Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Busy Weekend

I hadn't planned on writing a post so soon, but sometimes events make you stop and cherish life a little more, so that's what prompted this one. Last Friday , we were just sitting down after work when Pat received a phone call. Our first thought was a telemarketer, it's usually that time of day when they call. To our surprise and shock it was a nurse at the Wallaceburg Hospital calling. "Your sister, Wendy has been in a serious car accident, but she's okay." Well , let me tell you, those words sure get your attention.   Pat got to speak to Wendy, who was  naturally upset and found out a few details. Wendy, who lives in Owen Sound, had been at a conference for Museums in Windsor. She works for two museums in Owen Sound www.greyroots .com and marineandrail.ca and was on her way home when the accident happened, her car was totaled.  Wendy was on her way to x- ray and we wouldn't know the results for a while. We told her that we were coming to see her whether she had to stay or could go home after the results were determined. So off we went and after 125 km and an hour and a half later, we arrived just in time, as the doctor cleared her to go home.  Sore and bruised, she is one lucky young lady. I had decided to take our truck instead of the car as it would be a more comfortable ride. After getting her strapped in and turning on the heated seat we were off to our place in London for the night.

Below is a picture of Wendy at a better time. 

Saturday morning brought a beautiful sunny day and time to get Wendy home to Owen Sound. Her car had been towed to the towing company's yard in Thamesville, all her belongings were still in the car. So, the decision was made to drive to Thamesville , clean out her car then drive to Hanover to Donna and Gerry's where another family member would meet us and take Wendy the rest of the way home. After fueling up the truck,  we were off by 10:00am to Thamesville and cleaned out the Nia.

Wendy's car

The most damage

Rear window gone also

With that done we headed off to Hanover, arriving just after 2:30 pm. Wendy got to have a break from sitting and a short visit with her sister, Donna and Gerry before her husband arrived from Owen Sound to take her the rest of the way home.Pat and I stayed a little longer and then around 4:00 pm we were on our way home. Definitely a long day, 547 km. but were happy to have been there for Wendy.Sunday brought another great fall day. In the afternoon we were off to Stratford to celebrate my step mom's 80th birthday. We met at Dad and Marilynne's first for some social time with them and my sisters' and their husbands'. Around five pm. we were off to the Arden Park Restaurant at the Best Western Hotel for dinner. Great food and times were had by all.


All of us except Pat the pic taker

Marilynne & Dad

Blowing out the candle

Another great time with family but soon time to head home. So now you see way it was a busy weekend, almost 1000 km. travelled. 
Now , I don't mind the driving, I quite enjoy it. The point about cherishing life a little more is that Wendy had a close call that could have been devastating to say the least. Secondly during that time and distance travelled there were at least 3 times we could have been in accidents because of other drivers. 

More confirmation of cherishing, Sunday afternoon our brother-in-law, Gerry. fell off a ladder and although came through the hospital tests fine, is very sore and bruised. You just never know.

For those of you that know of our plans to full time RV, pulling a 5th wheel trailer, covering great distances, anything can happen. This reminds me that I have to be aware at all times what is going on around us as we travel down the road. It has not altered our plans, we will travel and enjoy life no matter how long or short of a time we will have.

To all of our friends, family , fellow RVers and those who blogs we follow and have not met yet,  safe travels and watch out for the other guy.

Thanks for stopping by and until the next time , take care.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

I have never been one to get into Halloween, so I am surprised at myself for even posting about it this year. Maybe it's because it is our last year of being in a bricks and sticks house that has compiled me to do so. 

As I said, I'm not into it but my wife, Pat is. She loves to hand out sweets to the 'Trick or Treaters" and even dresses up to do so. This year she was " Raggedy Ann" . If this had been a work day, she would have gone to work dressed up, which to her disappointment, being her last year, it wasn't.
Pat as Raggedy Ann

It wasn't the best night for the little ones, but the rain held off for the most part. Trick or Treaters started to come just before dark. The little ones are so cute. In total we had 53 come knocking at the door, and by eight o'clock we turned off the lights and it was all over.

Quite the Display

On our crescent, they're only a couple that go all out and decorate. The house two doors down does quite the display. It is the mom that does most of it. Each year she adds more. Even the next door neighbor did some this year. 
Next Door

Just before Dark

Hats off to the neighbors for their displays.
Well about that, a post done on time for a change. Thanks for stopping by, until the next time, take care.