Friday 17 May 2024

The First Real Day of a Long Summer

WHERE ARE WE? Rivers Provincial Park, Rivers Manitoba

Today we are back to being open again.  We took the week off because there are very few campers around, and traditionally it is still cool this time of year.  That was the case again this year, actually this long weekend is not shaping up to be anything special for weather.  

This morning I got busy and finished installing the old sink in the new counter top.  I am not a finishing carpenter so I considered myself really lucky when the sink actually fit in the hole I cut!!!  

The girls were happy to have the sink because they had a lot of pots and pans to wash today.  

Yesterday we filled up the ice cream freezers and we have a good selection of flavours.  What one is your favourite??

We had a visit from some old friends from across the lake.  About 15 years ago we had a seasonal camp site across the lake and Mike and Bonnie were part of a large group of good friends we had over there.  Today they came and brought a wood thingy!!  Apparently they both like to do projects with wood and paint in the winter so they brought us one.

They made us an ice cream board!!  What a thoughtful thing to do.  We will find a place to display it with pride!!  Thanks so much for your kindness guys.  That is a true replica of our double scoop!!!  We love it!!

Sheri came and spent some time with us this afternoon.  She likes to help old dad doing my wood runs.  We bought her a nice new recliner chair and she spent a few minutes relaxing in it.  I think Lilly likes it too!!

So that is the end of the first day of our season really.  Last weekend was just a trial run, but today marks the start of us being open every single day until mid September.  We love what we do, but it is a long haul for the old folks, but we will make it.  We look forward to meeting up with a bunch of old friends.  Now a little Survivor and off to bed.  Good Nite!!!

Thursday 16 May 2024

An Appointment

WHERE ARE WE? Rivers Provincial Park, Rivers Manitoba

Well today was that day of the week that I dislike the most.  It was out of bed at 6 am to get to the shack to meet the supply truck.  The driver is Tim who is very good at what he does.  All of us get up just to see him more than anything.  Sheri comes to help on supply mornings and she makes Eggers and coffee for Tim and his helper.  Then we get to work putting away a pallet of supplies.  That will last us a week.

Sue had an appointment for an MRI in Brandon today so after we got done in the shack we headed in to the city. We had Max today so he and I hung around the hospital while Sue got all fixed up.  It was a little boring for the wee guy just sitting around, and we got a little hungry so we got on the elevator and went to the cafeteria in the basement of the hospital.  They had pizza and sandwiches and a really good soup and he added a chocolate milk and the tab was only $10!!  Wow, it is neat to get a meal for that price anymore.

Then we headed home again with a new counter top for the sink.  We have looked into a new stainless sink which would cost $1500.00 plus we would need new taps because the new sink would only use wall mount taps and they are about $800.00.  I know a new stainless sink would look great but hey, a new countertop was only $170.00.  So I had to get the old sinks out and the new countertop in place.

That's as far as I got today and will have to finish tomorrow.  Rome wasn't built in a day folks, but I wasn't the foreman either!!!  Spent the evening relaxing and the sunset signaled the end of a great day.

Wednesday 15 May 2024

More Projects Today

WHERE ARE WE? Rivers Provincial Park, Rivers Manitoba

Well today I had to get busy and mount all the coffee cup holders that I bought in Brandon.  The wood truck and the lawn tractor need a place to hold my coffee.  Anyone that knows me, knows that I have a coffee cup in my hand most times except when I set it down some place and lose it.  So now I will have a place to store my cup.

So with that done I headed into town with the lawn tractor to cut the grass at the manor and another empty lot Manitoba Housing owns.  I don't have a trailer right now so I just drive it the mile and a half into town.  It takes about 3 hours to get the jobs all done and back home again.

Archie spent most of the day chasing squirrels.  He has yet to catch one.  He will just stand like a statue and wait for them to make a move.  Then he is after them.

All good things have to come to and end and today was no different.  We watched some TV and watched the sun go down.  Good Nite!!!

Tuesday 14 May 2024


WHERE ARE WE? Rivers Provincial Park, Rivers Manitoba

A trip to Brandon today.  Our granddaughter Dani had a hair appointment there and I had an appointment with the skin doctor.   I didn't even get a picture of her before and after.  She did look amazing when she was done.  Me...I just spent about 2 minutes with the doc and he blasted a couple of spots with nitro but said that I had nothing to worry about.  I will keep going back to see him every year just in case.  Whew.  Dodged another bullet!!

Sue and I did some shopping while we were waiting for Dani.  One of the places we went was Canadian tire and as usual Sue had to drive the cart.  I was a little ahead of her and when I looked around, I noticed that she was heading straight for a post while looking down one of the isles.  I was in disbelief about what was going to happen and just stood and watched it happen.  BANG!!!!   She hit it dead on and came to an abrupt stop!!  I looked around and there were about 3 people that saw it and they were trying not to laugh but it was too late for me.  That allowed the others to laugh as well and we all got a good giggle at Sues expense.  By the way she was not hurt in the incident.  

A re-enactment photo

I had to pick up another tire for my wheeler today.  They must just make the tubes that come with the wheelers really cheap cause that was both of them flat this spring.

It was off to home and supper and some more Survivor and then a little treat before bed.  The ice cream is just a little too handy here.  Oh well..  Good Nite!!

Monday 13 May 2024

The Day Starts With a Scare

WHERE ARE WE? Rivers Provincial Park, Rivers Manitoba

Every once in a while, I have a little episode that reminds me that I am a heart attack survivor.  For the most part, I am aware of my limits and stay within them, however there are times when I have a very scary feeling.  Such was the case this morning when I had some chest pain and a burning pain in my left arm which moved into my right arm.  If you've ever had a heart attack, you recognize that feeling as not being good.  And of course then the anxiety sets in and boom, your blood pressure shoots through the roof.  Now because a lot of my heart died with the original heart attack, I am on meds to abnormally lower my blood pressure.  Normally it is 90/50 but when I got to the MH and took my pressure, it was 132/106.  That certainly makes my head spin.   As I was sitting there I realized that I had not taken my pills this morning and it was 2 pm already.  When I checked my pill container, I realized I had not taken my pills last night either.  So I guess I brought it on myself.  I will be more diligent in taking my meds now for a while.

So I just relaxed for a couple hours and I got right back to normal.  I had to go to the manor to check things out.  Our daughter Sheri and I have a contract with Manitoba Housing to do caretaking services at a 12 apartment complex as well as minor maintenance at 14 low rental houses in town.  The contract doesn't require a lot of attention but it does require a few hours a week.  Sheri looks after things for the winter and I kinda kick in for the summer.  We do have my sister in laws grandson doing the janitorial duties in the lounge, but we are required to do the record keeping and overseeing that everything gets done.  So I drop by just to look about every 2 days. 

And then it was time for supper.  Sue fired up the grill and we had some burgers.  Because we are not open during the week this week, we needed to eat up the hamburger that remained in the fridge.  The poor old kitchen is a pretty lonely place during this week.

So to help us deal with the leftover hamburger, we invited Donovan to help us with the dilemma.  That was about it for today.  Good Nite!!