Canada Bound…. and catching up!

This is not your normal JSS blog.  First of all, if you’re looking for pictures – oops!  There aren’t any.  Sorry about that.  I promise loads of pics in upcoming blogs.  And I’ve been gone for awhile, I know.  You’ll understand when you hear what’s happening.  The big news is that after being home for only about 6 weeks, Dear Hubby got a call to come back to Canada.  And this time, I’m going along!  A fun Canada Adventure for the summer.  I have so much to tell you, I barely know where to begin.

I’ve been planning and packing and planning and packing and planning and packing….. and planning and packing.  And that was just in the sewing room.  If you saw the amount of wonderful Inklingo projects that I have with me, you’d think I was gonna be gone 4 years instead of 4 months.  We’ll see how much I get done and how overly optimistic I was while planning and packing.  I’m hoping for a fair amount of blogging time too.  To keep you informed of all the adventures.  In Timbit-land – yeah!  And if I come back home weighing 300 pounds, I’m blaming Tim Horton.  Wonder if he’s ever been sued for causing a woman to eat herself into oblivion?

We are living in our motorhome.  Cause for adventure already, right?  Two adults and two cats in a small space.  Yes, Boo and Panda are along for the adventure too.  Cat tree and all.  There will be pictures.  Just not today.

The adventure began before we ever left Texas.  In fact we were at the very first stop light after saying goodbye to Mom.  And there was trouble brewing under the hood of this big monster that will be our home for the next 4 months.  A new alternator, battery and 24 hours later, we were on our way.  For real this time?  So we hoped.

But then Day Two dawned with another problem.  This time a few hours from home.  Suddenly we had no working gauges.  No speedometer or tachometer.  One by one they all went to zero.  Yikes!  Have I mentioned that my Dear Hubby is a genius?  He’s just the person you want along when there is trouble in the mechanical world.  Genius, I tell you.

After two stops looking for help with both stops involving the engine not wanting to start up again, Dear Hubby decided to take matters into his own, very capable, genius hands.  He had many conversations with me about what he thought the problem was with talk of relays and fuses and cables and a partridge in a pear tree.  I tried really hard to not let my eyes glaze over and roll back into my head.  And I use the term “conversations” very loosely.  They were more like monologues with me only nodding or trying to say “uh, huh” at all the correct times.

Next thing I knew, Dear Hubby was under the hood, where he unhooked one doomaflotchie and connected a thingamajig, then he jumped up and down 3 times, did a happy dance and off we went.  Not a problem since.  Did I mention he’s a genius?  Having him along is a must if you want to travel in a motorhome. 

As I write this it’s 4:00 a.m.  My close friends will understand that this is so NOT NORMAL for me.  But I can’t sleep.  We are sitting near the Canadian border at a rest stop surrounded by noisy semi-trucks with their engines running.  Even Panda and Boo are annoyed.  Sleeping at a rest stop can be an adventure.  It just usually feels like you are sleeping on the freeway.  So I use the term “sleeping” quite loosely.  The night before we were at a beautiful rest stop in Kentucky.  Where there was this big hill between us and the freeway.  Nice.  No freeway noise all night.  Tonight?  The noise is everywhere!  And I’m anxious to get this adventure moving.  Any minute it is going to be time for coffee.  And a nap.

Yesterday we changed our cell phone plan so we could have a plan that included minutes in Canada.  And a new monster was created.  Because now I have unlimited texting.  My friends have been very annoyed with me and my “no texting” status.  But boy are they gonna be annoyed now.  Woohoo!  I’m a texting fool.  I think I sent 23,574 texts already.  And that was just the first hour.  Our cell phone carrier didn’t know what they were doing when they assigned “unlimited” to me.  Even in Canada.  Texting monster.  Oh woman of few words.  Not.  Turning off my data in Canada won’t mean a thing.  Because now I can text.  Unlimited.  Oh man. 

One of the first things on my agenda once we get settled in the campground will be learning how to use the photo editor on my tablet.  So expect pictures.  Loads and loads of pictures.  Next time.  I promise.  Today I just wanted to catch you up on why I haven’t been blogging.  Because I was too busy texting, silly!  Wait.  That was only yesterday.  Well, before that I was planning and packing.  And planning and packing.  You get the picture.  Except there are no pictures.  Oh, somebody turn me off!

I also promise to remind my dear Texas friends of the temperature where I am.  Often.  In fact, I might just put the temp by my name in every post.  Or maybe every other line.  Especially when I hear it is 110 in Texas.  I’m so mean.  I can’t help myself.

More to come!
Barb, 65 degrees

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17 Responses to Canada Bound…. and catching up!

  1. Cathi says:

    Now I can’t stop laughing — “Barb, 65 degrees” absolutely cracked me up!
    When we Canadians flee south for the winter, we’re called snow birds so you Texans fleeing north for the summer must be heat birds!

  2. Lynn Bynum says:

    Wow, now that was a surprise blog! Here I was, thinking, Barb will post and say where Bee is, but, no, Barb posts to say where Barb is! What an adventure for you both., and kitties. I pray for the mostest, coolest, summer for you both.

    Sent from my iPad

  3. Diane says:

    Oh Barb! Have a wonderful adventure this summer. I love Canada and to live there for four months will be wonderful, especially in the steamy summer. We hope to get to Niagara on the Lake end of July after we have Mom’s celebration of life service in Buffalo!!! Fun to meet up, if possible!!

  4. Jill A. says:

    Wow, good for you guys! I just LOL about the engine issues. Ya just never know with this moving houses. Ron has been redoing out flooring from dash to bathroom. It turned into the project that never quits, he discovered a water leak on the outside wall next to the drivers seat. Many dollars and hours later he replaced the slide out seals. We are now seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. The wood look vinyl floor looks good….but we are disappointed in how it may wear. However, this will be the floor til this baby goes to the heaven for rvs. We are heading to CO mid June for 3 months, and I am planning in my projects like you did.
    Take care and enjoy the cool summer!

  5. Sue Hauptmann says:

    Lol Barb! 65 degrees! Get ready for visitors along about July if you keep that up! I’ll be heading the pack! Have a good cool summer and we’ll see you after that!

  6. Brenda Milum says:

    Barb, be sure and include degrees or we Texans might think you mean your age! LOL!!! Honestly, you have been on my mind and I wondered where you were and what you were up to. Thanks for the post. Hopefully by now, you are settling in and all hooked up and sewing your heart out with Boo and Panda right there in your lap or nearby. Oh and hopefully, Mark is enjoying being back. I love you, girl!

  7. Lori Summers says:

    You sure can spin a story! I’m still laughing! What a great adventure. Can’t wait to see pictures. Lori, Fort Worth – 88 degrees. Lol. i’m jealous already. ; )

  8. Patty Spinelli says:

    One of your best adventure stories. But you always have great stories. So glad the kitties got to
    go with you, I am sure they will enjoy their time in Canada..Have fun and enjoy yourself..
    Patty, Coarsegold,Ca 75degrees. (see what you started!)

  9. Kay says:

    Yay!! Barb’s back : ) Even during catastrophes you’re funny. We’ll sure miss you, but hope you have an awesome summer. Kay 84 degrees at 10:30 AT NIGHT!

  10. Lani says:

    Oh Barb! I ALWAYS love your adventures!! No pictures needed – you paint a picture with words! What a fabulous adventure! I can’t wait to hear more! And what a great way to spend the summer!! Soon, you’ll probably be singing the Canadian national anthem at the local baseball game, eh? ;-). Oh, Canada….. (are you singing along yet? ;-). Does anyone really know the rest of the words?? Just sayin’)
    Lani (54 degrees in London ;-))

  11. Judy Linn says:

    GREAT to hear from you! I agree, one of your best blogs – and there are many. Too funny that it is withOUT pics, but again I agree, you painted the pics with your words! We are there with you and Dear Hubby! The Happy Dance visual after the under-the-hood work did tax my visualization! Hee Hee! Can’t wait to read about crossing the border!!!
    Judy (75 degrees in Texas. Opps – that is INside.)

  12. Kaye Bowling says:

    So glad you are safely there and that DH was able to do the happy dance! I will be so envious of your cool temps this summer, but am looking forward to lots of pictures and tales of your adventures in Canada.
    Kaye – 74 degrees (at 7:00 AM!!)

  13. Cindy Smith says:

    Okay, it’s not even 8:30 AM and I am already sitting at the computer laughing so hard the tears are rolling down my face (so glad it’s not my legs). Oh that’s right, I’m sitting down so my legs are safe for now. The most important thing about your latest post is that I can now text you. Get ready, I will probably text you for no reason. No reason at all other than I can. I love reading the blog, keep it coming! It’s 76 degrees here at 8:21 AM. Miss you.

  14. Bertha Mallard says:

    I was expecting to read about Dear Jane Club. But , oh, no!!! What a wonderful surprise. I get to read about your adventures in CANADA all summer. Will you speak French upon your return to the States? (lol)

  15. I knew those Timbits would call you back to Canada! I mean, let’s call an addiction when we see it. So can we have Bee Day at your camper in July? I’ll bring food. Think about it!


  16. Susan B. says:

    Barb, you are hilarious as usual! But SNAP OUT OF IT, we need pictures, lol!!!!
    Love, Susan (88 degrees in Cresson, Tx.) xoxo

  17. Carmen says:

    So glad the kitties got to go, too! It sounds like a wonderful adventure and I am jealous; no summer heat and humidity. You are a lucky gal!!!

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