Before everyone goes back to school we like to have a mass birthday party. We ended up with most of the grandkids here all at once. We were missing Joey and Rio who didn't come down from Alberta this trip. We give all the kids their presents and have a little get together. Here was the gang at the Ponderosa this year.
Then we said goodbye to our Alberta Family until next year. Its great to have everyone around us in the summer cause its a long old winter without them.
With the Shack closed down it was time for me to go back to work for a bit. I had promised a local contractor that I would give him a hand getting his COR Safety Certification in place this year so I headed there to get it started. His office is at his farm which is about 10 miles up the road. He even had a little office for me to use. My goal is to have him ready before we leave in mid October.
Lots of paper work to do and getting all the safety stuff in order.
And of course the Ponderosa needs a little attention. We have a cracked exhaust manifold and after some trying to book it with a friend mechanic fell through, we have decided to make it last one more trip. I'm putting some pictures of the crack on here just so I have them for future reference.
Another problem is the leaking hydraulic motor for the fan. It has a little leak so it is time to get it fixed. It is in a heck of a spot and will not be easy to remove.
With a little help from my friend Chuck and a few dang it's, we got it off and sent it away to have all the seals redone.
Speaking of Chuck and Angie, they arrived from the south in mid September and have been hanging with us for a couple weeks. They are fun to be around and we got to spend some good times with them and Pat and Harold. We parked them in front of us at the shack and plugged them in to power. Charlie showed up on the doorstep for treats.
We had a lot of fun for a couple weeks. We took them to all of the traditional Canadian places like Tim Hortons for coffee.
I do apologize that I failed to get a picture of the hosts, Reg and Linda. Sorry guys.
I've made a couple purchases to take on the road this year. The first is for my entertainment. I am not a professional but do enjoy playing once in a while for myself. Sue finally gave in and let me get one. I will be careful to play it only when she has gone out somewhere.
Still seeing some very pretty sunsets but the temperatures are starting to drop. Soon time to head south. We have some interesting adventures planned for this winter, so stick with us.