the one year anniversary

Today marks the one year anniversary of taking ownership of this property, and it also marks the one year anniversary of us living in a motorhome.  We did not actual sell our other home until later into September last year, but we stayed here in our motorhome.

I guess there were moments in the past that we thought we might be in the house by now, but we are now looking at potential “realistic” dates like the end of October. The house will not be fully completed when we move in, but we are hoping it WILL be completed in the next year, rather than just prior to selling, as has been our custom with previous houses.


So the floor…. We had a stressful week wondering what meant what.  We watered the floor many times and day and even many times during night, but still a few cracks formed.  So we watered MORE. .. THEN we noticed large scratches forming all over the floor, apparently from the hose we were hauling several times a day to keep the floor “moist”.  We then learned that we were trying to keep the concrete cool, vs wet. There is apparently a chemical reaction going on in there that happens faster in the heat and we wanted it to happen more slowly to prevent cracks. So we got a few small cracks leading out from the corners of the boards we had put there for our eventual placement of the rocks. I was SOOOO relieved when the main builder came to inspect.  I felt it was sort of like the surgeon coming to remove the bandages to see how the surgery had gone.  He looked cautiously at the cracks and all of the scratches and watched my reaction closely. I watched HIS reaction closely.


I asked…. “can something be done about all of the scratches?”   He seemed relieved. “Oh yes all of the scratches will come out with the polishing”   He reiterated that he never promised “no cracks”   I verified that I did not expect “no cracks”.   So all is good.  He looked VERY relieved.   So we went on to talk of things like corrugated metal ceilings and other “interesting things”.

MEANWHILE the roofers were installing the roof.  I remember back when we lived in Chilliwack in a newer subdivision with lots of building going on.  I made a point of keeping my kids inside when the roofers were there because of the “language”.  Things have not changed a bit, except that I no longer take offence to the “language”, in fact oft times use it myself.

The roof is not at all what I thought it would look like, but I guess we chose the colour.  I guess living at (almost)  the top of a hill who cares what it looks like.  Apparently  90 – 95 % of it is recycled (even better).   AND the “standing seam” is apparently a seamless roof.



So I guess with the longer runs of the roofing, the standing seam is higher, and I guess this is a long run.  Crowded LARGE driveway, the roofers took up most of the space.



The back part of the house appears a bit tattered….but we have several times covered the windows and doors at the back to keep storm rains out…. and then to keep the sun out.  I am sure one day it shall be lovely.img_7150

Ken has helped to complete the perimeter drain that drains the water around the house, usually into a street drain, but in our case, we had to dig a very large hole…..10 feet down, and fill it with drain rock and run the drains into that hole.  Ken is tamping down the ground around the house after that.

In the midst of this, we have had to harvest a lot of our potatoes, because we got invaded with Potato bugs. The bug invades the leaves, but not the potato, and only certain potatoes.  So we harvested the red potatoes and were pretty thrilled with the crop.


Tucker is such a trooper,  just works hard along with us on every job we do.


AND we have started getting ready to plant the garlic in the fall.  Our “garden” is full of rocks, and so we had a rock picking week….. and devised a way to save our backs. Dumping loads of dirt through  our bike trailer on the back of the jeep.  It was great fun.


and our beds are looking great for this fall for garlic planting.



and so ends our happy anniversary.  Stay tuned for my NEW song….. about Trumps mismanagement of the Covid virus….coming out soon.

Much love from Janet, Ken and our hard working dog, Tucker.


The day of the floor pour.

The garlic harvest is finally done, we took 2 weeks to get it finished and all hung up.


i left a few out in the field to fully develop as bulbils.  These ones are Russian Reds.  Will plant the little bulbils in the fall with the other garlic.


With Ken’s system we have gotten 5000 garlic hung in this small shed. AND it is drying quite nicely…  a week of very hot weather followed by a day of strong winds seems to have been perfect.  top side…


view from underneath.


and here is Tucker out standing in his field.


I also learned how to clean the Artichokes and freeze them.  Years ago when we lived in Bandon, I decided to make an artichoke dish and looked up instructions for how to clean them.  I followed the instructions ….cut away this, scoop out this,,, and had nothing left at the end ????     I am getting better now that I am an artichoke grower.  We use a LOT of artichokes, I put artichokes in Pesto instead of olive oil. I put them in everything.



I guess there ARE  some perks to being a doctors kid……but HOW COOL it would be to be a plumbers kid. Dylan created this very cool water device for running through in hot weather. It attaches a hose at each end,


then he drilled random holes into it,


then just added kids…..



Talon was a bit more cautious.


Moving on to more things plumbing……Dylan, with the help of Ken and Pete put down all the piping for the infloor heating system, last week.  img_7081

The huge roll that holds all of this piping….. so they can just pull the piping anywhere in the house…again a Dylan invention.. He claims one could purchase something similar.


We spent all day, last Saturday, (in our living room) figuring out the details for the kitchen cupboards. Very comfortable living room/kitchen etc. even on lawn chairs.  And Ken and Sarah you will see that your “?TV trays” have come in handy.


I should go back a little to explain that our house is going to have concrete flooring. I am sure I have said somewhere else that this IS the 4th house we have built.  On our second house, in Bandon, we had infloor heating as well. However, I did not think of a concrete floor until the day they came to pour the concrete over the piping, and I was told it was too late to make that call then.  On our next house in Scotch Creek BC, I had wanted concrete flooring, but the builder talked me out of it, saying that they all crack. Subsequent to that, I have seen floors with cracks and thought…. what’s the big deal?

So this time we have (our builder has) ….. taken many precautions to try to prevent cracking. He has put an extra wall in the basement (a temporary wall)  that runs along the centre of the living room area, to support the concrete floor when it is at its heaviest…IE when it is wet.  He has also installed angle iron metal pieces in each doorway to attempt to separate the rooms.  We are in the middle of a heat wave, which apparently is NOT a great time to put in a concrete floor, and so keeping the concrete wet for several days is also an attempt to keep it from cracking.

Also it has been a bit hectic, for the past weeks, making sure that everything that is needing to go through the concrete is placed… such as the plumbing, and the venting. We also got the electrician to put in two floor plugs prior to the pour.

So let the fun begin.












So at the end of the day, it is water water water.  The pieces of wood in the floor are where we will put the cut rocks. We will lift out the wood and there will be a space there.


We apparently need to water floor 10x a day for a week.

Bye for now, much love from Janet, Ken and Tucker (an outstanding dog)








The garlic that just could not wait.

Life carries on up here on the hill.  Our area of the province, Interior health, had gone, I believe, over a month with only one reported case of covid, and then last week all hell broke loose and there have been over a hundred new cases in the past week.  The city we are close to is Kamloops and I do not think that there have been any cases there, but the city in the other direction, Kelowna is where all of this has occurred.   It all started on the Canada day weekend tourist area of Kelowna.

The long term care facilities in our area, have just this past week opened up to allowing one visitor for each patient. It will be just one designated person or friend.   We will be sending out a new memo this week asking that designated family member visitor to be very cautious with their interactions. I know that few people have a loved one in a nursing home, or even KNOW anyone in a nursing home, but if you do, then you KNOW what a hard time it has been.

I guess we HAD breathed a sigh of relief…. how naive… how naive.  ….sigh!

I thought I would post a couple of lousy pictures of a dreadful weed I have just become acquainted with. I did mention it before, but I FINALLY figured out what it was. YELLOW BURR WEED.


The plant goes along innocent enough, gets to a certain size and has prickles making it harder to pull out…


.. and then the final stage the little green pods shown here turn into brown burrs.  BRRR. GRRR.. So these little Burrs stay dormant in the soil for up to 2 years.  It is so amazing, I have never seen this weed anywhere here… and trying to figure out how it got ONLY into my garden area, the only conclusion I come to is that the equipment that was driving all over the place likely spread the seeds from somewhere.  I also contacted the seed company where I got all of the cover crop seeds, because apparently this burr can affect grain lots.  They never got back to me, and I am sure it is unlikely.

On to the continuing saga of “the house”.  Our garden out front has really worked out well.  I get all the orphaned plants from a friends garden in the city, she is calling it birth control giving all the babies to me.  I guess I have an orphanage for baby flowers.  The Lavender we planted last fall all survived, so by next year it should be nicely filled in.


Tucker has sussed out where his place shall be to watch the world turn from. I am sure THAT is where he is going to LIVE.


There WILL be a patio there.

OH and what’s this….? thinking emoji To the right of the SeaCan… It appears that the sheds ARE reproducing.   Our refugee village is taking shape.


Actually Ken has built another shed for drying the Garlic, as you can see at THIS stage the shed is no more waterproof than the house.


It is a small shed and so Ken HAD to be creative to be able to hang 5000 garlic, and he did NOT disappoint.Smiley - Wikipedia


So there is a 2×4  angled down from the wall and a 1×1 going across and that is where he is tying the bundles of 10 garlic plants.

I  thought if I showed a few more pictures it would make more sense… ( like 3000 words).img_7005


We have a great system, I pull all the garlic and Ken ties it all up. I love pulling the garlic out of the ground  and would hate the tying up process. It is interesting how we just work into the jobs that best suit us.

Oh and ONE more picture to show that the roof has metal on it. So waterproof nowimg_6997-1

OH and I DID want to show a picture of our son Dylan, the plumber with his fancy schmancy little troller he scoots around the crawl space working on all the plumbing that goes on under the floor boards, and the crawl space is only 3 feet.   AND that is where all of the plumbing is…. well lots.


Oh and yes there has been MORE rain and more rainbows.


So this is the house with all the plywood on the roof, however it rained a few days later and the water just came in pretty much the same is if the plywood was not there.


This is TODAY and they are applying the “peel and stick” which apparently  makes it waterproof.  This is extremely important because all the stuff that has to get done prior the the pouring  of the concrete floor needs to have a water proof roof.


Things have been quite slow up until now, but 2 weeks from now we will have a somewhat finished floor throughout the house.  The wonders of concrete.  Of course there will be blocks of wood in the floor awaiting our creative time to finish the rock work in the floor.  Our goal is to get the house “to lock up” which means walls windows roof are all in.

Then we can relax and work on things more gradually.

But for now, we are working hard to make use of our garden produce.img_6995

With all of the chicken manure out there, the plants all look huge, but not a ton of veggies yet, perhaps too much nitrogen.

but we have great suppers each night,

Much love From Janet, Ken and Tucker, ever watchful Tucker.



A whole lot of trussing going on.

Sadly Trusses alone to not keep out the rain……

This week the trusses arrived on a big truck with a crane.  Each bundle was set down on the matching section of the house.




And then the fun begins. This does look a little bit dangerous work, but the workers seemed to do well with it. Every time I heard them yell a little loud, I cringed, afraid someone might have fallen off of roof.  I guess different work types have different risk factors, and they likely did not think anything of it.

So here all the trusses are done on the eastern part of the house.


The east and the west wing done…Unknownimg_6923-1


Most of the central area done


And here are all of the trusses in.



The ones that go up at the front are covering of the patio.  There is a 12 foot extension on the roof…. or 16 feet or something like that.

The floors have dried up and things are going pretty well … weather wise..time to call the plumber Unknown


I did want to point out this beautiful flower that I have found all over my garden and in the hills around, I posted it on Facebook and a friend IDed it as Grand Collomia trumpet.

I looked it up and you can buy the seeds online. Somehow I felt kind of special having something growing wild in my yard that companies sell the seeds for.


Dylan, our son, who is the father of….Talon…. our grandson..


…came out to our place yesterday and today, and has done a large part of the plumbing.  I did NOT get any pictures of Dylan. (I should have thinking emoji .)..AND I did not take any pictures of the plumbing.Unknown

But I did take a picture of the one inch plus layer of water on the floor, after the deluge today.



Moral of the story, if you want to get a lot of rainbows, (which we seem to have here,) you are going to have to put up with a lot of rain.  Ken took this picture, I wonder if he noticed the flying saucers? thinking emoji


AND we (actually KEN) have/has finished the fence around the garden.  We have stopped watering the garlic to let it start to dry out prior to harvesting (not that we had to water it this year at all anyways….)(not sure if it will ever dry out,  but manoman….. do we have potatoes.


Much of our garden seems to love all this rain, because we are getting periods of sun in between, not sure if that will be the case for the garlic, but we shall see.

We had friends visiting today from another town in BC, and we were talking about Covid and “mask wearing” in our respective towns.  I said that I have started wearing a mask in stores, but that very few other people were. She said in her town it was similar, except at stores that required that people wear masks. She said that her and her husband wear masks, but mainly because she is a seamstress and has sewn several theme based masks.Unknown She also said that the only store that required that they wear masks was the fabric store, and she thought it was so that everyone would get an opportunity to wear their lovely sewing creations somewhere!  I thought that  was cute. I guess us “west side” Canadians have not taken Covid seriously.  I have noticed, however, that on my facebook feed I get lots of ads of VERY cute masks from major clothing design companies. Perhaps THAT is how you get people to wear masks.

As things are happening faster with our house I am trying to write blog more often, so I do not miss any important bits.

Much  love to all, Janet Ken and Tucker. And please, stay safe!



so we have joined a rock club….

So what do you do when you move to a new place?  To get to know the locals…. join a church, a choir….   I guess one might consider our attachment to rocks a bit like a religion???

So we have joined the Vernon rock club and have been out on 2 field trips with them.  As you can see Tucker fit right in.  Everyone loves Tucker.  This first one was at another gravel pit in Armstrong. (Quite a bit larger than our gravel pit.)


And this was the view from the second field trip we went on. Something about rockhounding, you always get to go to the coolest places. In the middle of nowhere and with great views.  Turns out that this site is just on the other side of the mountain from our place.


So our THIRD field trip was here…. look familiar???  Yes we invited the rock club all to come up and look for rocks here.  The Vernon rock club sent the invite far and wide and … over 100 people showed up at our place.  The largest turnout that they have ever had.


The neighbours down below were freaking out seeing 45 cars come driving up the road….. the road that usually sees maybe 10 cars a day… My picture does not show them, (I started taking pictures after many people had left.)img_6899

Everyone dispersed in all directions and everyone had a great time, especially the kids. …. and social distanced, I think? There are about 25 acres in total to explore, so lots of distance between everyone. One guy even went all the way to the top of the mountain… to see what was there.

These kids found some great agates etc…. and they were quite excited about it until the found……


THIS…. a snail in a shell, and suddenly there was No interest in rocks, only what they were going to do with the snail.


…. and some kids found the large puddle down below and…..img_6901

people brought picnics and everyone just seemed to have fun. There were some clever “hounds” that we learned lots about rocks from.  AND everyone found agates to take home with them… COOL.  We have  been quite thrilled with the family nature of the rock club field trips, lots and lots of kids. Makes us wish we had taken on rocks back when we had small kids. What a great way to run them ragged.



A few weeks ago we purchased a smaller motorhome.  It is a 2016,(so over 20 years newer than our other MH)  and it is shorter, but has 3 slides. So pretty much as big as the other one, only easier to drive, easier to get around things.  With all of the rock cutting we have been doing for the past few months, we are starting to miss the southern rockhounding we do in the winter.   We are hoping that by next spring… it might be easier to travel.  We are taking some time to go on a trip around British Columbia for the first 2 weeks of August.  See what BC has for cool rocks.  In previous years I feel that since I take 3 months off in the winter, that I should not take time in the summer, but….. i am getting old. what the heck.


Our newer motorhome is really quite nice…… after we got rid of the cigarette smell.  We were so enamoured with the rig we had not noticed it at first, but after a night in it we realized that the strong perfumie smell was covering something up. So we took it back and they “ozonated” it over night and it really seemed to work. Now it just smells normal.

As you can see it is Garlic Scape season and we are falling sadly behind in doing things with the garlic scapes, but did make some pesto with them.


Speaking of the garlic, it has sadly been through a lot this year. If it looks kind of striped in this picture, it is because last fall, I took the tractor and left piles of chicken manure in various spots.  As you can see, the deep green garlic leaves are in the areas near where the chicken manure was left. The garlic that was covered with the chicken manure…..died.  Too much of a good thing.  You can also see in this picture that there are areas that were lower than others. The guy we bought from said that the whole place was really well drained. Well not so!  The areas in the garden that were lower lying have tended to be under water whenever we get the torrential rains.. that we SEEM to be getting quite often…. NOT good for garlic.  We also at this point are wondering why we bothered to put in an irrigation system. We have not gone more than a day or two without rain for ?? a few months (pretty much when we put in the irrigation system)


Here are the walls going up.




so what it will look like in the Living room,/kitchen/dining room room




Some days we think perhaps we should be building an Ark, rather than a house.




So this picture is from today, storms coming and going.  We are warm and dry.  Ken has never wanted an RV with slide outs …. “because they all leak”  We shall see. We are dry thus far.

Much Love from Janet, Ken and Tucker, the rock hounders hound.



The Big storm…..

Progress is being made on our house, and in fact they were supposed to be pouring the basement yesterday, except for a huge storm that was forecasted (which did end up coming true).

At about 5 pm, the sky became black, with a lot of lightening and ensuing thunder.   Then  the large hail stones came, and rain, lots of rain.  Ken took some great pictures, it was pretty scary in a motorhome and poor tucker was hiding under the table.


Warning: expletive language. Unknown   WHOOPS

It was brie,f but scary, we could not help but think of how nice it would be to sit and watch the storm in a house, warm and safe.   Then we had to deal with diverting all the water away from the bank.



unfortunately it had already gouged out the bank in front of where the house will be.  Still a long ways from the house to the bank, but we clearly need to work on this.


So we now can clearly see where the water will go in a storm and have a few plans to divert the water.   I was thinking … an engineer would be able to determine where the water  would go and prevent it.  We can now see where the water DID go, and so we can change it for future storms.  We seem to get the brunt of some of the storms.

Our garden did OK, I feel it is somewhat sheltered from the south winds, however the hail put holes in large leafed plants, and the onions seemed to just break off.


The garlic did OK, but there are low areas in the garden that the water seems to sit, and yesterday was no exception. The long dark rows are the potatoes, and they look great.


So here is the house, a week or so ago.


Then this is a few days ago, there is a “ledger board” screwed into the top of the concrete. this will form the basis to attach the “joist hangers” and subsequently the joists will be attached here. The purpose of this, is so that we can have a house that we can just walk out to level ground, with no step down going outside.  These two guys showed up a few days ago to measure the tar area space.  They had billed our builder for WAY more in square footage, and so they came back to measure…… it was odd, two guys in cowboy hats and measuring tapes just pulled in to the driveway. (I am sure they did not think anyone was actually living there )


so in this picture you can see that they have done a lot of levelling out the big piles of dirt from the basement dig.


I guess when we were having the plans drawn up we thought we would save money by building a small basement and the rest crawlspace, and the greenhouse area, just a slab.  This has turned out to be completely wrong in that having 3 different levels in the basement it has complicated things quite a bit.  I am sure adding a lot to the cost.  I am sure that the apprentice builder is learning a lot with such a complex basement build.

We are continuing to cut rocks, in fact the saw is running all day, most days.



Ken is working on fence building and starting to act his age, and hired someone to dig the holes for the posts.  We have just hired someone else, as a labourer to help with the fence posts.  These posts are HUGE, we found them online in the fall, someone was selling them cheap, so we got them delivered here.



So THIS IS the builders toilet… and this was before it started raining today.  I wonder who decided to put it there thinking emojiimg_6731

could be an interesting week

Bye for now, much Love… Janet, Ken and Tucker the scaredy dog…..





RIP William James Ramier Feb 12 1928- June 5 2020

10 days ago my dad fell coming out of the grocery store where he bought lottery tickets and newspapers for the crossword puzzle.  An ambulance was called, he was taken to ER, and his injuries were determined. Fractured ribs, clavicle and left hip.

It was determined that he needed surgery, so was transferred from Williams Lake to Kamloops to see orthopedic surgeon.

However because of Covid 19 there was no family members there and when I was phoned, there was no mention of WHERE he had fallen.  My sister went to his house after this and realized that he car was not there, and so a search ensued to find his vehicle, and it was only then that we found out where this had happened and what exactly had happened.

He was received in Kamloops and prepared for surgery. But because of Covid no family members were there to tell them that he has COPD, and kidney disease, and what his medications were.  (we could only phone in and get snippets of information.)

His surgery was delayed because a clever anaesthetist noticed that his potassium was high and so the kidney specialists gave him treatment to lower his potassium. I was able to talk to a family practice resident… I guess at this point I thought that they knew his history and no one asked.

He went for surgery, and because of covid he was all alone, none of his family were there.  He came back from surgery and because of covid none of his family were there to be there when he woke up…. or tell them that he is quite sensitive to narcotics, even as a younger man, they made him wingy.

ALL day Long I made calls to find out how he was doing and my sister called in once and the nurse said that what was going on with him was normal for dementia patients.  I guess because of Covid 19 we were unable to tell them that he HAD been out in his vehicle a few days earlier getting lottery tickets on his own.  102911137_915453112213393_4049043637802230254_n

Then it was back to the phone for me to make sure that they knew that he was not that demented before.  He had been slowing down recently and I am sure he memory was failing, but they were thinking he was normally like this, because of covid, and because no one was there to say otherwise.

I guess there is no point in going into the whole story, sufficient to say that because of covid he was all alone.

I was able to use my position to get into see my Dad on Wednesday.  Had to go past the gestapo at the front door.  Wore my hospital badge and said it was all approved.

THEN I was able to speak for my Dad.

He went downhill quite a bit and so yesterday, I was able to get permission for my sister and myself to visit him. (they told us we had to visit separately but we ignored that)

We sat there for the afternoon with him, and reminded him frequently that we were there and that he had 4 daughters who loved him. Not sure if he heard.

And then he died.   He was not alone, and we felt that although we had missed all the previous times to be there (because of Covid) At least we were there at the end.

Covid 19 has been an earth shattering disease. I am frequently surprised by how every aspect of life seems to have changed somewhat due to Covid, but in the area we live in Interior Health Authority, which is a large part of BC, I am guessing at least a million and a half people, we have absolutely no active Covid cases.   In medicine we always weigh treatments, Risks VS benefits. I currently wonder if the covid restrictions right now are causing more harm than good.   We have another rule in medicine “above all do no harm” Although it is not part of hippocrates oath, it is attributed to him.

The premise is it may be better to NOT do something or to do nothing at all at the risk of causing more harm than good.

Although I was an early voice to add protection to LTC facilities and the elderly in the coming of COVID, speaking out loudly in early March.  I was all for screening all visitors for symptoms and travel history, the concept of stopping all visitors to hospitals and LTC facilities, I BELIEVE is a case where we are causing harm by our action.

I hope it changes soon.

Much love to all


you MIGHT be a redneck…..

We are feeling that……. maybe, just maybe…..


we might be….  Is the next picture convincing?


YES we decided that the ONE THING (and at the time there WAS only one thing we missed) is a washing machine.   And doggonitt…. Ken just went out and got one.  Then he built a roof and sidewalls on it, and put on a metal roof.  I think I may never move it indoors ( well … until the snow comes)  and I might not be able to move it in until then.  Nice to just do laundry out doors and hang them to drying between the Sea cans.

So they have built the basement walls, and in this photo are pouring the concrete. It certainly seems to have improved over the years, for builders backs, not have to shovel the concrete into these spaces.


this is the truck that the concrete truck pours concrete into and they can move the boom around to put the concrete in the right place.


And here are the walls with the forms being removed. Our basement walls.  Well in all honesty, MOST OF it will be a crawl space, and a small basement.


So with all this concrete around, with leftovers, we needed to play…. practice our project to work out the bugs..


And we already found some bugs.

What happened was that the wood was hard to get out of the concrete once it  was dry… Ken had to chisel it out, which would not be a good thing, given the size of cut rock areas we are wanting to do.

So he DID get the wood out, and we WILL be able to practice the project.img_6650

Our head guy builder came by the other day and said that we could possibly use the forms they use for the basement walls, because they are oiled and concrete does not stick to them.  We are going to use one form from the basement walls to practice on the basement floor.  We shall create a depressed area in the basement to practice our project on, and work out more bugs.

In the meantime, these practice hunks of concrete will become a funky piece in our yard.

Lot of interesting rocks being cut now. The rock saw is running most waking hours of the day, every day.


In the mean time, Tucker is trying to gain the hearts and minds (and odd lunch snacks) from the builders.  Here he is just waiting for the 2×4 to drop.


Also … stay tuned for a formal recording of a  song I have written about presidents Trumps response to the Covid infection.


Then there is Talon.  I go to work in Kamloops on Wednesdays and  drop Ken off at Dylan and Sarahs, and Ken spends the day with Talon.


He seems to be a squatter….. which we just LOVE.


Now it is late on a Friday afternoon. My 92 year old father fell 2 days ago, up in Williams Lake, and broke his hip and clavicle.  He was brought down to Kamloops via ambulance and is in the Royal Inland hospital. As much as I know, he is in the OR now, or possibly out.  They did not operate yesterday because his serum potassium was high, related to his kidney disfunction.

It is a very odd situation, I have 3 sisters and we are all sitting waiting to hear how everything went.  After all, he IS 92.   None of us can go in to see him at the hospital because of Covid.  No one is allowed into the hospital to visit people except in certain situations, such as end of life.

I have phoned many times trying to find out how he is doing and when he might be going for surgery.   At 1 pm today I got a call from a nurse whom I know personally, and I was totally thrilled that she was his nurse.  He was just heading for surgery then. That was 5 hours ago.

I realize that there is another side to this COVID situation that the media does not cover, I guess, because it is not exciting enough.  There are many elderly people who are totally alone, in nursing homes, and hospitals, and at home…… with no one to visit them.  Families have no idea how they are doing, and  (if they are in a facility )are totally dependant on a kind person on the end of the line whom might be empathetic enough to understand how it must be for families on the outside, wondering how their loved ones are doing on the inside.

I believe we know a lot more about the infection than we did 2 months ago.  I feel sad for all of the people who are alone right now.  I feel sad that we were not there to see my dad off to surgery today.


Bye for now, much love from Janet Ken and Tucker the apprentice…..




another victoria day weekend…hohum

So the house is moving along at a slow pace… boring…. but then there is the garden, …. and Morels.


We have put in a drip tape watering system, and we think that the garlic will love it…however … our timers are packed away in the Sea Can.  They are expensive, so we do not want to buy new timers…img_6602

So this afternoon, Ken is deep in the bowels of the SeaCan searching for the timers… WHERE DID WE PUT THEM?  He has been in there a LONG time, perhaps I shall send a search party soon to find himthinking emoji


The SeaCans are SO much easier to deal with when all the stuff is inside and the doors are closed.  It just seems like you open the doors and our lives come falling out, what ARE we going to do with all this stuff?  The garlic is looking great….


.. and Ken just found the best wheelbarrow, and Princess Auto.  This thing is like a small truck and it tips up to empty too.


I have never had such great looking potato plants either, and to the left of them is a row of the Broccoli.  I guess with a new property you never know how the soil is, and so far, I am impressed… even the weeds look very healthy…


Speaking of weeds, does anyone know what these are?  They are new to me.  But seem to be growing everywhere.  And growing well.


And on to the rocks, I decided to try to cut some of the ones we have found here on the property.  I have not seen anything like this in the books, perhaps I need to ask some local rockhounds. thinking emoji



This one below, we found at Chase Creek a few years ago.


and this one, we have been able to take several cuts from, so lots of material.


Our plans are to do a practice run in the basement, we plan to cut out a large piece of Plywood 3/4 inch thick and place it in the concrete, and then after the concrete is dry, we will remove the plywood and have an indentation  the size and shape of the plywood, 3/4 inch thick.  We will fill the area with the stones, as we would for tiles, and then grout the area around the tiles.

New territory for us….

Bye for now, much love, Janet and Ken and Tucker (the dog)



the foundations


It has been a little over a week and little has been done. They dug the hole and had to finish up another job, so only came back this week to get going.  Today they are going to pour concrete into the footings.

So here are a few shots of the hole digging.  We had a huge rain storm a few nights earlier, and the puddles filled up again.



AND here are the footings.


Here are the plans for our house…..


It is also mushroom season, it is a month later than usual, but we have found several morels in the past few days.  We have been bushwalking through the forest finding new secrete morel beds.  I was thinking, I had better not get Covid 19, because I have heard that they are using your phone for contact tracing, and my phone might give away some of our secret morel spots Unknown



But it seems we must be pretty safe out in the middle of where we find mushies.

So we are working hard at our cutting rocks, for our flooring etc. We are particularly thrilled with the petrified wood cuts.  Our hardwood flooring will be HARD.



and then some truly gorgeous pieces.  Aren’t these beautiful.


Oh and then the garden is coming along well. The garlic is up and growing well, as are the potatoes, onions, and the broccoli and lettuce have been transplanted as well.




We are quite happy, the weather is here, and the house is coming up.  Here are is Tucker, NOT socially isolating, with his best friend.


Much love, Janet, Ken and Tucker the anti deadlock dog.