending time with your grown kids is such a treat. I don’t know when I’ve laughed harder! ;D
Christmas was pretty low key. I made our favorite holiday dinner, pizza.
A couple nights later we had a visit from a large cougar. Then a few days later a smaller one that seemed to be injured. We called out a couple of guys that hunt cougar and they found the injured one not far from the house. It was in such poor shape the game warden gave them permission to put it down. It had a broken leg and wasn’t able to hunt. The larger cat had left a fresh deer kill and that’s what drew him here.
The month of January I spent planning for a trip to Scotland. I will write about that trip in a separate blog so this one won’t be so long.
When Dustin was visiting Jill’s family in Virginia they sent me photos of Jill’s brothers Australian shepherd dog and photos of a litter of Aussie puppies. I had been saying I wasn’t ready to get another dog, but those photos got my wheels spinning! You know I’m a sucker for Aussies! So, we discussed it, and decided to get a couple of puppies in late spring at the earliest. While we were in Scotland in February, I saw a pup for sale on Facebook and had to have her! Shortly after we got home, we drove to southeast Idaho in a winter storm to pick her up. So much for waiting! Then a few months later we went back to get a second puppy from the same breeder. I will also write another blog all about the pups!
Since we have two, soon to be large dogs, we decided to sell the small camper and get a larger one. Not as big as The Mr. Beaumont, but somewhere in between. We lucked out and were able to buy one from a friend of mine. It’s a 2012 Artic Fox 990 with one slide. It’s like new and absolutely perfect for us and the dogs. I took it out for a girls camping weekend at nearby Sullivan Lake. And, a couple weeks later over to Kennewick for a second round of radiation on my hand. I forgot to take photos of it. There will be plenty of time for that, though!
This spring has been really busy. We had a broken water main pipe that runs down the driveway from the wellhead to the pump house, buried 4’ down. Since this was the third time, and they couldn’t pinpoint the exact spot of the break, Paul decided to replace the whole line.
Paul tore down the ramp to the dock to replace the original section and the next day they raised the water level. We are hoping to get it fixed before we have summer guests.
My good friend Sally is going to have her first grand baby soon, so a group of us threw her a Gram shower. We played games and ate, and maybe drank too much and laughed a lot. I love my friends!
My mama finally made it up here to see where we live. She stayed with my sister, Stephanie in Tacoma for a week and here for 9 days. I took her up to Canada for lunch one day. Her first visit to Canada. I showed her around and introduced her to a lot of my friends. We had a great visit.
Well, those are the highlights of the past year. I promise to not wait so long to write another blog post. Coming soon, two weeks in Scotland, and two aussie pups join the Homelessbear family.