Frost warning for our area to-night so old man winter's icy tentacles are beginning their first slow probing reaches into our area of southern Ontario. Furnace has been coming on a few times & we've had our gas fireplace toasting up the cozy sunroom. Only birds left at the feeders in the front yard now are Blue Jays, Black Cap Chic-a-Dee's & some Morning Doves. The squirrels & chipmunks are still active & I'm still catching a few remaining frogs in the pond.
Kelly had most of the day off so we ran around doing a few errands in Goderich. This afternoon she spent time working the phones getting things organized for our trip south soon. She made arrangements for our Cable TV to be put on hold while we are away as well as our Bell Telephone account. She is still phoning around gathering quotes for our medical coverage while in the States. That alone will cost us over a thousand dollars. Our ERS (emergency road service) comes up for re-newal shortly & that's another $200 gone. She got us signed up with Ontario Hydro our electricity company so we can monitor our monthly bills on-line while away. Hopefully this will prevent them from ripping us off again this winter.
And what did I do to-day you ask. Well, raked up a bunch of pine needles outside & cleaned the interior of our Hyundai Santa Fe. Didn't want to take that Ontario dust all the way to Arizona with us. They have enough of their own!! The Santa Fe goes into the Bayfield Garage to-morrow morning for a tune-up & pre trip inspection & Checkers, our black & white border collie goes in for her semi-annual tune up at the local doggy groomers place in Varna called, ON GOLDEN PAWS. The Motorhome was at the Bayfield Garage yesterday & everything checked out A-OK. It always seems to cost us more money before we ever leave home than the whole 6 months away does. This snowbird RV lifestyle is not for the cheap & faint hearted I can assure you!!
While ranch sitting near Douglas, Arizona this past winter we were fortunate to not only see a lot of the surrounding territory but we did get to meet some mighty fine people as well. Just east of a little place called Sunizona & just west of the mighty Chiricahua Mountains sits a small ranch by the name of, 'Paws and Hooves.' I think this charming little place may have been the inspiration for the term, 'Animal Farm' because the Mother & Daughter team who run this wayward home for lost animals look after & care for quite a collection of critters. In total they have a 106 legged family (give or take a few legs here & there) & one member (Fred) who doesn't have any legs at all. Kelly & I dropped into see the Paws & Hooves gang on March 1rst of this year & you can read my blog for that day HERE & see the photos HERE. We will be spending the American Thanksgiving in November with Rosanna & Carol at our friend's Jeanie & Ray's ranch near McNeal, Arizona. In fact, about a month from right now we will be somewhere between here & there on our way down. Probably closer to there though.
Between phone calls this afternoon Kelly was loading more stuff in the motorhome so things are slowly coming to-gether at last but it won't be until we get down to the last week before we leave that things really get revved up & exciting. I always like that final week before departure because the countdown is on, the rocket is fueled, checklists are complete, & the rig is waiting for the pilot, co-pilot & 3 furry crew members to board, ignition on, shift lever into gear, pedal down, & with a whir & a roar the big wagon wheels begin to roll. "Westward Ho:))"
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