Time for another update!
The day after the last post, Ross flew into Calgary and met Karen there to attend a first ever Adrian Cousin’s Reunion where 16 of the 26 cousins met for the first time (more on that in my next post). And then we went on to meet our sweet grand baby, Roman and to visit with Michael and Courtney in Saskatoon. This started Ross’ 3 weeks of vacation which got increased to 5 weeks off. Needless to say we got a lot done and had some wonderful down time with 5 weeks off!
Our time with Michael and Courtney and Roman was so good. Michael took a couple of days off so we got to spend some good time with him for the few days that we were there. We got in lots of cuddles with Roman and tried to help Courtney when we could. Needless to say, it was hard to leave knowing that he would be so much bigger when we get to see him again. We already booked our flights for January but it feels so far away.
The day after we got home from SK, our mobile home for the other lot arrived. Then the work started. We hooked the mobile up to the services, some rewiring and plumbing. We anchored it to the foundation, got some skirting on it and painted the outside with our new paint sprayer. What a blessing that sprayer was…it paid for itself on that job alone…5 hours later, the body, skirting and trims were painted!
John and Shelly Wason came up for a 3 days and helped with some painting on the inside and some of the outside stuff that Ross had to do. It’s always great to have enthusiastic helpers when the job just feels like it is dragging. They breathed new energy in us to keep going and we felt thoroughly blessed by their help.
With Ross’ plan to leave the oil sands and come home full time, we started looking for an old Volvo to pull his work trailer for reopening Harmsworth Electrical Services.
We found a nice one… a 1990 240 DL station wagon in great condition. We drove to Duncan to look at it and by the time we got it home, Karen had claimed it. It’s in pristine condition and too nice to haul a trailer. In fact we have applied for Collector plates for it and are expecting it to qualify. So the SmartCar is up for sale and we are still looking for a car for Ross’ business.
We took a few days off in the beginning of September and flew to Dallas TX to a marriage conference and had a quick visit with Brad and Xtina which was an unexpected bonus. They were attending the same conference and they are doing very well. Xtina’s business is growing and thriving by the sounds of things. It was over 39°C in Dallas and when we arrived home the temperature was sitting at 9°C and raining (we arrived at midnight). Such a shock because it was warm when we left and we had left our jackets in the car.
The septic for the mobile home was installed while we were away (what a mess!) and we have a good crop of rocks to pick up. We arrived home with just 3 days before Ross had to go back to work in northern Alberta. He spent that time doing some electrical jobs that marked the start of him reopening up his electrical contracting business. November 17 is his last day in the oil fields and then he’s home full-time and we are already celebrating!
We are still not quite sure what we will do with 2247 Enns Road with the mobile on it but we are hoping that we will find some clear direction once we have the lot with its improvements appraised this fall. Rent it or sell it…we just can’t decide yet. It’s great to have choices though!
That’s it for now. (Karen’s Musings follows with some personal reflection on the Cousin’s Reunion)